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August 2009

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

Monday

31 August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the Day

 

B.O.B., Johnny P and Phil

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The Picture of the Day......... What a way to end the month of August ! 

 

A shot of B.O.B. and Johnny P. of Eagles Landing fame.... and Two Branch Phil heading up-river on last Tuesday nite in the skiff named ... "Bernie Jugs". 

 

We just left Kinder's, where Jill took care of us and everyone was having a good time as we headed for Phil's river house in Two Branch Estates. 

 

Look close and you can spot the Golden Eagle Ferry in the background.

 

 

River Bill says.... Thanks B.O.B. and Johnny P. for the ride up-river !
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ...... was sent in by Capt'n Larry Byrnes.

 

 

 It was a picture is of  sailboats maneuvering the summer breeze in front of the bluffs along the Great River Road last Sunday afternoon.   The picture was taken by Larry Byrnes from Captain Gary Bowers' boat.


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: MSO Chicago
Date: 8/30/09
Subject: U.S.C.G. SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN NOTICE TO MARINERS M378-09
NAVNOTICE # 1863


P 302048Z AUG 09 ZUI ASN-A09242000016
FM COMCOGARD SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN WI//SCC//
TO CCGDNINE CLEVELAND OH//DPW/DPB//
COMCOGARD SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ST LOUIS MO//SCC//
INFO COGARD MSU CHICAGO IL
COGARD STA CALUMET HARBOR IL
CCGDEIGHT NEW ORLEANS LA//DPW/DPB//
BT
UNCLAS //N16600//
SUBJ: BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
SAFETY BCST PLUS SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
U.S.C.G. SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN NOTICE TO MARINERS M378-09
IL - ILLINOIS WATERWAY - DES PLAINES RIVER
1. THE CSX ROCK ISLAND RAILROAD DRAW BRIDGE AT MM 287.6 ON THE DES
PLAINES RIVER IN JOLIET IS CURRENTLY STUCK IN THE DOWN POSITION.

THE DRAWBRIDGE IS EXPERIENCING MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. ESTIMATED TIME OF REPAIR IS 1500 LOCAL ON MONDAY THE 31ST OF AUGUST.
2. ALL MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE DRAWBRIDGE IS ONLY YIELDING A
9 FOOT VERTICAL CLEARANCE. ALL TRAFFIC MUST MAKE APPROPRIATE TRANSIT ACCOMODATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF JOLIET HARBOR.
3. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT COAST GUARD SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN ON CHANNEL 16 VHF-FM OR VIA LANDLINE AT (414)747-7182.
BT
NNNN

 


 

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

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

at the time of the incident. It does not include information from any followup investigation.
 
NEWS RELEASE ID : N07090158
 
Incident Type : Incident Date :
2 BOAT COLLISION
08/29/2009
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
MISSISSIPPI RIVER
5
2:00:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
222 MM ST. CHARLES ST. CHARLES
Summary :
Boat 1 & 2 were entering Port Charles Harbor. Boat 1 slowed to idle speed. Boat 2 attempted to slow down but was unable to do so and collided with Boat 1.

 

Boat(s) Involved Listing:

 

Boat Number : 1
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
2006 Seadoo PWC $2,000
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

Phil Graeff St Peters, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
Graeff, Christopher 2/3/1984 St Peters, MO
Boat Number : 2
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
1996 Mirage Jet Boat $250
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

Richard Clouser St Charles, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
Clouser, Richard 1/20/1988 St Charles, MO

Injuries:

 

Injured Name :

Date of Birth :

City/State :

Graeff, Christopher

2/3/1984

St Peters, MO

Injury Type :

Taken to :

Moderate

St Joseph Hospital, St Charles, MO

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Con Trios Yacht Club News Flash!
    

August 29 email from Con Trios member Jim Farr

 

While laid up in the hospital last week someone came by the house bs ed ray ray and hooked up a trailer with a complete 454 engine and all mercruiser parts and a bravo one outdrive said to be pulling a boat with parasail one name on it large late modle pickup said name was richard and obviously knew me by name any clue who is or has been runniing a parasail around here lately?/ any help will be kept confidentailPlease forward to all contrios and others asap Jim--- ---

http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/

 

Jim’s email address is citmrtwest@aol.com

 

River History....

 

August 31, 1989 In River History


The city of St. Louis traded the the Terminal Railroad Association the MacArthur Bridge for the Eads Bridge with
 

 

 

US Army Corps of Engineers Photo

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Moving Rock on Mississippi River

    

A lot of rock is being moved up-river these days.  When we were above Winfield Dam a few weeks ago, there barges full of rock moored just above the dam and outside of the channel on the Illinois side of the river..

 

There is also some construction going on on the Illinois side of the river, just above the dam.

 

 

Flood Rescue Technology
    New Equipment Allows Rescuers To Walk On Water........
......

According to a news story from khou.com............ Over the weekend, Firefighters were introduced to the Rescue Mat, a new life-saving tool, at a Dallas, Texas Firefighters convention. The Rescue Mat is a product of First Alert.

The mat is manufactured from a buoyant material, and unrolls much like giant swimming pool lounge. Given the large surface area distributing the weight of a rescuer, it is possible for rescue workers to crawl, or even walk to the victims.

The mat is intended to reach victims that are unreachable by boat or swimmers. One drawback is that the mat may not work in swift currents associated with flash flooding..........

Click here to read this news story....with photo

Click here to visit the Rescue Mat website..

    

New Link...

   Tim Woodson and the River Rat Kings

Added a link to Tin Woodson and the River Rat Kings in the column on the left hand side under Bands.

 

Click here and check it out !
 

Lake of the Ozarks

   Shootout Photos
 


Click here and check out this weekend's Shootout Photos from Lake Expo.com

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Confluence of Missouri & Mississippi Rivers

     Living History Reenactors  

     Fall Encampment and Shoot

 

Walk in the footsteps of the Spanish Fort “Fort Don Carlos” (1767-1780) located on the south-side of the mouth of the Missouri River. It was officially known as Fort Don Carlos el Senor Principe de Asturias, and it was an 80-foot square palisade with four bastions.

Music by: Booneslick Strings
Food by: Turkey Legs
Militia de San Carlo
Pre-1840 Period

 

Saturday Sept. 20 Competition Blackpowder Shoot
Sunday Sept 21 9:00 am Period Church Service

 

For More Information: www.livhis.org

Lost.........

Bill ,

 

2 black snap on boat covers blew out of our boat will driving west on hyw 70 between offalon and truckston ,on aug. 21st if any one stopped and picked them up would gladly pay $ 100.00 dollar reward

Craig Percell

2kegcraig@sbcglobal.net

Chicago River

    Flatwater Classic

   Sunday  04 October 2009  

Who
Friends of the Chicago River, and 1,000 paddlers, volunteers and spectators. From first-time paddlers to avid racers and from families to corporate teams, Flatwater Classic participants power down the river in standard canoes and kayaks, as well as 26-foot Voyageur replica boats.

What
The Chicago River Flatwater Classic, the only canoe and kayak race on the Chicago River. The race begins with our Voyageur Challenge, in which 10 - 12 corporate and other organizational teams compete for the Voyageur trophy. The race then opens up to hundreds of individual racers and non-competitive participants.

Where
Paddlers begin the 7.25 mile course at Clark Park (3400 N. Rockwell) and paddle south the finish at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown (300 W. 19th St.). Along the way, participants enjoy all of the visual splendor that the Chicago River has to offer, including the wooded riverbanks of the north side neighborhoods, industrial corridor surrounding Goose Island, and awe-inspiring vista of downtown as seen by the river.


Click here for more information

 

Saturday 05  September 2009    


 

 

Mercury Marine Update
     Mercury Will Not Accept Hail Mary Ballots Cast After Midnight.............

According to a news article from jsonline.com................. Late Saturday evening, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) announced that the will hold a second vote on the proposed Mercury Marine contract.

Mercury announced that they would not honor votes that were cast after the proposals' deadline of midnight, Saturday.

At 2:15 am Sunday, Mercury released a statement that even though IAMAW conducted a second vote on the proposal terms and conditions, a conclusion was not reached within the expiration period for the proposal. Mercury would therefore honor the previous contract that expires in 2012, and move forward on plans to re-locate jobs to Stillwater, Oklahoma............

Click here to read this news article.

Click here to visit the Mercury Marine website.


 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

USS Wenonah Salvage


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Coast Guard works alongside Federal, State, and local agencies to salvage a sunken tug, the USS Wenonah, Friday, August 28, 2009. The Unified Command began the salvage process of the Wenonah. The tug sank last week releasing a sheen of oil into the Bay. 090828-G-8068R-005

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Levi Read)

 


 

Welcome to the Weekend

Saturday, Sunday

29, 30 August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 Last updated Sun at 5:00AM

Con Trios Yacht Club News Flash!
August 29 email from Con Trios member Jim Farr

 

While laid up in the hospital last week someone came by the house bs ed ray ray and hooked up a trailer with a complete 454 engine and all mercruiser parts and a bravo one outdrive said to be pulling a boat with parasail one name on it large late modle pickup said name was richard and obviously knew me by name any clue who is or has been runniing a parasail around here lately?/ any help will be kept confidentailPlease forward to all contrios and others asap Jim--- ---

http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

Lionel & Marvin of the Band.... Rail

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day......... is of Lionel and Marvin of the river rock and roll band...Rail  at Oasis Bar and Grill on Friday night. 

 

The band was closing the their last set of the night with one of my favorites... House of the Rising Sun.  Here's Marvin and Lionel out on the floor at Marvin's table finishing up the song.

 

Click here here and check out Rail's website
 

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Boat Cruise

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The Picture of the Day......... was sent in by Betty Van Kirk of the boat.... Royal Flush

 

BILL,

 

HERE WE ARE AT THE RIVER WEDNESDAY ON JOHN & PAT'S BOAT....(ALL OF US WHO DON'T WORK.)....IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND JOHN AND PAT TOOK US TO MEL'S IN HARDIN FOR DINNER.....AND A RIDE....MAYBE A FEW DRINKS.

BETTE VAN KIRK

(ROYAL FLUSH)
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Sunday

Hogback 2007

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ...... were from Dan and Laura Hamilton of Dan's Boats fame.  They sent us an update of the Hogback 2007 party.

    

River Bill-

Hogback 2007 was Great!   With the flooding up north the Coast Guard asked us not to bring the group up there- but the party must go on!   Two Rivers Marina said they would make a Hogback Party for us!   Both Jamie and John were great. They had activities planned for our group- about 100 boaters- and even took everyone out on the Party Barge which ended up being a great time on Saturday. We went 8 miles up the Salt River . Dan’s Boats had a Pig Roast on Friday, there were all sorts of contests and a dinner on Saturday Evening. There were great prizes from: Grafton Harbor , Port Charles Marina, Golf Graphics, Captain Jack’s & Bargain Books. On the return trip home we were locked thru with that traveling group of Gypsy’s on that crazy barge of theirs- so here they come! 

Next years commodores are Glen & Julie Morris who hail out of John’s Boat Harbor (I think) and if they hold to tradition it would be Aug 22-23-24, 2008. The motto is “All the way in 08!” So mark your calendars!

Photo courtesy of Steve Bachmann of GR8 XCAPE

Thanks, 

Dan & Laura


 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Saturday

Louisiana, Mo... Paddlefest 2006

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006 ...... was from Louisiana , Missouri's Paddlefest 2006. 

 

Above are Kevin Dempsey, Event Organizer, along with Susan Spalding, kayak enthusiast; both are from Louisiana.


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/25/09
Subject: MM 583.0 UMR (LOCK & DAM 11 CLOSURE)
NAVNOTICE # 1861


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0357-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL 011800Z SEP 09
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0357-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
LOCK AND DAM 11 MM 583.0 UMR WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FROM 0700-1300 ON MONDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2009. THE PURPOSE OF THE CLOSURE IS TO ADJUST THE NUMBER 2 AND NUMBER 4 MITER GATES. TOWBOAT OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO TIE UP ON THE GUIDEWALLS DURING THIS CLOSURE PERIOD.
 


 

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

 

 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

Mississippi River In Eastern Iowa
     Mississippi River Rat Caucus Formed To Explore Opportunities.........


According to a news article from thonline.com................... Organizers of a new coalition in eastern Iowa intend to bring together state, federal, and local agencies, property owners, and private citizens that are concerned with the Mississippi River, and the communities that it flows through.

Though the first Mississippi Partnership Council was held Friday, three more introductory meetings are slated to be held in the next two months.

The council was brought about by an amendment to a bill about regional watershed, floodplain management, and land-use policies. The "River Rat Caucus" is intended to be a venue to work with other state governments, and federal agencies in order to promote the quality of life of residents near to the river, as well as visitors to the river............

Click here to read this new article.
 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

Boat Manufacturer News
     Boat Sales Drop Off Slows In July.................


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.................. Compared to July of last year, new boat sales volume in the fiberglass 14-30 foot segment declined slower this year. These conclusions are from 30 early reporting states, which represent 64% of the U.S. market.

The sales numbers of fiberglass boats 14-30 feet in length for July are 7,470 units, down from 9,396 in July, 2008. This represents a decrease of 20.5%.

Aluminum boats fell from 7,708 to 5,806 units sold, a decrease of 24.6%.

PWC sales fell from 9,348 in July '08, to 6,867 this year. This was a decrease of 26.6%.

Documented vessels are not included in the results, due to delays in the Coast Guard's data entry............
 


Click here to read this news report.
 

Updated Sat at 12noon

Meramec River At Simpson County Park
     Operation Clean Stream Achieves Milestone Last Weekend.................

According to a news report from websterkirkwoodtimes.com..................... Operation Clean Stream was in full effect last weekend, removing debris from the Meramec River.

Saturday, August 22, 2009 marked the 40th anniversary of Operation Clean stream. The organization is one of the largest, and longest running river restoration projects.

The annual event draws close to 2000 volunteers to assist in the clean-up of the Meramec River, and it's tributaries................

Click here to read this news report.

Updated Sat at 12noon

Mississippi River @ St. Louis

     Chain of Rocks Bridge
     Date Set For Route 66 Festival................

According to a news article from joplinindepandant.com.............. The date and time for the Route 66 Festival has been set for October 3, 2009, and will run from 11 am to 6:30 pm, on the old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

The Chain of Rocks Bridge is where Route 66 crossed the Missisisippi River.

Festivities will include a classic car display, Route 66 authors and speakers, live music, and American "road food", from BBQ to frozen custard................

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

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

 

 

Don’t move a mussel” during Labor Day weekend
Boaters can keep the clammy hands of invasive species off Missouri waters.
 


JEFFERSON CITY – With Labor Day coming up, the Missouri Department of Conservation is urging boaters and anglers to be aware of the danger that invasive aquatic plants and animals pose for Show-Me State waters and take measures to prevent their spread.
          Invasive Species Coordinator Tim Banek said zebra mussel larvae, known as velligers, were found in recent surveys of microscopic plants and animals at Pomme de Terre Lake in southwest Missouri. He said that as adults, the fingernail-sized invaders could interfere with the established food chain in Missouri lakes and streams, making them less productive for sport fish and replacing native animals.
          “We don’t know exactly what changes might occur, but other areas where zebra mussels have taken hold have experienced ecological changes that were bad for fishing and tourism,” said Banek. “Missourians can avoid spreading zebra mussels with some reasonably simple precautions.”
          Banek urged the thousands of Missourians who will be out fishing and boating during the long Labor Day weekend to take the following precautions:

  • Inspect submerged portions of boats for adult zebra mussels after each use. Adults are fingernail sized with dark and light stripes. Small zebra mussels give hard surfaces a sandpapery feel.

  • Check trailers, ropes, minnow buckets and anything else that was in the water. Report any suspected zebra mussels to the nearest Conservation Department office.

  • Remove suspected zebra mussels, along with vegetation or other material clinging to boats and trailers and put it in a trash container.

  • Rinse boat bilges, trailers, motor drive units and live wells with water at least 104 degrees if live zebra mussels are found, or if your craft has been in waters known to be infested with zebra mussels. Most commercial car washes meet this standard. Allow boats and other equipment to dry in the sun at least five days before re-launching.

         Anglers have a special role to play in preventing the spread of other invasive aquatic plants and animals, such as the rusty crayfish and Asian carp. One of the best things anglers can do is dispose of live bait properly. Unused bait should be placed in trash bags and deposited in trash receptacles away from water. Never release unused bait – whether fish, worms, crayfish or anything else – into lakes or streams unless it came from the same water.
          Boaters can prevent invasive plants and animals from hitching a ride by draining all water from bilges and live wells and removing vegetation and other trash from boats and trailers when they move them from one body of water to another.
          More information about invasive aquatic species prevention is available at invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/main.shtml.

 

-Jim Low-

 

 

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

State of Illinois

   It's Our River Day... Sept. 19, 2009

In a news article in the State Journal Register................. 
A major element of the Illinois statewide “It’s Our River Day” on Sept. 19 will be.... cleaning up. The event will also celebrate all that the rivers of Illinois offer to wildlife, to outdoor recreation and to tourism.

 

All rivers in he United States have generally benefited since the enactment of the federal Clean Water Act of the 1970s.

“Today there are walleye and bass tournaments on the Illinois River,” said Gary Clark, director of DNR’s office of water resources. “Thirty years ago, people didn’t even want to boat on that river.”

The Living Lands and Waters organization has conducted annual river cleanups in several states.  The Mississippi River is their main target, but they also work on cleaning up tributaries such as the Illinois River.

The cleanups are becoming victims of their own success along some rivers because it's getting more and more difficult to find enough littler to keep everyone busy.... .

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

Click here for more information on "It's Our River Day"

 

 

RiverBil says.... Thanks Greg Moore for the News Tip !
 

Saturday,   19  September 2009    

Illinois River Cleanup

Lemont, IL  to Grafton, IL. 

 

The ninth annual Illinois River Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19..

Friends of the Illinois River has conducted the annual sweep since 1999, in which litter and debris is removed from along the Illinois River from Lemont, IL (27 miles down-river from Chicago) to Grafton, IL. 

Since 1999, there have been more than 8,000 volunteers participate in the annual river sweeps.

The sweep is always scheduled for the third Saturday in September,

Click here to go to Friends of the Illinois River website for more info

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Confluence of Missouri & Mississippi Rivers

     Living History Reenactors  

     Fall Encampment and Shoot

 

Walk in the footsteps of the Spanish Fort “Fort Don Carlos” (1767-1780) located on the south-side of the mouth of the Missouri River. It was officially known as Fort Don Carlos el Senor Principe de Asturias, and it was an 80-foot square palisade with four bastions.

Music by: Booneslick Strings
Food by: Turkey Legs
Militia de San Carlo
Pre-1840 Period

 

Saturday Sept. 20 Competition Blackpowder Shoot
Sunday Sept 21 9:00 am Period Church Service

 

For More Information: www.livhis.org

Lost.........

Bill ,

 

2 black snap on boat covers blew out of our boat will driving west on hyw 70 between offalon and truckston ,on aug. 21st if any one stopped and picked them up would gladly pay $ 100.00 dollar reward

Craig Percell

2kegcraig@sbcglobal.net

Lake Ozarks Shootout......

From the Lake Expo.com....

 

    2009 Lake Shootout Preview: Bigger, Better, Faster... Click here

 

    2009 Schedule: Lake of the Ozarks Shootout... Click here

 

    Water Patrol: No Wake 32.4-36MM for Shootout ... Click here

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

 Dolphin demonstration


SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The trainers demonstrate the dolphin’s abilities to jump aboard a vessel in the boat basin at ISC San Pedro Friday, August 28, 2009.

(U.S. Coast Guard Photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Christina L. Bozeman)

 

Friday

28 August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the Day

 

After a Great Day Of Boating !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day......... was sent to us by Capt'n Dave Podwojski of Vette's Restaurant fame.  Dave hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis.

 

 

Bill,

Here's a fun crew posing after a great day of boating.
 

Thanks,

Dave -

Vette's - Yacht Club
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2006......   were from Carl Fisher of the Alton Lake Sailing Association.  He sent us some really neat pictures that his wife Dot took .

  

Carl wrote:

 

 

Bill,

Here are some pictures my wife, Dot Fischer, took 8.26.06 on the grounds of Alton Lake Sailing Association (http://alsasailing.org/).  That's on the Missouri side (of the Mississippi River) between Portage and the Power Plant.

 

Hope you can use them!

Regards,

Carl Fischer

Hazelwood


 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

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

For further information contact: Captain Matt C. Walz
District 2 Commander
Phone: (573) 873-9933
E-mail: matt.walz@mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake of the Ozarks

Water Patrol Advisory for Lake Area Shootout



The Missouri State Water Patrol would like to remind boaters of the upcoming Lake of the Ozarks Shootout race event near the Hurricane Deck Bridge on Lake of the Ozarks. The event will take place from approximately 10am to 5pm each day on Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th. Navigational traffic will be restricted to no wake, idle speed from the 32.4 mile mark to the 36 mile mark. The no wake area will be enforced up to 30 minutes after the last race. The race course itself will stretch from approximately the 34.8 mile mark down to the 33 mile mark.

Boaters wishing to enter or exit coves blocked by the race course during the event will be allowed to do so upon the signal of Water Patrol Officers, or other authorized event personnel, at the earliest and safest opportunity. Every attempt will be made to minimize inconvenience to boaters navigating in the area.

We do encourage all boaters to use caution while traveling to and from the event since a large turnout is expected. Several boats from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and from local fire protection districts will help direct boaters in the area in addition to volunteer event personnel.



News Release ID: N07090153
 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Mississippi River At Ste Genevieve
   Ground Broken For Mississippi River's Northernmost Lock-Free Port.............


According to a news report from suntimesnews.com.................. On Wednesday afternoon, ground was broken at the site of the future New Bourbon Regional Port, just south of Ste Genevieve, Missouri.

The site of the new port covers 72 acres, 3 1/2 miles south of Ste. Genevieve. The build site is actually quite close to the original location of Ste. Genevieve. After being flooded out, the city was re-located to the little hills.

The port project has been in the works since 1982. Construction is expected to commence within the next month.

Funding for the project is coming from several sources, including the Missouri Dept. of Transportation, The Ferry Discretionary Fund, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, The Delta Regional Authority, The Economic Development Administration, and even private investment.................
 


Click here to read this news report.
 

Confluence Of The Mississippi And Missouri Rivers
   Campout At The Confluence Has Been Scheduled..............


In a news release from suntimesnews.com................. The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced the dates for their Discover Nature: Families Confluence Campout.

The Confluence Campout is scheduled for Saturday, and Sunday, October 3-4, 2009. The event will be held at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.

There will be a campfire Saturday evening for cooking dinner. However, you will be required to provide your own food. Desert will be provided, in the form of S'mores ingredients, so, some assembly will be required. Other festivities will include campfire storytelling, a night hike and even an opportunity to night fish. Sunday morning will feature a provided continental breakfast, and a bird watching hike, with activities wrapping up around 11 am.

This event is free, but early registration, and a small, refundable deposit will be required...............

Click here to read this news release.
 

 


The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area was purchased by the Conservation Department in 1997, in an effort to establish an urban conservation area. Columbia Bottom is located in north St. Louis County, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers............

Click here to read more from the Missouri Department of Conservation website.
 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Welcome Home Tim !

 

Welcome Home Tim !

 

 

Hi Bill,
Thank you for the picture of the day (08-26-09) showing a welcome home party for Carl Sondker's son, Tim.
I don't know Carl or his son Tim, but I know Carl is very proud of him. I know I am proud of him and all the other brave men and women serving our country around the world. God bless them all. Please remember them in your prayers.

Paul & Joan Barbary
Grafton Harbor
"The Last One" ( our new boat)
 

Illinois Fishing Report .......

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)  

76 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; carp and buffalo fair on nightcrawlers, corn and doughbait; shovelnose sturgeon fair on nightcrawlers; white bass fair on small spinnerbaits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/27/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

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

(Report made on 8/27/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

77 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on worms, cut baits and shad; black bass good on spinners, topwater lures and crankbaits; crappie slow; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair on natural baits.

(Report made on 8/27/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

76 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 8/27/2009)


 

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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/

Largemouth Bass Went Wild Last Week at Emiquon Preserve.......

According to a news report in the Prairie State Outdoors website.......  Fishing was normal last Sunday at the Emiquon Preserve , located near Havana, IL, until something flipped the "fish switch"...... then that afternoon two
fisherman reportedly caught 150 largemouth bass !
 

They said it was very hard to keep count when almost every cast yielded a fish !

 

"More importantly, why keep count?  Better just to laugh and enjoy the moment."
 


Click here to read this fishing report and learn more about Emiquon Preserve.

 

Lost.........

Bill ,

 

2 black snap on boat covers blew out of our boat will driving west on hyw 70 between offalon and truckston ,on aug. 21st if any one stopped and picked them up would gladly pay $ 100.00 dollar reward

Craig Percell

2kegcraig@sbcglobal.net

Lake Ozarks Shootout......

From the Lake Expo.com....

 

    2009 Lake Shootout Preview: Bigger, Better, Faster... Click here

 

    2009 Schedule: Lake of the Ozarks Shootout... Click here

 

    Water Patrol: No Wake 32.4-36MM for Shootout ... Click here

 

Mercury Marine Update
     Union States There Will Be No Second Vote..............


According to a news report from jsonline.com................. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has announced that unless Mercury Marine makes changes in their contract proposal, there will be no second vote.

Last Sunday, the union voted down Mercury's proposed 7 year contract reportedly by a "wide margin", although actual tallies have not been released.

Some union members are calling for another vote on the proposed contract. Mercury's offer expires at Midnight on Saturday.

