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June 2009

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

River News Flash !

The Grafton Ferry is going to start

Running again Wednesday Morning

Click here for more info in STLtoday.com

 

Thanks Maureen Absolon for the News Tip!

                           

Tuesday

30 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 
 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

Our Pictures of the Day........ were sent in by Connie, who hails out of Sioux Harbor in the sailboat.... "Sandpiper."

 

 

 

Bill,

A much different picture that last year about this time!!


Connie
s/v Sandpiper
Sioux Harbour

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

  

 

   

 

 

Click on picture to enlarge

 

   

Yetseryear's River Picture of Day from 2008 ......  was from Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Grafton Harboer in the boat .."Last Call".

 

 

 

Bill,

 A little flood water doesn't keep the residents of Grafton and a few die-hard boaters down. It's a great opportunity for a party. I have sent a few pictures from Saturday and Sunday at Grafton Harbor. Obviously we are an island but a great one at that. The pictures are of a party on the porch on Saturday, the Loading Dock under water, Piasa Winery from the back and one of the rock wall from the back of our boat. It's no longer hard to see over it and the turkey buzzards sure like to sun themselves on the top. NOAA says we saw the crest and the water should be on the way down. Hopefully we will all be out on the river soon!!!
 

Valerie Aulabaugh
Last Call

 

  

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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/29/09
Subject: SECTOR UMR HIGH WATER ADVISORY
NAVNOTICE # 1754


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0273-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0266-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0273-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 3-6 (MM 50.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING INTO OR LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH CAUTION.
B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES.
BT
NNNN


 

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

 

 

Lost and Found

  
 

Bill,
Officers discovered a button snap on seat cushion floating in the river. The cushion is most likely used on the bow of a cruiser. Please provide details of where and when the cushion was lost.


Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
P.O. Box 1368
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1368
(573) 751-3333 Phone
Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

Partial Map from US Army Corps of Engineers website

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2721 through P-2728: Wayne B. Smith, Inc., requests authorization to expand sand and gravel dredging reaches for commercial purposes from eight areas along the right descending bank, between Mississippi River Mile 282.1 to 283.0. Cummulative tonnage to be removed annually will not exceed 150,000 tons. The public notice comment period opens on July 7, 2009 and closes on July 27, 2009.
     

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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

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

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

Little John's Motorsport Racing Team Update

Bill,

Pulled out of San Angelo Tx. at 7:00 last night
It is 11:15 Mon. morning, and we are home safe and sound
963 miles in 16 hours
GOT TO GET BACK TO WORK
 
                        LJ

 

Lake of the Ozarks

   Midwest Boat Party

   Support The Troops Poker Run 2009
 

    Lake Expo Photo Gallery.... Click here
 

 

Experience The Mississippi

   Ten States - One River
 

    Click here to go to their website and enter the Great River Giveaway contest !
 

 

River Fireworks !

 

Mississippi River
 

Alton, Il........Friday......... 3rd of July

Alton Riverfront, Grounds open at 5 pm... Fireworks at 9 pm
Annual Fireworks Festival

For more information call 618-465-6676

 

Cedar Hill....Saturday..... 4th of July

                    Fireworks Show at Dark

                    Live Music    Drink Specials...... Click here

 

Grafton........Saturday..... 4th of July

                    Grafton Riverfront

Fireworks Show at Dusk

Grafton business offering food and drink, live entertainment
For more information call 618-786-7000

 

Hannibal......Saturday..... 4th of July

Fireworks display on the banks of the Mississippi River
For more information call 573-221-2477

 

Louisiana....Saturday..... 4th of July

Louisiana Riverfront

For more info call 1-888-642-3800

 

 

St. Louis .....Sat & Sun..... 3rd & 4th of July

Fair St. Louis...St. Louis Riverfront

Click here for more info

 

 

Illinois River

 

Kampsville..Saturday..... 4th of July

Kampsville Riverfront

Festivities start at 1 pm
Fireworks at dusk
For more information call 618-653-4426

 

  

Missouri River

 

St. Charles....Fri & Sat..... 3rd & 4th of July

Frontier park.....Riverfest  July 2 - 4

Fireworks at 9:20 PM set to music             

 

Con Trios Yacht Club's  "Luau"

     Saturday, July 18th, 2009

     Grafton Harbor

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club
“Luau”
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
5 PM til 9 PM
Grafton Harbor, Grafton Illinois
Wear your best “Heywaiian Flowerdy” Shirts & grass skirts!
Appetizers by Grafton’s Landing, cash bar available.
Music by “DJ Ray” 5 to 9 poolside.
Pool Party, 50/50 Raffle, Beach Balls again!
Call Grafton Harbor for slip reservations 618-786-7678,
be sure to tell them you are with the Con Trios group.

"Printer Friendly" reservation form is available here: http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/event_handouts/2009_luau_reservation_form.html

Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster

 

Click here to go to Con Trios Yacht Club website

Fishing News

    Mississippi River

    Missouri Department Of Conservation Tagging , And Studying Sturgeon...

 

According to a news report from kfvs.com..............  The Missouri Department of Conservation is catching and tagging shovelnose sturgeon near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 

 

Conservation employees state that the shovelnose sturgeon is an indicator fish. This means that studying the shovelnose, gives a glimpse at the health of many other river species.   

 

The general public can play a key role in this study.  When an angler lands one of the tagged fish, a call to the Department of Conservation to report where the fish was caught is all that is needed.  This information is critical in keeping the sturgeon thriving in local waters................

 

Click here to read this news report.  With Video.

 

Boat Manufacturer News

    Mastercraft Avoiding Bankruptcy, Looking To Resume Production July 6

 

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com...............  Mastercraft has announced that it will not be filling for bankruptcy protection, and hopes to re-start production on July 6, 2009. 

 

Mastercraft's plan to become viable again involves requesting that their creditors accept staged repayments, or discounted immediate payments.  The vendors agreeing to staged payments will receive 25% of the debt by July 30, and the balance in the next 4 quarters, beginning September 30.  Those venders that choose the immediate payment will agree to a 35% discount off of the top, with the remaining 65% due on July 15.

 

This restructuring is taking place out of court, allowing Mastercraft to avoid the stigma, and distractions of bankruptcy proceedings..............

Click here to read this news article.

 

Missouri River

   River Diversion

   Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS) Project Lawsuit On Hold...........

 

According to a news report from kmov.com.......................  Missouri and Canada's lawsuit against North Dakota has been delayed, until possibly next year.  The lawsuits are challenging North Dakota's plan to divert water from the Missouri River to the state's northwest corner. 

 

U.S. District Judge, Rosemary Collyer delayed the deadline for the state and federal governments' filing of legal briefs on the NAWS project.  The prior deadline was in mid-July. 

 

The reason given for the delay was that a new Justice Department attorney assigned to the case needs more time to prepare.

 

The NAWS project met opposition from Canada as harmful organisms may be transferred to their waters.  Missouri's concern is that the River that forms it's western border may be depleted..............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

Stolen Aqua Scooter
 
 
 

1 year old Aqua Scooter stolen off my boat at Polestar Marina. Last seen June 14th. Scooter was red and was in a Aqua Scooter Black/Orange Bag. It had the name "Wake N Bake" on the Scooter
so if someone was to remove the name it should show from fading in the sun.
 

$100 Reward for the return or information that leads to the return.

 

Please contact

Dave Stolze
at 314-941-2781 or
dstolze@stolze.com.

 

River History....

June 30, 1870 in River History


The Natchez and the the Robert E. Lee set off from New Orleans on a 1,200 miles race up the Mississippi to St. Louis.
The event kicked-off of the St. Louis annual Veiled Prophet parade and festivities.

 

Click here for more info

 

 

June 30, 2008 in River History


Flood of 2008....The Alton Telegraph reported that the water levels were finally starting to fall

 

River Reading

  The Floating Boathouses On The Upper Mississippi: 

  Their History, Their Stories.

 

According to a news story from madison.com..............  9 years ago, Marti Greene Phillips was hiking along the Mississippi River, and came upon a boathouse, with a lighted beer sign in the window. She struck up a conversation with the owner, and was invited in for a beer, and some stories.  Quite enthralled with the intimacy of the water and wildlife, Phillips purchased one of the boathouses.

 

While searching for information on the history of boathouses, newspaper articles, and local stories were all that was to be found.  At that point, Phillips made the decision to ferret out the history of boathouses from the dwindling generation of builders. 

Published this spring, "The Floating Boathouses on the Mississippi: Their History, Their Stories"  focuses on the history of the 160 mile stretch of the Mississippi River, from Red wing, Minnesota, to Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin.  Since their emergence in the 19th century, boathouses have been disappearing into memory.  There are only about 600 left in that 160 mile portion of the Mississippi................

 

Click here to read this news story.  With Photos.

Click here to visit Martha Greene Phillips' website

 

River Reading

   "Upper Mississippi River History"

 

Hi, Bill,
I just thought I would recommend a book for your river readers.

 

It is called, "Upper Mississippi River History" written by Ron Larson. It can be bought at Amazon.com  ..... Click here

OR

You can just rent it at the library for free. It is very easy to read and so interesting.

 

Sherri Stanczak

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBill's Message Board Has Been Shut Down.......

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had a
n external attack on an unseen portion of the message board.  The hackers were using RiverBill's to send out large amounts of e-mails that have been reported to the company we rent server space from as "spam with possible malicious content." 

 

To prevent a lock being placed on our web space RiverBill's Message Board was voluntarily shut down  .......

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Click to enlarge

 

Charleston, S.C.

    America's Tall Ship Sails Past Fort Sumter


The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, known as "America's Tall Ship," sails past Fort Sumter as it departs Charleston, S.C., Monday afternoon, June 26, 2009, to continue its participation in Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009. The Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009 is a trek around the North Atlantic Ocean of more than 7,000 nautical miles following the traditional route taken by sailing ships of the past. Eagle is an 1800-ton steel hull, three-masted sailing ship with more than 21,000 square-feet of sail and more than five miles of rigging. The 295-foot Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. military service and is home ported at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

 

Coast Guard photo/ PA1 Bobby Nash.

 

 



 

                           

Monday

29 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 
 

Picture of the Day

 

Sunday Nite Sunset

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ was sent to us Debbie House of Riverbend Marina

 

Bill,

Here are a couple of pictures when we left Cedar Hill after the sun set Sunday night.

Debbie


 

RiverBill says.... Wow ! What a sunset. Thanks for sharing your picture with us Debbie.

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

USCG Barque Eagle

Click to enlarge

"Eagle at sea.....a view from my lifeboat during lifeboat drills"
Gary R. Lucy.......artist at sea.

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ was sent to us by Capt'n Gary Lucy, the river artist, who hails out of Palisades yacht Club in the in his studio houseboat... The River Rover.

 

 

 

Bill,

 

I have noted that you have been featuring the USCG Barque Eagle. I had the privilege of going to sea aboard her in 2002 from Boston to Halifax....10 days at sea. I kept a journal of my time aboard her; and, it can be found on my web site at www.garylucy.com by clicking on the Eagle Journal address as follows:

For Eagle journal Click here:
http://www.garylucy.com/captainslog/eaglemainpage.html

Semper Paratus, Shipmate,

Gary
 

 

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e-mail from Gary Lucy on Sunday.... 06-28-09

Bill,

Thanks for the post of the photo and of the addresses. If you can, would you leave the photo and addresses up for one more day. I took the time to go through the journal again for the first time in years. The journal brought back great memories. I was very lucky to be able to be aboard Eagle. The journal will help others to experience Eagle if only by photos and narration.

Thanks again,
Gary

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Click on picture to enlarge

 

   

Yetseryear's River Picture of Day from 2006 ......  was from Capt'n Robert Cope

 

 

 

Hi Bill, it's Robert from the boat Slow Ride.
     Sunday I was on the way back from a weekend at Lake Wapapello, and it had been 3 weeks since I had been on the river, so I decided to head out for a short trip on the river before I went home and to see my friends playing at the Loading Dock. This means, I had my boat in 2 lakes on the same day.

    It's a pic of Terry Rodgers, Scott Nienhaus, and Karen Crawford waving from the stage at the loading dock (check out all those guitars).  

 Robert Cope

 

  

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Lost and Found

  
 

Bill,
Officers discovered a button snap on seat cushion floating in the river. The cushion is most likely used on the bow of a cruiser. Please provide details of where and when the cushion was lost.


Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
P.O. Box 1368
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1368
(573) 751-3333 Phone
Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

Little John's Motorsport Racing Team Update

 

Little John and his racing team are in St. Angelo, Texas for their second annual drag boat races this weekend.

 

Little John called in with the following update:

 

Saturday

  • 120 boats entered in the weekend's drag boat race

  • Standing room only crowd...  20,000 to 30,000 people in attendance

  • The place is crazy

  • Little John's Motorsports is in about 7th place ?

  • 20 boats in their class

  • The tow car is a big hit !

  • Boat is fine

  • Motor is fine... The air is terrible for engine performance

  • 106 degree heat...wow

Sunday

  • Little John's Motorsports Racing Team went out in the 3rd round

  • Temperature 106 degrees.... Humidity 15%

  • Didn't break anything

  • Everyone is fine.....

Life is good

They are living the Dream !

 

River Fireworks !

 

Mississippi River
 

Alton, Il........Friday......... 3rd of July

Alton Riverfront, Grounds open at 5 pm... Fireworks at 9 pm
Annual Fireworks Festival

For more information call 618-465-6676

 

Cedar Hill....Saturday..... 4th of July

                    Fireworks Show at Dark

                    Live Music    Drink Specials...... Click here

 

Grafton........Saturday..... 4th of July

                    Grafton Riverfront

Fireworks Show at Dusk

Grafton business offering food and drink, live entertainment
For more information call 618-786-7000

 

Hannibal......Saturday..... 4th of July

Fireworks display on the banks of the Mississippi River
For more information call 573-221-2477

 

Louisiana....Saturday..... 4th of July

Louisiana Riverfront

For more info call 1-888-642-3800

 

 

St. Louis .....Sat & Sun..... 3rd & 4th of July

Fair St. Louis...St. Louis Riverfront

Click here for more info

 

 

Illinois River

 

Kampsville..Saturday..... 4th of July

Kampsville Riverfront

Festivities start at 1 pm
Fireworks at dusk
For more information call 618-653-4426

 

  

Missouri River

 

St. Charles....Fri & Sat..... 3rd & 4th of July

Frontier park.....Riverfest  July 2 - 4

Fireworks at 9:20 PM set to music             

River Trip....

 

 

I just got back from a river trip that your readers may be interested in. Go to the following link to see a brief journal and photos.
http://www.indianawaterways.com/tennesseecumberland.htm

Jerry Hay
indianawaterways.com
 

 

Mississippi River

     Downtown St. Louis

     Man Thrown Off Popular Street Bridge Rescued

 

According to a news article on KMOV.com...............  A man was reportedly thrown off the Poplar Street Bridge on Saturday evening into the Mississippi River !   The good news is that he was found alive floating in the river.

St. Louis firefighters, searching in a rescue boat, found the man floating in the river about 7:45PM  Saturday evening approximately 8 miles downriver from the bridge near Bellerive Park in south St. Louis.

It was reported that authorities are having difficulty communicating with the rescued man because of a language barrier.

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

 

More News......

 

Waterways Council Fighting New User Fee...Click here

 

Father, son, fish 50 states in 50 days..... Click here

 

Catfish are a biting...Mississippi River's pools 11 and 12... Click here
 

Show Me The Mississippi Meeting July 9th

Remember – the meeting is one week later than normal due to the Independence Day Holiday!

Meeting reminder and agenda for July 9 meeting.

To: All Show Me the Mississippi Committee Members
Re: Meeting Notice: July 9, 6:00 pm, Grafton’s Landing Restaurant, Grafton Harbor
From: Jim Marr, Chairman 2009

Our June 2009 Show Me the Mississippi Committee of the Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held Thursday,

July 9, at Grafton’s Landing Restaurant, Grafton Harbor . Arrive for a beverage of your choice at 6:00pm the meeting starts at 6:30pm.

Our Goal for the meeting should be:

1. Discuss reprinting our promotional map.
2. Continue to work on membership development.
3. Discuss planning for the two scheduled events, Marina Day and our assistance with the Blessing of the Fleet.
4. _______________________ Additional items – call Jim Marr or Heidi at the Chamber Office to add to the agenda.

Remember guests are welcome, bring a prospective member.

Please note that the Grafton Ferry should be operational for the Missouri members to get across without driving around. For those who would like a boat ride across, call or email Jim Marr to reserve a seat. Boat will leave Polestar Marina at 5:30pm.

Thanks - Jim

 

Saturday,   8  August  2009  

State of Mind Water Sports Poker Run

Lake Center Marina

 

Clear Your Calendar!!
Stateamind and Lake Center Marina is organizing another River Poker Run. It is going to be held Sat. August 8th. It will include 5 Stops, After Party with BBQ and Live Music, Door Prizes, and Top Three Poker Hand Prizes.

Reservations will be required through the purchase of a poker card or dinner ticket/wrist band and the event will be limited to 300 Entries. Ticket sales will seize July 31st.

Cards are available through
www.stateamind.com or in the store (314) 731-3795. Cost of the Card is $50 and will include one dinner, drinks, Poker Card, and T-Shirt.
Additional wrist bands for food and drink are $25 and T-Shirts are available for $10 per.

Please contact Andrew or Audra with any questions.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older

 

Stateamind Watersports
122 Ford Lane
St. Louis, Missouri 63042
314-731-3795

 

 

 

Mississippi River

   Alton Marina News Report
 
 
 

The Telegraph had an article in last Wednesday's edition about the Alton Marina titled..... "Alton Marina lives up to dreams of supporters."

The Alton Marina opened in September 1996.... but it seems like just yesterday.   

City, state and federal officials spent more than two decades of planning the marina. Talks started in the 1970s and the marina opened at the completion of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26

The city of Alton broke ground for the marina on Aug. 19, 1989 and spent more than $7 million to build the facility.


Click here to read more about the Alton Marina

 

Future events at Alton Marina include:

July 25 - Aqua Palooza,  live music by the Ralph Butler Band, food and drinks.

Aug. 8 - National Marina Day....Tropical Marina Fest at the new  Alton Amphitheater

 

Stolen Aqua Scooter
 
 
 

1 year old Aqua Scooter stolen off my boat at Polestar Marina. Last seen June 14th. Scooter was red and was in a Aqua Scooter Black/Orange Bag. It had the name "Wake N Bake" on the Scooter
so if someone was to remove the name it should show from fading in the sun.
 

$100 Reward for the return or information that leads to the return.

 

Please contact

Dave Stolze
at 314-941-2781 or
dstolze@stolze.com.

 

River History....

 

June 28, 1922 in River History


Water skiing was invented on June 28, 1922 when eighteen-year-old Ralph Samuelson of Minnesota decided if people can ski on snow, then why can't they ski on water? Ralph first attempted to water ski on Lake Pepin (Mississippi River)

 

June 29, 2008 in River History

 

The following River Restaurants were closed on Pool 26 due to the high water of the Flood of 2008:

 

 

Palisades Yacht Club.....Closed

North Shore Oasis.........Closed

Cedar Hill .....................Closed

Sundowners..................Closed

LongShot Saloon...........Closed

Graftons Landing...........Closed

Kinders Restaurant........Closed

 

 

More River History

   In 1673 ....Two Explorers Traveling The Mississippi River

    

Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet were traveling down the Mississippi River by canoe just below the mouth of the Illinois River when they spotted the a demon painted upon a bluff. (The Piasa Bird) 


   He recorded the following description of his discovery:


"While Skirting some rocks, which by Their height and length inspired awe, We saw upon one of them two painted monsters which at first made Us afraid, and upon Which the boldest savages dare not Long rest their eyes. They are as large As a calf; they have Horns on their heads Like those of a deer, a horrible look, red eyes, a beard Like a tiger's, a face somewhat like a man's, a body Covered with scales, and so Long A tail that it winds all around the Body, passing above the head and going back between the legs, ending in a Fish's tail. Green, red, and black are the three Colors composing the Picture. Moreover, these 2 monsters are so well painted that we cannot believe that any savage is their author; for good painters in France would find it difficult to reach that place Conveniently to paint them." 

