~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
September 2007

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

  

 

 

The Weekend Report

 

 

Fri, Sat, Sun.....  28, 29, 30 Sept 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Pictures Of The 

Weekend

 

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Updated Sun at 9:30 AM 

Our River Picture of the Day .....Sunday.... was sent in by Capt'n Bill Moyer, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the cruiser "Copier Cat".......  It's some of the party crew on "F" Dock

 

THERE'S NO PARTY

 LIKE 

AN "F" DOCK PARTY !

Grafton Harbor 

 

RiverBill says....If you want to party like a rock star all night long..... ask for a transient slip on "F" Dock next time you travel to Grafton Harbor.  These boaters really know how to have fun !

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Updated Sat at 5:30 AM 

Our River Picture of the Day .....Saturday.... was sent in by Sherri Stanczak. 

 

 It's her husband, Mike, and their dog running along the beach at sunset !

 

 

RiverBill says...Great picture Sherri !  Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

 

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day .....Friday.... are from Capt'n Greg Miller.

 

Greg wrote: 

 

38' Cigarette turns on a dime. 

Missouri Water Patrol Report # N07070197 dated 9/22/07 

  

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Greg !

 

   The Missouri Water Patrol Report states that the boat was traveling upstream on plane. It made a sharp left turn and flipped over ejecting all of the occupants from of the boat.  Passing boaters pulled all subjects out of the water. 

   Estimated damage ...$10,000

       Click Here  

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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 Updated Sat at 10:00 PM 

The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---Sunday  was of Gary Fels and the flathead catfish he caught on a trout-line in Dardenne Slough.  

 

RiverBill says....Looks like you get the "RiverBill's Catch Of the Day Award" ......When's the fish fry ?

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 Updated Sat at 5:30 AM 

The River Picture on this Day In 2005 ---Saturday  was a picture of Mary Beth as she was introduced as one of........  

 

 The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and  ... MaryBeth.... is definitely one of them.    

  Here she is cruising along on the river,  looking beautiful, her gorgeous red hair all up in a bun,  sporting them Jamaican braids.....And soaking up that Summer sun.   

Happy Birthday Mary !

 

Actually this picture is one day early....because it's Mary's Birthday, I moved it up one day......Happy Birthday Mary.

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---Friday--   was from Kurt Jaeger, who hails out of the My River Home harbor in the boat "Patricia Ann".  He sent us a picture of his wife enjoying a beautiful river-sunset:

 

Kurt wrote: 

Bill,
In keeping with the sunset theme, here is a picture I titled "Cocktail Hour @ River Mile 214". This is my wife Patricia aboard our boat "Patricia Ann", enjoying the view. We are lucky to have such a great place to cruise so close to home. Really enjoy your website Bill.

Kurt Jaeger (My River Home)

 

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FYI...

State Lines At The Confluence And At Iowa & Enterprise Islands ------ 

 

   We showed a map in the weekend edition of the state boundary lines at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  According to MapQuest, they run through the first chute where the Illinois River flows into the Mississippi River.  That means the "Third Chute" or "Mason Chute" is located in Missouri !  See map above.

 

More FYI....

  I got a lot of e-mails about the weekend map so I thought I would expanded it to show Iowa Island and Enterprise Island too. The state line runs on the eastern side of these islands putting them in Calhoun County and the great state of the state of Illinois !  

 

Source: www.mapquest.com

Chili Cook-off  ------ Is Next Weekend at 521!

 

Capt'n Robert Cope wrote us the following e-mail;

 

   Chili Cook-off is next weekend on 521. Had a pretty good turnout last year. Jim's got judges and prizes lined up, but he hasn't yet told me who/what. Most likely judging will be around 3pm and ther'll be lots of ppl camping out

 

Robert Cope

Kinder's Restaurant.....On and Sometimes In The River ......618- 883- 2586

Click here   

 Updated Sat at 5:00 AM 

Thriller Powerboats, Inc. - High speed powerboats for private and commercial use ----- Capt'n Johnny Hornung  sent us the following link:

 

US Military Support Group

Presents

The Sound Of freedom

Jet Boat & Jet Dragster Campaign

 

http://thrillerboat.com/

click on the "click here" and watch the video

 

 

 

Jet Boat: F-4 Phantom II 25,000 HP

 

The Phantom II, a 55 foot jet powered catamaran, is being built for USMSG by Thriller Powerboats of Florida. 

The Thriller Phantom II is powered by two General Electric J-85 fighter-jet engines, including full military afterburners.  The jet engines deliver over 12,000 pounds of thrust, which is more than 25,000 horsepower. The boat will have a military paint job incorporating the insignias of all U.S. Military Services and the logos of sponsors. 

Look for the The Phantom II at air shows, car shows and major sporting events

http://usmsg.org/racing.html

ITCS Memo 2601......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From:     itcs@ribb.com 
To:         riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Lock 19, Mile 364.3 UMR closed 15 October 2007 
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 08:09:02 -0500 
ITCS MEMO # 2601


Lock No. 19, UMR Mile 364.3, will be closed to all navigation from
0700 to 1900 on Monday, 15 October 2007. The purpose of this closure
is to remove the upper service gate and secure the service gate to the
supports on the landside of the lower lockwall. This closure is
necessary to prepare for the winter closure and the continuing Major Rehab. 
Towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls
during this closure period.
This notice is subject to change pending river conditions at the
time of the closure.


REH

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2601  to read the ITCS Memo #2601  to read the ITCS Memo #2601  to read the ITCS Memo #2601 

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

Updated Friday @ 7:00 PM

 

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ITCS Memo 2602......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


  
  To:       riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject:    Lock No. 19, UMR Mile 364.3 
Date:         Wed, 26 Sep 2007 08:16:24 -0500 
ITCS MEMO # 2602

Lock No. 19, UMR Mile 364.3, will be closed to all navigation from
0800 to 1600 on Tuesday, 16 October 2007. The purpose of this closure
is to disconnect the service gate hydraulics and isolate the guard
gate hydraulics.
Towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls
during this closure period.

REH

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2602 

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

John's Boat Harbor.....30 years experience...slips, well-lighted ramping & storage areas, security gate, full maintenance & repairs ...24/7 fueling station.  .Click here

Valley Sailing Association  Announces:

 

 The Muddy Rudder Regatta........ 

 Saturday & Sunday Sept 29 & 30, 2007

 

   Four Races on Saturday and Two Races on Sunday.

 

 Come Challenge the Mighty Miss' With Us !!

We Promise Good Sportsmanship and A Great Time

  

Click here to go to the Valley Association website for more information 

 Updated Sun at 8:50 AM 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:    Gary (glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:      Sun 30 Sep 2007 08:47:22 AM EDT 
Subject: MBPT 


Happy B DAY to Mary! By far the most beautiful woman on the river. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, enjoy your Birthday week. 


Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

Valley Sailing Association  Announces:

 

 The 58th Annual Missouri Governor's Cup Regatta........ 

 Saturday & Sunday Oct 6 & 7, 2007

 

   Regatta is open to all classes of mono hulls and catamarans.  One Design Classes that have participated in the past include: Lightening, Comet, Mutineer, Laser and Hobie.

  Cabin boats will be scored using USSA approved handicapping system.

  

Click here to go to the Valley Association website for more information 

A River Destination:

 

   St. Patrick's Church - Fall Festival.....Grafton, IL 

   Saturday  Oct 6, 2007

   11 AM - 11 PM

 

.....Boaters Welcome !

 

   Pancake Breakfast, Live Music, Washer Tournament, Grand Raffle, Poker Stands, Kids Games, Bingo, I Dood It, Beer Stand & more....

   

Click here to go to flyer in RiverBill's Upcoming Events...Scroll down to Oct 6

  

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broken !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Saturday night, Sept 8.

  It's a northbound vessel leaving the lock and heading up-river.

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

 

 

 

Thursday.....  27 Sept 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day .......  is from from my friend, "The Eagle Hater"  Larry Demko.  You remember him...he put a stop to all the eagle pictures we were posting on RiverBill's....Ha ! 

 

Bill:

We recently vacationed in Gulf Shores, AL and the surrounding area. Beautiful blue-green water, white sand...I could take only so much of those tropical -like surroundings so we had to come back to Pool 26!

While there, we took a ferry to Dauphine Island and I realized this is where you'll be banished if you start putting up all those bird pictures again! It's the world's "birdiest" coastal town. Surprisingly, they didn't know who you were...yet.

While having lunch on Dauphine Island, hereafter known as The-Future-Home-of RiverBill, I saw a sculpture on the wall of the restaurant and thought it might be just the thing for the bow of your Baja!

On the return ferry ride, I had a thought...and I don't get one very often. Perhaps, this winter, you should sponsor The RiverBill 1st Annual Eagle Watch. 

It will be ONE DAY (and ONLY one day) of eagle watching and picture taking...maybe in Grafton. Then, the next day, you can fill the site with Eagle pics. You know, get it out of your system in one fell, swoop!

Whaddaya think?

Keep in mind: there's an island with your name on it!

Larry Demko
Fastrac Media

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures and e-mail Larry !  Lets do the the RiverBill's Eagle Watch !  

  

 

       Click Here  

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 -----   was from Terrie and Brian Bert,  of the boat Gulliewash.  They snapped a shot of one of those marvelous sunsets we have this time of year.  

What A Sunset !

Bill,

  A few of us "River Rats" decided to camp out on Bolter Island last weekend (09/16/06) and this was our sunset--- you don't get to see one like this very often!! WONDERFUL!! 

 

Terrie & Brian Bert 

"The Gulliewash"

 

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Yacht Club of St Louis............. 

 

     New Hours for Restaurant

   

Open  Monday   .................5 PM until 10 PM

Tue & Wed..........................Closed.  

Open  Thurs thru Sat............5 PM until 10 PM

Open  Sun...........................Noon until 10 PM

 

Bar will remain open until midnight

 

Click here for more info

Palisades Yacht Club.........  October 6th

    

   Redneck Fishing Tournament.......  Palisades Yacht Club wants you to partner with them and have a blast while helping to diminish the Asian Carp (Silver Carp ) population in our local rivers.  

 

  Entry fee will be $20 per boat.  The scoring will be calculated on a "FISH COUNT" total.  Winner Takes All.  Palisades Yacht Club is also offering a $50 gift certificate out to the person that brings in the "Biggest Asian Carp." 

 

 Click here for more info on 

Palisades Redneck Fishing Tournament (pdf file) 

 

 

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The boaters in Bath, IL had a  Redneck Fishing Tournament last year ......  70 boats brought in 1800 Asian Carp.  Click here to go to You Tube and watch the news report and video...It's good!

 

 

Question of the day

Why do Asia Carp jump ?

Click here for answer

Ahoy.... We have a Correction !

   

    The Rotten Apple, Grafton, IL .... Gabie McGarrah, the flamenco guitarist, will be playing at the Rotten Apple the following dates and times : 

Sept  30 from 2-6pm 
Sept  28 from 6-10pm

October 5,6,12,13,19,26 from 6-10pm 
October 7,14,21,28 from 1-5 pm 


Minutes From The Log Book of The PYC.......Tyler Mitchell sent us the Minutes from the Log Book of the Palisades Yacht Club's 3rd Annual Pirate Day Meeting !

Arrrgh Matey ...Read On !

 

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Minutes From The Log Book of The PYC 
Third Annual Pirate Day Meeting
15 September, 2007

   

They drifted towards the sailboat docks in groups small and large,
With black costumes and decorations for their ship or barge.

Black Flags, eye patches, and carrying swords,
And, although not obvious, plank walking boards
!

 

 

Sails were uncovered, and sheeted around winches.

Water balloons were filled, and stowed by lovely wenches.

 

Commodore Berry gave instructions and some questionable illusions

That stirred up enthusiasm, and a big dose of confusion,

 

Some dozen pirate ships disembarked from PYC,

And set sail for plunder upon the great Mississippi.

 

Hardly known for warfare, and usually serene,

The churning waters supported a more sinister scene!

 

Powder monkeys brought ammo by trash bag and by pail,

And soon the watery missiles began to assail.

 

Boarding parties that day did align the rails.

As skippers maneuvered to pluck nautical tails.

 

With boat hooks jousting, Gretchen and Lin bravely fought,

But buckets of cold water was all that was bought.

 

Ship after gyrating ship joined in the merry mêlée,

But in truth, some captains did scurry away.

 

The mayor called out Horning’s Boy Scout militia,

To restore order and subdue the piratical inertia.

 

But a nimble and quick Captain Black Beard Jerry,

Disabled the frigate Seagull and all she did carry!

 

 

The corsair Gander made off with two innocent lasses,

And plied them with rum and pleasurable mock lashes. 

 

 The governor’s Water Patrol monitored from a safe distance,

But was out gunned, and retreated for more formidable assistance.

 

With fair winds holding, the plundering continued on,

Around the Elsa Bar, and a little beyond.

 

The battles raged until the balloons were all shot.

Zigging and zagging, they were a fearful lot.

 

Making for a safe harbour, they docked for a rest,

And to display ribbons captured during the challenging test.

 

Though most shared a bounty of fish, rum, and meat,

Bonuses went to those who stood out from the fleet.

 

For their devotion to security and associated pirate threads,

Bloody Bruce and Donna were presented wine in hogs heads

 

 

For their deft seamanship, and gallant tail catchen’

Cheers went out to Calico Matt and first mate Gretchen.

 

 

And for their beautiful boat (and some culinary halos),

Debbie and Tyler won for their…um… ground potatoes

 

 

He Crew

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RiverBill says...Ahoy Tyler...Thanks Matey furrr sending da report....Just glad all da bilge rats scurried back in the habour safely ta drop anchor after such ahh battle.

 

Arrrgh !!

Luttrell Marine.....Brokerage & Consignment....Boat Transporting Service 

  .....Located At The Yacht Club Of St. Louis...  636.250.3844   Click Here

Con Trios Yacht Club Fall Color Cruise

    

 

The reservation form for the Fall Color Cruise on the Spirit of LaSalle is now available on the Con Trios Yacht Club website. This year we will depart from Yacht Club of St. Louis about 3 PM and return about 6 PM on Saturday, October 20th. Yacht Club of St. Louis will have live entertainment for a post cruise party when we return. Capacity is limited so get your reservations in as soon as possible to guarantee your boarding passes for this fun trip.