Mercury has stated that there will be no changes to the contract, and there will be no more scheduled negotiations. As a result of Sundays vote, Mercury is already ramping up plans to relocate hundreds of jobs to the non-union Stillwater, Oklahoma facility..................
 


Click here to read this news report
 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 


 

Maritime Distress Signal

      EPIRBs (emergency position-indicating radio beacons)

     Stay Afloat, They Have Your Position and Can Find You
 

 According to a news article in soundingsonline.com....... Personal floatation devices and an EPIRB are two items that can save your life when at sea. Stay afloat, the Coast Guard has your position and can find you !

The Coast Guard is able to pickup on an EPIRB signal from one of it's aircraft now.  New technology that can lock on to the pulse from an EIPBR and at much greater distances.

An EIPBR could have probably saved the lives of the three football players that perished in an offshore fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year.

 

 

Click here to read this news story

 

Click here to read more about EIPBRs... with photo
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

 Coast Guard Cutter Midget, Pacific Unity 2009

SEATTLE - The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midget heads into port at the Coast GuardÕs Pier 36 and the Russian Boarder Guard vessel Vorovskiy is already moored Aug. 27, 2009. Both the Midget and the Vorovskiy participated in Pacific Unity 2009 over the past couple of days in Port Angeles, Wash. The exercises commenced Aug. 23, and are scheduled to wrap up with closing ceremonies in Seattle Aug. 28.

(Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Allyson E.T. Conroy)

 

Thirsty Thursday

27 August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the Day

Gramps.... Is The Man !

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day......... was sent to us Terrie, who hails out of lake Center Marina in the boat... Gulliewash.

 

 

Hey Bill,

 

Here is a pic taken of "GRAMPS"(from "whats up on the river website") he has been boating on the river since before I was born--and I'm not young--HIS LEGEND LIVES ON!
We love him and his river stories are wonderful--first pic is his car next is him on river speaks for itself
 

TERRIE
Lake center Marina
"GULLIEWASH"
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007......   was from Capt'n Darryll Weil, webmaster for Con Trios Yacht Club.

 

Darryll wrote:

 

The Con Trios Yacht Club Moonlight Cruise aboard the Grafton Ferry on Saturday, August 26th was another fantastic party thanks to Fleet Captain Gary, his wife Judy, The Rail Band, food catered by Sharky's Landing, a full moon, perfect weather and 130 people having a great time dancing the night away on the water. Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website:
www.contriosyachtclub.org
to see all the pictures.
Darryll


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/25/09
Subject: MM 202.4 TO 196.6 UMR PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGATION LIGHT DISCREPANCIES
NAVNOTICE # 1860


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0356-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHT DISTRICT NR 0356-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF THE FOLLOWING DISCREPANCIES TO PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGATION LIGHTS BETWEEN MM 202.4 AND 196.6 UMR
LEFT DESCENDING BANK ALL ARE SHOWING IMPROPER CHARACTERISTICS
1. ALTON MARINA BREAKWATER LIGHTS, LLNR 16230, MM 202.4 UMR, ALL LIGHTS EXTINGUISHED.
2. AMOCO DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16265, MM 199.0 UMR, MISSING
3. KOCH NITROGEN DOCK LIGHT, LLNR 16270, MM 198.8 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
4. AMOCO DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16280, MM 198.7 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
5. MERS DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16285, MM 198.1 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
6. REDCO DOCK LIGHTS, 16295, MM 197.8 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
7. CLARK OIL LIGHTS, LLNR 16305, MM 197.2 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
8. SIOUX CITY AND NEW ORLEANS TERM LIGHTS, LLNR 16310, MM 197.0 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
9. MARATHON DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16320, MM 196.6 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 


 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

August 26, 2009

 

Proposals Sought for Operation of Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center

Lodge and Golf Course Located at Eagle Creek State Recreation Area 
on Lake Shelbyville


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has issued a request for proposals for a new operator for the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center, a lodge and golf course complex on the shore of Lake Shelbyville in Eagle Creek State Recreation Area near Findlay in Shelby County.

The request for proposals (RFP) document, which provides detailed information on the resort facilities and requirements for operation of the lodge, golf course and associated facilities, can be found on the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us.

The IDNR will host an information meeting on the RFP for interested operators on Wednesday, September 9 at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center. Proposals must be received no later than 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. The IDNR intends to select an operator for the resort complex by the end of the year.

The resort complex includes a lodge with 138 guest rooms, 10 suites with fireplaces and a private patio, a lobby, indoor pool complex, kitchen and dining facilities, lounge, conference center meeting rooms, and gift shop; an adjacent “Eagles Landing” building with eight connecting guest rooms and a second-story balcony with a lakefront view, conference area and wet bar; an 18-hole championship golf course with pro shop; a boat docking system accessing Lake Shelbyville; and, an outdoor pool with 11,000 square feet of deck space and an adjacent outdoor miniature golf course.

The IDNR currently has eight concessionaire-operated state park lodge facilities. For more information on the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center and the request for proposals, check the link on the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us or contact the IDNR Office of Realty and Environmental Planning at 217/782-7940.

The RFP can also be accessed through the Illinois Procurement Bulletin at www.purchase.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

Akeem's Marine Detailing Service

                    Free Wash with each Wax ........  August 24 - Sept 12

314-372-5905
 

Con Trios Yacht Club's

    Full Moon Cruise

MOONLIGHT CRUISE invitations are coming in the mail. Due to limited capacity they will be taken on a first come first served basis as received by regular mail, NO PAYING AT THE DOOR REQUESTS, ALL MUST BE PAYED IN ADVANCE. This is to be fair to all, even those without email or internet access. Click HERE or on the picture above for a printer friendly reservation form. Form can be filled out online and then printed for regular mail.



Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club,

www.contriosyachtclub.org
 



 

Mississippi River Hydrokinetic Power News
   Commercial Operations Begin For First U.S. Hydrokinetic Project...........


According to a news story from energy.gov............ On August 20, 2009, the first in-stream, federally licensed hydrokinetic power project in the United States Started commercial operations. The project is in the Mississippi River, at Hastings, Minnesota. The project produces electricity from water moving through an in-stream turbine, without the need for a dam.

Owned by Hydro Green Energy, the turbine is suspended from a barge anchored in the out flow channel of the existing Hastings hydropower dam. The turbine has a capacity of 100 kilowatts, but actual output is estimated at around 35 kilowatts. A more efficient, and powerful turbine is expected to come on line next spring.

After receiving Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval in December, the turbine was installed and undergone testing since February. An environmental research group put together a pre-install model that estimated the survivability of fish passing through the turbine at 97.5%. Actual testing conducted in June showed that fish were faring much better against the blade.........
 


Click here to read this news story. With Photo.

Click here to visit the Hydro Green Energy website.

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Electric Fish Barrier dead-ship tow


CHICAGO - A commercial tow operator escorts a recreational pleasure craft in along-side tow over the electric fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal in Chicago Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. The Army Corps of Engineers constructed the barrier, which operates at two volts per inch, to disperse the invasive specie Asian carp.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough)

 

Applications open Sept. 1 for waterfowl hunting reservations....
 

 

Applications open Sept. 1 for waterfowl hunting reservations
Water is plentiful at state-managed wetland areas, but wet weather
has limited the growth of plants that provide food for migrating ducks.



JEFFERSON CITY—Missourians who hope to hunt ducks or geese on wetland areas managed by the Conservation Department can start applying for reservations Sept. 1.
          The agency will accept applications for reservations on 15 managed wetland areas from Sept. 1 through 18. Hunters can apply by calling 800-829-2956 or by visiting www.mdc.mo.gov/7559. Applicants need the nine-digit identification number found at the top of their hunting or fishing permit. The number also is shown next to the bar code on Conservation Heritage Cards.
          Drawing results will be available at the same phone number and Web site Oct. 1.
          The Every Member Draws procedure will be in effect at seven managed wetland areas again this year. The Conservation Department tested the system at Eagle Bluffs and Otter Slough Conservation Areas (CAs) during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 hunting seasons and found that it increases the number of people who get to hunt. Every Member Draws will be in effect at Bob Brown, Columbia Bottom, Eagle Bluffs, Grand Pass, Marais Temps Clair, Otter Slough and Ten-Mile Pond CAs.
          The number of reservations available at Fountain Grove CA will be reduced this year due to construction.
           There are no reservations at Little River CA. Hunting there will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only on a first-come, first-served basis in designated areas as posted at the check-in parking lot. Hunters check themselves in and out.
          Swan Lake was removed from the reservation system last year. Waterfowl hunting there will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/Refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=33570, e-mail swanlake@fws.gov, or call 660-856-3323.
          Waterfowl hunting reservations are available only to Missouri residents. Nonresidents can hunt on state-owned areas by hunting with a resident reservation holder or by taking part in daily morning drawings for unreserved hunting spots.
          Hunters should check hunting conditions before applying for reservations. Flooding has reduced or eliminated food crops that hold waterfowl on some wetland areas. Flooding also has affected availability of blinds and access to hunting pools. For the latest report, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/15520.
 

-Jim Low-

 

 

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RiverBill's received the above e-mail News Release from Jim Low of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
 

Grafton Harbor
9/11 Boat Parade

Friday September 11, 2009
6:00 Flag Ceremony on A-Dock
6:30 Boat Parade

Following the parade, please join us on the patio and bring cooler and
an appetizer and we will celebrate the beautiful sunset here in the USA.

Decorate your boats American Style! You may chose to just fly a flag or fully decorating your boat will be wonderful also. Parade route will be to Elsah and back.

Please help us to remember those who died; those who lost loved ones and those who witnessed the attack on 9/11. Memories are a powerful way to make us a stronger nation. Our military and our public service men are working hard to make us our country stronger. Through our 9-11 boat parade we give thanks to our service men, we remember and most importantly we will continue to work diligently on keeping the Untied States of America a place where our children can grow in peace.

Please Join Us, Everyone is Invited to Participate.

Show Me the Mississippi Meeting .........

 

To: All Show Me the Mississippi Committee Members
Re: Meeting Notice: September 3, 6:00 pm, Duck Club Yacht Club

From: Jim Marr, Chairman 2009

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

September 3, at Duck Club Yacht Club. Arrive for a beverage of your choice at 6:00pm the meeting starts at 6:30pm.


Duck Club Yacht Club
6257 Highway V
St. Charles, MO 63301
636-250-4333
www.duckclubyc.com

Our most important discussion will be the updating of our 2010 Alton Pool Map.
This map has been the most useful advertising tool (and the only map of the area showing the businesses belonging to the Show Me Committee).

Please contact any prospective member to advise them that if they wish to be included on this map, now is the time. Otherwise they will have to wait until 2011 !!

If your ad copy remains the same, we can reuse our existing artwork. If your ad will change or if your ad will be new, send your artwork to Heidi. Call her with any questions.

Our Goal for the meeting should be:

1. To discuss membership development (invite and bring a new prospect). Guests Welcome!
2. Review National Marina Day
3. Nominate a Chairman for 2010
4. Discuss goals for 2010
5. Review the details of reprinting our Show Me the Miss- Map. Please tell any prospective members that if they want to have their business show on the map, they need to join now!

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


Thanks - Jim
 

Lost.........

Bill ,

 

2 black snap on boat covers blew out of our boat will driving west on hyw 70 between offalon and truckston ,on aug. 21st if any one stopped and picked them up would gladly pay $ 100.00 dollar reward

Craig Percell

2kegcraig@sbcglobal.net

KJ's Place

    Entertainment Update..........

Sept 5th - Ohm's Brother
October 10th - Mid Life Crisis
December 5th Ohm's Brothers

Karaoke every third Saturday thru Dec.

Halloween Party October 24th.

Thanks,
Kathy

 

Fountain Powerboat Industries
    Hearing Set For Fountain Asset Sale Request..............


In a news report from tradeonlytoday.com................. A bankruptcy court judge has granted an expedited hearing on several motions made by Fountain Powerboat Industries. This includes a motion to sell off substantially all of Fountain Powerboat Industries assets.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Fountain states that the motion is needed for the company's re-organization plan. If the sale motion is not granted, or if a sale does not occur debtors may go after a more traditional form of liquidation, or re-organization...............
 


Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Fountain Powerboat website.

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

Boat Propulsion News
     Marine Sales Up For Caterpillar...............


According to a news report form tradeonlytoday.com................. For the three month period from May to July, Caterpillar's marine engine sales recorded an increase over the same period of 2008.

Marine sales were up 20% in May, 15% in June, and 1% in July, compared to last year's results. Sales for all of Caterpillar's other segments were down.

Caterpillar reported a decline in sales worldwide for all of it's products, with sales in North America down by 43% in May, 47% in June, and 48% in July. The Latin American sector showed the smallest decline in sales...........

Click here to read this news article.
 


 

Boat Show News From Boston, Massachusetts

    In-Water Show At Boston Cancelled.........

 

According to a news story from tradeonlytoday.com.................  Boston's 11th annual In-Water Boat Show, slated for October 1-4, 2009 has been cancelled.  The show was set to be held at the Seaport World Trade Center At Boston Harbor.

Show manager, Warren Kelly, cites the state of the market as the cause of the cancellation.  The show usually has 150 exhibitors. 

Kelly also points out that dealer non-current inventories are low, and many dealers have no 2010 models in stork, nor on order.........

 

Click here to read this news story.

The Boston In-Water Boat Show is owned by a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, Boat Shows, Inc.

 

Click here to visit the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association website.

 

 


 

Wednesday

26  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the Day

 

Welcome Home Tim !

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day......... was sent to us by Capt'n Carl Sondker of the boat.... "Don't Blink."

 

 

Bill,

 

This weekend we celebrated our son coming home from Iraq for his 2 week R&R. Was a Great weekend on the river and Sat. night we had a welcome home party at Longshots. Tim (aka TJ) is the one standing under the banner with the black shirt and sunglasses.

See ya on the river

Carl S.

 

 

 

RiverBill says.... Welcome home Tim !   We salute you . Thanks for all you do.

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

"HMR C. Bernadette Able"

Meets

"Lady Tampa Bay"

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

   

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008......   was sent to us by Captain Greg Sadowski and crew. 

 

 

Bill.

 

"HMR C. Bernadette Able" , Riverbill's picture of the day Aug. 17, meets
"Lady Tampa Bay", Riverbill's
picture of the day Aug. 23, to share
Stories, Dinner, and River History...
photo by Teresa from the Camanche, IA, Library Pier
pictured left to right, Ian, Hanna, Ernie, Phil, & Greg
not pictured, Lindsey & Buddy
Web-Cam view from Lock 15, the same day.. by Tom Stolze

 

Captain Greg Sadowski

 

 

 

RiverBill's received another e-mail a bit later:

 

Correction ... Buddy is in the picture. Can you find him?
Greg


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/25/09
Subject: MM 202.4 TO 196.6 UMR PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGATION LIGHT DISCREPANCIES
NAVNOTICE # 1860


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0356-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHT DISTRICT NR 0356-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF THE FOLLOWING DISCREPANCIES TO PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGATION LIGHTS BETWEEN MM 202.4 AND 196.6 UMR
LEFT DESCENDING BANK ALL ARE SHOWING IMPROPER CHARACTERISTICS
1. ALTON MARINA BREAKWATER LIGHTS, LLNR 16230, MM 202.4 UMR, ALL LIGHTS EXTINGUISHED.
2. AMOCO DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16265, MM 199.0 UMR, MISSING
3. KOCH NITROGEN DOCK LIGHT, LLNR 16270, MM 198.8 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
4. AMOCO DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16280, MM 198.7 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
5. MERS DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16285, MM 198.1 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
6. REDCO DOCK LIGHTS, 16295, MM 197.8 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
7. CLARK OIL LIGHTS, LLNR 16305, MM 197.2 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
8. SIOUX CITY AND NEW ORLEANS TERM LIGHTS, LLNR 16310, MM 197.0 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
9. MARATHON DOCK LIGHTS, LLNR 16320, MM 196.6 UMR, LIGHT EXTINGUISHED.
ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 


 

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: Corporal Jay K. Riley
Phone: ()

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Boating Restriction for Truman Lake



The Missouri State Water Patrol is notifying boaters about new, temporary "No Boating Areas" on Truman Lake. Beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2009, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will begin a bridge repair project on the Mile Long Bridge that is located over the Osage River Arm of Truman Lake. MoDOT has contracted with APAC Missouri, general contractor, to make hinge modifications.

While repairs are being made, the contractor will be working on platforms under the bridge. To ensure safety to boaters passing under the bridge, boats will not be permitted to pass under the repair area while work is taking place overhead. The No Boating Areas will be limited to the immediate area of the hinge that is being modified and boaters will be allowed to pass under the bridge in other areas that are not affected by the repair work.

The No Boating Areas will be designated with "Boats Keep Out" buoys and "Boats Keep Out" signs. In addition, "No Wake-Idle Speed" buoys will be placed 100 ft. out from the No Boating Areas to help boaters recognize the restricted areas.

Modifications will be made to four hinge areas and work is expected to last approximately 60 days. The No Boating Areas will remain in effect until the work is completed on all four hinges.



News Release ID: N07090155
Release Date: 20090825


 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Akeem's Marine Detailing Service

                    Free Wash with each Wax ........  August 24 - Sept 12

314-372-5905
 

Con Trios Yacht Club's

    Full Moon Cruise

MOONLIGHT CRUISE invitations are coming in the mail. Due to limited capacity they will be taken on a first come first served basis as received by regular mail, NO PAYING AT THE DOOR REQUESTS, ALL MUST BE PAYED IN ADVANCE. This is to be fair to all, even those without email or internet access. Click HERE or on the picture above for a printer friendly reservation form. Form can be filled out online and then printed for regular mail.



Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club,

www.contriosyachtclub.org
 

Coconuts .. Lake Ozarks

    2009 Babe Extreme Contest Photos

Click here and take a look at the photo fron the 2009 Babe Extreme contest at Coconuts.... Lake Ozarks
 

Shootout Poker Run...... Lake Ozarks

   

Click here for an update from LakeExpo.com on this weekend's poker run at Lake Ozarks.....
 

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival......

   Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 11, 12, 13, 2009

Marietta, Ohio is the location of the 34th celebration of the Sternwheel festival. The weekend after Labor Day, sternwheelers arrive in Marietta, home of the American Sternwheel Association and home to two sternwheelers on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

For more information go to:
http://www.ohioriversternwheelfestival.org
 

8th Annual Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival...
  
September 17, 18, 19, 2009

    Heritage Port Wheeling, WV

 

Boat rides, live music, entertainment, fireworks and more.

 

Click here for more information

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Public Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

Date: August 23, 2009

Contact: Doug Edelman
Assistant District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
636-379-0877
edeldoug@charter.net
http://www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org
 

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Lack of boater education linked to rise in recreational boating fatalities



WASHINGTON - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has expressed concern over statistics reporting a rise in recreational boating fatalities in a recently released publication of the 2008 boating safety statistics.

The fatality rate, a measure of the number of deaths against the number of registered recreational boats, increased to 5.6 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational boats in 2008 from 5.3 in 2007. During this time, the Coast Guard recorded 709 deaths, 3,331 injuries and approximately $54 million dollars in damage to property, stemming from 4,789 recreational boating accidents.

Operator inattention, careless or reckless operation, no proper lookout, operator inexperience and passenger or skier behavior rank as the top five contributing factors to recreational boating accidents.

Alcohol consumption continues to be of major concern in fatal boating accidents and is listed as the leading contributing factor in 17 percent of the deaths.

Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, the Coast Guard's director of prevention policy, emphasized the importance of boating education, saying, "The 2008 report shows a clear link between safety and boating education by highlighting that only 10 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety education. This statistic indicates that boaters who have taken a boating safety course are less likely to be involved in an accident. In addition, two-thirds of all fatal boating accident victims drowned; and of those, 90 percent were not wearing a life jacket. The Coast Guard urges all boaters, whether as an operator or passenger, to take a boating safety course and to always wear your life jacket."

For seventy years the Coast Guard Auxiliary has provided boater education to the American boating public. Courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information about Coast Guard Auxiliary boater education course please visit http://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/. In addition to boater education courses the Auxiliary also offers free Vessel Safety Checks.

To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary - or if you are interested in learning hhow to become one of us - please visit us online at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at bcz@charter.net.

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

 

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Riverboat News From Beardstown, Illinois
    Illinois man Builds His Own Paddlewheeler................


 

According to a news report from cleveland.com............. While driving through Northern Alabama, Butch Williams spied a paddle boat that people were living on, And after visiting the annual Ohio River Festival put on by the American Sternwheel Association, Butch knew what he needed to do.

Build his own paddlewheel boat.

Once Butch retired from his days working as a draftsman for IDOT in 2000, he was free to start construction of his vessel. And 9 years (and one wife) the boat is now complete. Called the Sunshine, it is 74 feet long, 20 feet high, and has a 15 foot beam. The vessel features a Jacuzzi shower, propane tanks for hot water, and coking, a kitchen and even a guest room. There is even room for Butch's car.

The Sunshine has just completed a trial run around Muscooten Bay in Beardstown, Illinois. When the Illinois river comes up, the Sunshine will escape the silted-in bayand ply the rivers, much as her ancestors did...........
 


Click here to read this news report.
 

Grafton Harbor
9/11 Boat Parade

Friday September 11, 2009
6:00 Flag Ceremony on A-Dock
6:30 Boat Parade

Following the parade, please join us on the patio and bring cooler and
an appetizer and we will celebrate the beautiful sunset here in the USA.

Decorate your boats American Style! You may chose to just fly a flag or fully decorating your boat will be wonderful also. Parade route will be to Elsah and back.

Please help us to remember those who died; those who lost loved ones and those who witnessed the attack on 9/11. Memories are a powerful way to make us a stronger nation. Our military and our public service men are working hard to make us our country stronger. Through our 9-11 boat parade we give thanks to our service men, we remember and most importantly we will continue to work diligently on keeping the Untied States of America a place where our children can grow in peace.

Please Join Us, Everyone is Invited to Participate.

KJ's Place

    Entertainment Update..........

Sept 5th - Ohm's Brother
October 10th - Mid Life Crisis
December 5th Ohm's Brothers

Karaoke every third Saturday thru Dec.

Halloween Party October 24th.

Thanks,
Kathy

 

Reggie Fountain Himself Speaks About Filing For Bankruptcy..............

In a news story from tradeonlytoday.com............. The chairman and CEO of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Reggie Fountain, was positive as he discussed plans that will bring his company through Chapter 11 re-organization.

Fountain states that he is currently in talks with nine different investor groups, and is optimistic that a buyer will be found soon. While he holds 52% of the company stock, Fountain expects to have little if any stock in the company. He does hope to remain with the company after the new owners take over.

Fountain does expect that with the right investors, his company could emerge from Chapter 11 by the end of September.............

Click here to read this news story.
 

 


Court Documents Detail Fountain's Assets............

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.............. Even though the Parent Company, Fountain Powerboat Industries has $3 in assets, its subsideraries, Fountain Powerboats, Baja by Fountain, and Fountain Dealer's Factory Superstore have listed considerably more assets.

The parent company, Fountain Powerboat Industries has liabilities to the tune of $19.6 million, that is owed to Regions Bank.

Fountain Powerboats lists close to $18.4 million in assets, and $50 million in liabilities. The creditors include GE Commercial; Distribution Finance Corp, Key Bank, and Textron.

Baja by Fountain lists $3.7 million in assets, and $3 million in liabilities. Baja Marine Corp actually holds a secured claim. Fountain borrowed $4 million from Baja Marine Corp. to purchase the company's assets. Payment of that note is not due until June of 2020. The note will be canceled by Brunswick, the former owner of Baja, as there is no default on either engine supply contracts.

Fountain Dealer's Factory Superstore has listed $3.2 million in assets, and almost $5 million in liabilities. The sole secured claim is to Regions bank..................

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Fountain website.

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 


 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Hail Mary


KODIAK, Alaska - Personnel from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Kodiak assist in the dewatering of the Kodiak-based fishing vessel Hail Mary after an incident that resulted in the vessel taking on water near their starboard bow in Women's Bay near the Coast Guard Base, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Seamen Grant DeVuyst)


 

Tuesday

25  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Dawn's Birthday Cruise on the Water Wallet

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The Picture of the Day......... was sent to us by Jan Desherlia of Grafton Harbor fame !

 

 

Hi Bill,

Dawn Naney and her friends of Grafton Harbor enjoyed Dawn's Birthday Cruise on the Water Wallet" to Cedar Hill on Saturday.

 
Captain Jason Naney was smiling pretty big as he pulled away. Beautiful women and a beautiful day!!

Jan Desherlia
Grafton Harbor

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

2005 Ground Breaking For Grafton Harbor

Click on pic to enlarge

 

   

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2005......   was of developer Joe DeSherlia speaking at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Grafton Harbor on Wednesday afternoon.  The ground breaking ceremony officially started the construction on the new facility that is scheduled to be completed by February of 2006.  This project has been in the works since the 1960's and it has now become a reality.  The new harbor will be built along the bank of  the Illinois River in the town of Grafton, IL, near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi.  It will be located just up-river from the Grafton Ferry Landing and in front of the old school building.  (You know the school building that is next to the road that goes up the bluff to Aries Winery.)

   The facility will have 300 slips and be protected by a floating breakwater.  The docks will have concrete walkways and there will be docks available for transient boaters.  Look for a pool,  hot tub, bait shop, mechanical service, private luxury bathroom suites, convenience store, ship's store and more.  

   As you know, Grafton has always been a difficult place for the boaters to visit because of the almost non-existent docking facilities. This new harbor will change that and it will open up the city of Grafton to the boaters of Alton Lake. There are all kinds of wineries, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance of the new harbor.  Its going to be great !

    

  There was plenty of  fried fish and beverages for everyone after the ceremonies were over. 