 


 
The painting remained visible on the river bluffs until the 1850's

when the cliff containing the painting was quarried for gravel.

 

   

Source:  On-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia , Illinois River Paddling/Fishing website, altonweb.com

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBill's Message Board Has Been Shut Down.......

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had a
n external attack on an unseen portion of the message board.  The hackers were using RiverBill's to send out large amounts of e-mails that have been reported to the company we rent server space from as "spam with possible malicious content." 

 

To prevent a lock being placed on our web space RiverBill's Message Board was voluntarily shut down  .......

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Canal Days in Chesapeake City, Md


A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., conducts safety patrols throughout the small basin during Canal Days in Chesapeake City, Md., Saturday, June 27, 2009. Several hundred boaters attended the 34th annual Canal Days event which hosts festivities on land and water.

 

(Coast Guard photo/Seaman Apprentice Grace Baldwin)
 

 

 



 

                           

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

27, 28 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Boating Under the Influence Enforcement Steps Up This Weekend

Operation Dry Water ..Fri - Sun ...... June 26 -28

Click here for more info state of Misouri

Click here for more info state of Illinois

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

USCG Barque Eagle

Click to enlarge

"Eagle at sea.....a view from my lifeboat during lifeboat drills"
Gary R. Lucy.......artist at sea.

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ was sent to us by Capt'n Gary Lucy, the river artist, who hails out of Palisades yacht Club in the in his studio houseboat... The River Rover.

 

 

 

Bill,

 

I have noted that you have been featuring the USCG Barque Eagle. I had the privilege of going to sea aboard her in 2002 from Boston to Halifax....10 days at sea. I kept a journal of my time aboard her; and, it can be found on my web site at www.garylucy.com by clicking on the Eagle Journal address as follows:

For Eagle journal Click here:
http://www.garylucy.com/captainslog/eaglemainpage.html

Semper Paratus, Shipmate,

Gary
 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Our Picture of the Day........

 

Taken on June 13 floating around on Rick and Mary Linneman's boat outside Two Branch Marina.

 

Picture taken by Stephanie and Brittany Eggert

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

Click on picture to enlarge

 

   

Yetseryear's River Picture of Day ...... Is from the Winfield RiverCam yesterday about 2:15 PM.  It's the lock chamber at Lock and Dan 25!  The water is over the top of the up-river lock gates and over the concrete walkways around the lock house.

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

  Click on pic to enlarge

   

A Cedar Hill Sunset

 

Yesteryear's River Picture of Day ...... Was sent in by Dave and Carrie Ash of Cedar Hill Resort.  It's a good looking sunset over a flooded Mississippi River

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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/26/09
Subject: UPDATED WAP (0266-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1748


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0266-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0265-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0266-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 1-7 (MM 0.0 - 180.9 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING INTO OR LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH CAUTION.
B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) HAS ENTERED THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. A SAFETY ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BETWEEN MILE MARKER 160.0 TO 201.0. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL TOWING VESSELS HAVE A PILOT ONBOARD WITH RECENT HIGH WATER EXPERIENCE ON SIMILAR SIZED TOWS WHILE TRANSITING THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR BRIDGES. 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. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES.


 

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

 

 

Updated Sunday at 8:30AM

Today !

   Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina... Update

 

Capt'n Marty Haugh called in with the following report:

  • Good turn out on Saturday, despite the heat

  • 73 boats on display

  • 38 Boats in the water.... the rest on land

  • Spread from C dock to H dock

  • Displays include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.
     

Head on down to Alton Marina today

and check it out !

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

 

 

Updated Saturday at 9:00PM

Little John's Motorsport Racing Team Update

 

Little John and his racing team are in St. Angelo, Texas for their second annual drag boat races this weekend.

 

Little John called in with the following update:

  • 120 boats entered in the weekend's drag boat race

  • Standing room only crowd...  20,000 to 30,000 people in attendance

  • The place is crazy

  • Little John's Motorsports is in about 7th place ?

  • 20 boats in their class

  • The tow car is a big hit !

  • Boat is fine

  • Motor is fine... The air is terrible for engine performance

  • 106 degree heat...wow

Life is good

They are living the Dream !

 

Updated Saturday at 9:00PM

 

River Fireworks !

 

Mississippi River
 

Alton, Il........Friday......... 3rd of July

Alton Riverfront, Grounds open at 5 pm... Fireworks at 9 pm
Annual Fireworks Festival

For more information call 618-465-6676

 

Cedar Hill....Saturday..... 4th of July

                    Fireworks Show at Dark

                    Live Music    Drink Specials...... Click here

 

Grafton........Saturday..... 4th of July

                    Grafton Riverfront

Fireworks Show at Dusk

Grafton business offering food and drink, live entertainment
For more information call 618-786-7000

 

Hannibal......Saturday..... 4th of July

Fireworks display on the banks of the Mississippi River
For more information call 573-221-2477

 

Louisiana....Saturday..... 4th of July

Louisiana Riverfront

For more info call 1-888-642-3800

 

 

St. Louis .....Sat & Sun..... 3rd & 4th of July

Fair St. Louis...St. Louis Riverfront

Click here for more info

 

 

Illinois River

 

Kampsville..Saturday..... 4th of July

Kampsville Riverfront

Festivities start at 1 pm
Fireworks at dusk
For more information call 618-653-4426

 

  

Missouri River

 

St. Charles....Fri & Sat..... 3rd & 4th of July

Frontier park.....Riverfest  July 2 - 4

Fireworks at 9:20 PM set to music             

Updated Saturday at 9:00PM

Great River Towboat Festival

   Grafton, IL

   Saturday and Sunday  

View the towboats that travel our rivers. Live music, company flags on display and river-towboat exhibits.

Call 618-786-7000 for more info... or click here

 

 


Click here to read news story on STLtoday.com

Updated Saturday at 6:30PM

Hooked

   National Geographic's New Series

  

Something for the fisherman and and the curious......

National Geographic's HOOKED !

Vampire Fish.....Monday evening at 9 PM

 

Click here for the a video clip on the up-coming August 24th series

 Caught Bare Handed

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

  

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

June 25, 2009

 

Boating Under the Influence Enforcement Steps Up This Weekend
                  Operation Dry Water part of Nationwide Effort



SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is alerting recreational boaters that Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) will be out in full force this weekend. CPOs will be on the look-out for boaters operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol as part of a national coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement known as Operation Dry Water.

“We want people to have fun, but at the same time to be safe out on the water,” said IDNR Office of Law Enforcement Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “Alcohol use is one of the leading factors in fatal recreational boating accidents nationwide. We recommend that all boat operators have a designated skipper on board.”

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect severe penalties. In Illinois, operating under the influence (OUI) is a Class “A” misdemeanor for the first offense. It is punishable by a maximum of six months to one year in jail and/or up to $2,500 in fines.

“Our Conservation Police Officers work hard throughout the year to make sure boaters are safe on Illinois public waters,” said Chief Gutierrez. “We have zero tolerance for anyone found operating a boat under the influence at any time; however, boaters will see a stepped up effort as we approach the Fourth of July holiday.”

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of IDNR, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information you can log on to www.operationdrywater.org or www.dnr.state.il.us

 


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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Missouri Water Patrol

   DUI Checkpoints

  
 

Hi, Bill,


Here is a news article which states that the Missouri Water Patrol will be holding a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint from June 26-28 - which is this weekend. Just wanted to let everyone know to be careful out there.

 

Drive safe.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/1254361.html
 

Sherri Stanczak

This Weekend !

   Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

  

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

 

Rich and Sandy Hawkins and Dale Roth check out a restored Lyman Cruiser

Photos and story submitted by Janet and Dale Roth

 

Life-long boater Sandy Hawkins didn’t let her height stand in the way of enjoying the restored 25’ Lyman cruiser at a recent Antique and Classic Boat Show in Florida. She used the trailer to give her the added height needed to truly view and appreciate the quality restoration inside and out.

Marty and Deb Haugh, owners of a Lyman Cruiser like this one, will have their boat on display (in the water for easy viewing) at the Fourth Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival to be held this weekend (June 27 and 28) at the Alton Marina in Alton, IL. The show will run from 11:00-5:00 on Saturday and from 11:00-3:00 on Sunday. More than 75 boats will be on display at the beautiful Alton Marina. Admission is free.

For more information on the upcoming boat show or on the Antique & Classic Boat Society contact Jack Hartwig at jackhartwig@charter.net or Dale Roth at 314-280-0247 or dale.roth@yahoo.com


 

 Cedar Hill Resort....
 

June 27th

   Join us for the My River Home Poker Run

 

4th of July

   Fireworks Show at Dark

   Live Music

   Drink Specials

 

Odd Boating News

   Huck Finn And Becky Thatcher's Boat Impounded.................

 

According to a news story from wcco.com..............  After a young couple, Claire Boucher, and William Gratz, completed a home-made houseboat, packed up their sewing machine, potatoes, and chickens, they embarked on a journey down the Mississippi River, Huck Finn style.  Within moments of their launch, their motor failed. 

 

So, the couple tied the vessel to a tree, a no-no in Minneapolis, and were warned by a police officer to vacate the premises.  A week later, the officer found the chickens grazing, and other signs of camping.  He cited the couple and sent them on their way.  Still no motor. 

 

After making camp on an island, near the soon-to-be demolished Lowry Ave. bridge, they were rousted again.  The same officer found the couple, with their powerless boat on yet another island, where the city impounded the houseboat. 

The pair picked up their belongings, minus the chickens, and have decided to complete the journey by .....bus..............

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

Boating News

    July 1 National Boating Day...............

 

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com...............  A resolution passed through the senate has declared July 1 as National Boating Day. 

 

The bill was co-sponsored by 20 senators.  A "companion measure" was sponsored in the house by 27 bi-partisan co-sponsors. 

 

The marine industry is praising the declaration of National Boating Day, as the marine industry is an integral part of many communities, as well as the national economy............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

Wetlands Restoration

   New Orleans, Louisiana

   MR-GO Wetlands To Be Restored..............

 

According to a news report from abc26.com...............  An announcement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that a study will be conducted by the University of New Orleans in order to determine the best way to restore the wetlands destroyed by the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. 

 

The corps will grant a contract to the University of New Orleans to find sediment for the repair effort, and determine ways to transport the sediment to the work site.......

 

Click here to read this news report.

Stolen Aqua Scooter
 
 
 

1 year old Aqua Scooter stolen off my boat at Polestar Marina. Last seen June 14th. Scooter was red and was in a Aqua Scooter Black/Orange Bag. It had the name "Wake N Bake" on the Scooter
so if someone was to remove the name it should show from fading in the sun.
 

$100 Reward for the return or information that leads to the return.

 

Please contact

Dave Stolze
at 314-941-2781 or
dstolze@stolze.com.

 

River History....

 

June 27, 2006 in River History

 


The Boat at the RiverBend, the floating entertainment complex on the Alton, IL riverfront, opened it's doors for business.

What's Going on at the River Restaurants .......

    click here  or  click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBill's Message Board Has Been Shut Down.......

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had a
n external attack on an unseen portion of the message board.  The hackers were using RiverBill's to send out large amounts of e-mails that have been reported to the company we rent server space from as "spam with possible malicious content." 

 

To prevent a lock being placed on our web space RiverBill's Message Board was voluntarily shut down  .......

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Eagle


Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle steer the ship into downtown Charleston for Harbor Fest 2009 Thursday afternoon, June 25, 2009. The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is a 295-foot training vessel taken as a war prize from Germany after WWII.

 

Coast Guard photo/PA1 Bobby Nash

 

                           

Friday

26 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Boating Under the Influence Enforcement Steps Up This Weekend

Operation Dry Water Starts Today !

Fri - Sun ...... June 26 -28

Click here for more info state of Misouri

Click here for more info state of Illinois

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Jazzy n' Capt Steve Morris

At Head East Concert on Peoria Riverfront

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ is from Capt'n Gare Hunt who hails out of the Peoria Boat Club in the cruiser.....  "Lien On Me."

 

 

Bill,

 

I took this pic of Jazzy with her owner Capt Steve Morris(Star Gazer) from the Peoria Boat Club. We were all docked at downtown Peoria for a Head East concert.

 

River is still up but it's been a great summer so far. We did drive down to Grafton over Memorial Day weekend since the river was closed here. Really enjoyed Grafton....pretty good pizza at The Landing. Next time we'll bring "Lien On Me".

Gare


 

 

 

River Bill says......  There has "Never Been Any Reason".... not to rock out when you go to a Head East concert by boat. You guys are lucky to have such a good setup !

 

Looks like Capt'n Steve and Jazzy are both having a rocking good time !

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Kinder's & KSHE 95 !

  Click on pic to enlarge

   

Jill, Katie Kruze and Amanda

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures on this Day in 2006 ----   are a few from the 2006 Hawaiian Luau Party at Kinder's Restaurant with KSHE 95 radio personality Katie Kruze .  

 

Click here for more party pictures !

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

  

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

June 25, 2009

 

Boating Under the Influence Enforcement Steps Up This Weekend
                  Operation Dry Water part of Nationwide Effort



SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is alerting recreational boaters that Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) will be out in full force this weekend. CPOs will be on the look-out for boaters operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol as part of a national coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement known as Operation Dry Water.

“We want people to have fun, but at the same time to be safe out on the water,” said IDNR Office of Law Enforcement Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “Alcohol use is one of the leading factors in fatal recreational boating accidents nationwide. We recommend that all boat operators have a designated skipper on board.”

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect severe penalties. In Illinois, operating under the influence (OUI) is a Class “A” misdemeanor for the first offense. It is punishable by a maximum of six months to one year in jail and/or up to $2,500 in fines.

“Our Conservation Police Officers work hard throughout the year to make sure boaters are safe on Illinois public waters,” said Chief Gutierrez. “We have zero tolerance for anyone found operating a boat under the influence at any time; however, boaters will see a stepped up effort as we approach the Fourth of July holiday.”

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of IDNR, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information you can log on to www.operationdrywater.org or www.dnr.state.il.us

 


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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

This Weekend !

   Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

  

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

Behind Every Old Boat

There Is A Story

 

Antique boats moored in Lake Eustes at the Sunnyland Classic and Antique Boat Festival in Mount Dora Florida – March 2009

Photos and story submitted by Janet and Dale Roth

 

Grand Dames of the Water

 

In any waterway full of boats built for power and speed, you can almost sense her very presence before spotting the classic lady dancing gracefully atop the waves. These “Grand Dames of the Water” were created in a time when boat designers placed as much importance on beauty as on form and function and art was balanced equally with science to create a craft so perfect that it seemed better suited for a museum, than a lazy summer day on the river. Attention to every detail was a must in the design and building of these wooden works of art. Rich mahogany harvested from exotic locales was lovingly shaped, varnished, and polished to a mirror sheen. Piece by piece, the wood was formed, plugged, and caulked to create boats that gracefully transported boat owners and guests in style and comfort on waterways all over the world.

Today, these boats still command a place of honor as the Grand Dames of the Water. Restored to their original beauty they are appreciated for the simpler, classier times they represent and for the time and craftsmanship required to bring them back to life.

Take a step back in time at the Fourth Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival this weekend (June 27 and 28) held at the Alton Marina. Sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society) the event will run from 11:00-5:00 on Saturday and 11:00-3:00 on Sunday. More than 75 boats will be on display (land and in-water) at the beautiful Alton Marina in Alton, IL. The event is free of charge and is a wonderful activity for the entire family. In addition to the boat show, the Alton Block Party is scheduled for Saturday evening and the Celebration of Broadway Village Antiques Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-4:00.

For more information regarding the Antique and Classic Boat Festival, contact jackhartwig@charter.net or Dale Roth at 314-280-0247 or dale.roth@yahoo.com.

 

Kaskaskia River

   Kaskaskia River's First Bowfishing Tournament  Big Success................

 

According to a news story from bnd.com...........  Since the first bowfishing tournament was such a success, more events may be on the way soon.  There were 10 boats, each with 2 or 3 fishermen aboard, and many spectators at the weigh-in that expressed interest in participating next time. 

 

The victors in the inaugural event were the 3 man team of Jason Foster, Brendan Littekin, and Bill Dawson, who brought in 10 fish weighing 111.5 lbs.  The runner ups weighed in at 27 lbs.  Bob Creel earned the big fish title, with a grass carp weighing 20.4 lbs.

 

The next bowfishing tournament is planned for July.............

Click here to read this news story.


 

Kaskaskia River

    USA Bassin Tournament

    Justin Berger and Ed Helf U.S.A. Bassin Father's Day Tournament Champs..

 

According to a news article from bnd.com...............   The winners of the U.S.A. Bassin Kaskaskia River Division Tournament, Justin Berger, and Ed Helf,  brought in 5 fish weighing in at 11.21 lbs.

 

The Big Bass winners were the third place team of Jesse Foster and Bill Ernst, who brought in a fish weighing in at 3.55 lbs.

 

The Kaskaskia River will host another U.S.A. Bassin tournament on July 11................

Click here to read this news article..

 

Click here to enlarge

 

Illinois Fishing Reports .......

Illinois Fishing Report.. Click here to read the Illinois Fishing Report on Prairie States Outdoors website.  Covers the State of Illinois from Lake Michigan to Rend Lake.

 

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

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

73 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; blue catfish good on cut baits; flathead catfish good on live baits; carp good on nightcrawlers and sweet corn; walleye and shovelnose sturgeon good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 6/25/2009)

 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

80 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair.

(Report made on 6/25/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

69 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on limb lines and trotlines using cut shad and bluegill; black bass slow on jigs and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow on worms.

(Report made on 6/25/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain):

75 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on chicken liver and nightcrawlers; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow.

(Report made on 6/25/2009)

 

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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/

Illinois Record Catches

    Spotted Bass

    

 

Species: Spotted bass

Size:      7 pounds, 3.125 ounces; 22 3/4 inches long

Date:      March 15, 1992

County:   Fulton

.

Click here to read bout this record fish in the Prairie States Outdoors website

 

Rock River

    Restocking Has Already Started

    

According to a news article on the Prairie States Outdoors website.....  Re-stocking has already started on the Rock River after an ethanol spill caused a giant fish kill.

 

50,000 smallmouth bass fingerlings were stocked near Byron last Wednesday.

 

It is reported that fish were jumping 2 - 3 feet out of the water to escape whatever was in the river.  Many landing on the riverbank.  But not all was lost, because a group spent hours rescuing many of those that landed on the bank.

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

Lake of the Ozarks

  Dock Owners Must Post 911 Address

 

According to a news report on Lake Expo.com........  Lake of the Ozarks dock owners must post a 911 street address on their docks by next summer.  The address must be displayed on the "lake side" of the dock in an area most visible from the channel or cove.  The letters should be at least three-inch block style with a contrasting background.

 

Lake of the Ozarks has the third highest number of accidents for a fresh water lake in the United States involving fatalities, personal injuries or property damage..... 1,324 serious accidents in the time period of the years between 1995 and 2004,

Click here to read this news report

Lake of the Ozarks

  High Levels of E. coli

 

According to a news report on Lake Expo.com........  Two public beaches located near the State Park (near US 54) at the Lake of the Ozarks are closed because of a high concentrations of the E-coli bacteria.

 

Heavy spring rains may have contributed to the problem.


Click here to read this news report

Boat Manufacturer News

   Coast Guard Awards Contract To Midnight Express.................