 


Go to www.contriosyachtclub.org for more information.
Darryll


Webmaster for the following websites:
www.captainweil.com


Advance Kayak Course on the Mississippi River........ Sept. 29

  Open to ages 18 and over who have completed the "Basic" and "Intermediate" kayak courses.  Will be taught by guides from the Alpine Shop.  8AM - 4PM.....

Cost is $75 per person. 

Advance registration required  636-391-0922, ext. 10 or http://www.alpineshop.com 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:         Carol Vankirk (crankyka@aol.com) 
Date:          Tue 25 Sep 2007 11:38:35 PM EDT 
Subject:      Autism Speaks- Walk Now for Autism 


I want to say Thank You to everyone who came out to support us with our fundraiser on Friday night at Shirley's. The evening was a huge success and a lot of fun too. Thanks to you we raised over $1,000.00 for Autism Speaks- Walk Now for Autism. WOW!!    God Bless you!! 

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Senate Passed Water Resources Development Act.... 

 

   According to a news article in the on-line Post Dispatch......The US Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act this week which provides the go-ahead for the locks projects on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Even though President Bush has threatened to veto the bill, an override is possible and probable.

   This bill authorizes the construction of five new 1,200-foot locks on the Mississippi River, from the lock at Dam 25 near Winfield, Mo to the lock at Dam 20 near Canton, Mo. Two locks on the Illinois River will also be replaced....one at Peoria and one at LaGrange.

    The environmental restoration part of the bill includes such things as rebuilding islands and side channels on the river that have been destroyed over the years by navigation.

   Hundreds of acres of land along the riverfront in East St. Louis will also be restored.

 

Click here to read the news article on STLtoday.com

Click here to read the news story on mcnbc.com..

Today is World Maritime Day .....

"The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of International Maritime Organization's work." 

     Click here for more information on World Maritime Day

     Click here for more information on the International Maritime Organization

Aerie’s Riverview Winery....... The on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch has  Aerie's Winery, located at 203 North Mulberry Street in Grafton, IL in their Entertainment Section. 

Click here for more information and a map

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broken !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Saturday night, Sept 8.

  It's a northbound vessel leaving the lock and heading up-river.

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday.....  26 Sept 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong

Updated 7:15 AM

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

 

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day .......  is from Jay Haefele.

 

It's The Nina

 

Bill, 

   Here are a couple of photos of The Nina, as it entered Grafton Harbor this morning. The Nina is billed as the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus ship. It's heading up to Peoria, where it will be on display until October 14.


Regards,
Jay Haefele

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Jay....Just never know what you will see on the river !

  

Click here for info on the Nina replica that is touring the United States

 

According to the schedule on the website the Nina will be in Alton, IL.... Oct 17 - 28.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 -----   was from Robbie Serfling of St. Charles........It's titled......

Early morning bass fishing in Burlington, Iowa on the Mississippi River

 

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New Boating Magazine Links....... Added new links in the left hand column to:

 

Power & Motoryacht Magazine .......  Click here 

 

Powerboat Magazine.........Click here 

 

  Photo By Scott W. Bachman

  Wahoo Marine Sales  

Old River News.......

 

The Miss Rockaway Armada .......  What happened to the armada ? Their website hasn't been updated, they are not answering e-mails....... where are they ????

 

  I was cruising around on the internet late last night and ran onto some old news about the Miss Rockaway Armada dated 19 and 20 September 2007.  

   

   The news articles stated that they ran aground near St. Louis, were taking on water and the trip from St. Paul to New Orleans had come to an abrupt end.  The Coast guard was there to make sure everyone got off the boats.

 

Click here to read a news article and interview with Coast Guard Commander mark Cunningham on the  907KWMU website  

Click here to read a news story in the on-line StarTribune.com.

Click here to read a news story and picture in the on-line "Eyeteeth: A journal of Incisive Ideas."

 

Shamel Auto & Tire..... 10% Discount for boaters on parts, labor and all trailer, auto and truck tires in stock.  ....Phone 314.770. 0800.......Click here 

The Horny Toad Offshore Super Series National Championship.........  

Is going on this weekend at the Lake Of The Ozarks.  

Click here for more info.

Updated 7:15 AM

 

Click here for more info (pdf file) 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON DRI-PORT MARINE

 

 

 

Band Schedule for Capt'n Jack's....New Play Dates

   

Sat....  Oct  6.... Solar Eclipse.......... 9 PM - 1 AM
Fri ..... Oct 19.... Catch 22.................9 PM - 1 AM
Sat .....Oct 27.....Dave's Not Here ......9 PM - 1 AM

 

Click here to check out all the bands playing at Capt'n Jack's Bar and Grill.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:         Carol Vankirk (crankyka@aol.com) 
Date:          Tue 25 Sep 2007 11:38:35 PM EDT 
Subject:      Autism Speaks- Walk Now for Autism 


I want to say Thank You to everyone who came out to support us with our fundraiser on Friday night at Shirley's. The evening was a huge success and a lot of fun too. Thanks to you we raised over $1,000.00 for Autism Speaks- Walk Now for Autism. WOW!!    God Bless you!! 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

The Rotten Apple, Grafton, IL .... Gabie McGarrah, the flamenco guitarist, will be playing at the Rotten Apple the following dates and times : 

October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26............... from 6-10pm 

Visitor Stats....... Finally updated the "Visitor Stats" chart for August 2007 as shown below. 

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broken !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Saturday, Sept 8.

  It's a southbound tow locking through with the work-tug at night. 

Looks like it was raining.

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

 

 

Tuesday.....  25 Sept 2007

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

 

 

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Our  1st River Picture and e-mail of the Day .......  is from John Payne

 

Hi Bill,

    Tootie Grigsby had his Birthday party this last Saturday at his house on the river across from Two Branch. We had a keg of beer, fried catfish and a lot of great friends and river people. 

   Here are a few pics.   The fist one is of Tootie next to the keg.
The second pic is of Tootie with a new boating t-shirt and the third is of Tootie with a peace of birthday cake. That's his daughter in the backgound. 

 

   It was a great day and party.

 

John Payne

 

Happy Birthday Tootie !

 

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Our  2nd River Picture and e-mail of the Day .......  is from Kelsie Brown who hails out of Grafton Harbor.

River Dawg "Billy"

 

 

Hey Bill!
I got a new River Dawg for you. 

 

This is Billy! He went for his first boat ride last night and He had a blast. When we took him back to Grafton Harbor he ran up and down the docks a few times. He's just like his Owners.... he loves to be by or on the water.

See You on the river!
Kelsie

 

Happy Birthday Tootie !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 -----   was a shot of the dredge "America" working near the lower end of Iowa Island.   The picture was sent in by Capt'n Carl Seider, who hails out of Grafton Harbor. 

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The "I Fish Illinois" website is for sale ! ......   This is one of the places we got weekly fishing reports for the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.   Cast out a line and get this one if your interested.  Goto  wwww.ifishillinois.com  for more info.

  In the meantime RiverBill's will be looking for a new source of Illinois fishing info.

Classifieds.......The 1974 Trojan Tri Cabin Motoryacht listed on Classifieds Page had a bad link. .   It's fixed....Click here

River Rats of Ramadi .......  Received the following e-mail from Capt'n John Hornung.........read on

 

Bill,

Just got the latest issue of Power & Motoryacht, and I happened upon an article called River Rats of Ramadi. It tells of a unit of U.S. Marines and their unique boats patrolling the Euphrates near Ramadi. 

Hopped on-line, and found you a link. 

Johnnyriverrat

 

http://powerandmotoryacht.com/river%2Drats%2Dof%2Dramadi/

River Rat Birthday Party !

 

   Happy Birthday Lynne Williams....

 

LYNNE WILLIAMS BIRTHDAY IS SAT. THE 29TH. 

 

JOIN US....WE WILL BE CELEBRATING AT KJ'S PLACE IN PORTAGE DES SIOUX. 9:00PM WITH LIVE MUSIC BY RICKIE LEE TANNER AND POWDERKEG. 

 

DALE WILLIAMS

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      Dale Williams (SHOWMEMOOUTDOORS@aol.com ) 
Date:       Tue 25 Sep 2007 05:17:54 AM EDT 
Subject:    Happy Birthday Lynne Williams....Come Help Us Celebrate 


LYNNE WILLIAMS BIRTHDAY IS SAT. THE 29TH. WE WILL BE CELEBRATING AT KJ'S PLACE IN PORTAGE DES SIOUX. 9:00PM WITH LIVE MUSIC BY RICKIE LEE TANNER AND POWDERKEG. 

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Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broke !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Sunday, Sept 9.

  It's a southbound tow locking through with the work-tug. 

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Click here

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

 

It's Monday Already  !

 

Monday.....  24 Sept 2007

 

River Picture Of The Day

 

   

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day .......  is from Chris Renken

 

RiverBill,

Here is a picture from Jared and Shelly Jones' Wedding Day. This
picture was taken Saturday the 22nd on the lawn of Duck Club. It was a beautiful day and a fun time was had by all.

Chris

 

Congratulations Jared and Shelly !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 -----  was a shot of some of the boats in Mason Chute this time last year..  

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The Miss Rockaway Armanda......

 

Scott W. Bachman of  Wahoo Marine sent us a bunch of pictures of the Miss Rockaway Armanda.   They are in this past weekend's edition of RiverBills.com.  

 

Take-a-look ! 

Click here for this past weekend's edition and scroll down.   Each picture has more "Stuff"  in it than the previous one.  Very interesting !    

  

Port Charles Harbor...A Great Reason To Boat The Mississippi River   Click here

                                      Phone.....636.250.2628      

Con Trios Yacht Club Update...... We received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryll...... webmaster for Con Trios Yacht Club.

 

    Just a quick reminder of the next Con Trios Yacht Club social event. This is the Fall Color Cruise aboard the cruise ship "Spirit of LaSalle" (formerly known as the "Grampa Woo"). This will take place on Saturday, October 20th. We are planning on departing from and returning to the Yacht Club of St. Louis this year. Last year's event was a great time in spite of less than ideal weather. Similar to the Moonlight Cruise, which sold out quickly, capacity is limited, so when you receive your reservation forms in the mail, return them as soon as you can to guarantee your boarding passes on this fun cruise up and down the river enjoying the changing colors, a great meal and fun times with friends. 

 

Reservation forms will be available on the website after they are mailed to members.

Check out www.contriosyachtclub.org for more information and pictures of last year's cruise.

Darryll

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

Lots of boating incidents at Lake of The Ozarks this past weekend.  

 

News Release N07070196

 Falling overboard / Lake of the Ozarks - 09/22/2007

 

News Release N07070197

Capsizing / Lake of the Ozarks - 09/22/2007


News Release N07070198

 Fire/explosion / Lake of the Ozarks - 09/22/2007


News Release N07070199

Fire/explosion / Lake of the Ozarks - 09/22/2007

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Fall Colors Predictions......Missouri Department of Conservation foresters update "Fall Color" reports weekly from mid-September through early-November.  

 

  According to the MDC website this has been a tough year for trees and will likely be reflected in the fall colors we see.  A January ice storm, an April freeze and summer drought conditions will mean patchy color across the state. 

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

One Million Visitors .........  12 Sept. 2004 - 14 Sept 2007

 

Thanks Everyone... for Logging On !

The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee..... According to 

a news article in this week's Waterways Journal the MRRIC is being formed to provide advise to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on managing the Missouri River for endangered species.

  The committee's goal is to insure that economic benefits are taken into consideration on decisions relative to flood control, river navigation, water supply, etc. 

Click here to read the news article in the Waterways Journal.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     Sandbar Sam (Sam@sandbar.sun) 
Date:       Sun 23 Sep 2007 09:00:13 PM EDT 
Subject:   What a GREAT Weekend 


WHAT A GREAT GREAT WEEKEND. What a way to officially end Summer! Don't put that boat away yet, there is still plenty of good boating weather left in 2007. As River Bill says...See ya on the river ! (Next weekend) Sandbar Sam 


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Three Chevrons  Being Constructed Between the Chain of Rocks Canal and the Poplar Street Bridge. ... 

  According to a news article in this week's Waterways Journal the US Army Corps Of Engineers have started the construction of 3 arch shaped chevrons in the Mississippi River between the Chain of Rocks Canal and the Poplar Street Bridge. They should finish the northern most one next week.

   The chevrons are said to decrease the cost of dredging, improve river navigation and give the fish a place to "hang out" during the winter months. The limestone used to construct the chevrons is shipped up-river on from St.Genevieve, Mo. 


. Click here to read the news article in the Waterways Journal

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broke !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Sunday, Sept 9.

  It's the barges of a northbound tow loaded with coal.   Looks like the tow is just about ready to leave the lock.  

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

 

It's The Weekend  !

 

Fri, Sat, Sun.....  21, 22, 23 Sept 2007

 

 Updated Sun at 8:30AM

 

River Pictures Of The Day

Sunday

 

 

 

  

  

  

  

  

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Updated Sun at 7:30AM

Our River Pictures of the Day ....Sunday.... are from Scott W. Bachman of  Wahoo Marine Sales. Take a good look at them....every picture has more "Stuff"  in it.  Very interesting.    

Miss Rockaway Armanda

 

 

RiverBill says.....Thanks for sharing your pictures with us Scott !  They are awsome.

 

River Picture Of The Day

Saturday

   

 

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Updated Sat at 8:00AM

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ....Saturday....  is from Devin Lause. 

Flying Carp Invasion

 

Riverbill,

Staying with the Asian Carp theme.

 Here's one my brother (J.J.) stuck (to go along with the dozen or so that jumped in the boat) with bow and arrow and reel in front of Pere Marquette State Park back in July.


Devin Lause

 

River Picture Of The Day

Friday

  

 

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day ....Friday....  are from Debbie Nicholas 

More Flying Carp

 

Hey,

 

  The fish were flying Saturday & Sunday. We unfortunately had
one land in our pontoon on Saturday evening. I threw a towel on it and one of our quick thinking passengers wrestled it and got it off the boat quickly.
  It was quite an excitement, with the screaming women and the guys laughing.

