~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
September 2009

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

Wednesday

 

      30 September 2009

        Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Back at Longshot Saloon for one last time

"Rogers, Nienhaus & Crawford" -

 Saturday, October 3rd 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Annual Rat Run - "Mid Life Crisis" - Sunday, October 4th

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Picture of the Day

 

Sunday Morning @ Grafton Harbor

   

 

   click to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day ..... were sent in by Paul & Joan Barbary, who hail out of Grafton Harbor in the boat ........."The Last One."

 

 

Hi Bill,
On Sunday morning with my coffee cup in hand, I walked to the end of the dock. Looking down river I said to myself, go get the camera. I got back in time to get these shots. You can see the Grafton Ferry and the Lighthouse silhouetted against the sun and clouds. I love this time of year.

Paul & Joan Barbary
Grafton Harbor
"The Last One"
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007----  was sent in by Capt'n Bill Moyer, who hailed out of Grafton Harbor at that time, in the cruiser "Copier Cat".......  It's some of the party crew on "F" Dock.

 

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

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"Zoe"

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Description

 

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Includes covered dock at Harbor Point, 60 day warranty on engines, generator and transmission $72,500

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/29/09
Subject: Dredging at MM 185.1 UMR/ RIVER CLOSURE 1700-0700 CDT
NAVNOTICE # 1914

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0409-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0409-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED IN THE CHAIN OF ROCKS CANAL AT MM 185.1 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 1700-0700 CDT. DURING THIS PERIOD THE RIVER WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION AND WILL REOPEN FROM 0700-1700 CDT. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 8,13, OR 16 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS DURING THE OPEN TO NAVIGATION PERIOD. ALL MARINERS ARE URGED TO TRANSIT AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION AFTER PASSING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
 


 

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

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

September 29, 2009

Fall Trout Fishing Season Begins in Illinois on Oct. 17 Trout to be stocked at 37 locations throughout state


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2009 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 37 ponds and lakes throughout the state, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.

“Our catchable trout program is very popular and the fall season opener is always a big day for Illinois anglers,” Miller said. “Trout fishing is also a fun activity for children and taking the kids fishing is a great way for families to spend time together.”

More than 70,000 trout are stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below just prior to the opening of the fall trout season. Anglers are reminded that no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens on Oct. 17 at 5 a.m.

To take trout legally beginning Oct. 17, anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location if they plan to go fishing on opening day. While regulations allow trout season to open at 5 a.m. on Oct. 17, not all locations are open that early.

For more information on fall trout season and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the web site at www.ifishillinois.org.

Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

For more information... Click here to go to the IDNR website
 

 

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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

 

Little John's Motorsports Update

     Smokin In The Cove

 


2009 Smokin in the Cove on Lake Catherine in Arkansas. Little John's Motorsports was the #3 qualifier, with a 7.005 run. There were 27 boats in their class and only 16 get to qualify ! They ran on a 1000 ft track, 16th boat ran a 7.08. 135 boats at the race. Sunday Little John's Motorsports team ran too fast and broke out with a 6.96 and lost the race.

 

Click here and check it out more pictures from last weekend's race !

 

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks Capt'n Darryll Weil for the update.

 

Lake Ozarks

   Pictures From the OSS Boat Races From Lake Expo.com

 

Click here for RACE COVERAGE of the OSS National Championship 2009.

Click here for photos of spectators of the OSS National Championship 2009.
 

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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

Water Patrol Conducts Swift Water Training to Respond to Major Flooding



The Missouri State Water Patrol held a swift water rescue training course in simulated fast-moving flood conditions below the Pomme De Terre Dam near Hermitage, Missouri last week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased water flow from Pomme De Terre Lake to create the swift water conditions needed for a realistic class. Ten Water Patrol officers and five Missouri Department of Conservation agents took part in the training.

"This is invaluable training for both the Water Patrol officers and the Conservation agents involved. These were very realistic conditions and our officers need this kind of experience in advance to be ready when flooding happens. This training will not only help with getting more victims out of flood water, but it will ensure the safety of the officers and agents," said Lt. Eldon Wulf Director of training for the Missouri State Water Patrol.

During spring flooding in 2008, the Water Patrol was very active in water rescues. These rescues occurred in some of the most dangerous conditions a Water Patrol officer will ever face. There were several close calls during the 2008 floods that caused the Water Patrol to explore better training for officers. On March 18 two Water Patrol officers' boat became capsized along with another agency's rescue boat while trying to help victims stranded in trees on the flooded Hurricane Creek in Southern Missouri. The Water Patrol and Conservation Departments also had boats capsize in Ellington, Piedmont, and on the Mississippi River. Fortunately in each instance the officers were able to make it to safety.

During the training Water Patrol instructors covered boat operations in swift water, self rescue techniques, rope and pulley rescue systems and other flood rescue techniques. Many of the techniques focused on methods of rescuing victims without putting a boat in the water because conditions are often simply too dangerous to maneuver a boat and perform a rescue. The rope and pulley techniques learned will allow the officers to better coordinate efforts with rescuers from other departments that have received similar training. The Water Patrol plans to expand this training both to be better prepared to serve Missourians and to ensure officer safety in times of disaster.



News Release ID: N07090175
Release Date: 20090929


 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Waterpatrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

River History....

 

September 30, 1993

 

Flood of 1993…..The Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri, was above flood stage for 144 days between April 1 and September 30, 1993

 

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

 

Always Somebody Else's Fault

 

Dan Owen sent us a link to a news article about a lawsuit that is the result of boating accident that happen on the Ohio River near Ravenswood, W. Va. in June 2007.

 

 

According to the news article in TheRecord.com.......The drowning deaths of two young children and their aunt has resulted in lawsuits between the survivors of the boating accident and owners of the towboat that collided with the personal watercraft on which the children and their aunt were riding.

The boating accident happed during the late night and early morning hours in June of 2007.

The pleasure craft was cruising down the Ohio River when they encountered a heavy fog and restricted visibility.  The adult passengers on the pleasure craft became disoriented, so they shut off the engine and began using strong lights in an attempt to locate the river bank.

At the same time the towboat, Michael Fisher, was attempting to locate the bank near mile 216.

According to the news article....the Bayliner moved into the path of the towboat and its tow, resulting in a collision.  The deceased.....Jesse and Samantha Fisher were asleep in the cuddy cabin of the pleasure craft.  They were unattended and not wearing personal flotation devices.  Jennifer Poston did not know how to swim and was not wearing a life jacket.
 

Click here to read the newspaper article .

 

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Bill,

 

Here is a message that I received from a towboat captain in the same area at the same time. The bracket insertions are mine, to make the message more explainable to your readers. It goes to show that if a licensed towboat pilot ties up in the fog in an area he is familiar with, that pleasure boater had absolutely no business on the river at the time.