 

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com..................  Midnight Express has just received a three year contract to supply 39 foot Interceptors to the Coast Guard.. 

 

This contract, combined with a large order from the U.S. Navy, has allowed the manufacturer to retain it's staff, even as their recreational sales have fallen off. 

 

The manufacture of law enforcement vessels has been big portion of Midnight Express' sales, as they have built Interceptors for law enforcement, military, and customs agencies worldwide...............

 

Click here to read this news report.

Boat Manufacturer News

  AMH, Parent Company Of Pro-Line and Donzi, Sold To A Private Investor

 

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday,com......................  The parent company of Donzi Marine, and Pro-Line Boats was purchased by a private investor June 15.  The identity, and other transaction details have not been disclosed. 

 

An AMH spokesman states that the current Pro-Line and Donzi management teams will remain at their posts with the new ownership.

 

Both companies have been running in a reduced production capacity, however, Donzi is in ramping up production soon.  Pro Line has not released their production plans as of yet................

 

Click here to read this news report.

Stolen Aqua Scooter
 
 
 

1 year old Aqua Scooter stolen off my boat at Polestar Marina. Last seen June 14th. Scooter was red and was in a Aqua Scooter Black/Orange Bag. It had the name "Wake N Bake" on the Scooter
so if someone was to remove the name it should show from fading in the sun.
 

$100 Reward for the return or information that leads to the return.

 

Please contact

Dave Stolze
at 314-941-2781 or
dstolze@stolze.com.

 

River History....

 

 

June 26, 2008 River History....Flood of 2008

The Great River Road between Alton and Grafton, IL was closed due to the high water.

 

 

What's Going on at the River Restaurants .......

    click here  or  click on your favorite restaurant link below:

 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBill's Message Board Has Been Shut Down.......

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had a
n external attack on an unseen portion of the message board.  The hackers were using RiverBill's to send out large amounts of e-mails that have been reported to the company we rent server space from as "spam with possible malicious content." 

 

To prevent a lock being placed on our web space RiverBill's Message Board was voluntarily shut down  .......

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle in Charleston Harbor


A Coast Guard Station Charleston, S.C., 41-foot utility boat ferries visitors to the Coast Guard Eagle in Charleston Harbor Thursday morning, June 25, 2009. The visitors were able to ride aboard Eagle as it entered downtown Charleston for Harbor Fest 2009. The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is a 295-foot training vessel taken as a war prize from Germany after WWII.

 

Coast Guard photo/ PA1 Bobby Nash.
 

                           

Thirsty Thursday

25 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Operation Dry Water

Fri - Sun ...... June 26 -28

Click here for more info

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

The Calm before the Storm !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ is from Ricky, Lynn, and Ryan Brettelle who hail out of Lake Center Marina in the boat “Sea Rye.”

 

 

 

Bill,

 

The River picture this past Saturday…..is of boaters Rick Brettelle and Scott Cantwell right before the incredible downpour hit! Scott’s last words to us before him pushing us off were “I think it’s going to blow over”….Ha! It poured like cats and dogs..


Ricky, Lynn, and Ryan Brettelle
“Sea Rye” out of Lake Center
 

Picture of the Day

River Storm

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our 2nd Picture of the Day........ is from Gary Fitzmire who hails out of Lake Center Marina.

 

 

 

Bill,


We were wakeboarding up on the Illinois River when it started to sprinkle on Saturday afternoon. As we headed back to Lake Center Marina, the sprinkling became a deluge. We encountered the worst of it as we cut through between the Illinois to the Mississippi, visibility was down to about 10 feet. It began to ease up when made it to the Dardene Slough - this is a picture of the squall line snapped by my son Michael.
 

Gary Fitzmire
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

River Surfing

  Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2007.....was from Cameron Imming

 

 

Hi Bill, 
  I haven't submitted a picture in awhile so I thought your visitors might like to see an action shot of "river surfing." This is Dustin catching the closest thing he has to his childhood ocean waves. If you want to see a video of him in action, check out the Movies pages at www.NauticalThugz.com . It's a large video (for now) so give it a bit to load. 

Thanks Bill! 
Cameron 

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Operation Dry Water

     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: Jefferson City

Missouri Water Patrol to Participate in Major Safe Boating Effort - "Operation Dry Water" is a National Campaign



This month the Missouri State Water Patrol will be participating in a national safe boating campaign that spans virtually every U.S. state and territory. "Operation Dry Water" is spearheaded by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and aims to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of intoxicated operation of vessels. The campaign will be conducted the weekend of June 26 – 28. The Water Patrol will be conducting multiple sobriety check points on the waters throughout the state during that weekend. Nationally, alcohol is a contributing factor in more than one-fifth of all boating fatality accidents.

Boaters who come across a check point on the water can expect that they may be stopped. Officers will make brief contact with the operator and perform a basic safety check of the boat's equipment. If the officer suspects the operator to be under the influence of intoxicants they will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. All efforts will be made to keep the process as brief as possible and to ensure that traffic does not back up. The Missouri State Water Patrol appreciates the public's cooperation.

The Missouri State Water Patrol reminds everyone to "boat smart." If alcohol will be included as part of your next excursion, be sure to designate a sober captain.



News Release ID: N07090052
 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/24/09
Subject: Updated Waterway Action Plan.
NAVNOTICE # 1747


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0265-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0256-09 UM USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0265-09 UM USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY

ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 2-6 (MM 10.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING INTO OR LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH CAUTION.
B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) HAS ENTERED THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. A SAFETY ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BETWEEN MILE MARKER 160.0 TO 201.0. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL TOWING VESSELS HAVE A PILOT ONBOARD WITH RECENT HIGH WATER EXPERIENCE ON SIMILAR SIZED TOWS WHILE TRANSITING THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR BRIDGES. 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. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES.

 


 

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

 

 

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com


 
 
2009 Blessing of the Fleet
Portage des Sioux, MO Mile 212 UMR
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
Theme is "Luau"
Awards will be presented at the Palisades Yacht Club

 

www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

Mississippi River
  
Alton, IL

   Boat At RiverBend

According to a news article in the Telegraph.com..................... the vacant Boat at the Riverbend is still for sale and the aldermen agreeded that the city of Alton should allow it to remain moored at Riverfront Park, in downtown Alton, for one more year at no charge.


The next thing to happen is for the city officials to sign another lease with its owner, Waterfront Ventures Inc.  WVI purchased the three-level entertainment vessel in September of  2007 right after the previous owner closed it in  August of the same year.

Click here to read this news story
 

Behind Every Old Boat

There Is A Story

Click on pic to enlarge

1959 Coral Queen Skipper Dale Roth at age 2

 

 


A Lifelong Love of “Classic” Boats



From the pictures above, it is obvious that Dale Roth, classic boat owner and co-chair of the upcoming Antique and Classic Boat Festival, has had a life-long love affair with antique boats. To be fair though, in the pictures, the boats were brand new and now the boats and the owners have aged gracefully. The Roth family bought the Coral Queen new in 1957. Skipper Dale Roth was just two-years-old at the time. On a family outing, the Coral Queen was damaged beyond repair in a sudden summer storm and was replaced with the blue and white 1960 Alumicraft shown above. The 15’ alumicraft served the family well for more than a decade before it was sold in the early 70’s for a new fiberglass 19’ Formula. The Alumicraft was sold to a family friend who owned it for 15 years before selling it back to the then grown and married Dale Roth who used it as a dinghy behind the family houseboat. The first time Dale’s mom saw the boat with her two life-jacketed grandsons bouncing on the white seats in anticipation of a ride, she broke into tears. It was as if someone had magically turned back time and she was seeing her own two boys ready to go. The boat has stayed in the family and still provides fun for the Roth family on the river, area lakes, and of course on display at area boat shows.

To see the 15’ 1960 Alumicraft, please visit the Fourth Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival this weekend at the Alton Marina. The show, sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society) will feature more than 75 wood, fiberglass, and steel runabouts and cruisers from the 1930’s to the early 1970’s. Show hours are Saturday, June 27th from 11:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, June 28 from 11:00 to 3:00. Admission is free. For more information on the show or on becoming a member of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, please contact Jack Hartwig at jackhartwig@charter.net.

Photos and story submitted by Dale and Janet Roth

 

Click on pic to enlarge
 
Big brother Dale Roth, brother David, and Dad Alvin with
the 1960 Alumicraft that replaced the Coral Queen.

 

 

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

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Missouri Department of Conservation
   Wildlife Changes take Effect July 1st


Click here to go to the MDC website and check out the latest on the changes to Missouri's Wild Life Code scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2009.

 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release.....

  

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

June 17, 2009

 

IDNR Announces Schedule of Waterfowl Blind Site Drawings
Drawings to be held for public hunting area waterfowl blind sites


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at several public hunting areas in Illinois this summer.

Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites. Mail-in registrations are not accepted. Blind allocations are good for one year, except on the Mississippi River.

To participate in a drawing, applicants must present a 2008 or 2009 Illinois hunting or combination sportsman’s license and a 2008 or 2009 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp at the time they register, unless exempted by law.Applicants must be at least 16 years old by the date of the drawing. Participants should save their 2008 waterfowl stamps in case they have difficulty purchasing new stamps.

Applicants needing to purchase new licenses and stamps should do so prior to the drawing. Most blind drawing locations will not have license sales available. Licenses and stamps are available at any DNR Direct license and permit vendor, through the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us, or by calling 1-888-6-PERMIT (673-7648).

Registrants must also possess a current Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card from the Illinois State Police. Expired FOID cards are not acceptable. Applicants under the age of 21 do not need a FOID card if they are accompanied by an adult who has one. For those without a FOID card in their possession, law enforcement officers will not be able to validate FOID card status on the day of the drawing.

Also, in order to be an eligible applicant for the drawing, the participant must not at the time of the drawing have his or her hunting privileges suspended or revoked by the IDNR or any other jurisdiction.

Out-of-state residents must have a 2008 or 2009 non-resident hunting license for Illinois and a 2008 or 2009 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp.

The schedule for 2009 blind drawings is listed below:

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2009 (Blinds allocated for two years)
Mississippi River Pool 21:

Registration will be held at the Twin Oaks Sportsman's Club, 2707 Bonansinga Drive, Quincy, from 10 a.m. - noon.

Mississippi River Pool 22:

Registration will be held at the South Side Boat Club, 640 South Front St., Quincy, from 10 a.m. - noon.

Mississippi River Pool 24:
Registration will be held at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources office, Route 106 West, Pittsfield, from 10 a.m. - noon.


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The above was reprinted from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Click here to go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Rock River

   Fish Kill Update

 

According to a news story on the Prairie State Outdoor website....... the numbers from the fish kill on the Rock River is heading towards hundreds of thousands of fish. The cause of the problem is apparently from an ethanol spill upriver.

 

The fish kill is taking place between Grand Detour and Sterling, Illinois.

 

Click here to read more.....
 

 

 

Rock River

The Rock River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 285 miles (459 km) long, in the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Illinois.  It joins the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois.

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia..  Click here to read more...With Map
 

 

Palisades Yacht Club Update.....

 

The Pool is now open  Thursday thru Sunday !

 

Big Fish Ball

   Friends of the Chicago River

   Chicago, IL

 

Friends of the Chicago River held their 3rd annual Big Fish Ball yesterday evening at the Merchandise Mart’s Riverside Drive - between the Wells Street and Franklin Street Bridges on the north side of the river in downtown Chicago.

 

Stylish outdoor dinning with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop and after-party boat cruise.

 

Click here for more info

Lake St. Louis

   Barefoot Figure-8 Competition
   July 25 & 26


4 divisions—OPEN—SENIOR—WOMEN—JUNIOR

PRIZE MONEY for each division. $1,500 total for the OPEN Division with $1,000 to the winner (provided by the Lake St. Louis “Benevolent Society of the Commodores”). Additional money provide to the other divisions. In addition to the prize money, trophies will be awarded.

Registration will begin Friday at 7:00 pm (at the Lake St. Louis Community Association - 100 Cognac, Lake St. Louis, Missouri 63367) and continue Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. First pull will be Saturday, July 25 at 8:45 a.m.

We plan to compete until approximately 4:00 pm Saturday, and then again prepare for a Guinness Book of World Record attempt as the most people on floating rafts. Food and beverages will be available throughout the day for purchase from the Lake St Louis Community Association.

As in the past, we plant to anchor 1 or more pontoon boats in the centers of the figure-8 loops for upfront and close viewing. A small donation for this will be used to raise money to support 2 local charities.

We have bedrooms available for those of you who wish to stay with local skiers. If you want to stay in a Lake St. Louis home, or if you have any questions, please contact Mike Schneider at (314) 503-5233 or email Debi Ernst at Benanddebi@gmail.com

Local Hotels info:
- Hilton Garden Inn, 2310 Technology Dr., O’Fallon, MO 636-625-2700

 

This is going to be a fun weekend—don’t miss it!!!
 

Regards,
Tim Knoerzer on behalf of MVS Barefoot Endurance Team
 

River Shipping News
   Waterways Council Not Pleased With Proposed 2010 Budget...............


According to a news report from joc.com................. President Obama's budget for 2010 has set aside $5.125 billion for Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects on the inland waterway system. This is over $275 million less than congress approved for 2009. The Corps budget mainly goes toward building, maintaining and improving the locks.

The smaller infrastructure budget, added to a proposed lockage fee, has river shipping interests upset.

Waterways Council Inc. a national organization including waterway advocacy groups, carriers, shippers, and ports, states that they are "surprised and disappointed" the Obama administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would back a tax that discourages shipping on energy efficient, and environmentally-sound barges.

Click here to read this news report.

Sailboating News

   Sail America Releases Monthly Sales Report.............

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com...............  The Sailboat Market Report takes a peek at the prior month's sales figures, in addition to annual trends. 

The first report illustrates that for the first 5 months of 2009, sailboat sales are down by a third, from almost 3000 boats sold in 2008, to below 2000 boats sold in 2009.  The price tags on the vessels sold is down as well, from $236 million, to $131 million, or a 45% decrease.

May was a bright spot with only a 28% decrease in sales, from 757 boats to 545 boats.  Dollar amounts are down from $67 million, to $38 million, or a declination of 43%..............

Click here to read this news article

Stolen Aqua Scooter
 
 
 

1 year old Aqua Scooter stolen off my boat at Polestar Marina. Last seen June 14th. Scooter was red and was in a Aqua Scooter Black/Orange Bag. It had the name "Wake N Bake" on the Scooter
so if someone was to remove the name it should show from fading in the sun.
 

$100 Reward for the return or information that leads to the return.

 

Please contact

Dave Stolze
at 314-941-2781 or
dstolze@stolze.com.

 

River History....

 

June 25, 1673 River History

Father Marquette discovered a Peoria indiana village of 8,000 people on the western bank of the Mississippi River in what is present day Iowa.

 

June 25 - 28, 1805 in River History

Lewis and Clark portaged around the great falls of the Missouri River located in present day Cascade County, Montana

 

1903 in River History

In 1903 The Mississippi River flooded East St. Louis. At that time the East Side Levee and Sanitary District was formed to provide flood protection through an extensive levee system.

 

 

River Destinations

   Illinois River

   Illinois Waterway Visitor Center At Starved Rock Lock And Dam

In a news story from associatedcontent.com...............  Located at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center has many exhibits to check out.  From a peek at early river transportation and living, to canoes, barges, and other modern forms of river transport.  You can even check out the pilot house from the M/V John M. Warner, that sank in 1982.

Other ammenities include a picnic area, and two observation decks.  Don't forget your binoculars, or change for the viewing machines...............

Click here to read this news story

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBill's Message Board Has Been Shut Down.......

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had a
n external attack on an unseen portion of the message board.  The hackers were using RiverBill's to send out large amounts of e-mails that have been reported to the company we rent server space from as "spam with possible malicious content." 

 

To prevent a lock being placed on our web space RiverBill's Message Board was voluntarily shut down  .......

 

Boating News
   New Financing Terms For Boat Dealers Called For By Lawmakers..................


According to a news article from baxterbulletin.com............... A bi-partisan group of congressmen sent a letter to Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, and Tim Geithner, secretary of the U.S. Treasury, asking the two to name boats and RVs as an asset class in the Term Asset-Backed Securities Lending Facility (TALF).

This would reduce the "haircut level" or the portion of an asset that cannot be used as collateral, and thus improve boat dealer liquidity.

The letter was penned to voice concerns that TALF is moving at a slow pace, and not covering the needs of non-automotive floorplan asset classes, and request a re-examination of the TALF program's "haircut level" for non-automotive floorplan asset-backed securities..................

Click here to read this news article

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Operation Dry Water........ Station Portsmouths, Va


Members of agencies participating in Operation Dry Water pose for a group photo at a law enforcement demonstration at Station Portsmouth, Va., Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Operation Dry Water is a nationwide multi-agency initiative for enforcement of boating under the influence laws aimed at reducing alcohol-related accidents and fatalities.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo / Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Jones)
 

 


 

                           

Wednesday

24 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Operation Dry Water

Fri - Sun ...... June 26 -28

Click here for more info

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

Straight Up Crew

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ is from Capt'n Ronnie Stevens, who hails out of North Shore Marina in the houseboat Summer Breeze.

 

 

Bill,

 

We went to Mason Chute and had a good time Sunday.

Photo is from Mason Chute on Fathers Day. Met some nice people from the powerboat "Straight Up". Pictured are Heath, Breanna, Chad, Cindy and Jada Keller.

 

What a great day to be on the river.

Ron

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

  Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2007 ----   were sent in by Kurt Jaeger, of the boat "Patricia Ann".  A beautiful sunset and a sky of red and yellow reflecting on the water....Wow !

 

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: Jefferson City

Missouri Water Patrol to Participate in Major Safe Boating Effort - "Operation Dry Water" is a National Campaign



This month the Missouri State Water Patrol will be participating in a national safe boating campaign that spans virtually every U.S. state and territory. "Operation Dry Water" is spearheaded by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and aims to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of intoxicated operation of vessels. The campaign will be conducted the weekend of June 26 – 28. The Water Patrol will be conducting multiple sobriety check points on the waters throughout the state during that weekend. Nationally, alcohol is a contributing factor in more than one-fifth of all boating fatality accidents.

Boaters who come across a check point on the water can expect that they may be stopped. Officers will make brief contact with the operator and perform a basic safety check of the boat's equipment. If the officer suspects the operator to be under the influence of intoxicants they will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. All efforts will be made to keep the process as brief as possible and to ensure that traffic does not back up. The Missouri State Water Patrol appreciates the public's cooperation.

The Missouri State Water Patrol reminds everyone to "boat smart." If alcohol will be included as part of your next excursion, be sure to designate a sober captain.



News Release ID: N07090052
 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Public Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Date: June 23, 2009

Contact: Doug Edelman
Assistant District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
636-379-0877
edeldoug@charter.net
 

 

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Washington -Seventy years ago on June 23, 1939, Congress chartered the Coast Guard Auxiliary authorizing the Coast Guard to use civilian volunteers to promote boating safety on the nation's waterways. On its 70th anniversary the Auxiliary, " America 's Volunteer Guardians", continues the long tradition of helping protect boaters and all Americans.


Nationwide 30,000 Auxiliarists assist in safe guarding our harbors and provide boating education and free Vessel Safety Checks to recreational boaters. Since 1996 Congress has authorized the Auxiliary to provide much needed support for most Coast Guard missions.


Over the decade, Auxiliary members:

  • Saved 5,083 lives, assisted 141,980 people and saved $1,460, 055, 940 in property

  • Taught boating safety to 1,678,946 people with 980,000 hours of classroom work.