 

I also got to meet Carl Seidler from Godfrey. IL.  Carl is an avid boater, who grew up on the river near Winfield Dam,  just below present day location of Cedar Hill Restaurant.  You might spot Carl  in the "family section" of Mason Chute or  on Iowa Island.  Stop and say hello.
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: MSO Chicago
Date: 8/24/09
Subject: BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
NAVNOTICE # 1858


SUBJ: BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
CANCEL SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN NOTICE TO MARINERS M356-09 SAFETY BCST PLUS SCHEDULED BCST UNTIL CANCELLED U.S.C.G. SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN NOTICE TO MARINERS M361-09 IL - CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CHANNEL - MILE MARKER 296.0
1. THE COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE ON THE CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 296.0 AND 296.7 TO RESTRICT PASSAGE OF VESSELS ACROSS THE ELECTRICAL DISPERSAL BARRIER. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS CONDUCTED INITIAL SAFETY TESTING ON COMMERCIAL TOWING OPERATIONS. PRELIMINARY DATA FROM THOSE TESTS INDICATE THAT VESSELS MEETING THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MAY TRANSIT THE SAFETY ZONE IF GRANTED PERMISSION BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT'S REPRESENTATIVE. NUMBER ONE - THE VESSEL MUST HAVE AN ENTIRELY METALLIC HULL, BE POWERED BY DIESEL FUEL, AND BE AT LEAST TWENTY FEET IN LENGTH. NUMBER TWO - TOWS CONSISTING OF BARGES NOT CARRYING COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID OR FLAMMABLE CARGOS AND MADE UP USING WIRE ROPE. NUMBER THREE - TOWS CONSISTING OF BARGES CARRYING FLAMMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID CARGOS MUST BE MADE UP USING WIRE ROPE AND ENGAGING THE SERVICES OF A BOW BOAT AT ALL TIMES DURING THE TRANSIT. THESE VESSELS MUST RECEIVE PERMISSION TO TRANSIT FROM THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT'S REPRESENTATIVE AT (630) 336-0296 OR CHANNEL 16 VHF.
2. VESSELS PERMITTED TO TRANSIT MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING THREE REQUIREMENTS: NUMBER ONE - ALL PERSONNEL MUST REMAIN INSIDE A DECKHOUSE OR SUPERSTRUCTURE DURING THE TRANSIT. NUMBER TWO - ANY VESSEL ENGAGED IN TOWING THAT WISHES TO TRANSIT DURING COAL LOADING OPERATIONS AT THE MID WEST GENERATION POWER PLANT MUST ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF A BOW BOAT. NUMBER THREE - ALL VESSELS MUST ENTER THE SAFETY ZONE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF TRANSITING TO THE OTHER SIDE AND MUST MAINTAIN HEADWAY THROUGHOUT THE TRANSIT. THIS PROHIBITS MOORING, LAYING UP, AND/OR LOITERING WITHIN THE ZONE. NUMBER FOUR - TOWBOATS MAY NOT MAKE OR BREAK TOWS WITHIN THE SAFETY ZONE NUMBER FIVE - VESSELS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL SERVICE MAY NOT MEET OR OVERTAKE OTHER VESSELS BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 295.0 AND 297.5 OF THE CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL. NUMBER SIX - ALL VESSELS MUST COMPLY WITH ANY OTHER REQUIREMENT OR CONDITION IMPOSED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT'S REPRESENTATIVE.
3. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT THEREBY CLOSING THIS PORTION OF THE CANAL TO ALL OTHER VESSEL TYPES. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT WILL ISSUE A BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF FURTHER INTENTIONS. VIOLATION OF THIS SAFETY ZONE IS PUNISHABLE BY A MAXIMUM CIVIL PENALTY OF $32,500 FOR EACH VIOLATION. A WILLFUL VIOLATION OF THE SAFETY ZONE MAY ALSO CONSTITUTE COMMISSION OF A CLASS D FELONY.  A CLASS D FELONY IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OR NO MORE THAN $250,000 AND OR IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN 6 YEARS.
4. IF YOU HAVE ANY GENERAL QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING THE SAFETY ZONE, CONTACT THE NINTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT (216) 902-6020. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE OPERATION OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DISPERSAL BARRIER, CONTACT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER AT (312) 846-5330.


 

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

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090148

Drowning - Meramec River - 8/22/2009

Location:

     Blue Springs ranch Take Out 
Summary : 

10 YEAR OLD BOY GOT IN THE CURRENT AND HIS FOOT GOT CAUGHT IN A LOG AND HE WAS UNABLE TO GET LOOSE. NUMEROUS WITNESSES SAW THE CHILD IN TROUBLE AND ATTEMPTED TO RESCUE HIM , HOWEVER DUE TO THE CURRENT IT TOOK APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES TO GET HIM OUT OF THE WATER. ONCE THE CHILD WAS OUT OF THE WATER CPR WAS ADMINISTERED UNTIL EMS ARRIVED. 8/24/09 -- VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT 1:47 PM AT CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN ST. LOUIS, MO.

 

News Release- Near drowning victim was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital at 13:47 on 8/24/09

Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

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

For further information contact: Captain Matt C. Walz
District 2 Commander
Phone: (573) 873-9933
E-mail: matt.walz@mswp.dps.mo.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake of the Ozarks

Water Patrol Advisory for Lake Area Shootout



The Missouri State Water Patrol would like to remind boaters of the upcoming Lake of the Ozarks Shootout race event near the Hurricane Deck Bridge on Lake of the Ozarks. The event will take place from approximately 10am to 5pm each day on Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th. Navigational traffic will be restricted to no wake, idle speed from the 32.4 mile mark to the 36 mile mark. The no wake area will be enforced up to 30 minutes after the last race. The race course itself will stretch from approximately the 34.8 mile mark down to the 33 mile mark.

Boaters wishing to enter or exit coves blocked by the race course during the event will be allowed to do so upon the signal of Water Patrol Officers, or other authorized event personnel, at the earliest and safest opportunity. Every attempt will be made to minimize inconvenience to boaters navigating in the area.

We do encourage all boaters to use caution while traveling to and from the event since a large turnout is expected. Several boats from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and from local fire protection districts will help direct boaters in the area in addition to volunteer event personnel.



News Release ID: N07090153
 

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Akeem's Marine Detailing Service

                    Free Wash with each Wax ........  August 24 - Sept 12

314-372-5905
 

River History....

 

August 25, 2002 in River History

 
William Warfield, who sang 'old man river' in the 1951 movie version of showboat, died at the age of 82.

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Fountain Powerboats Has Filed For Chapter 11...............

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com.............. Fountain Powerboat Industries has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court located in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Fountain has requested the court's permission to sell pretty much all of the company's tangible and intangible assets, including real estate, tooling, brand names and unsold Fountain and Baja inventory.

In court documents, Fountain has $3 worth of personal property assets. This breaks down to $1 each for Baja by Fountain, Fountain Dealers' Factory Superstore, and Fountain Powerboats. The company lists liabilities over $19.6 million...........

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

Click here to visit Fountain Powerboats website

 

Mercury Marine

     Fonf du lac, Wisconsin
     Company President To Meet With Union Despite Rejected Contract......


According to a news report from tulsaworld.com.............. Mark Schwasero, president of Mercury Marine, has agreed to meet with union leaders on Tuesday. The meeting was at the request of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

In a vote held Sunday, the union resoundingly rejected Mercury Marine's final offer and the company said that it now planning to move many of its manufacturing operations from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to a nonunion plant in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Click here to read this news report.
 

Grafton Harbor
9/11 Boat Parade

Friday September 11, 2009
6:00 Flag Ceremony on A-Dock
6:30 Boat Parade

Following the parade, please join us on the patio and bring cooler and
an appetizer and we will celebrate the beautiful sunset here in the USA.

Decorate your boats American Style! You may chose to just fly a flag or fully decorating your boat will be wonderful also. Parade route will be to Elsah and back.

Please help us to remember those who died; those who lost loved ones and those who witnessed the attack on 9/11. Memories are a powerful way to make us a stronger nation. Our military and our public service men are working hard to make us our country stronger. Through our 9-11 boat parade we give thanks to our service men, we remember and most importantly we will continue to work diligently on keeping the Untied States of America a place where our children can grow in peace.

Please Join Us, Everyone is Invited to Participate.

Valley Sailing Racing on August 23

Hello everyone,

It seemed that we had a large group who wanted to race yesterday but most went home disappointed with the wind.
We had a racing fleet of two Lightning’s and two Comets. We had a large fleet of sunfish and unidentified others who showed their disdain for the course that I set up by hovering near the coffee grounds!
Race started right on schedule at 2:38. We did have a slight no wind postponement. Normal start time is 1:00. Oops!
There was a good start with the two Lightning’s as they went through the line with sails pulling and both pointing in the right direction. Unfortunately, our Commodore, Nelson decided to try a new tactic by letting the current pull him through the starting line backwards and before the horn! The other Comet tried to follow his lead by going through backwards but he was outside of the starting pin so I only had to yell at Nelson for over early.

Both Comets recovered and came back for a good start in short order. It looked like the wind had returned but it was only temporary.
There was a lull that lasted long enough to bring the second Comet down nearly to Eagles Nest Island . A little wind returned which brought the two Lightning’s and Nelson back upstream. I went down and picked up the marooned Comet and was back in time to give the signal horn to the winner Stu and crew and Rick Conaway second.
We didn’t hold another race.
Our new Sea Scout C-Dory performed flawlessly as the back up Committee boat.

Barry Munsell



Ps
Our joint Valley Sailing / Sea Scout open house fund raiser was a huge successon August 8th. . We were able to take a great many people out on the water and we also had a successful fund raiser.
I see a bright outlook for both the Scouts and Valley. We have some very talented and loyal members of both groups. (There is a fairly large intermingling of members in both groups).
I feel that we can all look forward to Valley and the Scouts sailing together for many years to come. Come and join us, and call a friend!

FYI
Sea Scouts are a part of the Boy Scouts of America. Membership is open to boys and girls age 14 through 20. Please pass this information along with my number to interested youth and adult leaders. Barry 314 363 8235
 

Mississippi River
     Site of New St. Louis Bridge

     Archaeologist Finding Remnants of Ancient Civilizations

According to a news article from STLtoday.com........... Archaeologist crews have discovered outlines of houses, storage pits, broken pottery and flint chips at the site of the new St. Louis bridge on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

 

It is estimated that the items are from the time period of 1050 to 1200 AD.

Illinois' Archaeological Research Program works at future construction sites in advance of all IDOT projects. They assist the state of Illinois in the preservation of their historic resources.

Items recovered at a dig site are usually taken to a laboratory where they are  analyzed and reported on and usually make their way to a museum or exhibit.

Click here to read this news article.

 

KJ's Place

    Entertainment Update..........

Sept 5th - Ohm's Brother
October 10th - Mid Life Crisis
December 5th Ohm's Brothers

Karaoke every third Saturday thru Dec.

Halloween Party October 24th.

Thanks,
Kathy

 

Hatteras Calls Back 200 Furloughed Workers..............
 


According to a news story from tradeonlytoday.com................... Last week was the first full week some 200 Hatteras Yachts employees spent at work following a furlough that began July 1.

The workers called back, were the hourly employees that were on temporary furlough. The company had been through several rounds of layoffs, the most recent was in January, where 330 jobs were cut.

Hatteras Yachts was founded in 1959, and was purchased by Brunswick in 2001...................

Click here to read this news story.

Click here to visit the Hatteras website.

Click here to visit the Brunswick Marine website.

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

 

Hog Back Date Change.....August 28 - 30, 2009

 

 

Follow the crowd to Quincy for Hogback 2009 August 28th-30th. This is a trip through 4 locks on the Mississippi to Quincy Illinois. Not for the faint of heart and adults only.

To follow along in a group meet at 8 am Friday August 28th at Cedar Hill. The Tiki bar will be open and Danishes will be provided.

We will stop halfway in Louisiana at the Two Rivers Marina (217-437-2321) for ice and fuel.

Once in Quincy we can dock at Quinssippi Boat Club if you are staying on your boat or Call Art Keller Marina for slips. They have gas and slips. Art Keller Marinas number is 217-228-9227.

We will gather Friday night at Quinssippi Boat Club for a party. Saturday is the big Beach Party at Hogback Island. Saturday night dinner still needs to be determined. We will miss the Phinn’s they are playing downtown Quincy the week before.

Sunday you’re on your own to travel back home at your own speed. Most people get up and head out around 10 or 11am.

If you need a hotel room there is a block of rooms reserved under my name at Quincy City Centre (old Holiday Inn.) The number is 217-222-2666. The rooms are only reserved until July 24th at the rate of $68.00/night.

Please RSVP if you plan to go so I can warn the Marinas and bars along the way. If you could email me your boat name how many people in your boat and t-shirt sizes by August 3rd that would be great.

Any questions email me at cnelson@englube.comThanks,

Corey & Ann Nelson      Just Lookin

DATE CHANGED

 

US Coast Guard Photo

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PORT ANGELES, Wash.

The Canadian Coast Guard Hovercraft Siyay, homeported in Sea Island, Richmond, British Columbia, makes her landing here as part of Excercise Pacific Unity 2009 on August 23rd, 2009. Pacific Unity 2009 is a coordinated North Pacific Coast Guard Forum scenario that is focused on demonstrating the parter nation's ability to provide maritime assets during an excercise occuring in the Pacific Northwest. Japan, Russia, Canada and the united States are sending vessels to take part in the evolutions while two members of the Forum, China and South Korea will participating as observers. Specifically, the partner nations will be coordinating simulated search and rescue, aids to navigation, law enforcement and security operations during the three day event. In addition, there will be opportunities for the crews participating to join together in social and cultural events aimed at building camaraderie and team work.

Official Coast Guard photo by PA2 Zac Crawford.


 

Monday

24  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

 

Picture of the Day

Little John's Motorsports Team  getting #1 Award

 

Keith getting his award !

 

Ashly

 

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The Pictures of the Day......... Are of Little John's Motorsports Team at the Litchfield, IL Drag Boat Races
 

 

Hi All

Attached are some pictures of a great weekend of racing in Litchfield Ill.

Ashly won the show (that should put us back in first place)
Kieth took 2nd place in his class (his first time in a real race)

AND NOTHING BROKE

It is 10.00 on Sunday night and we just got home.
After all of our downfalls, and frustration, it would be great to celebrate

BUT
As we speak, Ashly is on her way to SLU to her new dorm, for her first day
in college tomorrow

My wife Terrie has to be at Orchard Farm School at 6.00 am at her job as school bus monitor.
Kieth has a full day at his job.
I have to get my two grandsons (Jordan and Casey) up and on the school bus.
The reason we have the boys right now, is because their mother is just coming home from the hospital with a brand new 6 lb. BABY GIRL.
I also (luckily, in today's situation) have a full weeks work.

We have to get through this week, and be in Livermore Ky. by 8.00 am next Sat. To defend our title there.

I don't know how this is all going to work out, but as River Bill says
WE ARE LIVING THE DREAM

I would like to thank all the people that came to Livermore, and cheer us on.
The support of our friends, not only make us want to try harder, but makes this all worth while.
 


Little John

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007......   was sent in by Capt'n Harry Ragland, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the sailboat Tapacolo.

Bill,
This past weekend I spent Friday night at Grafton and then sailed to Alton on Saturday. Normally the prevailing winds would make this easy, but last Saturday the winds were strong out of the East. I had to work hard tacking the whole way. However, this O'Day 34 between Alton and Harbor Point makes it look easy because she's going the other way under a giant spinnaker.

Harry Ragland


 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/23/09
Subject: No Wake Zone UMR MM 179.5 - 180.0 (BNM NR 353-09)
NAVNOTICE # 1856


A LAND BASED EVENT WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT THE JEFFERSON NATIONAL MONUMENT GROUNDS AT THE WATERS EDGE ON THE 23RD OF AUGUST ALONG THE RIGHT DECENDING BANK. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT AT A NO WAKE SPEED BETWEEN MM 179.5 TO MM 180.0 UMR BETWEEN 9:15 TO 11:00 AM.


 

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

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090152

 2 Boat Collision - Meramec River - 8/23/2009

Location:

     Highway 30 Bridge - St. Clair  
Summary : 

BOAT 1 WAS TRAVELING DOWN STREAM WHEN HE STOPPED. BOAT 2 WAS FOLLOWING TO CLOSE AND RAN ON TOP OF BOAT 1. MR TUCKER SUFFERED A BROKEN ARM.

Boat Number 1

     1991 SHOALRUNNER

Boat Number 2

     2007 GATOR JET BOAT

Injuries

     Jeff Gorsuch.... Minor Injuries

     Jon Huber........Moderate

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website


Click here for more information

Meramec River
   Hundreds Of Pounds Of Trash Gathered During Operation Clean Stream....

According to a news report from ksdk.com............. Saturday, over 400 cubic yards of trash, 1800 tires, and 1 vehicle was removed from the Meramec River, and its tributaries during Operation Clean Stream.

All told, close to 2,000 volunteers cleaned up 500 miles worth of River.

Last year, volunteers loaded up 450 cubic yards of debris, and nearly 1,950 tires. 2009's totals are expected to rival last years...............
 


Click here to read this news report. With Photos

 

Akeem's Marine Detailing Service

                    Free Wash with each Wax ........  August 24 - Sept 12

314-372-5905
 

River History....

 

Aug 23, 2005 in River History

Ground Breaking for Grafton Marina.

 

Aug 24, 1993 in River History

Flood of 1993…..The locks on the Mississippi River are reopen to commercial river traffic

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Missouri Waterways
   Due To Wording Snafu, Styrofoam Is Legal On The Rivers, Tupperware Is Not


According to a news story from kmov.com............ Missouri legislators, in an effort to curb lewdness, and drinking on Missouri waterways, (with the exception of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Osage Rivers) banned foams on the waterways.

Unfortunately instead of banning polystyrene, which is better known by it's trade name, Styrofoam, they banned polypropylene.

Polystyrene is used in the manufacture of foam coolers, and foam coffee cups. Polypropylene is used to manufacture Tupperware, as well as bottled water containers, and even 2 liter bottles.

The goof-up is attributed to the fact that Missouri lawmakers modeled their law after a federal rule that bans foam containers from within 50 feet of the Current and Jacks Fork River.............

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

Grafton Harbor
9/11 Boat Parade

Friday September 11, 2009

6:00 Flag Ceremony on A-Dock

6:30 Boat Parade

Following the parade, please join us on the patio and bring cooler and
an appetizer and we will celebrate the beautiful sunset here in the USA.

Decorate your boats American Style! You may chose to just fly a flag or fully decorating your boat will be wonderful also. Parade route will be to Elsah and back.

Please help us to remember those who died; those who lost loved ones and those who witnessed the attack on 9/11. Memories are a powerful way to make us a stronger nation. Our military and our public service men are working hard to make us our country stronger. Through our 9-11 boat parade we give thanks to our service men, we remember and most importantly we will continue to work diligently on keeping the Untied States of America a place where our children can grow in peace.



Please Join Us, Everyone is Invited to Participate.

Mercruiser
     Wisconsin Union Votes No On Contract

     Mercury to Re-Locate Jobs To Stillwater, Oklahoma

According to a news article from msn.com........... Union workers from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) voted down the proposal offered by Mercury Marine that lined out the concessions needed for Mercury to remain in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin.

With the union's rejection, Mercury is expected to consolidate manufacturing operations to it's Stillwater, Oklahoma facility over the next 2 - 3 years.

Mercury had asked for concessions to it's existing contract, which had no pay cuts for employees, but 2% raises in the final two years of the contract would be eliminated. Average hourly wages are are around $20 per hour...............

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

Gas Prices.. Lake Ozarks
 

According to the Lake Expo.com............The cheapest gas at Lake Ozarks this past weekend was at King’s Pointe Gas Dock........ only $2.74/gallon after cash & quantity discounts
 

Click here to go to Lake Expo.com and read this news story

Race for the Rivers Festival

        Saturday ...August 29, 2009

        Frontier Park St. Charles, Mo

 


Canoe & Kayak Racing, Music, Food and Fun

 

Three Events For Clean Water

Promoting Clean Water Education, Restoration, and Recreation

Whether you’re an avid paddler looking to get in on a competitive river race, or simply in search of a fun-filled, laid-back “float,” Race for the Rivers 2009 is the event you’ve been searching for! With water education, restoration and recreation as the focus, The Greenway Network, a non-profit citizens action group, is set to re-stage their second annual Missouri River paddling event on the weekend of August 29 & 30.

Race One: The Race for the Rivers, is a staged-event covering 65 miles of the scenic Missouri River from Washington Missouri all the way to the Confluence. It is a race for the serious paddler with strong endurance and a desire to compete.

Race Two: The Clean Water Challenge, is designed for the less experienced racer and/or recreational paddlers – a NON-STOP friendly competition race at a discretionary pace. This event begins in Weldon Spring and concludes in historic Saint Charles at the Race for the Rivers Festival in Frontier Park.

The Festival is open to any and all who are interested in good food, great music and more information about how to encourage and enjoy healthy rivers. All tax deductible pledges will go to support Greenway Network's various clean water initiatives.

Click here for more information

 

 

 

It's the Weekend !

Saturday, Sunday

22, 23  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

Updated Sunday at 4:30PM

News Flash...

Little John's Motorsports Won at Litchfield, IL

Ashly Won the field

Keith took 2nd

They are back in 1st Place !

Congarts to LittleJohn's Motor Sports !

 

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

RPM Music Rocks the River

 

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The Picture of the Day......... Sharon and Stan Asberry who hail out of Woodland Marina in the boat "Captain Crunch."

 

 

Hi River Bill,

Here are river pictures from last Saturday (08-08-09) of D.J. Rick Paul, of RPM Music, Rockin the River again on the top deck of “Captain Crunch”..

D.J. Rick kept everyone dancing on the boat from Woodland Marina to Iowa Island, where more people climbed aboard to join our party. Everyone enjoyed the live entertainment provided by RPM Music, so we booked Rick again next summer.

Sharon and Stan Asberry
 

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Saturday Morning Sunrise

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The Picture of the Day......... is a Saturday morning River Sunrise taken about 6:30 Am this morning near the Two Branch Island area of the river !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

Our Lady of the River

 

   

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008......Sunday... was sent in by Capt'n Brian Schnelle.
 

 

Hello,

Had a few pics I wanted to submit, all were taken while flying my powered parachute, enjoy!

Brian Schnelle


 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

Our Lady of the River

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008......was sent in by Capt'n Tony Luebbert of Marine Max

 

Bill,

 

Here is a pic of the Shrine I took last night.

It's more impressive in person at night then the pictures could capture.

Tony Luebbert
MarineMax
2725 Veteran's Memorial Parkway
Saint Charles, MO 63303


 


Updated Sunday at 6:00 AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/22/09
Subject: Clark Highway Bridge (LLNR 16240) MM 202.4 UMR lights extinguished
NAVNOTICE # 1855


THE DOWNSTREAM RIGHT DESCENDING PIER LIGHT AND THE DOWNSTREAM GREEN CENTER CHANNEL LIGHT ON THE CLARK HIGHWAY BRIDGE (LLNR 16240) AT MM 202.4 UMR ARE EXTINGUISHED. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE BRIDGE WITH CAUTION.

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: MSO Chicago
Date: 8/21/09
Subject: MSU CHICAGO BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
NAVNOTICE # 1854


SAFETY BCST PLUS SCHEDULED BCST FM 1800 ON 21 AUG 09 UNTIL CANCELED U.S.C.G. SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN NOTICE TO MARINERS M000-09 IL - CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL - MILE MARKER 296.0
1. THE COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE ON THE CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 296.0 AND 296.7 TO RESTRICT PASSAGE OF VESSELS ACROSS THE ELECTRICAL DISPERSAL BARRIER. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS CONDUCTED INITIAL SAFETY TESTING ON COMMERCIAL TOWING OPERATIONS. PRELIMINARY DATA FROM THOSE TESTS INDICATE THAT VESSELS MEETING THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MAY TRANSIT THE SAFETY ZONE IF GRANTED PERMISSION BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT'S REPRESENTATIVE. NUMBER ONE - THE VESSEL MUST HAVE AN ENTIRELY METALLIC HULL, BE POWERED BY DIESEL FUEL, AND BE AT LEAST TWENTY FEET IN LENGTH. NUMBER TWO - TOWS CONSISTING OF BARGES NOT CARRYING COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID OR FLAMMABLE CARGOS AND MADE UP USING WIRE ROPE. NUMBER THREE - TOWS CONSISTING OF BARGES CARRYING FLAMMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID CARGOS MUST BE MADE UP USING WIRE ROPE, CONFIGURED NO MORE THAN ONE BARGE IN LENGTH AND TWO WIDE, AND ENGAGING THE SERVICES OF A BOW BOAT AT ALL TIMES DURING THE TRANSIT. THESE VESSELS MUST RECEIVE PERMISSION TO TRANSIT FROM THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT'S REPRESENTATIVE AT (630) 336-0296 OR CHANNEL 16 VHF.
2. VESSELS PERMITTED TO TRANSIT MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING THREE REQUIREMENTS: NUMBER ONE - ALL PERSONNEL MUST REMAIN INSIDE A DECKHOUSE OR SUPERSTRUCTURE DURING THE TRANSIT. NUMBER TWO - ANY VESSEL ENGAGED IN TOWING THAT WISHES TO TRANSIT DURING COAL LOADING OPERATIONS AT THE MID WEST GENERATION POWER PLANT MUST ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF A BOW BOAT.
NUMBER THREE - ALL VESSELS MUST ENTER THE SAFETY ZONE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF TRANSITING TO THE OTHER SIDE AND MUST MAINTAIN HEADWAY THROUGHOUT THE TRANSIT. THIS PROHIBITS MOORING, LAYING UP, AND/OR LOITERING WITHIN THE ZONE. NUMBER FOUR - TOWBOATS MAY NOT MAKE OR BREAK TOWS WITHIN THE SAFETY ZONE NUMBER FIVE - VESSELS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL SERVICE MAY NOT MEET OR OVERTAKE OTHER VESSELS BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 295.0 AND 297.5 OF THE CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL. NUMBER SIX - ALL VESSELS MUST COMPLY WITH ANY OTHER REQUIREMENT OR CONDITION IMPOSED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT'S REPRESENTATIVE.
3. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT THEREBY CLOSING THIS PORTION OF THE CANAL TO ALL OTHER VESSEL TYPES. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT WILL ISSUE A BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF FURTHER INTENTIONS.
4. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING TRANSITING THE SAFETY ZONE, CONTACT THE NINTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT  (216) 902-6020. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE OPERATION OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DISPERSAL BARRIER, CONTACT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER AT (312) 846-5330.
 