 

Dan Owen

 

 

The towboat captain wrote:

 

Yep, sure had a feeling that some legal action would result from this.

It took me a second for this to jog my memory, but I still remember that night perfectly, as we were headed back to Parkersburg light boat after taking a MMT [Magnolia Marine Transport Co. ]barge to Catlettsburg. I went off watch at midnight just after clearing the East End bridge, and it was still clear as a bell with just a few wisps of fog coming off the water. About a half hour later just as I was dozing off, the pilot went all stop and put a hell of a steer in her. I ran upstairs, and it had completely shut out in that short of time. As the closest good spot to tie off while light boat was an hour back behind us, I came back on watch and got her on up inside the small chamber at Byrd lock where we waited for it to lift. Luckily, I had a Crounse boat running ahead of me for much of that journey to let me know how things looked ahead. I had a hard enough time keeping my bearings with just my radar (didn't have a chartplotter on there at the time), and it most definitely was NOT a night for a pleasure boat to be out there trying to find their way around.

As a side note, what has not been mentioned anywhere is that the deckhand from the Dirk Taylor dove in the water after the collision to try to rescue the occupants that were trapped in the cuddy cabin of the sinking boat. The deckhand is actually a former employee of ours that left on good terms...he went to work for SMI [SMI Marine Transportation LP] since it cut down considerably on his daily travel time. I hope for his sake that the case against SMI is dismissed so he doesn't have to relive the events of that night through a court trial.


 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Dan Owen for keeping us informed......

 

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

 

Blue River At Kansas City

Sewage Spill In A Tributary Of The Missouri River.............

 

According to a news story from kansascity.com.............  At least 3 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the a tributary of the Blue River in south Kansas City, Missouri.  The Blue River empties into the Missouri River.

 

The spill is attributed to a sewer line failure.  The ruptured line was discovered Friday, and was reported to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regional office, rather than the DNR spill hotline, which is manned at all hours.  The DNR did not receive the voicemail until noon Monday.

 

The DNR arrived at the scene of the spill, to find city workers repairing the sewer line.  Following the repair, water samples are being studied from both above and below the breach, as well as in the Blue River........

 

Click here to read this news story.

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

Thursday: $1.00 Sloppy Joes
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Motorcycle Rat Run 10/4/09

PYC Chili Cook Off 10/24/09
   Our Lady of the Rivers Benefit Car Show 10/11/09
   Pig Roast Haul Out Party 11/7/09         PYC Trim A Tree Christmas Party 12/5/09

WIFI is now available ! 

Oct 9th and 23rd ....Rockingbird DJ & Kareoke... 8pm

 

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.

 

River Research

Scale Waterway Project Provides Clues For Healthy River..............

 

According to a news report from physorg.com...........  A team of researchers form the University of California, Berkley have reverse-engineered a meandering waterway, and come up with some surprising results.  Vegetation and sand are crucial for a healthy river. 

 

It has been long acknowledged that vegetation is needed to slow erosion, and contributes to bank reinforcement, but the results of this model show vegetation plays a critical component in meandering.  This experiment also demonstrates the need for sand, for it's ability to create point-bars, and to block off chutes that may reduce flow through the channel, as well as the overall health of the waterway. 

 

This model is a first using the combination of "gravel" (sand), fine sediment, vegetation, and water, for a model that behaves similar to an actual healthy waterway.  In 130 hours of operation. the model mimicked portions of the Mississippi River.  The scale changes of the model reflect 5 - 7 years of change along the Mississippi River.............

 

Click here to read this news report.


 

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Asian Carp Watch

Biologists Fear Asian Carp One Step Closer To Lake Michigan.............

 

Even though the Army Corps of Engineers has turned up the voltage on their $9 million electric fish barrier located in the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal, the Asian carp have been migrating up the adjacent Des Plaines River.   Since the Asian carp invasion may be only a rainstorm away from Lake Michigan, biologists feel that sandbags may be the only answer. 

 

Authorities are concerned that if the Des Plaines floods, it will overflow into the Chicago Canal, and give the carp a pathway to the Great Lakes around the electric barrier.  The Des Plaines has a history of leaving it's banks.

 

It has been suggested to build an emergency berm between the waterways.  This will be no small feat, as the needed barrier would cover 6 miles.  Other obstacles include obtaining the land rights to build the berm, where the necessary permits would be obtained, and whether local homeowners would be more likely to be flooded...........

 

 

Click here to read this news article from jsonline.com.

 

 

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US Coast Guard Photo

 

 

M/T Chemical Supplier oil spill


HOUSTON - Crews from the Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and other partner agencies oversee clean-up efforts Sept. 27, 2009, in the Houston Ship Channel. The spill was a result of the motor vessel Chemical Supplier's collision with a barge Sept. 25, 2009. As a result of the collision, approximately 10,500 gallons of oil was spilled into the Houston Ship Channel, closing a 3-mile stretch of the waterway.

 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer Third Class Patrick Kelley)
 

 

Fountain Powerboats Update

New Deal Being Hammered Out Between Fountain and Liberty Investments...

 

According to a news report from wdnweb.com..............  A deal is in the works for Liberty Investments to become the primary shareholder of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc.  This move would allow Fountain to reorganize and retain their assets, as opposed to being auctioned off on Monday, October 5th.

 

Liberty Investments, who have recently become primary shareholders in Donzi and Pro-Line, would finance the reorganization, and assist with the repayment of debt.  Reggie Fountain would remain as president and CEO of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc.

 

Last week, Hustler Powerboats was close to purchasing a $19.6 million bank note from Fountain's largest creditor, Regions Bank.  However, the note had been purchased by Oxford Investment Group for $6.5 million.  If the deal with Liberty goes through, Oxford will be treated as a secure creditor, and Fountain's debt will be repaid over time............

 

Click here  to read this news report.

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Tuesday

 

      29 September 2009

        Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Back at Longshot Saloon for one last time

"Rogers, Nienhaus & Crawford" -

 Saturday, October 3rd 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Annual Rat Run - "Mid Life Crisis" - Sunday, October 4th

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Picture of the Day

 

Capt'n Tim and his Crew !

 

   

 

  

click to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day ..... arrgh from Capt'n  John !

 

 

Bill

Looks like the Pirate theme has caught on around the Alton Pool. Capt'n Tim and crew in the Pirate ship "Gypsy Rose" made another cruise around the area Saturday and Sunday. It looks as though the pirate ship will become a regular scene around these parts. Capt'n Tim plans to make October and Halloween the purrrrrrrrrfect time to be a pirate

 

John Sturm

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2005 ----  was of a row of sailboats silhouetted against last  Saturday's sunset......What a picture......Look at those magnificent colors !