 

Debbie

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Updated Sun at 7:00AM

The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2005 ---Sunday--  was sent in Ron and Darlene Skeen.  It's some white pelicans in flight that they spotted  on Turkey Island  (UMR 237 - 238) 

 

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Updated Sat at 8:00AM

The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2005 ---Saturday--  was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil.  It's a picture of the 2nd tug for the Grafton Ferry, Bluewater, in dry dock.   

Darryll wrote:

  "Went up to the River to do some work on my boat.  While at Sharky's Cove ran into Pete Tully from Polestar Marina who told me he was having extensive work done on the second tug for the Grafton Ferry.  After lunch I went over to see how the work was progressing and took some pictures of it while it's in drydock.  Judging by the amount of work going on it is obvious Pete is making it as reliable as possible as he told me they carry about 9700 cars a month now.  As far as I know the Grafton Ferry is the only ferry that actually crosses two rivers, the Mississippi and the Illinois, on each trip. "

 

For more pictures go to:     http://www.captainweil.com/Mississippi20050920

 

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The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2004 --Friday---  wasRed Sky over Two Branch Island taken 3 years ago while heading back up- river after a Kinders trip one Wednesday evening.

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Updated Sat at 8:00AM

On this day in 1842 In River History.......Abraham Lincoln and James Shields, then State Auditor of Illinois, rowed out to an island in the Mississippi River across from Alton, IL. to duel with broadswords. 

   The duel was over Lincoln's severe criticism of Shields' proclamation that ordered tax collectors at that time to accept only gold and silver for payment of taxes and school debts.   The issue ended up being resolved peacefully...and ...the duel never took place.

 

Click here for more info on the Lincoln - Shields Duel as published on the ILLINOIS PERIODICALS ONLINE  website.

Updated Sat at 8:00AM

On This Weekend in 2006 In River History......  Members of the Lewis and Clark  Discovery Expedition re-enactment  returned to the St. Louis area.

 

Sept 21 .......The boats are arrived at St. Charles, Riverfront Park on the Missouri River

 

Sept.22........Several members of the crew cast off from St. Charles and headed down the Missouri River to the Mississippi, stopping at Fort Belle Fontaine on the Mississippi River

 

Sept 23........They headed  further down the Mississippi River to the St. Louis riverfront......arriving exactly 200 years after the original landing at the St. Louis  Riverfront

ITCS Memo 2600......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


   To: riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Peoria Lock Closure 9/21/07, 9/22/07, 9/23/07 
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 14:17:00 -0500 

ITCS MEMO # 2600

ILLINOIS WATERWAY

LOCK CLOSURE 

Peoria Lock and Dam, RM 157.7

Peoria Lock and Dam, RM 157.7, will be closed to navigation from 0800 to 2000 on Friday, 21 September 2007 and from 0800 to 1600 on Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September 2007. The closures are required to perform testing and commissioning of the new hydraulic machinery. 
Towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls during these closure periods. 
Please contact Peoria Lock on channel 14 or 309-699-6111 for further instructions.

Michael D. Cox
Operations Manager (Acting)
Illinois Waterway Project 


Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2600  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

Capt'n Jacks....New Hours....... 

Open Thurs.................11:00AM  - 10:00PM

Open Fri, Sat...............11:00AM -   1:30AM

Open Sun....................11:00AM -  10:00PM

 

370 Business Park Update.... According to a news article in the St. Charles County Journal........  St. Peters City Officials say they are still working with Federal Emergency Management Agency on working out the problems with the Premier 370 Business Park.  The business park is being built in the floodplain of Mississippi River just north of I-70 and Highway 370.

  Construction on the business park has been halted because of unresolved issues between the city of St. Peters and  FEMA.  The issue is with the city's' request for a " letter of map revision" that moves the floodway boundary 1,550 feet closer to the Mississippi River.  The city says that  the original boundary was incorrect . The new floodway boundary would allow any future tenants of the business park eligible for federally subsidized flood insurance.  

 

Click here to read the news article.

Longshots Saloon...... Sunday Brunch has ended for this season.

One Million Visitors .........  12 Sept. 2004 - 14 Sept 2007

 

Thanks Everyone... for Logging On !

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

78 degrees, normal, muddy; catfish fair on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/20/2007)

 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

74 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on liver, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; drum good on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow.
(Report made on 9/20/2007)
 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

River news From Afar.......

 

  Judge Orders Work to Stop on New Madrid Floodway Project..... According to a news article in the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch.......  A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered the  Army Corps of Engineers to stop construction on the New Madrid Floodway Project in the Missouri Bootheel and dismantle the work that is already completed.    

  The Judge ruled in favor of the environmental groups case against the project that would close a 1,500 foot gap in the Mississippi River levee and include a system of gates to control the flow of water between the floodplain and the Mississippi River.

   The environmental groups contend that the project would cut-off the last major piece of connected floodplain habitat in Missouri from the Mississippi River. The floodplain provides habitat for migrating birds and fish reproduction.

 

  Click here to read the news article on Stltoday.com.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      Carol Vankirk (@crankyka@aol.com) 
Date:        Tue 18 Sep 2007 11:07:21 PM EDT 
Subject:    Autism Speaks-Walk Now for Autism Fundraiser 


Fri. Sept. 21,2007 at Shirley's Restaurant 3065 N. Hwy.94 St. Charles, Mo. 63301 from 5:00-9:00 P.M. There will be a 50/50 drawing. We have lots of gift baskets, Rams tickets,Cardinal tickets,and various gift cards to be raffled off.All proceeds will go to Autism Speaks-Walk Now for Autism. There is something for everyone. So grab your friends and come help support a good cause!!! For more info please call Trisha (314)412-0890 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

River Destinations...

 

  CoCo Bongos Tropical Cafe....Alton...... Another river destination !  Next time you take a boat ride to Alton you may want to try out CoCo Bongos Tropical Cafe. It was featured in the Wednesday edition of the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch. 

    CoCo Bongos is located at  619 East Broadway.....putting it near the riverfront and the Alton marina.    Click here for a map from MapQuest.

 

  According to the news article the inside of the restaurant is done in Miami Beach colors and features an "upscale" Caribbean menu.  They even have a small deck with a great view of the Clark Bridge. 

  Click here to to read the restaurant review on STLtoday.com.

Fiberglass By Lehman ......   

   If you dream it, I can build it.  If you break it, I can fix it......Click here

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broke !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Sunday, Sept 9.

  It's the barges of a northbound tow getting ready to leave the lock in the fog of the morning.  Looks like parts for an up-stream lock and dam ? 

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

 

 

Thursday.....  20 Sept 2007

 

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........  are from Paul and Joan Barbay. 

Sunrise

 

Hi Bill,
We took a break from the river this Friday and Saturday. We spent the night at "Beaver Dam State Park". The picture's are of the lake right after sunrise. It's not the river but it's still beautiful. We wanted to share them with you.
Oh, by the way, we were back on the Illinois river Sunday.
See you on the river.

Paul & Joan Barbary

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2005 -----  were from Bob and Jo Ann Tucker of the boat "Tunes - 2".  They sent us some really good river wildlife shots !

 

Bob wrote: 

 

Bill,
Just wanted to share some photos that my 
wife (Jo Ann) has taken of her "critters" on 
the river. I'm always amazed at what we see
each time we go boating.

Thanks Again for the great site!
Bob & Jo Ann Tucker (Tunes-2)

"A day not spent on the boat... Is a wasted day!!!!
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RiverBill says....Those are some really good pictures JoAnn....Thanks for sharing them with us.

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Updated At 11:45

Longshots Saloon...... Sunday Brunch has ended for this season.

Updated At 11:45

Capt'n Jacks....New Hours....... 

Open Thurs.................11:00AM  - 10:00PM

Open Fri, Sat...............11:00AM -   1:30AM

Open Sun....................11:00AM -  10:00PM

 

Updated At 10:15 

 

 

ITCS Memo 2599......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


  
  From: itcs@ribb.com 
To: riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: All WAP zones along the IWW have been removed 
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 08:30:11 -0500 

ITCS MEMO # 2599

All WAP zones along the IWW have been removed from the Recovery Phase.

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2599  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

ITCS Memo 2598......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


  
  From: itcs@ribb.com 
To: riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Peoria Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway 
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 06:48:42 -0500 

ITCS MEMO # 2598

Peoria Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway RM 157.7 will be closed to
navigation from 0800 to 2000 on Wednesday September 19, 2007. The closure
is required to perform testing and commissioning of new miter gate
hydraulic machinery..

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2598  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

One Million Visitors .........  12 Sept. 2004 - 14 Sept 2007

 

Thanks Everyone... for Logging On !

 

More On America's Wetlands .....   According to a news article on the DesMoines Register we all have a stake in preserving and re-building the Louisiana wetlands. Everyone from farmers, to tradesman, to those who pay electricity bills or buy gas depends on the wetlands in Louisiana.

  The America's WETLAND Foundation, Louisiana officials and Women of the Storm visited Dubuque, Iowa to brief  leaders on the efforts to save the wetlands and explain how loss of the Louisiana wetlands impacts the economy in Iowa and the world ecology.

   Levees along the Mississippi River currently stop the flow of nutrients and sediments into the river that would be deposited in the delta area of Louisiana.   These nutrients and sediments would make up for the rapid coastal erosion that is taking place.   An ever growing " dead zone" has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico because of agricultural, chemical, and industrial runoff flowing down the river.  The levees also separate this toxic runoff from the wetlands along the Mississippi River that could diffuse it.

   The state of Louisiana has worked with scientists and experts across the United States to develop a plan to restore the Mississippi River's natural sediment deposits to replenish America's wetlands.

 

 Click here to read the news article.

Hydro Electricity At Dams in Quincy, Saberton, and Canton.... According to a news article on KHQA7on-line....The river-city of Quincy, IL reviewed preliminary plans this week for hydro-electric plants located at the dams at Quincy, Saberton, and Canton on the Mississippi River.   Each dam would have one turbine each and could be in place by 2016.. 

  The power generated by the hydro-electric plants would be a "supplement" to existing sources.  

Click here to read the news article. 

 

Dos Rios Mexican Restaurant....... Welcome all boaters !   Stop in for a cold drink and the best Mexican food around.........618.786.8226

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:        BeadMule (glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:          Wed 19 Sep 2007 10:26:24 AM EDT 
Subject:     Boating 


Over my lifetime I have spent an incredible amount of money on boats and women................the rest I just wasted. Thanks Mr.Heisler 


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Saturday,  October 6

12th Annual Big Rivers Rendezvous 

 

Tom Sawyer Boat, on Mississippi River, downtown St. Louis   10:00 AM

Ride the Tom Sawyer Riverboat up the Mississippi into the Missouri River. 

Buffet and Dixieland music.
Price: $45.00 per person

For more info contact:  Larry Ruff  636-949-2793

Fiberglass By Lehman ......   

   If you dream it, I can build it.  If you break it, I can fix it......Click here

Saturday  September 29  

National Public Lands Day 


Location: Ruth Park Woods, University City.... 9:00 AM

Help clean up River des Peres and Ruth Park Woods! 

 

Join The Green Center and the River des Peres Watershed Coalition  to celebrate National Public Lands Day in Ruth Park Woods. Volunteers  wanted to remove honeysuckle from along the stream bank and/or clean up trash in the River des Peres. 

 

For more info contact:   Carissa Gigliotti   314-725-8314

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broke !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Sunday, Sept 9.

  It's the barges of a southbound tow entering the lock in the fog of the morning 

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Click here

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

 

 

Wednesday.....  19 Sept 2007

 

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........  Is from Clarence... 

 

Flying Asian Carp..... Close Call !

 

  

Bill,

 

   The Asian Carp are taking over the Mississippi River in Illinois!! Doug Nikirk from Golden Eagle, IL was almost hit in the head when this 15lb carp jumped into his boat last week! 

  His wife Jeanne was taking pictures of the jumping fish when this one jumped. 

  I thought maybe you would find this interesting............

 

Clarence

 

RiverBill says.......Wow......What-a-picture !   Thanks Clarence.  

 We may have to start wearing football helmets out there if this keeps up....Hah

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2005 -----  was a picture of the burnt out hull that was left from the cruiser fire on 9-17-05.  The hull was resting in Dardenne Slough near Sharky's.  

   This picture was taken Captain Tony Trice out of Woodland Marina.  Tony reported that it looked like the hull was pulled to shallow water to keep it from sinking.  

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     84,888 visitors in August

Thanks everyone... for Logging On !

It's..... Talk Like A (River) Pirate Day ....  Arrrrrgh Matey !

 

   According to the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia..... Talk Like A Pirate Day was started in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers.  They proclaimed September 19 as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.  Source.....wikipedia.org

 

Click here to go to the Talk Like A Pirate website.

   

Click here for the 19 Sept. Poopdeck Newsletter....subscribe if want !

River news From Afar....

 

   The Women of the Storm....  According to an news article, dated 7 Sept, 2007,  on KWWK.com   ...... changes in the wetlands of the Mississippi River are the cause of many problems in the south. It is said that the water surge from Katrina could have been reduced if natural wetlands in the Mississippi River delta were still in place. 

   A group of conservationists, called "The Women of the Storm" are touring the country to raise awareness about the importance of river conservation.  They are hoping that national awareness of the Mississippi River will help prevent future damage like that of Hurricane Katrina. 

    People in Iowa can expect more speeches at the Mississippi River Museum research center in Dubuque, Iowa when it opens.  The center will do research on our wetlands to make sure that the entire Mississippi River stays healthy.  They also teach people about the impact that the river has on America.

  The Women of the Storm and the America's Wetland campaign hope to make the wetlands a key issue in the upcoming presidential race. 

   

Click here to read the news article on KWWK.com

Eagles Landing Marina....... Welcome boaters !  Public ramp, ice, plenty of parking...800 Wilson Rd, St. Charles  636- 250- 4480 ......  Click here

One Million Visitors !  ........  

One Million Visitors  

 12 Sept. 2004 - 14 Sept 2007

 

Thanks Everyone... for Logging On !

Note:  Visitor count is measured in "Unique Visits"  A visitor is counted only when brining up a least one page and taking no longer than 30 minutes between individual pages.

Mississippi River Endurance Race Announcement .....   Received the following e-mail from the MVS Endurance Barefoot Team:


 
Announcement !

