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April 2009

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

Thursday

30 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

First Fish Fry of the Season

 

 

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Our Pictures of the Day..... were sent to us by Patty Williams who hails out of TimberLake in Pool 25.

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Hi Bill !

Here’s hoping for a great 2009 boating season!

We had our first fish fry of the season recently (April 4). The wind was blowing so hard that we had to make a windbreak and move the fryer to keep the flame from blowing out. But we did it! We never pass up the opportunity for some good food.

Lou & I kept the fish, fries and onion rings going and everybody ate till they were stuffed. But they saved room for the apple fritters that I always make for the finishing touch. This was the first time that Ron & Paul had them, they didn’t want to share!

Later,
Patty Williams

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

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YesterYear's River Picture from 2005 ....... was of some of the River Crowd   at the Grand Opening Party at the Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center Marina.  

There was a good turn out despite the weather and a good time was had by all. Everyone got an Island Lei upon arrival

The 2 piece Jimmy Manno band was belting out the tunes and had the party goers dancing late into the night .

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 300211
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
911 PM CDT WED APR 29 2009


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN
ILLINOIS...MISSOURI...

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TW
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LD 26 TW
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ST. LOUIS
MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT CHESTER
 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/29/09
Subject: High Water Advisory (BNM NR 0163-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1663


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 6 (MM 129.0 - MM 145.5 ILR) HAS ENTERED THE ACTION PHASE
FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX.
ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE ESPECIALLY AT COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR). ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING THIS AREA.
B. ZONES 1-5 (MM 0.0 - MM 128.9 ILR) AND ZONE 7 (MM 145.6 - 180.9 ILR) HAS ENTERED THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. COTP SEC UMR HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE IN ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179-184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND TOWS GREATER THAN 600 FEET IN LENGTH, EXCLUDING THE TOWBOAT, SHOULD LIMIT TRANSIT WITHIN THE SAFETY ZONE TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD HAVE A MINIMUM OF 250 HORSEPOWER FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY.
D. MARINERS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
 

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

 

 

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis announces stimulus work

St. Louis, MO – April 29, 2009 – The United States Army Corps of Engineers has released a listing of Civil Works projects to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The legislation, signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, appropriated $4.6 billion to the Corps for its Civil Works program.

The portion of that work allocated to the St. Louis Engineer District totals $279.4 million. This is compared with the District’s funding of $160.7 million under the 2009 Omnibus Appropriation. Work will be conducted across the 28,000 square mile, two-state region of Illinois and Missouri in the St. Louis Engineer District.

“The Recovery Act funds for Civil Works will enable the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do much good for the nation,” John Paul Woodley, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, said from Washington.

“In addition to the opportunity to help the nation and her citizens recover from this time of economic hardship,” said Woodley, “the Corps will be able to use these funds to accomplish work on water resources projects that will benefit the nation for years to come.”

“The Corps is fully committed to ensuring the Recovery Act funds provided for Civil Works are used to achieve the purposes envisioned by the President and Congress for the legislation,” said Maj. Gen. Merdith “Bo” Temple, deputy commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations for the Corps.

“We intend to quickly put these dollars into action to get our fellow citizens to work on Corps projects throughout the nation. At the same time, we will use these funds to build long-term value for the nation in its water resources projects with these funds.”
 

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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.

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Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website

Saturday    02 May, 2009  

Missouri State Water Safety Education Classes.........

 

 

Hazelwood, MO

05/02/2009

CABELAS 5555 ST. LOUIS MILLS, HAZELWOOD, MO 63042 - (573)751-3333

9AM -4PM


 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

River City Flea Market

    At South Shore Marina ..........

 

Every 2nd and 4th weekend ...Open May - Oct

Located less than 3 miles North of Hwy 370 at New Town Rd

 

Ten Plus Acres of Riverview

Park -N- Sell Area

Free Parking

Free Admission

Boat Docking Available

Click here for flyer
 

1014 URNA Drive.St. Charles, Mo... Click here for map from Map Quest

 

For more information ....call 314-662-2494

 

Missouri Department of Conservation News ..........

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail from Jim Low of the Missouri Department of Conservation



Surplus property auction set for May 30

Passenger vehicles and heavy equipment are among the offerings.

JEFFERSON CITY–Five bulldozers, three tractors, 39 passenger vehicles, 16 boats, 12 outboard motors, five boat trailers and other surplus property of the Missouri Department of Conservation will go on the auction block May 30.

The auction will take place at the Conservation Department’s Equipment Maintenance Office, 115 Pershing Road, Brookfield. Auction items will be on display May 29 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Bidders can register then or the day of the sale. The gates will open at 7:30 a.m. The auction will begin at 10 a.m.

Auction offerings typically include office equipment and furniture and other miscellaneous items. A complete list of sale items will be available at the registration desk the day of the sale. To request a tentative list of sale items, call 573-522- 4115, ext. 3279 or 3283.

All property must be paid for on the day of the sale and before removal. Acceptable methods of payment include cash, MasterCard or Visa or personal checks with proper identification.

-Jim Low-

 

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Click here to go to the MDC website
 

Saturday,   2  May 2009  

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

1st Alton Block Party of the Season

4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
 

Mexican food and drink,  Mexican music, dancers. Kids activities start at 4PM. 

Band begins at 6:30. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Phins band, the Jimmy Buffet cover band.
 

For more information call 618-465-6676

 

Click here for video from RiverBender.com
 

After this party,  they will take place on the final Saturday of each month from May through September.

 

Grafton Ferry Update........
  

STLtoday.com has a news article about the Grafton Ferry with information about why it closed last December and what they are doing to get it running again.... Click here

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks to Capt'n George Shindel for the news tip

 

April 29, 2008 in River History

    Flood of 2008
  

The US Army Corps of Engineers closed Mississippi River Lock and Dams 13, 16, 17, and 18 due to high water.

 

Boating Financials

   Marine Products Reports 1st Quarter Results.................

According to a news report in TradeOnlyToday.com......... Marine Products Corporation reported a 78.9 percent drop in net sales for the first quarter of 2009.

 

Marine Products Corp  manufacturers Robalo and Chaparral boats.

Click here to read more.

 

 

Click here to go to Marine Products Corp website.

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

AccuWeather.com

   Midwest US Weather

   Bouts of Heavy Rain Could Flood More Homes, Roads

The corridor of heaviest rain into early next week will lie from central Oklahoma and eastern Kansas to the Ohio Valley. Up to 6 inches of rain may inundate this zone from today into early next week. Major flooding is sure to result.

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Click here to go to AccuWeather.com to read more and for the latest forecast

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

 For lease ....Cedar Hill Resort
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

29 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Breeze Pleeze

Michelle and Denny Wertheimer's 43' Beneteau

 

 

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Our Pictures of the Day..... were sent to us by Capt'n Jeri Levesque

 

Hi River Bill,

We sailed the Alton Pool on Sunday. Although the weather was warm, it was blowing around 20 knots with gusts of 32 knots (verified on our wind meter) as we sailed aboard Michelle and Denny Wertheimer's 43' Beneteau, Breeze Pleeze. John and Lynda Heald joined the crew. (pix of Michele at the helm, with John on the cockpit coming)

Breeze Pleeze was the only sailing vessel that we spotted all afternoon as we beat down to Alton and ran back to Sioux Harbor. Our top speed over water was 9 knots, which is the max.

 

Jimmy Buffett sings it best,

Haul the sheet in as we ride on the wind
That our forefathers harnessed before us
Hear the bells ring as the tight rigging sings
Its a son of a gun of a chorus

 

 

Jeri Levesque

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

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YesterYear's River Picture from 2005 ....... was of a   helicopter heading up river near Royal Landing.   It looks like it is low enough that it could pull a water skier.

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 290230
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
930 PM CDT TUE APR 28 2009

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR POINTS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

AT CLARKSVILLE 24 TAILWATER AND GRAFTON
 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/28/09
Subject: High Water WAP Safety Adivsory
NAVNOTICE # 1658


USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 6 (MM 129.0 - MM 145.5 ILR) HAS ENTERED THE ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE ESPECIALLY AT COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR). ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING THIS AREA.
B. ZONES 2-5 (MM 10.0 - MM 128.9 ILR) AND ZONE 7 (MM 145.6 - 180.9 ILR) HAS ENTERED THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.

C. MARINERS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.


 

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

 

 

Check out Big Muddy's website.

 http://thebig-muddy.com/

Sherwood Marina.......

 

RiverBill's has received reports that the US Army Corps of Engineers is closing down Sherwood Marina and that the boat owners were notified to remove their boats.  The marina is located on Corps of Engineers property.

 

We contacted the US Army Corps of Engineers and received the following information in an e-mail:

 

 

 

* The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO District has informed the proprietors of the Sherwood Marina in St. Charles County, MO, on the Mississippi River, that their lease was being revoked effective 15 April.

* Reasons for revocation are non-compliance with health and safety requirements of the lease.

* The purpose of such leases to operate recreation facilities on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property is to provide healthy and safe recreation to the public.

* The Sherwood Marina was closed all of last year due to inability to meet health and safety requirements and thus was not meeting the stated purpose of such an operation.


Lawrence Williams
Realty Specialist

 

Biologists Shock Up Another Illinois Record Fish.......

Dr. Tim Spier of Western Illinois shocked up a
fat-bellied hybrid striped that weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces at Spring Lake near Macomb, IL last week..

The Illinois state record is  20-pound, 0.32-ounce.

 

Click here to read more on PrairieStateOutdoors.com....with Photo

Illinois River
   Peoria, Illinois
   Sewer Overflows Into The Illinois River At Peoria...........

According to a news report from peoriapundit.com.......... Rainfall in Peoria, Illinois has caused the sewage system to overflow into the Illinois River.

While water warnings are in effect, it is recommended that full body contact with the Illinois River be avoided. Also, sickness may occur if river water is ingested during water skiing, swimming, and engaging in other water sports.

As required in the Clean Water Act, Peoria is putting together a plan to reduce overflows during rainy weather...........

Click here to read this news report.


 

Mississippi River
   St. Charles, Missouri
   Hopes High That Dry Summer, Levee Repairs Fend Off Flooding.........

According to a news article from suburbanjournals.stltoday.com............... Even though the 2008 Mississippi River flooding only took a couple of hours to destroy the fields at the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association Complex, as well as local farmer's fields and crops, almost a year has passed, and the repairs are nearly complete.

Alan Dooley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman, states that levee repairs are at a "flood fightable" level, and should be completed by July.

The St. Louis Youth Soccer Association has taken this opportunity to make improvements to the damaged fields. It is expected that the fields will be ready to play on by fall.............

Click here to read this news article.

 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
     Boat "Repo Depot" Opens ..........


According to a news story from tradeonlytoday.com.......... Skipper Bud's has opened a Midwest Marine Repo Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The reason is to liquidate boats purchased from a bankruptcy proceeding, in addition to selling consignment vessels held by local banks.

Skipper Bud's president, Mike Pretasky Jr. states that in comparison to last year, sales are booming.

The idea of a repo center came about since inventory is easier to move if it is consolidated in one spot. Also, boat shoppers are looking for deals, and the Midwest Marine Repo Center is offering vessels that are priced to sell, and some are below market value.............

Click here to read this news story.
 

Con Trios Yacht Club Website Update.....

Updated the Con Trios Yacht Club website, www.contriosyachtclub.org, with some great pics from next year's First Mate, Lisa Hickey.... Click here

 

Many Thanks to Lisa for the great pics!

 

Darryll Weil,

Con Trios Yacht Club Fleet Captain and Webmaster
 

Lake of the Ozarks

     Sailing Club Regatta Pics.....

 

Click here and check out the pics from LakeExpo.com of last weekend's Sailing Club Regatta at Lake of the Ozarks.

Rainfall Is Slightly Below Normal .....


According to a news story in the Belleville News Democrat rainfall has been less than normal so far in 2009..

The greater St. Louis area has received 9.72 inches of rain so far this year....that's more than 1.5 inches normal.

 

Click here to read more.
 

Hardin County, Illinois
   Lafarge North America Teams With Conservation Group To Clean Waterways...

 

According to a news story from pitandquarry.com............. Aggregate producer, Lafarge North America, teamed up with Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) to clean up along the Ohio River, plant trees, and educate the public on the need for environmental responsibility.

Recently, the Lafarge Cave-In-Rock Quarry put on a 3 day event that encompassed volunteer workdays for students and Lafarge employees, as well as educational programs...............

Click here to read this news story.

Click here to visit the Cave-In-Rock Quarry website

Click here to visit the Living Lands & Waters website

 

Boat Sails
   Doyle Sails Offers Discount Program..........


In a news report from tradeonly.com.......... The Doyle Sails company has a promotion tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

For the customers that order a sail by May 1st, and put down a 50% deposit, Doyle will note the Dow's closing value of that date; and if the Dow closes lower 4 weeks from the order date, the balance due will be discounted by the same percentage as the Dow's decline..............

