~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
May 2008

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

It's National Fishing and Boating Week !

 June 1 - 8

 

 

The Weekend Report

Fri, Sat 30, 31 May

Sun 01 June

2008

 

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 Updated Sun at 5:50PM.New Advertiser...Jacquie Bird....Nation Boating & Fishing Week Press Release...News...Pic of the Day...River Levels

 Last Update Sat at 12:30PM...Dan's Boats is Closed...Women In Waders calendar link...Flood Warning..News, Pic of the Day, River Levels

 Updated last at 3:40PM   Mo Fishing Report....Doug Price Benefit...Updated Longshot's hours..Updated Sundowner's Weekend Bands ...Cedar Hill's hours and entertainment

Welcome New Advertisers !

Jacquie Bird

Free Boat Quotes      Same Day Coverage

636-219-3979      e-mail  jbird@hlia.net

"Protecting the American Dream"

Homeowners ..... Auto ..... Business ..... Boat..... Motorcycles

Click here for more info

Classic Marine

1248 Continental Dr

Wentzville, Mo

636- 887- 4006

Click here to check out their ad

Picture of the Day

Sunday

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of Day ....Sunday .. are from Pat Binder of Eagles Landing fame.

 

 

Hi Bill

Here is that Picture of Joe Determined to cut the grass dispite the
Flood.

Pat

 

RiverBill says...This picture is from two or three weeks ago...Eagles Landing is open for business.

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of Day ....Saturday.. are from Ron Bachman, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat "Done Looking".

 

Hello Bill,

     Here Are Some Pictures I Took In Front Of Our Boat "DONE LOOKING"  At Woodland Harbor.

     Looks As If The Little Fawn Is Saying, Keep Your Chin-Up. He`s Part Of The Landscape In Our Rock Garden.

 

Ron Bachman

 

Pictures of the Day

Friday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Pictures and e-mail of Day ....Friday.. are from Steve Nonn, who hails out of Grafton Harbor

 

Hi Bill

We had a few good hours of sun last Sunday (Memorial Day weekend) to go for a boat ride and See Doo ride with our new puppy Stella

This is Stella on her first See Doo Ride with Kelsie Brown and Jayda Tite, the puppy loves the river,has no fear!

The second picture is Stella with Sue Brown and her daughter Kelsie on her first river ride on her owners boat, "Nothin But A Good Time"

Thanks for all you do at River Bills

Steve Nonn

Grafton Harbor

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ....Sunday...  was actually a "Historical Graph" of the   Water Temperature of Alton Pool from Jan 2004 until May 2005.    We had some questions on the Message Board in 2005 about the river water temperature.  The person wrote "Wondering what the average temperature of the river was last summer"  and "When will it get warmer ?"    

  I wrote an evasive answer to the reply because I didn't have any data on actual river water temperatures.   Well, the head of RiverBill's Research Department, Capt'n Gary Bowers,  seen the reply and got his anchor rope all in a knot.    He insisted that we could do better and off he went on another research project. Oh Buoy!  

   He contacted the Corps of Engineers and requested some historical water temperature data.  You know what ~ he go it!  ........All the way back to 2004 for both Winfield and Alton Dams.

  He plotted the data and began studying it when he noticed that there was a difference in water temperature at the two dams.  4 degrees on average.  So we can say that the water warms about one degree for every 10 miles it flows in Alton Pool !  

( Now why is that ? )

   

    So when will the water get warmer ?  It is getting warmer each week until a peak temperature is reached sometime in mid - July.  It should get to be about 80 degrees if this year is anything like 2004..

   What was the average temperature last summer ?   The average at Winfield was 77.2 degrees and at Alton it was 80.4 degrees for the months of June, July and August.

  

Please send all inquiries to:

RiverBill's Research and Development Department

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ....Saturday... was of a  paddle wheeler  in  Dardenne Slough.

 

 Last year Gary Mienershagen and crew spotted it in it's new home.....Key West, Florida.

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Friday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ....Friday... was   3 BBQ pits full of ribs   at the 2005  "Raging Rivers Rib-A-Rama" on Iowa Island.  Carl is front and center showing off the ribs, Dave is on the right and Jim is in the back holding open the lids to the BBQ pits. ....and a group of  Red, White and Blue party goers !

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

    

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Click here for map from Map Quest                    Click Here for website

 Updated Sun at 12:15PM

It's National Fishing and Boating Week !.......... June 1 - 8

 

Click here and check out TakeMeFishing.org website !

 

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The following is an excerpt from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation Press Release e-mailed to RiverBIll's

 

Press Release date...May 2008

 

From June 1 – 8, organizations across the country will encourage people to experience boating and fishing as a way to reconnect with nature and strengthen relationships. Throughout the week, various events will offer hands-on opportunities for families and friends to learn about these recreational pastimes while enjoying quality time together.

"National Fishing and Boating Week is the perfect time for people to experience the benefits of boating and fishing," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "As our study indicates, families and friends that fish and boat together, have stronger relationships. We encourage people to get involved, especially our boating and fishing partners who can help inspire participation among their members and customers." 

RBFF's national study found that people who boat and fish are significantly more satisfied with their marriages, relationships and friendships than are non boaters and anglers. Other key findings include:

  • Boaters and anglers are more likely to have close relationships with their children than non boaters and anglers
  • Boaters and anglers report feeling more satisfied with their mental health than non boaters and anglers
  • Boaters and anglers report that fishing has had a positive impact on their careers, with many of their best ideas coming to them while they're on the water

Click here to read the entire Press Release

on the

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
 

 Updated Sun at 10:30AM

Update....Omaha Towboat, Missouri River

 

   According to a news story in the Alton Daily News, workers have plugged all the holes in the partially submerged towboat, "Omaha",  that ran aground on the Missouri River on Friday morning near West Alton.  The towboat was leaking diesel fuel.

 

  To read the news story, click here.
 

 Updated Sun at 10:15AM

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

   Drowning ...Meramec River, Moselle, Mo ------  

 

   The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued the following News Release

 

  

NEWS RELEASE ID : N07080053
 
Incident Type : Incident Date :
DROWNING
05/30/2008
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
MERAMEC RIVER
4
6:15:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
BRUNNS BRIDGE MOSELLE, MO FRANKLIN
Summary :
The subject was attempting to swim across the river when he appeared to begin struggling, and bobbing up and down. The subject suddenly yelled out for help, and then went down and was not seen again.

Fatalities:

Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
Foree, Vernon 5/20/1991 Pacific, MO
Nearest Relative: City/State :
Marry J. Foree (Mother) Pacific, MO
Taken to : Coroner :
Schrader Funeral Home Russell Rust
Date Body Recovered : Time Body Recovered : Location :
05/30/2008 7:12:00 PM Fifty feet below Brunns bridge
Recovered by : Depth : Swimmer : Unknown
Sullivan Fire Department 8 FT
Method : Wore PFD : NO
Dragging

 

The above is reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol Website

Click here to go to the Missouri State Water Patrol website  

 Updated Sun at 2:20AM

R_E_S_P_E_C_    

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

Kathy Flippo     

 Tow Talkin'        

Updated Sat at 7:50PM

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Benefit for Darlene Skeen....

   Saturday June 28....Shirley's Bar....

 

Updated Sat at 2:30PM

Dan's Boats Is Closed....

  Below is the message on their website

 

 

Updated Sat at 9:30AM

2008 Calendar...Women in Waders

  Hey guys.....It's not to late to get your 2008 Calendar  

  Click here to check out the "Women in Waders"  2008 Calendar

Updated Sat at 9:00AM

Tow Ran Aground On Missouri River Near West Alton

   According to a news story on STLtoday.com ...a towboat ran aground near the 12 mile marker on the Missouri River West Alton on Friday morning. The crew of six men and a woman were not injured.   The tow was carrying about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel and according to the news article probably less than 2,000 gallons leaked out.

To read this full news article, click here

Updated Sat at 8:45AM

Flood Warning

FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
840 AM CDT SAT MAY 31 2008
...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN MISSOURI...
CUIVRE RIVER NEAR TROY AFFECTING LINCOLN COUNTY
.THIS FLOOD WARNING IS A RESULT OF 1 TO 2.5 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THE PAST 24 HOURS AND NO PRECIPITATION FORECAST IN THE NEXT 24
HOURS...

Click here for more info
 

Updated Sat at 8:20AM

Fuel Barges Break Away In St. Louis

There were some fuel barges that broke away from a tow boat when it lost power. This happened just north of the McKinley Bridge. The Coast Guard said that they did not hit the bridge, but floated past it. They were recovered near the Eads and MLK Bridge. This happened around 3:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon. They are still investigating this incident.

To read the full news story in KSDK online, click here

Updated Sat at 8:20AM

Should You Use Sunscreen On Babies?

   On a KSDK online video, Jennifer Blom interviews a nurse from SSM about sunscreen. She asked if we should use sunscreen on babies. The nurse claims that with babies under six months of age we should ask our pediatrician about sunscreen. Babies over six months and children and adults of all ages should use sunscreen every time we go in the sun. Our bodies remember every sunburn our body has had. It can cause cancer later in life. With children, you should use a 15 spf or higher. It should be waterproof and be applied 30 minutes before going into the sun. She also says not to forget the tops of the ears, forehead and top of feet. Those are areas forgotten sometimes when it is applied.

To read more and watch the video, click here

Updated Fri at 3:40PM

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

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

67 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 5/29/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

58 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 5/29/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

Updated Fri at 3:15AM

Benefit In loving memory of Doug Price 1963 to 2008.......

  
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Shirley’s Bar – 4:00pm to close
Location – 3065 N 94, St. Charles , MO

$10.00 Cover

Draft beer & Band will be included
All money raised will be contributed to the funeral expenses & to Doug’s wife, Tracy & their three young children, Riley 9, Jersey 2, and Emmitt 1.

We will have many items to raffle off through out the night.
(Please be present to win)


Questions please contact Clayton Price 636-299-7186

Updated Fri at 2:30AM

Corrected Hours Longshot Saloon.......    636- 899 - 1104

  

Hosted By Tony's on Main Street , St. Charles

Thursday.... .4PM -close
Friday ........ 4PM -close
Saturday.... .Noon -close
Sunday....... Noon -close

Our drink specials all summer long:
$2 Bud light, Bud Light Lime
$3 all other beers, wells
$4 bombs, tall

Our special this weekend is
Catfish in Andy's Seasoning served with fries and a side salad- $11.99

Updated Fri at 2:30AM

Cedar Hill's Business Hours....... 618 - 883- 4455

   Open Sat 11-9 (kitchen)-Bar when all the people are gone-or until 1:00 a.m.

   Sun 11-8 (kitchen)  Live entertainment on the deck 12:30 to 4:30 by Eclipse.

Navigation Notice .....

 

 To:        ALL MARINERS
From:    Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:     5/29/08
Subject: Shoaling


NAVNOTICE # 1146

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE CG RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING EXTENDING APPROX 25-50 FT INTO THE CHANNEL ALONG THE NUN BUOY LINE IVO MM 245.3 UMR WITH L/D 25 UPPER POOL GAUGE READING 432.45 ON THE 29MAY08. MARINERS ARE
REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TO TRANSIT THIS PORTION OF THE RIVER WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

Click here to go to NavNotice #1146

 


Click here to go to the United States Coast Guard ...CG/COE Hot Topics website for more information

Rafting Up .....   Mike and Rosie Holaus, who hail out of The Duck Club in the cruiser "Swing Set", sent us the following e-mail about "Rafting Up."

 

Hi Bill,


Rafting up season is finally upon us and some reminders may be in order for our boating friends out there.
When approaching a raft up, or other boats at anchor, assume that you will be putting out your ground tackle. If your boat is equipped with a good anchor and a windlass, this should be the rule rather than the exception, especially during an approaching weather front. Fast currents like we have right now make anchoring a tricky proposition, and the anchor holding a boat you are approaching to tie up to may be just barely holding that boat. Also, early in the year, fast currents and changing river bottoms over the winter may result in a "soft" bottom, also making some anchors difficult to obtain thier "bite". Tying up first, and then dropping your anchor straight down off your bow may show good intentions, but for the most part is ineffective unless there is no current or wind. It is necessary to tie up after dropping your hook unstream, or upwind, and then letting enough scope out to sufficiently hold your own vessel in the event circumstances require someone leaving in a hurry, paricularly if that someone has the only good anchor out.
Of course there can be exceptions, such as smaller vessels without windlasses, but take a queue from the vessels captain you are tying up to. Recently some friends approached just when the skies opened up and lightening was crashing all around. Getting them tied up and safely inside was the most important thing at that point, so some calculated risk was taken and it was decided to forgo an extra anchor at that point, but a close eye was kept on the bank to insure that the rest of the boats stayed hooked.
Hope these tips help. Sometimes rules like these may upset some other boaters, but it's better to ruffle some egos early on rather than risk health and property later on. Then it's too late.
 

Thanks,

Mike & Rosie Holaus
Swing Set


P.S.
Sometimes "necked" women are "armed".

US Army Corps of Engineers News.........

   

St. Louis Hosts Midwest Levee Conference
 

St. Louis, May 29, 2008 - More than 300 levee experts representing a broad spectrum of specific interests in the nation’s flood protection system infrastructure will gather in St. Louis next week for a Midwest Levee Conference.  The conclave is being hosted  by the Society of American Military Engineers, St. Louis Post and the American Society of Civil Engineers, St. Louis Section, with strong participation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District.

[ More ]

 

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

River Grilling.........

   Which Is More Convenient – Gas Or Charcoal Grilling?

 

    With it being barbecue season now, many of us are getting out our grills. Some prefer to barbecue on the gas grill. They just get out their propane tanks, turn on the knob and put the meat on the grill. There’s no messy charcoal, smell of charcoal lighter and ashes to clean up afterward. That way is obviously quicker. Others prefer the charcoal grill. Even though it takes much longer because you have to wait for the hot coals to get hot before you can grill and then you have to clean up the ashes afterwards. Charcoal users would much rather have their food cooked that way because of the smoked taste that the charcoal adds to the food. Everyone has their favorite way to barbecue. What is yours?

 

To read this full article, click here on St. Charles Journal

Con Trios Yacht Club's Champagne Brunch......



Also a quick reminder to get your Champagne Brunch reservations in.

June 8th is coming quick!
 

 

RiverBill's May Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

A Book Of River Recipes & History

    A writer from Illinois, who has published more than 40 books, has recently published a new book. His books are usually of drawings in particular communities in Illinois. This book, however, is also of drawings, but he has allowed people in the communities say what they want and submit recipes. This book was written by the fall of 2007 and was on the bookshelves before Mother’s Day this year. His goal is to do 20,000 drawings in his lifetime. He has done 6,000 or 7,000 at this time.

 To read more about this writer and his books, click here on the telegraph.com

Top 10 Boating Destinations .........

   The on-line Mad Mariner Magazine has an article on the "Top 10 Boating Destinations" in the following categories........

Fishing, Sailing, Cruising, Watersports

 

  Click here and check-it-out !

 

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the May 29 th edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was a picture from 1970 of a bow hunting fisherman in the flood waters at Portage Des Sioux.

 

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 29 May 2008

 

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture of Day ......  Was sent to us by Jan DeSherlia, of Grafton Harbor fame.   It's a picture of the harbor's pool being set in place !   It's going to make Grafton Harbor even a better boating destination.

 

See ya at the pool this summer !  


 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ...  was of of a miniature   Tug Boat  entering Lake Center Marina.     

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

    

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Navigation Notice .....

   Lock and Dam 25 Cloasure at MM 241.4 on 03 June 208

   

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/28/08
Subject: LOCK AND DAM 25 CLOSURE AT MM 241.4 UMR ON 03 JUNE 2008
NAVNOTICE # 1145

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0195-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL 032030Z JUN 08
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0195-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
LOCK AND DAM 25 (LLNR 16095) AT MM 241.4 UMR WILL BE CLOSED TO
NAVIGATION ON 03 JUNE 2008 FROM 0730 CDT UNTIL 1530 CDT. THE CLOSURE IS NECESSARY TO REPLACE THE HIGH-SPEED COUPLING ON THE #1 MITER GATE.
DURING THIS TIME PERIOD OF THE CLOSURE, TOWS WILL BE ALLOWED TO WAIT ON THE GUIDE WALLS UNLESS DIRECTED BY THE LOCKMASTER. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MARINERS MAY CONTACT THE LOCKMASTER ON VHF-FM RADIO CHNL 14 OR 16.

 



Click here to go to the United States Coast Guard ...CG/COE Hot Topics website for more information

Public Notices Open For Comment

   Posted on the US Army Corps Of Engineers Website.....

 

St. Louis Corps Of Engineers Permits Office Public Notices Open for Comment:.

   

P-2677: The US Army Corps of Engineers Project Management Branch requests Section 10 and Section 404 authorization to conduct stabilization repair measures at Lock and Dam Number 25, located at Mississippi River mile 241.5. The public notice comment period opens on May 23, 2008 and closes on June 6, 2008. 