 


 

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Updated Sunday at 6:00 AM

Boat Manufacturer news
   Crownline Has Been Purchased................


According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com................ Crownline Boats has been purchased, and the company is expected to resume production very soon.

The company was bought by Tony Zielinski the owner of Leisure Properties, and Dave Wilson, who owns Miaty Harbour and Ultracraft.

Crownline's original management team will be re-joining the company, and the company has announced that they are looking forward to reconnecting with Valued Crownline dealer partners, as well as employees as the company moves toward the future...................

Click here to read this news article.
 


Click here for more information

Updated Sunday at 6:00 AM

Illinois River At Alton
   Columbus' Ships Arriving Late Due To River Closures..............


According to a news report from bnd.com................. Two of Columbus' ships, the Nina, and the Pinta, were scheduled to arrive at Alton Marina Monday around noon.

The ships are now slated to arrive on September 1, 2009. This is due to the closure of the upper Illinois River on August 17th.

The Illinois will re-open on August 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm. The Pinta and Nina will arrive at Alton on Tuesday, September 1............

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Nina website.
 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Updated Sunday at 8:00 AM

Akeem's Marine Detailing Service

                    Free Wash with each Wax ........  August 24 - Sept 12

314-372-5905
 

Updated Sunday at 6:00 AM

Marine News Tidbit

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers (IAMAW) are planning to vote on the proposed contract changes Sunday.

 

Mercury Marine is urging the union to vote yes on the contract in order to keep jobs in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin ..................

Click here to read this news report.
 

Mississippi River At New Orleans
   Navy Takes Delivery Of The USS New York................


According to a news report from cbs6albany.com............... The U.S. Navy has taken delivery of the $1 billion amphibious vessel, the New York. The New York has a unique feature, in that her bow contains over 7 tons of steel form the World Trade Center.

The transport dock ship was formally turned over to the U.S. Navy Friday, from Northrup Grumman Corp. She passed her sea trials, held in the Gulf of Mexico in July. That was the last step prior to the military taking full control of the vessel.

The New York is the fifth in the LPD San Antonio class of ships that are intended to insert Marines into assault operations. She will be officially commissioned in New York City on November 7, 2009................

Click here to read this news report

 

Chicago River
   Gator Found Along The River.............


According to a news report from go.com............... While working along the Chicago River Thursday, German Lopez caught sight of something that made him take pause. An alligator.

After confirming with his boss that he wasn't hallucinating, Lopez called Animal Control. When the police marine unit showed up, the gator fled, only to return a short while later.

Oddly enough, the gator happened to be in the vicinity of the Vienna Beef plant.

The gator, though elusive, was not large enough to be a problem. He was eventually rounded up by Bob of the Chicago Herpetological Society. Bob apprehended the gator while searching for the him while paddling in his canoe...........

Click here to read this news report. With Video.


 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Boating and River Tidbits

 

 

Illinois catfish lure maker ties one on...Click here

 

Visitor's Guide to the Middle Mississippi River Valley...... Click here

 

Hardin man gets probation for killing bald eagle..... Click here

 

Requested stimulus funds may save Katy Bridge .... Click here

 

Missouri River
    Tyson Fresh Meats Fined$2 Million for Pumping Animal Waste into River

 

 

Tyson Fresh Meats, was fined $2 million for pumping animal waste into the Missouri River from a beef processing plant located in Dakota City, Nebraska.


The government fined the company because it did not adequately treat the wastewater   discharged into the river.  The result was fecal coliform and nitrates were discharged into the water of the MissouriRiver.

 

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

 

Lake Ozarks

    33 ft Donzi Stolen From Boat Dealer's Lot Recovered !

In a news article from Lake Expo.com..... The 33ft Donzi that was stolen from a dealer's lot on Bagnell Dam Blvd. earlier this week has been recovered with the help of one of the Lake Expo.com's reader tip.
 

The boat, the trailer and a purple boat cover were stolen from Midwest Boat Brokerage and towed by an unidentified vehicle that proceeded westbound on Highway 54.

 

A part-time lake area resident spotted the boat in an abandoned parking lot in St. Louis and called the police.

Lake Ozark Police coordinated with the St. Louis Police Department to confirm the identification of the stolenboat and executed the recovery. The Donzi, estimated at $85,000

Click here to read this news report.

 

River says... Thanks Ken Goode for this news tip !

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com

 

 


 

Friday

21  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day......... are from Capt'n Scott Shipman

 

 

Riverbill,

Thanks keeping the site fresh, I use it daily. A few photos from last Saturday's (august 8th) beautiful sunset and a dive from the boat while the sun faded (you can see the UE plant in the distant background). The diver Rob Wilson thought he was going for the gold. I hail out of Harbor Point Yacht Club in the boat "Eye Value".

 

Scott Shipman
Keep up the great work and postings...
 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Farmer Wants A Wife At Anchor Yanker's

 

  

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008...... was sent to us by Terry Burton of Anchor Yankers

 

 

Portage de Sioux’s own Matt Neustadt of TV’s Farmer Wants a Wife fame on Anchor Yankers Island Aug 17th. with OUR AY beauties!!!


Terry Borton Club Photog

Anchor Yankers


 

Little John's Motorsports

   Races In Litchfield Ill. This Weekend

 

Hi All,

 

 It has been a crazy couple of weeks.


Between a very hectic work schedule, finding engine parts, and getting ready for school,
We are going to be ready for the races in Litchfield Ill. this weekend.

The noise in Woodland late last night was the big motor in Ashlys KWITCHABITCHIN boat. The noise on the river early last Sunday was us tuning the boat that was Aslys 16th birthday present. The name on the boat is HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHLY
Terrie calls it the ANGEL BOAT. Kieth Ruf (Ashlys dad) will be piloting the boat that we have been working on for two tears.

With these two boats, and our associate boat from Alabama, Little Johns will have boats running in three different classes this weekend.

River Bills, Contrios Yacht Club, and the many others that have helped us, WILL be WELL represented.

We are also setting up a grudge match between Ashly and her father.
This should be GREAT. BUT WHO DO I CHEER FOR????????

Lou Yeager Lake is a very nice facility, with a great swimming area for the kids.
All of ours will be there, and it is only about 65 miles from St. Louis.

For information you can go to
Click here: Litchfield Illinois Official City Web Site
or call 866 733 5833
Make it clear that you are with the racers, or Little Johns Motorsports, and there a few
rooms left at the Comfort Inn for $69.00
The Comfort Inn is the official race Headquarters. 217 324 9260

For those of you that enjoyed the races at Creve Cour, this weekend should be as good.
In the places that we go, our cheering section is better than any other.
This is frustrating to many of the other racers, BUT WE LOVE IT, and work hard to put on a good show.

Please try to get there if you can.
 

Little John

 

Lake of the Ozarks

   Shootout August 28 -30

The Lake of the Ozarks shootout will take place this year on Aug. 28-30. It's the largest unsanctioned boat race in the United States !

The race will will be hosted by Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill this year and will run from the 32.5 to the 34.5 mile marker just below the Hurricane Deck Bridge.  They expect more than 100 boats to participate and more than 60,000 spectators to show up for this racing event.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Lake Area Rescue Teams, Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations
 

Click here for more information on LakeExpo.com

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Illinois Fishing Report .......

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)  

80 degrees, low, muddy; flathead catfish and blue catfish good on cut bait; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; carp good on corn; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/20/2009)


Salt (below Mark Twain):

82 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs using nibblets around brush; largemouth bass good on plastic lures; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/20/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

80 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on worms; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 8/20/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

77 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on worms, cut baits and shad; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; crappie slow; bluegill fair on worms; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 8/20/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

82 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows and jigs using nibblets around brush; largemouth bass good on plastic lures; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/20/2009)


 

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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/

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

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Con Trios yacht Club

    Alton Get Away Picture Show By Gulliewash

 

 

It was a blast and ALTON MARINA you rock!!  great service-- great staff--great place-we will be staying again, thanks Con Trios for another really good PARTY!!!

 

Darryl and Maureen you are the hosts with the most--THANKS
 

Terrie & Brian Bert

"GULLIEWASH"
Lake Center Marina

 

Loopers......

 

Did you know ?


The circumnavigation of Eastern North America by water routes is known as the Great Loop or the Great Circle....

 

The trip ranges in length between 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles depending on the choice of routes taken. The vessels commonly used range from personal watercraft to 60-foot yachts and include sailboats, but the most common boat is a 34 - 45 ft trawler.

 

Limiting factors for the trip and boat include the limited 5 foot draft in some areas on the loop and the low bridge height of 19 feet in Chicago, Illinois.

 

The boaters that make the Great Loop are known as "loopers" ....and their numbers are growing as the Baby Boomers reach retirement age.

 

 

Source: Wikipedia Encycledia
 

Mississippi River

     Hannibal, Missouri
     Legend of Hannibal's Lover's Leap Explained.................

According to a news story from connecttristates.com................... While there are many Lover's Leaps located across the country, and many stories as to how they got their names, a Mark Twain riverboat captain has explained how the Leap at Hannibal got it's name.

The legend of Lover's Leap is a portion of the tour that Captain Steve Terry has been narrating since 1977.

Apparently, the Hannibal area was inhabited by two Indian tribes, the Fox on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River, and the Illini on the Illinois side of the River. Although the tribes were enemies, the daughter of the Fox tribe's Chief was in love with an Illini brave. She was forbidden to see the brave. One night, however, the Chief found his daughter with her lover, atop the cliff. And instead of spending a lifetime apart, they jumped from the cliff, hence the name Lover's Leap.

However, unlike most stories of this sort, the lovers are reported to have survived..................

Click here to read this news story. With Photos.
 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

Lake Ozarks

    33 ft Donzi Stolen From Boat Dealer's Lot

In a news article from Lake Expo.com..... A 33ft Donzi was stolen from a dealer's lot on Bagnell Dam Blvd. earlier this week.
 

The boat, the trailer and a purple boat cover were stolen from Midwest Boat Brokerage and towed by an unidentified vehicle proceeded westbound on Highway 54.
 

Click here to read this news report.

Travelers Boat Insurance
     Discount For Using Autotether Wireless Emergency-Stop Lanyard...


In a news article from tradeonlytoday.com................. Travelers insurance company has announced that they are offering a discount on boat and yacht insurance premiums if the operator is using an Autotether wireless emergency-stop lanyard.

The device shuts down the engines if the pilot is thrown overboard.

The Coast Guard reports that falls overboard are among the leading causes of boating fatalities, injuries, and property damage. Lanyard use is required by law in six states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Travelers is looking over similar products manufactured by other companies, in hopes of offering a future discount to boaters that use the safety devices..............

Click here to read this news article.

Click here to visit the Autotether website.

Click here to visit the Travelers website.
 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Mercury MerCruiser

     Unveils New Big Block Marine Engine.............

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............... Mercury MerCruiser has announced that they have developed a new generation of big-block marine power. The new design boasts more power, improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and better mid-range acceleration.

The new engine features aluminum cylinder heads, designed to produce more power, especially in the mid range, on 87 octane fuel. The engines also feature design improvements to control oil consumption, improved access to service points, and even emissions reducing catalysts.

The power plants will be offered in both sterndrive and inboard applications, in base and HO power ratings. The new engines will also be compatible with MerCruiser technology, including Axius, SeaCore, SmartCraft, and even digital or mechanical throttle/shift controls............

Click here to read this news report

 

Boat Manufacturer News
    Union To Vote On Mercury Marine Contract Sunday.................


According to a news article from tulsaworld.com.............. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947 (IAMAW) will vote Sunday on a proposed contract with Mercury Marine. The fate of Mercury's non-union plant in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and it's 380 employees may hang in the balance.

If the union rejects the contract, Mercury may very well relocate it's operations from Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, to their Stillwater facility.

The Wisconsin contract would replace a contract that still has 3 years left on it. The new contract will bring a pay reduction to new and returning workers, in addition to granting Mercury a bit more leeway with employee overtime.................

Click here to read this news article.

 

Thursday

20  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the day

 

Rivers Edge RV Park Is The Place To Be !

 

 

The Pictures of the Day......... were sent to us by Jim and Vivian Powell

 

 

“It’s one Great Day on the River Sir!”



We wanted to send you a couple of pictures of our day on the river and our camping site at Rivers Edge RV Park. Saturday was kid’s day and we had our Grandbaby girls with us. Girls out numbered the boys. 10 Girls and 3 Boys, 4 if you count “Waldo” our Cocker. It was so pretty and everyone had such a great time. The first picture is of our Son’s boat his girlfriend, her daughter Zoe, and the group he had with him. The next picture is of our Campsite at Rivers Edge RV Park & Boat Storage. It is a great place to camp and bring the family. John and Dorothy have done a wonder job of making the campground a place nice, clean, safe, and comfortable for you, your family, and children. We love it there and if you love the river life on pool 26 this is the place to be.


Thanks so Much
Jim & Vivian Powell
 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

  

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

   

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008...... were sent in by Debbie House of Riverbend Marina.

 

 

Bill,

The USS LST 325 (Second World War) came by our place tonight. Here are some pics.

 

Debbie House
RiverBend Marina


 

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: MSO Chicago
Date: 8/19/09
Subject: BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS
NAVNOTICE # 1853


SAFETY BCST PLUS SCHEDULED BCST FM 1800 ON 19 AUG 09 UNTIL CANCELED U.S.C.G. SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN NOTICE TO MARINERS M000-09 IL - CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL - MILE MARKER 296.0

1. THE COAST GUARD HAS ESTABLISHED A SAFETY ZONE ON THE CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 296.0 AND 296.7 TO RESTRICT PASSAGE OF VESSELS ACROSS THE ELECTRICAL DISPERSAL BARRIER. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS CONDUCTED INITIAL SAFETY TESTING ON COMMERCIAL TOWING OPERATIONS. PRELIMINARY DATA FROM THOSE TESTS INDICATE THAT BARGES NOT CARRYING FLAMMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID CARGOS MAY SAFELY TRANSIT THROUGH THIS AREA IF THEY ENGAGE THE SERVICE OF A BOW BOAT. THESE VESSELS MUST RECEIVE PERMISSION TO TRANSIT FROM THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT’S REPRESENTATIVE AT (630) 336-0296 OR CHANNEL 16 VHF. VESSELS PERMITTED TO TRANSIT ARE REMINDED THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE REGULATED NAVIGATIONAL AREA REMAIN IN EFFECT, INCLUDING THE REQUIREMENT TO CONNECT ALL VESSELS IN A TOW WITH STEEL CABLES. THIS PORTION OF THE CANAL WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO ALL OTHER VESSEL TYPES AND TO BARGES CARRYING FLAMMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE CARGOS UNTIL FURTHER TESTING AND ANALYSIS IS CONDUCTED. THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT WILL ISSUE A BROADCAST NOTICE  TO MARINERS NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC OF FURTHER INTENTIONS.

2. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING TRANSITING THE SAFETY ZONE, CONTACT SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN AT (414) 747-7182. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE OPERATION OF THE U.S. ARMY  CORPS OF ENGINEERS DISPERSAL BARRIER, CONTACT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER AT (312) 846-5330.
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Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

Wapsipinicon River
     Anamosa, Iowa
     After 5 Days, Woman Lost on River Is Found..............


According to a news story from desmoinesregister.com.................. Last Wednesday, Jeanne Schnepp disappeared while fishing in the Wapsipinicon River close to Anamosa, Iowa.. She usually went fishing with a friend, but this particular day, she went alone. Also out of character, Schnepp decided to fish from a small raft. A raft that no one knew that she owned.

The current of the river carried her downstream, and she was not strong enough to paddle against it. Eventually, Schnepp's raft stopped in the midst of an area surrounded by brush and trees. The hidey-hole was 8 - 12 feet from shore. Since she is not able to get around as well as she used to, Schnepp was not able to get out of the raft, nor make her way to shore.

Schnepp was effectively obscured from the legions of rescue searchers looking for her. She was able to hear the rescuers going by, but could not get their attention. She survived 5 days atop the raft, living on a small bottle of water, and 2 cans of soda. Schnepp had no food.

Finally, on Monday afternoon, a searcher viewed an arm holding an oar pop up into the air. Schnepp was rescued, and taken to the hospital. She was severely sunburned, and dehydrated.

After spending the night in intensive care, Schnepp was moved to a normal patient room, and is reported to be in good spirits.

Her family, greatly relieved, has gone from possibly planning a funeral, to taking a more pro-active role in scheduling her fishing trips.....................

Click here to read this news story.

The Wapsipinicon River is a 225 mile long tributary of the Mississippi River located in northeastern Iowa. Known locally as the Wapsi, the River is known for good fishing, especially catfish. Other prevalent species are northern pike, carp, sunfish, and even some walleye..............

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Click here to read more.

 

 

RiverBill syas... A big muddy thanks goes out to Matt Burrows for this news tip.  Matt used to be a bartender at the old Capt'n Jacks !
 

This Evening ! 

      Thursday,   20  August  2009 ..

      Con Trios yacht Club's

      River Hazards Map Update Meeting
 

River Hazards Map Update and Meeting

Safety Chairman Scott Hickey is working hard on the river hazards map. There will be a meeting at Palisades Yacht Club on Thursday, August 20th at 7 PM for any and all interested boaters to attend and add their knowledge of various hazards, wing dikes, etc. Come on by and take a look at how the map is coming together. Con Trios Yacht Club is sponsoring this effort but we need input from all of the boating community.


Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club
 


 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

River History....

 

On August 19, 1989 In River History


The city of Alton, IL broke ground for the Alton Marina

 

Scott and Amy of Palisades Yacht Club Fame Have

     Signed up for the Race for the Rivers Clean Water Challenge !
 

Scott has signed us up for the Race for the Rivers Clean Water Challenge on August 29th. Not sure what he was thinking but here goes! It is a 20 mile canoe race down the Missouri River from Weldon Spring to the St. Charles River Front. I will be wearing my life jacket or maybe two! Our Public Works Director, Rob Mosbey has a team and is participating also, however I not only must beat him in the race but I must beat him in donations too!!  All tax deductible pledges will be going to support the Greenway Network’s various clean water initiatives.

 

Click on the link below to help us reach and maybe exceed our goal!

http://www.racefortherivers.org/participants.php

More information is at www.racefortherivers.org


Amy@PYC
 

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

Fishing News
     New Government Study Results: Mercury In Fish Is Widespread..................


According to a news report from newson6.com.................. A federal study that was released on Wednesday shows that all of the fish tested in 300 streams across America had some level of mercury contamination. The good news is that only about a quarter of the fish tested had levels exceeding the limits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deemed safe for those consuming normal amounts of fish.

The main source for mercury is from coal-fired power plant emissions. After raining down into the waterways, natural processes convert the mercury into methlmercury a more absorbable form of the toxin.

The highest concentration of contamination was recorded in the remote blackwater streams along the coasts of the Carolinas Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana. It is believed that the surrounding forests and wetlands assist in the methlmercury conversion.................
 


Click here to read this news report.
 



 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Sailboat News
     Decline In Sailboat Sales Slowing.................


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com................ While brokerage sales of sailboats did continue to fall in July, the fall was not as severe as earlier in the year.

For the same time period 2008, unit sales were down by 23%, and the value of vessels sold was down by 21%. Earlier in the year, sales were down by 30%, and valuation was down over 40%.

Sales by length results show that the under 26 foot segment showed the smallest year over year decline in comparison to the larger segments. Boats in the over 55 foot category actually showed improvement, with more boats sold than one year ago. However, year to date sales for the over 55 crowd is down about the same as other segments, approximately 30%................
 


Click here to read this news report.

 

Boat Gear Manufacturer News
    Garmin May Make Offer For Purchase of  Raymarine ..........


According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com.................... Garmin Ltd. has released a statement responding to reports that they were in early negotiations with Raymarine to purchase the United Kingdom based company.

Following the City Code for Takeovers and Mergers, Garmin states that any offers made for Raymarine shares will likely be made in cash.

Garmin also adds that at this point, it is not certain that an offer will be made for the company, nor what the terms of the offer might be.

 

The Garmin company product lines span various areas of interest, including automotive, aviation, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation and wireless applications.

RayMarine product line consists of marine electronics, including radar, GPS, fish finders, autopilots, instruments, software, marine satellite TV and weather.
 


Click here to read this news article.

Click here to visit the Garmin website.

Click here to visit the Raymarine website.
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Coast Guard responds to sunken historic Navy tug, USS Wenonah


SAN FRANCISCO-- Capt. Paul Gugg (right), commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, and Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Higgins, from the Incident Management Division at Sector San Francisco, assess the scene of a sunken vessel, Monday, August 17, 2009. The vessel, USS Wenonah, was a historic tug maintained by volunteer Merchant Marine officers. After sinking, it released oil into the surrounding area near Pier I on Treasure Island, in San Francisco. 090817-G-5394S-002

(Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Erik Swanson)
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Wednesday

19  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the day

 

St. Norbert Group

 

The Picture of the Day......... is from Dave and Deb Heacock of the boat ... That's The Spirit"

 


Hi RiverBill,

 

We have an annual fall auction at St Norbert School in Florissant Mo. ,and this past year we put in the auction a "A Day on the Mississippi Summer 2009." We had 11 Couples bid on this outing, many who have never experienced the river life before. We gave them the tour from Oasis - Kinder's - Long Shots - Palisades - Island swimming and then back to Oasis for buffet dinner.

We wanted to send a special thanks out to Oasis Bar and Grill for the wonderful hospitality that they provided us, along with the great "buffet" dinner. Also to the other restaurants who also showed this group what the "River Restaurants" and "River People" are all about.

"I never knew any of this existed, we're trading the Lake House to bring the boat up on the river, because we have never met nicer people." Just a quote from a few on the outing!

Hog Back Next!
Deb and Dave Heacock

"That's The Spirit" -

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

   

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008...... was sent in by Mike Halley, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser...."Over Exposed"


Its a picture of the girls & women in our raft at Mason's Chute from last Sunday the 10th of August, taken on the top deck of Gary & Judy's boat, "Beads".


Mike & Karen Halley
Yacht Club
Over Exposed


 

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/17/09
Subject: Shoaling at MM 94.7 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1851


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0350-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0350-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF POSSIBLE SHOALING IN THE VIC OF MM 94.7 ILR ALONG THE RED BUOY LINE. A M/V RAN AGROUND AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 9'0" DRAFT AND THE LA GRANGE L/D UPPER POOL GUAGE READING OF 9.48 FEET ON 16AUG09. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

 

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: St. Charles, MO.

Water Patrol Teaches Boating Safety To Pujols Family Foundation Participants

The Missouri State Water Patrol provided boat rides and life jacket safety instruction for 47 children and their families in a joint effort with the Pujols Family Foundation on Saturday, August 15. The event was held at Hide Away Harbor Park on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County to give those affected by Down syndrome an opportunity to learn first-hand about boating in Missouri. The Pujols Family Foundation was founded in 2005 to improve the lives of those affected by Down syndrome in both the St. Louis area and the Dominican Republic.

Water Patrol Officers and volunteers greeted the participants and gave them event T-shirts supplied by the South County Dodge Chrysler Jeep Dealership and the Missouri Water Patrol Association. The T-shirt, featuring Cardinals mascot Fredbird, promotes the use of lifejackets. Participants and their chaperones then were fitted for life jackets and taken in groups for 20 minute boat rides with Water Patrol officers on the Mississippi River.

A boat was also set up on shore so participants could spend more time on board a boat. Also on display were different types of life jackets. This showed the varieties and styles available from the bulky type II life jackets the participants wore to the compact fanny pack style worn by officers. The Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District had trucks on display as well as a live fire hose skills game. St. Charles County Ambulance District had a unit there for the participants to learn about treating minor medical issues. A Water Patrol canine unit was also on hand for the participants to interact with.

"The Missouri State Water Patrol participates in many community events to promote boating safety. The excitement and enthusiasm shown by participants was proof that this experience will stay in their minds for a long time. The pleasure of being able to provide this kind of experience will remain with our officers as well," said Lt. Col. Mike Smith who was on hand for the event. Over the course of the day, Water Patrol officers gave rides to 47 participants and 50 chaperones. The Water Patrol would like to thank the St. Charles County Parks Department for use of the event grounds.



News Release ID: N07090144
 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Contact: Doug Edelman
Assistant District Staff Officer - Public Affairs
District 8WR USCGAUX
edeldoug@charter.net
636-379-0877
August 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPONSIBLE BOATING


 

Each year the US Coast Guard Auxiliary partners with the National Safe Boating Council and other organizations during National Safe Boating Week and throughout the year, to promote safe and responsible boating. We would like to remind the boating public that their safety depends on these FUNDAMENTALS.