  • Conducted 1,170,535 Vessel Safety Checks (VSCs) over 579,000 hours

  • Made over 418,000 visits Recreational Boating Safety Program Visits spending more than 279,000 mission hours

  • Served 4,297,312 hours underway on safety patrols

  • Verified 138,867 private aids to navigation

  • Examined over 10,223 Commercial Fishing Vessels

  • Provided 2,358,200 hours directly supporting the Coast Guard

  • Served 44,417,850 hours

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen recognizing the Auxiliary stated "...As the finest all-volunteer organization in our Nation, I consider each of you an integral part of our Coast Guard. We simply could not meet the challenges we face or conduct the missions we do on a day-to-day basis without your selfless devotion to duty..."
 

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2009 Blessing of the Fleet
Portage des Sioux, MO Mile 212 UMR
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
Theme is "Luau"
Awards will be presented at the Palisades Yacht Club

 

www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

Stolen Aqua Scooter
 
 
 

1 year old Aqua Scooter stolen off my boat at Polestar Marina. Last seen June 14th. Scooter was red and was in a Aqua Scooter Black/Orange Bag. It had the name "Wake N Bake" on the Scooter
so if someone was to remove the name it should show from fading in the sun.
 

$100 Reward for the return or information that leads to the return.

 

Please contact

Dave Stolze
at 314-941-2781 or
dstolze@stolze.com.

 

Missouri River & Kansas River
   Kansas City, Missouri
   EPA Director Assists In Testing Missouri River Water.................


According to a news story from ozarkfirst.com.............. Visiting the Kansas City riverbanks was none other than Lisa Jackson, director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

As part of the Obama administration's "United We Serve" initiative, Jackson and students gathered on the banks of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers to begin a volunteer water monitoring project.

The idea of the campaign is for people to get involved with helping out their communities in the areas of energy, health, environment, education and community renewal. This program began Monday, and will continue through September 11th.....................

Click here to read this news story

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

 

Little John's Motorsports Update !

 

 

Hi All

After the overwhelming results from last weekend, I am so proud that our team was a part of it.
Even though we lost in the points race, we still gave the Texas crowd a spanking.

I wish I could express how it felt, to not be able to get to our rig, through all of the people.
Not only Contrios, but all of our river friends.

I want to say THANK YOU, not only for coming and supporting our team. I think you
were all a part of a bigger thing.

The promoters of the race next weekend are paying our expenses to go to San Angelo, Texas.
They want to continue the grudge match between the little farm girl from Mo. and the BIG GUYS
from Texas.
Like All Star Wrestling, We are together every night, and are Dear Friends, but the crowd does
not know that.
Behind the scenes, a few were watching for trouble after the race, THAT WAS COOL.
We had dinner together that night, putting the plan together, and making arrangements.
THE LITTLE GIRL IS GOING TO FIGHT THEM ON THIER OWN TURF

We also have a business to run, and things to get done before leaving Thurs. night for a 15 hour ride.
I promise that our team will do the best we can to make you all proud.

I will get back when I can

Little John

Wetlands Restoration

   New Orleans, Louisiana

   Floating Islands Will Be Launched To Assist In Restoring Bayou Bienvenue..

 

According to a news report from nola.com...............   Floating Islands Environmental Solutions, of Baton Rouge, has teamed up with students from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, in an effort to restore the badly eroded Bayou Bienvenue.

 The floating mats are constructed from recycled plastic drinking bottles, and marsh grasses.  The mats are 35 square feet in diameter. 

The goal of the students is to restore 427 acres of Bayou Bienvenue..............

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

Bayou Bienvenue is located in Southeastern Louisiana, and crosses the Gulf Intercoastal waterway, the Mississippi River, Gulf Inlet, and ends in Lake Borgne.

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.

Lost and Found...............

Lost.........

 

Rear seat off 2001 3 seater Sea Doo. The color is gold. It's the smaller seat behind the main seat on a model GTX RFI. Lost it Saturday, 6/20/09, somewhere between Bolter island and Enterprise island. Could be on main channel or slough side.

Call Matt at 314.591.6025 mobile or email ratliffs5@sbcglobal.net

 

 


 

Found......

 

Bill,
A seat cover for a pwc was discovered yesterday ( Sat, 6-21-09) on the Mississippi River. We would like to get it back to the correct owner. Would like to know what color the seat cover is and approximate location lost to verify the owner. Stay safe.

Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
P.O. Box 1368
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1368
(573) 751-3333 Phone
Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

 

 

FYI....RiverBill sent Matt's e-mail to Patrolman Lou Amighetti. Might be a match.

DockIt ! Game

   BoatU.S. Docking Game Offers Chance At $25,000.....................

 

 

In a news story from tradeonlytoday.com.................  Boat U.S. has a new online docking game to help with those docking skills.  And those skills may be worth $25,000!

 

BoatU.S. DockIt ! game gives the player 3 boats to choose from, and progressively more difficult docking scenarios to work through. 

 

With the completion of each level, one entry to the BoatU.S. Wave of Fortune sweepstakes is earned.......

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

Click here to go to BoatU.S. and play DockIt.

 

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

River History....

 

July 24, 1993 in River History


Flood of 1993…..The Mississippi River at Quincy crested at a record 32 feet  

 Click here for more info

 

 

July 24, 2008 in River History

Flood of 2008…..The Mississippi River crested at Winfield Lock and Dam

 

Boat Manufacturer News

   In Light Of Genmar Bankruptcy, MRAA Forms Dealer Committee...............

 

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com...............  The Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) is forming a committee of Genmar dealers that want to be represented during Genmar's chapter 11 proceedings.

 

This move is in response the the number of "panic calls" the MRAA has received from Genmar dealers. 

 

Quite a few Genmar dealers are owed monies for warranty work, boats show, and promotional program assistance.  Another concern dealers have, is whet warranty coverage the Genmar products will have after the chapter 11 proceedings have been concluded...........

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBill's Message Board Has Been Shut Down.......

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had a
n external attack on an unseen portion of the message board.  The hackers were using RiverBill's to send out large amounts of e-mails that have been reported to the company we rent server space from as "spam with possible malicious content." 

 

To prevent a lock being placed on our web space RiverBill's Message Board was voluntarily shut down  .......

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Operation Dry Water

   Boating Under The Influence Enforcement Demonstration


Crewmembers from Station Portsmouth, Va., conduct a simulated field-sobriety test with a plainly-clothed station member during a boating under the influence enforcement demonstration at the station Tuesday, June 23, 2009. This demonstration was a multi-agency event with representatives from the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Beach Police department marine unit, Newport News marine police, and the Marine Incident Response Team.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo / Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Jones)
 

 

 

 

                           

Tuesday

23 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

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Pictures of the Day

Creve Coeur Drag Boat Races

 

 

 

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Our Picture of the Day........ is of RiverGirl... Debbie Harper, looking good,  atop one of the Drag Boats at this past weekend's races.  The colors of her dress almost match those of the boat !

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

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The River Picture on This Day in 2007 ----  was from John Soetaert, who boats on the Kaskaskia River in Illinois 

 

The Chocolate River

 

John wrote::

 

Hi Bill, 

  Love your site and visit it every day. We enjoy pool 26 but also boat on the Kaskaskia at New Athens or Evansville, IL. (Close to home) Here are a few pics of my boys having fun on what they call the "chocolate river", they love it.

Thank You,
John Soetaert, CGCS
Annbriar Golf Course

 

Behind Every Old Boat

There Is A Story

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Whoz Yer Daddy

1966 Chris Craft
 


Bill,

We are also members of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of ACBS and will be participating in the boat show at Alton Marina on June 27th & 28th. About 6 years ago, I was dating my soon to be wife Susan. We were riding the Grafton Ferry when she told me how she used to sit down by the river and watch the boats go by. She said her dream was to someday have a boat of her own and cruise up and down the river in it. I had owned boats in the past but did not have one at the time, so I set out to “take a look” at what was out there with the idea of surprising her. I found our boat for sale at a local marina from an ad in the paper. She is a 1966 Chris Craft Cavalier Cabin Cruiser. I loved it the minute I saw it and I knew right then I was going to buy her. What I didn’t know was how awe struck Susan would be when she saw her. I have never seen anyone so taken as she was. My original plan was to purchase the boat and have Susan help with expenses. She would have none of that and insisted on a 50/50 partnership right down the line. The partnership became more formal one night when I proposed to her while we were spending the weekend on the boat. Since then we have continued our “partnership” and have spent many happy hours with our family enjoying the river and our classic Chris. We recently repainted the entire boat and re-built the engines so she is as good as new! We named her “Whoz Yer Daddy”

Hope to see you at the show!


Dave Bullington
St. Charles, MO

 

 

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Helm

Whoz Yer Daddy
 

Stolen Aqua Scooter
 
 
 

1 year old Aqua Scooter stolen off my boat at Polestar Marina. Last seen June 14th. Scooter was red and was in a Aqua Scooter Black/Orange Bag. It had the name "Wake N Bake" on the Scooter
so if someone was to remove the name it should show from fading in the sun.
 

$100 Reward for the return or information that leads to the return.

 

Please contact

Dave Stolze
at 314-941-2781 or
dstolze@stolze.com.

 

Riverboat News
   Federal Government Put Riverboat's Up For Sale...............


According to a news article from twcrossroads.com.................... The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has the American Queen and the Empress of the North for sale. Both vessels were previously owned by the now-defunct Majestic America Lines.

Majestic's parent company, Ambassadors International, surrendered the vessels in 2008.

The Queen, and the Empress were once part of the seven ship Majestic America Line. The other ships were the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen Columbia Queen, Queen of the West, and Contessa. All the boats are for sale, and all are in drydock, except the Delta Queen, who is doing time as a floating hotel on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga ..............

Click here to read this news article.

 

Lost and Found...............

Lost.........

 

Rear seat off 2001 3 seater Sea Doo. The color is gold. It's the smaller seat behind the main seat on a model GTX RFI. Lost it Saturday, 6/20/09, somewhere between Bolter island and Enterprise island. Could be on main channel or slough side.

Call Matt at 314.591.6025 mobile or email ratliffs5@sbcglobal.net

 

 


 

Found......

 

Bill,
A seat cover for a pwc was discovered yesterday ( Sat, 6-21-09) on the Mississippi River. We would like to get it back to the correct owner. Would like to know what color the seat cover is and approximate location lost to verify the owner. Stay safe.

Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
P.O. Box 1368
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1368
(573) 751-3333 Phone
Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

 

 

FYI....RiverBill sent Matt's e-mail to Patrolman Lou Amighetti. Might be a match.

Con Trios Yacht Club Update...............

What a GREAT IDEA Past Commodore Tim Tighe had! Con Trios participated in the 30th Annual Creve Coeur Classic Drag Boat Races at Creve Coeur Lake. Besides an exciting weekend of racing for the over 100 people from Con Trios Yacht Club we shared our tent with Autism Speaks (the primary charity of the event) where they had games and such for the kids. Thanks to the St. Louis Drag Boat Association for putting us front and center on the water, the banner on the VIP Tent and the VIP tickets for the weekend for our members. Talking to our guests quite a few had never experienced Drag Boat Racing in our backyard. Safe to say most were quite impressed watching boats accelerate to 180 MPH in just a quarter of a mile. We all enjoyed cheering on our Past Commodore John Bicknese's boat "Kwitchabitchin" and his driver, 18 year old Ashly Ruf, daughter of Con Trios members Keith and Terrie Ruf. Ashly is the youngest female driver to be certified in a 180 MPH capsule boat! She did not win her class but she wooped a man in a grudge match after the regular racing, beating him by one hundredth of a second! Posted a few pictures on the "Photo Galleries" page. Will have some more pictures (from Lisa for sure) and more information, check back again.


Many thanks to all that helped set up and take down our tent and tables. Friday it was Past Commodores Gary Meinershagen, Mike Ramirez, Board Members Bill Brueggeman, Mike Baisch, Scott Hickey and myself. Monday Gary, Bill, Mike Baisch and myself were back along with Past Commodores Sonny Robbins and Tim Tighe, Mike's two boys and Con Trios Member Ernie Stolze.

Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and webmaster

 

Missouri River
   Senator Kit Bond Calls Federal Restoration Efforts "Nuts"..............

According to a news report from kmov.com................. Missouri senator, Kit Bond R, states that the federal government's plans for restoring conditions for the pallid sturgeon are "nuts" and environmentally unsound.

Bond asserts that the construction of side channels will entail the dumping of millions of tons of farmland soil containing hypoxia-causing phosphorous into the Missouri River, Senator Bond also says that he will do what he can to block the $70 million funds request from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps, however, claims that they will be reintroducing sediment, rather that using farmland soil, and that the nutrients are only a small portion of the hypoxia equation. At this time the National Academy of Sciences is examining the sediment problem.................

Click here to read this news report

Lake Bloomington
   
Illinois Teenager Catches Rare Lake Sturgeon

A 17 year old teenager caught what Illinois officials say is only the sixth lake sturgeon reported caught in Illinois in more than 70 years. The fish was 45 inches long and weighed in at 21 pounds.

 

Lake sturgeon can grow to 5 feet in length and date back in time 130 million years.  A time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth.

Lake sturgeon are listed as endangered species in 19 or 20 states, including Illinois. The population is way down because of overfishing and dam construction. A female sturgeon can't reproduce until 14 years of age and many fish don’t reach sexual maturity until they have reached their mid-20s. Lake sturgeon only spawn only once every 4 to 9 years.

Chad Enright’s fish was measured, photographed and then released.

 

 

Click here to read this news report on Prairie States Outdoors website

Rock River

    Huge Fish Kill......

According to a news story on suakvalley.com........ A huge fish kill has been reported on the Rock River between Grand Detour, north of Dixon in Ogle County, and the lower dam in Sterling, Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has issued an advisory warning the public not to eat fish from that area of the river.  The dead fish are mostly bottom feeders.
 

There is reported speculation that ethanol runoff from the train derailment in Rockford, Illinois could be the cause.

 

The IDNR, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are working together to investigate the fish kill.

 

Click here to read this news story with photo and video

Missouri Department of Conservation News

   Frog Season Opens At Sunset June 30th 

 

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

 

Ready, set, frog!
Lay the groundwork now for a successful hunt.



JEFFERSON CITY–Deer hunters do it. So do turkey hunters. Even trout anglers spend time scouting the locations of their quarry. So why not frog hunters?

Missouri’s frogging season opens at sunset June 30, but waiting until then to take flashlight and gig in hand surrenders an important advantage to the slippery amphibians. Frogs are intimately familiar with the approaches and escape routes to their favorite perches. Smart froggers level the playing field by checking the lay of the land– or swamp – beforehand.

Scouting can be as simple as sitting in a lawn chair at your favorite frogging spot, taking note of where big male frogs are calling. Obsessive froggers have been known to skulk through a 40-acre marsh mapping individual frogs’ precise locations with GPS waypoints. Either way, scouting helps avoid wasted time and effort locating frogs and the best ways to reach them in the dark.

Getting your feet wet before the season opens offers distinct advantages. You can bring along pruning shears and remove low-hanging branches that block access to remote spots. You also can discover how close certain frogs will let you approach and which direction they habitually jump.

Beyond the obvious advantage of improving your chances of success, scouting out frogging spots a few days before the season is a pleasant excuse to spend time outdoors on early summer evenings. And your presence might keep the criminal element at bay.

Conservation agents know that a small number of poachers like to beat legitimate froggers to the punch by jumping the gun on the season, and more than one frogger has arrived at his or her chosen spot on opening night only to find it nearly empty of keeping-sized frogs. If you observe illegal frogging, you can report it using the toll-free Operation Game Thief Hotline, 800-392-1111. Reports can be made anonymously, or you can leave contact information to qualify for a cash reward if your report leads to a conviction.

The limit for frog hunters is eight bullfrogs or green frogs in the aggregate daily, and 16 in possession. The period for counting limits ends at midnight each day. Consequently, froggers can legally take a limit of frogs between sunset and midnight June 30 and then catch another limit after midnight on July 1. To do this legally, you must keep the first eight frogs separate from those taken after midnight. Also, remember that individual hunters must keep their frogs separate and identifiable from those of other froggers.

The Wildlife Code of Missouri permits taking frogs on either a hunting or a fishing permit. With a hunting permit, you can take frogs with a pellet gun, longbow, crossbow, hand net or with bare hands. With a fishing permit, froggers may use hands or a hand net, a gig, a longbow or hook and line. Frog hunting is legal – and most effective – at night with an artificial light.

The bullfrog is North America’s biggest frog, measuring up to 8 inches all scrunched up and ready to jump. A good-sized bullfrog can weigh well over a pound, much of which is legs. Green frogs are more modest-sized, topping out at about 4 inches long when sitting. Though not as large, their legs taste just like those of bullfrogs.
 

-Jim Low-
 

 

  Click here to check-out the latest MDC All Outdoor News page

Creve Coeur Drag Boat Races

    Drag Boat Drivers Remember Friend and Racer....


Fox2News has a good story about Jim Tucker, who perished in this past weekends drag boat races at Creve Coeur Lake.  Jim was 52 years old and has been racing boats since 2003.  He won the World Championships last year in his class at the race in Arizona.  

 

Jim made lots of friends in the racing circuit and they all speak well of him. A racer, a competitor and a friend to many.

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

RiverBill says ...Thanks Gary and Linda Bowers for the news tip

River Destinations

  Hannibal, Missouri

  In Spite Of Recession, Tourism In Hannibal Booming.............

 

According to a news story from news-leader.com.................  Tourism seems to be bouncing back in Hannibal, following the floods of 2008, and with the current recession.

New businesses are opening up in downtown Hannibal, and hotel tax revenues have increased as well. 

Hannibal usually has 500,000 visitors each year, and most are interested in viewing attractions connected with Mark Twain. 

One of the town's signature events, National Tom Sawyer Days, is scheduled for July 2nd - 4th.

 

 

Click here to read this news story.

Click here to visit the Hannibal Jaycees National Tom Sawyer Days website.

 

A River Double  Header !

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

 and

The Alton Block Party

 

Saturday, June 27  

Alton Block Party - Starts at 4 PM

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute 

 

Kid's activities start at 4PM. At 6:30PM. 4&20 band kick off the Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Restaurants will be offering foodand  drinks at affordable prices. The party moves inside the local establishments at 10:30 PM.

 

Sat & Sun   June 27 & 28 

 

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

 

 

June 23, 2008 in River History....

 

Flood of 2008

On June 23rd, 2008 RiverBIll's posted the following closings:

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

 

Flood of 2008

On June 23rd, 2008 RiverBIll's posted the following :

More than 100 tows were stranded on the Mississippi River because the river was shut down to all traffic.    Cost ......tens of thousands of dollars a day !

 

Click here to view the flood pictures from 2008

 

 

June 23, 1939 in River History

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
A volunteer force of men and women created to assist the Coast Guard and the recreational boating public.Re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941

Boat Manufacturer News

   Azure Boats Will Shut Down During July...............

 

According to a news release on tradeonlytoday.com................  Azure Boats has scheduled a shutdown in July, to allow dealers to move current inventory, and make room for the 2010 models. 

 

Azure is going to keep an eye on their 2010 order backlog, and will resume normal production as quickly as the backlog allows.  Southwind deck boats, which are built in the same facility, will follow a similar production schedule. 

Bennington Marine, Azure's sister company, and producer of pontoon boats, will run a regular production schedule through July and August........

 

 

Click here to read this news release.

 

Boating News

   BoatU.S. Consumer Protection Database Hits 10,000th Entry.................

 

In a news story from tradeonlytoday.............  Created over 20 years ago to keep track of consumer complaints and safety information, BoatU.S.' Consumer Protection Database has received it's 10,000 entry last week. 

 

The database has specific reports on boats, engines, and other marine-related goods and services, as well as if and how the company in question handled the complaint.

The database also includes manufacturer recall notices,  Coast Guard safety alerts, in addition to service bulletins put out by boat builders.............