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

 

Flooded Roads ....Closures In West Alton, Missouri

    There have been many road closures with all of the flooding going on. On Hwy 94, near 67, in West Alton, there was about 2 or 3 feet of water standing on the road. The Missouri Department of Transportation worked to push the water off into nearby fields. Unfortunately, there is nowhere for the water to go. Since we are supposed to have a couple of dry days, they are hoping that it will have a chance to dry up. However, there is more rain in the forecast for Friday night and Saturday. Officials worry about people who try to go through the flooded waters, even after they have put up signs to warn people of the flooded roads. Many cars have been swept away and stranded in or on top of their cars.

To read more about these flooded roads on The Telegraph.com, click here

Cedar Hill Resort This Weekend..........

 

    Sat. Night ..

    Tom Flynn will be playing Good Olde Rock N Roll  from 7p.m. to 11:00

 

   Click here to check out all the river entertainment in RiverBill's Restaurant Section

   

LongShot Saloon at My River Home This Weekend..........

   

Hosted By Tony's on Main Street , St. Charles

Thursday- 4PM -close
Friday 4PM -close
Saturday 4PM -close
Sunday 4PM -close


Our drink specials all summer long:
$2 Bud light, Bud Light Line
$3 all other beers, wells
$4 bombs, tall

Our special this weekend is
Catfish in Andy's Seasoning served with fries and a side salad- $11.99

 

   Click here to check out all the river entertainment in RiverBill's Restaurant Section

   

The Mad Mariner Magazines Docking Game..........

 

    Play the docking game and Win an Edson PowerKnob

    Click here for more information.

Con Trios Yacht Club News......

        

From:      "Darryll Weil"
Subject:   Con Trios website update
Date:       Wed, 28 May 2008 17:24:39 -0500


Posted the following on the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org)

May 28th, 2008
Got the following email from Bill & Linda Mixon (our famous chefs)
Darryll – Linda and I are pleased to announce the marriage of our son Bill to Sabrina Simons this weekend in Niles, Mi.
Anyone just wanting to give best wishes can
Click Here to go The Knot website of their wedding.
They are honeymooning in Los Cabos, Mexico
Thanks
Bill & Linda

Also a quick reminder to get your Champagne Brunch reservations in. June 8th is coming quick!

Darryll Weil, webmaster

Saturday  May 31

Alton Block Party

Band to be Announced

4 pm - 10:30 pm
The party is on Third Street in downtown Alton, IL between Piasa and State streets.

Just a short distance from Alton Marina.

Dance in the streets to live music.

Wide variety of food and drink.

The last Saturday of every month from May to September.
For more information, call 1-800-258-6645

Sobriety Tests .........

   There are usually three standard tests that a police officer uses when he tests a potential drunk driver. Usually he makes the driver follow his finger with their eyes. Steady eyes usually mean they are not drunk and bouncing eyes can mean they are drunk. However, this can also be a sign of a head injury or neurological problems. This test is accurate about 88 percent of the time. The officer may also ask the driver to walk in a straight line, nine steps, heel to toe, then turn and walk back the same way. This test is only accurate 81 percent of the time. The other test that is used, is the one-legged stand. This test is not as accurate for someone who is obese or have leg weakness. In fact, they find that this test is only accurate about 79 percent of the time. They have been studying these tests and their accuracy since the 1970’s. They compare it to the breathalyzer test.

 To read this full article in the St. Charles Journal, click here

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Tuesday's edition of the St Charles Journal has a related news story....

"On the prowl for drunken drivers".....Click here

 

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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RiverBill's received the following e-mail from the

save-the-delta-queen.org

 

To:           riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    Save the Delta Queen Newsletter, May 2008
Date:        Wed, 28 May 2008 20:24:23 +0200
From: "Save the Delta Queen Campaign Team"

 
Dear River Bill,

Since the Delta Queen has started her 2008 season some weeks ago, there is huge media coverage all along the rivers, both in local TV and newspapers as well as frequent updates at Associated Press. At many Delta Queen port stops people are rallying in her favor. The bill to exempt the Delta Queen from the Safety at Sea Act in the House now has 31 sponsors including two Californian Representatives. In one word: The campaign to save the Delta Queen is really gaining momentum now!

Support in the U.S. Senate needed!
Here comes the next action we'll be taking and where we'd like to ask you for your support: We have pinpointed a potential ally in the Senate. There is a good chance that we can persuade Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to introduce exemption legislation for the Delta Queen. It is crucial that he hears from as many people as possible -- especially from people living in Pennsylvania.
Please contact Senator Specter and ask him to do whatever he can to get an exemption (preferably a permanent one) for the Delta Queen through the Senate. And please ask everyone you know -- especially anyone who lives in Pennsylvania -- to do the same. Also ask them to ask more people to do the same. Here's where you can reach Sen. Specter:

The Hon. Arlen Specter
711 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-1229
Email through his web site: http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Delivering Petitions
Within the next two weeks we will be delivering two sets of petitions and resolutions to Capitol Hill. One set will go to the House leadership. This will consist of petitions, resolutions, and Steamboats.org petition messages that w! e've col lected since our first delivery to them on April 18. The other will go to Sen. Specter. He will be the lucky recipient of the whole kit 'n' kaboodle -- everything the leadership got and everything we've collected since then. Anyone who has petitions or resolutions, please let us know so we can give you details about whom to send them to and when.

The fight to save the Delta Queen has just begun!

Yours Sincerely
Franz Neumeier
www.save-the-delta-queen.org
 

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the April 4 th edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was a picture from 1937 of the Alton Riverfront.  The Hollywood Showboat and the Wenonah are in the foreground.

 

 click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

Wednesday 28 May 2008

 

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture of Day ......  is from Andy

 

Bill,

 

Hey, this pic is from the Loading Dock Sunday night during the insane
Lighting and Thunder show. Enjoy.

 

Andy

 


 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ... was sent in by Capt'n Dave Kelly who hails out of Woodland Marina. 

 

      This picture is of a   WW II Submarine  that is on display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI.    The city of  Manitowoc and the museum are both located on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The connection they have to the Mississippi River is that submarines were built in  Manitowoc during  WW II, loaded on floating dry docks and transported down the Illinois River and then the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. 

 

   Thanks for the picture and interesting story Dave.  

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

    

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Navigation Notices .....

   

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/27/08


Subject: High Waters on the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River CHANGE
NAVNOTICE # 1137..Click here
 

Subject: CAN BUOY OFFSTATION AT MM 112.6 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1139....
Click here

 

Subject: updated WAP
NAVNOTICE # 1140....
Click here

 

Subject: updated WAP
NAVNOTICE # 1141.... Click here

Click here to go to the United States Coast Guard ...CG/COE Hot Topics website for more information

Flood Warnings .....

   

Click here for current Flood Warnings for the St. Louis area from the  National Weather Service.

 

Grafton Harbor...... A Great Success

    According to a news article in the telegraph.com, the town of Grafton had wanted a harbor for 40 years..... and Jan and Joe DeSherlia made it happen.

    Grafton Marina has 200 slips, all of them having electric, satellite, internet connection and water. They have a convenient store with everything you might need, including boat parts, novelty gifts, food, gas and many other things. They also have a restaurant/bar which has a great menu. All of these buildings are made to float. They were actually built to withstand a 500-year flood.

   The Jersey County Business Association named Grafton Harbor and Marina the May... Business of the Month.

  To read this full news article, click here

Road Closures In St. Charles County

     Officials have rescued many people from flooded waters in the past few days. To be sure of places to stay away from, go to this KSDK online article and find a list of roads that are closed due to the flood waters. Be safe and don’t take any chances.

  Click here to get the list of road closures.

River News From Afar....

   A Whole New Meaning To “River Bank” .........

      According to a news story on 7KHQA.....a river clean up crew was working in the Big River in eastern Missouri this past weekend and found an ATM Machine.  When they took a pick up truck with a tow chain, and pulled it out, they found that it didn’t have any money it.  They only found a fish inside.

   During this clean up, the Stream Team hauled off two tons of trash from the river. The trash items included 48 tires, a clothes dryer, a couch, a swimming pool, about 300 pounds of metal and 80 bags of assorted trash.

    Click here to read this news article.

Saturday, 31 May, 2008

          The Great Grafton Pub Crawl

        All Boaters Welcome

 

The Great Grafton Pub Crawl runs from 4-10:00 P.M., featuring the "Barstool Open" miniature golf at participating locations.  Score cards are available for $10.00, and include a T-shirt, shuttle service, and food and drink specials......

 

 

Click here for more information 

 

 

River News From Afar

   A New Boat For The Missing Woman In Bolingbrook, Illinois .....

     The searchers are still looking for Stacy Peterson, the wife of Drew Peterson. Drew is a policeman in Bolingbrook and is also a suspect in his wife’s disappearance. People have been looking for Stacy since last October. They are doing land searches but are also looking in waterways for barrels. There have been over 30 barrels recovered, but they still have not found her. They bought a new 14 foot boat, named Miss Stacy and are using that for their searches.

  To read the entire news article in STLtoday.com, click here

Walkway Unveiled On Tuesday Connecting St. Louis Downtown To The Riverfront

    According to a news story on 5KSDK.com, a new walkway was unveiled on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. This walkway, which is called Lumiere Link is owned by Lumiere Place Casino will be very well-lit and have 24-hour security. It is about a 400-foot walkway and includes moving sidewalks as well. It starts right by Edward Jones Dome at Baer Plaza and goes to the casino on the riverfront.

  To find out more about this new walkway, click here

River History....

 

 

 May, 1890 in River History


Three-span through truss railroad bridge over the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Venice, Illinois was completed in the month of May 1890

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 Coming Soon

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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The following is reprinted from the Save-The_Delata_Queen website

More Save the Delta Queen Rallies

May 20, 2008

Rallies to save the Delta Queen will take place on:

Thursday, June 12 at Marietta, Ohio: At the Public Landing in front of the Lafayette Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Entertainment by The Musicians of Braeburn and the Treblemakers.

Please join one or all of these rallies and urge everyone you know to come out and join in!

The Delta Queen will in port for all three of these events.

Montana State Barefoot Tournament.......

 

From:        "American Barefoot Club" <heeney@barefoot.org>
To:           "Brian Heeney" <heeney@mt.net>
Subject:    MT State Barefoot Tournament June 28th
Date:        Tue, 27 May 2008 20:52:58 -0600

Come meet the
Current World Barefoot Champion!

Montana State Barefoot Tournament

Come and ski the Montana State Barefoot tournament which is going to be held on June 28-29, 2008 on No Wake Lake. This is a private site in Helena, Montana which offer barefooters a chance to ski in ideal conditions and an opportunity meet the current World Champion Keith St Onge.

This site lies in the Heart of the Rockies and will feature a big block Sanger so speed will not be an issue.

This event is being hosted by the Rocky Mountain Barefoot club and will feature 2 rounds of Slalom, Tricks and jump. The entry fee $50.00 and Click Here to download an entry form. Please mail the entry form (so it arrives by June 22, 2008 to avoid the late fee) to the Rocky Mountain Barefoot Club c/o Linda Heeney 4060 Buoy Blvd, Helena, MT 59602. Please write the Check to the Rocky Mountain Barefoot Club.

Friday will feature site familiarization and dinner at the site. Skiing will start Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, with a Skiers meeting and group photo at 7:45 AM.

If you have question Brian or Linda can be reached at 406-443-7996
 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the April 24 th edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was a picture of the lock on the Illinois River at Kampsville.

  Kampsville was originally called Farrowtown, but in 1873 the Village Board renamed itself Kampsville in honor of Capt. M.A. Kamp, a town merchant.

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 27 May 2008

 

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Bunco Brats

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture of Day ......  was sent to us by Capt'n DarrylI.  It's the "Bunco Brats" at Sundowners Bar and Grill last Saturday night !

 

 

What exactly is bunco?

Click here to the Bunco Rules website

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ...

 

Dancin As The Sun Sets

 

With a little coaching from Gary M,  Bernie  decided to dance on the food table yesterday as the sun was setting on another perfect evening. 

Go girl !   

 Look at those classic lines on that cruiser in the background.

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

    

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Flood Warning .....

   

According to a news story on 5ksdk.com more rain is expected on Tuesday and flooding is still a threat.   The unsettled weather pattern will continue due to a cold front sagging southward.

 

Click here for more information

 

Flood Watch .....

   

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch and Flash Flood Warnings for the St. Louis Area.

 

Click here for more information

R/B River Explorer Will Be Visiting  Grafton, IL......

    The R/B River Explorer will be visiting  Grafton, IL on June 4th, July 6th and Aug 29th. The RiverBarge Excursion Line is inviting the public to tour the only floating hotel barge traveling America's rivers and inland waterways. BargeMates will be on hand to give tours and answer any questions you may have. What a great way to learn all about Barging Through America®


    Click here for more information

Helicopter Crash at Lake of the Ozarks......

     According to a news story in the May 26th edition of LakeExpo.com, the body a 9 year old boy was recovered from Lake Of The Ozarks on Monday by Missouri  Water Patrol divers. The boy died in a helicopter accident on Sunday evening near the 15 mile marker.  The wreckage of the helicopter has been removed from lake.

  Click here to read more in the LakeExpo.com.

  Click here to read the Missouri Water Patrols News Release on the crash

Rescuing Land Yacht Drivers From The Flood Waters......

     According to a news story on 5ksdk.com, the recent heavy rains have caused considerable flooding in St. Charles County and drivers are getting into serious trouble when trying to drive on flooded roads    Lake St. Louis and O'Fallon rescue crews have responded to 15 rescue calls in a 24 hour period this past weekend. 

  Click here for more information

 

  According to another news story on 5ksds.com a woman had to be rescued from the roof of her car when it was swept off of Hoff Rd. near Summit Estates Dr.

  Click here to read the on-line news story

Boaters For MS ...Sept 27th at Palisades Yacht Club

 

 

 

Stay tune to RiverBill's for more info as it becomes available

 

 

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net

314-852-2909

May 22, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Coast Guard Auxiliary At Cabela’s in Hazelwood June 8

 

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-13 will set up an outdoor display and boating safety information booth at Cabela’s at the St. Louis Mills Mall on Sunday, June 8 – in conjunction with Cabela’s Father’s Day Sale Events, including a Scouts Challenge, Gun Show, and Kids Fishing Day.

 

There will be an Auxiliary Patrol boat on display, as well as Safety Literature, Life Jacket Displays, Coloring Books and Stickers for the kids and more.  You can pick up a current copy of the Federal Regulations, Missouri Regulations as well as other valuable information.  Auxiliarists will be on hand to answer your questions.

 

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds you that Life Jackets save lives.  Wear one every time, and all the time you’re on the water.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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RiverBill's May Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Rollin' on the River Magazine....... 

 

From:       "Darryll Weil" ,
Subject:    Con Trios Yacht Club website update
Date:        Mon, 26 May 2008 07:11:09 -0500


Updated the Con Trios website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) with the following:

    There is a new free magazine that covers boating related stuff around the Alton Pool. It's called "Rollin' on the River Magazine" and is available at many locations around the area in Missouri and Illinois. The Editor, Bob Smith, was at our Past Commodores Party and wrote a very nice article about the Con Trios Yacht Club and the party.

   You can read the article on their website at:
http://www.rotrmagazine.com/index_files/Page1016.html

Darryll Weil, webmaster

River History....

 

 May 1927 In River History

 During the flood of 1927 The Mississippi River below the city of Memphis, Tennessee reached a width of 60 miles wide.

Click here for more information

 

 

 May 27, 2006 in River History

 Dedication ceremony for the new Grafton harbor

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 Coming Soon

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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The following is reprinted from the Save-The_Delata_Queen website

More Save the Delta Queen Rallies

May 20, 2008

Rallies to save the Delta Queen will take place on:

Thursday, June 12 at Marietta, Ohio: At the Public Landing in front of the Lafayette Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Entertainment by The Musicians of Braeburn and the Treblemakers.

Please join one or all of these rallies and urge everyone you know to come out and join in!

The Delta Queen will in port for all three of these events.

Missouri Water Patrol News Releases for Lake of the Ozarks

    Falling Overboard.......Click here for News Release N07080047

    Falling Overboard.....  Click here for News Release N07080043

    Collision/objects......  Click here for News Release N07080042

 

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the May 24 th edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was a picture from 1939.  It's of the cadets from the Western Military Academy boarding the Capitol, one of the River Bend's popular excursion boats. The young women of Monticello College often joined the cadets for an excursion. 

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to 

Memorial Day Weekend

 

Memorial Day

26 May 2008

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Boschertown Bar & Grill

 3545 N Hwy 94,  St. Charles, MO

(636) 724-9818

 Click here  for Map from  MapQuest

Click here for more information

Welcome New Advertiser !

Piasa Marine 

 2350 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Il

The place to buy your next 

Four Winns, Bentley or JC Ponton Boat !

314- 741- 6665                 618- 465- 7200

 Click here for Map to Piasa Marine

Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

"Thank you for your service and for our freedom"

 

 

How to Fly the Flag of the United States of America

Click here

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ...

 

Classic Boat

----- A very classy looking old  Chris Craft  motoring around near Winfield Dam on a Sunday afternoon in 2005.   I heard that it was a 1940 model.  What a neat looking boat.