Click here to read this news report

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

Panama Canal Changes Could  Affect the Mississippi & Missouri River Traffic

  

According to a news report in the Richmond, Mo Daily news...... Missouri Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, stated that there will be two way traffic on the Panama Canal in the next few years.  That should put more barges into the Gulf of Mexico and in-turn could lead to more traffic on the Mississippi River. 

 

Stouffer believes that the state of Missouri could utilize the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers to become the goods distribution center for United States.  More than half of the country's population live within a 10 hour drive of Missouri's border.

 

Click here to read more....

 

Grafton's Landing

    Grafton Harbor, Grafton IL

Bill,

Good morning! I just wanted to remind everyone that Pat Liston will be performing at Grafton’s Landing Bar and Grill on this Sunday, May 3rd from 2 pm to 5 pm. And also wanted to let everyone know we are now serving our famous recipe, hot wings FREE every Friday from 4 to 7. You have to come and try them!!

Note and looking forward to the following weekend on Saturday, May 9th, Biker Bayou Presents the 1st annual “Blessings of the Bikes”, motorcycle rally, held on the Grafton Harbor’s grounds 10:00 am to 1pm. There’s going to be food and souvenir booths sponsored by many of Grafton’s local establishments with live entertainment. Grafton’s landing Bar and Grill is sponsoring and beer tent for your favorite refreshments.

To sign up, contact Craig Melter at Biker Bayou (618)-786-2980.

Please come show off your bike and receive a ministerial blessing for a safe riding season.

It’s going to be an awesome time hope to see you there!!


Tom (Tommy) Yates,

KJ's Place

    Portage Des Sioux, Mo .........

Welcome All Boaters !
Daily Lunch Specials, Happy Hour all day on Tuesday,  Fish Fry every Friday.

Breakfast from 9-noon on Sundays

 Fried Chicken dinner on Sunday from 4-8 PM for $8.95.

Live band the 1st Saturday of the month & Karaoke on the 3rd Saturday of month.

May 2nd.......Park Road Band               
June 6th ......... Ohms Brothers

 

530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux 63373   (636) 899-1139

  Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

 

Show Me The Mississippi Meeting............

To: All Show Me the Mississippi Committee Members
Re: Meeting Notice: May 7, 6:00 pm, Yacht Club of St. Louis
 

From: Jim Marr, Chairman 2009

Our May 2009 Show Me the Mississippi Committee of the Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held Thursday, May 7,at Yacht Club of St. Louis , Sundowners Restaurant. Arrive for a beverage of your choice at 6:00pm the meeting starts at 6:30pm.
 

Note: Chairman Jim Marr will be out of town. John Bloch will be the May Chairman.
Contact John @ 636-288-2280

Our Goal for the meeting should be:
1. To discuss membership development (invite and bring a new prospect). Guests Welcome!
2. Discuss the committee’s goals for 2009.
3. Discuss planning for the two scheduled events, Marina Day and our assistance with the Blessing of the Fleet.

Call with any questions, comments and items to add to the agenda.

Thanks - Jim

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

S/V INGOMAR ......  Capt'n David Braun sent us some more information about the picture of the sunken S/V INGOMAR we posted yesterday.
 

 

Bill,

Here is the local news story...with photo:

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/breaking_news/story/699991.html

I believe that this is a wood "pirate ship" that has been in dry storage in Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA for the past several years. It has likely passed through a few ownerships while on the hard. It was recently relaunched about 4 weeks ago. It is wooden. I would suspect a sprung plank based upon its appearance and history. I would appreciate a link the the image that you posted.

Thanks

David

 

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks for for the news link David

 

 For lease ....Cedar Hill Resort
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Palm Valley, Florida
   Survivors Of Fatal Easter Boat Crash Sue Crownline..........

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.......... Crownline is being sued in federal court by Francis Moore, Joshua Moore, and Jamie Hole, with the claim that an unsafe boat design contributed to a fatal boating accident on Easter Sunday.

The suit claims that passengers in the bow obscure the driver's vision, and have an increased risk of ejection in a collision.

News accounts state that there were 14 passengers in the 22 foot Crownline when it struck the push-boat. That model is only rated for 12 passengers..........

Click here to read this news report.

Beaufort, North Carolina
   Wisconsin's Educational Schooner, S/V Denis Sullivan Springs Leaks, Hauled For Repair..........


According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com........... The S/V Denis Sullivan, while on a cruise from the Caribbean to the Great Lakes, sprouted several leaks, requiring an emergency stop for repairs at Core Creek Marine, in Beaufort, North Carolina.

The schooner is a 137 foot, 150 ton replica, that plies the waters from the Great Lakes, to the Caribbean, collecting data to transmit to schools around the country. Tours of the vessel, as well as sailing cruises are offered............

Click here to read this news article.

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Black Pearl 1


ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER SHERMAN, Eastern Pacific -- A smallboat from the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman approaches a life raft with two survivors from the sunken vessel Black Pearl, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The two men were transiting from San Francisco to Texas via the Panama Canal when their boat sank 50 miles west of Costa Rica.

 

U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Sherman.

 

 



 

Tuesday

28 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

    

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Our Picture of the Day..... was sent in to us by Capt'n Mark Newlin, who can be spotted kayaking in the Two Branch Island area of the Mississippi River.

 

 

Bill,

I was at George Winter park here in Fenton and this guy's trans slipped out of gear while he was loading his Seadoos and his truck rolled backwards into the river right in front of us. My niece's boyfriend swam down and tied the tow-strap on and I pulled it out backwards by the trailer with my Bronco. Somehow it did a complete "180" as it was sinking. His Seadoos were OK and nobody was hurt.

 

Mark Newlin

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008...... were from Mike and Sherri Stanczak. 

 

Hi, Bill,
   Mike and I put the boat in the water yesterday (Saturday) and took a little ride. It was very nice out and the water was just like glass, however, you understand and respect the river when you see how much damage it is doing to clubhouses and businesses.

   I have attached a few photos that we took yesterday. 

Sherri

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 280237
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
937 PM CDT MON APR 27 2009


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS..

ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE
ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA
ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY
ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN
 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

NEWS RELEASE
PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO  65102

For further information contact: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan
Public Information Director
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail: Jerry.Callahan@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake of the Ozarks

Equipment Thefts Under Investigation at Lake of the Ozarks



The Missouri State Water Patrol is investigating thefts that occurred this weekend at a resort located near the 8mm on Lake of the Ozarks. In the early morning hours of April 26, electronics and fishing equipment were stolen from several boats participating in a fishing tournament. The value of the stolen property is estimated at more than $20,000.

Fishing tournament participants continue to be targeted , however, the Missouri State Water Patrol would like to offer all boaters of a few tips to help minimize the risk of property theft.

· Store valuables in secure, locked facilities rather than leaving them out in the open.

· Remove all valuables from boats and docks when possible.

· Items attached or stowed onboard boats should be inventoried with serial numbers, if available. The color, make and model should also be recorded. If an item does not have a serial number, it should be engraved with a personal marking, such as initials. Serial numbers or identifying markings are important in the recovery of stolen property. Photos are helpful, but items that are photographed still need some type of identifying mark.

· Lighting is one of the most effective deterrents to crime. Docks and marinas should be illuminated at night to give the appearance of activity. Lighting on docks can be added in the form of blue dock lights, yellow bug lights or regular lights with sensors or timers.

· Surveillance video cameras may deter thieves and assist authorities in apprehending suspects. They are especially helpful on community docks.

If you see anything suspicious, please report it immediately. If anyone has any information about these thefts or secondary markets for fishing tackle, please contact the Missouri State Water Patrol (573) 751-3333 or go online to http://www.mswp.dps.mo.gov and click on the crime tip link to leave an anonymous tip.


News Release ID: N07090024
Release Date: 20090427

 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Check out Big Muddy's website.

 http://thebig-muddy.com/

KJ's Place

    Portage Des Sioux, Mo .........

Welcome All Boaters !
Daily Lunch Specials, Happy Hour all day on Tuesday,  Fish Fry every Friday.

Breakfast from 9-noon on Sundays

 Fried Chicken dinner on Sunday from 4-8 PM for $8.95.

Live band the 1st Saturday of the month & Karaoke on the 3rd Saturday of month.

May 2nd.......Park Road Band               
June 6th ......... Ohms Brothers

 

530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux 63373   (636) 899-1139

  Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

 

Grafton Ferry Update .........

Pete Tully provided RiverBill's with the following update:

 

The Grafton Ferry Boat Company has plans to try to start dredging in May and  "hope" to be open for business by Memorial Day.  They have all of the required Corps of Engineers permits for the dredging and the tugboat and barge are ready to go.

 

They are still trying to get help from the city of Grafton, St. Charles County and the State of Illinois.

 

 

RIverBill says...Thanks Pete !

 

 

Click here to go to the Grafton Ferry website.

Lake Taneycomo
   Dog Causes Boating Accident............

According to a news story from news-leader.com.......... Two men were injured in an accident Saturday on Lake Taneycomo. Apparently, the pilot of a bass boat, Michael Gonzalez, was distracted by a small dog aboard, and struck a log.

The boat went airborne and then hit a tree on the shore. Michael and Phillip Gonzalez were seriously injured.

A third passenger, Mark Gonzalez, was reported uninjured................
 


Click here to read this news story

 

 

A Big Muddy River thanks goes out to Capt'n Matt Burrows for the news tip !

I'm sure everyone remembers Matt as one of the bar tenders at the now defunked Capt'n Jacks Bar & Grill.

 

Sat, Sun    02, 03 May 2009

6th Annual 2009 Sell Your Boat, Camper & RV Show 
 

6th Annual 2009
"Sell Your Boat, Camper & RV Show"
Sat. & Sun. May 2nd & 3rd
11am to 5pm

Located At:
DRY DOCK MARINE & RV
3250 Hwy. 94 North, St. Charles, MO. 63301
3/4 Mile North of Hwy. 370 on 94 North
For Information and regestration call:
636-949-6696 or 314-420-4696

Dealers & Vendors Also Welcome!
Free Admission To The Public!

" RIVER BILL'S SPECIAL"
Mention This Ad When Registering your Boat or RV to Sell
and Receive $5.00 Off Your Exhibitors Pass For Each Day!!!
 

Lake Of The Ozarks
     Lake Boating Season To Kick Off With Spring Harbor Hop.......


According to a news article from lakeexpo.com........ The boating season is upon us, and lake boaters on the Lake of the Ozarks will start with a bang. The 12th annual Spring Harbor Hop is slated for May 2nd.

For a $15 donation, hoppers will participate in a seven card stud poker run, with many prizes up for grabs.............

Click here to read more
 

Boating World Magazine To Assist With Dealer Inventory Reduction........

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............. In an effort to assist dealers and manufacturers move 2008 and 2009 inventory, Boating World magazine is going to feature a special Inventory Blowout section in the July/August issue.

Also of note, several ad sizes are available, for the sale of outboard engines, marine electronics, as well as other marine products............

Click here to read this news report.
 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

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

 

  Featured in the April 19th, 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of a 600-foot lake freighter was that locked through the 600 ft lock at Dam 26 in Alton, IL. without incident    Many WWII war ships were converted into freighters in Great Lakes shipyards after the end of the war.

 

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

 

For The River Boating Deer Hunters............
   The 2009-2010 Deer Seasons Have Been Announced


The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced the schedules for the 2009-2010 firearms deer seasons.

The seasons and regulations are similar to last years, however there are some changes.......

Click here to visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website to view the changes.
 

Boating Financials
   Earnings Estimates Have Been Lowered For Brunswick.........


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com......... Since wholesale shipments are on the decline, RBC Capitol Markets analysts have dropped their sales and earnings estimates for Brunswick.

Retail trends seem to be performing as expected, but dealers are hesitant to replace the inventory.

Estimates for Brunswick's first quarter 2009 sales are $746 million, down from the previous estimate of $906.3 million. This prediction assumes total sales decline of 45% for Brunswick as a whole, and a 54% decline in the marine segment.............

Click here to read this news report

Aluminum Boats Fared Better Than Fiberglass Boats In March.......

In a news article from tradeonly.com............. With about 62% of the national market reporting sales information, the numbers indicate that aluminum boat sales did not fall off as bad as their fiberglass counterparts.

Fiberglass boats from 14-30 feet dropped 38.5%, PWC sales fell off by 36.5%, and aluminum declined by only 17.2%.................

Click here to read this news article.
 

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

 For lease ....Cedar Hill Resort
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Stamford, Connecticut
   Vessel Once Owned By Billy Joel Sinks.............


According to an news story from connpost.com............. A 35 foot yacht, "Sea Major", once owned by the Piano Man, sank near the dock where she was moored early Saturday morning.

The current owner, Hub Orr, had the boat at Cos Cob marina for winter inspections and repairs, and was waiting for the weather to cooperate before moving her to the Seaview House Marina.

Recovery workers are not sure what caused the sinking...............

Click here to read this news story.