 

Click here to read this news story.

Click here to visit the BoatU.S. Consumer Protection Databa

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBill's Message Board Has Been Shut Down.......

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had a
n external attack on an unseen portion of the message board.  The hackers were using RiverBill's to send out large amounts of e-mails that have been reported to the company we rent server space from as "spam with possible malicious content." 

 

To prevent a lock being placed on our web space RiverBill's Message Board was voluntarily shut down  .......

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

Alaskan boating safety program


JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Rear Adm. Gene Brooks, Commander of Seventeenth Coast Guard District, hold a memorandum of understanding for Alaskan boating safety program after signing it June 19, 2009. The intent of the memorandum is to renew relationships between the State of Alaska and the Seventeenth Coast Guard District concerning non-commercial boating safety programs and mutual enforcement of laws relating to boating safety on the waters within the jurisdiction of the State of Alaska and the United States.

(Photos by PA3 Jon-Paul Rios)

 

 

 


 

                           

Monday

22 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

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Pictures of the Day

Creve Coeur Drag Boat Races

 

 

 

 

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Our Pictures of the Day........ are from Carolyn Schlueter. 

 

Carolyn is a photographer who was at this weekend's drag boat races taking pictures from along the beach. She ended up in the same area where RiverBill was snapping photos.  We introduced ourselves and she agreed to send us some of here photographs.

 

Here are a few of her great shots from this past weekend's races !

 

 

 

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

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

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The River Picture on This Day in 2006.........  was of a new thatched umbrella  at Iowa Beach ~ ~ Almost tropical looking.   That is Captain Carl testing out the beach stool.

 

 


Updated Sunday at 5:30AM

 

Navigation Notices ......

 

 To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/21/09
Subject: Missouri River - Gasconade River Upper Light MM 104.8 (BNM 0260-09)
NAVNOTICE # 1742


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0260-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0260-09 UM
MISSOURI RIVER
THE CG HAS RCVD A RPT OF THE GASCONADE RIVER UPPER LIGHT (LLNR 20920) AT MM 104.8 MOR HAS BEEN KNOCKED DOWN AND IS NOT WATCHING PROPERLY. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
BT
NNNN

 

 

 

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/21/09
Subject: Missouri River - South Point Canal Day Beacon MM 65.5 Missing
NAVNOTICE # 1741


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0259-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0259-09 UM
MISSOURI RIVER
SOUTH POINT CANAL DAY BEACON (LLNR 21140) AT MM 65.5 MOR IS MISSING
LIKELY DUE TO HIGH WATER AND WILL BE REBUILT ONCE RIVER LEVEL
RECEDES. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
BT
NNNN

 


 

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

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090065

 Swamping - Truman Lake - 06/21/2009

Location:

     Truman Lake, Warsaw, Mo
Summary : 

AFTER MR. CORNINE LEFT THE RAMP HE NOTICED WATER IN THE STERN OF THE VESSEL. AS HE HEADED BACK TO SHORE MORE WATER CAME INTO THE BOAT. BY THE TIME HE ARRIVED AT THE SHORE THE BOAT HAD PARTIALLY SANK.

Boat Type : 

Bass Boat

 

 

 

News Release N07090066

 Falls Within Boat - Lake Ozarks - 06/21/2009

Location:

     26 MM, Osage Beach, Mo
Summary : 

MR. SELBY WAS DOCKED DROPING OFF PASSENGERS. WHILE MR. SELBY WAS CHECKING THE ROPES TO THE VESSEL, HE SLIPPED FROM THE SMIM PLATFORM HITTING THE CLEAT ON THE VESSEL. CAUSING LASERATIONS TO HIS LEFT LEG.

Injuries : 

Steven Selby, Minor Injuries.......01/24/64

 

 

 

News Release N07090064

 Drowning- Castor River - 06/20/2009

Location:

     Zelma, Mo 
Summary : 

SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE SWIMMING IN CASTOR RIVER NEAR SWEET GUM CONSERVATION ACCESS. MR. MOORE WENT OUT TO ASSIST A STRUGGLING SWIMMER. HE BEGAN TO STRUGGLE HIMSELF AND WAS UNABLE TO CONTINUE. ANTOHER SWIMMER IN THE AREA WAS ABLE TO RESCUE THE STUGGLING SWIMMER, BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO RESCUE MR. MOORE

Fatalities

Ricky Moore, Dexter, Mo...08/30/1985

 

 

News Release N07090063

 Capsizing - Niangua River  - Lake Ozarks - 06/20/2009

Location:

     Niangua River, above NRO Campground, Lebanon, Mo  
Summary : 

Boat 1 entered a narrow, swift part of the river where a raft was on a log that was sticking out of the water. Boat 1 struck the raft, began to spin and then capsized. A second canoe then struck Boat 1 hitting the victim. The victim was removed from the water and taken to Niangua River Oasis Campground and then transported to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO.

Injuries : 

Tristin, Pearson.... Moderate


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Coast Guard News
    Coast Guard Foundation's 40th Anniversary Marked By

    "Are You One In A Million" Program

According to a news story from coastguardfoundation.org.................. Founded in 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard has saved the lives of over 1 million people. And in response to these heroics, the Coast Guard Foundation was founded to support projects and programs that improve the lives of Coast Guard personnel. and their families.

The Coast Guard Foundation is celebrating their 40th anniversary with it's "Are You One In A Million?" campaign. The idea is to gather moving stories of these heroes that answer the call, when no one else will, and share them with the world.................

Click here to read this news story.

  

June 22, 1884 in River History....

 

    
The Riverboat Montana sank in Missouri River across from St. Charles where she can still be seen today in periods of low water.  

 

The Montana was built in 1879 and was the largest paddle wheeler on the Missouri River...280 feet long.  The boat had three decks and stood more than 50 feet tall.

The Montana struck the railroad bridge at St. Charles while trying to pass under it and took on water before running aground on the St. Louis County side of the river. No one was hurt, but the Montana split in half.

 

 Click here for more info

Above is all that remains of the Jim Tucker's drag boat.

 

 

 

Creve Coeur Drag Boat Crash Info....


According to a news report on KMOX.com..........
A competitor from Kingsbury,Texas died during a crash around 4:30pm on Saturday after the boat apperently became airborne at a high rate of speed, flipping over and landing on the driver.  The driver, 52-year-old James Tucker, was killed. 

 

Jim Tucker was a longtime competitor of drag boat racing. The race continued on Sunday.

 

Click here to read this news report.

Mississippi River News
   St. Charles County
   Corps Purchases Island For $5 Million..................


According to a news article from columbiamissourian.com............... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has purchased Cora Island near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers for the sum of $5 million.

The intention is to restore lost wetlands to help control flooding, as well as allow public access to the formerly private island.

Conservation groups have been interested in Cora Island, since the Island would connect other public lands like Chouteau Island, Confluence State Park, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, and Pelican Island.............

Click here to read this news article.

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
   Mississippi River
   Lowry Avenue Bridge Implosion A Success.................


According to a news story from ksax.com................... Shortly after 9:00 am Sunday, the Lowry Avenue bridge was no more.

Just under 200 pounds of explosives were required to sever the steel trusses supporting the bridge.

The bridge was closed in April, 2008, and is slated to be replaced this fall..............

Click here to read this news story. With Video.
 

 



The Lowry Avenue Bridge is a steel truss bridge that was completed in 1905. A unique feature is the steel grid deck, that allows water to drain through the roadway. as opposed to the more common concrete roadway deck................

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Click here to read more.

Marine Manufacturer News
    Caterpillar Marine Sales Up For May....................

In a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.................... Caterpillar Marine has announced an increase in sales of 20% for May 2009, over the same time period of 2008.

Unfortunately, the marine division was the only segment of caterpillar to report an increase in sales.

Overall, caterpillar engine sales are down by 21 percent................

Click here to read this news report.

 

Boat Manufacturer News
    First Quarter Sales Figures Are In...............

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.............. The 2009 1st. quarter sales figures for new boats have been tallied, and ....... figures are down.

Fiberglass sales figures fell more than aluminum did. Fiberglass sales were down 38.8%, or 19,171 vessels, down from 31,303, whereas aluminum was down only 28.4%, or 14,011 boats from 19,566.

The first quarter of 2009 is a record for the boat manufacturing industry. Aluminum boats were the stars, staying below a 30% decrease in sales.

The good news is that preliminary data for April shows the decreases are slowing as we move into the second quarter....................

Click here to read this news report

 

 

 

 

                           

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday

20, 21 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome to Fathers Day Weekend

Creve Coeur Classic Drag Boat Races Sat & Sun

Its the Summer Solstice Today Too !

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Creve Coeur Lake Drag Boat Races

A drag boat takes off from the stating line while other entries are lined up waiting their turn.

 

Four drag boats race down the quarter mile, a little fast for RiverBill's camera setting !

A young man with a couple of pretty ladies... watching the races.

 

Some of the drag boats lined up at the starting line....ready to race

 

Ashl Ruf in Little John's Motorsports pit getting another interview while  Little John and Keith prepare the boat for the next race.

 

Nothing Even Comes Close.... to this engine shaped BBQ grill !

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

RiverBill showing off one of the new RiverBill's banners located in various places in the park.  This one is being proudly displayed on the Little Pilots F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet Cockpit.  Climb up the ladder, take a look, get in the airplane and get your picture taken.....Wow !  Check them out at www.littlepilots.com

 

 

 

The dangers of high speed drag boat racing.

We are sorry to report that one of the drivers was killed yesterday during time trials.  Above is all that remains of the drag boat.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Pictures of the Day........ are from the time trials at Saturday's Creve Coeur Coeur Drag Boat Races.  

 

 

Come on out and watch today's races

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Little John's Motorsports & Channel 2 News

At Creve Coeur Lake

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ is of Ashly Ruf and Little John's Motorsports Racing Team being interviewed at the boat dock at Creve Coeur Lake by Tim Ezell at Creve on Thursday morning. 

 

Little John's Motorsports team shinned as Ashly made a high speed run across the lake for Channel 2 News !

 

Time Trials are today.....Come on out and cheer them on !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

Knee Boarding In Snake Chute

  Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2007 ---- was from Robert Cope of the boat Slow Ride

 

 

 

Robert wrote::

 

My son took this one of my daughter last Saturday back in Snake Chute. It was her first time on a knee board. After about 2 hours of boarding, she sure was sore on Sunday.

 

Robert Cope

Slow Ride

 

 

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

Flood of 2008

  Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2008......... was from Val Aulabaugh who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat......"Last Call"

 

Bill,

   Just a few pictures I found interesting today--Elsah, the intersection of Route 3 and Route 100 in Grafton, the Loading Dock, a barge at the level of the river road and a boater that I am assuming was moving to Alton Marina. Hope everyone stays safe during this high water.

 

Pray for the river to recede soon.
Valerie Aulabaugh

 

 

 

 

 

Be There

Rain or Shine !

 

 

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Drag Boat Classic....

 

Not just another boat race, but a family event for Fathers Day Weekend.

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Classic

Father's Day Weekend June 20 & 21

Tickets at the gate: $10 Saturday

                             $15 Sunday

                             $18 Weekend Pass

                             $3 Parking

                             *** Bring a lawn chair

 

6,000 Square Foot VIP tent with Mount Pleasant Winery in it serving and selling wine.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring a 20x20 kids tent and a large "Bounce House" so there is something to keep the little ones entertained as well this year.

Bass Pro Shop is having a Boat Show on site.

Camper and RV Show by Apache Village

Helicopter Rides

Army National Guard will be there with a Bridge Erection Boat in the water.

Capsule Boats doing just under 200mph

Open boats doing 140mph with NO SEAT BELTS!

See Ashly Ruf, the youngest female ever to be licensed in a Pro Mod (180mph) at only 18 years old!

Tony Twist and Scotti's Deli will be doing the cooking for the crowd!

F4 Phantom Display (Interesting for all ages)

Free Motorcyle Parking

Handycap Parking next to entrance gate with special viewing area sponsored by Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association

Lots of Great Food and Beverages for everyone!

Expected to be the largest crowd ever at a Creve
 

 Kinder's Restaurant Is Now Open For Sunday Morning breakfast    
 

Breakfast Buffett..........8:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website


Updated Sunday at 5:30AM

 

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/20/09
Subject: ILR AIDS TO NAVIGATION DISCREPANCIES
NAVNOTICE # 1740


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0258-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0258-09 UM
ILLINOIS WATERWAY
1. THE LITTLE BLUE LIGHT (LLNR 7855) AT MM 53.8 ILR LDB IS DESTROYED
DUE TO HIGH WATER.
2. THE COAL CREEK ISLAND DAYBEACON (LLNR 7645) AT MM 85.5 ILR RDB IS
MISSING DUE TO HIGH WATER.
3. THE SANGAMON CHUTE UPPER LIGHT (LLNR 7545) AT MM 99.5 ILR RDB IS
DESTROYED DUE TO HIGH WATER. ALL LIGHTING GEAR AND BOARDS ARE
MISSING.
4. ALL MARINERS REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.


 

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

 

 

Updated Sunday at 5:30AM

Corps Of Engineers News
    Mississippi River Valley
    Army Corps Of Engineers Awards $6 Million Contract To Consulting Firm


According to a news report from bizjournals.com............... Arcadis has announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded them a contract worth $6 million.

Arcadis is a Netherlands based engineering and consulting company.

The contract calls for Arcadis to handle engineering and planning services for civil works projects, such as flood reduction, navigation, and the restoration of ecosystems. The term of the contract is three years..............

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

Updated Sunday at 5:30AM

Boat Manufacturer News
   Due To Decrease In Demand Ranger Boats Extending Furlough...............


According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com................ Since the demand is down for Ranger Boats, the company is extending the two-week furlough, another two weeks.

Ranger Boats is owned by Genmar Holdings, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Officials state the furlough extension has nothing to do with the bankruptcy precedings.

Ranger manufactures fishing boats, including a series of bass, fish 'n play, and even saltwater boats............

Click here to read this news article.
 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090059

 Falling Overboard - Lake Ozarks- 06/19//2009

Location:

     54 MM   Laurie, Mo 
Summary : 

THE BOATER WAS MAKING A LEFT TURN ON A PERSONAL WATER CRAFT. THE SUBJECT'S LEG BECAME CAUGHT BY THE WATER AND CAUSED HIM TO FALL FROM THE CRAFT. THE SUBJECT WAS TRANSPORTED TO LAKE REGIONAL HOSPITAL.


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Mississippi River
   St. Louis, Missouri
   American River Transportation Co. Employees Sentenced For Dumping Oil

   Into Mississippi River.............

According to a news story from kplr11.com.............. Having pled guilty to discharging into the Mississippi River, and making a false statement Justin Baker, and Steve Keilwitz have been sentenced to 1 year of probation, and community service.

The pair work for St. Louis based American River Transportation Co. which is owned by Archer Daniels Midland Co. of Decatur, Illinois.

American River Transportation had pled guilty to federal charges of polluting the Mississippi River with residue washed from barges. The company had paid a $3 million fine....................

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 Cedar Hill Resort....
 

This Weekend

   Live Music this Saturday on the Tiki Bar Deck

   Tommy Flynn..... one man band

 

June 27th

   Join us for the My River Home Poker Run

 

4th of July

   Fireworks Show at Dark

   Live Music

   Drink Specials

 

River History....

 

June 17, 2008 in River History
US Coast Guard issued the following notice for the Mississippi River at St. Louis.....
ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE, MM 168.7 UMR UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE. THIS TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE HAS BEEN ISSUED DUE TO HIGH WATER.

Lock and Dams 13 - 22 & 24 &25 were all closed

The Winfield, Golden Eagle Ferry, Grafton Ferry and Brussels Ferry were all closed for business.

   

 

June 1999

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (formerly US 66 Bridge): History. – Was Built 1929; closed to traffic in 1968; reopened for pedestrians on June, 1999 .

 

             Click here for more info

 

June 20th, 2009

    Grafton harbor

    Pirates of the Mississippi


Marine Max Pirate Party and Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt for a list of photo opportunities that can easily be found in Grafton and on the river.

 

Prizes !,......Docktails begin at 4pm with dinner at 6pm.

 

 

Open to all MarineMax customers. RSVP to Teresa Riley at 800-852-8402

Longshot Saloon........

 

Saturday Night....... DJ

Sunday Afternoon... Live Music

 

Weekend Specials

  Dolphin Fingers & Fries......................$  6.99        

  Mahi Mahi Fish Sandwich & Fries.....  $ 10.99

  Steak & Shrimp, Salad & 2 Sides....... $ 22.95

State of Missouri Approves Funds For Buyouts & Grafton Ferry Dredging....


According to a news report STLtoday.com.................. The State of Missouri has OK'd money to relocate portions of the flood ravaged town of Silex, Mo and to pay for dredging to reopen the Grafton Ferry.  Its part of a $9.5 million federal disaster grant.


Silex is a town in Lincoln County of about 200 people.  It was destroyed by a flash flood last September.  $1.9 million of the grant is to buy-out part of the low-lying town and move it to a higher area.

Because of the grant, Dredging has begun for the Grafton Ferry route. The ferry links St. Charles county with Grafton, Illinois.  The ferry stopped running on Dec. 1 because of the silt from the 2008 flood.  The ferry's normal route was silted in and it was forced to use a longer route that doubled the crossing time and reduced the number of crossings.  The ferry plans to re-open on July 1st.

The list of disaster grants also includes the following:

* $461,091 for 17 buyouts of vacant homes / cottages located along the Mississippi River.

* $182, 513 for repairing levees near the soccer fields near Highway 370.

* $330,600 for levee repairs in in the town of Old Monroe.

* $639,600 for buyouts of flood-damaged properties in Elsberry. (commerical)
 


Click here to read this news story

 

 

 

RiverBill say...Thanks to Capt'n Gary Bowers and Capt'n George Shindel for the news tip.

Boating Safety News
   Online Boating Safety Courses Now Available...............

According to a news story from tradeonlytoday.com............... A new online boater education course is now available on BoaterExam.com. At this time, courses are available for 37 states, and Canada.

The courses are recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, and is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

The courses are intended to teach the ins and outs of boat ownership, registration, safety equipment, rules of navigation, and much more............
 


Click here to read this news story.
Click here to visit the BoaterExam.com website.
Click here for the Missouri boating safety course.
Click here for the Illinois boating safety course.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
   Fireworks Scheduled For Father's Day As Lowry Bridge Set For Implosion....


According to a news report from kare11.com.................. On Father's day, a big bang will be the end of the current Lowry Avenue Bridge.

Unfortunately, spectators have been asked to stay away from the blast. A 1,000 foot perimeter has been set up, which encompasses all of the nearby vantage points. Except for the Mississippi River.

David Lawrance, owner of Paradise Charter Cruises is holding morning implosion cruises. Lawrance states that within hours, both boats sold out. Almost 200 people will be able to view the implosion from the River....................

Click here to read this news report. With Video.

 



The Lowry Avenue Bridge is a steel truss bridge that was completed in 1905. A unique feature is the steel grid deck, that allows water to drain through the roadway. as opposed to the more common concrete roadway deck................

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Click here to read more.

Eagles Landing Marina ......

   Docks  Available

 

Docks available 20', 28' and 30'.

Eagles Landing Marina......800 Wilson Road, St. Charles, Mo

Call  636-250-4480

 

http://www.eagleslandingmarina.com/

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

 

 

 

                           

Friday

19 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Tim Ezell From Channel 2 News in the Screaming Eagle

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ is from Thursday morning at Creve Coeur Lake. 

 

Top Pic

Tim Ezell (orange shirt) from Channel 2 News is in the drag boat Screaming Eagle, as a passenger, getting ready for a high speed run across the lake. 