    The pic  was taken by Captain Harry Ragland, of the sailboat "Tapacolo".   Harry wrote in his e-mail:

 

" Saturday was a good day for sailing, with steady winds out of the East.   I sailed "Tapacolo"  from Portage Des Sioux to Alton and back.   By the time I got docked the sun was setting, and this is how it looked from the back porch of Palisades Yacht Club."


  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/28/09
Subject: Shoaling IVO MM 180.0 ILR, approximately 250 ft off the RDB
NAVNOTICE # 1912


ILLINOIS RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING IVO MM 180.0 ILR, APPROXIMATELY 250 FEET OF THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK. A M/V BUMPED BOTTOM AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 9 FOOT DRAFT WITH THE PEORIA L/D UPPER POOL GAUGE READING 440.12 FEET ON 28SEP09. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.


 

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

 

 

Mississippi River

     Idaho Man Floats From St. Louis To Memphis On A Flatboat........

 

According to a news story from klewtv.com...............  Tom Eier, from Lewiston, Idaho, and a crew of 11, re-enacted Meriwether Lewis' final journey down the Mississippi River aboard a replica flatboat. 

 

It took two weeks to float the 400 miles from St. Louis, Missouri to Memphis, Tennessee.  Eier states that the job of the crew was to avoid the barges that shared the river, especially through the ox-bows.

 

Eier believes that journeys like his re-enactment, serve to keep history alive...........

 

Click here to read this news story.  With Video.

 

 

 

Meriwether Lewis

While serving as the first American Governor of the Louisiana Territory, Meriwether Lewis left his headquarters in St. Louis, for Washington D.C..  Originally intending to reach D.C. via a ship sailing from New Orleans, he changed his mind while floating down the Mississippi River.  Lewis intended to take an old pioneer road, the Natchez Trace, instead.  Lewis died about 70 miles from Nashville, Tennessee.  October 11, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of his death.........

 

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.

 

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

     River Runts Program

 

Beginning October 21st, River Runts will meet for an hour a week for 6 weeks at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL. Kids ages 3-5 are invited to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult. During each session, the Runts will hear a story, make a craft, and have a snack that are all related to the current season and local wildlife. Participants must register in advance by visiting www.mtrf.org. This is the first offering of what we hope to be a very successful program, so please help us get the word out!

For more information, contact either me or Erin Hilligoss-Volkmann. Unfortunately, we are experiencing a temporary phone outage, so email is the best means of communication.

Thank you,

Mindy Cory, Park Ranger
US Army Corps of Engineers

National Great Rivers Museum
PO Box 337
Alton, IL 62002

E-mail: mindy.j.cory@usace.army.mil
Office: 618.462.6979
Mobile: 314.581.9058
 

Mississippi River At New Orleans, Louisiana

    Oil Tanker Runs Aground In The Mississippi River Shipping Channel....

 

An oil tanker, the Eagle Tuscon, loaded with 602,000 gallons of crude oil, has run aground in the Lower Mississippi River shipping channel.  The incident occurred just before 3 am Monday morning, near Pilottown, Louisiana.

 

The Coast Guard has been dispatched to determine if any oil had been spilled.  No spills were reported. 

 

Traffic in the channel has been restricted to vessels with less than a 35 foot draft, passing through one at a time.  Six tugs are assisting the Eagle Tuscon, and lightering ship is standing by, to remove oil from the Eagle Tuscon, if needed......

 

Click here to read this news article from nola.com.

 

 

 

Pilottown, Louisiana

A small river community about 85 miles downriver of New Orleans.  The town acts as a base for river pilots to guide ships up and down the Mississippi River..............

 

Source:  Wikipedia Encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.

 

From Monday's Edition.... We had a bad link in the AM

Unusual Tow Job

     Smelly too.......

 

Click here for a picture of the Union 8, Antwerpen with a whale in tow !

Click here for photo #2

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks to Capt'n Dan Owen for sending us the above link..... 

 

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

Cedar Hill Resort Update.....
 

 

The last day of operation for the 2009 boating season will be on Sunday, October 25 th

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

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

 

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

 

Boat Sales

   Boat Sales Decline Slows In August......... 

 

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com................  Slower boat sales declines were the rule for August across all segments.  All fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, dropped by 18.9%

 

In the 14 - 30 foot segment, not including personal watercraft, fiberglass boat sales declined by 21.1%, and aluminum fell by 19%.

 

Personal watercraft sales figures show a decline of 13.3%.  The higher sales volume in this segment helped fiberglass vessel sales outperform aluminum vessel sales for August..........

 

Click here To read this news article.


 

 

 

 

Yappy Hour Tonight

     Riverfront Park, Alton, IL

 

Bill,

We have talked a few times on the river, I’m one of the owners of Spirits Lounge in downtown Alton. We are hosting a Yappy Hour at Riverfront Park tomorrow night. Thought some of the river dog fans might find this event of interest. The money goes to the “dog park” development fund to be used for a dog park in Alton for all to use. If you could post this on Riverbill's I would greatly appreciate it!!!

I know most people are winterized but I know I can count on your crew being out for another month. We stay out to the bitter end as well, hope to see you out.


Thanks,
Tim Brueggeman

 

Boat Manufacturer

   Genmar's Reorganization Plan Deadline Has Been Extended..........

 

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com..............  A Minnesota bankruptcy judge has granted Genmar's request to extend to due date for their reorganization plans.  The plans were originally due at the end of September.

 

Genmar had requested the extension run through to December 31, 2009.  The judge's ruling allows for a new deadline of November 4, 2009.

 

Since the case involves 22 debtors, with over 7000 creditors, the size of the case alone was grounds for extending the exclusivity period............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

Genmar Holdings, Inc. produces several boat brands, including:  Ranger, Champion, Marquis, Triumph, Stratos, FinCraft, Windsor Craft, Carver, Seaswirl, Larson, Glastron, Hydrasports, Wellcraft, and Four Winns. 

Click here to visit the Genmar website.

 


 

Mississippi River At New Madrid, Missouri

   Cabela's King Kat Fishing Tourney Results

 

Saturday afternoon marked the end of Cabela's King Kat Fishing Tournament, held in the Mississippi River at New Madrid, Missouri.  The tourney is the final competition leading up to the King Kat Classic national tournament.

 

The winners were Kentucky natives, Glynn Grogan, and Walter Hays.  They brought in 160 lbs of catfish. 

 

The largest fish caught was 59.9 lbs, and caught by the Illinois team of Dale Kerns, and Greg Edwards.

 

Click here to read this news report from standard-democrat.com.  With Photo.