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

  

 

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Riverbend Marina 

will offer public ramping 

this holiday weekend only. Friday thru Monday. 
$10 to ramp. $5.00 extra car parking. 
2407 Highway C (end of Hwy C thru gate, turn right to office) 

(636)946-2073
Click here to go to Riverbend Marina website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Eagles Landing Marina.............  Is open for Business

Click here for more info

Flood Warning .....

 

   

According to a news story in the Alton Daily News the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for St. Louis City and County, along with Madison, Jersey, Greene, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties in Illinois.   The entire St. Louis region is under a Flood Watch through Tuesday morning.

 

Click here for more information

Cedar Hill Resort Opens For the Season  on May 24th .....

 

    Live entrainment Sat. May 24th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. rain or shine. 

Call 618-883-4455 or 314-280-8997 for more info.

Memorial Day: Lost Boat Ceremony......

     The Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum holds the Lost Boat Ceremony each year on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, . The event honors the 52 submarines and and 3,000 men who were lost during WWII.


    Click here for more information

Helicopter crashes at Lake of the Ozarks trying to land......

     According to a new story on STLtoday.com a helicopter crashed into the water at the Lake of the Ozarks on Sunday evening while flying in for a landing at a residence.

  The search for a missing passenger is set to resume this morning.


    Click here for more information

Palisades Yacht Club Re-opening This Weekend  .....

    

From:   "Amy Spencer" 
To:        riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Palisades yacht Club
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 11:09:58 -0500 

River Bill,
We plan to be open no later than Sunday and Saturday if all goes well with clean up today and tomorrow. 

Only the Bar will be open and we will serving Luigi & Raffaele pizza's!!!

Thanks,

Amy Spencer

Boaters For MS Party .........

 

  The date is set in the hard sand now !    

September 27th, 2008 at Palisades Yacht Club

 

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available !

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net

314-852-2909

May 22, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Coast Guard Auxiliary At Cabela’s in Hazelwood June 8

 

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-13 will set up an outdoor display and boating safety information booth at Cabela’s at the St. Louis Mills Mall on Sunday, June 8 – in conjunction with Cabela’s Father’s Day Sale Events, including a Scouts Challenge, Gun Show, and Kids Fishing Day.

 

There will be an Auxiliary Patrol boat on display, as well as Safety Literature, Life Jacket Displays, Coloring Books and Stickers for the kids and more.  You can pick up a current copy of the Federal Regulations, Missouri Regulations as well as other valuable information.  Auxiliarists will be on hand to answer your questions.

 

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds you that Life Jackets save lives.  Wear one every time, and all the time you’re on the water.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........

dated 23 Mayt 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.

       

River History....

 

 

25 May 1968 In River History


Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall dedicated the Gateway Arch

Click here for more information

 

 

 

  

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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The following is reprinted from the Save-The_Delata_Queen website

More Save the Delta Queen Rallies

May 20, 2008

Rallies to save the Delta Queen will take place on:

Friday, May 23 at Henderson, Kentucky: Audubon Mill Park beginning at 1:30 p.m. Entertainment by a bluegrass band assembeled by the International Bluegrass Museum.

Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) at Madison, Indiana: Madison Landing from noon to 1:00 p.m. Entertainment by the Ohio River Minstrels.

Thursday, June 12 at Marietta, Ohio: At the Public Landing in front of the Lafayette Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Entertainment by The Musicians of Braeburn and the Treblemakers.

Please join one or all of these rallies and urge everyone you know to come out and join in!

The Delta Queen will in port for all three of these events.

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 22 nd)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph is a picture from 1941.  It's an aerial shot of the quarry along what is now the Great River Road.  

  The quarry at Norman's Landing was worked in 1941 as work on the Great River Road progressed. The rock from the quarry was dumped along the shore of the Mississippi River to form the roadbed of the new highway. 

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to 

Memorial Day Weekend

 

Fri, Sat, Sun..23, 24, 25 May 2008

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated Sun 12:45PM...Incredible Fish Story...Added 340 Sundancer For Sale, IVY Club,Pic of the Day, Updated River Levels

 Updated Sat at 7:45AM...Added Yersteryears Pic for Sun, Eagles Landing Marina Open, News, Pic of the Day, River Levels

Updated at 11:00AM...Riverbend Marina Public Ramping

Welcome New Advertiser !

Boschertown Bar & Grill

 3545 N Hwy 94,  St. Charles, MO

(636) 724-9818

 Click here  for Map from  MapQuest

Click here for more information

Welcome New Advertiser !

Piasa Marine 

 2350 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Il

The place to buy your next 

Four Winns, Bentley or JC Ponton Boat !

314- 741- 6665                 618- 465- 7200

 Click here for Map to Piasa Marine

Pic of the Day

Sunday

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Our River Picture of The Day...Sunday..  is from Captain Greg Sadowski and Crew.  It's a picture of the Lady Atlantic in the Intercostal Waterway near Panama City Florida.  Greg and crew are delivering the Lady Atlantic from Lacrosse, Wisconsin to Delray Beach, Florida.

 

 


Pic of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

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Our River Picture and e-mail of The Day...Saturday..  is from Capt'n Paul Barbary, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat "The Unwinder"

 

 

Hi Bill,
Last week I was in Tucson, Az. visiting my son Josh. While I was there we went tubing down the Salt River and stopped at Saguaro Lake, both not far out of Mesa, Az. I thought you might like to see this beautiful lake in the middle of the desert. The two guy's are myself and my son Josh.
Hope to see you on the river this weekend.

Paul Barbary

Pic of the Day

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Our River Picture and e-mail of The Day...Friday..  is from Capt'n Greg Sadowski and the crew aboard the Lady Atlantic

 

 

Bill,
Here's the "Lady Atlantic" as seen from the thirty first floor, downtown New Orleans.
Picture taken 2 days ago, We're almost to the Alabama-Florida border now.
(Wed, 21 May 2008 12:42:05 EDT)

Greg, Phil, Ernie

Capt'n Greg Sadowski and crew  are delivering the Lady Atlantic down the Mississippi from Lacrosse, Wisconsin to Delray Beach, Florida.

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

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The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ..Sunday.are a couple of my favorites !   

They were sent in by Captain Darryll Weil, who hails out of the yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser  "After You".  Darryll has a good story about boating with his dad in the swimming pool at Blue Springs Lodge many years ago..

 

Let's Go Boating in The Pool !

 

Darryll wrote;

 

Growing up my dad always had a boat and we owned Blue Springs Pool in Fenton.  So, one day, probably over a few cold ones, my dad decided to put our boat in the pool.  With the help of my Uncle Buss and several of our regular customers, the motor was removed, fence taken down and the boat and motor carried into the pool where it was re-assembled!  If I recall correctly the boat was a 15' wood Delta with about a 40 horsepower Mercury.  This is the same boat I learned to drive in at Lake of the Ozarks.  Here's a couple of pics of the adventure.  In the starboard side pic I am the one standing in the pass through with my uncle driving.  In the port side pic my Dad is driving and I am the on the one in back with the paddle.  

Enjoy, Darryll

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

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The River Picture on This Day in 2007 ...Saturday..  were from Greg Jost....

 

1929 on the Mississippi River 

 

Greg wrote in his letter;

 

 

Hello Bill,
   These are the pictures I have told you about. They were taken in the Summer of 1929.  The one on the beach (top) was taken right across from what is now the Duck Club, facing down towards Grafton.  You can see the bluffs in the distant background.  The second guy from the right (sitting down) is my grandfather, Earl Gruenenfelder.  It was his boat.  

  The second picture(bottom), with the boat running, has my grandfather sitting up with my great-great grandmother towards the front, my great grandfather, Edmond Gruenefelder is in the middle wearing a hat, and my great grandmother in the rear.  It was taken in the little slough below the Duck Club.  They had a club house below North Shore from the late 20's that was eventually destroyed in the flood of '93.    I still have the anchor of this boat in my living room.

 

Hope you enjoy these,

  

Greg Jost 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

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The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ...Friday..  The picture on this day in 2005 was of some of the  river crew  on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort.   The light breeze and sunny skies made it a fine place to have some lunch and watch the river flow.   I got to visit with some long time river friends while we were there and I also got to meet some new ones. 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

   As of 7:00 AM Sunday

 

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Riverbend Marina 

will offer public ramping 

this holiday weekend only. Friday thru Monday. 
$10 to ramp. $5.00 extra car parking. 
2407 Highway C (end of Hwy C thru gate, turn right to office) 

(636)946-2073
Click here to go to Riverbend Marina website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Eagles Landing Marina.............  Is open for Business

Click here for more info

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Cedar Hill Resort Opens For the Season  on May 24th .....

 

    Live entrainment Sat. May 24th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. rain or shine. 

Call 618-883-4455 or 314-280-8997 for more info.

Palisades Yacht Club Re-opening This Weekend  .....

    

From:   "Amy Spencer" 
To:        riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject: Palisades yacht Club
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 11:09:58 -0500 

River Bill,
We plan to be open no later than Sunday and Saturday if all goes well with clean up today and tomorrow. 

Only the Bar will be open and we will serving Luigi & Raffaele pizza's!!!

Thanks,

Amy Spencer

 Updated Sun at 12:45PM

Fish Story......  We got the following e-mail from Capt'n Chuck, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina in the houseboat..."Whats Next"

 

 

  I thought you might get a kick out of this if you hadn't seen it yet Bill...........my sister sent it to me...one more thing,THE WATER IS FINALLY COMING DOWN......now the mud is the problem.... Pirate Bob and Johnny P are doing a great job here at Eagles landing, see everyone soon on the water...thanks Bill..have a safe weekend.....chuck, from the houseboat........"WHATS NEXT" in Eagles Landing
 

   Click here and check-out this catfish that tried to eat a red rubber ball !

 Updated Sun at 12:45PM

Incredible Fish Stories......

 

   Check out this website.....A fisherman caught a mackinaw trout while ice fishing in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Utah and when he gutted it there was a human thumb in the fish's stomach...... 

 

Click here and check-it-out !

 Updated Sun at 10:20AM

Invite To Peoria, IL......

  Capt'n Gary Hunt, who hails out of Peoria, IL has invited us all up to go boating !

 

  Gary and RiverBill have been corresponding about boating near Peoria, Il and he mentioned the IVY Club.  Had to ask him what it was....And here is his reply.

 

  Let's go to Peoria.

 

From: "Gary L Hunt"
To: "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net>

Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 09:38:22 -0500


Bill,

  I believe the Ivy Club (Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club) is about the oldest established yacht club still in existence between Chicago and Mobile. We're celebrating our 101st year. We have several members who make it down to Alton each year and a couple that make the trip down the Tenn-Tom to Florida. I'll try to get some pics to you or put up a page like some of the folks down your way did for the Jamaica Daze and stuff. Anyway we have a nice downtown riverfront now, a couple popular beach areas, and several groups rafting up. We get a lot of transients and Eastport at East Peoria does too. In fact Captain Dan from Dan's boats is now a member of our club. I think he advertises on your site. Come on up, the waters fine!!!!

 

Gary
 

Click here for information on the Ivy Club (Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club).  Check-it-out !   A link has been added in the left hand column under Boating Clubs

 

Anheuser-Busch Loving Boaters......

  According to a news story in the The Alton Daily News there are rumors of an Anheuser-Busch takeover by a European brewing company !

  Click here to read the news article

 Updated Sun at 8:30AM

Boat Sales Down....Fuel Prices Up......

  The Mad Mariner Magazine has an article in today's edition about slumpimping boat sales and rising fuel prices.......

  Rising fuel costs have made boaters change their habits .....it's shorter trips and slower speeds now, but most are not expected to give up boating...  It's a way of life.
 

  Click here to read the on-line article.

 Updated Sat at 8:20AM

Public Notices Open For Comment

   Posted on the US Army Corps Of Engineers Website.....

   

P-2677: The US Army Corps of Engineers Project Management Branch requests Section 10 and Section 404 authorization to conduct stabilization repair measures at Lock and Dam Number 25, located at Mississippi River mile 241.5. The public notice comment period opens on May 23, 2008 and closes on June 6, 2008. 

 

Click here for more info

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 Updated Sat at 8:20AM

Navigation Notice ......

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/23/08
Subject: High Waters on the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River CHANGE
NAVNOTICE # 1136......click here

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Kinder's Restaurant .........       Will be open this Friday for the holiday weekend and be open every day through the Summer !

   Kitchen Hours:     Sun - Thurs...11 AM - 9AM....   Fri & Sat.......11AM - 10PM

    The bar is open until 1 PM

   Plenty of dock space for this weekend...come on out !

  Dance Party on June 28th

   Music by the rock and roll band..... Windswept... 9PM -1AM

    www.kindersrestaurant.net

  Updated Sat at 8:15AM

River News From Afar

   The Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th Birthday Party.......

    May 24, 1883 was the grand opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. New York celebrated its 125th birthday Thursday evening. They had fireworks, music and even a birthday cake in the shape of the bridge. This bridge is known as an icon for New York, according to an historian for Brooklyn. It is a 6,000 foot long suspension bridge. It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the nation. Brooklyn’s population grew 46 percent between the years 1880 and 1890, while the bridge was built. It took 13 years to build and cost $15 million. It also cost many people their lives while building it, including the designer of the bridge. He developed an infection on site after getting hurt. Now the bridge transports about 126,000 cars a day. 

 To read the full article on this historical bridge, click here on KSDK online,

Bangert Island Is Officially St. Charles’ Newest Park.....

    Bangert Island, which is bordered by the Missouri River and the South River Road in St. Charles was only a nature island for years. This new park was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation by the Kutz family in 1976. The county bought this property after the 1993 flood and they signed an agreement last fall with them to manage this property for the next 30 years. This park has 2.6 miles of trails. It would probably take someone about 30 minutes or so to walk the trails and about 10-15 minutes to ride your bike on them. Members of the Gateway Off-Road Cyclist will start leading a five-mile mountain bike ride from Frontier Park to Bangert Island and back, starting May 28th and on the fourth Wednesday of the month thereafter. To find out more about these rides call 636-949-7535. 

  To read this full article in the St. Charles Journal, click here

River Ferries .........

 

  The Golden Eagle Ferry re-opened for business on Wednesday, May 21   

  For more info.... call the Golden Eagle Ferry .....618-396-2535 

 

  The Grafton Ferry will re-open for business on Friday May 23

  For more information go to www.graftonferry.com

Boaters For MS Party .........

 

  The date is set in the hard sand now !    

September 27th, 2008 at Palisades Yacht Club

 

Keep your anchor right here for more info as it becomes available !

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

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

65 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 5/22/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

56 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 5/22/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

River Destinations.....

    Alton’s Big Memorial Day Weekend

     Alton will have its 141st consecutive celebration on Memorial Day. The parade starts at Alton Middle School at 10:00 am and will  recognize war veterans, prisoners of war, boy scouts, girl scouts and many other military people. After the parade, there will be a big ceremony to honor certain veterans and other soldiers from past and present wars. 

   To read this news story in TheTelegraph.com..... click here 

Sales Tax Increase For Illinois Levee Repairs.....

       

   Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill on Wednesday that could raise the sales tax in the Metro East area by a quarter cent to pay repairs to the area's levees that stretch from Alton to Columbia  The levees protect 156,000 people and 4,000 businesses.

   Levee repairs are expected to cost about $180 million.  County boards could approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase to pay for repairs. 

 

  Click here to read the news story in STL today.com

100 Gallons of Fuel into the Wrong Hole !

   Matt Tehvis, one of the best bar tenders at the old Captain Jacks Bar & Grill, sent us an e-mail with a link to a news story about a boater in Florida who pumped about 100 gallons of fuel into the rod holder hole on his boat.  Oops ! 

  Most of the fuel went into the bilge of the boat and about 15 gallons went into the water.

   The Marina employees said that it is not uncommon for them to see boaters pump fuel into fishing rod holders because the fuel tank hole is often located near by. 

   Click here to read the news story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

River History....

 

May 24, 1847 in River History

The upper roadway deck of Eads Bridge opened to pedestrians 

Click here for more information

 

 

 May 25, 1968 in River History

Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall dedicated the Gateway Arch

Click here for more information

   

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

Fire Suppression Systems.....

       

   The Mad Mariner Magazine has a good article on marine  fire suppression systems.

 

  Click here to-take-a-look

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

Cleaner Ports For America......

   Congress is trying to get cleaner fuel for ships that come to American ports. This bill would reduce the use of cheap, asphalt-like high sulfur diesel that is burned in many cargo ships. The sulfur content in the fuel used now is a thousand times higher than the fuel used in trucks. Some say that this would put our ports at a bigger disadvantage if we tighten down on our pollution rules. However, many argue that the fuel we are using now can cause asthma and many other respiratory problems. 

To read this full story in KHQA online, click here

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

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The following is reprinted from the Save-The_Delata_Queen website

More Save the Delta Queen Rallies

May 20, 2008

Rallies to save the Delta Queen will take place on:

Friday, May 23 at Henderson, Kentucky: Audubon Mill Park beginning at 1:30 p.m. Entertainment by a bluegrass band assembeled by the International Bluegrass Museum.

Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) at Madison, Indiana: Madison Landing from noon to 1:00 p.m. Entertainment by the Ohio River Minstrels.

Thursday, June 12 at Marietta, Ohio: At the Public Landing in front of the Lafayette Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Entertainment by The Musicians of Braeburn and the Treblemakers.

Please join one or all of these rallies and urge everyone you know to come out and join in!

The Delta Queen will in port for all three of these events.

For You River Hunters .........

   Illinois Hunters Got Over 16,000 Turkeys This Year

    According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, it was the second largest spring turkey harvest. Many thought that the rainy season may have hurt them, but they bagged over 16,000 turkeys. The three highest turkey count was Jo Daviess County with 568 turkeys, Pike County with 552 turkeys and Adams County with 507. 

    To read more about this article, click here on KHQA online

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 22 nd)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph is a picture from 1941.  It's an aerial shot of the quarry along what is now the Great River Road.  

  The quarry at Norman's Landing was worked in 1941 as work on the Great River Road progressed. The rock from the quarry was dumped along the shore of the Mississippi River to form the roadbed of the new highway. 

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

National Safe Boating Week 

May 17 - 23

 

 

It's Thursday...22 May 2008

National Maritime Day

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

Boschertown Bar & Grill

 3545 N Hwy 94,  St. Charles, MO

(636) 724-9818

 Click here  for Map from  MapQuest

Click here for more information

Welcome New Advertiser !

Piasa Marine 

 2350 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Il

The place to buy your next 

Four Winns, Bentley or JC Ponton Boat !

314- 741- 6665                 618- 465- 7200

 Click here for Map to Piasa Marine

Pic of the Day

 

  

 

 

  

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of The Day.....  

Hey there Bill!!!

   Who says we can’t boat in this high water!!!! It may have taken us a boat to get to our boat but there was no way we were missing out on the nice weather last Sunday. So we packed the coolers and made a day out of it. Stopped by Oasis for a great lunch and enjoyed taking in the sun!! Can’t wait for next weekend.

There is two pictures of Me (David) & my girlfriend (Brittany) 

Carl Dancing away on the boat beached at Enterprise Island

Me and Jeremy Riding in the boat. 

David Vinson 
Repco Graphics, Inc.
8405 Saint Charles Rock Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

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The River Picture on This Day in 2007 .....  was from Mike Vitale. 

 

Hi Bill,

   Here is shot from Sunday on Iowa that was too good not to share. It was on the bow of “Blonde Moment” out of Duck Club Marina. 

   It looks like Blonde Moment was very appropriate name that day. Good Health and Good Boating.

Michael Vitale
Regional Vice President
Merrlin Mortgage Corporation

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for sharing Mike !  I think Summer is here ! 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

It's National Maritime Day.........

 

   National Maritime Day is a United States holiday created to acknowledge the maritime industry. It's on the same day, May 22,  that the  American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the "first ever" transoceanic voyage under steam power. 

  The holiday was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933

 

 The following reprinted from

  the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration website:

 

  National Maritime Day is observed in a variety of ways.  Many U.S. seaports have open houses and special celebrations.  Propeller Club chapters all over the United States hold special luncheons.  At merchant marine memorials, such as the one in New York City, and the one in San Pedro, California, memorial observances are held.  In November 2005, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make National Maritime Day a Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Seafarers and People of the Sea.  It is the day the nation, and particularly those in the U.S. maritime industry who are responsible for handling America's imports, exports, domestic shipments and its millions of annual cruise passengers, honor those who currently serve and have served as merchant mariners in service to their country. On a larger scale however, National Maritime Day is a day to pay special tribute to the benefits that the maritime industry provides this country and to all who live here.

 

Click here for more information on the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration website

River Ferries .........

 

  The Golden Eagle Ferry re-opened for business on Wednesday, May 21   

  For more info.... call the Golden Eagle Ferry .....618-396-2535 

 

  The Grafton Ferry will re-open for business on Friday May 23

  For more information go to www.graftonferry.com

 

  

Yesterday Picture of the Day.....

River Bill - 

As a daily visitor to your site I am shocked and saddened you would use a picture of our country's flag in distress as a picture of the day... and further title it/pass on the title 'Spirit of the River Rat'. 

This flag has clearly been up longer than the current flood and it is disrespectful to treat our flag like this, let it get in this condition or to hold it up as a 'picture of the day'. A picture with a note 'Flag in distress' - Please Address, would be a better approach for posting this photo. The only 'spirit' this shows is neglect and lack of respect! 

We have men and women in service all over the world fighting for our flag and freedom, I do not think they would welcome a picture-of-the-day like this if they had a chance to visit your site. I urge you to reconsider leaving this up as the photo of the day, or at minimum post a 'proper care of the flag' note similar to the other public service postings you put up.

Thanks for your consideration of our great country's flag!

Steve Pogulis 

RiverBill says.... The picture has been removed.  The posting was poor judgment my part. 

Your River Bar-B-Q Could Could Cost 6% More Than Last Year......

      The price of gas is not the only thing that has gone up this past year. The cost of wheat, corn and other food has also gone up too. According to an article on KSDK online, a normal Bar-B-Q dinner for a family, including burgers, potato salad, beans and chips could cost about 6% more than last year. Consumers are reportedly more store brands as opposed to brand name item. 

To read this full article, click here

Gas Prices Hit A New Record High

    According to a news article in TheTelegraph.com ..... gas prices at "land yacht filling stations" hit a new record high of $3.98 per gallon on Wednesday. That was just one day after oil went up to $129 a barrel. 

    To read this full news story, click here

 

Con Trios Yacht Club's Champagne Brunch....

   This year's Con Trios Yacht Club's  Champagne Brunch will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 2008 at Sundowners at Yacht Club of St. Louis.

 

    Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website for more information

    http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/

     

National Turtle Day....

   On Saturday, May 24th, there will be a celebration at the Humane Society at Macklind. This celebration is National Turtle Day. This event will give information about turtles, their habitats and some interesting facts about them. Most turtles live on the land, but many of them are very good swimmers. There are actually a lot of turtles found in the Mississippi River. There has been a tremendous drop in the number of turtles worldwide. This day to recognize turtles will also give answers to why they are declining in population. 

  Click here to go to the St. Charles Journal to read more about this event and learn a little more about turtles.

River History....

 

May 22, 1955 in River History

The St. Louis Power Squadron was chartered on 22 May 1955 mainly by three St. Louisans. P/C Wilson Dalzell, Otto McDaniel and Fridtjof S. Egilsrud.

 

 

May 22 in River History

    National Maritime Day is a United States holiday to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed on May 22, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. 

   

 

May 22, 1849 in River History

That was Abraham Lincoln patented his invention "Buoying Vessels Over Shoals" on  May 22, 1849. 

  

   Did you know that Abraham Lincoln as a young man  spent  time on riverboats? In 1828 and then again in 1831, Lincoln and friends steered flatboats loaded with farm produce and other cargo down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

   During his second trip, their boat got stuck on top of a small dam on the Sangamon River and started to take on water. They tried unsuccessfully to pull the boat over the dam, but it would mot move. Lincoln then had his crew shift the cargo to help balance the boat and drilled a hole in the front of the boat to let the water out.  He plugged the hole and pulled the boat over the dam.  This lead him to the invention and patent. 

  Click here for more information from the Today in Technology website.

May 17 - May 23 

National Safe Boating Week 

 

  NATIONWIDE CONTEST FOR SURVIVOR STORIES IS PART OF 2008 NORTH AMERICAN SAFE BOATING CAMPAIGN

Click here for more info and to enter

 

Click here for National Safe Boating Council Press Release.

 

Click here to view "Boating Fatalities 1991-2006"

 

Click here to "Take The Pledge"

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

Cedar Hill Resort Planning Will Open For the Season  on May 24th .....

 

Bill,

We are again postponing our opening until next Sat. May 24th. We will also like to let everyone know we will be open Memorial Day. We will open regardless if the Golden Eagle is in operation or not. 

 

As Dave would say.... "Come hell or high water we are opening ! "

 

 We will have live entrainment Sat. May 24th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. rain or shine. If anyone has any questions they can call either one of us at 618-883-4455 or 314-280-8997.

Sincerely,
Carrie Ash

Kinder's Restaurant .........

  

   Will be open this Friday for the holiday weekend and be open every day through the Summer !

 

   Kitchen Hours:

   Sun - Thurs...11 AM - 9AM

   Fri & Sat.......11AM - 10PM

   

   The bar is open until 1 PM

 

   Dance Party on June 28th

   Music by the rock and roll band..... Windswept... 9PM -1AM

 

   Plenty of dock space for this weekend...come on out !

 

   There website will be updated shortly ...   www.kindersrestaurant.net

Update.. 3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Digital TV Converter Boxes, 12 volt model .........

  

To:            RiverBill 
Subject:     Con Trios website update 
Date:         Wed, 21 May 2008 09:04:35 -0500 

Posted the following information on the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org):

Digital TV Converter Boxes, 12 volt model
Con Trios member Jim Morgan found a 12 volt Digital TV converter box on the web that qualifies for the $40 converter coupon offer. He has ordered one and is going to let me know how it works. Looks like this might be a possibility if you don't have a generator or simply run your TV off of the battery system. Here's a link for more information:
http://www.data-action.com/ehtm/product_set-top-box.htm
Jim said it cost him $12 after the coupon and rebate.

Darryll Weil
Computer repair, upgrades, tech support and
Webmaster for the following websites:
www.captainweil.com
www.contriosyachtclub.org
www.blessingofthefleetstl.com
www.littlejohnsinc.com
www.riverbirds.net (a spoof of RiverBills

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 22 nd)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph is a picture from 1941.  It's an aerial shot of the quarry along what is now the Great River Road.  

  The quarry at Norman's Landing was worked in 1941 as work on the Great River Road progressed. The rock from the quarry was dumped along the shore of the Mississippi River to form the roadbed of the new highway. 

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

  RiverBill's Message Board is a public service for the boaters who frequent this website.  

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them; they are not reflective of the views or opinions of RiverBills.com LLC.

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Name:    Jim (seaspriteboater@yahoo.com) 
Date:      Wed 21 May 2008 09:18:38 AM EDT 
Subject: Flag Picture 


Bill I dont understand why you would put a picture of a ripped up american flag on the website thats not this river rat spirt thats a disgrace. that flag needs to be disposed of properly I think your sending the wrong message.Thats my 2 cents 



Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 

 

 

 

 

National Safe Boating Week 

May 17 - 23

 

 

It's Wednesday...21 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

Boschertown Bar & Grill

 3545 N Hwy 94,  St. Charles, MO

(636) 724-9818

 Click here  for Map from  MapQuest

Click here for more information

Welcome New Advertiser !

Piasa Marine 

 2350 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Il

The place to buy your next 

Four Winns, Bentley or JC Ponton Boat !

314- 741- 6665                 618- 465- 7200

 Click here for Map to Piasa Marine

Pic of the Day

 

  

Removed !

 

Our River Picture of The Day.....  

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 .....  was of  Dennis, Sue & Friends from one of the Thursday Night Parties at Iowa Island Beach. 

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

 

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Lewis Boats

Marine Sales & Service

Boston WHALER            SKEETER Fishing Boats          YAMAHA

   We pledge to treat our customers with respect, honesty, and friendliness, and to provide products of quality and value.

4030 N Service Rd        Saint Peters, MO 63376       (636) 949-9926

Click here for map from Map Quest                            Click Here for website

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Navigation Notice.........

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/20/08
Subject: High Waters on the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River CHANGE
NAVNOTICE # 1128.......... Click here

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Golden Eagle Ferry .........

 

  The Golden Eagle Ferry is open for business today ( Wednesday, May 21).   

 

  For more info.... call the Golden Eagle Ferry .....618-396-2535 

Kinder's Restaurant .........

  

   Will be open this Friday for the holiday weekend and be open every day through the Summer !

 

   Kitchen Hours:

   Sun - Thurs...11 AM - 9AM

   Fri & Sat.......11AM - 10PM

   

   The bar is open until 1 PM

 

   Dance Party on June 28th

   Music by the rock and roll band..... Windswept... 9PM -1AM

 

   Plenty of dock space for this weekend...come on out !

 

   There website will be updated shortly ...   www.kindersrestaurant.net

May 17 - May 23 

National Safe Boating Week 

 

  NATIONWIDE CONTEST FOR SURVIVOR STORIES IS PART OF 2008 NORTH AMERICAN SAFE BOATING CAMPAIGN

Click here for more info and to enter

 

Click here for National Safe Boating Council Press Release.

 

Click here to view "Boating Fatalities 1991-2006"

 

Click here to "Take The Pledge"

Little John's Motor Sports Update....

 

    Little Johns Motorsports website has been updated with  pictures from last weekend at the Drag Boat races in Poplar Bluff.  Go to www.littlejohnsinc.com for the story and pics.

 

RiverBill says..Thanks for the update Darryll.

Flood Gates Are Removed At Hannibal....

 

According to an article in KHQA online, all of the flood gates at Hannibal are removed just in time for the holiday weekend. It costs about $480 each time the gates are put out or removed. The officials will still keep an eye on the river and any changes in the next 30 to 60 days. The street crews have been busy cleaning the mud off the streets. Everything is getting back to normal there. It will be a few days however, until the Mark Twain Riverboat can come back to the riverfront. 

 

To read this news article, click here

 

Proposed Changes in Regulations Governing Sport Fish Restoration....

   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed changes in the regulations governing Sport Fish Restoration.   Click here for more information on how to download the complete Federal Register and submit comments.  Comments are due by June 4, 2008.

     

Con Trios Yacht Club's Champagne Brunch....

   This year's Con Trios Yacht Club's  Champagne Brunch will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 2008 at Sundowners at Yacht Club of St. Louis.

 

    Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website for more information

    http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/

     

Permits Needed To Do Repairs To Structures in Floodplains.......

    Since the water is starting to go down, there are many people who are starting to clean up their place. Jersey County wants to remind people who live in the floodplains that they need a permit to do any repairs or changes to their structures. To obtain these permits, you can call 618-498-5571 ext. 146. The corps seems to think there is going to more water coming this year. Some even compare it to 93. 

To read this story and find out more about these permits, click here on the telegraph.com

River History....

 

May 21, 1541 in River History

   The Spanish Explorers saw the Mississippi River for the first time. De Soto was not the first European to see the river, but he was the first to write about it in an official report. It took him and his men a month to cross the wide channel.

 

 

May 21, 1542 in River History

   Hernadndo De Soto died on May 21, 1542 of a fever on the banks of the Mississippi River in the Indian village of Guachoya, near present-day McArthur, Arkansas...

    Since de Soto was supposed to be an immortal sun god his men conceal his death and sank his corpse it in the middle of the Mississippi River during the night 

   

 

May 21, 1804 in River History

Lewis and Clark launched their expedition from St. Charles in a keelboat at 3:30 pm. St. Charles was the last established American town they would visit for more than two and a half years.

   

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

Cedar Hill Resort Planning Will Open For the Season  on May 24th .....

 

Bill,

We are again postponing our opening until next Sat. May 24th. We will also like to let everyone know we will be open Memorial Day. We will open regardless if the Golden Eagle is in operation or not. 

 

As Dave would say.... "Come hell or high water we are opening ! "

 

 We will have live entrainment Sat. May 24th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. rain or shine. If anyone has any questions they can call either one of us at 618-883-4455 or 314-280-8997.

Sincerely,
Carrie Ash

Update.. 3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

 

Bill, 

As it stands now, the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the ACBS is full steam ahead for the June 21 & 22 rain or shine. We have enough boats on trailers to have nice show even if the river will not cooperate. 

Best regards,
Gene Hughes
Hughes Customat, Inc

 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

River Destinations...Alton, IL......

   

   Cheeseburgers In Paradise

 

   The Alton Sports Tap bar and Grill  has recently added a new enclosed Caribbean-themed patio area, decorated to a tropical atmosphere of parrots, bamboo and lobsters. They play Jimmy Buffet music and serve drinks such as hurricanes and Mai Tais.   

 

    Because of the new Illinois smoking laws this patio was built to accommodate the smokers. However, it is such a fun place that even the non-smokers enjoy it !  

 

     The Caribbean theme makes the patio great summer hangout they are hopping to keep it open throughout the year. Two flat-screen televisions, large ceiling fans, heat in the winter and A/C in the summer.

  The Sports tap bar and Grill is located at 3812 College Ave.  It would be a short taxi cab ride from the Alton Marina...Click here for a map from MapQuest.

 

   To read more about their new patio click here  to go to the telegraph.com

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Some Worries About The New Mississippi River Bridge Project...... 

     The first meeting about the new river bridge project was held on Monday evening at the Clay Elementary School. There are many people excited about the new bridge because it will hopefully take away some of the traffic on the Poplar Street Bridge. However there are many local people and businesses that are concerned. Not only will the long construction of the new bridge interfere with the local businesses, many are worried about the extra traffic and possible buyouts from bigger businesses that may come to the area.

   Click here to read this news article in STLtoday.com 

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Anchor News From Afar.......