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

S/V INGOMAR


This photo released by the Coast Guard is only labeled with the sailing vessels name... S/V   Ingomar.

 

 

 

 

 

An internet search revealed that there was a schooner named Ingomar, built in 1903, was a 127' Herreshoff designed and built schooner whose first captain, Charles Barr, was one of the early professional America's Cup racing.

 

Click here for photo and more info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

27 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Hobo's

At the American Legion In Old Town St.Peters
636-278-2828
Hours Mon Thru Fri 10 am to 1:30 am
Saturday 11am to 1:30am and Sunday Noon to Midnight.

Great Food, Great Prices,
Catering – Hall Rental – Parties of All Types
Daily Lunch Specials – Nightly Dinner Specials

 

Click here and check out Hobos' website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Picture of the Day

The Calypso

    Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is of Paul, Lisa and daughter,McKinnsey, who hail out of Two Branch Marina in the cruiser... Calypso.  The Calypso crew was heading up river for a boat ride on Saturday morning when this picture was snapped.

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006....... was of a River Sunset taken near the UMR 224 mile marker.  The sun, in this picture,  is setting over Calhoun County, Illinois due to the bend in the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area.  When it got down below the tree line that evening it seemed to just start glowing and the red colors started showing up.......Sensational !

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 270319 CCA
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT ...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1014 PM CDT SUN APR 26 2009


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS...


ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN
 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Con Trios Yacht Club.....

 

Posted the following updates on the Con Trios Yacht Club website, www.contriosyachtclub.org  Report and pictures from the April Get Together at Oasis Bar and Grill on Saturday.

Past Commodores meeting Wednesday, April 29th, 7:00 PM at Big Muddy.

Past Commodores Party coming up on Saturday, May 2nd. If you haven't sent in a reservation yet contact Past Commodore Gary Meinershagen.

 

Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club
 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090023

 Grounding - Missouri River - 04/26/09

Location:

     Labadie Sandbar, Washington, Mo  
Summary : 

SUBJECTS WERE TRAVELING DOWN RIVER NEAR THE LAVADIE SANDBAR, WHEN THE VESSEL RAN AGROUND THROWING THE VICTIM FORWARD CAUSING HER TO STRIKE HER HEAD ON THE TROLLING MOTOR. VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO ST> JOHNS HOSPITAL  ST. LOUIS, MO.

Boat Type: 

Runabout


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Mississippi River
  
Piasa Harbor Update.........

According to a news report on RiverBender.com........  The Great Rivers Land Trust bought the Piasa Harbor last month.  The purchase included 55 acres of riverfront. The restaurant and gift shop are closed, but the gas station is open for business for credit or debit card purchases.

 

The Great Rivers Land Trust will reportedly honor boat slip contracts.
 


Click here to read this news report.

Saturday, 02  May 2009  

Con Trios Yacht Club's.......Past Commodores Party

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

2PM to 6PM

 

Click here to go to Con Trios Yacht Club website for more info.....

 

National Marine Manufactures Association Fights E15 Ethanol .........

According to a news article on TradeOnlyToday.com........... The NMMA has setup an alert on their website for interested parties to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encouraging them to deny the petition to increase ethanol blend levels in gasoline to E15.

 

 Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobbying organization, and 54 ethanol manufacturers have petitioned the EPA to increase ethanol blend levels in gasoline up to 15 percent (E15) by volume.

Marine engines are designed to run on gasoline containing no more than 10 percent ethanol.  Increasing the ethanol will likely harm marine engines and make them out of compliance with the federal clear-air laws and possibly void the manufacturer's warranties.

Click here to read this news article.

Barge Construction Pics

   Little John's Website Update

  
Mississippi Mud Spa assembly.

 

Little John says:
The new St. Louis MISSISSIPPI MUD SPA is completed.
19,000 Lb. of steel, 170 Lb. of welding wire, and AGAIN a lot of VO
How many people can fit in a spa 20 ft. by 40 ft. ?????????????????
WATCH FOR DETAILS ON THE GRAND OPENING

http://www.littlejohnsinc.com/barge_construction_2009_part2/default.htm

 

Reader's Comments

   Sunday's News Article About Reservoir at Yankton, SD .........

 

Hi Bill,

Enjoyed your article on the reservoir at Yankton, SD this Sun. We moved here out of Sioux City, IA and have boated all of that area. The Lewis & Clarke is the first of many dams above Sioux City, mm 732 on the MO. The Corp marks the river for 15 miles up river to Ponca, NE but Sioux City is as far as the barge traffic goes. Above Ponca for 70 miles is the only Historical part of the river left and is too shallow except for your John Boat.

 

This link http://wfs.sdstate.edu/wfsdept/Publications/Willis/449-F fish diversity missouri river kaemingk et al.pdf is a long winded story by the Corp about the sediment effect on the fish population.

 

This link http://www.missouririvervacations.com/mapping.htm is a good picture of the reservoir area, the 3rd map is Yankton Lake. Yankton is a great sailboat lake, nice and deep. But the sediment has cut the life expectancies of the from 300 years to 100 years.

 

Enjoy,

Gary.

SYOTHR
 

Tennessee River
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Upgrades To Locks Needed To Improve Commercial Traffic On River.....


According to a news article from timesfreepress.com............ The time required to traverse the locks on the Tennessee River is increasing as barges grow larger. Apparently, the aging locks were designed and built when vessels were much smaller.

These days, the current generation of tows must break down, lock through, and reassemble before continuing on their journey.

These navigational issues, in conjunction with deterioration, have prompted officials to begin the process of replacing the lock at Chickamauga Dam, which is the most degraded of all the dams in the Tennessee River System. The new lock is expected to be completed in 2013 or 2014...........

Click here to read this news article.

Tennessee River

    Chattanooga, TN

    Delta Queen Update....

  Save-the-delta-queen.org’s position on the steamboat's permanent mooring permit is as follows.

"We would like to see the "permanent" mooring permit issued with additional restraints to make sure there will not be any structural changes to the Delta Queen (especially in case Ambassadors International sells the boat) so she can in fact be easily re-activated as an overnight passenger vessel once she receives a new exemption from Congress. The leasing contract between Ambassadors International and the operators of the Delta Queen Hotel at Chattanooga contains an agreement that "the Delta Queen will still be maintained in operating condition and able to return to cruising service at any time"

Click here to read more on the Save-the-delta-queen website.

Upcoming Events

   Saturday, 16 May, 2008

Great River Rendezvous

Canoe and Kayak Race on the Mississippi

 

Race begins in Grafton, IL and ends at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, IL
The race will begin at 10AM in Grafton, IL and end 20 miles down river at Ellis Bay in West Alton, MO.

 


For more information call 618-462-6979
or visit http://www.greatriverwatertrail.org
 

Upcoming Events

    Saturday,   2  May 2009  

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With The Phins

1st Alton Block Party of the Season

4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
 

Mexican food and drink,  Mexican music, dancers. Kids activities start at 4PM. 

Band begins at 6:30. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Phins band, the Jimmy Buffet cover band.
 

For more information call 618-465-6676

 

Click here for video from RiverBender.com
 

Illinois River
   Peoria, Illinois
   The 16th Annual Clean Water Celebration....


According to a news report from pjstar.com......... Travelers arrived in Peoria with containers of water from various sources, including the Illinois River, and combined them in a large bowl Sunday. This Parade Of waters is the customary opening ceremony to the festival.

An American Indian, Hayna Sine, an elder of the Winnebago-Hochunk tribe, was present to offer a blessing of the waters. This ceremony included prayers to the North, South, East and West to keep the earth's water safe.

This Clean Water Celebration is organized by the Sun Foundation, and the Rivers Project, whose goals are to educate the public the need for water conservation, on a global scale............

Click here to read this news report.

Lake Ozarks Gas Prices.....

 

This past weekend prices at Lake of the Ozarks ranged between $2.33-$2.699 a gallon.

Click here to read this news report on LakeExpo.com

Mississippi River

    The St. Louis Love Boat.....

 

STLtoday.com had an interesting article about St. Louis' own Love Boat.... The Admiral.

Lots of young people of years gone by took their dates to the Admiral for a cruise on the mighty Mississippi River.  Many more met a blind dates here or just met that special person there.

StLtoday.com has an article about the admiral and some excerpts from letters sent by readers who enjoyed the Admiral when it used to cruised the river.  The letters appear in the new Post-Dispatch book, "Rollin' On The River."

Click here to read this river article.  With Photo
 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

River History

 

April 27, 1865 in River History

The Steamboat "Sultana" exploded on the Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee. The explosion killed 1,700 people. 1450 of them were paroled Union POWs on their way home after the Civil War.

  
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April 27, 2008 in River History

On this day in 2008, the locks at Dams 16 and 17 on the Mississippi River were closed to all river traffic due to high water.

 

 

FYI....

Lock and Dam 16 is located at river mile 457.2 near Muscatine, Iowa.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

 

Lock and Dam 17 is located at river mile 437 near New Boston, Illinois.  Click here for more information from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

Mississippi River
   Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
   2 Urban Explorers Swept From Storm Drain Into River, One Drowns......


According to a news story from startribune.com............. While Ian William Talty, and Nicholas Breid were exploring and photographing a storm drain on the St. Paul shore of the Mississippi River, a storm broke out, sending torrents of water through the tunnel. Talty and Breid were caught in the maelstrom, and ejected into the Mississippi River.

Breid was able to swim to the safety of the shore. Talty was not as fortunate.

Despite the best efforts of rescuers, Talty did not survive.............

Click here to read this news story.

 For lease ....Cedar Hill Resort
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Boat Fire


In this photo released by the Coast Guard, a 25-foot small response boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Wash., forms a 300-yard safety zone around a burning vessel near Jim Crow Point, Wash., on the Columbia River April 26, 2009. The two people on board the burning vessel were able to successfully make it into their life raft and were rescued by a Good Samaritan.

 

(Official U.S. Coast Guard photo/Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore.)

 

 

 

 


 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

25, 26 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated Sun at 6:20AM... News, Illinois River Flood Warning

Updated Sat at 9:15 ..Add Grafton Harbor & US Coast Guard Boating Safety Class

Welcome New Advertiser !

Hobo's

At the American Legion In Old Town St.Peters
636-278-2828
Hours Mon Thru Fri 10 am to 1:30 am
Saturday 11am to 1:30am and Sunday Noon to Midnight.

Great Food, Great Prices,
Catering – Hall Rental – Parties of All Types
Daily Lunch Specials – Nightly Dinner Specials

 

Click here and check out Hobos' website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Picture of the Day

Sunday

RiverBill's Weekend Office

   

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is a shot of RiverBIll's weekend office.... right on the edge of the Mississippi River. A cup of hot coffee, a laptop with an air-card and a patio right on the river's edge !

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Looks Like The Start of a Great River Day

   

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is river sunrise taken about 6:30 this morning. 

Looks like the start of a great day.  A good day to get outside .... a good day to do a little boating !

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006.....  was of a  Turtle Fest in the Lehmond Island Slough.   These guys were all negotiating for a spot on this one log in the middle of the slough to get in some "Sun Time".   There were more turtles on the log when we first seen them, but some slipped off into the water as I approached.   Looks like there were still about 15 -16 left when this picture was taken, depending if you count them on the small picture or on the full size one.   Lehmond Island Slough is located between Dardenne Slough and Highway B at approximately the UMR 227 -228 mile marker.

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006.....  was of our friend Dutch and a couple of his lady friends on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort.  Dutch brought the dancers along with him on his cruiser,  the Scoundrel, to provide entertainment for everyone that day.   Yeah Dutch ! 

Updated Sun at 6:20AM

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 260210
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
910 PM CDT SAT APR 25 2009


.THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS..

ILLINOIS RIVER AT

LA GRANGE LD TW
MEREDOSIA
VALLEY CITY
HARDIN
 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

LongShot Saloon Grand Opening This Weekend, April 24, 25, 26..............

Longshot Saloon, at My River Home Boat Harbor, is opening for the season on Friday, April 24th.  The celebration will continue through the weekend !

 

Fresh Lobster and hand caught Yellow Tail Snapper specials

Free Courtesy Docking

Cold Drinks and Good Food !

Lobster, 2 sides & Salad $17.95

Yellow Tail, 2 sides & Salad..$$14.95

Click here for website & Poker Run Flyer

Check out the new pictures on their webpage

Updated Sat at 9:15AM

Updated Sun at 6:20AM

Missouri River
   Yankton, South Dakota
    Sedimentation Under Study On Upper Missouri River..........


According to a news article from cjonline.com............ Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, South Dakota is having a problem with sedimentation. As is other sections of the Missouri River.

Researchers claim that there is a lack of sediment in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. And that the sediment is locked up in the Midwest.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining the issue, and the possible solutions. Options under investigation are dredging, and even utilizing a slurry line to flush sediment around dams..............

Click here to read this news article.

Updated Sun at 6:20AM

Illinois River
   New Head Of The Illinois River National Wildlife And Fish Refuges Confronts Wetland Challenges............