 

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Coast Guardsman wins surfing competition


POINT MUGU, Calif. - U.S. Coast Guard Machinery Technician 2nd Class Matthew Merel surfs during a preliminary heat in the military mens division of the Point Mugu Surf Contest at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Aug. 22, 2009. Merel,assigned to USCG Station Bodega Bay, Calif., placed first in the military mens group during the contest, which was sponsored by Quicksilver and was open to both civilians and military personnel.

 

(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Moriatis, U.S. Navy/Released)
 

Monday

 

      28 September 2009

        Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Back at Longshot Saloon for one last time

"Rogers, Nienhaus & Crawford" -

 Saturday, October 3rd 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Annual Rat Run - "Mid Life Crisis" - Sunday, October 4th

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Picture of the Day

 

River Dawgs

Jade & Lilly

 

 

click to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day ..... were sent in by Mary Delano and Dan the Zebra Man, who hail out of the Alton Motor Boat Club in the boat..... The Bullet

 

 

Hi Bill,

Hope all is well. Great day on the river today, as most all are!

 

Had to send a picture of my new river dawgs before the year came to an end. Had them out at 9 weeks and now turning 6 months. My Shanny was a river Dawg, and hope she can always be as I lost her to leukemia in February but I know her spirit will always be with the river. This is Jade and Lily, and they love the river and all the friends they made this summer, especially those on dog island!! Hope we have a short winter and see you on riverbills until next summer!! Thanks for all you do!!!


( I like the first pic but had to send all just to show you what river dawgs they really are!)

Mary Delano and Dan the Zebra Man
Jade and Lily
The Bullet
Alton Motor Boat Club

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

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

 

Kurt wrote: 

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

Kurt Jaeger (My River Home)


  
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FEMA Could Issue New Floodplain Maps

   St. Charles County
 

          
According to a news report in STLtoday.com........ The Federal Emergency  Management Agency informed St. Charles city and county that they would re-issue proposed floodplain maps for the area if a local government report shows that inaccurate data to create the maps.

This action is a result of a presentation that St. Charles city and county officials gave to FEMA District 7 officials on September 17.  The presentation illustrated concerns about inaccurate data.

The proposed revisions to the FEMA maps would add hundreds of properties in the city and county to the 100-year floodplain. The proposed change would require property owners in the revised flood plain to buy flood insurance and make them comply to various restrictions.

Click here to read this news story

 

Oasis Bar & Grill Halloween Party

Saturday, Oct 31

Music by Park Road

Pumpkin Bowling, Door Prizes, Great Time!!

Valley Sailing's Governor’s Cup

   Saturday - Sunday  03, 04 October 2009  

          
The 60th Annual Missouri Governor's Cup Regatta
One Designs, Cats, Misc., and Cabin Boats – October 3 & 4, 2009
Valley is North of Hwy 94, 1.5 mi E of Portage Des Sioux or 1.4 mi W of Sioux Passage Power Plant.

Saturday Schedule - October 3rd
    8:00 Registration (Coffee & Bagels)
    9:30 Skippers meeting
    10:00 Harbor gun
    10:45 1st Race warning signal
    Lunch Follows 1st Race
    2nd race warning signal follows lunch
    3rd race warning signal Immediately following
    No race to start after 3:30 pm


Sunday Schedule - October 4th
    8:30 Race Notifications posted
    10:00 Harbor gun
    10:45 1st Race warning signal
    2nd race warning signal to follow
    No race to start after 1:00 pm

 

This is a Regatta open to all classes of mono hulls and catamarans. One Design Classes that have participated in the past include:
Lightning, Comet, Mutineer, Laser and Hobie.
Cabin Boats will be scored using a USSA approved handicapping system.

 

 

Go to  www.valleysailing.org for more information.

 

Illinois River

    Brussels Ferry

    Grant For New Push Boat and Vehicle Barge

    

 According to a news story in TheTelegraph.com......... The Illinois Department of Transportation has received a $1.76 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a new push boat and vehicle barge for the Brussels Ferry !

The ferry connects Illinois Route 100 in Jersey County to Highway 1 in Calhoun County, Illinois.  It is located about one mile west of Grafton and four miles east of Pere Marquette State Park.

The Brussels Ferry push boat and 12-vehicale car barge project was built in 1979.  It recently failed and was removed from service.

 

Click here to read this news story
 

Smokin In The Cove

     Little John's Motorsports Update

   

 

Saturday Report

Little John's Motorsports is the #3 qualifier, with a 7.005 run at the dragboat races at Lake Catherine, Arkansas.  That's just outside of Hot Springs.

  • There are 27 boats in their class and only 16 get to qualify !

  • They are running on a 1000 ft track

  • 16th boat ran a 7.08

  • 135 boats at the race

Sunday Report

Little John's Motorsports team ran too fast today and broke out with a 6.96 and lost the race.

Mississippi River

    Flood Plain Meeting

   

A public meeting will be held on Wednesday to discuss a  proposal to raise 120 levees along the Mississippi River north of Pike County, Mo., to the 500-year flood plain level.

Where...The Pike County fairgrounds, 15884 Highway 54 near Bowling Green at 2PM.

The Mississippi River Commission has a proposal on the table to raise improve levees on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. Their plan has not been authorized nor funded, but it has raised concerns that it would increase flooding in areas south of those levees, including St. Charles, Lincoln and Pike counties.

Click here to read this news story
 

Unusual Tow Job

     Smelly too....... (Link fixed)

 

Click here for a picture of the Union 8, Antwerpen with a whale in tow !

Click here for photo #2

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks to Capt'n Dan Owen for sending us the above link..... 

 

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

Big Ohio River Blue Cat Picture

 

Click here for a picture of a big blue cat that was caught on the Ohio River by Jamie Riley.  She just happens to own Katjuice bait enhancer company.

 

Fishing at the Grafton Ferry Landing Picture

 

Click here for a picture of fisherman, Curtis Washington, at the Grafton Ferry Landing.....

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers

   Madison County, Illinois

   Lawsuit Alleges Herbicide A Threat To Drinking Water...........

 

A class-action lawsuit filed in Madison County, Illinois in 2004 is finally moving forward.  The lawsuit claims that farm runoff of the herbicide, atrazine, is polluting drinking water supplies. 

 

The plaintiff states that there are 80 Illinois water providers, including those that draw from the Mississippi, Illinois, and Kaskaskia Rivers,  have atrazine contamination.

 

The defendants argue that the chemical has been federally monitored since it was first sold domestically in 1959.  The U.S. EPA allows 3 part per billion atrazine level for safe drinking water. This works out to about a spoonful in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

 

Some recent studies show that atrazine may be harmful in smaller concentrations than 3 parts per billion..........

 

Click here to read this news report from bnd.com.

 

 

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

 

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

 

Mississippi River Watershed

   Farmers Endorse USDA's Mississippi River Basin Initiative..........