 

   There are currently four teams listed at “barefootendurance.com” that will be competing at the St. Louis race Saturday September 22. Ski Pro East, Top Gun, Pavestone, and MVS. In order to stimulate some of you barefooters who might not have a team but wants to compete, Team MVS is putting up a $500 prize to any other group of skiers who can get together and beat MVS at the St. Louis race only. So, call your buddies, put together a team, come to St. Louis prepared to finish ahead of MVS, and take home the $500 prize. For more information, contact Mike (314) 503-5233 or Ben (314) 750-0773

 

Regards,

MVS Endurance Barefoot Team

River news From Afar......

 

Wednesday  September 26 - Sunday September 30 

LST Week 2007 

Evansville , Indiana 

 

 Evansvile, Ind.....World Champion LST Builders during WW II and 

the home port of the only operational WW2 LST in the United States 

  • Free Hospitality Suite at the Executive Inn 

  • Tour WWII LST Warship 

  • Breakfast onboard LST prepared by ship’s cook – free (Wednesday) 

  • LCVP “Higgins boat” rides on the Ohio River – donation (Weds., Thurs., Fri., Sat.)

  • Casino Aztar Night – free reception at Casino Aztar, dinner and gaming available (Weds.) 

  • Memorial Members Reception on LST 325 (free) – special speaker (Thurs.) 
    (limited to Memorial members and a guest) 

  • Free shuttle buses from Executive Inn to museums and other local tourist destinations 

  • Free full buffet breakfast at Executive Inn for those staying at that hotel 

  • Airplane flyovers of Evansville and LST ($20 – pay at airport) 

  • Shopping trips for ladies to Eastland Mall in Evansville – free shuttle (Weds. & Sat.) 

  • Tour famous Reitz Home Victorian mansion ($5 pay at Reitz Home) – Weds., Thurs., Fri. 

  • LST/Amphib Banquet Friday night (the 2006 banquet was unbelievable) ($25) 

  • Stage Door Canteen Extravaganza show with 1940s band music and dancing on Saturday night ($10)

  • (Stage Door Canteen Extravaganza show is $20 to those not registered for LST Week 2007)

  • LST will Sail !!!* take a once-in-a-lifetime ride on a ship that landed on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion – free (will sail on Thursday only - must be 18 years or older)

For more info go to ......http://www.lstmemorial.org/lst_week_2007.html           

 

Dos Rios Mexican Restaurant....... Welcome all boaters !   Stop in for a cold drink and the best Mexican food around.........618.786.8226

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      Carol Vankirk (@crankyka@aol.com) 
Date:       Tue 18 Sep 2007 11:07:21 PM EDT 
Subject:   Autism Speaks-Walk Now for Autism Fundraiser 


Fri. Sept. 21,2007 at Shirley's Restaurant 3065 N. Hwy.94 St. Charles, Mo. 63301 from 5:00-9:00 P.M. There will be a 50/50 drawing. We have lots of gift baskets, Rams tickets,Cardinal tickets,and various gift cards to be raffled off.All proceeds will go to Autism Speaks-Walk Now for Autism. There is something for everyone. So grab your friends and come help support a good cause!!! For more info please call Trisha (314)412-0890 

 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

Archaeology Dig at Mark Twain's Farm ..... According to a news article in the Hannibal Courier-Post.....A series of historical archaeology 'digs' are taking place at Mark Twain's "the farm" located four miles north of Florida, Mo.

 

   Volunteers are needed for Sept. 22 and 29.........the "digs" are from 8AM. to 4PM every Saturday in September and there are only Saturday's left before excavation is over for the year. 

   Samuel Clemens wrote "Uncle John A Quarles" farm in his autobiography. 

 Click here to read the news article on the Hannibal.net

The Skeeters have Arrived !    Stop by and "Take a look"    Click Here

Lewis Engines    1602 North 4th St.     St. Charles, Mo     (636) 949-9926

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broke !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Sunday, Sept 9.

  It's a southbound pleasure boat locking through right before the dark of the night settles in....... Look at those colors !

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Click here

The Miss Rockaway Armanda Update

Photo by Kelsie Brown       

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

Tuesday.....  18 Sept 2007

 

River Picture Of The Day

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........  Is from Tyler Mitchell.  The top picture is of an E scow , "Irie Vibes",  leaving Palisades Yacht Club on their "Pirate Day" celebration this past weekend.......... 

 

  The 2nd picture is a great shot of the sailboats with the bluffs in the background.

 

Arrgh Matey !

RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Tyler !   See ya on the river.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2005 -----  was sent in by Ron and Darlene  out of Two Branch harbor. It is a powered parachute that dropped in on them last Saturday afternoon on Hat Island.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report......... dated 14 Sept is available on-line for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

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ITCS Memo 2597......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


    To:     riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject:  Locks 27 Mile 185.5 UMR, Main chamber closed 
Date:      Mon, 17 Sep 2007 10:16:36 -0500 

ITCS MEMO # 2597

All navigation interests are advised that the main chamber at
Locks 27,Mile 185.5 UMR, will be closed 0600 - 1800 hours during the
period 17 - 22 September 2007 for emergency repairs to the lift gate due
to damage caused by an allision.

The main chamber will reopen daily from 1800 to 0600 hours.
The 600 foot auxiliary chamber will remain open but is not
equipped with a tow haulage unit. Current restrictions imposed by the
Department of Homeland Security prevent industry self-help. Therefore,
to facilitate safe and efficient navigation and to ensure security of
the lock, the District will provide a helper boat to pull first cuts
from the auxiliary chamber during main chamber closure hours.

All navigation interests should be alert for, and abide by, any
special instructions that may be issued by the Lockmaster in
conjunction with this situation.


Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2597  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

       

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River News From Afar.....

   Mississippi River Channel Reopens Following Bridge Collapse

 


According to a news article in this weeks Waterways Journal..... the Mississippi River was re-opened to limited commercial traffic from UMR 854 to UMR 847 in Minneapolis on September 6.   It had been closed since the collapse of the I-35 Bridge on August 1

 

Click here to read the news article in the Waterways Journal

The 1993 Flood and Our Snakes ....... Yesterday's on-line Post  Dispatch has a news article about the 1993 flood and the effect it had on snakes in its path.  According to the article....some snakes got washed away to higher ground and some got washed away to oblivion.  

  Professor Owen Sexton found that the 1993 flood killed or displaced about  70% of five species of snakes normally found at the Marais Temps Clair Nature Preserve in St. Charles County.  Oddly enough, the snakes that could swim were the hardest hit, while snakes that could survive in the trees had a better survival rate. 

  Click here to read the news article in STLtoday.com

  Click here to read an article in the Science Daily

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      River Newbee (NewBoater@pool26.com) 
Date:        Mon 17 Sep 2007 10:59:56 PM EDT 
Subject:   Hit Floating Log????? 
   

    Noticed that the boaters who hit the floating log this weekend and thrown from their boat were out at 1:00AM in the morning. They must know the river pretty well. Sounds like Lady Luck was on their side or a River Angel must have been watching over them. Glad no one was seriously hurt. 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

Update Water Resources Development Act 

 


According to a news article in this weeks Waterways Journal.....all that remains for the bill to go into law are Senate approval of the conference report and then the White House signature. 

    If the President decides to veto the bill it will take votes in each house to override the President's veto.

 

 Click here to read the news article in the Waterways Journal

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broke !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Sunday, Sept 9.

  It's a southbound pleasure boat locking through right before the dark of the night settles in....... Look at those colors !

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda Update

Photo by Kelsie Brown       

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

 

 

Monday.....  17 Sept 2007

 

 Updated at 6:00 AM...new classified Listings 

 

River Picture Of The Day

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........  Is from Kelsie Brown.  I have had this one in my in-box since the Labor Day ! 

Hey Bill,
   My Name is Kelsie i visit your website everyday. I figured i would send you this picture I took this one on one of my many trips to Grafton every weekend! It was just to pretty to pass up! Well everyone be safe this labor day weekend! Party safe see you out there! I just wanna Say I love your website Maybe ill see you out on the river one day.  I'll try to get a pic of my dog Pup for your river dawg section standing on the back of my Mom and her boyfriend's boat the "Brown Beaver"! 

 

See you around!

Kelsie

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the picture and e-mail Kelsie !   See ya on the river.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2005 -----    was a dramatic picture a boat on fire in front of Woodland Marina.   This picture was sent in by Barbara Rhoades, Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 17-04.  

  

Additional pics :

Another picture of the burning boat,  sent in by Captain Gary Bowers, shows the Water Patrol boat in the foreground. 

 

 - Another picture of the boat fire was taken with Brad Hefferon's a camera phone. Brad owns the boat "What Was I think'N"

 

- Captain Robert Cope, of the boat "Slow Ride",   took some pictures of the burning boat as the rescue team was was working to put the fire out.  

 

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report......... dated 14 Sept is available on-line for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

Crappie Fishing ......... The on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch had an article in Saturday's edition about Crappie fishing in the Fall of the year.

 

  Click here to read the article in STLtoday.com

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Update on 370 Business Park ......... The on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch had an news article in Friday's edition about the 370 Premier Business Park. 

  The park was built in the Mississippi River flood plain with much criticism by environmental groups and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is no longer considering the City of St Peter's request to revise the flood maps to show the Mississippi River floodway away from the earthen levee that protects the business park.  ( A floodway is the area covered with moving water during a flood.)

  As a result, the city can not buy flood insurance at the park and there can be no construction unless the building site is raised above the "100 year flood level."

 Click here to read the article in STLtoday.com

The Dangerous Flying Carp .......   The magazine article written by Sherri Stanczak about the Dangerous Flying Carp, featured in Friday's edition of RiverBill's,  has been moved to RiverBill's ASIAN CARP PAGE.

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   Collision / Objects  

   The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release dated 09/16/07.

 

  Jim and Cindy Frichtel's boat struck a floating log 1:00 AM Sunday morning in Boulter Chute.  Both were ejected both from the boat.  The boat continued running and hit the river bank.  Cindy was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries.

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07070194  

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

   Fire / Explosion Capt'n Jack's Marina 

   The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release dated 09/16/07.

 

  Witnesses saw smoke coming from a boat at Capt'n Jacks Marina Sunday Afternoon and called the local fire department. The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. 

   The boat suffered extensive damage. The owners had stayed onboard the previous night, but had left the vessel before the fire broke out. 

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07070195  

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Sexy Boat Ad ....... Capt'n John Hornung sent us a link to a sexy  Cigarette Boat ad.

Go to  http://keepcigarettesexy.com/ and check it out !

Talk Like A Pirate Day At Palisades ....... Heard it was Talk Like A Pirate day at Palisades Yacht Club this past weekend.   

 

Hope one of you Palisade Pirtaes sends us some pictures !  

Arrrrgh !

New Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis ....... Today's on-line Post  Dispatch has a news article with an update on the new Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis with an artist rendition of what the new bridge will look like if it is built. 

 

  Click here to read the news article in STLtoday.com

   

Saturday's Great Forest Park Balloon Race.... Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis sent us an e-mail and great picture of Saturday's Great Forest Park Balloon Race.....Wow !

   It's not the river, but it's such a good picture it got a spot in today's edition.

 

 

Bill,

  Updated my website, www.captainweil.com with a bunch of pictures from Saturday's Great Forest Park Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com). Our friends, George and Nancy, went with us this year. This was probably the best one yet in the 35 years of the race. Weather could not have been more perfect. With temps near 70, light and variable winds, the balloons stayed in the immediate area of the launch field as each flight took off. When the last balloon lifted off the "Hare" balloon, the Energizer Bunny, was still in sight. In fact it only made it 2 miles before setting down. Had several neat connections at this year's race. My old schoolmate, Roy Caton, was piloting the United Van Lines truck balloon and Nancy works for Uni Group that runs United Van Lines! Roy's brother and sort of my ex brother-in-law, Tom Caton, was piloting the Daniel and Henry balloon which is where Maureen's sister works as an underwriter. I have both flown with Tom and crewed at the race. The pilot in the Mayflower balloon, the eventual winner and also owned by Uni Group, was from North Carolina where my daughter and her family live. Here is a link to the article in the Post Dispatch about the race: Click here

   You can go to my website and click on the "Newest Stuff" or "Other Stuff" links or use the link below to go directly to the pictures.
http://captainweil.com/BalloonRace2007/

Enjoy, Darryll

Old River News

 

    Delta Queen Riverboat to Retire in 2008....... According to a news article in Frommer's dated 8 August 2007........  the riverboat Delta Queen, built in 1927, has operated since 1966 under a special Congressional exclusion from Coast Guard fire-safety standards. 

   The problem is her wooden superstructure is banned by the powers that be, who fear fire on the high seas.  The Delta Queen does not sail on the high seas, but instead stays very close land at all times while cruising America's rivers.  Lawmakers have granted her six previous extensions, but this time the U.S. Congress decided not to extend Delta Queen's exemption before it broke for its recess in August 2007.  

   

  2008 will be the Delta Queen's final year as an overnight vessel.

 

  Click here to read the news article in Frommer's

Old River News

 

    Mississippi Queen Riverboat....... According to a USA Today news article dated 9 August 2007 the Mississippi Queen has been out of service the current year awaiting major refurbishment.  It was expected to return to service next year, but now that is questionable.

  The Mississippi Queen may not be seen cruising America's rivers until the Delta Queen is retired in November 2008.    

Click here to read the story in USA Today

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      RiverBill (riverbill@prodigy.net) 
Date:       Fri 14 Sep 2007 12:56:46 PM EDT 
Subject:   Asian Carp Story 


About lunch-time today the layout for the Asian Carp story was re-worked and the click-on pages were changed to .pdf files for better viewing and reading.....Take another look.....Bill 


Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's broke again !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam from Monday, Sept10.

  It's 7 barges from a North-bound tow on the up-river side of the lock as the gates are being closed to allow the towboat to lock through.

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda Update

Photo by Kelsie Brown       

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat, Sun... Sept.14, 15, 16  2007

 Updated  Sun At 7:00 PM 

 

River Picture Of The Day

Sunday

  

  

Updated Sun AT 6:45

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day .....Sunday...  Is from Bette & Darryl 

BILL.....THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE RIVER GIRLS ON JOHN & PAT DI FATTA'S  BOAT WED.....IT WAS BEAUTIFUL...WENT UP THE ILL. AND HAD LUNCH AT RIVER DOCK AND THEN A SLOW RIDE BACK.....NOTHING BETTER.