According to a news report from sj-r.com.......... As of March 1, 2009, Lee Albright took over as manager of the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana, Illinois, the Cameron-Billsbach Unit in Marshal County, the Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge, and the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge. Albright's charge covers 12,000 acres and is distributed over 125 miles.

The 24 year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service faces challenges in imitating historic conditions that promote habitat for migrating birds, as seasonal flooding is happening more often, and at odd intervals.

Since the refuges are spread out over a large area, Albright is working on getting to know the organizations, as well as the partner agencies in the area. This team work will enable the refuges to be managed as a unit.........

Click here to read this news report.

Zurich Yacht is getting out of the yacht business..........

Effective 5/1/2009 they will no longer accept new business.

For all policies currently in force Zurich will be sending non renewals.

I have spoken with my other carriers and have made arrangements that I can transfer in most cases a current Zurich policy without having to go through the "get a new survey requirement or any other hassles".

Bill Mixon
Mixon Insurance Agency
618 874 1300

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

  Featured in the April 21st 2008 edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of 1903 flood.   It's of a rescue in progress of some people from Alton's East End who were on a tiny piece of high ground.  The rescuers are walking a raft through the floodwaters.

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

River History...... 

    Last Years River Levels

On this day in 2008 we had a good flood going on.  Below are a couple of river levels from this day in 2008:

~ Winfield... 29.7

~ Grafton.... 22.4

~ Alton....... 23.5

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

 

News Release N07090020

 Capsizing  - Lake Ozarks - 4/24/2009

Location:

     1 MM Gravois Arm 
Summary : 

MR. WHITE WAS FISHING IN THE AREA AND HIS ENGINE WOULD NOT START. AS HE WAS WORKING ON THE VESSELL, WATER CAME OVER THE STERN CAUSING THE VESSEL TO CAPSIZE. MR. WHITE WAS ABLE TO SWIM TO THE NEAREST SHORE.

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

    Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet
    New Orleans, Louisiana


Civil Engineer Testifies In Corps Of Engineers Trial.............

According to a news article from wdsu.com............... A forensics expert from UC Berkley testified that the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet built during the 60's was to blame for the widespread flooding during 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Bob Bea, a civil engineer, states that the shipping canal was improperly built, and maintained. Bea also believes that flooding would have been minimal if the canal had not been constructed, or if the Corps had maintained it.

This testimony was heard at the close of the first week of a federal trial against the Corps of Engineers. 5 people, and 1 business are suing the Corps, stating that the Corps is responsible for flooding during a hurricane..............

Click here to read this news article.

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

Palisades Yacht Club Update........

   

Beautiful weekend coming up.........
We are Open Thurs thru Sunday now!!
Fresh Spoonbill and Catfish while supplies last this weekend!
Shrimp basket too!

Amy@PYC

 

Mississippi River
     Cape Girardeau, Missouri
     Missouri Department Of Conservation Looks To Buy Island...........


According to a news report from semissourian.com............... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide a grant for nearly $250,000 to the Missouri Department of Conservation, to aid the purchase of an island near Cape Girardeau.

The acquisition of Marquette Island would facilitate the protection of habitats of the pallid sturgeon, least tern, as well as Indiana bats.

The grant is only about 1/3 of the funds needed, so the grant may not be accepted by the conservation department............

Click here to read this news report.

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

 For lease ....Cedar Hill Resort
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

24 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Hobo's

At the American Legion In Old Town St.Peters
636-278-2828
Hours Mon Thru Fri 10 am to 1:30 am
Saturday 11am to 1:30am and Sunday Noon to Midnight.

Great Food, Great Prices,
Catering – Hall Rental – Parties of All Types
Daily Lunch Specials – Nightly Dinner Specials

 

Click here and check out Hobos' website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Picture of the Day

River Rats in Cancun

 

   

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Pictures of the Day..... were sent in by Capt'n Dave Tiefenbrunn who hails out of Eagles Landing in the boat "Wet bar"

 

 

Riverbill,

 

A few of us river rats just got back from a week in Cancun, trying to beat the winter blues.

Now we are ready for boating season to begin!

 

Thought I would send you a few pics!

 

Dave Tiefenbrunn

"Wet Bar"Eagles

Landing Marina
 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007....  are a couple of river shots "of" and "from" the McKinley Bridge sent in by Dave Vance. 

 

Dave wrote:

 

Hi Bill, 

  This is the view a river pilot would see as he approaches St. Louis from the North. I am working above the river everyday, rebuilding the old McKinley Bridge (picture attached). This 100 year-old bridge is scheduled to reopen later this year without any tolls. It will also carry a bicycle path. 

 

Dave Vance

 

 

 

RiverBill says......Thanks for the great pictures Dave !    

 

 

 

Some history about the the old bridge that is sort of  interesting.

 

    It is normally assumed that the bridge was named after President William McKinley; but the name in reality is that of the builder.  The bridge was dedicated on Nov. 10, 1910 and recently closed for repairs in October 2001.   At one time it carried both automobiles and trains......later converted to carry only automobile traffic.

   According to the information in the link below, "the McKinley Bridge was the last sighting of the Little Green Man, a ghostly figure said to fly off the bridge into the night during the '50s and '60s when cars or RR personnel approached."

   Click here for history and pictures of the historic bridge that spans the Mighty Mississippi River..

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 240140
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
840 PM CDT THU APR 23 2009


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS...

ILLINOIS RIVER AT

LA GRANGE LOCK AND DAM TAIL WATER
MEREDOSIA
VALLEY CITY
HARDIN

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/23/09
Subject: UPDATE WAP
NAVNOTICE # 1655


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0150-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0143-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0150-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0 - MM 180.9 ILR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR)IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED, UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITTING BETWEEN MM 160.0 - 201.0 UMR DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIFT POTENTIAL.
C. MARINERS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
BT
NNNN


 

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

 

 

LongShot Saloon Grand Opening This Weekend, April 24, 25, 26..............

Longshot Saloon, at My River Home Boat Harbor, is opening for the season on Friday, April 24th.  The celebration will continue through the weekend !

 

Fresh Lobster and hand caught Yellow Tail Snapper specials

Free Courtesy Docking

Cold Drinks and Good Food !

Lobster, 2 sides & Salad $17.95

Yellow Tail, 2 sides & Salad..$$14.95

Click here for website & Poker Run Flyer

Check out the new pictures on their webpage

Zurich Yacht is getting out of the yacht business..........

Effective 5/1/2009 they will no longer accept new business.

For all policies currently in force Zurich will be sending non renewals.

I have spoken with my other carriers and have made arrangements that I can transfer in most cases a current Zurich policy without having to go through the "get a new survey requirement or any other hassles".

Bill Mixon
Mixon Insurance Agency
618 874 1300

US Coast Guard Releases Information About Mariner Reference Numbers....

According to a news report from seafarers.org........... Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard released a privacy statement pertaining to the personal information of mariners.

As of October 6, 2006, the Coast Guard stopped using mariner's social security numbers on credentials, and replaced it with a mariner reference number. The number is created by the Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation system.

Although a social security number is required on a credential application, it is no longer used internally by the Coast Guard............

Click here to read this news report
 

Saturday    25 April, 2009  

Con Trios yacht Club Get Together

 Oasis Bar and Grill at North Shore Marina

 

 

Brunswick's New Model Releases Pushed Back To The Fall.........

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com......... Brunswick announced that their 2010 model year boats will not be released until September, 2009. This announcement has the support of the Marine Retailers Association of America, (MRAA). For the past 20 years, the MRAA has advocated that new products be released in the fall.

Brunswick states the changes were made to allow dealers to move the existing inventory, as well as decrease the chance that retail lenders will lower the available credit on the current inventory.

Brunswick's family of boats include Bayliner, Crestliner, Cypress cay, Harris, Kayot, Lowe, Lund, Maxum, Triton, and Trophy..............

Click here to read this news article.
 

Check out Big Muddy's website.

 http://thebig-muddy.com/

Wetlands Are Crucial To A Functional Environment...........

In an opinion column from uis.edu........... Wetland restoration is high on the priority list at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Given that wetlands act as natural filters for freshwater, restoration efforts have proven to help remedy Gulf Hypoxia, or oxygen depleted dead zones in the Mississippi River delta.

Apparently, the Illinois River is a large contributor to the excessive nutrients that cause dead zones.

The University of Illinois, Springfield has gotten involved with restoration efforts. An example of this is the Emiquon Restoration project. Located in Havana, Illinois, the Emiquon Field station is a research facility, that has also become a habitat for several species..........

Click here to read this opinion piece.
 

 


In 2007, the non-profit organization, The Nature Conservancy began to restore some Illinois farmland back to it's natural state......wetlands. The University of Illinois, Springfield established the Emiquon Field Station, a research facility on the Illinois River in order to study, document as well as research the project...............

Click here to read more about the Emiquon project.

 

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

More Boatin n' River News.........

Missouri River

Great Falls Montana

Kayaker Rescued From Missouri River Near Rainbow Dam....With Photo

An amateur kayaker capsized in the Missouri River just above rainbow Dam on Wednesday in high winds and swift running water.  The man floated about a quarter of a mile down-river towards the Rainbow Dam and then managed to pull himself onto a railroad bridge support just above from the dam.  The water temperature was about 35- 40 degrees.. ....Click here


 

LaSalle and Heidecke Lakes

Illinois High School Association's Bass Tournament

High Wind Threats Hampering Illinois High School Association's Bass Sectionals

Two fishing sectionals in the Illinois High School Association’s state tournament have been postponed because of the threats of high winds on Friday. The sectionals will be held on Monday ....Click here

 

 

List of reopening Illinois historic sites

Two river related sites include:

~Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher: Location of 3 forts built by the French during their occupation of what is today Illinois
~Fort Kaskaskia, Ellis Grove, Ill.: Built around 1759 to protect the town of Kaskaskia, then the region's main commercial center

Click here

 

Mississippi Blues Trail
Cleveland, Mississippi

A new marker along the Mississippi Blues Trail was dedicated to honor those lives that were lost during the Great Flood of 1927 and for bluesman “Big Bill” Broonzy...Click here

 

Illinois Fishing Reports .......

Click here for the northern, central and southern Illinois fishing report from the Prairie States Outdoors website.

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fishing Report .......
 

Click here for the St. Louis Post Dispatch Fishing Report.

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

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

52 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on shad guts and nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 4/23/2009)

 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

54 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species slow.

(Report made on 4/23/2009)

 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

54 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 4/23/2009)

 

Salt River (below Mark Twain):

55 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 4/23/2009)

 

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The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

Palisades Yacht Club Update........

   

Beautiful weekend coming up.........
We are Open Thurs thru Sunday now!!
Fresh Spoonbill and Catfish while supplies last this weekend!
Shrimp basket too!

Amy@PYC
 

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

 For lease ....Cedar Hill Resort
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

 

 

 

Thursday

23 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Hobo's

At the American Legion In Old Town St.Peters
636-278-2828
Hours Mon Thru Fri 10 am to 1:30 am
Saturday 11am to 1:30am and Sunday Noon to Midnight.

Great Food, Great Prices,
Catering – Hall Rental – Parties of All Types
Daily Lunch Specials – Nightly Dinner Specials

 

Click here and check out Hobos' website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Picture of the Day

Festus

The Houseboating River Cat

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is from Lisa Hickey.  Its a couple of pics of Festus.... The houseboating river cat

 

 

Hi Bill
Here are a couple pictures of Festus the houseboating cat. He likes coming to the river and hanging out with Gilli the river dog.
 

Safe boating
Lisa
 

 

 

Scot and Lisa Hickey hail out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat "Ching."

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007....  was another aerial shot of the river sent in by Lloyd Bollinger, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the houseboat "SunKist III".  

 

Lloyd wrote:

 

Hey Bill,
   Attached is a good pic of the Dardene Slough and Main Channel of the Mississippi. You can see Woodland, Jack's, the Duck Club, as well as the upper part of Mason Chute.

LB

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 230244
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
944 PM CDT WED APR 22 2009


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS RIVER AT

LA GRANGE LOCK AND DAM TAIL WATER
MEREDOSIA
VALLEY CITY
HARDIN

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

Madmariner.com Survey Shows Trends In Boat Usage...............

According to an unscientific web-based survey administered by madmariner.com, boaters may not going out for too long, or very far from home port. Many times, with no specific destination in mind.

Other points of interest include:

~ While 35% state that they will boat about the same as last year, 59% intend to boat more.

~ Due to lack of time, rather than funds, 9% will boat less than last year.

~ Over half of those surveyed, assert that they perform 85% of the work on their boats.

~ Greater than half of those surveyed took no more than 5 trips that included over-nighting...........
 

 


Click here to read the survey.

LongShot Saloon Grand Opening This Weekend, April 24, 25, 26..............

Longshot Saloon, at My River Home Boat Harbor, is opening for the season on Friday, April 24th.  The celebration will continue through the weekend !