 

The National Corn Growers Association has strongly endorsed the USDA's plan to assist with making the watersheds in the Mississippi River basin healthier. 

 

The USDA's initiative provides funding of $320 million over 4 years to support conservation practices that prevent, control, and contain nutrient runoff, improve wildlife habitats, while maintaining agricultural productivity.  The initiative is distributing funds to 12 states, including Missouri. 

 

Click here to read this news article from agprofessional.com.


 

Chain of Rocks Bridge

    Route 66 Festival

 

The bridge that carried the Old Route 66 across the Mississippi River is the site of the second annual St. Louis Route 66 Festival.

 

When .....Saturday, October 3rd

Time .......11 a.m to 6:30 p.m.

Classic cars, great food and live music.

 

For more information, visit www.trailnet.org
 

RiverJam

    Riverftont Park ... Alton

 

RiverJam 09 took place at Riverfront Park in Alton, IL on Saturday Sept 26......

 

The Riverbend Family Ministries sponsored the event, with contemporary Christian music in the early afternoon and a major concert venue after dark..... BarlowGirl and Superchick with special guest VOTA performed.

     

Click here to read this news story.

 

Let the Flood Plains be Flood Plains !

   Fox River In Kendall County, Illinois

   Farmland Along The Fox River To Be Restored To Its Natural State.........

 

In an effort to reduce flooding, and improve water quality, 27 acres of farm land along the Fox River will be restored from crop land to native vegetation.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation division has granted $86,500 for this wetlands restoration project.

 

These wetlands serve to scrub excess nutrients, and pollutants from the water before it reaches the Fox River, which is a tributary of the Illinois River.

 

Over the next year, 864 acres across Illinois will be involved with floodplains restoration projects...........

 

Click here to read this news article from surburbanchicagonews.com. 

 

 

 

From the Wikipedia Encyclopedia

The Fox River is a tributary of the Illinois River.  It begins in the state of Wisconsin and runs through the state of Illinois into the Illinois River..

 

The Fox River has 15 dams and in the early history of the State of Illinois, the Fox River provided water for the Illinois and Michigan Canal via a feeder canal, allowing the canal to pass over the Fox River on an aqueduct....click here
 

Northern Mississippi River Fishing

    Fish Not Following Normal Patterns, Except Catfish.........

 

Mississippi River anglers near Dubuque, Iowa report that over the last month, bass and walleye has been difficult to catch.  In fact, the only fish really biting is catfish. 

 

It is believed that fish are not at their normal places, due to low water, and fluctuating water temperatures.

 

Another factor may be a recent hatch of bait fish, thus reducing the chances that a bass might strike at artificial lures.

 

For better chances of catching bass, fishing pros suggest looking for bass in places they normally wouldn't be, and casting white lures in the fall..........

 

Click here to read this news article from thonline.com.

 

Mississippi River

   Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.....

   Fire Consumes 4 Houseboats, Heavily Damages A Fifth.......

 

A few hours after taking 40 gallons of fuel onto a houseboat, a boater started one engine, and attempted to start the other, with great difficulty.  Once the engine started, the boater noticed that the boat was on fire. 

 

The fire quickly spread to 4 other houseboats in nearby slips.  One boat broke away, and floated out into the Mississippi River, where it continued to smolder.

 

30 to 35 fire fighters were called in to control the flames.  Luckily, no injuries were reported.......

 

Click here to read this news story from twincities.com.


 

Mississippi River Destinations

   Dubuque, Iowa's National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

 

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium apparently has much to offer, from aquariums containing river creatures, to the Carver Wet Lab, where kids can touch snails and crawfish.  There are wetlands to tour, the 1934 Steamer, W.M. Black to tour, and even a River Hall of Fame..........

 

Click here to read this news article from associatedcontent.com.

Click here to visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium website.


 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Pittsburgh Summit security zone patrol


PITTSBURGH -- U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyler Frank of Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh keeps a vigilant watch on the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers as a part of the maritime security zone put in place for the Pittsburgh Summit, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.

 (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann)


 

The Weekend Report

Saturday, Sunday..

      26, 27 September 2009

        Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

 

Back at Longshot Saloon for one last time

"Rogers, Nienhaus & Crawford" -

 Saturday, October 3rd 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Annual Rat Run - "Mid Life Crisis" - Sunday, October 4th

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Picture of the Day

Sunday

Saturday's River Sunrise

 

The Picture of the Day ..... is of Saturday morning's river sunrise taken near the Two Branch area of pool 26.

 

Photo by RiverBill

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

The Pirates of Palisades !

 

 

The Picture of the Day ..... was sent to us by Amy Spencer of Palisades Yacht Club and Grandpa Bob of Sea Mist


Elizabeth (LIZ) the Pirate Lady

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006 ----  were from Terrie and Brian Bert,  of the boat Gulliewash.  They snapped a shot of one of those marvelous sunsets we have this time of year. 

 

Bill,

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

 

Terrie & Brian Bert 

"The Gulliewash"

 


  
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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2005 ----  was  some pictures from the Cardboard Boat Races at Capt'n Jack's. 

 

Four entries , 3 actually made the race. 

 

Chuck and Sue in MoonDoggie II tipped right away, Dennise and MaryBeth screamed around the course in record time, the Pirate ship with Capt'n Bill, Egg Throwing Mike and Gary made across the harbor and last but not least the, the Pontoon Battle Ship manned by all of the "Off-Brothers" ruled the waters that day.


  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/25/09
Subject: DREDGING CONTINUED AT MM 184 UMR/ RIVER CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1910


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0405-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL 290000Z SEP 09
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0394-09 UMR
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0405-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED IN THE CHAIN OF ROCKS CANAL AT MM 194.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 29 SEP 2009. DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 1700-0700 CDT. DURING THIS PERIOD THE RIVER WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION AND WILL REOPEN FROM 0700-1700 CDT. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 8,13, OR 16 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS DURING THE OPEN TO NAVIGATION PERIOD. ALL 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

 

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090173

Swamping - Meramec River 10/14/2008

Location:

     Scotts Ford Access, Steelville, Mo
Summary : 

Mrs Marquard was backing the truck down the access and Mr. Marquard was in the water unloading the boat. Mr. Marquard and the boat were caught by the current and swept under a low water bridge. Mr. Marquard sustained a 1 inch laceration to his head. He was transported to Missouri Baptist as a precaution.

Boat Type : 

Utility

Damage Estimate: 

Total

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Missouri River Flood

    North Dakota Announces Public Cost Of The 2009 Flood..........

 

The adjutant general of the North Dakota Army National Guard, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, has announced that the public cost of 2009's flooding on the Missouri River will total $140 million.  This figure is expected following the completion field assessments within the next few weeks.  The $140 million price tag does include the costs of fighting the flood, and assistance to victims, but does not include unreimbursed costs to homeowners, or their insurance companies.