BETTE & DARRYL

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

Saturday

  

  

  

Updated Sat At 8:10 AM

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day .....Saturday....  from Labor Day Weekend were sent in by Andy Schmitz....

 

Dear Bill,

We haven't spoke in a while. Thanks again for your assistance in selling my 1996 Bayliner. The new owner is enjoying it thoroughly and I now have a new boat - A 2003 Sea Fox (looks like a MO State Water Patrol boat) You wouldn't believe the dirty looks I get. 

I though you might find these pictures interesting. We took these pictures a few weeks ago during the short flood over Labor Day weekend. It seemed like the river was ours. We sure had fun...

The first picture 009 was taken off the sandbar at Enterprise Island on Sept 3, 2009 (as were all the attached pictures) You can see the water was a bit murky, but that didn't hinder the fun. The boys are pictured front to rear: Joe Carley, Drew Schmitz, Spencer Pellant and David Carley. These guys are the epitome of boy. They spent at least 2 hours riding logs down the river. I can say for sure they had a great time, but only they would understand. Of course, they were wearing PFDs at all times. 

Picture 025 was taken off our dock, just down-river from Kinder's. Spencer and I were perfecting our back flips. Spenser moved on with life. I still haven't recovered. 

Picture 038 is my son Drew Schmitz jumping off the side of our new Sea Fox. Drew has been on the river since he was 3 days old; A true RiverRat. 

Finally, 049 was taken from our dock looking up towards Kinder's. It doesn't get any better!

Again, thank you for the great web site. Take care!

 

Andy Schmitz

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

Friday

  

  

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day .....Friday....  were sent in by Tauni Shuck

 

Bill,

  I had to send these photos, they are from my cell phone.

 

  Thursday evening I was coming thru the U dykes behind Iowa island and I see Carl Tiemann helping this couple who evidently drifted into the dykes an were stuck.  Carl anchors his boat in front of the dyke as close as he can get and disrobes to his superman outfit an actually walks down the dyke and 
moves their boat off the dyke so they can be free. 


  What a guy!!!!!    Notice Carl did NOT put on a life jacket when walking down the dyke!!!

River friends are the best of friends!!

Tauni

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures and story Tauni !

 

Hats off to Carl...Good Job ! 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Updated Sun At 6:30 PM

The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2006 ---Sunday--   was from Captain Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yaccht Clubof St. Louis  in the cruiser named "After You".

 

Darryll wrote:

   

We took the boat down to Alton Marina over the weekend to attend the Con Trios Yacht Club Alton Getaway.  After getting the boat settled in our slip for the weekend we went up on land to enjoy the party.  Check out the pictures at:

CTYC Alton Getaway 2006

After turning in for the night we were awakened by someone pounding on our boat.  Come to find out a group led by Mark Miles had decided to go on a walk about in Alton.  Well, we got up and joined them of course.  First stop was "The Boat at the River Bend" where we enjoyed the piano bar for a while and Maureen and Terry ran into Karen Foss from Channel 5, then on to a place called Tacos (I think) and the last stop we made was "Bubby and Sissys", an "Open minded kind of place" according to their website.  Well, we did go upstairs there to "JP's Show Lounge" for the drag show!  Thanks to Mark for helping Maureen get me back to the Alton Belle Casino so we could catch the shuttle back to the Marina.

Boat at River Bend pics

JP's Show Lounge pics

Enjoy, Darryll

 

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Updated Sat AT 7:00 AM

The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2006 ---Saturday--   was an aerial shot of  the  Mississippi River  taken from Mike and Sherri Stanczak's red and black powered parachute that you see flying around  from time to time.   What a view !

 

Ernie Moretti described the picture in an e-mail the next day:

   "The pic was taken down river from Iowa Island .  That is lower Iowa with the partial sand bar sticking out next to the Ski Chute that snakes between Iowa and Enterprise.  You can see Anchor Yankers in the distance where the barge is at.  The pic was taken directly above Royal Landing"

 

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The River Picture and e-mail on the Day In 2005 ---Friday--  was from Capt'n Robert Cope of the boat  "Slow Ride."  He sent us a picture of the dredging going on right below the power lines.  

 

 Bill,

  "Last week or so, I've noticed that the USACE is doing some dredging just north of the current Iowa Beach.   From what I've seen so far, it looks like next summers Iowa beach will be about 1/2 mile longer next year. They usually pile up the sand real steep and let us kick it down into a nice steady grade."

 

Robert

 

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The Band RAIL

Great Mississippi River Rock and Roll !

At Kinder's Restaurant

This Saturday Night

Music starts at 8:30 PM

The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

76 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 9/13/2007)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

84 degrees, rising, muddy; catfish fair on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/13/2007)

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Updated Friday At 6:30

Longshots Saloon  ------ Lobster Fest 

Fresh Keywest Lobster 

10 shrimp, 2 sides and a salad..........$19.95

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Pirate Bill..... Pirate Judy....... Pirate Mike

Updated Saturday At 8:45

Talk Like A Pirate Day ....... Capt'n Johnny Hornung sent us an e-mail 

 

 Bill,

   In researching a possible trip to the City Museum with my girlfriend and her daughter, I found that Wed. Sept. 19th, they are honoring National Talk like a Pirate day; and that anyone who shows up dressed like a pirate gets in for free.

John

 

RiverBill says...All of you River Pirates..... practice up on your pirate talk, get dressed up in your River Pirate garb and cruise on down to the museum !

Arrr!

Click here to learn how to talk like a real river pirate

The Miss Rockaway Armanda Update

Photo by Kelsie Brown       

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

Updated At 11:00 AM Friday

Hey Bill!
It's Kelsie Again... I just thought I'd let you know that as of Thursday Afternoon the "Miss Rockaway Armada" Was in St. Louis Docked down by The arch.
Just givin' you an Update!

Thanks.
Kelsie Brown

The Dangerous Flying Carp ....... 

 

    An article in the September issue of Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine , written by our very own Sherri Stanczak,  features pictures of some boaters from Pool 26 ! 

 

 

Page 46                                                  Page 47

Click on above magazine pages 

to open larger pdf file

Updated At 11:30 AM Friday

 

 

Above article reprinted with permission

 from Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine

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Congrats to Sherri Stanczak !  Great article....Keep them coming !  

 

  

Did you recognize any of the faces in Sherri's article ?  

First of all the photo's were taken by John Patrico of Eagles Landing Marina 

 

The boaters pictured in the magazine article are as follows:  

Dean Stockton...in the green shirt (page 46)

Larry Mahr.........in the light blue t-shirt holding Asian Carp (page 46)

Bob Hampel ......holding the Asian Carp in the blue sweatshirt  (page 46-47)

Bob Bindner...... in the red "Fox Racing Shirt" of Eagles Landing Marina (page 47)

 

Great Job Sherri !

 

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Sherri Stanczak .......   

  Good News Everyone.....Sherri Stanczak has joined the staff of RiverBills.com !   

 

Welcome Aboard Sherri !

  

 

  Sherri is a much needed and welcome addition to RiverBill"s.  She has had quite a few articles published in various boating magazines and she recently published a book titled "From the Heart of a Mother".     It's about the "joys and challenges of motherhood and the struggles of raising her three sons as a single working mom with multiple sclerosis."  There was an article about her in the August 20 edition of the on-line Post Dispatch..

  You might have seen Sherri and her husband, Mike, flying around the river in a red and black powered parachute this Summer..

 

   You can contact Sherri at the following e-mail address to give her your ideas for boating / river articles you would like to see in the future. 

sherri0526@aol.com  

 

  Look forward to seeing some interesting river and boating articles from Sherri in the near future !

    

R_E_S_P_E_C_T ------      "Respect those tows going up and down the river and use good judgment when you are near them"  

A good reminder for everyone on the river.

   

Note: The above was the subject and lead-in of an article that Kathy Flippo of  Tow Talkin'  wrote a few years back.  

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      Mary Beth (mbpt@budgirl.nrvr) 
Date:       Thu 13 Sep 2007 08:47:14 AM EDT 
Subject:   Totally awesome numbers! 

Wow that totally awesome a MILLION vistors I can say it now cuz by the time the weekend is over you will have hit that mark!! Congrats to you Bill and all YOUR fantastic work you have done over the last 3 years. Its not a good morning until, you wake up with Riverbills fix!! CONGRATS TO YOU SIR!~ :) 

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Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's broke again !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam from Monday.

  It's a north-bound tow leaving the lock..

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

Thursday... Sept.13, 2007

 

River Pictures Of The Day

  

  

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day .........  were sent in by Paul and Joan Barbary .  It's pics of the 1st White Pelicans and 1st Eagles of the season.

 

Bill:

Saturday (9-8-07) must have been a flight day for what seemed to be 10's of thousands of "White Pelicans".
Also we saw our first Eagles of the year sunday( 9-9-07) Maybe they never left??
We got a little wet on Saturday, but Sunday was great. I check "RIVER BILLS" every morning.

Thank's, see you on the Illinois River.

Paul & Joan Barbary

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures and e-mail on the Day In 2006 ----  was from Timothy Miller.......It's shot of the Delta Queen passing through Pool 26.

 Bill,

 

I heard the calliope and knew the riverboat was coming!

Saturday's view was through the trees but Sunday was wide open from my dock.

Location, Harbor Point Yacht Club, Sunday

Timothy Miller

 

RiverBill says....Good picture Tim !   ....I think that the flags and the rock jetty in the foreground and the house on the bluffs in the distance really adds depth and character to it.

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River Of Ugly Fishes....... According to the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia, the name Meramac River...means 'river of ugly fishes' or 'ugly water' in Algonquian.  

 

 A few river facts:

  The first European explorer to travel the river was French Jesuit priest Jacques Gravier in 1699 - 1700.  

  

   "Early variant spellings of the name were Mearamigoua, Maramig, Mirameg, Meramecsipy, Merramec, Merrimac, Mearmeig, and Maramecquisipi."

 

  Shallow-draft steamboats and flatboats were used in the olden days used to carry lead, iron, and timber down stream on the river.

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Go to .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meramec_River to read more about the Meramac River.

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Historic River Postcards of St. Charles....... I was cursing around aimlessly on the internet in the wee hours of the morning, half asleep and ran-a-ground on a collection of historic postcards of St. Charles.  

   One in particular shows a pontoon bridge crossing the Missouri River from St. Louis County to the City of St. Charles......Take-a-look !

  Click here to go to the St. Louis Time Portal website . 

  "Images Courtesy of Scott K. Williams"

Approaching the One Million Mark ........  

We have had 996,235 visitors 

 Since 12 Sept. 2004.

 

We will reach the one million mark this week !

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Next Year's Boating Weather....... 

     According to an article in the on-line Post Dispatch........the new Farmer's Almanac predicts "a warmer than average winter in much of the country with below-average snowfall."

   "A hot summer in most areas, but cool and dry in the upper Midwest. There will be more rain than normal — except in Florida and the West."

  Click here to go to the STLtoday.com.

The Band Rail is at Kinder's on Sat, Sept. 15th....8:30 till 12:30 ....... 

  The Summer is slowly coming to an end so we hope to see you all one more time before it does. 

Bobby

The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car

River News From Afar

 

   Part of the River Town of Kimmswick, MO Is Added to National Register of Historical Places......

 

   About seven blocks in Kimmswick, Mo, located on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

 

   Click here to read the news article in the on-line STLtoday.com

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      moab (moab@att.net) 
Date:       Wed 12 Sep 2007 04:35:58 PM EDT 
Subject:    Anniversary 


Bill, Congrats on 3 years. Enjoy going to your website daily. Thanks for all you do. Darryll & Maureen 

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Never Know What You Might See On The River !

 

   Man Jumps Into Mississippi River To Elude Police.......  According to a news story in the On-Line Telegraph ...... Two suspicious men were walking along Rt.100 near Piasa Harbor on Tuesday when a Police Officer pulled up behind them. 
  One of the men, with an outstanding warrant,  attempted to elude the policeman on foot,  then jumped into the Mississippi River and attempted to swim away. The officer return to his car and remained in the area.  The swimmer was spotted a short time later behind a nearby residence.....He once again attempted to escape by jumping into Piasa Creek, but was arrested when he tired and swam to the bank.

  Click here to go to the on-line Telegraph and read the the news article.

The Miss Rockaway Armanda Update

Photo by Kelsie Brown       

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

 

Click here for an old news story on the Rockaway Armanda from  the New York Times....... August 2006

Boat News From Afar.......

   Proteus... A Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel.....

     
   New York welcomed the Proteus, a 100' long X 50' wide Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel earlier this month.  It looks sort of like a water spider and is designed for everything including military use, ocean exploration, sea rescue and biological studies.

    The strange looking craft has a crew cabin suspended on a four-legged superstructure and rides the waters on pontoons made of metal and fabric that flex with the wave motion. It can cruise at a maximum speed of 30 knots.

 

Click here to take a look and read the news article on Yahoo News.

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's broke again !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam from Monday.

  It's a southbound pleasure-craft heading into the lock..

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday... Sept.12, 2007

Happy Anniversary to RiverBills.com

3 Years And Almost 1 million visitors strong !

Updated At 7:00AM

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day .........  were sent in by Dave Diederich.  

 

Hello Bill:

Here are a few photos of LST 325 (landing ship, tank) at Alton's riverfront. I took the self guided tour and it was very interesting. The current captain indicated that she is a breeze to pilot on the river as compared to open sea. The vessel is flat bottomed so it bounces like a cork in blue water. She drafts 4 feet at the bow and 9 feet at the stern to allow it to be beached.

Island-Dave

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The Very First River Picture Was Posted On RiverBills on This Day In 2004 --- 

 

The entire post for that was as follows:

 

 

 ~ Our River Picture the Day ---is the Bluffs along the River Road between Grafton and Alton. 
 ~ Jamaica Daze 2004 pictures are located under "River Links" in the upper right hand corner of this page 



This website is a bit like the River___a bit muddy and continually changing !! 
Check back often to see what is going on !!!

 

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The River Pictures and e-mail on the Day In 2006 ----  was from MaryBeth Tiemann, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina.   She sent us some pictures the Delta Queen and of their RAMS tailgate party on the beach .