 

Fresh Lobster and hand caught Yellow Tail Snapper specials

Free Courtesy Docking

Cold Drinks and Good Food !

Stop by say hello...See the redecorated and refinished bar, new paint and stain

 

1545 Riverview Dr, Portage Des Sioux, Mo
636- 899 - 1104

Click here for website & Poker Run Flyer

Fishing News
    High School Fishing Team Save Fellow Angler............

According to a news report from pjstar.com................. Captain Roger Holmes, and high school fishing team members, Isaac Ramsay, and Landon Wineland were at the right place, at the right time.

During a competition to determine who would represent their high school for an upcoming bass fishing sectional at the Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area, the team witnessed another fishing boat sinking. Swiftly abandoning their lines, the team sprang into action, saving a drowning fisherman known only as Jimmy.

Despite their not catching a fish, the high schoolers will participate in the sectional. After all, they did save a life.............

Click here to read this news report.
 

Saturday,   02  May 2009  

Con Trios Yacht Club's.......Past Commodores Party

Hosted by Past Commodore Gary Meinershagen

 

 

~ Music by Charlie Hilliard

~ Bill & Linda Mixon's Famous Fixins'

~ Complimentary Beer & Wine (til gone)

~ Horse Pinata ... Filled with goodies

~ $2.00 Rum Punch Commodore Drink Special

 

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

2PM to 6PM

 

Go to Con Trios Yacht Club website for more info.....

 

Marine Products
   St. Louis

   Trim Master Marine Purchased By Dyna-Tech..............

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com............... St. Louis based Trim Master Marine was recently purchased by Dyna-Tech of Largo, Florida.

With over 20 years in the marine industry, Trim Master Marine has earned a reputation for building quality products, such as trim tabs and accessories.

Dyna-Tech, manufacturer of plastic products, Acquired Trim Master for an undisclosed amount of money. After the purchase, Trim Master was moved to Florida to consolidate manufacturing..........

Click here to read this news article.
 

Mississippi River Gulf Outlet
   New Orleans, Louisiana

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Officially Close Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet..............

According to a news report from wwl.com.......... The USACE has announced that the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MR-GO) is officially closed.

A rock dike is in the process of being installed in the channel. Although the dike in not complete, there is enough done that navigation through the area is dangerous.

The plan is to construct the rock dike to a height of 7 feet above the water level, and restore the freshwater marsh that was damaged by the introduction of salt water from the Gulf of Mexico...........

Click here to read this news report......  With Photo
 

On-Line Answers To Boaters Questions

   iboats.com Boaters Forum............

According to a news story in TradeOnlyToday.com........the boater's forum on  iboats.com has the answers to boaters' questions.  Boaters have posted more than 300,000 boat questions so far and the boating questions get answered by an average of 6.9 different posts. 

 

   Boaters all over North America and the world seek help on a wide range of boating and marine-related topics on the iboats.com forum.   There are 27 different categories for your questions and even forums for specific boat brands.

 

Membership is free.

 

Click here to go to the iboats.com forum page and check it out !

 

 

 

forums.iboats.com is the newest link on riverbills.com.  Its in the left hand column under Boaters Question Forums.........

 

 

More Boatin n' River News.........

Mississippi River

Keokuk's Riverfront Plans

The rivercity of city of Keokuk, Iowa is making plans to make its riverfront the focal point for the city. ....Click here

 

 

Mississippi River

Hannibal, Mo

Cindy Lovell has been named as the new executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo. ....Click here


 

Red River of the North

Recycling Sand

The city of Moorhead, Minn will recycle sand from mountains of sandbags left over from this spring's  flood fight ....Click here

 

 

North Dakota Dam Set To Spill Over... News Video

Even though the Army Corps of Engineers has lowered the projected crest for the Jamestown Dam rain still could cause problems.  ....Click here

 

 

Grand River, Oklahoma

Missouri Boater Missing Since March 30th Found

The body of a Missouri man whose boat capsized more than three weeks ago has been recovered near the mouth of Spavinaw Creek  ....Click here

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

 For lease ....Cedar Hill Resort
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo


 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


Search and Rescue Demonstration


SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- Crews from Air Station Los Angeles and Baywatch Cabrillo demonstrate search and rescue techniques April 21 at Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. The demonstration is part of a media availability to increase the public awareness of interagency search and rescue efforts in the area.

 

(U.S.Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall)

 

 


 

Earth Day 2009

Wednesday

22 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Hobo's

At the American Legion In Old Town St.Peters
636-278-2828
Hours Mon Thru Fri 10 am to 1:30 am
Saturday 11am to 1:30am and Sunday Noon to Midnight.

Great Food, Great Prices,
Catering – Hall Rental – Parties of All Types
Daily Lunch Specials – Nightly Dinner Specials

 

Click here and check out Hobos' website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Picture of the Day

War of the Wings Winners !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day.....Is of Dave and Karen Wilmouth....... The winners of the  "War of the Wings" contest at Grafton Harbor last weekend.

 

 

Hi Bill,

We had our season's first celebration and it was a hot one!. - The War of the Wings -

The Wings were great, the beer was cold and the boaters were ready to rumble!!

 

Pictured are Dave and Karen Wilmouth, who won the Admiral's Choice Award AND the Captain's Choice Award for best wings. Their wings were amazing!!  Following is their recipe.

 

Hottie Tottie Wing Sauce

17oz Hot Sauce

1 stick butter

3 tsp Garlic Powder

1 1/2 C Grated Parmesan & Romano Cheese

 

Simmer all ingredients until well blended.

 

 

Hope to see you soon.

Joe and Jan

Grafton Harbor
 

 

 

RiverBill says.... Big Muddy Congrats to Dave and Karen !

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Two Rivers Boat Club !

 

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2008.... are from Ed Shahan, of Boat Nuts Brokerage fame.   Ed sent us some pictures of the Two Rivers Marina Boat Club Meeting.

 

Hello Bill , 

 

Ed Shahan of Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm .  This weekend we had our boat club meeting ,Two Rivers Marina Boat Club .  We started off with a adult Easter egg hunt, featuring Ralph Mattingly (Easter bunny) hiding Easter eggs.   Ralph is the owner of a beautiful 47' Concord (OH SUZANNA).

    The 2nd photo is of our boat club members . They are all River Bills fans. Keep up the great job . 

 

Ed Shahan

 

Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm
WE ARE A WORLD WIDE BROKERAGE FIRM
WWW.BOATNUTSBROKERAGE.COM


Navigation Notice ......

 

  

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/21/09
Subject: HOGBACK LIGHTED BUOY AT MM 332.6 UMR SEASONALLY COMMISSIONED
NAVNOTICE # 1652


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0146-09 UM
SAFETY AND NEXT TWO SCHEDULED BCSTS
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0146-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE HOGBACK LIGHTED BUOY (LLNR 15670) AT MM 332.6 UMR LDB HAS BEEN SEASONALLY COMMISSIONED. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

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

       

 Cedar Hill Resort is For Lease
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

US Army Corps Of Engineers

   Public Notices Open For Comment

    

  1. Free Flow Power: Special Public Notice announcing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Free Flow Power (FFP) intent to conduct public scoping meetings in St. Louis, Missouri

  2. P-2702: The Howard Bend Levee District requests authorization to impact jurisdictional waters of the United States in association with the construction of a secondary high flow channel and levee outlet structure. The public notice comment period opens on April 28, 2009 and closes on May 19, 2009.  

 

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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.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website

Mississippi River
   FERC To Hold Public Meetings On Hydrokinetic Power Plan.............


According to a news report from kmov.com........... The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is holding public meetings in several Mississippi River cities where Free Flow Power Corp is looking to install their hydrokinetic power generators.

The meetings are intended to gather input from governmental agencies, as well as river navigation and wildlife interests.

At this time, Free Flow has been granted permits to for site study, and it may be 2011 before they apply for installation permits...........

Click here to read this news report
 

 

See Free Flow Power in US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notices above.

Illinois River
   Peoria. Illinois
   Island Building To Commence On Illinois River At Peoria.............


According to a news article from pjstar.com............. At a press conference to be held Friday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will announce that construction on the first of three man-made islands is scheduled to begin in June. These islands will be created by the dredging of sediment from Peoria Lake.

This project is intended to be the start of an effort restore deep water fisheries that have been lost due to sedimentation along the Illinois River.

Other benefits to the project will be improved passage for large barges, as well as increased recreational opportunities...........

Click here to read this news article........With Photo.

 

Illinois River
   Peoria. Illinois
   Flood Warnings Remain in Effect


Flood warnings remain in effect for the Illinois River at Peoria. The NWS reports that the river levels will continue to rise to 19.9 feet on Thursday before they start falling
 

The Sultana

   The Worst Maritime Disaster In American History

   C-SPAN2.....Book Discussion

 

Alan Huffman discusses his book on the Diane Rehm Show.  The author  discusses the the sinking of the steamboat Sultana... the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history.

 

The steamboat was transporting 2,400 Union soldiers on the Mississippi River when it sank on April 27, 1865.  One thousand seven hundred men died.  Many were former prisoners of war that were returning from Confederate prison camps.

 

Click here for more information and program schedule.

 

MercCruiser Plant

   Stillwater, Oklahoma
   Customer Thanks Workers With 300 Pounds of Shrimp......

According to a news story from the  stillwater-newspress.com...........Employees at the MerCruiser plant in Stillwater, Okla. received a very special thanks from one of their customers.

The owner of Snoopy's Pier in Corpus Christi, Texas brought 300 pounds of gulf shrimp to cook for everyone at the Stillwater facility !  The luncheon came at a time the workers are facing a troubled economy....plus concerns about the future of the company.
 

This is the second time Butler has done this !


Click here to read this news story
 

Water Flow In Many Major Rivers Is Decreasing.............

According to a news story from kxnet.com............. Studies of 925 major rivers have shown that there has been a decline in the amount of water flowing out of rivers over the last half century.

The only areas showing an increase in water flow, are in the arctic regions.

Researchers believe that climate change is the blame............

Click here to read this news story.

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

Mississippi River
   New Orleans, Louisiana
   Editorial: Expanding The Louisiana Marsh With Recycled River Mud........


In an editorial from nola.com.......... There are a few coastal restoration projects underway in Louisiana, using sediment piped in from the Mississippi River, and the Calcasieu River to rebuild marshlands. Perhaps, the projects could be ramped up, and put to use the 60 million cubic yards of mud the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers dredges from the Mississippi River annually.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal states that if all of the sediment was used, over 18 square miles of land would be added to Louisiana's shoreline............

Click here to read this editorial.
 

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

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

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


Coast Guard overflights in flooded areas of Cass County, N. D.


LaMoure, N.D. -- As seen in this aerial photo April 20, 2009, floodwater from Lake LaMoure in Cass County, N.D., eroded 40 yards of ground in a 13-hour period before the water levels fell. The Coast Guard is working jointly with federal, state and local agencies to monitor water levels along the Red River and its tributaries.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Patrick Kelley)

 

Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet
   New Orleans, Louisiana
   Lawsuit Against USACE Over Katrina Flood Damage Began Monday.....

According to a news article from nola.com............ Some New Orleans residents are attempting to prove in Federal court that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is to blame for the massive flooding brought by Hurricane Katrina.

Their case alleges that the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was improperly built and maintained, causing erosion of wetlands that could have offered protection from the storm surge. The trial starts even as the MR-GO is being closed down.

If the plaintiffs win their case, it would set the precedent for thousands of other Katrina victims to seek governmental compensation............

Click here to read this news article.

 

 


 

Tuesday

21 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Hobo's

At the American Legion In Old Town St.Peters
636-278-2828
Hours Mon Thru Fri 10 am to 1:30 am
Saturday 11am to 1:30am and Sunday Noon to Midnight.

Great Food, Great Prices,
Catering – Hall Rental – Parties of All Types
Daily Lunch Specials – Nightly Dinner Specials

 

Click here and check out Hobos' website

Click here for map from MapQuest

Picture of the Day

Happy Birthday Jeanie

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day.....Is a shot of Jeanie and Gary at Jeanie's Birthday Party at the Yacht Club of St. Louis last Saturday night.

 

Bill,

There outta be a law against having too much fun. This was Saturday night at the Yacht Club. Sorry we missed you. I had a Wonderful time and I can't wait for my next 50th!

 

Jeanie Normand

 

 

 

RiverBill says... Happy Birthday Jeanie !
 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007....  was sent in by Capt'n Lloyd Bollinger, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the houseboat "SunKist III".  

 

Lloyd wrote:

 

Hey Bill,
Attached is a picture of the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers I took while flying. Note Grafton Marina in the picture. 

Lloyd

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 210232
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
932 PM CDT MON APR 20 2009


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER...

ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE LD TW AFFECTING BROWN COUNTY
ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA AFFECTING MORGAN AND PIKE COUNTIES
ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY AFFECTING PIKE AND SCOTT COUNTIES
ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN AFFECTING CALHOUN AND JERSEY COUNTIES
 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Navigation Notice ......