 

The North Dakota National Guard teamed up with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to fight the flood.  However, North Dakota is going about damage assessment duties themselves.  The reason is that FEMA took over two years to run damage assessments from the flood of 1997, prior to providing assistance.  North Dakota is one of two states possessing the self-management authority to review damages incurred from disasters.

 

North Dakota is expected to complete assessments of the 2009 flood within the next three weeks, after only 6 months of review.................

 

 

Click here to read this news report from minotdailynews.com.

 

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Mississippi River Watershed

    Farmers Endorse USDA's Mississippi River Basin Initiative..........

 

The National Corn Growers Association has strongly endorsed the USDA's plan to assist with making the watersheds in the Mississippi River basin healthier. 

 

The USDA's initiative provides funding of $320 million over 4 years to support conservation practices that prevent, control, and contain nutrient runoff, improve wildlife habitats, while maintaining agricultural productivity.  The initiative is distributing funds to 12 states, including Missouri. 

 

Click here to read this news article from agprofessional.com.

 

Updated Sat at 2:00 PM

Smokin In The Cove

     Little John's Motorsports Is #3 Qualifier

   

 

Little John's Motorsports is the #3 qualifier, with a 7.005 run at the dragboat races at Lake Catherine, Arkansas.  That's just outside of Hot Springs.

  • There are 27 boats in their class and only 16 get to qualify !

  • They are running on a 1000 ft track

  • 16th boat ran a 7.08

  • Lots of boats there

Little John said.... The sun is shining

                           The boat is running good !

                           Life is good

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

 

  

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks Navigation Restrictions For This Weekend's Offshore Super Series Races
 

The Missouri State Water Patrol would like to remind boaters of the upcoming Lake of the Ozarks Offshore Super Series boat races on Lake of the Ozarks. The event will take place from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. Navigational traffic will be restricted to no wake, idle speed from approximately the 9 mile mark to the 5 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 8.5 mile mark to the 5.5 mile mark of the main channel.

All efforts will be made to minimize inconvenience to boaters navigating in the area. There will be temporary delays on the north side of the main channel just downstream from the mouth of the Gravois Arm during the actual races. The south side of the channel will remain open to idle speed boating traffic during the entire event.

Anchoring will be allowed on the north side of the channel from North Buck Creek Cove at the 8 mile mark to the mouth of the Gravois Arm near the 6 mile mark. Anchoring will also be allowed on the south side of the channel from just downstream of Toad Cove at the 7 mile mark to the mouth of Cornett Branch Cove just downstream from the 6 mile mark. Anchoring will be limited to these areas to provide a safe environment for spectators.

We recommend all boaters use caution while traveling to and from the event. The Missouri State Water Patrol will have numerous patrol boats in the area to assist boaters. In addition, several boats from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and from local fire protection districts will help direct boaters in the area. Volunteers from the event will also help direct boaters in the area.


News Release ID: N07090172
Release Date: 20090925
 

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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 River At The St. Charles Riverfront

    This Weekend St. Charles Will Host Oktoberfest...........

 

St. Charles will be celebrating Oktoberfest this weekend, through Sunday.  The festival will be held at Frontier Park, along the banks of the Missouri River.

 

Festivities will include a beer tent, wine garden, food, vendors, a parade, as well as other entertainment. 

 

Oktoberfest will run from 10 am -11 pm Saturday, and 10 am - 5 pm Sunday.

 

Click here to read this news announcement from stltoday.com.

 

Click here to visit the St. Charles Oktoberfest website

 

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

 

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

 

Upper Mississippi River

   Upper Mississippi Refuge Receives New Manager..........

 

Beginning November 9, 2009, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will have a new manager. 

 

Kevin Foerster has been tapped to replace Don Hultman, who was the manager of the refuge from 2002, until his retirement in June.  Foerster was the manager for the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California. 

 

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge spans from Wabasha, Minnesota to Rock Island, Illinois............

 

 

Click here to read this news story from wxow.com.

 

Lake Of The Ozarks

   Offshore Super Series National Championship Race Sat &  Sun.........

 

35 boats in 9 OSS classes, and 5 Pro-Am classes will be the highlight of the Offshore Super Series event scheduled for this weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. 

 

The race course begins and ends near the Horny Toad, and Shady Gator's Bar and Grill, close to the 7 mile marker.  For the best view of the races by land or water, it is recommended to find a spot between the 6 and 9 mile markers. 

 

Spectators will be allowed in the Race Village to check out the boats, buy swag, take photos, get autographs, or just mingle with racers and crews.  Other scheduled entertainment for the weekend is the legendary Rick Derringer, who will be performing a concert at the Horny Toad Amphitheater...........

 

 

Click here to read this news article from lakeexpo.com.

 

Click here to visit the OSS website.

     

 

From The Oops Files........

   Mississippi River Rescue Near Burlington, Iowa.......

 

Three men from Burlington, Iowa had to be rescued from the Mississippi River, Thursday, after their boat began taking on water, and then capsized.

 

The men were spotted by railroad workers, who called in the authorities.  The railroad crew had the boaters safely out of the water by the time rescue workers arrived. 

 

It is believed that the boaters forgot to install their drain plug.............

 

Click here to read this news story from kcci.com

 

 

MarineMax To Close More Stores !

According to a news article on TradeOnlyToday.com.......MarineMax is planning to close more of it's stores because of the poor economic conditions.  The company predicts there will be 55 locations remaining open by the month of October.

 

At its height the company had 92 stores around the country.  There are currently 62.

 

Boat sales are predicted to go from over 300,000 new units per year to about 130,000 new units this calendar year.

 

Click here to red this news report
 

Brunswick Stock Upgraded ....

According to a news article on TradeOnlyToday.com....... Brunswick Corp. stock has been upgraded from sector perform to outperform.

Click here to read this news report

 


 

Friday..

 

 25 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

The Pirates ....of

Palisades Yacht Club

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day ..... was sent to us by Capt'n Tyler Mitchell who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the sailing vessel ..... Saint Somewhere.

 

 

BILL,


ARRRG! PIRATE DAY SAT. SEPT.19TH @ PYC.

 

WHAT A GREAT DAY!

 

WE STARTED WITH A PROPER DENAMING AND RENAMING AND CHRISTENING OF THE "TAM O SHANTER". THEN WE RACED AROUND THE ISLANDS AND HAD NAVEL BATTLES . CANNONS BALLS AND ARROWS WERE EVERYWHERE AKA-WATER BALLONS AND WATER GUNS. THERE WERE HEAVY CASALUTIES (EVERYONE WAS SOAKED). EVEN HAD 2 CANOES FROM PRINCIPIA JOIN IN THE FUN.