Life Jackets Save Lives

Coast Guard Statistics[1] indicate that in 2005 drowning was the cause of 70% of that year’s boating fatalities, and 87% of the drowning victims were not wearing their life jackets at the time. The Coast Guard estimates that 426 lives could have been saved in 2005 if these boaters had followed the first Fundamental Principle: WEAR IT!

While boating fatalities have been steadily decreasing over the past several years, many more would be prevented if everyone wore their life jacket every time they get out on the water. Life jackets save lives


Boater Education Saves Lives

Missouri’s Mandatory Boater Education Law took effect January 1, 2005, and requires that every Missouri resident born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes must carry a boating safety identification card issued by the State Water Patrol and a valid photo ID. This includes personal watercraft like Jet-Skis. The boating safety ID card indicates successful completion of a boating safety education course. Successful completion of this course will not only earn the boating safety ID card, but will give your invaluable information which will help you remain safe on the water.
 

Safe Boats Save Lives

Know the federal and state requirements for operating a vessel, and make sure your boat or personal watercraft is in compliance. Have a Vessel Safety Check performed to ensure that your vessel meets these requirements and has all the necessary safety equipment on board and in good condition.
 

Sober Boating Saves Lives

Approximately one third of all recreational boating fatalities involve alcohol. Alcohol affects vision, coordination, balance and judgment. Alcohol will impair your ability to safely operate your boat even more than it impairs your ability to drive a car.

It is not just the operator drinking that poses a risk. It is dangerous for your passengers to drink on the water as well!

Alcohol's effect on your BALANCE can be critical on a boat. When you are "tipsy", the unstable, moving platform of the boat can easily cause you to fall overboard.

Alcohol also reduces your body's ability to protect you against the cold water. When you’ve been drinking, the numbing effects of cold water occur much faster than when you are sober. Within minutes, you may not be able to call for help, swim to a float, or reach the safety of the boat.
 

To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary – or if you are interested in learning how to become one of us – please visit us online at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or contact us at msz@charter.net.

 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education. The 30,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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Mississippi River

     La Crosse, Wisconsin
     Wedding On Hold, As Groom & Photographer Rescue People From River...


According to a news report from twincities.com............. While posing for their wedding photos at Riverside Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Adam and Julia Hatfield observed a man looking down at, and then jumping into the Mississippi River.

Hatfield, and the photographer, Russ Konrad, rushed to aid the man and his granddaughter. The bride hiked up her gown and ran for help.

Once the girl was pulled to safety, the man was rescued with the help of another passer-by. When all were deemed safe and sound, Hatfield shook the man's hand and departed without getting the victim's name. After all, Hatfield had to get to the church on time................

Click here to read this news report.
 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2720: The Village of Fairmont City's proposes to create a Wetland Interpretive Center which will be a hands-on wetlands ecosystem education center. The project will feature a stocked recreational lake with two islands containing wood duck boxes, a raised boardwalk, two pavilians, a parking area, a fireman's trail and include a secton of the Mounds Heritage Trail. Currently there are 98.36 acres of wetlands onsite, of which 42.11 acres will be converted to a differerent type and 1.58 acres will be permanenty filled. The applicant is proposing onsite mitigation as well as mitigation in four borrow ponds to the west of this location.

 

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

Wanted  

      Dock Box
 

River Bill

 

I have been a long river rat but a first year dock renter at Eagles Landing new dock section and I am looking to pick up a used Dock Box but a professionally built box they wont let us put up boxes unless they are professionally looking and clean in appearance. Surely with all the boats for sale on the river there are several owners that also have slips and old boxes that I could get my hands on.

Thank you,

Andy Grygiel......

SS. Toontang

 

grygiela@yahoo.com
 

Thursday,   20  August  2009  

      Con Trios yacht Club's

      River Hazards Map Update Meeting
 

River Hazards Map Update and Meeting

Safety Chairman Scott Hickey is working hard on the river hazards map. There will be a meeting at Palisades Yacht Club on Thursday, August 20th at 7 PM for any and all interested boaters to attend and add their knowledge of various hazards, wing dikes, etc. Come on by and take a look at how the map is coming together. Con Trios Yacht Club is sponsoring this effort but we need input from all of the boating community.


Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club
 

Boat Manufacturer News
     Gibson Boats Weathering Natural And Economic Storms................

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com..................... In April of 2006, an F3 tornado all but wiped out the Gibson Boat manufacturing facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. And after fighting with their insurance carrier for the better part of a year, Gibson was able to resume operations in a new factory.

Gibson also revamped their business philosophy, first rebuilding the factory on a smaller, and more efficient floorplan. The new plant will assemble about 30 boats per year, in a 54,000 square foot facility, versus the 100-150 boats per year at the old 100,000 square foot plant.

Gibson next focused on improving their products by upgrading the finishing touches, such a carpets, paneling, and appliances. The new plant and processes even make it possible to offer custom solutions to boat buyer dilemmas...........

Click here to read this news article.

Click here to visit Gibson's website.
 

 

River History....

 

On August 19, 2007 In River History


The upper Mississippi had a record rainfall, causing flooding and mudslides from Winona Minnesota. to Genoa and Viroqua Wisconsin. This so-called 1000 year rainfall dumped almost a foot of rain in 2 days.

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Boat Manufacturer News
    Talks Between Mercury Marine And Union Continue Past Deadline....


In a news story from tradeonlytoday.com.................. Officials from Mercury Marine, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, (IAMAW), met for 5 hours Monday, before union leaders announced that they would be taking Mercury's proposal to its membership for a vote on Sunday.

Mercury and union representatives have met repeatedly over the past two weeks to discuss needed changes in benefits, wages, as well as operational flexibility needed for Mercury to remain in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin.

Union officials states that they want job guarantees for union members, if they accept contract concessions.............

Click here to read this news story.
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba assists boat captain in medevac

 
BOSTON- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba transfers the master of the Captain Gatson on board for medical attention, August 18, 2009. The 51-year old male was medevaced to the hospital for further evaluation.

(U.S. Coast Guard Photo)




.

Tuesday

18  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Picture of the day

 

If your lucky enough to live near the water,

you are lucky enough.

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day......... was sent to us by Capt'n Nike  McCarty
 

Another tough Sunday on the Mississippi River at Iowa Island. What a life. If your lucky enough to live near the water, you are lucky enough.

Photo taken by Mike McCarty on board Kiss 'D Girl out of Sherwood.
 

Mike McCarty
mike@mccartyphotography.com
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

   

 

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2008...... were sent to us by Randy Johnston who hails out of Lake Center Marina

 

 

River Bill,

We went up this afternoon (Sunday 8-17) to Winfield. Our girls had a great time jumping of the back of the boat into the not so warm water. On the way back down, we saw the American Queen at about 5:00 PM, two miles above Two Branch. My wife got a few good pictures.


Thanks,

Randy Johnston
Lake Center Marina
 

 

Featured Boat of the Day

 

For Sale.. 2006 Rinker 320 Express Cruiser

 

Description

 

2006 RINKER 320 Express Cruiser, 2006 RINKER 320 Express Cruiser, NEW ARRIVAL and MIGHT AS WELL BE NEW! This 2006 Rinker 320 Express Cruiser is LOADED w/LOW HOURS AND PRICED TO SELL NOW! Full Featured and Powered Well with: Twin Mercruiser 350 MAG Multi Port Injected Engines (40 Hours) and Bravo 2 Stern Drives * a Kohler 5 Kilowatt Generator with Sound Enclosure (12 Hours) * Reverse Cycle Marine Air * Automatic Windlass w/Chain and Line * Walk Thru Windshield w/Bow Sun Pad * GPS * VHF Radio * Extended Swim Platform with Cushioned Bench Seat * Bimini Top with Full Camper Enclosures * Cockpit Cover * Entertainment System to Include: Flat Screen Television with DVD Player, CD Player With 5 Disc CD Changer, Sirius Ready Tuner, 400 Watt Power Amplifirer, Helm and Transom Stereo Remotes, Arch Mounted TV Antenna * Aft Deck Wet Bar w/Refrigerator and Sink and Much More! Please See the Additional Boat Details for All the Specifications. Just Listed and Ready to Go, this 2006 Rinker 320 is a Great Value for the Dollar! For Immediate Contact, Please Call 314-335-9846.

 

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LEWIS BOATS INC   Toll Free: (888) 797-3960   Phone: (636) 949-9926
4030 N. SERVICE ROAD, ST PETERS, MO 63376

 

 

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1989 CrisCraft Seahawk 22' 9" & 13' Boston Whaler

 

    

1986 Formula 28ft                                  1990 36' Carver Aft Cabin

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/17/09
Subject: Shoaling at MM 94.7 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1851


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0350-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0350-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF POSSIBLE SHOALING IN THE VIC
OF MM 94.7 ILR ALONG THE RED BUOY LINE. A M/V RAN AGROUND AT THIS
LOCATION WITH A 9'0" DRAFT AND THE LA GRANGE L/D UPPER POOL GUAGE
READING OF 9.48 FEET ON 16AUG09. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO
TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.
 

 

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

 

Click here to go to Mixon Insurance   

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, MO.

Sobriety Checkpoint Results at Lake of the Ozarks and Stockton Lake



On the evening of Saturday, August 15, the Missouri State Water Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Lake of the Ozarks at the 4 mile mark of the Grandglaize Arm. The results are as follows:

Boats Stopped: 97
Boating While Intoxicated Arrests: 9
Other citations: 5
Warnings: 9


On the evening of Saturday, August 15, the Missouri State Water Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Stockton Lake near the 11 mile mark. The results are as follows:

Boats Stopped: 29
Boating While Intoxicated Arrests: 0
Warnings: 21

The Missouri State Water Patrol recognizes the danger of impaired boat operators and is focused in its efforts to remove them from our waterways. Sobriety checkpoints are one tool the Water Patrol uses to address the problem of operators boating while intoxicated. Positive enforcement of our alcohol related watercraft laws is the key to greater boater responsibility and to creating a safer boating environment for everyone.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in almost 40 percent of Missouri's fatal and serious injury accidents last year. Impaired boat operators are less attentive, react more slowly, make judgment errors and do not multi-task effectively. These effects can become evident long before the operator would be considered legally "drunk." The problem of alcohol and drug impaired operators is only compounded at night. Low lighting conditions and poor visibility make an unsafe situation potentially even more deadly.



News Release ID: N07090143
Release Date: 20090817

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

News Release N07090141

 Hit By Propeller - Clearwater Lake  - 08/16/2009

Location:

     Logan Creek Arm
Summary : 

Mr. Rowland had fallen off of the tube he was riding on and Mr. Holland brought the boat around to pick him up. Mr. Holland forgot and left the boat in reverse while Mr. Rowland was trying to reboard the boat. The propeller caught the victim in the shoulder. The victim was transported to St Francis Hospital in Cape Giradeau, MO.

Injuries  (Serious): 

Adam Roland, Fredricktown, Mo

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

105 Lake Village Drive   St. Charles, Mo

636 - 250 - 3042 

Bar and Grill  Wed-Thurs 12-12     Fri-Sat 12-1:30am     Sun 12-9pm
Restaurant  Fri-Sat 5-10pm


 

Sundowners Now Has Courtesy Slips !

Click here for map of Courtesy Docks

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Who Are You Calling a River Rat?

My wife pointed out to me that not everyone would care to be called a River Rat. There are those that could take offence at the less than glamorous name. My reply to her (she is most definitely not a river rat) was if one takes offence at the name then they are not a river rat.

This exchange put me to thinking about what we mean with the name, and where I first heard the term River Rat. I first went to the dictionary. Wile you find both river and rat listed, there is no River Rat defined. Turning to the Internet, holder of all wisdom, I found Page after page of River Rat, or River Rats. Any thing from cheese cake to a raft company. What is a River Rat? Well it is not a small gray/brown rodent that lives on the river. The only way I can define this person is to tell you about the only man I have ever known that I believe was truly a river rat.

My life on the river began as a small boy in the late 40’s and early 50’s boating and fishing at a small cabin my great uncle built on the Mississippi River at Elsberry Missouri. Uncle Pam, AKA Elsworth Black, my Dad, and other members of my family would work all week to rush off to a small primitive cabin in the woods for the week end, just to fish and hunt. My mother and the other ladies of the family were truly good sports doing all the cooking and keeping we kids in a place where there was no electricity. Water came from a pitcher pump and the cabin was two rooms and a path.

This is where I met Harvey Hatfield, and he was a commercial fisherman on the Mississippi River. Sixty years later I can still see his lined leather face always with an old cap, wearing coveralls, a plaid shirt, rubber boots an a two day growth of beard. He lived with his wife and two daughters in a house trailer on the levee overlooking his small boat harbor and fish house. Early in the morning you would see him headed up the river tending his nets. He would be standing in the back of his large wooden john boat holding the tiller of what ever was the biggest outboard avail at the time, as he went cutting through the early morning mist. I will never forget seeing my first 25 HP electric start Evinrude on his boat. WOW we were happy with or 7.5 HP Elgin then our big new 12 HP Wizard from Western Auto.

I don’t know that we called Harvey a River Rat. But if the title could be given to anyone it was Harvey. He was everything I can come up with to define a River Rat. However that may not define river rat in today’s terms or why we would give ourselves the title. I will never be as at home on the river as Harvey was. So what is a river rat today with this article I am challenging you the reader to share your definition. How do you define a river rat? I will share my Rollin’ On The River E-mail address and ask you to send your definition. Then in a month or two I will do a follow-up article and share your thoughts. I am sure we will all find different attributes define this person, called a “River Rat”.

Please send me what you think makes the River Rat unique?

Ken@rotrmagazine.com

 

It's Our Island Paradise ... Lets Keep It Clean !

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2731: Holcim proposes to utilize a hydraulic cutterhead dredge to conduct periodic maintenance dredging within their recently excavated inland harbor to the original construction depth. High river events caused sediments to deposit within the newly created harbor. Up to 200,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment could be dredged annually, if necessary, from the harbor and transported in a 12-inch-diameter contained pipeline for open river disposal, in approximately 24-feet deep water, at approximate Mississippi River Mile 137.7, in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. The public notice comment period opens on August 20, 2009 and closes on September 9, 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

 

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

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Fri ..Aug 21st...Rocket 88

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

 

Con Trios yacht Club Update.........

    

WOW, WHAT A TURNOUT! We had about 160 Con Trios Members and Guests at the Alton Marina for our 2009 Alton Getaway. The party started early Friday with an impromptu "Dock Party" on H Dock where most of us were docked. It was like having our own marina. After some took side trips to Tony's, Fast Eddie's, The Alton Casino, Bubby and Sissys, etc. on Friday night the party continued. Saturday morning we put up our tent and Two Mikes and a Beer began cooking. Most enjoyed a pool party in the Marina's floating pool until it came time to chow down on some fantastic ribs. After dinner we enjoyed the tunes of the Ralph Butler Band courtesy of Alton Marina where quite a few of the Alton residents joined us. Some even went back to continue the pool party. The layout at Alton Marina is ideal for the party to flow back and forth between the land, the docks, the pool and who knows where. Many, many THANK YOUS are in order, Alton Marina's General Manager Karen Baker-Brncic and their Harbormaster Jeremy Fowler, Past Commodore Mike Tremmell and his crew "Two Mikes and a Beet", my First Mate Maureen, Commodore Denny Galkowski and his First Lady Pat, Craig and Connie Scheafnocker, Barb Nelson and Janet Rogliardi doing the 50/50, Linda Weller of the Alton Telegraph for the wonderful story she did on the event and our donation to the volunteer rescue group Wings of Angels, all the members that helped put up and take down the tents and tables, the Man Above that graced us with such perfect weather and many more that did all they could to make this a great time. Enjoy the pictures and Thanks again to all.

 

See you all again on the Full Moon Cruise coming up September 4th.

Fleet Captain Darryll Weil
 


 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours: Thur - Sunday Opening Daily at 11:30am

Thursday: Half Price Appetizers All Day
Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day        Saturday: $10 Buckets of Beer All Day

 

Pool Open Thurs - Sun         WIFI is now available ! 

August 23rd Terry Beck 2-5pm
August 30th David Cantini 2-5pm


3rd Annual Red Neck Fishing Tournament Sept 12th
3rd Annual Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine Car Show Oct 11th

     

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Palisade yacht Club still has a few 36 foot docks available.

Contact Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Mississippi Messages

   Friends of the Mississippi River

  August Website Update........

 

Check out their Quote of the Month !

The mark of a successful person is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.

- Chinese proverb


 

Click here and check out their website

Thursday,   20  August  2009  

      Con Trios yacht Club's

      River Hazards Map Update Meeting
 

River Hazards Map Update and Meeting

Safety Chairman Scott Hickey is working hard on the river hazards map. There will be a meeting at Palisades Yacht Club on Thursday, August 20th at 7 PM for any and all interested boaters to attend and add their knowledge of various hazards, wing dikes, etc. Come on by and take a look at how the map is coming together. Con Trios Yacht Club is sponsoring this effort but we need input from all of the boating community.


Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club
 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

STORE YOUR TOYS WITH CONFIDENCE & SECURITY AT THE BRAND NEW ST. PETERS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BOAT, PWC & RV STORAGE LOT !

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

  • 120 Volts at each light pole, for chargers, pressure washers, etc

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

 

Click here for map from MapQuest

Classic Boat News
     Refit Of A Classic Completed In Record Time..................

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com.................. In order to meet an owner's deadline for completion, Moores Marine completed a major refit of a 1957 Trumpy M/Y Chesapeake 60 in only two months.

A six member crew consisting of carpenters and boat builders from both Moores Marine operations completed repairs to the vessel, including the replacement of broken ribs, floor timbers, pilot house structural beams, struts, inner and outer planking, cutlass bearings, stem work, shaft log, and garboard planks. The crews also painted the hull, and applied gold leaf lettering to the name boards and transom.

The owner of the yacht set the deadline, in order to have the vessel completed for his wife's birthday.............

Click here to read this news article.

Click here to visit the Moores Marine website.

Click here to visit the Trumpy website.
 

 

Lewis Boats Marine Sales & Service

4030 N Service Rd, St. Peters, MO  (636) 949-9926

Boston Whalers On Sale !

 

NEW BOSTON WHALERS ON SALE, SAVE THOUSANDS! 190 MOUNTAUK $32,800, 190 OUTRAGE W/T-TOP $33500, 180 DAUNTLESS $34900, 210 OUTRAGE W/T-TOP $45995

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE
 TO THE PROP NUT.....  LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' and 20,000 Lbs
Click here for map from Map Quest                 Click Here  for website

CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE  www.lewisboat.com

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

(636) 528-8898

nldougherty@yahoo.com

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

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Boat Gear Manufacturer News
     Raymarine In Sale Talks With Garmin...............


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............... The British-based marine electronics manufacturer, Raymarine, has announced that it is in preliminary sale discussions with mobile navigation giant, Garmin.

Raymarine is continuing to look into the sale of the company, or equity fund raising. A third option for Raymarine, is the securing of more medium-term debt facilities with it's banks.

At this point, the company states that there is no guarantee that an offer will be made, on what terms an offer may be made, or if an offer will be beneficial to Raymarine shareholders..............

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Raymarine website.

Click here to visit the Garmin website.
 

  Oasis Bar and Grill

                  636- 250 - 3100

    Mon - Wed ..... 11AM - 9PM

      Thur ............... 11AM - 11PM

      Fri & Sat ....... 11AM - 1:30AM

      Sun ................   9AM - 9PM

    

 

July 23  Thu... Walt Miller          July 24  Fri... Stray Bullets
July 25  Sat... Topper Harley       July 26  Sun... American Bleach

$5.00 Lunch Specials...Wed - Thur

Sunday Breakfast Brunch  9AM - 12 Noon

Live Music every Thursday Night

 

Click here for webpage

 

Across the Mississippi River

     Illinois ....vs,.... Iowa Tug-O-War
     Annual Tug Fest Held Over The Weekend


According to a news report from kwqc.com................ Over the weekend, the 23rd annual Great River Tug Fest was held in Port Byron, Illinois and LeClaire, Iowa. Tuggers pulled on a 680 pound, 24,000 foot long rope, spanning the Mississippi River.

Illinois was the victor in this contest, winning 11 pulls, to 0 for Iowa.

This year's victory makes Illinois' sweep of Iowa two in a row. This is the third time in the competition's history that Illinois has swept Iowa.........

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit The Great River Tug Fest website
 

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Boston cutter rescue boaters during transit home


The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca’s small boat (center) carries four people back to their 28-foot pleasure craft, Tenacious (left), after it became disabled about 68 miles south of Shinnecock, N.Y. The Seneca towed the Tenacious to a point outside of Shinnecock Harbor, where a commercial salvage boat (right) took over.

(Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Seneca)

.

Monday

17  August  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Another of a Historical Photo Series

From Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum

 

The Golden Eagle Ferry

1955

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Golden Eagle Ferry .....
 

This was the sternwheel side-loading ferryboat GOLDEN EAGLE FERRY on April 15, 1955.
It was owned by Calhoun & St. Charles Ferry Co. of Golden Eagle, Ill.
It was powered by a Caterpillar model D315 diesel that developed 60 hp.


Dan Owen

 

 

This is the 2nd in a historical series of photos of the Golden Eagle Ferry from Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum.  Look for another later this month.

Visit Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum  ...click here

 

 

RiverBill says........ Thanks Dan for sharing this picture with us !

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

HMR C. Bernadette Able

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2008...... was sent  to us by Rebecca Cate, who hails out of Debuque, Iowa.   The HMR C. Bernadette Able is coming our way.

 

 

Bill,


HMR C. Bernadette Able is coming your way. This home made raft was built by two young ladies from the East Coast. It took them 3 months to build. Lindsey and Hannah are on their way now down the Mississippi River . They began in Clearwater , MN mid-June and are somewhere south of Dubuque , IA now. Their destination is New Orleans . I just happened to catch site of them August 11 on my evening walk with my camera. I have more pictures posted on my website if anyone wants to check it out closer, it is
www.rebeccacatephoto.com

 

 

RiverBill says... They made it to the St. Louis area in the fall of 2008.  The HMR C. Bernadette Able wintered at North Shore Marina harbor and Capt'n Robert Cope took possession of her in the spring of 2009.

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/16/09
Subject: MM 194.3 ILR (RED NUN BUOY OFFSTA)
NAVNOTICE # 1850


THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF A RED NUN BUOY OFF STATION AND NOT PROPERLY MARKING THE CHANNEL IVO MM 194.3 ILR, BUOY IS ON THE WEST SIDE OF UPPER HENRY ISLAND. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THIS AREA.

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/16/09
Subject: MM 169.1 ILR (RED NUN BUOY OFFSTA)
NAVNOTICE # 1849


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0349-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0349-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER

THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF A RED NUN BUOY OFF STATION AND NOT PROPERLY MARKING THE CHANNEL IVO MM 169.1 ILR . ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THIS AREA.



 

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

 

 

RiverBill says....UMR 215.3 - 215.9 is in Pool 26 in the vicinity of Slim Island. 

Click here for map from the US Army Corps of Engineers

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

News Release N07090140

 Drowning  - TableRock Lake - 08/15/2009

Location:

     Owl Creek Cove
Summary : 

VICTIM WAS SWIMMING WHEN HE COMPLAINED THAT HE COULD NOT MAKE IT, A FRIEND GRABBED HIS ARM BUT HE COULD NOT HANG ON AND THE VICTIM SLIPPED UNDER

Fatalities : 

James Tracy III,  11/4/1991,  Golden, Mo

 

 

 

News Release N07090138

 Drowning  - Missouri River - 08/15/2009

Location:

     MM177.7 Missouri River near Huntsdale
Summary : 

A NUMBER OF CHILDREN WERE PLAYING NEAR A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED DIKE AND THE YOUNG CHILD WAS SWEPT INTO DEEPER WATER BELOW THE DIKE. MORRIS JUMPED IN THE WATER TO ASSIST THE YOUNG CHILD WHO WAS SWEPT AWAY. MORRIS WAS ABLE TO PUSH THE CHILD OUT OF THE CURRENT BEFORE HE ALSO GOT CAUGHT IN THE CURRENT. THE CHILD WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE BANK. MORRIS WENT UNDER AND DID NOT RESURFACE. HE WAS LOCATED IN FOUR FEET OF WATER BY INDIVIDUALS WADING IN THE RIVER.

Fatalities : 

Corey Morris,  9/11/1993,  Columbia, Mo

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 

RiverBill says....  It is so sad.....William Kendell drowned on his birthday

 

2nd Annual Winfield Catfish Classic

 

Where:    Winfield Mo Alyssa's Landing Mississippi River
When:     Saturday October 17th 2009
               Starting @ 8am -6pm
Cost:       Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.
               Day of tournament $40.00 per man or $120.00 per boat.
 

*after all cash prizes are paid out remaining entry fees will be donated to Winfield Ball Assoc.*
 

To win grand prize you must catch at least one catfish.
To win door prizes you must be present after the tournament.
 

Grand prize...... $ 500.00
1st ..................$ 350.00
2nd .................$ 200.00
3rd ..................$ 100.00
Biggest fish......  $ 40.00
Smallest fish .....$ 20.00

 

Thanks,

Nick Dougherty

 

 

Keep your anchor right where it's at cause....

Entry Forms and more info will be available on RiverBill's soon.

 

Boat Dealer Financing News
     GE First To Issue Floorplan Security Under TALF..............


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............... The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that GE Capitol is issuing the first dealer floorplan asset backed security under the Term Asset Backed Securities Lending Facility (TALF). TALF is a program that is intended to assist with unfreezing the credit market.

This move is a good indicator that solvency is returning to the floorplan space in the secondary markets.