 

  

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/20/09
Subject: NAVY PARACHUTE OPERATIONS AT MM 179.6 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1650


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0144-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS 232200Z APR 09
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0144-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE NAVY PARACHUTE DEMONSTRATION TEAM WILL BE CONDUCTING PARA-
TROOPING OPERATIONS ON TUESDAY 21 APR 2009 AT 1230 CDT, WEDNESDAY 22 APR 2009 AT 1400 CDT, AND THURSDAY 23 APR 2009 AT 1600 CDT. THE PARA-
TROOPERS WILL LAND AT THE ARCH HELICOPTER PAD LOCATED AT MM 179.6 UMR RDB. A U.S. COAST GUARD SMALLBOAT WILL BE ONSCENE IN THE ST LOUIS HARBOR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE COAST GUARD SMALLBOAT ON VHF-FM CHNL 16, 30 MINS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TO THE LANDING AREA FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.
 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/20/09
Subject: High Waters on the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River CHANGE
NAVNOTICE # 1649


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0143-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0141-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0143-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 6 (MM 129.0 – MM 145.5 ILR) REMAINS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR
EXTREME HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THIS ZONE. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR) AND ROME, IL (MM 160.0 - 181.0 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 2 THROUGH 5 (MM 10.0 - MM 128.9 ILR), AND ZONE 7 (MM 145.6 - 180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.

C. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0 - MM 9.9 ILR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
D. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) HAS ENETERED THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED, UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITTING BETWEEN MM 160.0 - 201.0 UMR DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIFT POTENTIAL.
E. MARINERS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF
STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL TOWBOATOPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.

 

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

       

 Cedar Hill Resort is For Lease
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Mississippi River
   Quincy, Illinois
   Bridge Inspectors Stranded After Equipment Failure............


According to a news report from 14wfie.com............. After the hydraulic arm on a bridge inspector's bucket failed, 3 inspectors were in need of rescue. A tow boat was able to be positioned below the workers, facilitating their rescue...........

Click here to read this news report.........With Video.
 

River History ------  
  

April 21, 1910 in River History
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain died

 

April 21, 1855 in River History
1st train crosses Mississippi River's 1st bridge, Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport Iowa

Old Time Photo.... from the DesMoines Register sent to us by Matt Burrows.

 

Its a picture from the 1946 DesMoines Sports and Vacation Show of a model with hoding a collapsible boat on her shoulder....  The boat is made of  vinylite material, weighs 5 1/2 pounds and sells for $32.50. 

 

It also fits into the small bag the model has over her other shoulder when collapsed.
  

Click here and check it out !

 

 

RiverBill says....I'm sure everyone remembers Matt.  he was one of the bartenders at the now defunked Captain Jacks.

Fishing News
    New Fish Bait Mimics Fish Pellets, Makes Fish Hungry...........

According to a news story from lsureveille.com.......... Todd and "Stubby" Steve Munsey, the father-and-son team have apparently outsmarted fish. Their approach to fish bait, is to give them what they want. Fish food.

Stubby Steve's bait is made to look and smell like fish pellets. The reasoning is that many of the freshwater fish were fed fish pellets at one time, and "remember" the smell, and taste.

So far, the Munseys have sold around 3000 packages of bait, and are trying to break into the $19 billion a year fishing equipment industry...............

Click here to read this news story.
 

River Birding News
   White Pelicans Showing Up AT Crab Orchard Lake......

According to a news story from the  AltonDailyNews.com...........The American White Pelicans, which has become very common on the Mississippi River are now showing up by the hundreds at Crab Orchard in southern Illinois.

 

Click here to read more.
 

River Birding News
   Wings of Spring Birding Festival......

According to a news story from the  AltonDailyNews.com...........Wings of Spring, the Confluence Birding Festival, will take place from 10am-4pm Saturday at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, Mo.

 

 Birding trips, birdhouse building, live bird demonstration, guided kayak trips, story telling, art exhibits, live music and more !
 

Click here and check it out

July 11, 2009

   Kaskaskia River Duck Race................

   

Watch as truckloads of rubber ducks are dumped from the dam to race down the Kaskaskia River. The fastest duck wins great prizes for its sponsor. The race can be viewed from the West or East Spillway Recreation Areas. All proceeds benefit the Healthcare Foundation.

 

Click here for more information from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

 

Saturday    25 April, 2009  

Con Trios yacht Club Get Together

 Oasis Bar and Grill at North Shore Marina

 

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 


News Release
N07090019

 Swamping / Truman Lake - 04/20/09

Location:

   Truman Lake / Sparrowfoot Ramp 
Summary : 

THE OCCUPANTS OF BOAT # 1 WERE OUT FISHING AND AS THEY WERE RETURNING TO THE RAMP, THE BOAT TOOK ON WATER. IT SWAMPED AND THE BOAT CAPSIZED. THE OCCUPANTS WERE IN THE WATER FOR APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS UNTIL SOME FISHERMEN FOUND LARRY DEAN CLINGING TO A TREE AND RETURNED TO THE RAMP. RESPONDING DEPUTIES FOUND ROPER FLOATING FACE UP. HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND UNRESPONSIVE. THE WAS TRANSPORTED TO GOLDEN VALLEY HOSPITAL IN CLINTON, MO. EFFORTS TO REVIVE HIM WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. BOTH OCCUPANTS WERE WEARING LIFE JACKETS.


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Lake Ozarks

   Lake Expo Pictures From Last Weekend's Boat Show.........

   

Click here and check out pictures from last weekends In-Water Boat Show at the lake of the Ozarks

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

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


Thunder Over Louisville Safety and Security Patrol


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley member, Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Hamilton, looks out over the Ohio River keeping watch for safety or security issues duirng Thunder Over Louisville festivities April 18, 2009.
 

Coast Guard photography/Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Turner 
 

 

 


 

Monday

20 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Foggy Sunday Morning River

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day.....is shot of a very foggy Sunday morning Mississippi River. Picture taken around the Two Branch Island area.

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007....  was another taken by Capt'n Robert Cope, of the boat "Slow Ride".     It's a great panoramic shot looking down the Mississippi River from the hills above the town of Louisiana, Mo. 

 

Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 200229
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
929 PM CDT SUN APR 19 2009


...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS..

AT LA GRANGE LD TW AFFECTING BROWN COUNTY
AT VALLEY CITY AFFECTING PIKE AND SCOTT COUNTIES
AT HARDIN AFFECTING CALHOUN AND JERSEY COUNTIES
 

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Navigation Notice ......

 

  

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/19/09
Subject: High Water WAP Safety Adivsory
NAVNOTICE # 1647


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0141-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0135-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0141-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONE 6 (MM 129.0 – MM 145.5 ILR) REMAINS IN THE ACTION PHASE FOR EXTREME HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THIS
ZONE.
ALL TOWING VESSELS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS AND TO USE CAUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AND URBAN AREAS ESPECIALLY COPPERAS CREEK (MM 136.0 - 138.0 ILR) AND ROME, IL (MM 160.0 - 181.0 ILR) IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
B. ZONES 2 THROUGH 5 (MM 10.0 - MM 128.9 ILR) HAVE ENTERED THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. ZONE 1 (MM 0.0 - MM 9.9 ILR) AND ZONE 7 (MM 145.6 - MM 180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE AREAS WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
D. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR VESSELS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION WHEN TRANSITTING BETWEEN MM 160.0 - 201.0 UMR DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIFT POTENTIAL.
E. MARINERS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATION
S.

 

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

       

 Cedar Hill Resort is For Lease
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Asian Carp News
   Havana, Illinois
   Asian Carp Processing Plant Grinds Fish Into Cattle Feed, Fish Oil...........


According to a news article from pjstar.com............. Heartland Processing LLC Will soon start converting Asian carp into protein supplements for cattle, hogs and dogs, as well as Omega-3 oil for the pharmaceutical industry.

The company's goals are to decrease the Asian carp population, and to create locally produced feed for livestock, in an environmentally responsible manor.

Heartland processing is expected to begin operations on May 1st, and will have the capacity to process 5 tons of carp per day..........

Click here to read this news article.......With Photo.
 

Car Drives Off Mississippi River Bluffs
  


According to a news report from AltonDailyNews.com........ a car that a local teenager was driving plunged off the bluffs along the Great River Road last Friday morning, coming to rest more than 100 feet below. 

 

Believe it or not.... the driver survived and is recovering from his injuries.

The incident happened near Riverview Park. 
 

Click here to read this news story
 

Missouri River
   Rocheport, Missouri
   Missouri River Clean-up Part Of The Rocheport Day Of Caring........


According to a news report from columbiamissourian.com......... More than 100 volunteers participated in a Missouri River clean-up at the Rocheport Bend on Saturday. With the floods of last year, trash was deposited in the bottomlands.

Items removed include old tires, appliances, in addition to the usual plastic bottles. A partially submerged barge had to be left behind.

Other scheduled events included the removal of an abandoned shack, and a garlic-mustard pull, to remove an invasive weed species........

Click here to read this news report......With Photos

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 Fishing News
    Researchers From The University Of Illinois Study Bass Intelligence...........

According to a news story from wvgazzette.com............. Biology researchers from the University of Illinois have discovered that some bass are more intelligent than others. Their research was conducted at an experimental study lake located at Fox Ridge State Park, near Charleston, Illinois.

Researchers tagged the fish in the study lake, and then went fishing. Once the data was analyzed, it was determined that some bass were caught repeatedly, while others in the lake were not caught at all.

Researchers split the fish into two groups, (bass that were caught often, and those never caught), bred them, and monitored their offspring. Researchers discovered that the offspring inherited their parents vulnerability to capture, of ability to avoid capture...........

Click here to read this news story.

 Fishing News
    Historic Week For bass Fishing in Illinois ...........

According to a news story in PrairieStateOutdoors............. this is a big week for bass fishing in the state of Illinois.

 

~ Emiquon Preserve

 

On Monday the Emiquon Preserve near Havana, Illinois will open to anglers.  The Emiquon Preserve is a bass-filled wetland restoration that could produce plenty of 5-pound largemouths.

The Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge is a 11,122-acre wetland wildlife refuge located in Fulton County, Illinois across the Illinois River from the town of Havana...

     
 

 

 

 

 


~ Illinois High School Association Fishing Competition

 

High school students across the state of Illinois will compete fishing sectionals. The top three teams from each sectional will advance to the Illinois bass fishing championship at Carlyle Lake on may 8 -9..



Click here for more info from Wikipedia Encyclopedia.
 

Saturday    25 April, 2009  

Con Trios yacht Club Get Together

 Oasis Bar and Grill at North Shore Marina

 

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

   Wings Of Spring Returns Next Weekend

Wings of Spring will return to the
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton next weekend for the third year in a row.

 

10am-4pm on  Saturday.....for the experienced birder as well as the novice.  Off-site birding trips, birdhouse building, storytelling, live bird demonstration, live music, guided kayak trips, art exhibits and more.


Click here for more information from AltonDailyNews.com

 

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

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

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


USCG, USFWS evacuate home


Petty officer 2nd Class Tim Andy, a machinery technician from Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis., helps a Kindred, N.D., resident offload her personal belongings after she, her husband and their three dogs were evacuated from their house by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service airboat crew on a flooded street along the Red River, Saturday, April 18, 2009. The Coast Guard, USFWS and other federal, state, and local agencies are responding to North Dakota residents impacted by the recent flooding along the Red River and its tributaries.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer Bill Colclough)


 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Saturday n' Sunday

18, 19 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

Golden Sunset

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is a golden river sunset

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Jeff Mittler, Chris Kahre

and Old Blue Chair

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is of a couple of happy boaters getting ready to depart the docks at Kinder's Restaurant  yesterday evening. 

 

RiverBill says.....We didn't get the names..... So send me an e-mail and let us know who you are!

riverbill@prodigy.net

 

~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~
 

An e-mail from Capt'n Chris Kahre...................

 

Hey Bill,

Thanks for putting our picture on RiverBills!

 

My name is Chris Kahre. I am the owner of the boat the Old Blue Chair. My partner is Jeff Mittler we are avid river boaters.

 

Love the river and the website keep up the good work see you out there.

 

Chris

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2007....  was sent in  by Capt'n Robert Cope, of the boat "Slow Ride".     It's a rainbow over the Clarksville Lock and Dam that he snapped a on a road trip to that area. 

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2005....  was of some boaters on Iowa Island. The river was "up" a bit that day, but it didn't stop this group from heading to the beach for the afternoon.   It was just one of those beautiful Mississippi River Spring days.

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 190210
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
909 PM CDT SAT APR 18 2009

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE ILLINOIS RIVER...

AT LA GRANGE
AT MEREDOSIA
AT VALLEY CITY
AT HARDIN

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 


Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Navigation Notice ......