   2000 Pound Anchor Stolen

    According to a news article in the Mad Mariner Magazine a 6 ft tall, 2, 000 pound anchor was stolen from the Naval Reservist Station in La Crosse, Wisconsin.   And...no one noticed it for months, even though it was facing a well travel street in a residential area. 

     The subject was brought up last week at a Naval Reservist Oversight Committee meeting by a committee member who asked where the anchor went.  No one seems to  knows anything about it's disappearance...not the neighbors, fire department nor the police.

  They figure that it wasn't a prank because of the anchor's size and weight.  It was probably stolen and sold for scrap.

  Click here to read the news story in the on-line Mad mariner Magazine.

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 21 st)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph is a picture from a 1943 postcard of the flood waters over the railroad tracks near Alton.  Before the levees was built in the 1950s, many local industries suffered the consequences of Mississippi River flooding. Included was the Owens-Illinois Glass Company that had to shut down when the water rose above the railroad tracks. 

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Safe Boating Week 

May 17 - 23

 

 

It's Tuesday...20 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

Boschertown Bar & Grill

 3545 N Hwy 94,  St. Charles, MO

(636) 724-9818

 Click here  for Map from  MapQuest

Click here for more information

Welcome New Advertiser !

Piasa Marine 

 2350 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Il

The place to buy your next 

Four Winns, Bentley or JC Ponton Boat !

314- 741- 6665                 618- 465- 7200

 Click here for Map to Piasa Marine

Pic of the Day

 

 

 

    

 Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture and e-mail of The Day..... Is from Capt'n Greg Sadowski and crew , from aboard the Lady Atlantic,  on their delivery trip of the Lady Atlantic down the Mississippi from Lacrosse, Wisconsin to Delray Beach, Florida.


Bill,
    Here's a picture taken at Hoppies

    From port to stbd. Tom, Ernie, Phil, Bruce, Greg, Sherry, Glenn, Mike, Hoppie, and Barb.

   We'll be passing through New Orleans about noon tomorrow. More PICS to follow...... 

Greg

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 .....  was named  best parking spot on the beach .   Bob didn't really park his boat like this. It was at the waters edge at one time, but when a larger boat was looking for a spot to park a bunch of guys picked up the john boat and moved it up on to the sand bar so that the larger boat could pull in.   Hope Bob isn't the last guy to leave. 

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Navigation Notice.........

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/19/08
Subject: High Waters on the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River CHANGE
NAVNOTICE # 1124.....Click here

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

River Facts.........


  Did you know that the longest Mississippi River tributaries is the Missouri River, with 2nd place going to the Arkansas River.  The largest of all the Mississippi River tributaries is the the Ohio River  (Measured by water volume.)

  

  Click here for more information from the Wikipedia Encyclopedia 

 

May 17 - May 23 

National Safe Boating Week 

 

  NATIONWIDE CONTEST FOR SURVIVOR STORIES IS PART OF 2008 NORTH AMERICAN SAFE BOATING CAMPAIGN

Click here for more info and to enter

 

Click here for National Safe Boating Council Press Release.

 

Click here to view "Boating Fatalities 1991-2006"

 

Click here to "Take The Pledge"

Water Safety Necessary for Safe Holiday.......

 

The 2007 recreation season was an especially difficult one for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District as eight water-related fatalities occurred at projects within the District’s area of responsibility, the highest fatality rate in 10 years. Causes included swimming in designated and undesignated areas without a life jacket, exceeding swimming abilities, falls from docks and falling overboard from a boat, as well as a boating accident linked to loss of boat control.

 

 

“Park Rangers do everything possible to carry the message of water safety,” said Peggy O’Bryan, chief of the District’s Operations Division. “Our rangers incorporate water safety messages into all aspects of outreach and education at the projects but accidents do occur. It is vital that our visitors practice personal boating and water safety and remain vigilant both in and around the water.”

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Illinois Fishing Digest.......

   Click here to download the state of  Illinois digest of "Fishing Information." 

     

New Mississippi River Bridge Project Meetings

The new Mississippi River Bridge Project has two meetings this week – Monday and Tuesday evenings. The first one will be on Monday, May 19, 2008 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Clay Elementary School. The second one will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center. These meetings will be open for everyone to come and give their opinion about the new project. 

  To read more about this project and the meetings on KSDK online, click here       

Sundowners.....

   The Main Restaurant at Sundowners ........... will re-open on Memorial Day every Friday and Saturday at 5:00 PM.

   Sundowners New website.... www.sundownersstl.com     Check it out !

River History....

 

    May 20, 1804 in River History

Meriwether Lewis arrived in St. Charles from St. Louis in preparation for their expedition, not by boat as William Clark did a few days earlier, but instead via St. Charles Rock Road. 

FYI: St. Charles Rock Road is the current name of what was the first road to traverse present-day St. Louis County, Missouri between St. Louis and St. Charles (source Wikipedia Encyclopedia )

Click here for more info

 

   May 20, 1909 in River History

The War Department officially approved final plans for the MacArthur Bridge that spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

Click here for more information

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

Cedar Hill Resort Planning Will Open For the Season  on May 24th .....

 

Bill,

We are again postponing our opening until next Sat. May 24th. We will also like to let everyone know we will be open Memorial Day. We will open regardless if the Golden Eagle is in operation or not. 

 

As Dave would say.... "Come hell or high water we are opening ! "

 

 We will have live entrainment Sat. May 24th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. rain or shine. If anyone has any questions they can call either one of us at 618-883-4455 or 314-280-8997.

Sincerely,
Carrie Ash

Update.. 3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show... June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL 

 

Bill, 

As it stands now, the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the ACBS is full steam ahead for the June 21 & 22 rain or shine. We have enough boats on trailers to have nice show even if the river will not cooperate. 

Best regards,
Gene Hughes
Hughes Customat, Inc

 

www.missvaleyacbs.com

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

Boating News From Afar

  Another Man Drowns In The Lake Of The Ozarks

 

  A grandfather, his grandson and another female passenger was onboard a boat in the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend when it capsized. The grandfather jumped in the water to rescue his grandson. The boy was brought to safety but the grandfather was not saved.  The victim, Gregory Tucker from Overland Park, Kansas was the second drowning over the weekend in the Ozarks according to the Missouri Water Patrol. 

 

  To read this full story on STLtoday.com, click here

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Extended Tax Deadlines For Flood Victims

     There were 35 counties in the state of Missouri that were affected by the flood. These counties were given an extended deadline for their taxes. These counties include: Bollinger, Butler, Callaway, Carter, Christian, Franklin, Gasconade, Cape Girardeau, Greene, Howard, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Laclede, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, St. Louis, St. Francois, Stoddard, Stone, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne and Webster counties. 

    To read this full story in STLtoday.com, click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 20 th)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph is a picture from 1907 of the construction on an oil refinery near the place where the Wood River flows into the Mississippi River.   There was town there at that time..

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

National Safe Boating Week 

May 17 - 23

 

 

Monday...19 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

Boschertown Bar & Grill

 3545 N Hwy 94,  St. Charles, MO

(636) 724-9818

 Click here  for Map from  MapQuest

Click here for more information

Welcome New Advertiser !

Piasa Marine 

 2350 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton, Il

The place to buy your next 

Four Winns, Bentley or JC Ponton Boat !

314- 741- 6665                 618- 465- 7200

 Click here for Map to Piasa Marine

Pic of the Day

The Water Is Going Down !

 

   

 

 Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures and e-mail of The Day..... are from  Francis Kennedy.  The water is going down and they are cleaning up !

 

Bill,
 
Dardene Slough, west Dwyer Club update. 

 

   We finally were able to clean off the mud under the house as the water went down. It did feel strange taking a boat in my back yard.  With all the animal tracks it would appear that the animals have enjoyed my house more than I have.

Frances M. Kennedy


Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 ..... was a pic of the church on top of the bluffs at Principia Collage taken by  Robert "Slow Ride" Cope.

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

Boaters For MS...........  

   We heard a sandbar rumor here at RiverBill's..... that Sherri Stanczak and Amy Spenser of "Palisades Yacht Club"  are planning a "Boaters For MS" benefit for late Summer or early  Fall at Palisades Yacht Club !

 

 

Keep your anchor right here for more information as it becomes available !

River Facts.........


  Did you know that the longest Mississippi River tributaries is the Missouri River, with 2nd place going to the Arkansas River.  The largest of all the Mississippi River tributaries is the the Ohio River  (Measured by water volume.)

  

  Click here for more information from the Wikipedia Encyclopedia 

 

May 17 - May 23 

National Safe Boating Week 

 

THERE’S NO REASON NOT TO WEAR IT!

It’s too hot! It doesn’t look cool. I know how to swim. Nothing is going to happen to me.  These are just some of the many reasons people claim that they do not wear their life jackets.  But with approximately 700 people drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative for you to wear your life jacket at all times while you are on the water.  Life jackets are no longer the orange, hot and bulky vests that are commonly associated with on the water safety gear.  New innovations and developments in life jackets have produced a smaller, sleeker, and much more comfortable version of a life jacket, leaving you with no reason not to WEAR IT!! 

...click here to read more

Above reprinted from safeboatingcampaign.net website

 

  

 

Click here for National Safe Boating Council Press Release.

 

Click here to view "Boating Fatalities 1991-2006"

 

Click here to "Take The Pledge"

Kids Corner ...... BoatingSidekicks.com Contest

 

Hey Kids...Enter the 

I'm A Safe Boater

Are You 

Story and Art Contest

Click on logo for more info         

  Just in case you missed this one in the weekend edition !

 

    .08 Drunken Boating Bill Passes Missouri Legislature......

 

     The Missouri Legislature passed the .08 Drunken Boating law this past week.  

    If Governor Matt Blunt signs the bill, it will be "illegal" for anyone to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. 

   The legal "blood alcohol concentration" level on the water in the state of Missouri has been .099 or below.

  Click here to read this news story on LakeExpo.com

 

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The following reprinted from the....

 Handbook of Missouri Boating Laws and Responsibilities .......   www.boat-ed.com

 

  • Missouri law establishes the following penalties.

    • Those convicted of boating while intoxicated are guilty of a Class B misdemeanor upon a first conviction. In addition, those convicted will be required to complete and pass an approved boating safety course.

    • Upon a second conviction, a person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

    • Upon a third or subsequent conviction, a person will be guilty of a Class D felony.

    • A person boating while intoxicated who causes the death or serious injury of another person will, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony.

  • By operating a vessel on Missouri waters, you have consented to be tested for alcohol or drugs if so requested by a law enforcement official. If you refuse to be tested, you will be subject to arrest and punishment consistent with the penalties described above

  Click here for more information on the Missouri Boating Laws

Water Levels On Memorial Weekend........

     Some of the forecasts say that the river levels will be dropping this week. However with more rain on the way – not just in our area – but in other areas as well, the water levels could rise. Rain in other areas can affect the water levels in the St. Louis area.  

    The high waters aren’t the worst of it. Flooding brings a lot of debris, which can do damage to boats. Some debris floats on the top of the water and some floats just below the surface, which makes it dangerous for boaters and for boats. High water can also hide buoys or navigational landmarks. 

    Click here to read the entire news article in  TheTelegraph.com      

River News From Afar.......

   

    Robert Twilley’s Proposal To Divert The Mississippi River

 

    There is talk that it is possible to divert the Mississippi River. Right now, it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This plan was devised by oceanographer Robert Tilley. This diversion would be done using concrete barriers. It would divert the Mississippi River to flow to the west. The reason for this diversion plan is so they can clean up the area where Hurricane Katrina was hit. This project is expected to go on for the next 100 years.

 

 To read the full story about this proposal, click here on “Earth & Sky”

       

Sundowners.....

   The Main Restaurant at Sundowners ........... will re-open on Memorial Day every Friday and Saturday at 5:00 PM.

   Sundowners New website.... www.sundownersstl.com     Check it out !

Water Everywhere.....

 

   Farmers Are Pumping Instead Of Planting

     According to an article in the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader.com, there is a farmer in Louisiana, Missouri. He has spent more time this year pumping water off of his fields than planting. In fact, he has to take a boat to get to some of his 7,000 acres of farmland. About half of his land is under water right now and about 600 acres, he will not be able to plant any crops on. 

   To read this news story click here

 

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

Cedar Hill Resort Planning Will Open For the Season  on May 24th .....

 

Bill,

We are again postponing our opening until next Sat. May 24th. We will also like to let everyone know we will be open Memorial Day. We will open regardless if the Golden Eagle is in operation or not. 

 

As Dave would say.... "Come hell or high water we are opening ! "

 

 We will have live entrainment Sat. May 24th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. rain or shine. If anyone has any questions they can call either one of us at 618-883-4455 or 314-280-8997.

Sincerely,
Carrie Ash

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........  

   Dated 16 May 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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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 14 th)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was of a postcard from around 1970 featuring the Great River Road in the fall of the year

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WeekEnd Report

Fri, Sat, Sun...16, 17, 18 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sun at 8:55AM...News..Video & funny pic links...Pic of Day, Link to U Tube video...Message off of Board....Pic from Yesteryears ..River Levels

Updated Sat at 1:15 PM...River History.... Pic of Day....news.....river levels...Pic from yesteryears 

Pic of the Day

Mark Twain RiverBoat

    Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture of The Day...Sunday.. is of the Mark Twain RiverBoat sent to us by Captain Greg Sadowski, taken somewhere on the Mississippi River from aboard the Lady Atlantic on the delivery trip down the Mississippi River from Lacrosse, Wisconsin to Delray Beach, Florida...probably near Hannibal, Mo


Pic of the Day

Newest River Rat

    Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture of The Day...Saturday.. Is of the Newest River Rat !

 

 Hey Bill,

    Here is a picture of our newest River Rat. Her name is Myla and she has her swim suit on, her sunglasses, and her beach chair. She's ready to go to the RIV. We are so proud and happy to have our first grandchild. 

 

See ya soon!

Larry and Debbie Mahr

 

Larry and Debbie hail out of Eagles Landing Marina

Pic of the Day

Flood Water at North Shore Oasis

 

Click on pic to enlarge

    

 

Our Pictures of The Day..... were sent in by Debbie Nicholas of North Shore Oasis.

 