 

Middle Pic

The Screaming Eagle making a high speed run across Creve Coeur Lake with Tim Ezell riding shotgun.

 

Bottom Pic

Little John awarded Tim with the token roll of toilet paper after Tim's high speed run !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Flood of 2008

  Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2008......... was from Cap't Randy Johnston

 

Riverbill,

This picture was taken today (Wednesday, June 18th) from the now end of Washeon Road . I’m sure this guy had enough problems without seeing this when he came out to check on whatever concern he had further on down the road, in the now deeper water.


Thanks,
Randy Johnston

 

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090059

 Drowning  - Table Rock Lake - 06/18//2009

Location:

     PORT OF KIMBERLING SWIM BEACH  
Summary : 

THE SUBJECT AND HIS FAMILY WERE ON AN OUTING AT THE PORT OF KIMBERLING SWIM BEACH. THE SON BEGAN STRUGGLING IN THE WATER AND THE VICTIM SWAM A TUBE OUT TO THE CHILD. AFTER PUTTING THE CHILD UP ON THE TUBE HE BEGAN TO STRUGGLE HIMSELF. HIS DAUGHTER HEARD HIM CALL FOR HELP AND ATTEMPTED TO SWIM A NOODLE OUT TO HIM. HE DISAPPEARED UNDER THE WATER BEFORE SHE REACHED HIM AND DID NOT RESURFACE. THE CHILDREN WERE ASSISTED TO SHORE BY SUBJECTS IN THE AREA THAT HEARD THEM CALLING FOR HELP FOR THEIR FATHER. THE VICTIM WAS RECOVERED BY MSWP OFFICER IN THE SAME AREA AS HE HAD GONE UNDER.

Fatalities

     PORT OF


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website


Navigation Notices ......

 

 To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/17/09
Subject: UPDATED WAP (0256-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1738


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0256-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0254-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0256-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 2-6 (MM 10.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING INTO OR LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH CAUTION.

B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179 TO MM 184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND TOWS GREATER THAN 600 FT IN LENGTH, EXCLUDING THE TOWBOAT, SHALL LIMIT TRANSIT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHALL HAVE A MINIMUM OF 250 HORSEPOWER FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER CONDITIONS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL TOWING VESSELS HAVE A PILOT ONBOARD WITH RECENT HIGH WATER EXPERIENCE ON SIMILAR SIZED TOWS WHILE TRANSITING THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR BRIDGES. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES.


 

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

 

 

Illinois Fishing Reports .......

Illinois Fishing Report.. Click here to read the Illinois Fishing Report on Prairie States Outdoors website.  Covers the State of Illinois from Lake Michigan to Rend Lake.

 

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

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

71 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits, minnows and nightcrawlers; carp good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 6/18/2009)

 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

65 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on worms and natural baits; all other species good on shad and cut baits.

(Report made on 6/18/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

64 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish slow on limb lines and trotlines using cut shad and bluegill; black bass slow on jigs and crankbaits; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; bluegill slow on worms.

(Report made on 6/18/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain):

70 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 6/18/2009)

 

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

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/

Fishing News
   Kaskaskia River
   Bowfishing Tournament and Two Bass Fishing Tournaments This Weekend...

According to a news story from bnd.com............... Dawn, Saturday marks the start of the first ever bowfishing tournament held on the Kaskaskia River. Partnering up to host the event are the Bowfishing Association of Illinois, and Southern Illinois Outdoors.

Since only non-sport fish can be taken by bow and arrow in Illinois, the tournament will feature "big 10" format, of the 10 largest trash fish will be weighed.

On the Lower Kaskaskia, USA Bassin will hold the first of 5 tournaments, and Sunday, Smitty's at the Marina will host their 8th annual Father's Day Bass Tournament..............

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

Baldwin Lake, IL Accident

   Fisherman Accidently Hooks a 56 Pound Flathead.......

Mike Hoercher, of Mascoutah, Illinois landed a 56-pound flathead catfish while fishing for bass in Baldwin Lake on May 29th..  He said it was "an Accident."  Mike hooked the big guy in his dorsal fin and then they let the cat pull the boat around the lake until he wore down !

 

Baldwin Lake is located in St. Clair County and is known for producing monster catfish.  The water stays warm because the lake is a cooling pond for the power plant located there and that gives the fish a longer growing season.

 

Click here to read more about Mike's catch in The Prairie States Outdoors website.

 

 

Click here for more info about Baldwin Lake from Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

 

click on pic to enlarge

Keith, Ashly and Little John

Little John's Motorsports

 

Dad Sticks By Boat Racing Daughter STLtoday News Article

 

STLtoday did a news story on 6/17/09 about Little John's Motorsports Racing Team, featuring father and daughter and well known river rats.......... Keith and Ashly Ruf.

 

Ashly is18 years old and a recent graduate of Orchard Farm High School.  She was on the volleyball team , the track teams and ......a straight A student.

Chris Orf, of the St. Louis Drag Boat Association says she is a drag boat racing phenomena !  At age 18, Ashly is the youngest person ever to get a license for a Pro Mod Drag Boat.  That means she can race the capsule boats that top 180 miles per hour ! 

 Ashly got her license to race the slower, open boats when she was 16 and "she's been tearing up the racing circuit ever since."

 

Click here to read this news article....

 

 

 

RiverBill says ...... Thanks to Sue Moretti and Gary & Linda Bowers for the news tip

Be There

Rain or Shine !

 

 

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Drag Boat Classic....

 

Not just another boat race, but a family event for Fathers Day Weekend.

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Classic

Father's Day Weekend June 20 & 21

Tickets at the gate: $10 Saturday

                             $15 Sunday

                             $18 Weekend Pass

                             $3 Parking

                             *** Bring a lawn chair

 

6,000 Square Foot VIP tent with Mount Pleasant Winery in it serving and selling wine.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring a 20x20 kids tent and a large "Bounce House" so there is something to keep the little ones entertained as well this year.

Bass Pro Shop is having a Boat Show on site.

Camper and RV Show by Apache Village

Helicopter Rides

Army National Guard will be there with a Bridge Erection Boat in the water.

Capsule Boats doing just under 200mph

Open boats doing 140mph with NO SEAT BELTS!

See Ashly Ruf, the youngest female ever to be licensed in a Pro Mod (180mph) at only 18 years old!

Tony Twist and Scotti's Deli will be doing the cooking for the crowd!

F4 Phantom Display (Interesting for all ages)

Free Motorcyle Parking

Handycap Parking next to entrance gate with special viewing area sponsored by Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association

Lots of Great Food and Beverages for everyone!

Expected to be the largest crowd ever at a Creve
 

 Cedar Hill Resort....
 

This Weekend

   Live Music this Saturday on the Tiki Bar Deck

   Tommy Flynn..... one man band

 

June 27th

   Join us for the My River Home Poker Run

 

4th of July

   Fireworks Show at Dark

   Live Music

   Drink Specials

 

River History....

   

1965 In River History

The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, completed in June 1965, is a dredged channel from New Orleans southeast to the Gulf of Mexico. The 76-mile waterway is shorter and easier to navigate than the Mississippi River and is free of floating debris and swift currents common to the river.

 

Source...US Army Corps of Engineers website

              Click here for more info

 

June 20th, 2009

    Grafton harbor

    Pirates of the Mississippi


Marine Max Pirate Party and Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt for a list of photo opportunities that can easily be found in Grafton and on the river.

 

Prizes !,......Docktails begin at 4pm with dinner at 6pm.

 

 

Open to all MarineMax customers. RSVP to Teresa Riley at 800-852-8402

Longshot Saloon........

 

Saturday Night....... DJ

Sunday Afternoon... Live Music

 

Weekend Specials

  Dolphin Fingers & Fries......................$  6.99        

  Mahi Mahi Fish Sandwich & Fries.....  $ 10.99

  Steak & Shrimp, Salad & 2 Sides....... $ 22.95

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Friends of the Mississippi River

  January Website Update........

 

The Friends of the Mississippi River website has been updated for June.  Below are a few of this month's river related articles:


~ Rock Island Swing Bridge Gets $100,000 Reprieve
~ Upper Mississippi Recognized as Wetland of

   International Importance
~ 35W Bridge Wreckage Remains on Bohemian Flats
~ Shoreview Experiments With "Green" Concrete
~ Bring Back Mississippi's Roaring White-Water Rapids?
~ Red Wing Lock and Dam to Get $70 million Upgrade


 

Click here and check it out

A River Double  Header !

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

 and

The Alton Block Party

 

Saturday, June 27  

Alton Block Party - Starts at 4 PM

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute 

 

Kid's activities start at 4PM. At 6:30PM. 4&20 band kick off the Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Restaurants will be offering foodand  drinks at affordable prices. The party moves inside the local establishments at 10:30 PM.

 

Sat & Sun   June 27 & 28 

 

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

 

 

Boat Gas News
   House Bill Requires Study Of Ethanol Effects On Marine Engines......


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday................. Section 23 of H.R. 2652, The Maritime Safety Act of 2009, calls for a study of blended fuels in marine settings. This bill received support from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which is chaired by the bill's sponsor, Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn.

Also voicing support of H.R. 2652 is the legislative director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Matthew Dunn. Dunn adds that While the bill is good, more studies should be conducted on mid level ethanol blends, and even E-10.

The study will focus on the impact on marine engine durability and performance, as well as the safety aspects, such as fire and explosions on vessels using blended fuels...............

Click here to read this news report.

Boat Manufacturer News
   Yacht Manufacturer Expands Into Wind Power..................


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............... The owners of Tiara Yachts have formed a company named Energetx Composites in an effort to get into the wind power market.

Energetx intends to manufacture nacelles, spinners and wind turbine blades, intended to be used in large utility turbine applications.

Even though wind turbines will use the same type of composite fabrication as boat manufacture, company spokesman, David Walsh, states that the new company will have no effect on Tiara...............

Click here to read this news report.
 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

Eagles Landing Marina ......

   Docks  Available

 

Docks available 20', 28' and 30'.

Eagles Landing Marina......800 Wilson Road, St. Charles, Mo

Call  636-250-4480

 

http://www.eagleslandingmarina.com/

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

Red Bull Air Race


WINDSOR, Ontario, Canada -- A 25-foot response boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores enforces a security zone in the Detroit River during the Red Bull Air Race, June 13, 2009. Coast Guard assets assisted the Canadian authorities along with personnel from the Detroit Police and Michigan State Police.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard Photo/PA3 George Degener)

 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

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

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

RiverBill's has added a new feature to the River Levels Chart that is available for cell phones with internet access.  You can check the river levels and click on the gauge location name (in blue) and you will see the current projection graphic from NOAA's website.

 

Just add the following url address to your cell:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

Here are this morning's readings the way they would appear on your cell phone::

 

 

Water 74
Winfield 19.97+
Grafton 15.75+
Alton 16.11-
Hardin 23.86+

 

  Using the "plus" and "minus" sign after the river level a person can tell the river is going up or down. 

 

Example:

  • Winfield was at 19.97 ft and rising

  • Alton was at 16.11 and receding

 

Below is the current chart that will be displayed when a person picks on the Winfield link.  Some phones with the larger displays have a scale feature to make the chart very legible.  Even if you can't scale the chart up a person can still see where the river level is projected to go on a smaller size display using the yellow and orange action stage and flood stage indicators as reference.

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

RiverBill says... Thanks to Capt'n Gary Bowers for the software upgrade !

 

 

 

 

 

                           

Thursty Thursday

18 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Sad News

John Eisele's father passed away

See below for funeral arrangements

 

Little Johns MotorSports will be at

Party IN the Plaza... Westport Plaza Tonight

In front of St. Louis Bread Company

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

A 1937 Tern 18' Mahogany Runabout

 

 

Our Picture of the Day........ is of a real head terner sent to us by Janet Roth.

 

 

Behind every antique boat there is a story !

Here is one for you ! 

 

 

 

A Real Head “Terner”



Anyone who has spent any time around antique boats knows that old barns are often homes to forgotten treasures. Dale and Janet Roth were hoping for such a treasure when on a cold January day in 2005, they entered an old barn nestled behind a historic home in Hannibal, MO. They were not disappointed. That very day, they became the proud owners of a true diamond in the rough when they purchased the 1937 Tern mahogany runabout.

The 18’ classic boat was built by Quincy, IL resident Don Tretter. He was in his early 20’s at the time and built the boat to race. He used plans from the book How to Build Wooden Boats with 16 Small-Boat Designs by Edwin Monk. Young Tretter checked the book out from his local library and kept it for the three years it took to build the boat. Built to race, Tretter chose a 750 cubic inch Allison aircraft engine. The boat was only in the water one time when Tretter took it out for a test run. Shortly after, he went overseas to serve in World War II. After returning, his busy life took priority and he never ran the boat again. Although he never operated the boat, he kept it until 1989 when he sold it to Norman Hare of Hannibal. Norman stored the boat in his barn for over 15 years, always planning to restore it to its original beauty, but never getting around to it. Norman decided to sell the boat and placed an ad in the paper. The Roth’s saw the ad and are now the third owners of this 72 year-old boat.

They bought the boat in January of 2005. Hours of labor spread out over several years resulted in a near perfect restoration of the 1937 Tern to its original condition. Dale Roth and his fellow antique boat enthusiasts completed all of the work. The boat is now called “Our Tern.” Dale’s goal was to complete the boat and give original owner and builder Don Tretter a ride at the September 2008 Quincy Antique Boat Show. Unfortunately the 92-year-old Tretter passed away the winter before the show. Roth was able to show the boat to Tretter’s family including his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


The classic 1937 Tern is now used for recreation on the Mississippi River, area lakes, and for display at area antique boat shows throughout the summer. To see this runabout and other beautiful antique boats, please visit the Alton Marina on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28 for the fifth Annual Antique Boat Festival sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. For more information on the upcoming show or on joining the Mississippi Valley Chapter Antique Boat Club, please contact Chapter President Jack Hartwig at jackhartwig@charter.net.

 

Story and photos by

Janet Roth

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Flood of 2008 @ Grafton

 

 

   Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2008......... were sent to us by Capt'n Rick Estes, who hails out of Lake Center Marina in the boat Y2KATY II. 

 

Hey! Bill,

It's sad to see the river so high it's almost unusable (especially since we just bought the Y2Katy II). So here are some boating pictures from down south. By good timing we ended up on vacation on the Alabama/Florida gulf coast last week with many other family members. Thank you very much to the patriarch and matriarch of the Koch family (my in-laws), Ed and Cathy, of the Ninth Day, Yacht Club of St. Louis. And of course, to uncle John and aunt Barbie (Gulf Shores, Al) who supplied us with the use of their Sea Ray and much more. In the first pic are myself, Mary and Katy on the beach near Fort Morgan (for the bird lovers of Riverbills, notice the sea gull in the background). Check out my can cooler in the next pic. Then we have Shelly, Chris and Tammy K, me and Katy on the Sea Ray after leaving the Sunset Grill in Orange Beach, Florida. The next shot shows stacked storage at Sportsman Marina (the BOATS, not Mary). The last shot is of some of our new friends from Alabama and Tennessee who stayed at the condo next to us and showed us their southern hospitality by sharing some of their catch with us (and believe me they caught more fish than they knew what to do with!). That's Chris K (Mary's brother), then Bill (I think I'll call him GulfBill), Chris and Steve, and just three of the very many big red snapper and other fish they caught.

 

 

See you on the river whenever it goes down!

Rick Estes

 

 

 

Flood Warning ......

 

WGUS43 KLSX 171626
FLWLSX
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1126 AM CDT WED JUN 17 2009

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER IN ILLINOIS...MISSOURI...


MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LOCK AND DAM 26 TAIL WATER AFFECTING
MADISON AND ST. CHARLES COUNTIES

 

.THIS FLOOD WARNING IS A RESULT OF 1 TO 3 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
RECEIVED OVER THE BASIN DURING THE PAST 48 HOURS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL MONITOR THIS SITUATION AND ISSUE
FOLLOW UP STATEMENTS AS CONDITIONS OR FORECASTS CHANGE.

SAFETY MESSAGE...NEVER DRIVE CARS...TRUCKS OR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. THE WATER MAY BE TOO DEEP TO ALLOW FOR SAFE
PASSAGE.

THIS PRODUCT ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL WEATHER AND STREAM INFORMATION IS
AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=LSX /LOWER
CASE/

&&

ILC119-MOC183-181626-
/O.NEW.KLSX.FL.W.0160.090618T0936Z-090621T2000Z/
/ALNI2.1.ER.090618T0936Z.090619T0600Z.090620T2000Z.NO/
1126 AM CDT WED JUN 17 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT ALTON LOCK AND DAM 26 TAIL WATER.
* FROM LATE TONIGHT TO SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
* AT 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 19.5 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 21.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY EARLY THURSDAY AND CONTINUE TO
RISE TO NEAR 21.8 FEET BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. THE RIVER WILL FALL
BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
* IMPACT...AT 21.0 FEET...FLOOD STAGE. MINOR FLOODING BEGINS TO OCCUR
AT THIS LEVEL.
* IMPACT...AT 20.8 FEET...UNPROTECTED FARM LAND BEGINS TO FLOOD

$$

&&
                 FLD LATEST                  7AM FORECAST
LOCATION             STG OBS STG   06/18   06/19    06/20   06/21   06/22

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
ALTON LD 26  TW    21    19.46         21.2    21.8      21.3     20.2    18.3

 

Click here for more information


Navigation Notices ......

 

 To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/17/09
Subject: UPDATED WAP (0256-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1738


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0256-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0254-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0256-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 2-6 (MM 10.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING INTO OR LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH CAUTION.

B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE HIGH WATER ACTION PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. A SAFETY ZONE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR FROM MM 179 TO MM 184 UMR. SOUTHBOUND TOWS GREATER THAN 600 FT IN LENGTH, EXCLUDING THE TOWBOAT, SHALL LIMIT TRANSIT TO DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. ALL TOWING VESSELS SHALL HAVE A MINIMUM OF 250 HORSEPOWER FOR EACH LOADED BARGE, AND SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER CONDITIONS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL TOWING VESSELS HAVE A PILOT ONBOARD WITH RECENT HIGH WATER EXPERIENCE ON SIMILAR SIZED TOWS WHILE TRANSITING THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR BRIDGES. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES.


 

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

 

 

Sad News to Report :
    John Eisele's Father passed away
 

 

 

Vince Eisele passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Visitation is Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 4pm to 8pm at:
Valhalla-Holten Funeral Home
3412 Frank Scott Parkway W
Belleville, IL 62223

Funeral is Friday, June 19, 2009 at 11:00am at:
Blessed Sacrament Church
8707 W. Main St
Belleville, IL 62223

 

 

John and Kelli Eisele hail out of Port Charles Marina in the boat E-Factor

Today !

    Special Run Across Creve Coeur Lake .........

 

RiverBill's received a report from Little John last night.

 

In preparation for this weekend's dragboat race... Little John's Motorsports is firing up their raceboat this morning at 6AM and making a special pass across Creve Coeur Lake for Channel 2 News.

 

Rumor has it that there will be a live report from the lake on Channel 2 News !

 

 

 

Party IN The Plaza....Thursday, June 18th

    West Port Plaza... Maryland Heights, Mo

 

We reported earlier that Little John's Motorsports racing team will be at the Party IN the Plaza this afternoon.  Those arrangements have not been firmed up as of yet !

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090057

 Falling Overboard - Table Rock Lake- 06/17/2009

Location:

     ROARING RIVER ARM PT 26  
Summary : 

OPERATOR WAS STANDING TO THROW A CASTING NET. HE TURNED TO SHUT OFF THE THROTTLE. HE MISTAKENLY THROTTLED UP, LOST HIS BALANCE AND WAS THROWN OVERBOARD


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 Illinois Department of Natural Resources

     IDNR Announces Schedule of Waterfowl Blind Site Drawings

Drawings to be held for public hunting area waterfowl blind sites.
 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at several public hunting areas in Illinois this summer.

Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites. Mail-in registrations are not accepted. Blind allocations are good for one year, except on the Mississippi River.

To participate in a drawing, applicants must present a 2008 or 2009 Illinois hunting or combination sportsman’s license and a 2008 or 2009 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp at the time they register, unless exempted by law.Applicants must be at least 16 years old by the date of the drawing. Participants should save their 2008 waterfowl stamps in case they have difficulty purchasing new stamps.

Applicants needing to purchase new licenses and stamps should do so prior to the drawing. Most blind drawing locations will not have license sales available. Licenses and stamps are available at any DNR Direct license and permit vendor, through the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us, or by calling 1-888-6-PERMIT (673-7648).

Registrants must also possess a current Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card from the Illinois State Police. Expired FOID cards are not acceptable. Applicants under the age of 21 do not need a FOID card if they are accompanied by an adult who has one. For those without a FOID card in their possession, law enforcement officers will not be able to validate FOID card status on the day of the drawing.

Also, in order to be an eligible applicant for the drawing, the participant must not at the time of the drawing have his or her hunting privileges suspended or revoked by the IDNR or any other jurisdiction.

Out-of-state residents must have a 2008 or 2009 non-resident hunting license for Illinois and a 2008 or 2009 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp.
 


Click here to read this news release
 

 

Be There

Rain or Shine !

 

 

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Drag Boat Classic....

 

Not just another boat race, but a family event for Fathers Day Weekend.

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Classic

Father's Day Weekend June 20 & 21

Tickets at the gate: $10 Saturday

                             $15 Sunday

                             $18 Weekend Pass

                             $3 Parking

                             *** Bring a lawn chair

 

6,000 Square Foot VIP tent with Mount Pleasant Winery in it serving and selling wine.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring a 20x20 kids tent and a large "Bounce House" so there is something to keep the little ones entertained as well this year.

Bass Pro Shop is having a Boat Show on site.

Camper and RV Show by Apache Village

Helicopter Rides

Army National Guard will be there with a Bridge Erection Boat in the water.

Capsule Boats doing just under 200mph

Open boats doing 140mph with NO SEAT BELTS!

See Ashly Ruf, the youngest female ever to be licensed in a Pro Mod (180mph) at only 18 years old!

Tony Twist and Scotti's Deli will be doing the cooking for the crowd!

F4 Phantom Display (Interesting for all ages)

Free Motorcyle Parking

Handycap Parking next to entrance gate with special viewing area sponsored by Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association

Lots of Great Food and Beverages for everyone!

Expected to be the largest crowd ever at a Creve
 

 Cedar Hill Resort....
 

This Weekend

   Live Music this Saturday on the Tiki Bar Deck

   Tommy Flynn..... one man band

 

June 27th

   Join us for the My River Home Poker Run

 

4th of July

   Fireworks Show at Dark

   Live Music

   Drink Specials

 

River History....

   

The History of Calhoun County ------

 

Calhoun County....you know where it's at......... home to Kinder's Restaurant, Cedar Hill Resort, the towns of Golden Eagle, Brussels, Hardin, etc.   It's a peninsula of land that is almost an island in the middle of two great rivers, the mighty Mississippi on the west, the Illinois River on the east with the confluence of the two at it's southern most point. ( map )   

 

It originally was part of a military tract in Illinois that was set aside as "bounty lands" for the veterans of the war of 1812 and is named for John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850).  He was a lawyer, a statesman and champion of southern rights. 

 

Click here to read more about Calhoun County.

 

Boating News
   EPA Recommending Increasing Ethanol Level In Boat Gas To 15%.............


According to a news report from currypilot.com........... Even though it has been a proven fact that ethanol-blended fuels are not good for boats, the EPA is still pushing for the in the allowable ethanol level from 10% to 15%.

The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) , along with other states, BoatUS, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and even the Sierra Club have submitted written comment on the proposed ethanol increase.

The public comment period had ended on may 21, 2009, but was extended to July 20, 2009, granting the public more time to raise legal and technical questions to the EPA's proposal.............

 

Click here to read this news report

 

Another Tidbit From The "What Were They Thinking" Files
   Coast Guard Rescues Man Floating On An Air Mattress In Lake Erie Bay.....

According to a news story from wsbt.com............ Police and the Coast Guard responded to a call for a man in the water around 11:20 pm Tuesday evening. What the Coast Guard found was a 49 year old man floating on an air mattress, about 60 yards from the shore.

The man suffered no injuries, and told rescuers that he was "relaxing"

Police did take the man into custody for unrelated warrants. He will not be charged with mattress floatation violations.................

Click here to read this news story.

 

A River Double  Header !

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

 and

The Alton Block Party

 

Saturday, June 27  

Alton Block Party - Starts at 4 PM

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute 

 

Kid's activities start at 4PM. At 6:30PM. 4&20 band kick off the Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Restaurants will be offering foodand  drinks at affordable prices. The party moves inside the local establishments at 10:30 PM.

 

Sat & Sun   June 27 & 28 

 

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

 

 

St. Louis Riverfront News
   Discounted Fees For River Cruises, Arch Tram Rides & Movie Viewings

According to a news report from kplr11.com............... Visitors to the Arch grounds will be greeted with discounted fees for three weekends this summer.

The National Park Service will discount of $2.00 on adult tickets for the Gateway Arch tram rides, movies shown in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, as well as the Tom Sawyer/Becky Thatcher Riverboat cruises

The discounts will begin this weekend, and also on July 18-19, and August 15-16..

Click here to read this news report.

 

Riverboat News
   SS President Riverboat ....Cut-Up & Rusting In St. Elmo, Illinois......


According to a news story on ksdk.com.................. Built in 1924, The SS President was the first all-steel constructed riverboat to ply the waters of the Mississippi River. During the 30's, she was the largest excursion boat in America, and was considered the finest ship on the upper Mississippi River.

The SS President was listed on the National Register of Historical Places during the 80's, and eventually found her way to Alton.

Fast forward to 2008, and current owner, David Campbell, has begun the process of moving his vessel to St. Elmo, Illinois, where he hopes to turn the boat into a hotel and convention center. In order to move the 1000 ton ship, she had to be disassembled.

The SS President's disassembled status is causing controversy among residents, and the government of St. Elmo..................

Click here to read this news story. With Video.

 

Boat Manufacturer News
   Yacht Manufacturer Expands Into Wind Power..................


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............... The owners of Tiara Yachts have formed a company named Energetx Composites in an effort to get into the wind power market.

Energetx intends to manufacture nacelles, spinners and wind turbine blades, intended to be used in large utility turbine applications.

Even though wind turbines will use the same type of composite fabrication as boat manufacture, company spokesman, David Walsh, states that the new company will have no effect on Tiara...............

Click here to read this news report.
 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

Mississippi River

   Fort Madison, Iowa

   Genuity™ River Rumble Bass Tournament

Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark took the honors at the
Genuity™ River Rumble Bass Tournament, held on the Mississippi River in Madison, Iowa......by posting a four-day total weight of  43 pounds, 3 ounces.

 

Watch the highlights  on Saturday, June 20, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
 

 

Click here to read this new report on Mississippi River bass fishing

 

Eagles Landing Marina ......

   Docks  Available

 

Docks available 20', 28' and 30'.

Eagles Landing Marina......800 Wilson Road, St. Charles, Mo

Call  636-250-4480

 

http://www.eagleslandingmarina.com/

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

Harbor Watch


NEW YORK - A boat cew from Coast Guard Station New York await the departure of the Staten Island Ferry during a security escort mission in New York Harbor June 17, 2009.

Station New York conducts maritime law enforcement, security patrols, search and rescue, environmental protection and safe boating education missions as part of the Coast Guard's largest field command under Coast Guard Sector New York, based Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, N.Y.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Barbara L. Patton)
 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

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

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

RiverBill's has added a new feature to the River Levels Chart that is available for cell phones with internet access.  You can check the river levels and click on the gauge location name (in blue) and you will see the current projection graphic from NOAA's website.

 

Just add the following url address to your cell:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

Here are this morning's readings the way they would appear on your cell phone::

 

 

Water 74
Winfield 19.97+
Grafton 15.75+
Alton 16.11-
Hardin 23.86+

 

  Using the "plus" and "minus" sign after the river level a person can tell the river is going up or down. 

 

Example:

  • Winfield was at 19.97 ft and rising

  • Alton was at 16.11 and receding

 

Below is the current chart that will be displayed when a person picks on the Winfield link.  Some phones with the larger displays have a scale feature to make the chart very legible.  Even if you can't scale the chart up a person can still see where the river level is projected to go on a smaller size display using the yellow and orange action stage and flood stage indicators as reference.

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

RiverBill says... Thanks to Capt'n Gary Bowers for the software upgrade !

 

 

 

 

                           

Wednesday

17 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

Classic Cruising in Moxie

Click on pic to enlage

 

Our Picture of the Day........ was sent in by Old Timer.. Capt'n Marty Haugh.

 

Its a picture of Moxie at this year's Classic Cruisin Weekend at Table Rock Lake !

 

 

Hope to see everyone from the faithful Riverbill's' Community at the

Alton Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Alton Marina

 June 27th & 28th

Captain Marty Haugh

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Flood of 2008 @ Grafton

   Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2008......... was sent to us by Capt'n Greg Moore.

 

This one is looking from the Grafton Harbor parking lot towards route 100 and the Piasa Grill and Pub.  Soon to have a “Boat Up To” deck!

 

 

Flood Warning ......

 

WGUS43 KLSX 170527
FLWLSX

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1227 AM CDT WED JUN 17 2009


MOC183-171230-
/O.EXT.KLSX.FA.W.0031.000000T0000Z-090617T1230Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
ST. CHARLES MO-
1227 AM CDT WED JUN 17 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN ST. CHARLES COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI

* UNTIL 730 AM CDT

* AT 1223 AM CDT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED THAT SEVERAL ROADS IN THE ST PAUL AREA REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING FROM PERUQUE CREEK. LOCAL STREAM GAUGE OBSERVATIONS ALSO INDICATE FLOODING IS STILL OCCURING ON NORTHERN SECTIONS OF DARDENNE CREEK. FIRMA ROAD...HIGHWAY C NORTH OF SILVERS ROAD...AND PERUQUE CREEK ROAD WERE FLOODED AND REMAIN CLOSED AS WELL.

 

Click here for more information

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: Jefferson City

Missouri Water Patrol to Participate in Major Safe Boating Effort - "Operation Dry Water" is a National Campaign



This month the Missouri State Water Patrol will be participating in a national safe boating campaign that spans virtually every U.S. state and territory. "Operation Dry Water" is spearheaded by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and aims to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of intoxicated operation of vessels. The campaign will be conducted the weekend of June 26 – 28. The Water Patrol will be conducting multiple sobriety check points on the waters throughout the state during that weekend. Nationally, alcohol is a contributing factor in more than one-fifth of all boating fatality accidents.

Boaters who come across a check point on the water can expect that they may be stopped. Officers will make brief contact with the operator and perform a basic safety check of the boat's equipment. If the officer suspects the operator to be under the influence of intoxicants they will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. All efforts will be made to keep the process as brief as possible and to ensure that traffic does not back up. The Missouri State Water Patrol appreciates the public's cooperation.

The Missouri State Water Patrol reminds everyone to "boat smart." If alcohol will be included as part of your next excursion, be sure to designate a sober captain.



News Release ID: N07090052
 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

New Missouri Fishing Records.........

 

RiverBill's received the following e-mail news release from Jim Jerek of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

    

 

 

Missouri anglers continue record-setting streak (with photo)
With five new records already on the books this year,
2009 seems destined to be a good year for Missouri anglers.
 


JEFFERSON CITY–With more than half of 2009 ahead, Missouri angles already have broken as many fishing records as normally fall in a year. The latest record catches were a smallmouth buffalo and a shorthead redhorse.

          Lucas Dement, of Ste. Genevieve, was bowfishing at Duck Creek Conservation Area at 10 p.m. April 17 when he shot a 46-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth buffalo for a new alternative methods record. The previous record was a 43-pound, 4-ounce fish taken from the St. Francis River with archery tackle. Dement’s fish was 39 inches long and had a girth of 32.25 inches.

          Gerald W Wright, of Independence, was fishing with worms at Truman Lake the afternoon of May 16 when he hooked a 2-pound, 14.1-ounce shorthead redhorse measuring 18.5 inches. The previous pole-and-line record was a 2-pounder taken from the Meramec River.

           The two recent catches bring the number of fishing records set so far this year to five. Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Programs Supervisor Rich Wehnes said the agency averages four or five new fishing records a year.

          The three other records certified this year were a northern hogsucker caught Jan. 31, a yellow perch taken Feb. 18 and another yellow perch caught May 3.

          The Conservation Department recognizes fishing records in two categories, pole-and-line and alternative methods, which include gigging, bowfishing and the use of trotlines, pole and bank lines and other setlines.

          A list of Missouri fishing records, rules and entry forms are available online at www.missouriconservation.org. Click on keywords “Fishing” and “Browse Fishing by Subject.” The site also has information about the Conservation Department’s Master Angler program, which recognizes notable catches that fall short of records. For qualifying weights, visit http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/Documents/71.pdf.

 


-Jim Low-

 

 

 

PHOTO AVAILABLE:
High-resolution photo at www.mdc.mo.gov/news/images/fullsize/20090619-2.jpg

 

 

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Click here to check-out the latest MDC All Outdoor News page
 

 Alton, Illinois
     Water Treatment Plant Reduces Sediment Going Into Mississippi River


According to a news story from thetelegraph.com............. United States Representative, John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, was one of the first to tour the new water treatment plant since the tours were halted following Sept. 11, 2001.

The original water treatment plant completely flooded during the 1993 floods.

Construction of the new facility commenced in 1999, and it features new technology to monitor, and correct problems from a central control room.

The Illinois-American Water Company, Inc. has joined forces with the Great River Land Trust for the Piasa Creek Watershed Project, in an effort to reduce sediment from the watershed making it to the Mississippi River. The project reduces sedimentation by 9.2 tons per day..............

Click here to read this news story.
 

 

Be There

Rain or Shine !

 

 

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Drag Boat Classic....

 

Not just another boat race, but a family event for Fathers Day Weekend.

30th Annual Budweiser Creve Coeur Classic

Father's Day Weekend June 20 & 21

Tickets at the gate: $10 Saturday

                             $15 Sunday

                             $18 Weekend Pass

                             $3 Parking

                             *** Bring a lawn chair

 

Drag Boats are also on display inside @ Bass Pro in St. Charles.

6,000 Square Foot VIP tent with Mount Pleasant Winery in it serving and selling wine.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring a 20x20 kids tent and a large "Bounce House" so there is something to keep the little ones entertained as well this year.

Bass Pro Shop is having a Boat Show on site.

Camper and RV Show by Apache Village

Helicopter Rides

Army National Guard will be there with a Bridge Erection Boat in the water.

Capsule Boats doing just under 200mph

Open boats doing 140mph with NO SEAT BELTS!

See Ashly Ruf, the youngest female ever to be licensed in a Pro Mod (180mph) at only 18 years old!

Tony Twist and Scotti's Deli will be doing the cooking for the crowd!

F4 Phantom Display (Interesting for all ages)

Free Motorcyle Parking

Handycap Parking next to entrance gate with special viewing area sponsored by Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association

Lots of Great Food and Beverages for everyone!

Expected to be the largest crowd ever at a Creve


 

 Cedar Hill Resort....
 

This Weekend

   Live Music this Saturday on the Tiki Bar Deck

   Tommy Flynn..... one man band

 

June 27th

   Join us for the My River Home Poker Run

 

4th of July

   Fireworks Show at Dark

   Live Music

   Drink Specials

 

River History....

 

  17 June 1673 In River History

Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest, and Louis Jolliet, a French cartographer discovered of the Mississippi River on June 17, 1673.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club Champaign Brunch

 

  Where do I start Thanking all the wonderful people who helped make the Champagne Brunch such a fun, fun day? All the previous Fleet Captains that set the standard? Darn right! The entire Board of Directors that helped every step of the way, especially on Sunday? Darn right again. My First Mate Maureen for her help all year and putting up with me? Right again. Jon and Kelley at Sundowners? For sure. All of our members and their guests who showed up and helped make the day special? Absolutely, all 206 of them!

An event like the Champagne Brunch and the way everyone pitches in reminds me why I joined Con Trios Yacht Club. Many, many Thanks to all of you. The day began with threatening weather that somehow stayed away from Yacht Club. Sundowners did their usual excellent job with the brunch and setup. Champagne and strawberries were served by all the board members. The "Daves Not Here" band played some awesome music all afternoon. I had way too much fun celebrating my 60th Birthday along with the Champagne Brunch. Pictures are coming in, check out the "Photo Galleries" page. The "Flag Day" theme is very evident in the photos.

Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster


 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Boating News
   Travelers Insurance Now Offers Specific Coverage For Antique Boats.....

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............. Boat and yacht gurus from Traveler's Insurance have developed coverage designed for antique and classic runabouts.

The new program features an agreed value policy, that offers no depreciation, nor deductable.

The coverage is also intended to protect the vessel whether it is being displayed, of on the water...............

Click here to read this news report.

 

A River Double  Header !

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

 and

The Alton Block Party

 

Saturday, June 27  

Alton Block Party - Starts at 4 PM

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute 

 

Kid's activities start at 4PM. At 6:30PM. 4&20 band kick off the Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Restaurants will be offering foodand  drinks at affordable prices. The party moves inside the local establishments at 10:30 PM.

 

Sat & Sun   June 27 & 28 

 

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

"Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina" on June 27, 28, 2009. The Festival is presented by The Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and by Alton Marina. The public is invited to enjoy our collection of antique and classic boats that will be displayed both on land and in the water on Saturday and Sunday. displays will include large cruisers as well as many runabouts dating from the 1930's to the 1970's and represents every decade between.

Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS

www.missvalleyacbs.com

 

 

Boat Manufacturer News
   Raymarine Looking For Ways To Solidify It's Finances................

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com..............Raymarine has announced that it is taking a peek at equity fund-raising, or perhaps a sale of the company, and if either option dies not come to fruition, it will attempt to secure more medium-term debt facilities with its banking group.

With sales down, Raymarine has instituted numerous programs to manage costs, thus greatly reducing operating expenses, and consolidating UK operations to one site.

Raymarine states that they are operating close to the limit of their current bank facilities.................

Click here to read this news report.

 

Boat Manufacturer News
    Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc. Retains Jacobs Capitol................


According to a news release from marketwire.com............... Reggie Fountain, Chairman and CEO of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc, has announced the hiring of Jacobs Capitol, in order to find a partner with the capitol to support the company's operations during the current downturn of the economy, as well as assist with financing future growth.................

Click here to read this news release.

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

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Mad Mariner Equipment Review

   The Floating Hand-Held Radio

 

The Mad Marnier Magazine reviews the  ICOM M34.  The world’s first floating hand-held marine VHF radio.

 

Long lasting battery, WX alert, multiple scan modes and a connection for an optional speaker-microphone. Stylish, rugged and submersible.

 

Click here and check out the video.
 

Eagles Landing Marina ......

   Docks  Available

 

Docks available 20', 28' and 30'.

Eagles Landing Marina......800 Wilson Road, St. Charles, Mo

Call  636-250-4480

 

http://www.eagleslandingmarina.com/

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

Coast Guard oversees oil spill clean up


FORT BRAGG, Calif. – Absorbent boom and pads encircle the 52-foot fishing vessel, Tango, June 16, 2009, after it sank and released approximately 30 gallons of oil into the Noyo River June 14, 2009. Coast Guard Pollution Response Teams worked closely with the California Department of Fish and Game and and the vessel's owner to complete the clean up of the oil.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)
 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

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

 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

RiverBill's has added a new feature to the River Levels Chart that is available for cell phones with internet access.  You can check the river levels and click on the gauge location name (in blue) and you will see the current projection graphic from NOAA's website.