 

  

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 4/19/09
Subject: SHOALING MM 242.5 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1646


UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SHOALING HAS BEEN REPORTED AT MM 242.5 UMR 50 FEET INSIDE THE GREEN BUOY LINE. A M/V GROUNDED AT THIS LOCATION WITH THE L/D 25 UPPER POOL GAUGE READING 430.14 FT ON 18APR09. ALL MARINERS ARE  EQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

 

 

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

       

 Cedar Hill Resort is For Lease
 

Restaurant, Dockage, and one house For Lease to he right people.

 

Call Dave at 314-280-6729

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Riverbills.com Story Follow-up.......

   Grafton, IL
   Grafton Fish Market Owners Receive Fines, Probation.........


In a news story from thetelegraph.com........... Oliver and Janet Ready appeared in U.S. District Court Friday to receive their sentence on charges of selling mislabeled fish. The Readys had pled guilty to falsely identifying fish shipped in interstate commerce at a previous court appearance.

The Readys were ordered to serve 2 years of probation, as well as pay fines over $20,000 dollars each, as well as restitution of over $30,000 to their victims..........

Click here to read this news story.

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

North Dakota

   Kindred residents rescued from Red River flood waters

FARGO, N.D. -- In this video released by the U.S. Coast Guard, federal, state and local agencies
offer assistance to a couple and their three dogs trapped by Red River flood waters near Kindred, N.D., Saturday April 18, 2009.

High resolution video is available at the following link: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=526924

Coast Guard aircrews and boat crews have conducted several patrols of flood-affected areas along the Sheyenne, Red, and James rivers since Monday, April 16, 2009, including the rescue of two women near Lisbon, N.D. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

 

Click here to read entire US Coast Guard Video Release

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Fox River
   McHenry Illinois
   Cost-Cutting Means Shorter Hours At McHenry Dam.......


According to a news report from nwherald.com.............. In an effort to reduce operating costs, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced plans to reduce the operating hours at the William G. Stratton - Thomas A. Bolger Lock and Dam on the Fox River.

The hour changes will occur when the boating season commences, on May 1, 2009.

The IDNR is looking for ways to drum up funds, and restore services as soon as possible.........

Click here to read this news report.
 

 

 

Fox River
Although there are several Fox Rivers in Illinois, this is the tributary of the Illinois River in the Northeast Region of the state...........

Source: Wikipedia encyclopedia. Click here to read more.
 

 


McHenry Dam
Originally built as a temporary dam by steamboat operators to raise water levels for navigational purposes in 1887, Congressional approval to construct a permanent dam was approved in 1902. After many incarnations, the present dam was constructed in 1939, sans lock. In 1960, a new lock opened, and in 1977, the dam was renamed William G. Stratton, in honor of the former Illinois Governor.............

Click here to read more.........With Photos.
 

 Missouri River
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Missouri River Bridge Shut Down After Gas Leak Scare.........

In a news report from nbcactionnews.com.......... The Paseo Bridge reopened after being shut down due to a gas leak Friday afternoon. It seems that construction workers working on the bridge severed the gas line.

Missouri Gas Energy workers shut down the line, and made the necessary repairs. All roads were reopened shortly after 5:00 pm.

The Paseo Bridge will change its' moniker to the Christopher S. Bond Bridge after the renovation projects are complete. The bridge is located on Kansas City's North side, and carries interstates 29 and 35, as well as US 71 over the Missouri River..............


Click here to read this news report...........With Photo and Map.

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

News Release N07090017

 Collision/objects / Lake Ozarks - 10/05/2007

Location:

     Osage Beach, Mo....25.5 MM  

Boat Type

     Champion bass Boat
Summary : 

SUBJECT WAS TRAVELING ON THE LAKE AT APPROXIMATELY 60 MPH WHEN THE ENGINE SUDDENLY REVVED. THE BOAT WAS THROWN INTO A 360 DEGREE TURN. UPON INVESTIGATION THE LOWER UNIT WAS MISSING FROM THE BOAT..


 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House

 

Click on ad above go to Classic Marine website

Click here to send e-mail to... sales@ClassicMarinellc.com

 Landlocked Marina News...............

From RiverBill's Message Board

Name:      Pat (Pat@patrileymarineservices.com)
Date:        Thu 16 Apr 2009 10:09:49 AM EDT
Subject:     Landlocked Marina News


Bill,

Just wanted to let everyone know whats going on at Landlocked Marina. First, Marinemax/Port Arrowhead have pulled out of the St. Louis market and no longer have a facility in St. Charles. We will still do any service work their customers might need for boats below 35' and John Bloch Marine will be doing everything larger. We are sorry for the inconvenience but it was a Marinemax decision not ours. Secondly, Roberson's Marine Service has closed for personal reasons. Again if any of Tony's customers need their boats serviced they can contact Landlocked Marina. We hope Tony will return to us as soon as possible.

Bill, I'm writing this so that any rumors that might start will be stopped in their tracks.

 

Thanks
Pat

 

Grafton's Landing Update.................

Pat Liston is performing again on May 3rd ....
click here for his full schedule

Please let everyone know. We will also have other bands on the dates he isn’t scheduled. I give you more information on dates and names soon. This weekend we are having live entertainment by Mike Aquire! He’ll be performing Sunday April 19th from 2pm to 5pm.

Come and enjoy the afternoon and “Shoot the Ski” with some friends! It’s always a good time at Grafton’s Landing Bar and Grill. Located at the beautiful Grafton Harbor , “The Key West of the Midwest ”!! See you there!!

Tom (Tommy) Yates
Grafton’s Landing Bar and Grill

 

Red River

    Fargo, North Dakota...

    Flood Season Predator Drone Flyovers
   


FEMA has authorized the use of Predator Drones to fly over the Red River Valley, and assess flooding, monitor levees, as well as ice floes. Even as the Red River subsides, officials have offered the services of the Predator to other Midwest states, since flood season is coming very soon........

Click here
to read this news report.

 

 

MQ-1 General Atomics Predator Drones

The MQ-1 General Atomics Predator is an unmanned aerial vehicle that has seen combat all over the Middle East. It has the ability to serve in a reconnaissance capacity, as well as attack, with its' dual Hellfire missiles...........

Source: Wikipedia encyclopedia. Click here to read more
 

RiverBirds

   Bald Eagles

   

Bald eagles seem to be migrating to the Mississippi and Illinois River valleys. This may be because the pesticide DDT is not weakening their eggshells. Apparently, next to Alaska, Illinois is fast becoming a winter destination for the eagles.........

Click here to read this news story.......With Photo.

 

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

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

LongShot Saloon Grand Opening, April 24, 25, 26..............

Longshot Saloon, at My River Home Boat Harbor, is opening for the season on Friday, April 24th.  The celebration will continue through the weekend !

 

Fresh Lobster and hand caught Yellow Tail Snapper specials

Free Courtesy Docking

Cold Drinks and Good Food !

Stop by say hello...See the redecorated and refinished bar, new paint and stain

 

1545 Riverview Dr, Portage Des Sioux, Mo
636- 899 - 1104

Click here for website (watch for updates soon)

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas

   McDonald's Big Bass Splash

The McDonald's Big Bass Splash began its' 25 anniversary in grand fashion.  With a cool million dollars worth of cash and prizes on the line, Herbert Rusk of Boyce, Louisiana took the lead with a 10.09 lb big bass.  Beaumont, Texas resident, Paul Murrell hauled in an exact weight bass of 4.00 lbs, and won a $25,000 Triton Bass Boat, as did Gary Griffin of Granger, Texas, and Jim Boizet, of Fort Collins, Colorado.........

Click here to read this news story.........With Photos. 

 

.
 

Friday..

17 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is of a riverside pavilion on the St. Charles Riverfront.

 

 

Another good place to sit

and

 Watch The River Flow

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2005 .....was a picture taken by Steve Schulte that I titled  "Logs".  

The logs look so thick, it seems as if a person could walk across them all the way to the other side of the river.  

 

This photo looks like it was taken on Dardenne Slough as you can see the power lines in the distance.

Upper Mississippi & Illinois River Basin Forecasts ......

 

Click here for information for Upper Mississippi & Illinois River... "River Watch" Information from the National Weather Service.

 

Mississippi River..... from Aitkin, MN to Chester, IL

Illinois River............ from Morris IL to Hardin, Il

 

 

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 170222
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
922 PM CDT THU APR 16 2009


...A FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR POINTS ALONG THE ILLINOIS RIVER...

AT LA GRANGE
AT MEREDOSIA
AT VALLEY CITY
AT HARDIN

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

 Landlocked Marina News...............

From RiverBill's Message Board

Name:      Pat (Pat@patrileymarineservices.com)
Date:        Thu 16 Apr 2009 10:09:49 AM EDT
Subject:     Landlocked Marina News


Bill,

Just wanted to let everyone know whats going on at Landlocked Marina. First, Marinemax/Port Arrowhead have pulled out of the St. Louis market and no longer have a facility in St. Charles. We will still do any service work their customers might need for boats below 35' and John Bloch Marine will be doing everything larger. We are sorry for the inconvenience but it was a Marinemax decision not ours. Secondly, Roberson's Marine Service has closed for personal reasons. Again if any of Tony's customers need their boats serviced they can contact Landlocked Marina. We hope Tony will return to us as soon as possible.

Bill, I'm writing this so that any rumors that might start will be stopped in their tracks.

 

Thanks
Pat
 

 

RiverBend Marina

   Gas Pumps.................

We had a back order on our gas pump. The new gas pump will be here in a few weeks. We will have gas.

Jeff & Debbie House
 

Saturday,   02  May 2009  

Con Trios Yacht Club's.......Past Commodores Party

 

Duck Club Yacht Club .......click here

2PM to 6PM

 

Click here to go to Con Trios Yacht Club website for more info.....

 

Click on ad above go to Classic Marine website

Click here to send e-mail to... sales@ClassicMarinellc.com

Illinois / Mississippi River
   Grafton, Illinois
   Grafton's New Mayor Drumming Up Funds For Grafton Ferry.............


According to a news article from thetelegraph.com................. The mayor-elect of Grafton, Tom Thompson, began his term aiming to bolster the tourist trade in his town. The first step to that goal, is to seek funding to assist in the re-opening of the defunct Grafton Ferry.

The state and federal governments are attempting to assist with the necessary funding to reopen the ferry, as well as dredge the channel for a more direct route between Missouri and Illinois..............

Click here to read this news article.
 

 

Grafton's Landing Update.................

Pat Liston is performing again on May 3rd ....click here for his full schedule

Please let everyone know. We will also have other bands on the dates he isn’t scheduled. I give you more information on dates and names soon. This weekend we are having live entertainment by Mike Aquire! He’ll be performing Sunday April 19th from 2pm to 5pm.

Come and enjoy the afternoon and “Shoot the Ski” with some friends! It’s always a good time at Grafton’s Landing Bar and Grill. Located at the beautiful Grafton Harbor , “The Key West of the Midwest ”!! See you there!!

Tom (Tommy) Yates
Grafton’s Landing Bar and Grill
 

Missouri River
   Bismarck, North Dakota
   Corps Open Up Flood Gates At Garrison Dam..............


In a news story from pinejournal.com................ Since the Missouri River level has dropped in the Bismarck area, the Army Corps of Engineers upped the flow through the Garrison dam. The Corps states that flow increased from 5000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 9000 cfs...........

Click here to read this news story

 

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

A good reminder for everyone on the river.

 

   

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

 

The RiverBills.com April 2009 Calendar .........

   

To make a wall calendar.....click here to down load April's calendar. 

Print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.

Illinois Fishing Reports .......

Click here for the northern, central and southern Illinois fishing report from the Prairie States Outdoors website.

 

Click here for the Chicago Sun-Times Fishing Report

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

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

49 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on shad guts and ightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 4/16/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

54 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms; all other species good on shad and cut baits.