 Mary wrote:

 

Hi Bill,

    Now this is the way to Tailgate for the Rams

Its the BEST of all worlds ....River-Boating AND Watching a WINNING Rams Game on the Beach!

   Had blast in our tailgating party!!  Good Friends & Food-We'll all be there next Sunday for another Rams football game! 

And then a special treat the Delta Queen came up river so course the Queens in front of the Queen!

 

What a beautiful boat!

See you soon

 

MaryBeth  

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Monday's 

9-11 Boat Parade 

Grafton Harbor's 9-11 Boat Parade....... The on-line Alton Telegraph has a news article about yesterday's  "9-11 Boat Parade".  About 20 boats took part in the second Sept. 11 Boat Parade.     The event was kicked off  with a color guard and flag ceremony led by members of American Legion and followed by a prayer. 

  The boats left Grafton Harbor, decorated in red, white and blue, steamers and flags. The parade traveled down the Mississippi River, in-front of the Great River Road, towards the town of Elsah.  

  Click here to go to the on-line Telegraph and read the the news article.

3 Year Anniversary of RiverBills.com....... The 1st edition of RiverBills.com was put on-line on this day in 2004 !  We had 968 visitors that 1st month.  

 

Here is how the reader base has grown since !

2004 (Sept - Dec)............ 9,158.

2005 .......................... 213,404
2006............................352,450

2007 (Jan - Aug)...........396,918

2007 (Sept)..................  21,734

Total visitors to date.......993,664

 

We should reach the one million mark this week !

Thanks Everyone... for Logging On !

 

 

Every edition of RiverBill's is still on-line....Click here to check them out.

 

Note:  Visitor count is measured in "Unique Visits"  A visitor is counted only when brining up a least one page and taking no longer than 30 minutes between individual pages.

Updated At 6:55

Boat On The RiverBend Under New Ownership....... The on-line Alton Telegraph has a news article in the Sept. 7th edition about the "Boat on the RiverBend."   .  It has been purchased by former Argosy Gaming executives Joseph Uram and Jeff Roberts.

    Alton city officials met with the new owners to discuss their plans for the boat and to inform them that several people were interested in buying it or investing in it so it could remain in the city of Alton..

  Click here to go to the on-line Telegraph and read the the news article.

The Band Rail is at Kinder's on Sat, Sept. 15th....8:30 till 12:30 ....... 

  The Summer is slowly coming to an end so we hope to see you all one more time before it does. 

Bobby

The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car

A Tough Day On The River......Towboat Under bridge

 

   Gary Lucy sent us a link to an interesting river story and series of pictures of a towboat and a bridge.  

  This may have been on RiverBill's before, but lets take another look....It's good.  Make sure to read the story at the end of the series of pictures..

 

Go to:  http://koti.mbnet.fi/~soldier/towboat.htm

Velro Mattress.....Mattresses and Cushions for your Boat and RV 
                               A Complete Bedding Line for your Home...Click here

Updated At 7:00

Dos Rios Mexican Grill....... An advertiser on RiverBills.com  was featured in the on-line Alton Telegraph on Sept 8th.

  Click here to go to the on-line Telegraph and read the the news article.

The Miss Rockaway Armanda Update

Photo by Kelsie Brown       

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down)

Lost and Found.......

   Found a Black Ski In Dardenne Slough.....

     
  I found a black ski floating in the slough last Sunday around Capt Jacks. Figured that someone was trying to learn slalom and couldn't find it when they went back. Call Wally Scott at 314 488 5282 or catch up to me on "Bad Habits" out of the yacht club to claim it. 

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's broke again !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam from Monday.

  It's a set of barges that have been separated  from the tow and locked through to pool 25.  They are being moved up-river and out of the lock chamber in this picture so the lock gates can be closed and the rest of the tow locked through.

 

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

 

 

Tuesday... Sept.11, 2007

 

River Picture Of The Day

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Our River Picture of the Day .........  was sent in by Michelle Mick.  It's a couple of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rangers on the river in a center console with twin 200hp Mercury's.  

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Michelle.....And thanks to Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol, for identifying the Rangers as being part of the Corps of Engineers for us.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on the Day In 2005 ----  was of some of the boaters at the Con Trios Yacht Club's... Pool Party at the Duck Club in 2005   What a great day for a Pool Party.....And... as usual...the entertainment was good....the food was good ...and ...everyone had a good time....

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The Missing Weekend Edition........ is now available.....  Click here

 The weekend edition  (Sept 7-9 ) of RiverbIll's is on-line for your viewing ! 

Pictures From the 2006

9-11 Boat Parade 

Photos By Betty Bannister       

Click on picture to enlarge 

 

9-11 Boat Parade Today

Please help pay tribute to our soldiers and help us to remember our fellow Americans that died on this sorrowful day. 

 

Parade begins at Grafton Harbor at 6:00 PM and proceeds down the Mississippi River

 

For more information

 618-786-7678

Show Your Colors - 

Join in the 9-11 Boat Parade 

A 9-11 Poem By Sherri Stanczak.......

  Written the day after the 9-11 attack on America.

 

  AMERICA: THE LAND THAT WE LOVE
by: Sherri A. Stanczak

Building crumbled to the ground, hearts broken in two
Cities scrambling all around not knowing what to do.

Planes exploding into a mass of fire, people trying to flee
Skies filled with clouds of smoke and grounds flooded with debris.

Tears flowing like the river, sirens screaming about
Reporters pushing their way through, seeing what they can find out.

Firefighters and policemen rushing in risking their lives
Instant orphaned children and widowed husbands and wives.

Airplanes are all grounded, amusement parks and sports shut down
America at a standstill with an emptiness all around.

Panic sweeping the nation along with fear and shock
Americans trying to pull together, rescue missions working around the clock.

Thousands of people giving their blood, sitting in lines for hours
Showing their support nationwide and reminding us of our power.

Volunteers giving their time churches gathering for prayer
Medical assistance and other aids are out there showing they care.

Wave your flags America and let’s all pray together
We will rebuild our nation and we’ll be stronger than ever.

“God bless America, this Land of the Free
And God please bless these victims and all their families.

God bless our children, too young to understand
And God bless our government to approach this with the right plan.

God bless our emotions that we react in the right way
God bless us all to learn to face today.

God bless our volunteers and all the time they give
God bless the injured to keep the desire to live.

God bless our enemy and the anger America has gained
And God whatever you do, please take away this pain!

God, as you’re looking down on us from Heaven above
Please bless America - this land we dearly love.”

Amen

 

 Sherri Stanczak

The River Cam at Lock and Dam 25 is working again ! 

The above picture is from the Winfield RiverCam.  It's a shot of the lock gates being opened for a southbound tow.

 

Scroll down to check out the latest picture

from the Winfield River Cam

The Band Rail is at Kinder's on Sat, Sept. 15th....8:30 till 12:30 ....... 

  The Summer is slowly coming to an end so we hope to see you all one more time before it does. 

Bobby

The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car

Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine........The September on-line edition of  Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine is out..   

 

  This month's issue has a good article on the Alligator Gar.   According to the article they are among the largest freshwater fish in North America, can weigh between 100 - 300 pounds and can reach a length of 10 feet.  

   "They hunt by ambush.   They float along, still as a log, until a tasty morsel gets close. They then sling their head to one side and slam their jaws down on the prey."

 

  Click here to check out this month's on-line magazine.

 

Get Your Aqua Scooter.....Call Dennis Carroll...314-541-3698.......Click here

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:    BeadMule (@glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:    Sat 08 Sep 2007 02:09:07 PM EDT 
Subject: Kinders 


Wow .. this is Huge... Absolutely Monumental... RAIL (Hale Rail) will be playing ROCK N ROLL at Kinders on Saturday 9/15. Does it get any better? Jeannie, put in extra docks, you're going to need them! 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

The Miss Rockaway Armanda Update

Photo by Kelsie Brown       

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update.  (Scroll down) 

  

 

Click here for a collage of pictures by Tod Seelie of the Miss Rockaway Armanda

Lost and Found.......

   Found a Black Ski In Dardenne Slough.....

     
  I found a black ski floating in the slough last Sunday around Capt Jacks. Figured that someone was trying to learn slalom and couldn't find it when they went back. Call Wally Scott at 314 488 5282 or catch up to me on "Bad Habits" out of the yacht club to claim it. 

For Sale 

"The River"  T-shirts

Call John (618 - 973 - 7994) or Kelli (618 - 920 - 7993)

Click here for picture of front

Monday...10 Sept 2007

Updated At 2:00 PM.....

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Our E-mail and River Picture of the Day .........  are from Capt'n Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.  

 

Bill , 

  Marsha and I took our friend, Brent, for a tour up the Mississippi yesterday before they head back to Lake Michigan.  On Our way back to Alton we met up with some friends of ours in the cove and we really got into the flying fish on the way in and out. 

   Took a Couple Pic's on the way out. The Carver is Driven by Captain Randy Springman of Alton Marina, They were going Crazy behind his Boat.

Carl

 

RiverBill says...Wow....Look at those fish !    Thanks Carl

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on the Day In 2006 ----  was from Sharon Gwillim.  

 

Bill, 

 

Here is a beauty of the sunset with Rob's boat from the lock-thru.  It was truly a great time...

Link is here...    http://www.photoshow.net/sgwillim/favorites

 

You have a great site, thanks for keeping it so up to time.

Sharon

RiverBill says....Another great  sunset picture ....with "Slow Ride" in the foreground !

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Click here to open Yacht Club Of St. Louis website

Click here for Happy Hour Specials (pdf file)

Updated At 2:00 PM

Yacht Club Of St. Louis News.......

   

   Monday Night Football Tonight..........Click here

  Happy Hour Specials.......................... Click here

  New Restaurant Food Serving Hours....Click here     
  

Lost and Found.......

   Found a Black Ski In Dardenne Slough.....

     
  I found a black ski floating in the slough last Sunday around Capt Jacks. Figured that someone was trying to learn slalom and couldn't find it when they went back. Call Wally Scott at 314 488 5282 or catch up to me on "Bad Habits" out of the yacht club to claim it. 

The River Cam at Lock and Dam 25 is working again ! 

   Click here and check it out.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report......... Dated Sept 7th is out for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report

MVS Barefoot Waterski Endurance Race......... 40 mile endurance race on the Mississippi River between Winfield, Mo and Grafton. IL.......Saturday 22, 2007.

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The Band Rail is at Kinder's on Sat, Sept. 15th....8:30 till 12:30 ....... 

  The Summer is slowly coming to an end so we hope to see you all one more time before it does. 

Bobby

The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:    BeadMule (@glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:    Sat 08 Sep 2007 02:09:07 PM EDT 
Subject: Kinders 


Wow .. this is Huge... Absolutely Monumental... RAIL (Hale Rail) will be playing ROCK N ROLL at Kinders on Saturday 9/15. Does it get any better? Jeannie, put in extra docks, you're going to need them! 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

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The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  Click here to read the Rockaway Armanda's latest website update dated 6 Sept. (Scroll down) 

  

According to their website:

 As of the last update they were tied to the rock dike wall on the other side of the Alton Marina.  They also got another visit from the Coast Guard and asked to do some maneuverability test before the next lock.

 

 

 

 


 

It's The Weekend !

Fri, Sat, Sun..7, 8, 9 Sept 2007

Watch for new Classified Ads on Sunday

 Updated Sun at 9:45 PM .....New & updated classified listings..

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Updated Sun At 8:45AM 

Our 2nd River Picture of the Day .....Sunday....  is of the Reggae Band.... "Redemption" ....last night at Grafton's Landing with the Illinois River in the background..  

Right to left......Drew on vocals &keyboard, Doc on lead guitar, David on drums and John (Smiley) on base guitar. 

   Catch them next time...Great Reggae, Jazz and  Island Vibes.

 

Updated Sat At 3:30 PM 

Our River Picture of the Day .....Sunday....  is from Capt'n Steve Nonn.  It's a great sunset he took with his camera phone.  

 

What A Sunset !

 

Hey Bill

Took this picture last night (August 22, 2007) with my cell phone camera. We were on the river across from Clifton Terrace Rd. looking upriver from there.

Steve Nonn

 

RiverBill says...Wow....what a great sunset !   Thanks for sending it Steve !

Click on picture to enlarge

 

 

Updated Fri At 6:00 PM 

Our River Picture of the Day .....Saturday....  is from Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club in the cruiser...."After You".... 

 

Boat Shaped Dock Box !

 

Bill:
Went with Little John to take some pictures of railings he was doing on a new Gibson and saw this unique dock box. I think it was found on Ebay but don't know any details. It is fiberglass and very professionally done. LJ even talked to the owners about putting some stainless rails on it!
Darryll

 

RiverBill says...Wow....what a neat looking dock box ....A little imagination can go a long way sometimes.    Wonder if they come in Cruiser, Cigerette Boat, Houseboat or  Jet Ski shapes ?

  

Thanks for the picture Darryll !

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Our River Picture of the Day .....Friday..  is from Greg Harris.... 

 

Labor Day Weekend Sunset

 

Bill,
   I'm a new boat owner so I have my camera with me every time I go out.. here is a sunset I caught Sept 1st.

  Oh and great website.
Thanks,

Greg Harris

 

RiverBill says...Welcome to the River Greg...And....Thanks for the great sunset picture.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Updated Sat at 3:15 PM 

The River Picture on the Day In 2006 ---Sunday We got an e-mail from Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton Marina.  He sent us a picture from last week's Jon Boat Thursday Party.  

   What the heck is it ?.....well, some of the Illinois crew get together and head out on some Thursday evenings to the sandbar in their jon boats....Looks like fun !  

  

Bill ,

   Wayne and Betty Bannister invited me to join them at Jon Boat Thursday (last week) at 521 Island.    Great bunch of people and a good time was had by all on a beautiful evening.

   That moon was awesome on the ride home down the River Road after I left the Marina.

 

Take Care,

Carl

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Updated Fri At 6:20 PM 

The River Picture on the Day In 2006 ---Saturday was from Susan Cutler. 