 

AFTER THAT AND SOME PLUNDERIN & PILLAGIN, IT WAS TIME FOR SOME GRUB & GROG-ARRRG!  (GREAT FISH-SWABS). THEN WE ALL SAT AROUND A FIRE AND LISTENED TO DITTY'S, DRANK MORE GROG, AND TOLD SEA STORIES.

 

HERE'S SOME PICS. GROUP, WENCHES, AND THE SCURVY DOGS THAT WON THE RACE-KIM AND I.

 

TYLER MITCHELL

(SAINT SOMEWHERE)

PYC

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ----  was from Kelsie Brown who hails out of Grafton Harbor.

River Dawg "Billy"

 

 

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

 

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

See You on the river!
Kelsie


  
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Navigation Notices ......

 

1909 9/24/09 

MULTIPLE RED NUN BUOYS MISSING IVO MM 335 UMR


1908 9/24/09 

RED NUN BUOY MISSING IVO MM 320 UMR


1907 9/24/09 

MULTIPLE RED NUN BUOYS MISSING BETWEEN MM 305-307 UMR

 
1906 9/24/09 

NUN BUOY MISSING IVO MM 256 UMR


 

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

 

 

Mississippi River

    $320 Million Will Be Spent By USDA On Pollution Prevention

 

Over the next 4 years, the federal government will be spending $320 million assisting landowners and farmers in 12 states, including Missouri, curb the amount of farm chemicals that runoff into the Mississippi River. 

 

The program will help farmers and land owners with the costs of farming techniques that will prevent excessive fertilizer runoff.  Funds may also be used to create wetlands that will trap the chemicals prior to reaching the waterways.

 

The USDA, while working on a task force with the EPA, announced the project funding Thursday.  The task force is working on ways to remedy the gulf of Mexico dead zone that is at the Mississippi River's mouth...........

 

Click here to read this news article from desmoinesregister.com.

 

Lake of the Ozarks

    Missouri Governor Promises To Cleanup Lake

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a "massive" effort to clean up Lake of the Ozarks !   He called the quality of water in the lake "unacceptable."

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will begin inspections of about 400 facilities, located around the lake, that have wastewater permits. Violators will be punished with a "zero-tolerance" policy.

The Governor called the effort "massive" and "unprecedented."

Osage Beach Mayor, Penny Lyons, blamed the geese for the E. coli problem in the lake.   The Mayor said during times of heavy rains..... the geese gather on the beaches and leave droppings.  The droppings contain the harmful bacteria.

 

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

 

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)  

 70 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; drum good on nightcrawlers; carp good on doughbait; all other species. slow. (Report made on 9/24/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

76 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish good on worms; all other species good on natural baits. (Report made on 9/24/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

70 degrees, rising, dingy; all species slow with some success on natural baits. (Report made on 9/24/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

68 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on prepared baits; drum and carp good on nightcrawlers; largemouth bass fair on crankbaits; all other species slow. (Report made on 9/24/2009)

 

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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/

Little John's Motorsports

    Check out YouTube - Ashley Ruf @ Smokin in the cove

 

     Click here and check it out...... Ashley Ruf at Smokin in the cove

 

 

Sanitary and Ship Canal.... Chicago, IL

   Asian Carp are within A Mile Of Electric Barrier Protecting lake Michigan

 

According to a news report on the Prairie States Outdoors......... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported that DNA testing shows that the Asian carp within one mile of the electric barrier protecting Lake Michigan....


The Corps of Engineers is working with University of Notre Dame to use water samples and DNA testing to check for Asian Carp in the waters near rom electric barriers in the Sanitary and Ship Canal, the Des Plaines River, and the I&M Canal.

The university notified the Corps of Engineers in the middle of the month of September that six of the ninety-nine water samples tested positive for the presence of silver carp. The northernmost positive sample was from less than one mile south of the electric barriers.


The article reported that there are no Asian carp north of the barrier .

 

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

Old Man River Project Update

   Annie And Crew Rowed Through The Twin Cities Wednesday.......

 

Wednesday afternoon the Old Man River Project, and their faithful York boat, Annie, arrived at Coon Rapids Dam, the last of 11 portages they would have to traverse, on their travels down the Mississippi River.

 

The crew has not cruised as quickly as anticipated, due to low water levels, and the obstacles that are lurking below the surface.  The crew has had to make two major repairs in one week. 

 

The second time, the boat unknowingly pulled along side the docks at the Larson Boat factory in Little Falls, Minnesota.  The crew at Larson Boats volunteered to repair the hull, with fiberglass.......

 

Click here to read this news article from wcco.com.

 

Click here to visit The Old Man River Project website.

 

Missouri River At Council Bluffs, Iowa

   Fuel Spill Causes Fish Kill.............

 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources state that a fuel spill near the Missouri River caused the death of an estimated 20,000 minnows, and 200 bluegills. 

 

Although the spill occurred at a construction site near the river, apparently the diesel fuel did not actually reach the river. 

 

Authorities believe that the spill was intentional, and are searching for those responsible.

 

Click here to read this news story from omaha.com.  With Photo.

 

River Lockage Fees

   Mississippi Senators Voice Opposition To Lockage Fees..........

 

Republican senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both of Mississippi, have repeated their opposition to a lock usage fee proposal backed by the Obama Administration.  This proposed fee would help bolster the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. 

 

The senators are part of a 20 senator bi-partisan group the opposes the lockage fee, reasoning that the fee is not a fair or efficient way to repair the fiscal issues with the Inland Waterways Trust Fund.  Congress has rejected the fee in the past. 

 

The lock fee is intended to replace the existing 20 cent tax on diesel fuel.  The Trust Fund is used to assist with the 50/50 cost sharing requirements for building, replacing, or expanding U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers waterways projects........

 

Click here to read this news report from msbusiness.com.

 

Boat Manufacturer

   Retired Electrical Engineer Now Building Mahogany Runabouts.....

 

After retiring in 1997, Bill Yonescu began building boats.  His first was a small sailing skiff, followed up by a pair of wooden runabouts.  One for Bill, and one for his neighbor.  Yonescu moved to Florida, and did not build any more boats until a friend asked for help building a kayak.  At that point, Yonescu was bitten by the boat building bug......Bad.

 

So, Yonescu modified his runabout plans, adding modern touches, and luxury details like those found on the classic Italian-born Riva Ariston runabout.

 

Cold-molded out of Mahogany, the Yon'e 22 is all wood and epoxy construction, so it won't swell or rot.  It is also powered by an inboard/outboard, instead of a straight shaft inboard, giving the Yon'e more maneuverability..............

 

Click here to read this news story from tcpalm.com.