    It's a couple of shots taken last Sunday of the flood waters at North Shore Oasis.  The restaurant looks like an island out across the harbor.  You can see the walkways on the left side of the bottom picture that go across the harbor to the restaurant. 

~~~~~The Restaurant is Open For Business This Weekend ~~~~

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 ...Sunday.. was a picture og Grafton Marina taken from the deck at the Piasa pub.

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

Kite Picture

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2007 ...Saturday.. was from Dave Diederich.

 

Bill,

Here is a potential photo for your website.

The photo is a low level aerial photograph that was taken from a kite above the Mississippi River looking east above Piasa Island.

Thanks.

Dave Diederich

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ..... was of  "Girls On The Beach In Heels".  The weather was cool and the wind was blowing.  It was enough to make an normal woman stay home, but the "River Girls" came through for the 1st and only High Heel Beach Day with flying colors !   

 For more pictures from that day in 2005... click here.

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

  North Oasis Announces

 Flood Party !

  Why Be Crabby...Come To Party

  Happy Hour Specials All Day Long

  Friday, Saturday Sunday...May 16, 17 & 18

  Come Have A Good Time in Spite of the High Water

  Door Prizes...Special Music Available.. 636.250.3100

 Updated Sun at 8:55AM

2 Boat Collision Meramec River ...........  

 

 A collision between a pontoon boat and a PWC occurred yesterday (5-17-08)  on the Meramac River, near George Winter Park at Fenton, Mo yesterday. 

 

According to a news release on the Missouri Water Patrol's website:

   A pontoon boat was proceeding up-stream when approximately 5 PWCs began jumping it's wake..   One of the PWCs  struck a wake and the operator was thrown off.  The PWC continued on and collided with the pontoon boat.  The operator  was picked up by another PWC , got back on PWC and left the scene of the collision.

 

Click here to read Missouri Water Patrol NEWS RELEASE ID : N07080034

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 Updated Sun at 8:55AM

Drowning at Lake of the Ozarks ...........  

 

Re-printed from  the Missouri Water Patrol's website:

 

 The victim had jumped into the water to rescue his grandchild who had fallen overboard. The operator of the boat turned around to throw a floatable on a rope to the victim but she could not get it to him. She saw the victim come up gasping for air. The rope got tangled up with the child and she pulled the child into the boat. The operator circled back around to attempt to throw a PFD to him when she saw him slowly sink from sight. Another boat arrived on scene and tried to locate the victim but they could not find him in the water.

 

Click here to read Missouri Water Patrol NEWS RELEASE ID : N07080036

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 Updated Sun at 8:35AM

Jet Skis Aren't For Everyone...........  

 

Capt'n Richard Sievers sent us a link to a funny picture titled...

 

JET SKIS AREN'T FOR  EVERYONE

 

Click here to-take-a-look

 

...

 Updated Sun at 8:10AM

What a fish...........  

 

Hi Bill! 

 

Here is a link to a Mississippi River related U Tube Video. It actually took place on the river around Alton. Anyone know this fisherman!!?? 

 

Check it out...pretty ewwww!

 

 Kim

 

Click here to watch the video on U Tube

 

RIverBill says...I have been swamped with e-mails lately ...and Kim's e-mail got lost in my mailbox for about a week.... What-a-fish.......

 Updated Sat at 1:50 PM

Welcome Piasa Marine !......

   Piasa Marine

2350 Homer Adams Parkway in Alton Illinois 

The place to buy your next 

Four Wimns, Bently or JC Ponton Boat !

  314-741-6665                   618-465-7200

 

Click here for Map from MapQuest

 

 Updated Sat at 1:15 PM

May 17, 1849 in River History.........


  The St. Louis Fire of 1849 occurred on May 17, 1849 and destroyed a significant portion of St. Louis and many of the steamboats on the Mississippi Riverfront. This was the first fire in United States history in which it is known that a firefighter was killed in the line of duty. 

 

  Click here for more information

 

 Updated Sat at10:30 AM 

Kids Corner ...... BoatingSidekicks.com Contest

 

Hey Kids...Enter the 

I'm A Safe Boater

Are You 

Story and Art Contest

Click on logo for more info         

 Updated Sat at 8:15 AM 

Navigation Notice ...... High Water Advisory

 

    To:       ALL MARINERS
From:       Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:        5/16/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update
NAVNOTICE # 1122....click here

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

 Updated Sat at 7:15 AM 

.08 Drunken Boating Bill Passes Missouri Legislature......

 

     The Missouri Legislature passed the .08 Drunken Boating law this past week.  

    If Governor Matt Blunt signs the bill, it will be "illegal" for anyone to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. 

   The legal "blood alcohol concentration" level on the water in the state of Missouri has been .099 or below.

  Click here to read this news story on LakeExpo.com

 

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The following reprinted from the....

 Handbook of Missouri Boating Laws and Responsibilities .......   www.boat-ed.com

 

  • Missouri law establishes the following penalties.

    • Those convicted of boating while intoxicated are guilty of a Class B misdemeanor upon a first conviction. In addition, those convicted will be required to complete and pass an approved boating safety course.

    • Upon a second conviction, a person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

    • Upon a third or subsequent conviction, a person will be guilty of a Class D felony.

    • A person boating while intoxicated who causes the death or serious injury of another person will, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony.

  • By operating a vessel on Missouri waters, you have consented to be tested for alcohol or drugs if so requested by a law enforcement official. If you refuse to be tested, you will be subject to arrest and punishment consistent with the penalties described above

  Click here for more information on the Missouri Boating Laws

 Updated Sat at 7:15 AM 

Neighbor Indicted in Suicide Death of Megan Meier .......

     A neighbor was indicted this past Thursday for her alleged role in perpetrating a hoax on the online social network MySpace against a 13-year-old Megan Meier who committed suicide last year.

    Megan was the daughter of Ron & Tina Meier...owner of By Owner Yachts of St. Louis  

 

   Click here to read the on-line news story on AOL News.com

 

RiverBill says.....A big thanks goes out to Larry Demko, who hails out of the Duck Club,  for sending in the news link for the above story !

 Updated Sat at 6:50 AM 

       

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net 

314-852-2909

April 14, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Fictional Lawyers Join US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Since mid-December, viewers of a popular television series based on a fictional law firm have heard mention of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  In fact, two of the main characters in one of the most recent episodes were preparing to take the “Coast Guard swim test”.

 

Unlike this fictional TV show, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is real; and no, you don’t have to take a swim test to join. U.S. citizens who are at least 17 years or older are eligible serve in what is regarded as the premier all-volunteer force in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

 

So, who are these Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers?

 

Auxiliarists come from all walks of life.  They are students, teachers, businessmen and women, retirees, aviators, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, health care professionals, carpenters, IT professionals, and yes, (just like in the fictional TV show) there are even some lawyers.

 

What could I do in the Coast Guard Auxiliary?

 

You can utilize your existing skills in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. For example, a teacher may teach Safe Boating Classes, or an aviator may become part of the Auxiliary Air program.  Health care professionals may decide to serve in the Health Care Directorate and provide health services to Active Duty and Reserve Coast Guard members.

 

There is plenty of opportunity to acquire new skills as well.  An Auxiliarist may choose to train to become a Boat Crew Member or Coxswain.  Or one may pursue training to become a Public Affairs Specialist, an Air Observer or an Assistant Pollution Investigator. Auxiliary Coast Guard Members, after training and qualifying, may choose to augment an Active Duty Coast Guard unit.

 

How do I learn more?

 

Whether you are interested in joining the Auxiliary, or would just like to learn more about the services offered to the boating public such as Safe Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Checks, information is available on the web at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or www.cgaux.org – or you can contact the Flotilla Commander at bcz@charter.net or 314-852-2909.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

 

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 Updated Sat at 6:50 AM 

Sales Tax Increase To Repair Levees.......

     The quarter cent sales tax increase for Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties in Illinois was approved by the House this week. This increase will go toward repairing the levee systems in that area. This tax will be in affect until the levees are repaired and fixed. The tax will not affect medicines or food and it will expire after 25 years. 

   To read this full story in the Alton Daily News, click here

       

 Updated Sat at 6:50 AM 

Celebration At The Melvin Price Lock & Dam......

    The Mid America River Expo will have its 4th annual celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2008. It will be held at the National Great Rivers Museum. There will be classes in the morning and entertainment, music, a pelican show and food booths will be going on throughout the day. The Twin Rivers Antique & Mississippi Valley Boat Club will also be there to show off some of their equipment and machinery. This will all be going on at the Great Rivers Museum to recognize National Safe Boating Week. 

To read more about these events and what will be going on, click here on the Alton Daily News

       

 Updated Sat at 6:50 AM 

Celebration At The Melvin Price Lock & Dam......

    The Mid America River Expo will have its 4th annual celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2008. It will be held at the National Great Rivers Museum. There will be classes in the morning and entertainment, music, a pelican show and food booths will be going on throughout the day. The Twin Rivers Antique & Mississippi Valley Boat Club will also be there to show off some of their equipment and machinery. This will all be going on at the Great Rivers Museum to recognize National Safe Boating Week. 

To read more about these events and what will be going on, click here on the Alton Daily News

       

Navigation Notice ......

 

    To:     ALL MARINERS
From:     Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:      5/15/08
Subject: Meramec River ATON established
NAVNOTICE # 1119

MERAMEC RIVER
2 WHITE EXCLUSIONARY BUOYS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY ESTABLISHED TO MARK THE INTAKE BAYS AT MM 16 MERAMEC RIVER DUE TO HIGH WATER. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1119    

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

       

Warmer, Drier Weather On The Way....

   Thursday’s rain and thunderstorms may have been a little discouraging, especially, with the cooler weather it brought. However, Saturday and Sunday forecasts warmer and much drier weather. 

To see this article on KSDK online, click here

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

   Posted on the US Army Corps Of Engineers Website.....

 

MVS-2008-302.  The applicant, Watershed Land Trust, Inc., has submitted a proposal to create a new In-Lieu-Fee compensatory mitigation agreement with the five Corps of Engineers Districts within the State of Missouri. If approved, the collection of fees will fund the creation, enhancement, preservation and/or restoration of aquatic resources within the State to mitigate unavoidable impacts to waters of the U.S. authorized by the five Corps District's regulatory program. This public notice opens May 12, 2008 and closes June 12, 2008. All comments are to be directed to Mr. Douglas Berka, USACE, Kansas City District. See notice for contact information.  MVS Watershed Institute ILF.   ILF Agreement Amended.

 

Click here for more information on the above notices

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Help Wanted........
Cooks/Kitchen Help $7.50hr-Servers $4.50 plus tips. Seasonal. Cedar Hill Resort. Call 314-280-6729 or 618-883-4455

Lewis and Clark Heritage Days This Weekend.....

  
   According to a news article in the the STLtoday.com Lewis and Clark Heritage Days Celebration will be held this weekend in Frontier Park in St. Charles.

   The park will be transformed back in "rive-time" to the to the spring of 1804.  The Corps of Discovery spent time in St. Charles during May before their journey up the Missouri River and on to the Pacific Ocean..

  Military re-enactors, period entertainers, demonstrators, fife and drum corps, vendors. 

 

Click here for more information

Cedar Hill Resort Planning Will Open For the Season  on May 24th .....

 

Bill,

We are again postponing our opening until next Sat. May 24th. We will also like to let everyone know we will be open Memorial Day. We will open regardless if the Golden Eagle is in operation or not. 

 

As Dave would say.... "Come hell or high water we are opening ! "

 

 We will have live entrainment Sat. May 24th from 7p.m. to 11:00 p.m. rain or shine. If anyone has any questions they can call either one of us at 618-883-4455 or 314-280-8997.

Sincerely,
Carrie Ash

Sundowners.....

   The Main Restaurant at Sundowners ........... will re-open on Memorial Day every Friday and Saturday at 5:00 PM.

   Sundowners New website.... www.sundownersstl.com     Check it out !

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

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

58 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. 

(Report made on 5/15/2008)

 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

56 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and cut baits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 5/15/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

Live On The Levee ... Summer 2008

   This 4th of July, will be the beginning of an ongoing music concert called “Live on the Levee.” This music celebration will continue every Friday and Saturday evening through the first weekend of August this year right on the riverfront. All of the national shows will be held on the Budweiser Stage, starting about 8:00 pm. 

To read this article on KSDK online and see the full schedule lineup for this summer, click here

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

River History.....

 

May 16, 1804 in River History

William Clark arrived in St. Charles, Missouri with 40 men and three boats to make final preparations for their exploration journey up the Missouri River. They attended dances, dinners, and a church service during their wait for Meriwether Lewis to arrive from St. Louis 

Click here for more info.

 

May 16, 1817 in River History

Mississippi River steamboat service begins 

Click here for more info.

 

May 16, 1861 in River History

The Mississippi River Squadron was created and controlled by the Union during the American Civil War . It was a naval squadron that operated on the western rivers and was commonly known as the Western Flotilla and sometimes as the Mississippi Flotilla.

Click here for more info

 

 

Tony's On Main Street River Cuisine .....  Is opening for business in the Longshot Saloon at My River Home Boat Harbor in Portage Des Sioux this Thursday, May 15th....at 4:00PM.     

 

   Since the river is still flooded, please use the upper harbor entrance off of La Claire Street to get to the restaurant.     Click here for map from MapQuest. 

 

Rumor has it that there is a new alligator tank in the restaurant this year.  

Click here for Flyer (pdf)

Outdoor Illinois Magazine........

   

   Order your Outdoor Illinois Magazine online click here or call: 

   1-800-720-3249  (toll free in Illinois)

   Price $15.00

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Know Your Boating Laws..........

   Missouri Boating Law of the Month....Click here

Attention... River Duck Hunters.......

  The 2008 drawing for blind sites on Upper Mississippi Conservation Area will be:.

  • Date: July 12, 2008
  • Place: St. Charles Convention Center
  • Registration: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Drawing Time: 11:00 a.m. 

    Click here for more info

 

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 14 th)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was of a postcard from around 1970 featuring the Great River Road in the fall of the year

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

Thursday... 15 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Pic of the Day

Flood Water at Woodland Marina

 

    

 

Our Picture and e-mail  of The Day..... is from Capt'n Tony Trice who hails out of Woodland Marina in The Red Boat......

 

 

Bill,


    I stopped at Woodland yesterday to check on my lift and see how the Marina was fairing with the high water ...

   The water level is within a foot or so before it is going to come into the parking lot..  Nothing is flooded now. It felt unusually to walk "UP" the gangway to your slip.. Normally, there is about an 8 to 10 ft drop from the parking lot level to the walkways on the slips ... the slip walkways are about level or just above the parking lot level.  

 

   I have my boat ready to go but may delay another week or so before going out.. Also ran into River Jim.

 

   One guy and his wife came out to Woodland while I was there and launched their boat.. The truck they were driving didn't leave the parking lot.. They just backed the trailer down where the ramp was suppose to be  and launched ... the truck was on level ground.. 

 

 

Tony

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 ..... was named 

"River Mail"   

   Sometimes a person just don't pay attention to their surroundings !..........Have you ever noticed the mailbox on the ferry landing of the Golden Eagle Ferry ?  

   This one is on the Missouri side of the river, but there is one on both landings.   The deck hand on the ferry told me it had something to do with recording the number of vehicles on crossing the river, but she wasn't sure.    

...Look close and you can see Kinder's and the Golden Eagle Ferry across the river.

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

The Wettest Spring For St. Louis On Record......

      So far, St. Louis has suffered the wettest spring on record. According to the National Weather Service, we have gotten 22.3 inches since January 1 through this past Sunday. That was before we received another half-inch on Tuesday. Even though we are all worried about it, our wet spring is usually no indication to how the rest of the year will go. In 1890, we had our third wettest spring on record, getting 20.9 inches, but we only received another 16.8 inches of precipitation the rest of the year. All of this rain here has caused rivers such as the Meramac and Big Rivers to overflow. The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers have come up mainly because of the snow melts from the north. Our wet spring has caused many problems for farmers such as corn planting being several weeks behind. It has caused many little leagues to have rain outs. On a good note, this wet spring has been because of the past three dry years that St. Louis had just 80% of normal precipitation. This has filled dried up ponds and streams and also cleaned up the streets. Even though no one knows for sure what will happen the rest of the year, the predictions are a wet May, but normal precipitation for June and July. 

   To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

The Tows Have Slowed Down Because Of The Flooding

 

    There have been three lock and dams closed to river traffic for 10 days up-river from the St. Louis area. 

   The Canton, Quincy and Saverton locks were shut down because of the high water and then reopened last week due to the receded flood waters. The Upper Mississippi River is one of the most important commercial waterways in the nation. At any one time, there are about 400 tows operating in the area and the lock and dam closures were a significant impact for the financial markets. There are about 40 towboats reportedly tied up waiting with their loads and they were not able to reach their destinations. 

 

To read this full story in the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader.com, click here

New Trail Will Be Finished This Summer In St. Charles.....

   By the end of summer, they will be a new trail for hikers and bikers in the St. Charles area. This trail will be about 1.71 miles long and it will connect New Town Boulevard and Boschertown Road. The St. Charles Parks Department will be teaming with the Great River’s Greenway District to build the 1st part of the Boschert Greenway. This trail will eventually run from the Katy Trail to north of St. Charles. 

  They will be also constructing many other trails in the St. Charles and St. Louis area in the near future. 

  To read more about this project  in the St. Charles Journal, click here

 

Tony's On Main Street River Cuisine .....  Is opening for business in the Longshot Saloon at My River Home Boat Harbor in Portage Des Sioux this Thursday, May 15th....at 4:00PM.     

 

   Since the river is still flooded, please use the upper harbor entrance off of La Claire Street to get to the restaurant.     Click here for map from MapQuest. 

 

Rumor has it that there is a new alligator tank in the restaurant this year.  

Click here for Flyer (pdf)

Cedar Hill Resort Planning to Re-Open May 17th .....

    The tentative opening date for Cedar Hill Resort on Sat. May 17 as long as Golden Eagle Ferry is open.  Please call   618-883-4455  for more information.

Sundowners.....

   The Main Restaurant at Sundowners ........... will re-open on Memorial Day every Friday and Saturday at 5:00 PM.

   Sundowners New website.... www.sundownersstl.com     Check it out !