 

Bill,

 

My wife and I and the children spent Sunday September 3rd (2006) in our Sea Ray running down river from the Alton pool to downtown St. Louis.  Joining us were a couple from Terre Haute, In who had visited for the weekend with their Crownline.  We started at Riverside Harbor and spent most of the day as we took our time and enjoyed the ride.  The kids had never been through the locks and they had quite an adventure. Once we got there,  we dropped anchor beneath the arch and took some pics and ate lunch.  We had a great time and thought we would share these pictures with you.

 

Chuck & Maralee  

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The River Picture on the Day In 2006 ---Friday was from Susan Cutler. 

 

Hi Bill!  

   I have attached a couple of wakeboard pictures for you!  These were taken in the ski-shot two week ago.  The young man on the board is named Justus Heiland, a visitor from Germany .   He stayed with us for 5 weeks and during that time period, learned to love the river also.  Justus is a snowboarder that adjusted to the water with no problem!   I hope you will post his pictures so all his buddies and family from home can see him doing his thing on the Mississippi River !   

 

THANKS

Susan Cutler

Cutty’s Ark

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Updated Sat at 3:00 PM

Lost and Found.......

   Found a Black Ski In Dardenne Slough.....

     
  I found a black ski floating in the slough last Sunday around Capt Jacks. Figured that someone was trying to learn slalom and couldn't find it when they went back. Call Wally Scott at 314 488 5282 or catch up to me on "Bad Habits" out of the yacht club to claim it. 

 

Redemption..... At Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill This Saturday

Live Reggae  6PM - 10PM

Updated Fri at 1:05 PM

ITCS Memo #2596 ...

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board web site:

 

 

To: riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Lock closures: LOCK 11, UMR MILE 583 & LOCK NO. 19, UMR 364 
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 10:09:39 -0500 
ITCS MEMO # 2596



Lock closures on the UMR

LOCK NO. 11, UMR Mile 583 - In preparation for the winter rehab the
lock will be closed to all navigation for approximately 12-hours on 15
October 2007. This closure is required in order to pull the service gate.
This winter’s closure is scheduled from 15 December 07 until 15 March
2008.

LOCK NO. 19, UMR 364 – Two closures (One–eight hour closure and
one-twelve hour) are planned during the first two-weeks of November 2007. 
This winter’s closure is scheduled from 15 December 2007 until 11
March 2008.
Four-consecutive 12-hour closures are scheduled between 22 April 2008
and 1 May 2008.

Wet-Shirt Contest ...This Saturday at Captain Jacks 

Sort of Old River News......

    Where Is Grafton Located ..... On the Mississippi or Illinois River ?   

   

   I was cruising around on the internet and ran-a-ground on this older bit of river news dated 25 August 2007.  It's about the real location of Grafton. IL.   

 

   Is it on the Illinois River ....or...The Mississippi River ? 

 

   One of the big questions is  .....Where is the real confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers ? 

     If it's the first place that the two rivers join..... then the confluence is up-river of Grafton in one of the many chutes that flow between the two rivers.

    If it's at the most down-river tip of Calhoun County..... then the confluence is located in front of the Loading Dock Restaurant.  

   And then you have to consider that you can see all the way across the river from the Loading Dock to the riverbank on the Missouri side of the river.

  

Is Grafton on the Mississippi or Illinois ?

You decide !

 

Click here to go to the on-line Alton Telegraph and read the news article.

More Old River News......

    Police Chase Ends With Van In River at Grafton Last Week....   

The driver put his van in river after a high speed police chase and tried to swim away.  He was pulled from the water by the U.S. Coast Guard, who happened to be near the public access boat ramp at the time. 

   

Click here to go to the on-line Alton Telegraph and read the news article.

Konstance is Playing At Kinder's on Sunday, Sept. 9th.... 2:00PM 6:00PM

The River Cam at Lock and Dam 25 is working again ! 

   Click here and check it out.

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

79 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 9/6/2007)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

84 degrees, normal, muddy; catfish fair on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/6/2007)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Cedar Hill Resort..... New Hours   

Open on Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the season

Closed on Friday

www.cedarhillresort.net

The Band Rail is at Kinder's on Sat, Sept. 15th....8:30 till 12:30 ....... 

  The Summer is slowly coming to an end so we hope to see you all one more time before it does. 

Bobby

The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda .......  

 

   The on-line Alton Telegraph featured a news video showing the people and "Stuff"  that make up the The Miss Rockaway Armanda.  

Click here  to go to the On-line Telegraph and watch the news video.

 

 

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We received the following e-mail from A'yen Tran aboard the " The Miss Rockaway Armanda" yesterday.  It was in a added to yesterday's edition around 11:30 AM, but I thought I would include it in today's edition too.

 

Hi River Bill!

Thanks so much for emailing. We know everyone on the water reads your website. We'd love for your readers to know what we really are.

We're a group of 25 performers and artists from all over the world floating down the river on rafts we made out of scrap wood and foam. One of the rafts, the Garden of Bling is made of the remains of old Victorian homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. We stop in towns and do shows, tours of the rafts and workshops. We like to show by example that this crazy voyage and building project isn't impossible at all. When we started we knew nothing of river navigation, or boat building and we had no money. So we started at the beginning, scrapping wood and raising funds. We didn't want to use gas, so we built our engines out of VW Rabbit diesel car engines and put long propshafts on them. We run biodiesel through them. Another raft is propelled by bike power and has a paddlewheel. The rafts have a non-polluting propulsion option and gas backup motors as well.

People worry a lot about our safety, but the coast guard came by and looked over the boats the other day and said they look good. We've been diligently preparing for their visit and have all the safety gear you can imagine on board.

We got on the water August 9 of last year in Minneapolis, made it down to the quad cities and dry-docked for the winter (it got way too cold). Then we came back in May and built a bunch of new rafts, also adding a solar-powered fishing boat to the fleet. We got underway on July 11 and are now in the Alton pool gearing up for St. Louis. We need some help getting through the canal so we're overhauling our motors and hoping some folks with jon boats and big engines might be willing to tend us through the chain of rocks canal.

Here's some info from the website about us:

The Miss Rockaway Armada is both a collection of individuals and an idea. At its most basic, the idea is this: we're going to float down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans on rafts that we built ourselves. The crew can be called many things: artists, musicians, builders, travelers, organizers, dreamers. Ask one of the people who help build and move these crafts for the purpose, though, and you'll get many answers. But there are some things that we all agree on. We want to create: to invent a new sustainable way to travel, to demonstrate different ways of living and moving that are friendlier to the environment and to each other, to indulge in that essential urge to make something out of nothing. We want to meet people: to learn from new folks along the way, to teach what we know, to share our art, our music and our performance, and to make new friends. Finally, for adventure: to reclaim and reinvent the old American urge to strike out and discover the vast, mysterious land we inhabit and see it for ourselves.

 

Thirsty Thursday Already !

6th September 2007

Updated at 11:30 AM

Click on picture to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day .......  is from Kelsie Brown.  She spotted "The Miss Rockaway Armanda"  on pool 26.

 

The Miss Rockaway Armanda

 

Hey Bill,
   So this weekend was Labor Day weekend.   Sunday night Me and My friend Darla went on a little evening cruise with her parents and a few other relatives.  We headed up from Royale Landing got a bout 4 miles from Winfield dam and we seen this CRAZY! thing on the side of the river.     I got up and yelled it's the RIVER GYPSIES! and sure enough there they were Bathin in the river on the Missouri side of the river. That boat was Very Interesting.

  Then last night the were down by west Alton and we were able to get on it and see the boat.  It was very interesting Bill! Its honestly just a bunch of things piled on top of each other but I'll never forget it!
So here's a picture for you Bill
Thanks,

Kelsie

 

RiverBill says....go to http://www.missrockaway.org for more info on "The Miss Rockaway Armanda".

 

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    We received the following e-mail from Steve Hardway. He spotted the Gypsy Boats along the Great River Road yesterday afternoon on his way to work.

 

Good Afternoon Bill,

I have been hearing tales of some so called Gypsy boat. I believe I saw this boat this morning on my way to the office moored along the Great River Road near Piasa. It was kind of strange but awesome in a different kind of way. Have you heard anything about it? I did not have my camera with me however, there was several people pulled over and snapping shot of this boat. The people on board seemed to be going about their own merry way. 

Just curious!

Steve Hardway
MarineMax of St. Louis

 

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    I received the following e-mail from A'yen Tran of " The Miss Rockaway Armanda" boats about 4 or 5 AM this morning in response to one I sent earlier in the wee hours of the morning..

 


To: riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: On the Mississippi River! Re: Check RiverBIlls today 

Hi,

Thanks for writing. I'm on the Mississippi River right now for a
while. I'm likely to be very slow to respond to your email due to
pretty limited web access. You can follow the story of my travels
here: http://antleredlife.com/storyboat/

Thanks!

-- 
A'yen Tran
www.missrockaway.org

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Updated at 11:30 AM.......

Received the following e-mail from A'yen Tran aboard the

" The Miss Rockaway Armanda"

 

Hi River Bill!

Thanks so much for emailing. We know everyone on the water reads your website. We'd love for your readers to know what we really are.


We're a group of 25 performers and artists from all over the world floating down the river on rafts we made out of scrap wood and foam. One of the rafts, the Garden of Bling is made of the remains of old Victorian homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. We stop in towns and do shows, tours of the rafts and workshops. We like to show by example that this crazy voyage and building project isn't impossible at all. When we started we knew nothing of river navigation, or boat building and we had no money. So we started at the beginning, scrapping wood and raising funds. We didn't want to use gas, so we built our engines out of VW Rabbit diesel car engines and put long propshafts on them. We run biodiesel through them. Another raft is propelled by bike power and has a paddlewheel. The rafts have a non-polluting propulsion option and gas backup motors as well.

People worry a lot about our safety, but the coast guard came by and looked over the boats the other day and said they look good. We've been diligently preparing for their visit and have all the safety gear you can imagine on board.

We got on the water August 9 of last year in Minneapolis, made it down to the quad cities and dry-docked for the winter (it got way too cold). Then we came back in May and built a bunch of new rafts, also adding a solar-powered fishing boat to the fleet. We got underway on July 11 and are now in the Alton pool gearing up for St. Louis. We need some help getting through the canal so we're overhauling our motors and hoping some folks with jon boats and big engines might be willing to tend us through the chain of rocks canal.


Here's some info from the website about us:

The Miss Rockaway Armada is both a collection of individuals and an idea. At its most basic, the idea is this: we're going to float down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans on rafts that we built ourselves. The crew can be called many things: artists, musicians, builders, travelers, organizers, dreamers. Ask one of the people who help build and move these crafts for the purpose, though, and you'll get many answers. But there are some things that we all agree on. We want to create: to invent a new sustainable way to travel, to demonstrate different ways of living and moving that are friendlier to the environment and to each other, to indulge in that essential urge to make something out of nothing. We want to meet people: to learn from new folks along the way, to teach what we know, to share our art, our music and our performance, and to make new friends. Finally, for adventure: to reclaim and reinvent the old American urge to strike out and discover the vast, mysterious land we inhabit and see it for ourselves.


 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on the Day In 2006 ----  was a sunset at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers from Brad Hefforon.

 

Brad wrote in his e-mail:

 

Bill,

 This picture is from Saturday night, Sept 3, 2006.  We took a new Sea Ray 48 Sundancer, and a 341 Meridian Sedan Bridge over to Grafton for Dinner and an evening out.  The picture is from the bridge of the 341 my dad took as we made the turn at the confluence.  Left is the Mississippi Channel and Right is straight up the Illinois River as the sun splits them down the middle.

        Brad Hefferon

        Port Arrowhead Marine Max.  

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The Flood, A Stage Show...  According to a news story in Sept.2nd  edition of the on-line Post Dispatch.........A stage show named "The Flood" will be presented by The Monroe Actors Stage Company this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 7- 9 .......and Sept 13-16 at the Capitol Theatre, 202 South Main Street, Waterloo, IL.

 It's a show  about the flood of 1993 set in Monroe County, IL. .  Monroe County is just south of St. Louis....and where the City of  Valmeyer, IL is located.

 

Click here to read the news story.

Wet-Shirt Contest ...This Saturday at Captain Jacks 

Konstance is Playing At Kinder's on Sunday, Sept. 9th.... 2:00PM 6:00PM

 

Photo by Larry Hellrung      

 

LST 325 Update ..... According to a news article on 14WIFE.com News

 

 ...the US LST 325, a a World War II Landing Ship Tank, that passed through the St. Louis area a few weeks back is headed back down the Illinois River from Peoria, IL.   The ship had 21,000 visitors during it's stay in that city. 

  High water on the Illinois River prevented the ship to travel to Henry, IL because of bridge clearance.

  

The LST 325 will dock at Alton, IL on Sept. 7 -11.


The ship will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-18, and free for children under 5.

 

See the What's Going On At The River This Weekend section for more information.

 

More information about the ship can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_landing_ship

Boat Collisions At Lake Of The Ozarks.....   3 separate boat collisions were reported by the Missouri Sate Water Patrol at Lake of the Ozarks over the past weekend…

 

If your interested:


N07070181 ...Dated 09/02/07.....click here
N07070182 ...Dated 09/02/07.... click here  
N07070183....Dated 09/02/07.... click here 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

RiverBill says...Lets keep our river safe !

The Band Rail is Playing At Kinder's on Saturday, Sept. 15th........... 

Received the following e-mail from Bobby.

 

  A big hello to all.... this is Bobby from Rail, I just wanted to let you all know we have finally booked a date at Kinder's and we would like to invite you all to come kick it up with us on September 15th from 8:30 till 12:30 at Kinder's. 

 

  The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car.

  

  The Summer is slowly coming to an end so we hope to see you all one more time before it does. 

 

Be there or be square. 

Peace out 

Bobby

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     John DiFatta and Pat DiFatta (pdifatta@yahoo.com) 
Date:      Thu 06 Sep 2007 01:13:33 AM EDT 
Subject:   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our favorite Gor-rilla Carl Tieman!!! 

Hope you have a safe and wonderful birthday - 

Now let the celebration begin! 

 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 

 

 

 

Wednesday..... 5 Sept 2007

 

Click on picture to enlarge

Our River Picture of the Day .......  is from Capt'n George Shindel.  George and his wife, Mary,  took a cruise up the Illinois River Valley this past weekend in their land yacht.  George sent us some pictures of the Towboat America and the Golden Rod Showboat at their present day moorings near Kampsville. 