(Report made on 4/16/2009)

 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

53 degrees, rising, muddy; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow on worms; channel catfish slow on cut baits and worms; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)

 

Salt River (below Mark Twain):

54 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/16/2009)



 

 

~~~~~^~~~~~^~~~~~^~~~~~^~~~~~

The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

More Fishing News ...................
 

~ Father & Son Rejuvenate Relationship By Fishing 50 Lakes In 50 Days.............

Jeff Taylor, and his son, Taylor have taken the opportunity to slow down, drop a hook and bond. And remind people that life is too short, so you may as well enjoy it...........
Click here to read more.
Click here to learn more about the Taylors, and their story.

 

~ Wolf River, Wisconsin.

While the economy struggles, one business is on the rise. Fishing. Wisconsin DNR warden Michael Young states that people seem to be fishing instead of working..........
Click here to read more.

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

LongShot Saloon Grand Opening, April 24, 25, 26..............

Longshot Saloon, at My River Home Boat Harbor, is opening for the season on Friday, April 24th.  The celebration will continue through the weekend !

 

Fresh Lobster and hand caught Yellow Tail Snapper specials

Free Courtesy Docking

Cold Drinks and Good Food !

Stop by say hello...See the redecorated and refinished bar, new paint and stain

 

1545 Riverview Dr, Portage Des Sioux, Mo
636- 899 - 1104

Click here for website (watch for updates soon)

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Roger Spain Update...

    The Carpet Man

 

HI,

 Dona just came by, She has no phone signal at the hospital. Roger had a good day. They took the breathing tubes out. He is awake and wants to come home. He is, and will be in ICU for a couple of days. Thought line is that he is coming home about next Tuesday if things keep progressing.

LJ
 

 

Roger Spain had his open heart surgery on Wenesday.

Roger and Donna Spain hail out of Woodland Marina in the boat.... Bad Influence Too

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Thunder Preparations


LOUISVILLE Ky. - Coast Guard Cmdr. Andrew Tucci, Sector Ohio Valley deputy commander discusses the importance of boating safety during this weekend's upcoming Thunder Over Louisville celebration at an interview with a local television station at Louisville's Waterfront Park Tuesday, April 14, 2009.


(Coast Guard photograph/ Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Turner)

 

 

 

 

From Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 

Thunder Over Louisville, the annual kickoff event of the Kentucky Derby Festival, is an airshow and fireworks display held in late April in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the largest annual fireworks display in North America.....Click here

 

Click here to go to the 2009 Thunder Road website for more information on Thunder Over Louisville.
 

Boating News... Financials.............
   West Marine Releases First Quarter, 2009 Revenues

According to a news report from businesswire.com............. West Marine reported first quarter revenues of $101 million. This was a decrease of 10.9%, or $12.3 million over last year........

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

 


 

Thursday..

16 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day..... is of the Veterans Memorial at Frontier Park along the Missouri Riverfront in St. Charles.

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

 

YesterYear's River Picture from 2006  was sent in by Steve Schulte. It's a shot of the now defunked Boat at the River Bend , the entertainment complex that is moored at the Alton Riverfront.  

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 160205
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
905 PM CDT WED APR 15 2009


..THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS RIVER AT LA GRANGE
ILLINOIS RIVER AT MEREDOSIA
ILLINOIS RIVER AT VALLEY CITY
ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN

 

Click here to read entire flood warning

 

 Mississippi River
    Louisiana, Missouri
    Champ Clark Bridge Reopens After Corrosion Repair...............


According to a news report from connecttristates.com................. After MODOT completed repairs on the Champ Clark bridge in Louisiana, Mo., the 15 ton weight restriction has been lifted.

The restrictions were implemented after bridge inspections found that corrosion had weakened the structure.................

Click here to read the news report.
 

 


The Champ Clark bridge was constructed in 1928. It is a 5 span truss bridge over the Mississippi River. The bridge takes Hwy 54 from Louisiana, Missouri, to Illinois...............

Source: Wikipedia encyclopedia. Click here to read more........With Photos.

New Fish Electric Fish Barrier May Be Deadly..............

According to a news article from suburbanchicagonews.com.............. When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flipped the switch on the new electric fish barrier, they also issued a warning. Getting too close to the electrified area may cause serious injury, of even death.

The barrier emits about 5 shocks per second, and is intended make the fish feel "uncomfortable", and thus, turn back downstream. However, 5 shocks per second to a human, given the much larger surface area, may end up being fatal.

Although not much recreational boat traffic passed through, the Corps has implemented new regulations and warning signs.

This barrier is the second electrified barrier on this stretch of the canal. There is a third barrier expected to be online in 2011............

Click here to read this news article.....With Photo.

LongShot Saloon Grand Opening, April 24, 25, 26..............

Longshot Saloon, at My River Home Boat Harbor, is opening for the season on Friday, April 24th.  The celebration will continue through the weekend !

 

Fresh Lobster and hand caught Yellow Tail Snapper specials

Free Courtesy Docking

Cold Drinks and Good Food !

Stop by say hello...See the redecorated and refinished bar, new paint and stain

 

1545 Riverview Dr, Portage Des Sioux, Mo
636- 899 - 1104

Click here for website (watch for updates soon)

KJ's Place Update..............
 

The breakfast is now from 9-noon on Sundays and we have Fried Chicken dinner on Sunday from 4-8 PM for $8.95.

Live band the 1st Saturday of the month & Karaoke on the 3rd Saturday of month.

 

KJ's Place......1530 Highway J, Portage Des Sioux 63373

(636) 899-1139
Welcome All Boaters !
Click here for Map from Map Quest             Click here to go to website

Click on ad above go to Classic Marine website

Click here to send e-mail to... sales@ClassicMarinellc.com

 

Grafton's Landing Update.................

Pat Liston is performing again on May 3rd ....click here for his full schedule

Please let everyone know. We will also have other bands on the dates he isn’t scheduled. I give you more information on dates and names soon. This weekend we are having live entertainment by Mike Aquire! He’ll be performing Sunday April 19th from 2pm to 5pm.

Come and enjoy the afternoon and “Shoot the Ski” with some friends! It’s always a good time at Grafton’s Landing Bar and Grill. Located at the beautiful Grafton Harbor , “The Key West of the Midwest ”!! See you there!!

Tom (Tommy) Yates
Grafton’s Landing Bar and Grill
 

Red River-Missouri River
   Fargo, North Dakota
   Water, Water Everywhere Nor Any Drop To Drink.................


According to a news story from inforum.com............... Despite the current flooding in the Red River Valley, officials are still concerned about adequate drinking water during times of drought. The $660 million answer is to divert treated water from the Missouri River, 123 miles into the Red River.

The project will mean local, state, and federal governments will need to drum up $220 million each. Also, final approval from the Feds is pending.

Expectations are that Missouri River water will flow to the Red River within 5 years, and meet the valleys' water needs until 2050...............

Click here to read this news story.

 

Mouse River
   Logan, North Dakota
   Sheep Stranded By Rising Waters, Take Boat Ride To Safety..............


In a news report from kxmb.com............ With waters rising on the Mouse River, and pouring into Neil Grubb's pasture, stranding his sheep. 100 pregnant ewes, perhaps a week from giving birth, to be exact.

Understandably, Grubbs called for help. A boat from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department arrived on scene, and commenced with the mass evacuation of ewes to a neighbor's pasture.

Click here to read this news report.....With Video.

 

FYI...Mouse River

The Souris River, or Mouse River as it is known in the states, runs from Saskatchewan, down to North Dakota, then back up to Manitoba. It is about 435 miles long, and drains around 17,600 square miles............

Source: Wikipedia encyclopedia. Click here to read more.

 

Great Lakes
   Coast Guard Announces That 2008-2009 Ice Breaking Season Coming

  To a Close......

According to a news article from portclintonnewsherald.com........... With 2 major operations expected to be completed this week, the ice-breaking season will be drawing to a close. And thanks to the cooperation of the Coast Guard, Canadian icebreakers, as well as the shipping industry, it is reported that this season was one of the most safest.

The shipping interests contributed by using ships that were properly equipped to handle the ice conditions found on the Great Lakes in the winter.

Apparently, Mother Nature played her part, as ice conditions were not as bad as anticipated...............

Click here to read this news article.

Roger Spain...

   The Carpet man

Hi

 

Just to get the word out.

 

Roger Spain had his open heart surgery today. He is in Barns Jewish downtown. We talk to Dona when we can, and so far, so good. He is pretty weak, but came thru the surgery OK. Please keep Roger and Dona in your thoughts and prayers for the next few days. We will let you know as soon as we know anything

 

 Little John

 

 

Roger and Donna Spain hail out of Woodland Marina in the boat.... Bad Influence Too

Fishing News ...................
 

~ Mississippi River, Dubuque, Iowa

   Walmart FLW Walleye League event

The Walmart FLW Walleye League Heartland Division will host the first Walleye fishing tournament of the season on April 25th.  Location... the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa..... Click here

 

~ Wisconsin inland fishing season opens May 2 w/Photo

Wisconsin's inland fishing season opener is may 2nd. The ice is melting, the fish are hungry and there are 1.4 million fisherman ready to cast a line.....Click here

 

~ Want to fish? Try the northern Illinois waters

Northern waters of Illinois have been a great place to fish since ice-out.

Bass, musky, stripers and walleye ... Click here.
 

 

 

Lake Center Marina ......

  Docks & Rack Storage

 

Docks available ranging from 20’ to 44’(hoists rental available). Rack storage for boats up to 34’ with 8’5” beam. If interested email us at lakecenter@lakecentermarina.com or call Lake Center Marina at 636-250-7500.

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

Riverbend Marina has a few open slips between 24’-32’ with & without rental hoists....For info call (636) 946-2073

 

*Spring Special* .....March & April 2009
Mechanic work $65 hr labor ....15% off parts

My River Home Docks For Rent....

   Rent a 36 foot dock for the year and get the free use of a hoist.

  

  Call Andy 314.566.5403

For Rent..... "Rivers Edge RV Park" Campsites on The Mississippi River

   5325 HWY B   St. Charles, MO 63301

 

50 x 50 lots..rented by the year.
Electric hook-up .....Plenty of room to store your boat on site.
Ramp and courtesy dock.

Call John Bohnert...Home..636-949-8287    or    Cell..636-299-8020

 

Click here to go to website                  Click here for Map from Yahoo

Thursday    16 April, 2009  New Date

   Sherri Stanczak Featured on KMOV-TV AT 10AM

Sherri Stanczak has been nominated for the Woman of Courage Award of the M.S. Society  and will be featured on KMOV-TV channel 4 at 10 am this Thursday, April 16th !

 

Sherri is an avid boater and a regular contributor to RiverBill's.  Lets wish her good luck !

Sherri and her husband Mike boat out of Lake Center marina in the Boat "Belly Dancer"

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Jamestown, North Dakota flooding
 

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - This photograph released by the U.S. Coast Guard, was taken during an overflight, aboard an HH-65C rescue helicopter, of the river in Jamestown, Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

Local, state and federal agencies taking part in the Red River and Sheyenne River flood response continue to monitor river conditions throughout the area.

U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer Patrick D. Kelley
 

 

Click here for Photo/ Video Release

Carlyle lake

    Earth Day Celebration - April 17th

  
On Friday, April 17th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host the 13th annual Celebrate the Earth event at Carlyle Lake. More than 3,500 students, teachers and parents from more than 15 local schools are expected to attend the event featuring sessions on a multitude of different environmental topics including wildlife, recycling, ecology and conservation. Forty-one environmental and safety professionals from organizations including the St. Louis Science Center, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, University of Illinois Extension Office, Cahokia Mounds, Wild Bird Sanctuary, Wild Canid Center and the Butterfly House will all be presenting sessions at the event.
 

For more information: 618-594-2484
 

Illinois River Basin (the other Illinois River)
   Fayetteville, Arkansas


The EPA Tightens Phosphorous Discharge Limits At Illinois River Basin Treatment Plants.............

According to a news story from nwanews.com............. The EPA has reduced the amount of phosphorous allowed to be discharged from water treatment plants into the Illinois River basin. The new limit is .1 milligrams per liter. This number is down from 1.0 milligram per liter. The new regulations take effect in 2012.

Fayetteville, Arkansas' new $61 million treatment plant is not able to meet the new standard. The levels of phosphorous released by the plant range from .43 milligrams, down to .3 milligrams. Upgrades needed to meet the EPA's mandate would be cost prohibitive.

A representative from the Fayetteville water and sewer committee states that if reduction of the phosphorous in the watershed is the ultimate goal, perhaps the EPA should be looking to the major phosphorous sources.............

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 

Oh Buoy

 It's TAX DAY !

 

Wednesday..15 April 2009

 Over Two Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

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Click on pic to enlarge dedication plaque

 

Our Picture of the Day..... (top) Is of the statue of Captain Meriwether Lewis (left) and Captain William Clark (right) and their Newfoundland dog, Seaman in Frontier Park along the riverfront in St. Charles.  That's the Missouri River in the background.

 

The monument was dedicated on May 18, 2003.

 

Yesteryear's

Picture of the Day

 

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YesterYear's River Picture from 2008....  was is an aerial shot of last weekend's Duck Club Yacht Club Harbor Hop sent in by TJ Kirgin and Lyndell Gray.

 

 

Bill,

   Thank you for the help, despite the cold weather, high winds and higher water, the event was considered a success and enjoyed by all. We had an estimated 120+ people show up and the Dock Dogs Exibition was a ton of fun. Keep on the look out as we are planning to attempt a dock dog event at Grafton this summer. Check out the dock dogs at www.gwdockdogs.com

Attached is an aerial, despite high winds, the copter was flying. I will forward you more arials of the high water separately

TJ

 

 

.....100's of pictures of the Harbor Hop By Lindell Gray....


Click here for more than 100 pictures of the 2008 Duck Club Yacht Club Harbor Hop sent in by Lyndell Gray !

Flood Warning....

 

WGUS83 KLSX 150217
FLSLSX
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
917 PM CDT TUE APR 14 2009

...A FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR POINTS ALONG THE ILLINOIS RIVER..

AT LA GRANGE
AT MEREDOSIA
AT VALLEY CITY
AT HARDIN

 

Click here to read entire flood warning