Port Charles Reward Program ........... 

 

Port Charles Harbor

Rewards Program

 

While We Wait to “Boat 08”

 

Get your boat in top running shape & appearance

AND Earn Free Fuel For Your Boat!

When you spend $100.00 or more

 

In our Specialized Service/Refinish Centers Or The Port Charles Harbor's Complete Parts & Ships Store, we will give you 5% of labor, parts & merchandise (less taxes & environmental fee) in a Port Charles Gift Card. You can use it anytime that you wish at our Fuel Dock for the purchase of Gas or Diesel. 

 

Call us today to make arrangements to earn Free Fuel Offer Begins May 16th, 2008

 

offer not valid with any other offers or promotions, parts-labor & merchandise totals only...taxes/fees not included, sorry we can't offer this with our bottom paint special.

 

Alton Bait Shop Was Burglarized...

    According to the Alton Daily News, the Bluff City Tackle on East Broadway in Alton was burglarized. It is estimated that he lost over $10,000 in fishing gear. Evidently, these items were stolen over the last three weeks in a padlocked trailer behind the store. The owner hadn’t checked his trailer since the middle of April. When some of his employees went to get some merchandise out of it last week, that’s when they noticed the things that were stolen. 

To read this full story, click here

Duck Club Yacht Announcement ..........


     THE DUCK CLUB RESTAURANT AND BAR IS OPEN THIS WEEKEND.

 

 PLEASE PARK ON "G" DOCK GATE (CODE IS THE SAME AS THE MAIN GATE CODE)AND WALK "A" DOCK TO ACCESS THE CLUB. A VERY STURDY WALKWAY WITH HANDRAILS (THANKS TO BOTH PAULS AT PORT CHARLES) AS WELL AS AN EXTRA WIDE SECTION OF DOCK (THANKS PETE) HAS BEEN SECURED. (THANKS HARRY).
YES THE DCYC IS A PRIVATE CLUB, BUT DO OFFER SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS, SO COME BY THIS WEEKEND AND SEE WHAT THE DUCK CLUB RESTAURANT AND BAR IS AND HAS TO OFFER. 

 

PLEASE CALL MARK AT 314.495-5850 OR 636.250-4333

 FOR MORE INFORMATION

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An Observation Deck Overlooking The Missouri River?

   According to an article in the St. Charles Journal, there is a big debate about the new observation deck on the Missouri River. This observation deck was proposed in 2004 by the Riverfront Development Committee. They want to build six different villages with six separate themes. They are in hopes that it would attract more pedestrian traffic and interaction along the river. Some are against this project and feel that it is a waste of the taxpayer’s dollar. Others feel that it will be a great asset. 

   To find out more about this meeting that was held, the projected budget for this project and what the debates are, click here

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

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River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in today's ( May 15 th)  edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph is a photo from 1892 of a quarry on the west side of the city of Alton.   The Mississippi River flooded to a level of 31.1 feet in May of that year, halting the quarry operation.  

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

River Boating........
   Added a link to the new River Boating website in the left hand column of this webpage.  

 

  River Boating is a social network for inland waterway boaters and water sport enthusiasts.    Click here and check it out.

  

St. Louis Area Levees .......

 

    St. Louis area levees are in the news all the time right now and they are referred to by name.  If you want to check out exactly where they are located along the rivers the US Army Corps of Engineers website has maps of the levees in the St. Louis area.

 

Click here  for a map of the Illinois Levees in the St. Louis District...

Click here  for a map of the Illinois Levees from Alton to Kaskaskia 

Click here  for a map of the Missouri Levees in the St. Louis District...

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday... 14 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Pic of the Day

 

 

    

 

Our Picture and e-mail  of The Day..... is from Captain Greg Sadowski and his crew.  They are off on another boat delivery trip down the Mississippi River...this time they are headed to Delray Beach Florida.

 

 

RiverBill,


Here's a picture of the "Lady Atlantic" as we passed through St. Louis.
Origin - Lacrosse, Wisconsin
Destination - Delray Beach, Florida
Size - 105 x 24 feet
Builder - Skipperliner
USCG inspected 149 Passengers
John Deere propulsion, Caterpillar Gen-sets
Web site - Delraybeachcruises.com
Crew - Greg Sadowski, Dave Kelly, Phil Shults, Ernie Stolze
Next Port - Memphis

 

Greg Sadowski

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

"Let the Sun Shine"

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2007 .....  was a golden sunset taken one evening last year from the Golden Eagle Ferry looking up-river towards Two Branch Island.

 

RiverBill says....We haven't seen the sun in days...so I thought I this picture would be a  welcome sight ....Let the sun shine !

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

St. Louis Area Levees .......

 

    St. Louis area levees are in the news all the time right now and they are referred to by name.  If you want to check out exactly where they are located along the rivers the US Army Corps of Engineers website has maps of the levees in the St. Louis area.

 

Click here  for a map of the Illinois Levees in the St. Louis District...

Click here  for a map of the Illinois Levees from Alton to Kaskaskia 

Click here  for a map of the Missouri Levees in the St. Louis District...

RiverBill's May Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

New Arrival... It's a River Girl !     

 

Hi Bill,

Good news for Larry and Debbie Mahr! They are grandparents. Their daughter gave birth to a baby girl on Sat. 

Susan Carroll
Office Manager
JED Limousines

 

Larry and Debbie hail out of Eagles Landing Marina

Dry Docked .............  

    Capt'n George Shindel sent us a link to a video to help ease the pain of not being able to do much boating.....

 

Hi Bill,

Since the high water may have you dry docked, you might enjoy this
video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXjmkS6gHUs&feature=related

 

George

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol Safety Education Class.....

 

St Louis, MO

05/17/2008

St. Louis County Library (Cliff Cave Branch) 5430 Telegraph Rd, St Louis, MO 63129 - (314)487-6003

9am - 3pm

 

For more information go to: http://www.mswp.dps.mo.gov/Education/SafetyClassList.asp

Tony's On Main Street River Cuisine .....  Is opening for business in the Longshot Saloon at My River Home Boat Harbor in Portage Des Sioux this Thursday, May 15th....at 4:00PM.     

 

   Since the river is still flooded, please use the upper harbor entrance off of La Claire Street to get to the restaurant.     Click here for map from MapQuest. 

 

Rumor has it that there is a new alligator tank in the restaurant this year.  

Click here for Flyer (pdf)

Cedar Hill Resort Planning to Re-Open May 17th .....

    The tentative opening date for Cedar Hill Resort on Sat. May 17 as long as Golden Eagle Ferry is open.  Please call   618-883-4455  for more information.

The main Restaurant at Sundowners ........... will re-open on Memorial Day every Friday and Saturday at 5:00 PM.

On May 14, 1804 in River History......

  
   The Corps of Discovery boarded their boats at Camp River Dubois and launched them from the eastern shore of the Mississippi River  into the mouth of the Missouri River.........thus starting their journey to Pacific Ocean.  

 

   In  September of 1806 the Corps returned to Camp River Dubois after their journey to the Pacific and back.

   

 

  For more info go to..... http://www.lewisandclarkillinois.org/heritage.htm

Saturday, 17 May, 2008

Grafton Flood Fest

 

Mason Hollow Park

Main & Springfield 

11:00a.m.-11p.m.

 

Motor on up to Grafton for the Flood Fest!  Many activities are planned, including a Jon Boat Parade, kids games, the crowning of the Catfish Queen, and much more!  Admission is free.    

 

(618) 786-2000

   

Click here for more info

River Boating........
   Added a link to the new River Boating website in the left hand column of this webpage.  

 

  River Boating is a social network for inland waterway boaters and water sport enthusiasts.    Click here and check it out.

  

Saturday    30 August 2008

3rd Annual Boating For Life Labor Day Event 

 

Benefiting Cancer Research will be held on August 30th .

Two Rivers Marina 

For Family Fun and Fundraising

 

Donations for Raffle Prizes can be sent to: 

     Boating For Life

     617 Eaglewood Trail Dr.

     Lake St. Louis, Mo 63367

 

     Click here to go to the Boating For Life website

May 17 - May 23 is National Safe Boating Week .........

THERE’S NO REASON NOT TO WEAR IT!

It’s too hot! It doesn’t look cool. I know how to swim. Nothing is going to happen to me.  These are just some of the many reasons people claim that they do not wear their life jackets.  But with approximately 700 people drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative for you to wear your life jacket at all times while you are on the water.  Life jackets are no longer the orange, hot and bulky vests that are commonly associated with on the water safety gear.  New innovations and developments in life jackets have produced a smaller, sleeker, and much more comfortable version of a life jacket, leaving you with no reason not to WEAR IT!! 

...click here to read more

Above reprinted from safeboatingcampaign.net website

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Is The Save The Delta Queen Campaign Loosing Steam ??......

  
   The Natchez Democrat contains an interesting commentary, dated, Jan 4, 2008, about how the Delta Queen got its last minute exception back in 1970. 

 

  People lined the river banks clutching signs that read "Save The Queen" and chanting as “When the Saints go marching in”.  The captain joked that the river rose half a foot one day because the tearful reception.  Almost a quarter of a million people wrote letters or signed petitions to save the Queen.   

    At the last minute an amendment was quietly added to an anonymous bill to give the Queen the extension it needed to stay afloat........ The extension passed.

 

  Will history repeat itself ?

 

  Click here to read the on-line news commentary .

 

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

 

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

 

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the May 13th edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was a photo from the past of a limestone quarry along the Mississippi River bluffs near Alton.   The bluffs provided the early settlers of the area with building stone. 

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday... 13 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Pic of the Day

 

     Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Pictures and e-mail  of The Day..... were sent in by  Tyler Mitchell, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club.

 

River Bill,
    We had to motor around from Sioux Harbor to check on our boats and docks. Pic 1 is "buccaneer barry and "bloody" bruce checking things out, with our flooded club house in the back ground. Pic 2 is a lady, a bouy and the flag that all look out of place. 

    Lets hope the end of the flooding is near. A short boating season is very bad for the soul. Keep up all the good work!


tyler (PYC)

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Tyler !  

                       We put you river quote at the top of RiverBill's webpage.... 

 

 "Lets hope the end of the flooding is near. A short boating season is very bad for the soul."

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 .....  was a river shot by  Steve Schulte.  It's  a towboat with barges strapped to both sides that is getting ready to veer to the starboard side and head towards the next buoy on it's slow moving river journey. 

  By the shape of the buoys...I'd say it's heading up-river.

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

Body of Hunter Found In Missouri River.......

 

   Keith R. Fietsam disappeared into the Missouri River last Tuesday morning when the canoe he was riding in over tuned while he and a hunting partner were trying to cross the river near the Howell Island Conservation Area in St. Charles County.  The partner survived the incident.

 

  Family and friends of the missing turkey hunter were out searching shorelines of the Missouri River on Monday morning when the victim's father spotted the body in the Centaur Chute at the Howell Island Access.   Water Patrol officers arrived and recovered the body from the river at about 9:45 AM.  The victim was not wearing a life jacket.

 

Keith was from Winfield, Mo.

 

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

  Click here to read update news release N07080030 on Mo. Water Patrol's website

Cedar Hill Resort Planning to Re-Open May 17th .....

    The tentative opening date for Cedar Hill Resort on Sat. May 17 as long as Golden Eagle Ferry is open.  Please call   618-883-4455  for more information.

The Rivers Are on the Rise Again in the St. Louis Area ........

 

  According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph the rivers in the St. Louis area are on the rise again. 

 

   The Mississippi is forecasted to crest mid-week at Alton and Grafton.

   The Mississippi River is expected to crest at the St. Louis riverfront Wednesday.

   The Meramec River at Arnold is expected to crest Tuesday.

    The Illinois River at Hardin is expected to stay at or above flood stage at least through the week

 

  Click here to read the on-line news article.

River Boating........
   Added a link to the new River Boating website in the left hand column of this webpage.  

 

  River Boating is a social network for inland waterway boaters and water sport enthusiasts.    Click here and check it out.

  

Mad Mariner's Docking Game................. 

   

Click here to test your docking skills again on the Mad Mariner's Docking game.

  

Heartland Boating ...ODDS and ENDS article.......

        

   The May issue of heartland Boating magazine has an article written by our own Sherri Stanczak....titled   "ODDS and ENDS".

  It's an article about the little things that a boater have onboard to make their boating life a little easier and more convenient...Pocket size beach towels.....Marine tool sets....Battery chargers ...Aluminum cup holders...and more!

 

   Pick up a paper copy of the magazine and check it out.   

Sherri Stanczak Featured in Heartland Boating........

     

   Check it out !  Our own Sherri Stanczak is featured in Heartland Boating's..." Meet the Crew"  section. The article contains some great information about Sherri, her life, her battle with multiple sclerosis and her love for writing.

  

   Click here and to read the article about Sherri.

 

 

RiverBill says....Sherri has been writing the daily news for RiverBill's for sometime now and she has written a few river articles for us too.  Look for them soon.  

Keep up the good work Sherri 

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This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

 

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

 

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River News From Afar ........

   Hannibal Flood Gates to Stay Put ..........

   

    According to news story on 7KHQA the floodgates in Hannibal, Mo, are staying in place for a while.   Weekend rains have caused another rise of the water levels of the Mississippi River.   River levels at Hannibal are expected to rise two feet by late this week.

 

   Click here to read the news story.

River News From Afar ........

   Flood Water Recedes in  Burlington Iowa

   

    According to news story on 7KHQA  there was no major damage when the water receded along the Burlington Riverfront.  Street and fire departments removed most of the water and mud from the parking lot at the Post of Burlington and the sand bags have been removed around the outside of Memorial Auditorium. The auditorium basement had five feet of water in it and they continue to drain it out.

   The city manager has concerns that the weather pattern is similar to that of  93'.

 

 Click here to read the news story.

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the April 26th edition of the on-line Alton Telegraph was a photo from 1939 of the cofferdam at Lock and Dam26 shortly after "dewatering" took place.

 

Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday... 12 May 2008

 

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Pic of the Day

 

     Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture of The Day..... Is from Mike and Rosie Holaus, who hail out of the Duck Club in the cruiser "Swingset".

 

Bill,
   Here is another picture of some beauties on Swing Set, taken near Churchill Downs on Derby Day last weekend. 

   We have Kelly, friend of Chris's from "No Sweat", Rosie from "Swing Set", Tina from "Oh Tina!" and Sandy from "Bottlerocket".
No birds were harmed in the making of this picture.

Gotta do something if we can't boat!
Mike Holaus

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 .....  was a river side shot of the Grafton Harbor taken  by Steve Schulte .  Looks like they were still dredging at this time in 2006.

 

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Click on pic for more info

 

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

RiverBill's May Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Levee Delays Approved By Senate.......

 

  According to a news article in the on-line AltonDailyNews.com ..... the U.S. Senate has given approved to a measure that will provide area officials more time to repair the aging levee systems in our area.   Without the repairs, the area could be decertified which will make it difficult to attract new business and it would place a huge financial burden on landowners buying flood insurance.

 

   The affected levee systems include; Chain of Rocks Levee District, Fish Lake Levee District, Metro East Sanitary District, Prairie Du Pont Levee District, Wood River Drainage and Levee District.

 

  Click here to read the entire news article.

Cedar Hill Resort Planning to Re-Open May 17th .....

    The tentative opening date for Cedar Hill Resort on Sat. May 17 as long as Golden Eagle Ferry is open.  Please call   618-883-4455  for more information.

River Destination........

   The Gateway Arch

 

   According to a news article in the on-line STLtday.com the The National Park Service has announced the initiation of a General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement  process for Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

  That means the National Park Service is willing to listen to ideas about changing the way it manages land that surrounds the Gateway Arch.

   John C. Danforth is looking for change. He believes that the 91 acres surrounding the arch is underused. He wants to connect it to the city over the six lanes of below grade Memorial Drive and describes the riverfront as ugly and barren.  " On a good day, you might see a dead carp."

 

  Click here to read the news article about changing the arch grounds into a world class, visitor-friendly place that reaches out and embraces the riverfront.

Missouri Department of Conservation News................. 

 

  Click here to check-out the latest MDC All Outdoor News page

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

The New Issue Of Missouri Conservationist Magazine Is Out........The paper and on-line edition of  the May 2008, Missouri Conservationist Magazine is out.

 

  This edition contains a couple short articles you might be interested in as boaters:

         "Hunting and Fishing Calendar" 

         "Free Fishing Days - a state fixture since 1991"  


Click here to view it the on-line edition

St. Peters, Mo Floodway Request ........

 

   According to news story in the St. Charles Journal,  the city of St. Peters' request for a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to move the floodway boundaries of the Premier 370 Business Park is still being processed by the agency.  This is contrary to a comment previously made by the mayor of St. Peters.  

    The Premier 370 Business Park is a 1,650-acre site located in the Mississippi River  floodplain near Highway 370.

 

  Click here to read more.......

Water Dynamics and Fish Biodiversity........

     

   According to news story on the DailyIndia.com....  researchers from Princeton University have developed a computer simulation that permits them to predict how many species of fish will occupy any given region, based on on rainfall and the structure of river networks..... 

 

   Click here to read this news story.

 

Note: According to the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia ...." Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of biological systems"

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Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

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SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen .......

 

  A news article in the on-line Pittsburgh-Tribune Review described the Delta Queen as "steaming off into the past" as it left that city on a 10 day cruise on the Ohio River. America's last wooden paddlewheel steamer has had nine congressional exemptions to a 1965 federal fire safety law and the last will expire this coming October.  Efforts to renew it have failed so far.

 

  Click here to read the news article

 

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

 

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

 

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

Mark Twain Sites Still Open In Hannibal......

      

    According to a news report in the Southeast Missourian, the historic Mark Twain sites in Hannibal, Mo remain open in spite the flood water.   The Mississippi has been above flood stage and some of the city's low lying streets are flooded, but all of the Mark Twain historic sites are operating normally.

 

    Click here to read the on-line news story.

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the May 10th, 2008 on-line edition of the Alton Telegraph was a photo of from 1982 and receding flood waters causing a rapid effect in a driveway in West Alton..

 

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother's Day

 Weekend 

Fri, Sat, Sun ...09, 10, 11 May 2008

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated at 9:00AM....Pic of the Day...News...Pic of yesteryears...Updated river levels

Updated Sat at 8:20AM....River News, River History, pic of the day...yesteryears pic of day, River levels & more !