 

George wrote:

 

Hi Bill,

Mary & I took a drive up the Illinois River Valley today. We crossed on the Kampsville Ferry. It looks the the re-building of the Tug America is coming alone quite well. 

George

 

Below are links to pictures of the Towboat America when it was moored near Winfield Dam.....Click here for aerial shotrear viewup-close front view.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on the Day In 2005 ----  was of one of the  Cardboard Boat Races at Two Rivers Marina on Labor Day weekend in 2005.  The competition was heating up in this picture as these guys were on the last leg of the race and heading to the finish line.  There were a couple of sinkings during the different heets with one right at the starting line.   The cardboard boats were taken out of the water right away after the each heet to dry-out a bit before the next race..   What a blast !

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The Band Rail is Playing At Kinder's on Saturday, Sept. 15th........... 

Received the following e-mail from Bobby.

 

  A big hello to all.... this is Bobby from Rail, I just wanted to let you all know we have finally booked a date at Kinder's and we would like to invite you all to come kick it up with us on September 15th from 8:30 till 12:30 at Kinder's. 

 

  The ferry will stay open until 2:00am for those who wish to come by car.

  

  The Summer is slowly coming to an end so we hope to see you all one more time before it does. 

 

Be there or be square. 

Peace out 

Bobby

Constance is Playing At Kinder's on Sunday, Sept. 9th.... 2:00PM 6:00PM

RiverBills.com.... A New Record  

     84,888 visitors in August

Thanks everyone... for Logging On !

 

Click on picture to enlarge

 

An Open River.....   Above is a picture taken last Friday from the up-river side of Lock and Dam 26 at Alton.  All the gates are up......... It's an open river.  The gates are up high enough to see under them.

 All the gates are up......... It's an open river   

 

   

    According to the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers St. Louis District website ....Lock and Dam 24 at Clarksville, Mo,  Lock and Dam 25 at Winfield, Mo and Lock and Dam 26 at Alton, IL  were all open river last week.  "The term "Open River" refers to when the gates are opened all the way to let the river pass unhindered."

   Click here  to read the news article titled.... "St. Louis District Lock and Dam Sites at Open River".  

 

Click here to read a news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph about the open river.  It contains an excellent shot of the open gates at Lock and Dam 26 with the Clark Bridge and Alton in the background.

Kinder's Restaurant....On and Sometimes In The River .....618- 883- 2586

Click here   

Little John's Motorsports Update .....

 

HI Bill

Another reminder for anyone that has a PWC, and would like to race it on a clock.
This coming weekend, Sept. 8th and 9th, in New Athens IL would be the place.
All you need is a helmet, and life jacket.
The cost is $25.00 for the whole weekend
There are four or five entered so far, and should be great fun.

This is also a IHBA race, We will be defending our #1 position in Div. three.
It is a co points race with SLDBA, We will be trying to improve on our #3 spot.

More important than any of this, we have a pretty good party planned for my birthday on Sat. night. It is our last local race for the season, and only 75 miles from Woodland.
COME OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN

Contact info.... 636 250 4187 

                            LITTLEJOHNSINC@aol.com
                            www.LITTLEJOHNSINC.com

The Family And Team Of Little Johns Motorsports

Little John's Motorsports Website Updated.....  

 

Capt', Darryll Weil sent us the following e-mail:

 

Bill:
Updated www.littlejohnsinc.com website with the latest drag boat racing information. Go to http://www.littlejohnsinc.com/dragboatupdate.htm to see what is coming up this weekend with Little Johns Motorsports in New Athens Illinois, particularly the personal water craft race open to anyone.
Darryll

Power Boat Nationals Kankakee River.....   The on-line Daily Journal  contained a news article about the.....  Power Boat Nationals held on the Kankakee River at Kankakee, IL this past weekend.  Glyn Mathewstook the honors and won the 2007 APBA National Title......   

 Click here to read the article.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     Joe (vbcrusher1@yahoo.com) 
Date:      Wed 05 Sep 2007 05:11:17 AM EDT 
Subject:   Want to purchase River House 


We are looking to purchase a house or cabin along the river....... 

Please contact Joe ........vbcrusher1@yahoo.com 

 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

Tuesday..... 4th Of Sept 2007

 

Click on picture to enlarge

Our River Picture of the Day .......  is from Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser ...."After You".

Yacht Club of St. Louis Patio Bar Bash

 

Darryll wrote:

 

Yacht Club of St. Louis had their "Patio Bar Blast" Saturday, Sept. 1st at the new outside bar with DJ Ray spinning some tunes. We stayed til they closed and had a "Blast" of course. 

  Here's a pic of some of the people at the bar under the Gazebo.

Darryll

 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on the Day In 2005 ----  was a black and white glossy "Jamaica Daze 2005" poster . 

Photo by  Marty Henderson at www.fotou1.net

 

A picture is worth a thousand words.  

Yah Mon !

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........  Dated 31 August is out for the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

Lost: Men's Titanium Wedding Band........  

 

Lost:     Men's Titanium Wedding Band
Where:  Iowa Island
When:   17 June 2007
e-mail: mthomure@centurytel.net
Ring has the word "Bluebird" inscribed on the inside. We know it is a
long shot someone would find this but you never know!

Thanks,
Sue Thomure

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

   Fire/explosion Missouri River, Near Washington, Mo ------  

 

   The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued a News Release dated 09/02/07.

 

A boater, in a 24' Baja,  was adjusting the carburetor because he was having trouble.  When he tried to start the engine a spark caused a fire that damaged the engine and swim deck. 

  A fire extinguisher was used to put the fire out.

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07070184  

 

Fri, Sat, Sun...31 Aug, 1 & 2 Sept 2007

It's Labor Day Weekend

 Updated Sun At ...6:30 PM

Updated Sun At 6:45 PM

Our River Picture of the Day ...Monday....  is of some of the boaters in Mason Chute Sunday afternoon..

 

Updated Sun At 12:45 PM

Our River Picture of the Day ...Sunday....  is of Gabie McGarrah the flamenco guitarist posing with "the Girls" in front of the Rotten Apple Saturday afternoon.  Make sure you catch his act next time your in Grafton.

 

Updated Sat at 8:00 AM

Our 1st River Picture of the Day ...Saturday....  is of blues artist.....GITLO at Longshot Salloon last night.  He is playing there all weekend....Make sure you stop in and listen to him.

    GITLO

 

Updated Sat at 8:50 AM

Our 2nd River Picture of the Day ...Saturday....  is of the low water conditions at Alton on Friday.  You can see the boat ramp under the bridge is a long way from the water and the barge on the right is high and dry.

  We called the marina for directions.........and made it in and out of the harbor alright in a large cruiser.  

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ...Friday....  is from Tracy of the boat "Never Say Never"

    River Rat Cat

Little Bit

Hi River Bill

Thought there should be a River Rat for Cats, I have seen a few other cats on the river, here is a pic of ours.

 

 Her name is Little Bit........And it not for her size. 

Thanks.

Tracey
Never Say Never

RiverBill says....Thanks Tracy....Guess we will have to start a River Rat Cat page !  

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Updated Sun at 6:30PM

The River Picture on the Day In 2006 --Monday--  was a sunset from Pop Dorn.

Pop Dorn wrote:

 

  Boy you cant beat this, Mississippi River, Island 521, 9-2-06, Sun Set, Rick Dorn's 24 foot Sun Runner,  this is the way to live. 

Pop Dorn

 

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Updated Sun at 6:30PM

The River Picture on the Day In 2006 --Sunday--  It was an e-mail and picture sent in byCapt'n Glen Sadowski.

 

Glen wrote in his e-mail in 2006:

 

 Hi Bill,

Thanks for the nice write up on RiverBills today.

 Here is a photo that I took today on Lake Borgne, near New Orleans. I have arrived to my destination, near New Orleans and will fly home tomorrow.

Glenn

 

Click here to see pictures of Glen and Greg Sadowski from Aug 30, 2006 on their recent  travels delivering boats. 

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Click on picture to enlarge

 

Updated Sat at 7:45

The River Picture on the Day In 2005 --Saturday--  It was one of those great river sunsets...... Wow !    I snapped this picture just a bit up-river from Kinder's.  You can see the lower end of Two Branch Island on the right hand side... 

What a sunset !  

 

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Click on picture to enlarge

 

The River Picture on the Day In 2005 --Friday--  It was a picture is of  sailboats maneuvering the summer breeze in front of the bluffs along the Great River Road.   The picture was taken by Larry Byrnes from Captain Gary Bowers' boat.   

 

Note:  This is one of the pictures chosen for RiverBills.com advertisement poster you see in businesses around the St. Louis area. Thanks Larry !

 

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Updated Sat at 8:15

Flood Predictions ......

 

Predications below are from National Weather Service website as of 8:29 PM Tuesday, Aug 28

 

Winfield has crested an is predicted to go down below flood stage on Saturday 9-01-07

 

Grafton has crested an is predicted to go down below flood stage on Sunday or Monday 9-03-07

 

Alton has crested below flood stage.

 

 

Click here for current river levels and forecasts

 at Winfield, Grafton and Alton

 

The river is almost free of debris - come on out !

ITCS Memo 

  UPDATED ILL. RIVER HIGH WATER ADVISORY........

 

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:

 

To: riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: UPDATED ILL. RIVER HIGH WATER ADVISORY 
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 10:16:23 -0500 
ITCS MEMO # 2595



SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY: 


A.   ZONE 7 (MILES 145.6 - 180.9) ON THE ILR IS IN THE HIGH WATER RECOVERY PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX. 
B.   ZONES 1, 5, AND 6 (MILES 102.0 - 145.5) ON THE ILR ARE IN THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OF THE ILR WAP ANNEX. 
D.   DOWNSTREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS OPERATING IN THE ZONES IN THE ACTION AND WATCH PHASES UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. 
E.   ZONES 3 AND 4 (MILES 50.0 - 101.9) ON THE ILR MAY ENTER THE HIGH WATER WATCH PHASE OVER THE NEXT 2 DAYS DUE TO THE HIGH WATER CONDITIONS NORTH OF ZONE 4. 
F.   ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATIONS SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. ALL MARINERS SHOULD EXCERISE CAUTION IN ZONE 7(BETWEEN MILES 166.5-178) AND ZONE 6 (BETWEEN MILES 138 - 139.5) ON THE ILR TO PREVENT ANY WAKE DAMAGE TO WATERSIDE STRUCTURES. 
G.   DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS, DRIFT OF DEBRIS MAY BE AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION, AND IT MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. 
H.   ALL MARINERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENSURE THAT ALL MOORED VESSELS AND BARGES ARE ADEQUATELY SECURED WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED VELOCITY AND HIGH WATER. 
I.   COTP UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REMINDS ALL MARINERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AND TO BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT DURING ALL BRIDGE AND LOCK APPROACHES IN THESE ZONES DUE TO SWIFT CURRENTS. 

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2595  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

 

River' Report ........John Patrico, of Eagles Landing Marina, reported that the river conditions are fine....The floating debris is almost gone.....come on down.

River's Up - No where to go ........Except to the Yacht club

   Sat Sept 1st ....Labor Day Patio Bar Bash...2PM til Midnight 
BBQ.... Ray the DJ
Click here for more info

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

81 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. 

(Report made on 8/30/2007)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

84 degrees, rising, muddy; catfish fair on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 8/30/2007)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Updated Sat AT 8:30

RiverBills.com.... Visitor Counts  

We have surpassed last month's all time record visitor count !

     Total unique visitors for July 2007 as of 7-31-07 was......68,856

     Total unique visitors for Aug 2007 as of 8-31-07 is........ 84, 888

 

We have surpassed the 80,000 visitor mark this month

Thanks everyone for Logging On !

August 31, 1989 in River History ------  
   

St. Louis traded the MacArthur Bridge for the Eads Bridge with the Terminal Railroad Association .

 

Source: http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis-city/macarthur/

Memorial Celebration for Helen Tully........

 

Where: Polestar Marina - Belle of the Night
Date: September 15, 2007
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Please join the Tully family, in remembering a beautiful loving woman, Helen Tully. She would love all of her friends and family to gather and have fun and remember.

Thanks!
Jan Schlichting

Palisades Yacht Club........

 

Bill,

Sunday.......Music by Charles Hillard from 3-6 p.m.

Sunday Night....Music by Heather and the Hollywoods  from 8-11pm see their web page below:
www.heatherandthehollywoods.com

Monday.....Music by "The Last Resort" 2-6pm

Also Barry plans to run Beef Brisket for the Special this weekend!!!

Thanks
Amy

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill.......

   

HEY THERE BILL,

WE WILL BE OPEN LABOR DAY MONDAY SEPT 3RD AT 11:00 A.M. AND CLOSING AT 7 P.M.
LIVE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND IS.... TIM SESSION SAT. AT 7 P.M.

LUNCH SPECIAL - CHICKEN PHILLY $7.25
DINNER SPECIAL - ST. LOUIS STYLE RIBS $12.95

NEW HOURS OF OPERATION FOR SEPTEMBER, OCT & NOV
KITCHEN
   FRIDAY 11:OO A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
   SATURDAY 11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
   SUNDAY 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
BAR
   FRIDAY 11:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.
   SATURDAY 11:00 A.M. - MIDNIGHT
   SUNDAY 11:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.

MARK BACHMAN

 

Saturday, Sept. 8 

    Great Grafton Pub Crawl .....Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill

 

GRAFTONS PUB CRAWL AROUND THE WORLD IS SEPTEMBER 8TH

JOIN US AT THE LANDING FOR AUTHENTIC JERK CHICKEN
$2.00 RUM PUNCH $3.00 RED STRIPE BEER
LIVE REGGAE MUSIC BY REDEMPTION 6 P.M. - 10 P.M.

$12.OO PER PERSON INCLUDES T- SHIRT AND TRANSPORTATION TO 9 DIFFERENT BARS IN GRAFTON

PLEASE CALL MARK @ 618-786-4745 FOR MORE DETAILS

 

MARK BACHMAN

 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:    BeadMule (glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:     Thu 30 Aug 2007 11:54:18 AM EDT 
Subject: Debris 


As of last night...8/29/07, the river was clean, very little trash

 

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