 

Just add the following url address to your cell:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

Here are this morning's readings the way they would appear on your cell phone::

 

 

Water 74
Winfield 19.97+
Grafton 15.75+
Alton 16.11-
Hardin 23.86+

 

  Using the "plus" and "minus" sign after the river level a person can tell the river is going up or down. 

 

Example:

  • Winfield was at 19.97 ft and rising

  • Alton was at 16.11 and receding

 

Below is the current chart that will be displayed when a person picks on the Winfield link.  Some phones with the larger displays have a scale feature to make the chart very legible.  Even if you can't scale the chart up a person can still see where the river level is projected to go on a smaller size display using the yellow and orange action stage and flood stage indicators as reference.

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

RiverBill says... Thanks to Capt'n Gary Bowers for the software upgrade !

 

 

 

 

                           

Tuesday

16 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

The Water Gremlin

Up From The Bahamas

Our Picture of the Day........ was sent to us by Jan DeSherlia of Grafton Harbor fame !

 

 

Hi Bill,

The Water Gremlin and its crew came to visit us today, Monday June 16th. It is a 92' yacht traveling up river from the Bahamas.
 

It is always so interesting to see travelers come through our area. During the past year we have had visitors come from as far as Austria, England, France, Canada, Alaska and 30 additional US states.

See You Soon!
Jan
Grafton Harbor

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Slow Ride

   Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2005......... was one of our fist pictures of a unique looking boat named  Slow Ride ,owned by Capt'n Robert Cope. 

 

In this picture it is setting in a nice natural harbor on down river end of Royal Landing.  A  full southbound tow can be seen in the distance.    Thanks for the great picture Robert
 

 

 RiverBill says... I was just talking with a very good friend about this spot on Royal Landing a few days ago !   It was, indeed, a good place to spend some anchor time !

Flash Flood Watch ......

 

FLOOD WATCH
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
 358 AM CDT TUE JUN 16 2009

 

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
COUNTIES...IN ILLINOIS...ADAMS IL...BOND IL...BROWN IL...
CALHOUN IL...CLINTON IL...FAYETTE IL...GREENE IL...JERSEY IL...
MACOUPIN IL...MADISON IL...MARION IL...MONROE IL...MONTGOMERY
IL...PIKE IL...RANDOLPH IL...ST. CLAIR IL AND WASHINGTON IL.
IN MISSOURI...AUDRAIN...BOONE...CALLAWAY...COLE...CRAWFORD...
FRANKLIN...GASCONADE...IRON...JEFFERSON...KNOX...LEWIS...
LINCOLN...MADISON...MARION...MONITEAU...MONROE...MONTGOMERY...
OSAGE...PIKE...RALLS...REYNOLDS...SHELBY...ST. CHARLES...ST.
FRANCOIS...ST. LOUIS...ST. LOUIS CITY...STE. GENEVIEVE...
WARREN AND WASHINGTON.

 

Click here for more information


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/15/09
Subject: UPDATED WAP (0254-09 UM)
NAVNOTICE # 1737


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0254-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0242-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0254-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORY:
A. ZONES 2-6 (MM 10.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING INTO OR LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THESE ZONES WITH CAUTION.
B. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9-185.4 UMR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP. A SAFETY ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED BETWEEN MILE MARKER 160.0 TO 201.0. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL TOWING VESSELS HAVE A PILOT ONBOARD WITH RECENT HIGH WATER EXPERIENCE ON SIMILAR SIZED TOWS WHILE TRANSITING THE ST. LOUIS HARBOR BRIDGES. 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. DRIFT OF DEBRIS IS AN ISSUE WITH NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION AND SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES.


 

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

 

 

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: Jefferson City

Missouri Water Patrol to Participate in Major Safe Boating Effort - "Operation Dry Water" is a National Campaign



This month the Missouri State Water Patrol will be participating in a national safe boating campaign that spans virtually every U.S. state and territory. "Operation Dry Water" is spearheaded by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and aims to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of intoxicated operation of vessels. The campaign will be conducted the weekend of June 26 – 28. The Water Patrol will be conducting multiple sobriety check points on the waters throughout the state during that weekend. Nationally, alcohol is a contributing factor in more than one-fifth of all boating fatality accidents.

Boaters who come across a check point on the water can expect that they may be stopped. Officers will make brief contact with the operator and perform a basic safety check of the boat's equipment. If the officer suspects the operator to be under the influence of intoxicants they will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. All efforts will be made to keep the process as brief as possible and to ensure that traffic does not back up. The Missouri State Water Patrol appreciates the public's cooperation.

The Missouri State Water Patrol reminds everyone to "boat smart." If alcohol will be included as part of your next excursion, be sure to designate a sober captain.



News Release ID: N07090052
 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

State Of Illinois To Get More Money From 2008 Flood

    

According to a news report in the AltonDailyNews.com....... The state of Illinois is due to receive more federal money to help fix any remaining damages caused by the flood of 2008 along the Mississippi River. Last year's flood washed-out thousands of acres of land all across western Illinois destroying homes, roads and farms.

 

Illinois is slated for more than 127-million dollars from the federal government as part of a new block grant.
 

The federal government is paying out almost six billion dollars across the United States in disaster.

 

Click here to read more
 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

RiverBill's has added a new feature to the River Levels Chart that is available for cell phones with internet access.  You can check the river levels and click on the gauge location name (in blue) and you will see the current projection graphic from NOAA's website.

 

Just add the following url address to your cell:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

 

 

Here are this morning's readings the way they would appear on your cell phone::

 

 

Water 74
Winfield 19.97+
Grafton 15.75+
Alton 16.11-
Hardin 23.86+

 

  Using the "plus" and "minus" sign after the river level a person can tell the river is going up or down. 

 

Example:

  • Winfield was at 19.97 ft and rising

  • Alton was at 16.11 and receding

 

Below is the current chart that will be displayed when a person picks on the Winfield link.  Some phones with the larger displays have a scale feature to make the chart very legible.  Even if you can't scale the chart up a person can still see where the river level is projected to go on a smaller size display using the yellow and orange action stage and flood stage indicators as reference.

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

RiverBill says... Thanks to Capt'n Gary Bowers for the software upgrade !

 Mississippi River
     St. Louis, Missouri
     National Park Service Getting Arch Grounds Expansion Underway.............


According to a news report from stltoday.com................. A new management plan is in the works for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds, which is the location of the Gateway Arch.

Back in March, the National Park Service asked for public input on a proposed design competition to generate ideas to revitalize the memorial grounds. This move seems to parallel the 1947 design competition that brought St. Louis Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch.

The Park Service had attempted to have their plans finalized this summer, however, the Park Service may hold off until November..............

Click here to read this news report.

 

 Kinder's Restaurant

    
Kinder's Restaurant is now open for Sunday Morning Breakfast !

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM  ....Breakfast Buffett starts this weekend

 

Kinder's has "table service" on the outside deck now !

 

$1.00 Draft Beer Everyday !

 

Specials Monday - Friday

Mon...1/2 price on Appetizers

Tue.....Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes & green beans..$5.50

Wed...BBQ pork steak, baked beans, coleslaw & potato salad.... ****

Thur.. 1/4 chicken (dark meat), mashed potatoes, gravy & green beans.. $5.50

Fri....  All you can eat buffalo fish, potato salad & coleslaw

 

**** 10% goes to the American Legion

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

River History....

 

15 June 1990 In River History

Construction began on the new Clark Bridge

 

16 June 2007 In River History

June 16th 2007 In River History
Palisades Yacht Club Grand Opening /Ribbon Cutting under new ownership ----- Scott Lewis & Amy Spenser

 

16 June 2008 In River History

Flood of 2008…By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7. The Mississippi River is still open for limited commercial traffic.

 

Lock and Dams 12 through 22, 24 and  25 are all closed now.

 

The Grafton Ferry, Golden Eagle Ferry, Winfield Ferry and the Brussels Ferry are closed due to high water

 

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Click pic for larger view

Little John and Chris Orf of the St. Louis Drag Boat Association

 

 

Party IN The Plaza....Thursday, June 18th

    West Port Plaza... Maryland Heights, Mo

    St. Louis Drag Boat Association Drag Boats on Display !
 

Come on out and show your support for Little John's MotorSports Racing Team this Thursday at Party In the Plaza.... Westport Plaza, I-270 and Page Av.

 

There will be lots of St. Louis Drag boat Association boats on display.  Two bands, food and drink.  The race is this Saturday and Sunday !

 

 

This year the Party is finally going to be "IN" the Plaza and NOT in the parking lot! You don't want to miss it! Event goers will be able to freely walk around the village (in the designated event area) with food and drinks, while listening to two great live bands. Many of the Westport Plaza restaurants and bars are participating! The line up for June 18th is Plastic and KingPin from 5-8pm. Call 314.576.7100 for details.

 

http://westportstl.com/PartyinthePlaza.html

Evinrude Joins the "Catch A Boat" Game........
 

Evinrude joined the virtual "Catch A Boat" game, that is being sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, by putting an Evinrude E-TEC 60-hp outboard engine on the back of the Triumph 1700 Skiff boat.  The package is being offered as the grand prize on the virtual fishing game.

The “Catch A Boat” contest was launched on the virtual waters of the internet on June 4, 2009 and runs for seven weeks.


Click here to find out more and try your luck at hooking a prize.

 

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

   June 27, 28, 2009.

  Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS          www.missvalleyacbs.com

River History
   Missouri River
   High Waters Important To Early River Commerce...............

According to a news article from kxnet.com................ If the annual river rises had not happened in the 1800's, Fargo, and Bismarck, North Dakota may not be as developed as they are.

Missouri River boats were of a shallow draft, and their paddles were installed aft, for weight distribution purposes, but they still relied
on the two annual rises on the Red River, and one on the Missouri River to navigate those waters.


Click here to read this news/ history article. With photo slide show

 

Boat Manufacturer News
    Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc. Retains Jacobs Capitol................


According to a news release from marketwire.com............... Reggie Fountain, Chairman and CEO of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc, has announced the hiring of Jacobs Capitol, in order to find a partner with the capitol to support the company's operations during the current downturn of the economy, as well as assist with financing future growth.................

Click here to read this news release.

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's

  

   Click here to go to the Archives and scroll down

 

River Destinations
   Cape Girardeau, Missouri
   Cape Girardeau's River Heritage Museum Open For Business..............

According to a news story from semissourian.com............ Delilah Tayloe, administrator of the Cape River Heritage Museum, has a genuine passion for the natural history of Missouri.

Using maps illustrating the geological history of the Cape Girardeau region, she delivered a lecture on Sunday that included a diagram from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showing the Mississippi Rivers' course changes over the centuries. Tayloe intends to use the information and maps to put together a more formal exhibit at the River Heritage Museum in Cape Girardeau.

 

The building housing the River Heritage Museum was completed in 1909,  In the beginning it was home to the city hall, courthouse, jail, fire station and police station. After the city government moved out of the building, its use was limited because the plot had to be used for the public good, so in the 70's it was converted to a museum.

 

Visitors can expect to see exhibits related to the history of the area and listen to scheduled lectures on American Indian cultures

Click here to read this news story.
 

Eagles Landing Marina ......

   Docks  Available

 

Docks available 20', 28' and 30'.

Eagles Landing Marina......800 Wilson Road, St. Charles, Mo

Call  636-250-4480

 

http://www.eagleslandingmarina.com/

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

 

 

Red Bull Air Race


WINDSOR, Ontario, Canada -- A 33-foot SPC-LE from U.S. Coast Guard Station Belle Isle enforces a security zone in the Detroit River during the Red Bull Air Race, June 13, 2009. Coast Guard assets assisted the Canadian authorities along with personnel from the Detroit Police and Michigan State Police to ensure the safety of commercial and recreational boaters.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard Photo/PA3 George Degener)
 

Lost and Found....
 

Lost Dock

  • Green with White Rails

  • Approximately 14 ft X 38 ft.

  • Made from a pontoon houseboat

  • Was located on Missouri side of Mississippi River near entrance to Two Branch Marina.

  • Steel & wood decking

  • Reward

Call Mike

314-565-4230

 

RiverBend Marina Docks ......

 

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

 

Wooden Boat Manufacturer Closes Down.............

According to a news story from hollandsentinel.com.............. Grand Craft Corporation, of Holland, Michigan, has ceased operations, and it's future is unclear.. Grand Craft has been handcrafting wooden boats since 1979..

The company had specialized in the construction of high end handcrafted mahogany runabouts that emulate the classic designs of the 20's and 30's.

Many famous people have purchased Grand Crafts, from Tim Allen, Kid Rock, Jennifer Lopez, to Robert Redford.

The owner of Grand Craft Tim Masek, cites slow credit for new buyers as the downfall of the business. While nearly 20 employees have been laid off, Marsek states that Grand Craft is not finished, but looking to sell to another company.............

Click here to read this news story. With Photos.
 

 

 

Click here to watch Kid Rock driving his Grand Craft across the lake in the music video "All Summer Long"

 

 

 

 

                           

Monday

15 June 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Click here for lager size pdf file

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Our Picture of the Day........ was sent to us by Terrie Bert of the boat Gulliwash. 

 

Its a shot of the Con Trios Yacht Club''s Champaign Brunch at the Yacht Club of St. Louis yesterday afternoon.

 

Click here to watch the photo show

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

  

 

  

   Click on pic to enlarge

   

The River Picture on This Day in 2008......... were are from Valerie Aulabaugh of the boat "Last Call".

 

 Bill,

Grafton Harbor's Dock Hop last night was a huge success. There were a lot of great drinks and good food. Most of the pictures I took were on the drink dock. I had a delightful treat called a "cherry bomb" and I don't think I was focusing well after that. Thanks again to Jan and Joe for a great time!!!
 

Valerie Aulabaugh
"Last Call"

 

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090056

Falling Overboard - Lake Ozarks  - 06/14/2009

Location:

     24.5 Sunrise Beach
Summary : 

Three individuals were on a PWC, the subject riding on the stern of the PWC had a ski rope wrapped around his left arm. The PWC struck a wave causing said individual to fall off, the operator of the PWC did not realize this at the time and accelerated causing injury to the passengers arm. The three subjects were juveniles and their names were omitted from this release.


 

News Release N07090055

Drowning - Big River  - 06/14/2009

Location:

     Big River
Summary : 

VICTIM REPORTED HE WAS GOING TO JUMP OFF CEDAR HILL BRIDGE THE LAST TIME HE WAS SEEN. HE WAS REPORTED MISSING LATER THAT NIGHT. THE VICTIM WAS SEEN FLOATING BY A FISHERMAN THE MORNING OF 06/14/09. HE WAS RECOVERED IN THE BIG RIVER BY CEDAR HILL BATTALION FIRE CHIEF ON 06/14/09 AT 8:15 AM.

Fatalities:

     Thomas Buddeke, Hazelwood, Mo.


.

 

 

News Release N07090054

2 Boat Collision - 06/14/2009

Location:

     92 MM  Warsaw, Mo
Summary : 

BOAT #1 WAS ANCHORED AT THE 92.0 MM OF LAKE OF THE OZARKS WHERE THE TWO OCCUPANTS WERE FISHING. BOAT #2 WAS TRANSITTING UPSTREAM AND COLLIDED WITH THE STERN AND STARBOARD SIDE OF BOAT #1. INVESTIGATION IS CURRENTLY PENDING.

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 

A Hugh Thank You !

   River People Are The Best

 

Bill
Can you post this someplace on your site..


I don't have a picture but you can put our picture from last Monday, Cabo Wabo Dreaming.

 

Took some people out on Sunday who have never boated. We putted around then went up to Cedar Hill to enjoy the deck and the wonderful food. As we were putting back something in the engine compartment (the exhaust manifold wasn't running water through it so it melted something in the boat) popped and the boat bellowed smoke out of everywhere. A houseboat (Suntrana?) stopped and also an older gentlemen, wife and family stopped in a Mariah. We were by Two Branch and the people in the Mariah towed us back to River Bills. We didn't get their name but I would like to thank the people who stopped to make sure we were okay and definitely would like to thank the family who took time out of their boating day to take us back.. Its so nice to know (even though we have known it but never had to take advantage of it after 12 years on the river) that river people will ARE THE BEST.. Thank you so much Mariah people and sorry we didn't get your names (they didn't have a name on their boat either)


Tina Bohrer
It must be from me
 

 

RiverBill says...Glad you got in all right and your correct... River people are the best !  

Eagles Landing Marina.....

    

This month's issue of Heartland Boating magazine  has an article on Eagles Landing Marina written by our own Sherri Stanczak.

 

Pick up a copy at your nearest boating store and check it out..

Asian Carp Invasion Part II

    

Kelly McCoy, who hails out of Two Branch Marina, sent us a link to a new Asian Carp video, titled Asian Carp Invasion Part II. 

 

Its real informative and well narrated. The part of the video where they electrify the waters makes a person realize just how bad it is in some areas.

 

Click here to go to You Tube and take a look !

 

 

Click here to view Asian Carp Invasion I

 Kinder's Restaurant

    
Kinder's Restaurant is now open for Sunday Morning Breakfast !

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM  ....Serving off the menu

 

Kinder's has "table service" on the outside deck now !

 

$1.00 Draft Beer Everyday !

 

Specials Monday - Friday

Mon...1/2 price on Appetizers

Tue.....Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes & green beans..$5.50

Wed...BBQ pork steak, baked beans, coleslaw & potato salad.... ****

Thur.. 1/4 chicken (dark meat), mashed potatoes, gravy & green beans.. $5.50

Fri....  All you can eat buffalo fish, potato salad & coleslaw

 

**** 10% goes to the American Legion

 

Click here to go to Kinder's website

Fishing News
   Missouri River
   North Dakota's Latest Record Fish Landed With A Bow And Arrow...................

According to a news story from wday.com................. The current state record fish caught in North Dakota was not caught on a rod and reel, but captured with a bow and arrow.

Joshua Bartz, of Bismarck, North Dakota, landed the 51 pound, 4 ounce bigmouth buffalo with the same bow and arrow that he uses for deer hunting. Within a half hour of weighing the fish, two game wardens, and a fisheries biologist were on scene.

The previous record fish weighed in at 40 pounds, 6 ounces.................

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Fishing News
    Missouri River
    Capt'n Catfish Of Merriam, Kansas Has Secrets For Hooking Monsters

 

According to a news story from kansascity.com...............  John "Captain Catfish" Trager is a Kansas City fishing guide that has a few secrets for snaring catfish.
Fishing near rocky banks, Trager likes to use small green sunfish, which he refers to as catfish candy.  In addition to live bait, he also prefers heavy-duty rods and spinning reels with twenty pound test line.
 

Other bits of advice for catching the big cats...........  Try fishing a few days following a big rain, fish during a new moon, and be as stealthy as possible when heading out to the fishing hole.....
 

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Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Alton Marina

   June 27, 28, 2009.

  Mississippi Valley Chapter, ACBS          www.missvalleyacbs.com

June 1990 in River History....

 
  
Construction began on the new Clark Bridge in June of 1990

 

Flooding News
    Nostradamus Has Nothing On Corps Of Engineers......................

According to a news report from whotv.com.............. Way back in 1967, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted a flood in Iowa, on the magnitude witnessed in 2008.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette had reported that the Cedar River would crest close to 12 feet above the 20 foot level of the Cedar Rapids flood of 1961. 2008's flood was 11 feet over, at 31 feet.

The study also estimated areas that would be flooded, and those predictions were proven to be spot on as well...............

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