GE brought to market $500 million in securitized floorplan loans under TALF on August 6th. This was done under the GE Dealer Floorplan Master Note Trust. The program includes floorplan financing for the marine, power sports, and other recreational products. The marine segment was the largest portion of the program.................
 


Click here to read this news report.

 

 

Missouri River
     U.S. Congressman Tours Missouri River Aboard Coast Guard Vessel....


According to a news story from marshallnews.com................. U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Ike Skelton, D-Mo, toured the Missouri River Wednesday, in an effort to showcase the Coast Guard's work along the River.

The tour was conducted aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, Cheyenne. The Cheyenne is a 75 foot long navigational buoy tender. She is based out of St. Louis.

Missouri happens to be in the Coast Guard's eighth district, which encompasses 26 states. Commander of the Coast Guard's eighth district, Rear Admiral Mary E. Landry was also aboard for the tour.............
 


Click here to read this news story.
 

Cedar Hill Resort....

 

"Weekly Dinner Specials Call 618-883-4455 for Details"

 

 Click here  and check out Cedar Hill's website updates

 

 

Mad Mariner's Report on Aquapalooza 2009.....

    

The Sea Ray party has grown to 100 locations worldwide ! 

 

Click here to download Mad Mariners' Pod Cast on the event.
 

Illinois River

    Shooting Flying Carp in the Dark

The Prairie States Outdoors website has an interesting story about shooting flying Carp at night on the Illinois River.  First thing the owner of the pontoon boat did was drape the boat in  netting. Why you ask....... so the occupants don't get blind sided by the flying fish and anyone who has been in a flying carp jump-a-thon knows what that is all about.

 

Leave it up to a couple of River Rats to come up with the idea of shooting flying carp at night on the Illinois River behind the safety of a pontoon boat covered in netting !  They say that lager carp jump at night than during the day for some reason, but the swarms of insects and getting hit by a  large fish was taking the fun out of it..... so the safety netting was the answer.

 

There is less river traffic at night and the fish show up better in the lights !

 

 

Click here to read this fishing article.

 

 

Thursday,   20  August  2009  

      Con Trios yacht Club's

      River Hazards Map Update Meeting
 

River Hazards Map Update and Meeting

Safety Chairman Scott Hickey is working hard on the river hazards map. There will be a meeting at Palisades Yacht Club on Thursday, August 20th at 7 PM for any and all interested boaters to attend and add their knowledge of various hazards, wing dikes, etc. Come on by and take a look at how the map is coming together. Con Trios Yacht Club is sponsoring this effort but we need input from all of the boating community.


Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club
 

USA Barefoot National Championship

     Keith Osage Sets New Pending World Record

 

On the final day of the 2009 Barefoot National Championships Keith Osage set a pending World Record in tricks at 12650 points.

Click here to go to Barefoot.org for information

 

RiverBills.com Banner Flying At Alton Marina



 

Capt'n Darryll Weil sent us a pic of the RiverBills.com banner on display at the Alton Marina !

 

 

RiverBill says.. Thanks for the picture Daryll !  

                     

                       and...

 

                      Thanks to Karen Baker-Brncic, general manager of the Alton

                      Marina for flying the RiverBill's banner !

 

Fishing News
      New Donation Program Introduced For The Take Me Fishing Campaign....


In a news article from tradeonlytoday.com................... An announcement was made by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) introduced a new donation program for the national Take Me Fishing campaign.

The donation program was introduced to generate operational funds to complement funds granted by the federal government.

The mission of the RBFF is to increase participation in boating and fishing. The Take Me Fishing campaign gives anglers, and boaters of all ages, and experience levels the information needed to learn, plan, and properly equip for a day on the water..............

Click here to read this news article.

Click here to visit the RBFF website.

Click here to visit the Take Me Fishing website.

 

Baja Owners........

     Parts and Service

 

According to an article this month's News Letter from Heartland Boating.....Fountain Powerboats now owns Baja Marine and all 2009 model were manufactured by Fountain.

For parts and service on your 2009 Baja contact:
     Baja by Fountain
     1653 Whichards Beach Road
     Washington, N.C. 27889
     252-975-2000, ext. 3

For parts and service on 2008 or older Baja manufactured by the Brunswick Corporation, contact :
     Sea Ray Customer Service
     2600 Sea Ray Blvd.
     Knoxville, Tenn. 37914
     865-971-6270"

 

 

 

4th Annual Labor Day Boating For Life Event....

 

Hi Bill,


The event will again be at our home harbor, Two Rivers Marina in Louisiana. It will be a small version of years past.
Just a few baskets to raffle and of course our 2009 T-Shirt; this years theme " Anchor Down for a Cure".
All proceeds will be again be going to cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center of St. Louis.

The T-shirts can be ordered by mail or e-mailing our event chairman, Colleen Rea-Woods at irishwaves@sbcglobal.net
before August 20. They can be ordered in Adult Sm, Med., Lrg., XLrg. and XXLrg for $17 each, including shipping.

A tax deductible check can be made to: Boating For Life 617 Eaglewood Trail Drive Lake St. Louis, MO. 63367

Thank you for your help. We are as passionate about a cure for cancer as we are our boating.

Have a safe and healthy summer,

Kelley Rea-Murphy
 

 


 

Lost and Found........

 

Bill,
Here is another posting for the website.  Also, the gold colored rear seat for the Seadoo was returned to its owner.  You can remove that one. 
 

 

Found on 7/26/09 at George Winter Park, a wakeboard and ski rope near the ramp.  Please provide the brand of board and describe sticker affix on the board.
 
Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal and partner agencies respond to vessel taking on water
 

CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. — The Coast Guard worked with Baywatch, Long Beach Lifeguards and Long Beach Fire Department to responded to a distress call received August 13, from a 36-foot Grand Banks motor yacht taking on water approximately 7 nautical miles northeast of Catalina Island, Calif. with two people on board.

(Photo courtesy of Matthew Lutton/Los Angeles County Fire Department)
.

It's the Weekend !

Saturday, Sunday

15, 16  Aug  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

Updated Sun at 5AM

Picture of the day

Sunday

 

Working Above Winfield Dam

Work just outside the channel above Winfield Dam

Last Weekend

 

click on pic to enlarge

Work on the Illinois bank just above Winfield Dam

Two weeks ago

 

 

The Picture of the Day.........  is of some of the work going on right above Winfield Dam.
 

 

Picture of the day

Saturday

 

Jamaica Daze.... 2009

 

  

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day.........  were sent in by Capt'n Rick (Nature Boy) Flier, who hails out of North Shore Marina in the cruiser.... Miss Sippy

 

 

Bill,


I wanted to send a few pictures from last weekend. The Riverbills version of Iwo Jima and shots of Crystal Lady, NXS, Summer Breeze, and a glimpse of the clear water in pool 25 as seen from the stern of MISS SIPPY.


Great time and thanks to all!!!


Rick Flier

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

The 2005

Con Trios Beach Party

 

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2005......  was sent in by Capt'n Greg Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.  It's  some of the shrimper's on Condo Beach about 1 mile up river from Kinder's Restaurant.  

 

It was at the 2005 Con Trios Yacht Club's 

Beach Party.  

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Jon Boat Wednesdays

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2008...... was from Betty Bannister, who hails out of Grafton Harbor, in the houseboat... "Wayne's World."

 

Bill,

We had our first "Jon Boat Wednesday" of the year. Hopefully our group will grow as the word gets out. We are at the small sandbar on the Illinois side of the 3rd shoot. Attached is a picture of the group that attended and a picture of the end of the perfect day.

Always remember the rules for "Jon Boat Wednesday"

- Everyone is welcome
- There is always good food
- You don't have to have a Jon Boat to attend
- You are encouraged to bring your children

Betty Bannister

 

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: MSO Chicago
Date: 8/13/09
Subject: MM 215.3 to 215.9 ILR DREDGING
NAVNOTICE # 1847


ILLINOIS WATERWAY
HYDRAULIC DREDGING
Clark Island, RM 215.3 to 215.9

Hydraulic Dredging operations will commence at Clark Island, RM 215.3 to 215.9 on or about Friday, 14 August 2009 and continue until approximately Sunday, 23 August 2009. Dredging will be performed 7 days a week, 24 hrs per day.

A crossing line will not be in use. Mariners are requested to contact the Dredge Buxton II, thirty minutes prior to transiting the area for passing instructions. The Dredge Buxton II will be monitoring channels 13, 16 or working channel 78.

Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

 

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

 

 

RiverBill says....UMR 215.3 - 215.9 is in Pool 26 in the vicinity of Slim Island. 

Click here for map from the US Army Corps of Engineers

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 Updated Sun at 4:30AM

News Release N07090138

 Drowning  - Missouri River - 08/15/2009

Location:

     MM177.7 Missouri River near Huntsdale
Summary : 

A NUMBER OF CHILDREN WERE PLAYING NEAR A PARTIALLY SUBMERGED DIKE AND THE YOUNG CHILD WAS SWEPT INTO DEEPER WATER BELOW THE DIKE. MORRIS JUMPED IN THE WATER TO ASSIST THE YOUNG CHILD WHO WAS SWEPT AWAY. MORRIS WAS ABLE TO PUSH THE CHILD OUT OF THE CURRENT BEFORE HE ALSO GOT CAUGHT IN THE CURRENT. THE CHILD WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE BANK. MORRIS WENT UNDER AND DID NOT RESURFACE. HE WAS LOCATED IN FOUR FEET OF WATER BY INDIVIDUALS WADING IN THE RIVER.

Fatalities : 

Corey Morris,  9/11/1993,  Columbia, Mo

 

 

 

News Release N07090136

 Drowning  - Mark Twain Lake - 08/13/2009

Location:

     Middle Fork Arm, Victor, Mo 
Summary : 

William Kendall was standing in the bow of the boat using a cast net to catch bait. His feet became entangled in the net and he fell overboard. MSWP officers responded to scene and recovered the body by dragging

Fatalities : 

William Kendell,  8/13/1931, Moberly, Missouri

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

 

RiverBill says....  It is so sad.....William Kendell drowned on his birthday

 

 Updated Sun at 4:30AM

Meramec River
    Operation Clean Stream Drops In On The Meramec............


According to a news story from ksdk.com.................... The largest, and longest running river restoration projects, Operation Clean Stream, will be happening on the Meramec River next weekend................
 


Click here to view the video.

Click here to visit the Operation Clean Stream website.
 

 Updated Sun at 4:30AM

Marine Manufacturer News
     Mercury And Union Talks Are Ongoing.............


According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com................... Talks between Mercury Marine, and the union representing their hourly employees met again on Friday, in an effort to form an agreement that will keep Mercury in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin.

Union leadership states that Mercury has proposed over 170 employee contract changes, including wages, work schedules, and benefits, less than 1 year into a 4 year contract. The union also asserts that Mercury is slowing the negotiation talks down, by not promising to remain in Fon du Lac..

Mercury contends that they have offered a long term agreement, with the assurance that Mercury will stay put for the duration of the contract..............

Click here to read this news article.
 

Updated Sunday at 10PM

Ralph Butler and Con Trios Yacht Club at Alton Marina
 

The Alton Telegraph had a nice article about the Con Trios Yacht Club's Alton Get-A-Way and the Ralph Butler Band in Saturday's paper.

 

Con Trios Commodore Denny Galkowski presented a check for $500 to the Wings of Angels, a volunteer group that performs water rescues.

Fleet Captain Darryll Weil was quoted as saying...."We always try to donate to local fire departments or anybody who helps us out on the river,"

Approximately 150 to 160 Con Trios members in 50 watercraft made the trip to the Alton Marina for this weekend’s "getaway" party.
 

Click here to read more
 

 

Last Weekend's ( 08-01 & 08-02-09 ) Edition of RiverBill's........... click here

 

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


SUNDAY Live Music Poolside by Brain Clark 2-5pm.!
Amy@PYC

Pomme de Tarre Lake

    Zebra Mussel Larva Discovered......   

 

RiverBils received the following e-mail from Jim Low of the Missouri Department of Conservation

 


Zebra mussel scores on an end run
Discovery of larval mussels at
Pomme de Terre is cause for concern.
 


HERMITAGE–In spite of its lack of legs, wings or fins, the zebra mussel has pulled off an end run, surprising biologists who are monitoring Missouri waters for the potentially destructive invader.

Microscopic zebra mussel larvae turned up in samples of water taken by workers with Missouri Department of Conservation at Pomme de Terre Lake in June. The discovery came as a surprise to Invasive Species Coordinator Tim Banek.

“If I would have been asked to choose the highest risk reservoirs for zebra mussel infestation in 2009, Pomme would not have made the list,” said Banek. “One of my first thoughts was whether the veligers (zebra mussel larvae) might have come in sampling nets that had been used at Lake of the Ozarks. However, after speaking with those who did the field work, I am convinced that the samples were not contaminated.”

Banek said two-thirds of water samples taken this summer remain to be checked for zebra mussel veligers. It will take approximately six weeks to analyze the remaining samples and determine whether other Missouri reservoirs are infested. Because Pomme de Terre Lake is upstream from Truman Reservoir, discovery of zebra mussel velligers in the larger reservoir is almost certain.

The zebra mussel is native to Eurasia. It hitched a ride to North America in the 1980s, arriving in the Great Lakes in the ballast tanks of oceangoing ships. Since then, the thumbnail-sized invader has leapfrogged across much of the continent on commercial and pleasure boats, whose owners unwittingly transport the mollusks when trailering boats from one body of water to another.

While a few zebra mussels were found in the lower Meramec River in 1999 and in the Missouri River in 2001, the first known infestation of Missouri’s interior waters was discovered at Lake of the Ozarks in 2006. Today, the lake has dozens of known infestation sites throughout the lake. The pests also have turned up in Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake and in the Osage River below Bagnell Dam. More recently, zebra mussel infestations were discovered in the Missouri River around Kansas City and Chamois...... Click here to continue reading this news article

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Cedar Hill Resort....

 

"Weekly Dinner Specials Call 618-883-4455 for Details"

 

Mr River Queen contest on Sat....Aug 15th ..click here


Click here to go to Cedar Hill Resort website

 

Missouri Department of Conservation News....

     Missouri River 340

 

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

 

 

 

Paddlers set two records in fourth Missouri River 340 (w/pic)
Men’s tandem and mixed tandem teams continued to
push the limits in the world’s longest nonstop water race.



ST. CHARLES–Lower water held down the number of record times posted in the 2009 Missouri River 340, but the fourth annual event still provided lots of human drama and lifetimes of stories for those who finished the grueling water race.

The MR340’s motto is “This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip.” It challenges participants to paddle 340 miles from the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers in Kansas City to Frontier Park in St. Charles. In the past, racers have had 100 hours to complete the course. This year, with more than 10 times the entries as in 2006, race organizers reduced the time allowance to 88 hours. They said the measure was necessary to keep the pack from getting too strung out to manage safely.

Finishing times were slower this year, due at least partly to the water level on the Missouri River. Record rainfall in 2008 meant the river was higher than usual and moved significantly faster.

The fastest time in this year’s race – 38 hours, 59 minutes – was posted by brothers David and Will Anderson from Washington state. Their time was a record for the men’s tandem division. Even more impressive, it fell just two hours and 40 minutes short of the overall record set last year by a team of six paddlers from Texas.

The only other record set in this year’s race was a 44-hour, 30-minute sprint by Katie Pfefferkorn, of Ottumwa, Iowa, and West Hansen, of Austin, Tex. The previous mixed-tandem record – 65 hours, 24 minutes – had stood since 2006.

Pfefferkorn and Hansen’s first-place finish came as no surprise to experienced MR340 watchers. Pfefferkorn was last year’s women’s solo winner. Hansen has been in the winning boat for whatever division he entered all three previous years.

Other winners included:

  • · Men’s solo – Santo Albright, of Fenton, 44 hours, 54 minutes.

  • · Women’s solo – Melanie Hof, of St. Louis, 55 hours, 58 minutes.

  • · Women’s tandem – “Carp Target Grannies” Cami Ronchetto and Linda LaFontaine, both of Columbia, 61 hours, 50 minutes.

  • · Team – “Aquaholics” Matt Green, Kevin Schwartz, Tod Wilson and Jim Cowley, all of Jefferson City, 46 hours, 42 minutes.

  • · Men’s solo pedal-drive class – Carl Phillips, of St. Louis, 74 hours, 47 minutes.

The number of entries in the race has increased rapidly over the past three years. Fifteen canoes and kayaks participated in 2006. There were 72 boats in 2007, 143 in 2008 and 255 this year.

Interest in the race has expanded well beyond the paddlers and their support crews. Spectators lined the riverbanks at checkpoints along the way this year, and traffic on the event’s official website, www.rivermiles.com, topped 40,000 hits per day.

“It’s tremendously rewarding to see the public response to the race,” said Scott Mansker, who conceived the idea of the MR340 with Russ Payzant. The idea came to the two after they traveled the river from their home in the Kansas City area to the confluence of the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf of Mexico.

“We thought it was a great idea, but we had no idea it would mushroom the way it has,” Mansker said. “All we wanted to do was get people out on the river so they would realize what an amazing place it is.”

The 2007 MR340 became the subject of a short documentary by Flaming Fiddle Productions, which is making an hour-long film about this year’s event.



-Jim Low-
 

Mississippi River

    St. Louis, Missouri

    Corps Of Engineers Showcases Achievements Along The Mississippi River..

According to a news story from bnd.com.............. Members of the press, and the marine industry were aboard the M/V Mississippi Friday for the River Engineering Open House. Corps achievements highlighted on the cruise were the chevrons above the McKinley bridge, and the extended trailing dike at the terminus of the Chain of Rocks Canal.

The chevrons divert water to scour the channel, as well as keep the barge terminal navigable. This in turn saves funds spent on dredging. The trailing dike assists with keeping the navigational channel aligned beneath the bridges.

The St. Louis based Applied River Engineering Center is also key in river improvement projects. the projects are able to be built in scale to asses their effectiveness.............

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

River History....

 

16 August 2005 In River History


The International Game Fish Association approved the 124 pound blue catfish caught in mid May just below Lock and Dam 26 by Tim Pruitt of Alton, Ill. The IGFA certified Pruitt's catfish for two new records; an all-tackle world record for the heaviest species caught and a freshwater 50 pound line class.
 

 

USA Barefoot National Championship Results........

 

The 2009 Barefoot National Championships have just concluded their competition. at Mystic Lakes.

Highlights include,

  • Keith StOnge won the Open Pro Slalom
  • Abbie Thomas won a Silver in Girl 3 Slalom...It was her birthday,
  • A "Wizard of Oz" party

Click here for more information

 

Saturday, August 15th

     Mississippi River

     Pujols Family Foundation & Missouri Water Patrol's.... Water Safety Day


The Missouri State Water Patrol and Pujols Family Foundation are joining forces this Saturday to provide a fun-filled day for children.

The Theme.....Water safety
The Time.......9:00 AM, Saturday morning
The Place......the Mississippi River at Hide-Away Harbor Park in Portage Des Sioux, MO

The foundation’s mission is to:

(a) promote awareness, provide hope and meet tangible needs for families and children with Down syndrome;
(b) provide extraordinary experiences for children with disabilities and life threatening illnesses; and
(c) to improve the standard of living and quality of life for impoverished children and orphans in the Dominican Republic.
 

Participants will also be given the opportunity to:

(a) visit the Rivers' Pointe Fire Department
(b) visit the St. Charles County Ambulance District.
(c) ride in a Missouri State Water Patrol boat

 

Click here to go to the Missouri Water Patrol website

 

 

4th Annual Labor Day Boating For Life Event....

 

Hi Bill,


The event will again be at our home harbor, Two Rivers Marina in Louisiana. It will be a small version of years past.
Just a few baskets to raffle and of course our 2009 T-Shirt; this years theme " Anchor Down for a Cure".
All proceeds will be again be going to cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center of St. Louis.

The T-shirts can be ordered by mail or e-mailing our event chairman, Colleen Rea-Woods at irishwaves@sbcglobal.net
before August 20. They can be ordered in Adult Sm, Med., Lrg., XLrg. and XXLrg for $17 each, including shipping.

A tax deductible check can be made to: Boating For Life 617 Eaglewood Trail Drive Lake St. Louis, MO. 63367

Thank you for your help. We are as passionate about a cure for cancer as we are our boating.

Have a safe and healthy summer,

Kelley Rea-Murphy
 

 


 

Lost and Found........

 

Bill,
Here is another posting for the website.  Also, the gold colored rear seat for the Seadoo was returned to its owner.  You can remove that one. 
 

 

Found on 7/26/09 at George Winter Park, a wakeboard and ski rope near the ramp.  Please provide the brand of board and describe sticker affix on the board.
 
Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Astoria, Ore. –

The Coast Guard helps in the apprehension of two suspected boat thieves Thursday, August 13, 2009, near Brownsmead, Ore., 20 miles west of Astoria.

The two suspects immediately grounded the vessel on top of a pier and took off on foot. The helicopter crew stayed with the two suspects for nearly 25 minutes until Clatsop County Sheriff’s Department officers arrived on scene and apprehended them.

The owner of the stolen vessel contacted Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria around 7:45 p.m. to report that his friends witnessed two individuals boarding and taking off with his 24-foot aluminum boat.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Happy Friday

14 Aug  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

News Flash !

The MSWP will have the Weber Lake Ramp closed at Hide Away Harbor on 8/15 from 6am to 1pm. The MSWP will be holding a special event requiring the use of half of the park and ramp facilities. The ramp at the river will remain open for public use. The St. Charles County Parks Department has granted the MSWP a permit for this event. Please park nearest the river side ramp.

Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

Welcome New Advertiser !

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

The Yacht Club of St. Louis rests majestically on the Dardenne Slough of the Mississippi River, sheltered from the main channel by Bolter Island. From the second floor of the Dining Room, the view is magnificent - a picturesque blend of woods and water. If you prefer a closer river experience, come dine for lunch on our riverside patio and watch the boats travel up and down the shimmering Mississippi River, or enjoy a more intimate dinner as you watch a beautiful sun as it sets against a kaleidoscope sky. The Yacht Club of St. Louis also provides live entertainment such as Jazz, Blues, Reggae to Classic Rock and Soul on various weekends and for special parties and activities.
The Yacht Club of St. Louis has one of the finest marinas along the Mississippi River. Slips are furnished with water and electricity. There is a complete repair and maintenance shop on location; Bloch Marine Service, which has over 100 years of combined experience and strives to provide efficient and timely repairs. Should anyone have a need to buy or sell a boat, they can go next door to Luttrell Marine Brokerage and Consignments who offers over 25 years of full service marine brokerage experience.
 

Click here  to enter the Yacht Club website

Picture of the day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day.........  were sent to us by Tami Laekbee who baots out of Timber lake in Elsberry, Mo..  It's some Pool 25 boaters on their annual river trip to Pool 26 !

 

 

Hi Bill,

Sending you two group pics from our trip down the river this past week-end from Elsberry to the Alton Marina. The first pic is at Cedar Hill and the second is at Oasis! We make this trip every year and once again, fun was had by all.

 

We made many stops along the way and all of the restaurants are always wonderful along the river. However, the people at Oasis were especially nice on Friday. Nothing like having 34 people show up at once. We would like to send special thanks to them, the people at Cedar Hill (we love Kelly) and Kinders!!!!

Already planning next years trip!

Tami J. Leckbee

 

 

RiverBill says...  Thanks for the pictures Tami !  What a crew !

Hey.... Here is a picture of the Pool 25 crew from 2007...click here

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

  

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2006...... was from Joe Gearon of the boat "This Is It".

 

Joe wrote in his e-mail:

 

TOOK THIS AT HAT ISLAND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.   LOOKED LIKE RAIN BEFORE WE LEFT, BUT SKY CLEARED UP AND TURNED OUT TO BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT. THESE GUYS ARE IN TOWN WRITING STORM DAMAGE FROM 2 WEEKS AGO AND DON'T GET MUCH CHANCE TO UNWIND.     IT WAS NICE TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY.

THANKS,

JOE GEARON

"THIS IS IT"

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: MSO Chicago
Date: 8/13/09
Subject: MM 215.3 to 215.9 ILR DREDGING
NAVNOTICE # 1847

ILLINOIS WATERWAY
HYDRAULIC DREDGING
Clark Island, RM 215.3 to 215.9


Hydraulic Dredging operations will commence at Clark Island, RM 215.3 to 215.9 on or about Friday, 14 August 2009 and continue until approximately Sunday, 23 August 2009. Dredging will be performed 7 days a week, 24 hrs per day.

A crossing line will not be in use. Mariners are requested to contact the Dredge Buxton II, thirty minutes prior to transiting the area for passing instructions. The Dredge Buxton II will be monitoring channels 13, 16 or working channel 78.

Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.
 


 

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

 

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

Special Public Notice: This Special Public Notice announces a 30 day comment period extension, until September 14, 2009, regarding the proposed suspension and modification of Nationwide Permit 21.
 

       Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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

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

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

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

Mississippi River

     Pujols Family Foundation & Missouri Water Patrol's.... Water Safety Day


The Missouri State Water Patrol and Pujols Family Foundation are joining forces this Saturday to provide a fun-filled day for children.

The Theme.....Water safety
The Time.......9:00 AM, Saturday morning
The Place......the Mississippi River at Hide-Away Harbor Park in Portage Des Sioux, MO

The foundation’s mission is to:

(a) promote awareness, provide hope and meet tangible needs for families and children with Down syndrome;
(b) provide extraordinary experiences for children with disabilities and life threatening illnesses; and
(c) to improve the standard of living and quality of life for impoverished children and orphans in the Dominican Republic.
 