Pic of the Day

Sunday

 

  

  Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures of The Day...Sunday... Are more flood pictures taken along the upper end of Dardenne Slough by Mike and Sherri Stanczak a couple of weeks ago.  It's the area by  Tom & Lou Lenkman's clubhouse. 

 

Pic of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

 

Our River Pictures and e-mail of The Day...Saturday... are from Mark Newlin.  You can spot Mark paddling around in his kayak up around the Two Branch Island area of Pool 26 from time to time.

 

Bill,   

    

    This goose decided to build up high to avoid the many floods we've had down here on the Merrimec in Fenton. I can't imagine how the little ones are going to get down from there. This is a small gazebo at Winter park on the Jeffco side.

Thanks
Mark Newlin
 

 

Pic of the Day

Friday

 

Our River Picture of The Day...Friday... Looks like Marty Henderson clowning around in the flood water while riding around in one of the Eagles Landing security carts..... Hah    

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2005 ...Sunday.. was an  "Award Winning" photo of the Clark Bridge  taken by Pat Reid.  He snapped this picture just as the morning sun was starting to peek out from behind the clouds, creating a beautiful orange and red glow in the sky and reddish reflections on the surface of the water of the Mississippi River.     Above the sun and the silhouette of the bridge is a flock of geese flying by.  What a photo !   

Check out Pat's website http://www.crystalphotographystudio.com   

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 ...Saturday.. was of  River Dawg "Cato" ....owners:   Cameron and Amy  Imming.

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2007 ...Friday.. was from Pat and Bev Tevebaugh.  They sent us a picture of Captain Dana, Chunae Kollar, Billy Moyer and Sharon Skaggs on the dock in front of the Grandpa Woo on Sunday 5/6/07. 

 

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Updated Sun At 7:40 AM

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

Updated Sun at 8:00AM

Flying Carp.......... 
   

  Capt'n Ernie Moretti, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina, sent us an news link to a story about flying carp in yesterday's edition of STLtoday.  It's about a record carp caught bow fishing. The story also goes on to discuss Asian Carp and steps being taken to stop the threat the carp are posing us boaters!


Click here to read the news story

Updated Sun at 8:00AM

How Long Is It ?......  Better Get Your Tape Measure Out ! 
   

  The on-line Mad Mariner magazine has an article in today's edition about the real length of a boat. The number that the boat manufacturer associates with the vessel may not reflect the actual length, but instead is used for marketing purposes.

   According to the article, the US Coast Guard regulations define boat length –  as "the horizontal distance between bow and stern, excluding fittings and attachments" that aren't actually a part of the hull.

Click here to read the entire article.

Updated Sat at 8:20AM

May 10th in River History ------  
   

 On May 10, 1823...the 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrived at Fort Snelling.     Fort Snelling is located high on a hill at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in the state of Minnesota.

 

Source  www.BrainyHistory.com and the on-line  Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Updated Sat at 8:00AM

Point Of Departure Festival ...... According to an article in the on-line Alton Daily News, the 6th annual Point of Departure event will take place Saturday and Sunday at  the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, IL.

 

  Click here to read more....
  

Updated Sat at 7:50Am

Owners Clubs ...... The on-line Mad Mariner Magazine has an article on Boat Owner's Clubs.  These groups, associations and clubs are organized by individuals,  boat dealers and boat manufacturers. 

  Some of boat owners' groups have been around for many years and other are just getting started, but all can be great addition to your boating experience.  They can provide expert advice and are a great addition to your water family.

  Click here to read on......

Updated Sat at 7:40Am

Navigation Notice ......

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/9/08
Subject: High Water Advisory Update
NAVNOTICE # 1117....Click here
  

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Sat at 7:00 AM

Brussels Ferry Open :    According to a news article in TheTelegraph, Alton's on-line newspaper, the Brussels Ferry re-opened on Thursday afternoon.

 

 Click here to read the news story

 

 

A big thanks goes out to Betty Bannister and David & Kathy Skarstad  

for the River News Tip

RiverBill's May Calendar :     10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

Navigation Notice ......Lock and Dams 16, 17, 20, 22 Reopen to Navigation

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/8/08
Subject: Lock and Dams 16, 17, 20, 22 Reopen to Navigation
NAVNOTICE # 1114

The following Lock and Dams have reopened to navigation at this time:

16 at MM 457.2 UMR (LLNR 15000)
17 at MM 437.1 UMR (LLNR 15135)
20 at MM 343.2 UMR (LLNR 15615)
22 at MM 301.2 UMR (LLNR 15860)


 

Click here to read Navigation Notice #1114   

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Navigation Notice ......

  High Waters on the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River CHANGE

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/8/08
Subject: High Waters on the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River CHANGE

NAVNOTICE # 1115.....click here

  

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Cedar Hill Resort Planning to Re-Open May 17th .....

    

Bill,

We are setting a tentative opening date for Cedar Hill Resort on Sat. May 17 as long as Golden Eagle Ferry is open.  If the Ferry is not open then we will postpone our opening until the Ferry opens.  If they have any question please have them call.  618-883-4455.

 

Thanks,

Carrie Ash

Sundowner's Bar & Grill at the Yacht Club of St. Louis............  

  

   Sundowners Bar & Grill at Yacht Club of St. Louis will be open this weekend

Thursday at 5PM - Midnite

 

Friday opening at Noon till 1:30am with music starting at 9pm with Gary Sluhan (calling all parrotheads).

 

Saturday open from noon-1:30AM with live music starting at 9PM with artist Uncle Jerry featuring the best of blues and classic rock. 

 

   The main restaurant still under refit with the opening to be announced.

North Shore Marina and Oasis Bar & Grill............ are closed for the rest of the week due to the high water. ..........Hope to re-open next week.

 

  Keep your anchor right where it is for more info as it becomes available.  

RiverBill's ...

  US Coast Guard News Archive............ 

  

   Added a "Archive Page" to RiverBill's for US Coast Guard Auxiliary News releases.

 

  Click here and check it out.

Grafton Ferry Is Closed Because Of Flooding.......

 

    Residents who cross over to Grafton from St. Charles, will now have to drive all the way around to Alton because the Grafton Ferry is closed also due to the flood waters. It’s bad enough that the gas prices are so high now, but the extra driving because of the ferries being closed, has really got residents concerned. 

 

To read this story in the Alton Daily News, Click here

The Brussels Ferry Is Now Closed Also......

 

According to Telegraph.com, the Brussels Ferry is now closed due to high waters. Since the Golden Eagle Ferry is also closed, people in Calhoun County need to use the Joe Page Bridge in Hardin, Illinois to cross the Illinois River. Authorities have also closed the Illinois River Road near Deer Plain on Wednesday evening because of water coming over part of the road. They are predicting the river to come up about two more feet in that area, before cresting on Saturday. 

 

  To read this full article, click here

RiverBill's Upcoming Events .....  There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page..... Click here and check-em out !

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

 

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

 

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

Portage Des Sioux Is Becoming Popular Because Of A Reality Show......

 

The new reality show, “Farmer Wants A Wife,” stars Matt Neustadt. Matt is a 29 year old bachelor who is looking for a bride. At Orchard Farm High School, he was known as “most likely to be desired.” He was very popular and was a great baseball player. This farm boy is evidently ready to settle down now. When his new show aired the other night, there were about 200 people who gathered at his favorite bar, K.J.’s. Kathy Jackson, the owner of the bar, has put in more chairs and a big screen TV so that hopefully, everyone will gather there weekly to watch this new reality show. Since there only 351 people in Portage Des Sioux, that means that about 2/3 of the population was there watching his show. Good luck to you Matt! 

 

To see more about this, go to CW11 News at

http://cw11tv.trb.com/news/kplr-news-043008-04,0,7846522.story

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the May 8th, 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph is a photo of the old Clark Bridge, the railroad bridge and the old Lock and Dam at Alton, IL.  

 

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday...08 May 2008

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Pic of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our River Picture of The Day...... was sent in by Mike and Sherri Stanczak.  It's a couple of shots of Eagle's Landing Marina taken by Mike last Sunday afternoon while flying around in his powered parachute.   

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Mike and Sherri for the great aerial shot of the flood waters.

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 ..... was from Rick Dorn.  He  e-mailed us a picture from the past....Yes, Rick is the little guy in the center getting a drink.

River Bill,

   My wife has been going thru some old family photos and scanning them to the computer.  We have found many pictures of the river rats back in  the late 50's and early 60's. Here is one that I'd like to share. I'm guessing that it was taken from what I think is the lower, down stream end of Royal landing. Iowa island is top center of pic? Taken summer of 1961, me center (Milwaukee's Best?) Mom right, Grandpa left.

Rick & Sharrie Y.C.S.L

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

Navigation Notice ...... .......... Lock and Dan Closure

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/7/08
Subject: L/D CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1113

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0150-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0149-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0150-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE FOLLOWING L/D'S ARE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE
TO HIGH WATER:
L/D 16 (LLNR 15000) MM 457.2 UMR
L/D 17 (LLNR 15135) MM 437.1 UMR
L/D 20 (LLNR 15615) MM 343.2 UMR
L/D 22 (LLNR 15860) MM 301.2 UMR
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE LOCK MASTER'S ON VHF FM CHNL 14 OR 16 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


Click here to read Navigation Notice #1113   

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Brussels Ferry Closed :     According to a news article in The Telegraph.com, Authorities closed the Brussels Ferry on Wednesday night due to the high water on the Illinois River.

Sundowner's Bar & Grill at the Yacht Club of St. Louis............  

  

   Sundowners Bar & Grill at Yacht Club of St. Louis will be open this weekend

Thursday at 5PM - Midnite

 

Friday opening at Noon till 1:30am with music starting at 9pm with Gary Sluhan (calling all parrotheads).

 

Saturday open from noon-1:30AM with live music starting at 9PM with artist Uncle Jerry featuring the best of blues and classic rock. 

 

   The main restaurant still under refit with the opening to be announced.

North Shore Marina and Oasis Bar & Grill............ are closed for the rest of the week due to the high water. ..........Hope to re-open next week.

 

  Keep your anchor right where it is for more info as it becomes available.  

Alton's Riverfront Park............ Alton's on-line newspaer....TheTelegraph.com has a picture and short update on the construction going on at the city's new Riverfront Park.

 

    Click here for more info.......

RiverBill's ...

  US Coast Guard News Archive............ 

  

   Added a "Archive Page" to RiverBill's for US Coast Guard Auxiliary News releases.

 

  Click here and check it out.


Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net 

314-852-2909

May 6, 2008

 NOT ALL BOATNG ACCIDENTS HAPPEN ON THE WATER

 Some boating accidents happen while going to and from the water.  They frequently happen on the launch ramp.  Some accidents happen on the road.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary says “A successful boating outing begins when you leave home and ends when you safely return home.” Since the majority of recreational boats in the United States are transported to and from the water it is important that boaters take as much care moving their boat (whether it be a power boat, sailboat, paddle craft or personal water craft) as they do operating their boat on the water.

 

When it comes to trailered boats, nine out of ten trailering malfunctions and accidents can be traced to the failure to give ample time for basic maintenance.

 

Wheel bearings, suspension parts, lights, and a host of other components require constant attention to insure any trailering trip will be smooth and hassle free.

 

Special attention to the towing vehicle’s hitch is a good idea, as that is the only link between the tow vehicle and trailer.

 

Specific license endorsements are required to operate motorcycles, busses and trucks and other special vehicles; yet just about anyone can go out and buy a $30,000 boat and trailer, attach it to his/her car, and simply drive away.  There is no legal requirement for any special training and no special license classification is needed.

 

Anyone who has ever pulled a boat knows that while it may not be too difficult to drive in a straight line at low speeds, when it comes to things like driving at highway speeds, passing other vehicles, high winds, backing up, etc… the task becomes much more difficult than one might think. 

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety offers safety tips for trailering, pre-launching preparations, launching, retrieval and boat storing at

http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/metlife_archived_9-21-2007/boat_trailer.htm.

 

Whether you are interested in joining the Auxiliary, or would just like to learn more about the services offered to the boating public such as Safe Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Checks, information is available on the web at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or www.cgaux.org – or you can contact the Flotilla Commander at bcz@charter.net or 314-852-2909.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

56 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. 

(Report made on 5/7/2008)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

Falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms and cut bait; crappie fair on minnows. 

(Report made on 5/7/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

Turkey Hunter Is Still Missing In The Missouri River......

    On Tuesday morning, at 5:00 am, there was a call that a boat had capsized on the Missouri River. There were two turkey hunters out on this boat when it happened. One of the hunters clung to the side of the canoe and was rescued. The other one is still missing. There are several problems with this rescue mission. For one, he was not wearing a life jacket. He was wearing camouflage, which makes him hard to see. Also, the water temperature is in the low 60’s so they feel that unless a miracle happens, hypothermia would definitely get to him. 

   To read the full article in the May 7th edition of STLtoday.com, click here

Archaeologists Will Be Digging At Mark Twain’s Boyhood Farm....

 

    Before Samuel Clemens became the famous writer, Mark Twain, he was a little boy running around his uncle’s farm. This farm, located in Hannibal, Missouri is now the home of Karen Hunt. She wants to start digging up artifacts on her farm. Last year, she had part of her land searched and there were clay marbles, two dolls and a pocketknife found. She is hoping to find more this summer as she continues digging. 

 

   To read more about this project in db digitalburg.com, click here

 

 Coming Soon

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Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

This Historic landmark Needs Your help !

A private initiative to save the steamboat Delta Queen

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

 

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Delta Queen Wins Annual Great Steam Boat Race........

 

    According to a news article in the Evansville Courier Press, the  Delta Queen riverboat was declared the winner of the annual Great Steamboat Race held last week as part of Louisville's Kentucky Derby Festival.

  

    The Delta Queen's exemption expires Nov.1st, so this might have been her last steamboat race !

 

  Click here to read more.

 

 

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show..June 21-22, 2008..Grafton, IL

 

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Invites Everyone to Attend:

 

Sponsors Welcome !

   This year our show will attract over 35 Antique and Classic Boats on the water and on land. We are looking for slip sponsors, kind of like hole sponsors at a golf tournament.

   The $50 slip sponsor will receive signage attached to the deck in front of the sponsored slip. The sign will include details of the boat being shown. 

   Our $140. banner sponsors will receive placement of a 2'x4' Advertising Banner (banner furnished). Signage can include art work logos and pictures on vinyl.

  Click here for more info

 

For more information about becoming a sponsor contact:

    Jack Hartwig...636-441-3559      James Tobin.....314-249-3965      Gene Hughes....314-291-1800

 www.missvaleyacbs.com

The Weather Channel Hurt Hannibal’s Tourism.....

 

    According to an article in KHQA online, the Weather Channel has put out a report that Hannibal has been hit with major flooding. What they failed to tell people is that Hannibal has a flood wall. Because of this report, many tourists have this image of Hannibal being totally under water. This has really hurt the town tourism. The town has wrote a letter to the Weather Channel in hopes that they will let people know about the flood wall and how it protects their town from major flooding. 

 

   To read this full story, click here

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 

  Featured in the May 8th, 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph is a photo of the old Clark Bridge, the railroad bridge and the old Lock and Dam at Alton, IL.  

 

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday...07 May 2008

 Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Pic of the Day

 

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of The Day...... are from Paul and Joan Barbary.

 

Hi Bill,
Joan & I were in Grafton on Sunday, to kick back with a little food & drink and watch the river. 
There were few boats out on the river. The water is still too high for me. I thought you might like to see some of the flooding.
I hope the reports are correct and the river goes down some this weekend. 

See you on the river,

Paul & Joan Barbary

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic tp enlarge

 

 

The River Picture on This Day in 2006 ......  was named "Never Know Who You Will Meet On The Grafton Ferry".  It's a picture of some motorcycle riders crossing the Grafton Ferry with some Con Trios Yacht Club members.  

 

Mix them together and what do you have ?........... Instant friends

 

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River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  

 

  The rivers levels are coming back up at Winfield, Grafton and Alton.  

  

Click here for more information for water levels Lock and Dam 25

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Click here for more information for water levels at Grafton

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Click here for more information for water levels at Lock and Dam 26

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   ~ Click here for current Doppler Radar and up-to-date River Levels / forecasts for Winfield, Grafton and Alton Dam 

~ Click here for the Nation Weather Service latest Flood Warning

~ Click here to go to NOAA River Flood Outlook website

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 Active River Stage Map .........     Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 

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Navigation Notice ......  High Water Advisory

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/6/08
Subject: HIGH WATER UPDATE
NAVNOTICE # 1110 ......click here

 

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Navigation Notice ...... .......... Lock and Dan Closure

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 5/6/08
Subject: L/D CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1111

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0149-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0143-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0149-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE FOLLOWING L/D'S ARE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE
TO HIGH WATER:
L/D 16 (LLNR 15000) MM 457.2 UMR
L/D 17 (LLNR 15135) MM 437.1 UMR
L/D 18 (LLNR 15295) MM 410.5 UMR
L/D 20 (LLNR 15615) MM 343.2 UMR
L/D 22 (LLNR 15860) MM 301.2 UMR
MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE LOCK MASTER'S ON VHF FM CHNL 14 OR 16 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.


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North Shore Oasis Bar & Grill............ Is open again for business.  

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Update...Aux Chamber At Alton Lock and Dam............ According to a news article in the Alton Daily News, the Army Corps of Engineers is planning on sending divers back into the water today to inspect the gates at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam near Alton.  The auxiliary chamber at the locks was closed on Monday because the gates would not fully open.

  Click here to read the news article.


Contact:  Betty Zoellner