Participants will also be given the opportunity to:

(a) visit the Rivers' Pointe Fire Department
(b) visit the St. Charles County Ambulance District.
(c) ride in a Missouri State Water Patrol boat

 

Click here to go to the Missouri Water Patrol website

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

FRIDAY 1.00 Can Beers and music/karaoke by
Rockingbird DJ at 7:30 pm!!

SUNDAY Live Music Poolside by Brain Clark 2-5pm.!
Amy@PYC

Missouri River At Sugar Creek, Missouri
     Missouri Lawmakers Are Boating To Jeff City..................

According to a news story from kctv5.com................. 5 Missouri State Representatives are taking a two day boat ride along the Missouri River in an effort to seek out ways to expand the river's usage.

The legislators left Sugar Creek, Missouri at 8 am Thursday, and will stay the night in Boonville. The political party is expected to make landfall in Jefferson City on Friday.................

Click here to read this news story. With Video.
 

Cedar Hill Resort....

 

"Weekly Dinner Specials Call 618-883-4455 for Details"

 

Mr River Queen contest on Sat....Aug 15th ..click here


Click here to go to Cedar Hill Resort website

 

 

 

4th Annual Labor Day Boating For Life Event....

 

Hi Bill,


The event will again be at our home harbor, Two Rivers Marina in Louisiana. It will be a small version of years past.
Just a few baskets to raffle and of course our 2009 T-Shirt; this years theme " Anchor Down for a Cure".
All proceeds will be again be going to cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center of St. Louis.

The T-shirts can be ordered by mail or e-mailing our event chairman, Colleen Rea-Woods at irishwaves@sbcglobal.net
before August 20. They can be ordered in Adult Sm, Med., Lrg., XLrg. and XXLrg for $17 each, including shipping.

A tax deductible check can be made to: Boating For Life 617 Eaglewood Trail Drive Lake St. Louis, MO. 63367

Thank you for your help. We are as passionate about a cure for cancer as we are our boating.

Have a safe and healthy summer,

Kelley Rea-Murphy
 

 


 

Big Blue Boat That Was Moored at Polestar Marina.....

  

Bill,

Talked to Pete Tully today and the situation with the big blue boat that was moored in front of Polestar is that the lien holder decided to re-locate it with their other assets.

 

Or, as Pete said, "The big ugly blue boat is gone!".

 

Nothing else is going on.

Darryll
 

Illinois Fishing Report .......

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)  

81 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; carp and buffalo fair on nightcrawlers and doughbaits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 8/13/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

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

(Report made on 8/13/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

78 degrees, low, dingy; channel catfish good on worms, shad, hotdogs and stinkbaits; black bass good on spinnerbaits and topwater baits; crappie slow; bluegill good on worms; all other species fair on natural baits.

(Report made on 8/13/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

80 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish, drum and carp good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 8/13/2009)

 

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

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/

River History....

 

13 August 1809 in River History
 


The river city of St. Charles, Mo was incorporated as a village. Louis Blanchette settled on a piece of ground that later become Main Street. He named the village that sprang up around his post Les Petites Cotes which translates into "Village of the Little Hills."
The Spanish later named the village San Carlos which was translated into the name....St. Charles when the Americans took over !

 

Missouri River

   St. Joseph, Missouri

   Python Found Lounging On The Missouri River...............

 

According to a news report from stjoenews.com................  A 9 foot long Burmese python was apprehended by the St. Joseph Animal Control officers on Wednesday.  It appeared to be tanning on a concrete slab along the Missouri River.

St. Joe maintenance workers had noticed the serpent on Monday, while cutting the grass at Riverfront Park.  The snake had disappeared by the time Animal Control officers arrived. 

 

Animal Control officer Stephen Norman searched for the python again on Wednesday, unexpectedly finding him out in the open.

Coincidentally, over the weekend, Animal Control officers apprehended a 5 foot boa constrictor at the entrance of a Wal-Mart.............

 

 

Click here to read this news story. With Video.


 

Yesterday's Giant Waterslide Jump Video Was a Hoax !
 

Riverbill,

The video with the water slide down the mountain is a hoax. It's not real but a good job by Mircosoft editors for it's German markets.

 

Any photos of the blessing of the fleet?


Dr.John Spraul

 

 

 

Click here to go to ToDaysBigThing.com and take a look Giant Waterslide video ! !

 

 

RiverBill says..... Thanks for the news tip Dr. John.  It was on Yahoo News also.

I have lots of pics from the blessing of the fleet, but I am having a hard time working them in... Soon come!

More Boating and River Tidbits......
 

Missouri River
Clean water not a simple matter.....
      Water pumped from the muddy Missouri River goes through an extensive treatment.... Click here
 


 

US Coast Guard Reports Increase In Boating Deaths ...........

In a news article from tradeonlytoday.com............. 2008 was a year for an increase in recreational boating fatalities. The fatality rate, or deaths per registered recreational vessel, increased from 5.3 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels in 2007, to 5.6 deaths per 100,000 recreational vessels in 2008.

During 2008, the Coast Guard recorded 4,789 recreational boating accidents, with 709 fatalities, 3,331 injuries, and around $54 million in property damages.

2008's report shows a clear correlation between boater education, and safety on the water, as only 10% of deaths reported involved an operator that had taken a boater education course. Alcohol is a key player in boating accidents, and contributed to 17% of the boating accident fatalities in 2008............

Click here to read this news article.
 

Lost and Found........

 

Bill,
Here is another posting for the website.  Also, the gold colored rear seat for the Seadoo was returned to its owner.  You can remove that one. 
 

 

Found on 7/26/09 at George Winter Park, a wakeboard and ski rope near the ramp.  Please provide the brand of board and describe sticker affix on the board.
 
Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
 

Mercury Hopes To Finalize Negotiations With Union By Monday.............

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............... Mercury Marine and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) are hoping to finalize negotiations by Monday. This announcement was made following a 6 hour session that was held Wednesday.

Mercury is attempting to reduce underutilization at it's manufacturing facilities, and consolidating operations at Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, or Stillwater, Oklahoma is one option.

Mercury's next step may be determined by the IAMAW's response to the tentative agreement.................

Click here to read this news report.

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


 

Cattaraugus Creek flooding, N.Y.


Flooding from the Cattaraugus Creek beaches several recreational boats on the shores of Buffalo, N.Y. Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo and various western New York county sheriff's marine units and tribal police assisted and conducted searches for possible persons in distress.

 

(Official Coast Guard photo.)

 

Thursday

13 Aug  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

The Yacht Club of St. Louis rests majestically on the Dardenne Slough of the Mississippi River, sheltered from the main channel by Bolter Island. From the second floor of the Dining Room, the view is magnificent - a picturesque blend of woods and water. If you prefer a closer river experience, come dine for lunch on our riverside patio and watch the boats travel up and down the shimmering Mississippi River, or enjoy a more intimate dinner as you watch a beautiful sun as it sets against a kaleidoscope sky. The Yacht Club of St. Louis also provides live entertainment such as Jazz, Blues, Reggae to Classic Rock and Soul on various weekends and for special parties and activities.
The Yacht Club of St. Louis has one of the finest marinas along the Mississippi River. Slips are furnished with water and electricity. There is a complete repair and maintenance shop on location; Bloch Marine Service, which has over 100 years of combined experience and strives to provide efficient and timely repairs. Should anyone have a need to buy or sell a boat, they can go next door to Luttrell Marine Brokerage and Consignments who offers over 25 years of full service marine brokerage experience.
 

Click here  to enter the Yacht Club website

Picture of the day

 

Pool 25 Party 

click on pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day.........  is from last weekend's Pool 25 Party sent to us by Kay Ward !

 

Good Friends, Good Weekend, Good Times !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

  

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2005...... is a picture of the Missouri Water Patrol heading up river near the Two Branch area of pool 26

 

Mississippi River

     More Hydroelectric Power at Alton, IL
     License Extended For The Melvin Price Power Project..............


In a news story from altondailynews.com............... An extension for the proposed hydroelectric plant at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam was granted last week.

The Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) was able to grant the extension, since the required legislation passed through both the House and Senate. The bill must still go to President Obama for his signature.

The extension will allow Brookfield Renewable Power another six years to have a hydroelectric power plant online. Without the extension, it could be up to 10 years before a hydropower facility could be constructed at the Melvin Price Dam.............
 


Click here to read this news story.
 

Chicago Sanitary And Ship Canal
    Corps To Up The Voltage Against Advancing Asian Carp...................

According to a news article from suntimes.com.............. At a press conference held Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that they intend to increase the operating parameters of their electric fish barrier located in the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal.

The decision was spurred by reports that the Asian carp have made it further upstream than previously believed.

To prepare the barrier for the increase, the operational testing that began Wednesday, is expected to run through Friday. . Further navigational testing, will be conducted with the Coast Guard as soon as possible...........

Click here to read this news article
 

Cedar Hill Resort....

 

"Weekly Dinner Specials Call 618-883-4455 for Details"

 

Mr River Queen contest on Sat....Aug 15th ..click here


Click here to go to Cedar Hill Resort website

 

MV Mississippi

 

The M/V (Motor Vessel) Mississippi, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, is on the Illinois River today.

 

August 13 Grafton (arrival around 9 a.m.)

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for more information.


 

Mississippi River

   Hydroelectric Power Plant at Quincy, Illinois
   Delays Expected On Hydropower Bond Vote............


According to a news report from connecttristates.com...............  Former alderman Ken Sparrow, has requested that the Quincy City Council offer a public hearing in order to educate the voters of the pros and cons of the proposed bond issue for the hydroelectric project.

The proposed $10.2 million bond would fund the next phase of Quincy's hydroelectric project.

Sparrow had presented the Council with a petition with 150 signatures, requesting a hearing. The Council agreed, and the hearing is scheduled for next Monday...............
 


Click here to read this news report.
 

Con Trios Yacht Club

     River Hazards Map Update Meeting and Club Reminders

    
 

River Hazards Map Update and Meeting

Safety Chairman Scott Hickey is working hard on the river hazards map. There will be a meeting at Palisades Yacht Club on Thursday, August 20th at 7 PM for any and all interested boaters to attend and add their knowledge of various hazards, wing dikes, etc. Come on by and take a look at how the map is coming together. Con Trios Yacht Club is sponsoring this effort but we need input from all of the boating community.


Reminders:

Alton Getaway is this Saturday, August 15th. Pool Party from Noon to 3, Dinner served at 3:30 and the Ralph Butler Band begins playing at about 6 PM. Might want to bring some lawn chairs with you. Over 150 have sent in reservations. Many thanks to Karen Brncic of Alton Marina for all the help in setting this up. Looking forward to some of Mike Tremmell’s ribs and great music.



Breaking News web page formatted for cell phones and other mobile devices with internet access is www.contriosyachtclub.org/news.html, this is similar to RiverBills.com river level page www.riverbills.com/river.html



Darryll Weil,

Fleet Captain and Webmaster,

Con Trios Yacht Club
 

Race for the Rivers Festival

     Saturday ...August 29, 2009

    Frontier Park St. Charles,Mo

 


Canoe & Kayak Racing, Music, Food and Fun

 

Three Events For Clean Water

Promoting Clean Water Education, Restoration, and Recreation

Whether you’re an avid paddler looking to get in on a competitive river race, or simply in search of a fun-filled, laid-back “float,” Race for the Rivers 2009 is the event you’ve been searching for! With water education, restoration and recreation as the focus, The Greenway Network, a non-profit citizens action group, is set to re-stage their second annual Missouri River paddling event on the weekend of August 29 & 30.

Race One: The Race for the Rivers, is a staged-event covering 65 miles of the scenic Missouri River from Washington Missouri all the way to the Confluence. It is a race for the serious paddler with strong endurance and a desire to compete.

Race Two: The Clean Water Challenge, is designed for the less experienced racer and/or recreational paddlers – a NON-STOP friendly competition race at a discretionary pace. This event begins in Weldon Spring and concludes in historic Saint Charles at the Race for the Rivers Festival in Frontier Park.

The Festival is open to any and all who are interested in good food, great music and more information about how to encourage and enjoy healthy rivers. All tax deductible pledges will go to support Greenway Network's various clean water initiatives.

Click here for more information

Whacked Out Watersports

    Giant Waterslide Jump
 

This has has water in it .....and nothing at all to do with boating, but take a minute and watch this crazy waterslide jump !

 

.......It's insane !

 

Click here to go to ToDaysBigThing.com and take a look !

 

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks go out to Capt'n Doug Riser for this link

 

Finn Inn......

    Grafton, IL
 

We were cruising around on the internet and ran up on this about the Finn Inn;


"The food is really good at FinInn. The service is good and they have many selections. The aquarium is awesome to watch as you eat. Sometimes it is like the fish are watching you ."
 

US Army Corps of Engineers photo

 

  Dredge WIlliam.A. Thompson
      Fountain City, Wisconsin
      Group Formed To Save Retired Mississippi River Dredge.............

According to a news report from postbulletin.con.................. The non-profit group, Friends of the Thompson was formed to save the retired Mississippi River dredge William A. Thompson from the scrap heap.

The Thompson was used prior to World War II until 2005. It was used to dredge the channel of the Mississippi River from Minneapolis/St. Paul, to several hundred miles down river. The dredge was used in several other rivers as well.

Friends of the Thompson intends to raise funds to restore the vessel, and maintain her display at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota. The museum would take over the display after 5 years.................

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum website.

Click here to read more about the dredge William A. Thompson. With Photos.
 

Click on Ad above 

Lost and Found........

 

Bill,
Here is another posting for the website.  Also, the gold colored rear seat for the Seadoo was returned to its owner.  You can remove that one. 
 

 

Found on 7/26/09 at George Winter Park, a wakeboard and ski rope near the ramp.  Please provide the brand of board and describe sticker affix on the board.
 
Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
 

River Reading........

     From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers
      

Chad has put together a many groups of volunteers, sponsors and interesting people to help him accomplish his goal of ........cleaning up America's rivers. 

They have pulled 545 of refrigerators out of our waterways... 15,991 tires and even a horse head. Chad received an award at the White House alongside Rudy Giuliani and Bill and Melinda Gates.

          Chad Pregracke with Jeff Barrow
          National Geographic Society, 2007
          301 pp., $26

 

U.S. Coast Guard photograph


 

Boston Bruins Coast Guard Visit


VINEYARD SOUND, Mass. - Boston Bruins hockey player Shawn Thornton pilots Coast Guard Station Menemsha's 47-foot boat through Vineyard Sound during his day with the Coast Guard Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. Thornton was given a tour of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, Station Woods Hole, and Air Station Cape Cod and had the oppotunity to get underway, climb into a helicopter and a falcon jet, fast-rope from a training tower and witness tactical law-enforcement training.

 

(USCG Photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

 

Wednesday

12 Aug  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

The Yacht Club of St. Louis rests majestically on the Dardenne Slough of the Mississippi River, sheltered from the main channel by Bolter Island. From the second floor of the Dining Room, the view is magnificent - a picturesque blend of woods and water. If you prefer a closer river experience, come dine for lunch on our riverside patio and watch the boats travel up and down the shimmering Mississippi River, or enjoy a more intimate dinner as you watch a beautiful sun as it sets against a kaleidoscope sky. The Yacht Club of St. Louis also provides live entertainment such as Jazz, Blues, Reggae to Classic Rock and Soul on various weekends and for special parties and activities.
The Yacht Club of St. Louis has one of the finest marinas along the Mississippi River. Slips are furnished with water and electricity. There is a complete repair and maintenance shop on location; Bloch Marine Service, which has over 100 years of combined experience and strives to provide efficient and timely repairs. Should anyone have a need to buy or sell a boat, they can go next door to Luttrell Marine Brokerage and Consignments who offers over 25 years of full service marine brokerage experience.
 

Click here  to enter the Yacht Club website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 Grafton Ferry Boat Company

The Grafton Ferry is your bridge between Jersey County, Illinois and St. Charles County, Missouri. Relax and let us do the driving as you save time, save money and enjoy spectacular scenery crossing the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. From Illinois, the shopping, dining and nightlife in St. Louis and St. Charles are only minutes away. For Missourians, the ferry offers a direct route to a great weekend getaway in Grafton. Take a ride on the Grafton Ferry, a unique travel experience.

Welcome aboard!

Click here to board website

Welcome New Advertiser !

Grafton Harbor Winery

 Inside the Marina Store at Grafton Harbor

215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL

618 - 786 -7678

Click here for website

Picture of the day

 

 A Busy Day Locking Through

 

The Picture of the Day.........  was sent to us by Steve and Jeanie Normand of Gateway Sign Design.

 

 

Bill,

Another picture of us “Locking through”. What a perfect ending to a perfect weekend! Weather was beautiful and the crowd was well-mannered.

 

Can we give a shout-out to the Lock Master and crew for their patience and professionalism?

 

Thanks for the great party!


Thank you,

Jeanie and Steve Normand
Gateway Sign Design, LLC

 


 

Heading Home !

click to enlarge

Corps of Engineers Photo

 

 

The southbound "Pool 25 Party" crew

exiting Winfield Lock early Sunday afternoon

 

 

 A big thanks goes out to the to the Lock Master and crew at Winfield Lock and Dam .....from all the southbound pleasure craft boaters that locked thru early Sunday afternoon. 

 

Thanks for your patience,  your professionalism...

and for taking care of us !

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

  

click to enlarge

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2007......

was sent in by Sharon Gwillim

 

 

Bill,

 

I was sitting at the cabin on the Illinois side of the Mississippi enjoying the sunset, when I saw this small glider come into view. He/She really had the birds-eye view of the sunset – this is across from Elsberry, just down from Timberlake on the Missouri side. Maybe one of your viewers will recognize him/herself.



Sharon Gwillim

 


(The picture is a GIF and should give you 2 images as he/she glides by the sunset)

 

US Army Corps of Engineers photo

Swan Lake

 

Two River nation Wildlife Refuge

   Draining of Swan Lake............

 

According to a news report from TheTelegraph.com.............  The Illinois Department of natural Resources is draining the lakes in the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge located in Calhoun County.  This has left millions of fish dead and rotting. Area residents are upset because it stinks.

The lakes are periodically drained in the refuge. The refuge manager said Swan Lake is very shallow right now with an average depth of only 3 feet.  When the lake gets silted in become really bad, so every few years the lake is drained and the bottom is allowed to dry and re-grow vegetation.  After that the area is allowed to refill with rain water.  A very slow process.

It's reported that 90 percent of the fish killed are Asian carp and gar.  The dead fish also become feed for many species of wildlife in the area that include herons, egrets and the American white pelicans.

Swan Lake is the largest lake in the refuge.

 

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

 

 

 

 

More Information About Swan Lake

 

Swan Lake extends along the left descending bank fo the Illinois River from river mile 5 - 13 in Calhoun Co., IL. The 4,600 acre project area is federally and privately owned. The federal lands are managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (Fuller Lake and the upper 300 acres of Swan Lake) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge (2,600 acres of Swan Lake). Historically, Swan Lake contained large amounts of backwater habitat for spawning, rearing, and wintering fish and migratory bird resting and feeding. River and hillside sedimentation, wave generated erosion, and water level fluctuations are reducing backwater habitat quality and quantity. Without the project, sedimentation was projected to reduce the surface area of the lake by 30% in 50 years. The project’s goals include restoring aquatic plants and invertebrates and providing habitat for fish spawning, rearing and overwintering by reducing sedimentation, stabilizing water levels, reducing wave action, and creating deep water.


The above information reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

Illinois River

   Largemouth Bass are Rebounding............

 

According to a news report from PrairieStatesOutdoors.com.............  The population of largemouth on the Illinois River is rebounding.  Three years of extended periods flooding has provided an excellent environment for the species to spawn and grow.

The minimum size for most Illinois River bass to become keepers is a 12 inch length, with the exception of the area above the Starved Rock dam in Grundy and LaSalle counties....18 inch minimum length.

 

Anglers are allowed six bass per day below Starved Rock, one fish above the dam.

A lot of the bass are topping the 12 inch mark, which shows that they are doing well despite the invasion of Asian carp and a lack of gizzard shad.

 

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

 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Cedar Hill Resort....

 

"Weekly Dinner Specials Call 618-883-4455 for Details"

 

Mr River Queen contest on Sat....Aug 15th ..click here


Click here to go to Cedar Hill Resort website

 

MV Mississippi

 

The M/V (Motor Vessel) Mississippi, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, is on the Illinois River today.

 

• August 12 Beardstown (morning), La Grange Lock and Dam, Meredosia, Naples

 

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for more information.


 

River Preservation

   Illinois River

  Peoria Hosts Mississippi River Commission....................

 

According to a news report from centralillinoisnewscenter.com.................  The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) was in Peoria, Illinois Tuesday for the first time in ten years. 

 

The MRC was inspecting the Illinois River's condition. as well as looking into the ways that the local municipalities are preserving the River.

The goal of the MRC is to look forward over the next century, and anticipate the power generation, water quality, and quantity issues that will be faced, and come up with solutions to these issues.....................

 

 

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

Established in 1879 by an act of Congress, the MRC was formed to improve the

Mississippi River's condition, prevent floods, and promote commerce.

 

Click here to visit the Mississippi River Commission website.  


 

Lost and Found........

 

Bill,
Here is another posting for the website.  Also, the gold colored rear seat for the Seadoo was returned to its owner.  You can remove that one. 
 

 

Found on 7/26/09 at George Winter Park, a wakeboard and ski rope near the ramp.  Please provide the brand of board and describe sticker affix on the board.
 
Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
 

   Maxum Boats

      Boat Line Discontinued by Brunswick.............

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.............. In an effort to better position itself to emerge from the economic slowdown, Brunswick has decided to discontinue it's Maxum line. Brunswick introduced Maxum in 1988.

One of the innovators of the early 2000's, Maxum began installing bow and stern thrusters on smaller vessels.

Maxum will continue to sell off current inventory, however, the company will not produce 2010 models. Dealers have been alerted to the decision, and warranty support will continue.

Since the Maxum boat line did not have their own manufacturing facility, there should be no changes in production plans...............

Click here to read this news article.
 

 


Brunswick manufactures 15 boat brands domestically, as well as brands manufactured in Europe and New Zealand.............
Click here to visit the Brunswick website
 

DesPlaines River

   New Illinois Bow Fishing Record for Grass Carp............

 

According to a news report from PrairieStatesOutdoors.com.................  Thirteen year old Emily Brooks shot a 56.7-pound grass carp while bowfishing in the DesPlaines River on Monday night, breaking the existing state record for that class !
 

The Illinois state record for grass carp caught on pole-and-line fishing is a 69-pound, 8-ounce.

 


Click here to read news article... With Photo
 

The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop !

     August 15, 2009

    7,500 Ducks To Be Dropped From Bagnell Dam......

Official Drop at 2:00 p.m.
Individual Duck - $5.00

Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

 

Experience up to 7,500 rubber ducks falling from the sky on Saturday,
August 15th as the largest duck race in the lake’s history takes place on the
Osage River below the Bagnell Dam. Make a day of it as we kick-off The
Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop with a 5K family fun run and waddle walk .
The Family Fun Zone will open following the walk with clowns, duck ponds,
duck painting, puppet shows, vendors, food and live entertainment. The
official “Duck Drop” will take place at 2 PM as thousands of numbered
rubber ducks float to the finish line on the Osage River.



Click here to go to website
 

 

Missouri River

   Upcoming Fishing Tournaments and Boat Races.......

 
 

8/15/2009  6:00PM - 12:00AM Waverly Ramp Fishing 60 Boats

Waverly Cats-River Bluff Rod & Gun 660/988-0908
 

8/15/2009  7:00AM - 7:00PM Thurnau Wildlife Area ...Fishing... 60 Boats

Kent/Livengood Memorial Fish Derby 660/683-5615
8/16/2009  7:00AM - 4:00PM Thurnau Wildlife Area... Fishing... 60 Boats

Kent/Livengood Memorial Fish Derby 660/683-5615


8/16/2009  12:00AM - 9:00AM Waverly Ramp... Fishing... 60 Boats

Waverly Cats-River Bluff Rod & Gun 660/988-0908
 

8/29/2009  9:00AM - 6:00PM Weldon Spring Boat Ramp... Races... 100 Boats

Greenway Network, Inc 419/308-6393
 

8/29/2009  9:00AM - 6:00PM WashingtonMO/ColumbiaBtms... Races... 75 Boats

Greenway Network, Inc 419/308-6393
8/30/2009  9:00AM - 3:00PM WashingtonMO/ColumbiaBtms... Races... 75 Boats

Greenway Network, Inc 419/308-6393

 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri Water Patrol website for more info

U.S. Coast Guard photograph

Click on pic to enlarge


PORT ARTHUR- The Towing Vessel Redeemer assists the Towing Vessel Caroline following a collision between Caroline and the Towing Vessel Miss Stacie in the Intracoastal Waterway, located just east of the High Island Bridge August 11, 2009. Unified Command Photo
 

 

Intercostal Waterway

   Port Author Texas

  Towing Vessel Caroline and the Towing Vessel Miss Stacie Collide

 

The Intracostal Waterway at Port Author, Texas was closed following a collision between the towing vessel Caroline and the towing vessel Miss Stacie at mile marker 312 early on Monday morning.  No injuries were reported.

 Only a small amount of oil was released from the Caroline.  It was cleaned up by Oil Mop.

The towing vessel Caroline was re-floated and towed to a shipyard in Lake Charles, La., for repairs. The barges were moved to Houston, Texas by the towing vessel Coushatta.

The Intracoastal Waterway has been re-opened to traffic.

 


Click here to read news report on Coast Guard news Wire

 

Tuesday

11 Aug  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

The Yacht Club of St. Louis rests majestically on the Dardenne Slough of the Mississippi River, sheltered from the main channel by Bolter Island. From the second floor of the Dining Room, the view is magnificent - a picturesque blend of woods and water. If you prefer a closer river experience, come dine for lunch on our riverside patio and watch the boats travel up and down the shimmering Mississippi River, or enjoy a more intimate dinner as you watch a beautiful sun as it sets against a kaleidoscope sky. The Yacht Club of St. Louis also provides live entertainment such as Jazz, Blues, Reggae to Classic Rock and Soul on various weekends and for special parties and activities.
The Yacht Club of St. Louis has one of the finest marinas along the Mississippi River. Slips are furnished with water and electricity. There is a complete repair and maintenance shop on location; Bloch Marine Service, which has over 100 years of combined experience and strives to provide efficient and timely repairs. Should anyone have a need to buy or sell a boat, they can go next door to Luttrell Marine Brokerage and Consignments who offers over 25 years of full service marine brokerage experience.
 

Click here  to enter the Yacht Club website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 Grafton Ferry Boat Company

The Grafton Ferry is your bridge between Jersey County, Illinois and St. Charles County, Missouri. Relax and let us do the driving as you save time, save money and enjoy spectacular scenery crossing the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. From Illinois, the shopping, dining and nightlife in St. Louis and St. Charles are only minutes away. For Missourians, the ferry offers a direct route to a great weekend getaway in Grafton. Take a ride on the Grafton Ferry, a unique travel experience.

Welcome aboard!

Click here to board website

Welcome New Advertiser !

Grafton Harbor Winery

 Inside the Marina Store at Grafton Harbor

215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL

618 - 786 -7678

Click here for website

Picture of the day

 

Antique 12 ft. Launch

Click on pic to enlarge

Cool Boat, Unknown make... Help !

 

The Picture of the Day...........  was sent to us by Capt'n Steve Francis....

 

 

Hey Bill,

 

I purchased this 12 ft launch, it has a 1944 Palmer PW27 single cylinder 8 Hp motor, fiberglass hull, straight shaft with forward and reverse. I've looked all over the web, and no one seems to know what it is. I saw one for sale on Antique boat, but had no make or model. If you could post it, maybe someone will recognize it. I had it inspected, and can put it on the water, but I really would like the original make, not a homemade title.

 

Here are some pics with me and Becky out cruising in it. We went from South Shore Marina to Kinder's and back tonight in it. Fun Little boat.

Thanks,
Steve Francis
Becky Jennings

 

 

National Marina Day Cruise

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

A National Marina Day Pic...........  was sent to us by Amy Spencer of Palisades Yacht Club.

 

 

Picture from the National Marina Day Event sponsored by the Show Me the Mississippi organization. We gave a great tour by boat of the Alton Pool to many state and local public officials. The tour boat we were on was from Paul at Port Charles. Dinner following was at Sundowners. The Show Me the Mississippi is a great organization and we are looking for new members......please contact Heidi Fairbanks at heidi@stcharleschamber.org to join!

Pictured from left to right is:
Julie Smith, St. Charles County Municipal League
Rose Lambi, City of Wentzville 1st lady
Amy Spencer, Palisades Yacht Club
Mayor Len Pagano, City of St. Peters

 

 

Amy Spencer

Palisades yacht Club
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

The American Queen

  

click to enlarge

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2007...... was from Capt'n Pat Reid of Crystal Photography, better known in a lot of circles as..."Captain of the Camera."

 

    Pat sent us this picture of the American Queen heading down river towards Ol' St.Lou. He made it look Old Tyme !

 

    Pat raced around from location to location in his land yacht tying to find the Queen on the river. We knew it was close, but didn't know the exact location. We talked to the folks at Two Rivers Marina and a lot of the lock masters trying to find her.   Pat missed it once or twice and had to leave lock and dam 25 when they locked the grounds for the night.  He got some good shots for us though !

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

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

For further information contact: Patrolman Louis G. Amighetti J
Public Information Officer
Phone: (573) 751-3333
E-mail:
lou.amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Elsberry, Mo

Water Patrol Mississippi River Sobriety Enforcement


 

On August 8, 2009, the Missouri State Water Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the 261.5 mile mark of Mississippi River in Pike County. Hours of the check point ran from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Pike County Sheriff's Department assisted the Water Patrol during this operation.

Results of the checkpoint are as follows:

37 - Boats Stopped

7 - BWI arrests

3- Citations

13- Written Warnings

The Missouri State Water Patrol recognizes the danger of impaired boat operators and is focused in its efforts to remove them from our waterways. Sobriety checkpoints are one tool the Water Patrol uses to address the problem of operators Boating While Intoxicated. Positive enforcement of our alcohol related watercraft laws is the key to greater boater responsibility and to creating a safer boating environment for everyone.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in almost 40 percent of Missouri's fatal and serious injury accidents last year. Impaired boat operators are less attentive, react more slowly, make judgment errors and do not multi-task effectively. These effects can become evident long before the operator would be considered legally "drunk." The problem of alcohol and drug impaired operators is only compounded at night. Low lighting conditions and poor visibility make an unsafe situation potentially even more deadly.


News Release ID: N07090135
Release Date: 20090810

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090134

 Drowning  - Big Piney River - 80/09/2009

Location:

     Big Piney River, Licking, Mo  
Summary : 

JESSE (AGE 7) AND WYATT (AGE 4) WERE LAST SEEN ABOUT 4:00PM ON 8/9/09. WATER PATROL OFFICERS WERE CONTACTED AT 6:45PM TO ASSIST IN THE SEARCH FOR THE TWO BOYS WHO WERE MISSING. LIMITED WATER SEARCHES TOOK PLACE THROUGH THE NIGHT. AT FIRST LIGHT TODAY (8-10-09), WATER PATROL OFFICERS LAUNCHED THEIR BOATS AND STARTED DRAGGING OPERATIONS. JESSE'S BODY WAS FOUND AT 7:10AM BY DRAGGING. A HIGHWAY PATROL HELICOPTER SPOTTED THE BODY OF WYATT IN THE WATER AND WATER PATROL OFFICERS WENT TO THAT LOCATION AND RECOVERED WYATT, WHO WAS HUNG UP IN A LOG JAM.

Fatalities

Jesse Bagley, 06/04/2002, Licking, Mo.

Wyatt Bagley, 01/01/2005, Licking, Mo.


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Boating News and Tidbits !

         

   Lake Ozarks 911 Dock Signs... Click here

  

   Fishing with chicken livers..... Click here

 

   Brunswick's $250 million private offering... Click here

 

   New Volvo Penta Warranty  .... Click here

 

   Crownline's  Auction Postponed ..... Click here

 

   Casino at Confluence of Mississippi & MissouriRivers...  Click here
 

 

Cedar Hill Resort....

 

"Weekly Dinner Specials Call 618-883-4455 for Details"

 

Mr River Queen contest on Sat....Aug 15th ..click here


Click here to go to Cedar Hill Resort website

 

MV Mississippi

 

The M/V (Motor Vessel) Mississippi, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, is on the Illinois River today.

 

August 11 Chillicothe Riverfront, Peoria Riverfront (standing by most of the day)

 

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for more information.


 

Lost and Found........

 

Bill,
Here is another posting for the website.  Also, the gold colored rear seat for the Seadoo was returned to its owner.  You can remove that one. 
 

 

Found on 7/26/09 at George Winter Park, a wakeboard and ski rope near the ramp.  Please provide the brand of board and describe sticker affix on the board.
 
Corporal Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol
2401 E. McCarty Street
 

Cedar Hill Resort
Restaurant, Bar, Deck & Tiki Bar
On the Mississippi River in Calhoun County
Dogtown Rd, Batchtown, IL 62006
25 minutes from St. Charles, MO
618-883-4455
www.cedarhillresort.net

Mr. River Queen Contest
August 15, 2009

Come one, come all for the Annual MR. RIVER QUEEN CONTEST!!!
Take the trophy back to your harbor. We would like to have at least a couple of guys represent each harbor. In the past, we raised over $1,200.00 for Make A Wish Foundation and that was done with two contestants. This is a laugh till your cheeks hurt kind of day. The contestants had as much fun as any one there. Start thinking about whose closet you can raid. Bring your best swimsuit and evening gown to the competition.

 

 

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • First place receives Prize Trophy, $100.00 cash and of course a Crown. There will also be 2nd and 3rd place trophies.

  • We will make the game building available for changing clothes.

  • The Swim Suit Competition will begin at 2pm. You will need to carry a purse, as you will be judged by the amount of donations you can get from the audience. This money will be combined and go to the “MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION.”
    The Evening Gown / Cocktail Dress Competition will begin at 4pm. You must
    compete in both competitions in order to win. Contestants with the most money from both competitions win.

  • Please be here at least a 1/2 hour early to be ready.

  • Please sign up with one of your bartenders.  We will need your name and phone number

This should be a great time for all with a lot of laughs! Come on and join the fun! Ladies get your guys to sign up and get your makeup kits out and ready to go. If you have any questions, please call 618-883-4455.

 

 

Blue Barge From Polestar Now At Liberty Harbor.....
 

Capt'n Mark Muckensturn sent RiverBills the following e-mail.


 

Bill….

Yesterday (Sunday) we were on the hook near Portage. We saw them bringing that big blue barge that used to be moored at Polestar down to Liberty Harbor. Do know what their plans are for it…?

Mark

 

p.s. sorry …we did not have our camera

 

 

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the info Mark.  We will see what we can find out.
 

HogBack Update !

I have most people’s t-shirt sizes and will place the order later tonight to make sure we get them back in time. If someone needs to add to the order please let me know today!!!!

Hotel info for hogback:
I got another rate from the Microtel inn in Quincy. This is a newer hotel closer to the river than the old holiday inn. And a lot nicer.

Call and ask for the hogback rate $75.00 for doubles or singles.

Microtel Inn & Suites - Riverview
200 South 3rd St.
Quincy, IL 62301
E-Mail - frontdes215@wynhg.com
Phone - (217) 222-5620
Fax - (217) 222-5621
TDD - 800-824-2082
www.microtelinn.com


Thanks,
Corey Nelson
 

Public Hearing in St. Louis Aug 14th........

   US Army Corps of Engineers news Release
 

 


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District

Release #: 26-09
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Phone: 314-331-8068/8002
Web: www.mvs.usace.army.mil

 


 

Mississippi River Commission schedules

Public Hearing in St. Louis, August 14

 

St. Louis -- The Mississippi River Commission is conducting its annual low-water inspection trip August 9-21, 2009.  As part of the inspection trip, a series of public hearings are being held at various locations along the Mississippi River.  The commission, established by Congress in 1879, holds the hearings to maintain a dialogue, and to exchange viewpoints and ideas with stakeholders and the public.  A public hearing is scheduled at the St. Louis Riverfront, Mo., August 14 at 9 a.m

 

Traditionally during the inspection trip, the commission travels the length of the Mississippi River stretching from Minnesota to New Orleans.  However, in the last five years the commission has incorporated visits to the other major river basins feeding into the Mississippi.  As part of its 381st session, the Presidential commission will visit the Illinois River basin to share information and learn from interest groups regarding the management of the river system.  The commission will make five stops in Illinois at Ottawa, Peoria, Beardstown, LaGrange and Alton.

 

Five public hearings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in selected towns so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues.  The hearing places, dates and times are as follows:

  • August 14       9:00 a.m.       St. Louis, Mo., at City Front

  • August 17       9:00 a.m.       Tiptonville, Tenn., at River Park

  • August 18       9:00 a.m.       Memphis, Tenn., at Mud Island

  • August 19       9:00 a.m.       Greenville, Miss., at City Front

  • August 21       9:00 a.m.       Morgan City, La., at Port Commission Dock      
     

All hearings are open to the public.  Local interests are invited to present their views and suggestions on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the Mississippi Valley, including flood control and the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation and navigation.

 
The agenda for the August 14 public hearing is as follows:
 

 

  1. MRC president and Mississippi Valley Division commander, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, will present a summary of national and regional issues affecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and commission programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. 

  2. St. Louis District commander, Col. Thomas E. O’Hara, will present an overview of current projects in his district for the commission.

  3. Local organizations and members of the public will have an opportunity to make presentations or offer views or comments to the commission on any issue affecting programs or projects of the commission and the Corps.

The purpose of the public meetings is to maintain a dialogue, an exchange of viewpoints and ideas flowing between the public, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the commission. This process allows the public a greater voice in shaping federal management policy of the river.  Presentations by the public are made orally, but a copy of the remarks should be presented to the commission for the official record.

 
The public hearing process is unique to the Mississippi River Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The benefits of hearing first hand the issues and concerns through the public hearing process are invaluable to the commission and the Corps.  Also, the interaction with congressional, federal and state interests, local boards and non-government organizations and the public is crucial to the decision-making process of the commission.

 

The MRC, established in 1879, is composed of seven members, each nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. Three of the organization's members are officers of the Corps of Engineers; one member is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and three members are civilians, two of whom are civil engineers.

 

General duties of the Mississippi River Commission include making recommendations on policy and work programs, studying and reporting on whether modifications or additions are needed for flood control and navigation projects, providing recommendations on any matters authorized by law, and making semi-annual inspection trips.  The jurisdiction of the commission includes the entire length of the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minn., to Head of Passes, La., where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

 

- END -


 

Wake Surfing

 

Bill,

Quick note on the wake surfing… it is to be done on INBOARD or jet boats only. No outboards or I/Os. Don’t want people to try that with a prop spinning right there. Try it out, its fun, but you are very close to the boat while doing it.

Zach

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the info Zach !

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

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had an 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 on pic to enlarge


Cattaraugus Creek flooding, N.Y.


Flooding from the Cattaraugus Creek beaches several recreational boats on the shores of Buffalo, N.Y. Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo and various western New York county sheriff's marine units and tribal police assisted and conducted searches for possible persons in distress.

 

(Official Coast Guard photo.)





 

Monday

10 Aug  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

The Yacht Club of St. Louis rests majestically on the Dardenne Slough of the Mississippi River, sheltered from the main channel by Bolter Island. From the second floor of the Dining Room, the view is magnificent - a picturesque blend of woods and water. If you prefer a closer river experience, come dine for lunch on our riverside patio and watch the boats travel up and down the shimmering Mississippi River, or enjoy a more intimate dinner as you watch a beautiful sun as it sets against a kaleidoscope sky. The Yacht Club of St. Louis also provides live entertainment such as Jazz, Blues, Reggae to Classic Rock and Soul on various weekends and for special parties and activities.
The Yacht Club of St. Louis has one of the finest marinas along the Mississippi River. Slips are furnished with water and electricity. There is a complete repair and maintenance shop on location; Bloch Marine Service, which has over 100 years of combined experience and strives to provide efficient and timely repairs. Should anyone have a need to buy or sell a boat, they can go next door to Luttrell Marine Brokerage and Consignments who offers over 25 years of full service marine brokerage experience.
 

Click here  to enter the Yacht Club website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 Grafton Ferry Boat Company

The Grafton Ferry is your bridge between Jersey County, Illinois and St. Charles County, Missouri. Relax and let us do the driving as you save time, save money and enjoy spectacular scenery crossing the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. From Illinois, the shopping, dining and nightlife in St. Louis and St. Charles are only minutes away. For Missourians, the ferry offers a direct route to a great weekend getaway in Grafton. Take a ride on the Grafton Ferry, a unique travel experience.

Welcome aboard!

Click here to board website

Welcome New Advertiser !

Grafton Harbor Winery

 Inside the Marina Store at Grafton Harbor

215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL

618 - 786 -7678

Click here for website

Picture of the day

 

Locking Thru

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day...........  is titled

 

 Staying off the wall

 

It's a shot looking down river in the Winfield lock yesterday afternoon !

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

08-08-08 River Fireworks

  

click to enlarge

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2008.......  was of Frank and Cindy's River Dawg named BJ.

 

Frank and Cindy wrote: 

    

Hey Bill,

Attached are some pics of our little river dawg in hopes

that she will be inducted into the river dawg clan.

Her name is BJ short for Bonnie Jean.

She is perched on the back of our vintage 1978 Formula.

That is also the same year my wife and I were married.

After 28 years we and the old boat are still going strong.

Wer'e at 521 every weekend. See you all there.

 

                                                               Frank& Cindy

 

                                                         And of course B.J.


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/10/09
Subject: Eads Bridge (LLNR 16465) MM 180.0 UMR navigation lights extinguished
NAVNOTICE # 1842


THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT THAT ALL THE NAVIGATION LIGHTS ON THE UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM SIDE ARE EXTINGUISHED ON THE EADS BRIDGE (LLNR 16465) AT MM 180.0 UMR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/9/09
Subject: FA 480 Dual Bridges MM 60.2 ILR U/S Left Descending pier light extinguished
NAVNOTICE # 1841


THE UPSTREAM LEFT DESCENDING BRIDGE PIER LIGHT ON THE FA 480 DUAL
BRIDGES (VALLEY CITY DUAL BRIDGES-LLNR 7805) MM 60.2 ILR IS EXTINGUISHED. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION.

 

 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 8/8/09
Subject: Buoy Missing and Possible Shoaling IVO MM 110.0 ILR RDB
NAVNOTICE # 1840


THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF A BUOY MISSING AND POSSIBLE  SHOALING IVO MM 110.0 ILR RIGHT DESCENDING BANK. A M/V RAN AGROUND AT  THIS LOCATION WITH A 9'3" DRAFT AND THE LA GRANGE L/D UPPER POOL GAUGE READING 429.12 FEET ON 08AUG09. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

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

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090132

 Falling Overboard - Osage River - 08/09/2009

Location:

     Lock and Dam, Osage River... Taos, Mo  
Summary : 

Victim was going into the Lock & Dam when he apparently changed his mind and tried to grab onto the dam to stop his progress. Boat flipped around and ejected operator. Several bystanders tried to assist but victim went under and did not resurface.

Boat Type

     2000 Polaris PWC

Fatalities : 

Shad Ridenhour... 8/28/67

 

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Last Weekend's ( 08-01 & 08-02-09 ) Edition of RiverBill's........... click here

 

2009 Missouri River 340 Mile Race

         

   Click here for this year's race results and times........

 

Cedar Hill Resort....

 

"Weekly Dinner Specials Call 618-883-4455 for Details"

 

Mr River Queen contest on Sat....Aug 15th ..click here


Click here to go to Cedar Hill Resort website

 

MV Mississippi

 

The M/V (Motor Vessel) Mississippi, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission, is on the Illinois River today.

 

August 10 Standing by at Ottawa (departing down stream around 8:30 p.m.)

 

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for more information.


 

More River Tidbits and News

Thousands Rock the River , Davenport, Iowa.... Click here

 

 

PWC / Boat Collision at Lake of the Ozarks...... Click here

 

 

Tom Sawyer & Becky Thatcher Riverboats .......... Click here

 

Saturday,   15  August  2009  

Con Trios Yacht Club's ......Alton Getaway

Alton Marina

 

The Alton Getaway invitations are coming in the mail. Get your reservations in early and get your dock reservations quickly. Alton Marina is starting to fill up already. Attached is an Adobe Acrobat file that has all the information and reservation form.

Darryll Weil,

Con Trios Yacht Club Fleet Captain and Webmaster

www.contriosyachtclub.org

 

 

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

 

River History....

 

August 10, 1971 in River History


Federal Boat Safety Act wassigned. The Act gave the United States Coast Guard wider authority over recreational boating in U.S.

 

Source

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-cp/comrel/factfile/index.htm

HogBack Update !

Hello everyone,

I am trying to set up a special rate at the Microtel in Quincy, It is newer and closer to the water. They have a small van but I did get a flyer for a volunteer that has a van that will pick people up for donations.

I will find out if I can get a special rate for that weekend.

Most importantly I need t-shirt sizes for everyone that is going I am ordering shirts Monday afternoon.

If someone you know wants to go and is not on my email list please pass this info to them and have them email me so we can get any last minute details.

Thanks,
Corey
 

Mississippi River

   Father and Son take 655 Mile PWC trip

According to a news article gazetteonline............... a father and son team took a 655 trip down the Mississippi River from the Cedar River in Iowa to the St. Louis area and back. on personal watercrafts.

 

Some of the highlights of their trip include the friends they made along the way the view they seen from the Gateway Arch.

 

A few of the lows include being harassed by drunken boaters and accidentally running 14 miles up the Illinois River after re-fueling in Grafton, IL.  Oops ....wrong river !

 

At the Keokuk lock and dam they found out they could not lock through unless they found a larger boat that would allow them to tie during the 38-foot descent.

A local resident borrowed his neighbor’s trailer, loaded their PWCs and re-launched them  below the dam.  he did the same for them on their return trip.

 


Click here to read this news story....

 

Mississippi River

   Princeton, Iowa

   Boat Explodes ....No Injuries

  

  

According to a news report in the DesMoinesRegistor.com ...........Three boaters escaped injury on Sunday morning after the boat they were in exploded and burned on the Mississippi River near Princeton, Iowa.

The 30-foot-long pleasure boat was gassed-up with about 100 gallons of fuel the night before and exploded as it was being started.  It's believed that the ventilator used to remove gas fumes from the engine compartment was not run long enough.

 

Click here to read this news report

 

 

 

RiverBill says......A big river thanks goes out to Capt'n Matt Burrows for this news tip.
 

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

We had to shut down RiverBill's Message Board for a while.  We had an 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 on pic to enlarge


Hudson River.....


NEW YORK-The Coast Guard, state, local and federal agencies search for debris and passengers from a mid-air between a sightseeing helicopter and a fixed wing airplane above the Hudson River, N.Y., August 8, 2009.

(Coast Guard Photo/Petty Officer Seth Johnson)


 

Friday

07 Aug  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

The Yacht Club of St. Louis rests majestically on the Dardenne Slough of the Mississippi River, sheltered from the main channel by Bolter Island. From the second floor of the Dining Room, the view is magnificent - a picturesque blend of woods and water. If you prefer a closer river experience, come dine for lunch on our riverside patio and watch the boats travel up and down the shimmering Mississippi River, or enjoy a more intimate dinner as you watch a beautiful sun as it sets against a kaleidoscope sky. The Yacht Club of St. Louis also provides live entertainment such as Jazz, Blues, Reggae to Classic Rock and Soul on various weekends and for special parties and activities.
The Yacht Club of St. Louis has one of the finest marinas along the Mississippi River. Slips are furnished with water and electricity. There is a complete repair and maintenance shop on location; Bloch Marine Service, which has over 100 years of combined experience and strives to provide efficient and timely repairs. Should anyone have a need to buy or sell a boat, they can go next door to Luttrell Marine Brokerage and Consignments who offers over 25 years of full service marine brokerage experience.
 

Click here  to enter the Yacht Club website

Welcome New Advertiser !

 Grafton Ferry Boat Company

The Grafton Ferry is your bridge between Jersey County, Illinois and St. Charles County, Missouri. Relax and let us do the driving as you save time, save money and enjoy spectacular scenery crossing the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. From Illinois, the shopping, dining and nightlife in St. Louis and St. Charles are only minutes away. For Missourians, the ferry offers a direct route to a great weekend getaway in Grafton. Take a ride on the Grafton Ferry, a unique travel experience.

Welcome aboard!

Click here to board website

Welcome New Advertiser !

Grafton Harbor Winery

 Inside the Marina Store at Grafton Harbor

215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL

618 - 786 -7678

Click here for website

Picture of the day

 

Wake Surfing

 the Mississippi

 

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Pictures of the Day...........  are more wake boarding pictures from Capt'n Mark Cutler, who hails out of Lake Center Marina in boat Cutty's Ark. 

 

We e-mailed Mark from RiverBill's and ask him to tell us more about wake boarding ! 

 

Mark,
How about telling us all more about how this wake surfing works.
How do you start?
How do you get up?
How fast do you go?
How long can you ride the wake ?
How long you been doing this ?
Special board ?

Thanks,
Bill

 

 

 

Mark replied

 

Hi Bill,

This was my second time trying this. You use a wake surfboard for this. My son bought his from StateAMind Watersports a couple weeks ago.

You can ride the wake as long as our skills allow and you have gas in the boat. You only go about 10 mph. We have to really load our ski boat down to get the kind of wake you need for this.

You get up on this like a wakeboard or wake skate. Using a rope to get up. Once up, you pull yourself into the sweet spot of the wake using the rope. Once you get there you can throw the rope into the boat and you're surfing!

Here are some pics illustrating the process. Notice in the last pic the girl is holding the ski handle I have just thrown to her.


Mark Cutler
Cutty's Ark

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Flood of 2008

 

  

 

  

click to enlarge

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day from 2008.......  were sent in by Capt'n JohnnyRiverRat

 

 

 

Hey, RiverBill


Went fishing this morning (07/27/08) with Josh and RiverBill jr., out at RiverPhil's place. Thought we would give Josh's "new" jonboat a shakedown too. Included a few pics, from casting on Phil's submerged (again) patio, to the catch 'o the day, who obliged by jumping in the boat! Too bad none of us caught any fish the conventional way !

 

AnnieRiverBrat and RiverRich showed up with Brandon.


JohnnyRiverRat

 


 

River Factoids.......

  • Capt'n JohnnyRiverRat  works for RiverBills.com in the River News Department. He has been RiverBill Jr's friend since high school. Recently re-located to Alabama.

  • AnnieRiverBrat is also known is some circles as RiverBill's daughter.......

  • RiverBill Jr isn't really a junior...And this is the guy that was the DJ..music man at all of the Jamaica Daze Parties of yesteryears.

 

2007 Missouri River 340

   On You-Tube

Click here for a You Tube documentary on the 2007 Missouri River 340 race from Kansas City to St. Charles.   lots of good still photos.....It's worth a look
 

2009 Missouri River 340 Mile Race

   August 4th -7th

The Worlds longest non-stop river race

 The Missouri River 340 Mile River Race

 Kansas City to St. Charles...