 

Click here to visit the Mahogany Runabouts website

 

Boat Games

   Mad Mariner Has Released A New Game..........

 

The Mad Mariner, inventor of The Docking Game, is at it again.  Newly released, The Cruising Game, challenges boaters to navigate through multiple levels to arrive at a destination. 

 

The Cruising Game has six levels of play, with differing weather conditions and obstacles, so no two games are the same.  The game came about through a joint effort between Mad Mariner, and BoatU.S., and offers offers players different boat choices, all equipped with bow thrusters. 

 

The game is free to play, however, registration is required for playing higher levels.

 

Click here to read this news release from tradeonlytoday.com.  

 

Click here to play The Cruising Game.

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

BEACHED VESSEL


MAYPORT, Fla. Ð The crew of the 78-foot commercial fishing vessel Kingfish climb back aboard the vessel after it went aground on Atlantic Beach on Naval Station Mayport Thursday afternoon Sept. 24, 2009. Coast Guard Station Mayport rescued two men from the vessel before the vessel went aground. The Kingfish is homeported in Mayport and the vessel owner is responsible for salvage or any necessary cleanup.

 U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer 1st Class Bobby Nash.
 

 


 

Thurtsy Thursday..

 

 

 24 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

Labor Day ...Slim Island Breakfast

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day ..... were sent in by Capt'n Todd White, who hails out of Harbor Point Yacht Club in the boat.... "Bank of Bad habits."

 

Bill,

 

Even some early morning work is fun after spending the night along Slim Island.

 

First mate Karen cleaning the grill before fixing a nice river breakfast from the galley of Bank of Bad Habits which hails from Harbor Point Y.C.

 

Todd White
Bank of Bad habits 


 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Harley Houseboat

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 .......  was a  picture of a Harley Colored Houseboat moored in the upper harbor at Capt'n Jack's Marina.  The vessel is owned by Kent and Judy Houdek from Stillwater, MI.  They told me that they have been on the river for 1 1/2 years since they departed from Lock and Dam #1... and...... "there is"  a Harley on the front deck.  

 

    Kent told me "This is the coolest spot they have visited so far."

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/23/09
Subject: NUN BUOYS MISSING BETWEEN MM 149.3-150.3 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1905


USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0400-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER MULTIPLE NUN BUOYS ARE MISSING BETWEEN MM 149.3-150.3 ILR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO FAVOR THE GREEN BUOY LINE AND TO EXCERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THIS AREA.


 

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

 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090171

 Drowning  - Lake Ozarks - 10/14/2008

Location:

     14 MM
Summary : 

Husband came home and found his wife's belongings on the dock. He then reported her missing to Camden County. Mrs. Benton was recovered by the dock at the 14 mm by Mid-Co Fire Protection Divers..

Deceased Name : 

Claudia Benton, 4/07/1948

 


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

   The Alton Marina Among Businesses Honored..........

 

Six local businesses, including the Alton Marina, will be honored as Captains of the River Bend during a luncheon on Thursday, October 22, 2009. 

 

Besides the Alton Marina, which is operated by Parrot Pointe Marine, honorees include the Alton Square Mall, ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery, Jacoby Arts Center, Liberty Bank, and Morrissey Construction. 

 

After the recognition portion of the State of the River Bend luncheon, the River Bend Growth Association will provide updated information on the state of the River Bend economy, in addition to new programs offered by the group............

 

Click here to read this news story from altondailynews.com.

 

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River History....

 

 

24 September, 2008.......

 

Flood of 2008

The Illinois River is closed to recreational vessel traffic near Montezuma, Ill., from mile marker 50 to 199.

 

 

 

River Reading

   "Remembering Elsah" Chronicles 19th Century Elsah, Illinois........

 

A new two-volume book, "Remembering Elsah" by Beverly A. Bauser has just been released.  The 850 page newspaper compilation focuses on the history of 19th century Elsah, Illinois. 

 

"Remembering Elsah" is the product of 5 years worth of research by Bauser.  The tome is made up of correspondence mailed to local newspapers from area residents in the 1800's, in addition to detailed descriptions of the village, and surrounding areas, Notch Cliff Mansion (which is now Principia College), railroad construction, and the Piasa Bluffs Hotel.

 

The book is available at the Elsah Museum, or Jeremiah's Consignment Shop.  It is also available on DVD as an e-book...........

 

Click here to read this article from thejcstar.com.

 

New Products

   Tige Touch Navigation Controls

  

What the heck is Tige Touch ?

 

It's a 6.5” touch control navigational screen in the dash of Tige boats that controls things like speedset, blower, bilge, radio, etc. etc. There are no rocker panels on the dash, tigetouch controls everything........

 

Click here to go to the Tige website for more information

 

 

Want to take a look ?

There will be a 2010 Tige RZ2 with Tige Touch at Stateamind Water Sports

One Day Only.....Saturday Sept 26.......Open House 10:30-2:00

 

Carlyle Lake, IL

    Blood Drive

   Sept 24, 2009


Stop in the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center and give a donation of blood that will save lives. One donation could save as many as three lives!

 

Those donating will receive free camping.
 

Click here for more information.......

 

Mississippi River

   Louisiana Delta

 

Mississippi River delta reconstruction for sale?


The state of Louisiana could become a player in emerging cap & trade markets by selling "carbon credits" tied to the restoration of the Mississippi River delta.

 

Click here to read this news story on WLOX abc13

 

Mississippi River/Missouri River Fishing News

   Ban Proposed On Harvesting Shovelnose Sturgeon............

 

Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a ban on harvesting shovelnose sturgeon from the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, as well as the Platte River, Kansas River, Atchafalaya River, and the Yellowstone River.  These are areas that the shovelnose sturgeon, and the endangered pallid sturgeon co-exist. 

 

The reason for the proposed ban is that the pallid sturgeon is an endangered species, and closely resembles the non-endangered shovelnose sturgeon.  When fishermen are harvesting shovelnose sturgeon, they may also be illegally harvesting the pallid sturgeon.

 

The eggs of the shovelnose sturgeon are in demand as a stand-in for Russian Beluga caviar.  Two ounce tins of shovelnose sturgeon caviar sell for between $30 - $90.

Comments on the new regulations will be accepted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through November 23, 2009.......

 

Click here to read this news story from semissourian.com.

 

Mississippi River At Hannibal, Missouri

   CNN Citizen Journalist Visits Hannibal, While Searching For Stories Along The Mississippi..........

 

Neal Moore, a citizen journalist for CNN, is paddling down the Mississippi River in search of positive news stories along the River. In the case of Hannibal, Moore found that the renaissance of Main street Hannibal is quite positive.

 

While in Hannibal, Moore was granted a very special treat.  He was allowed to spend the night in Mark Twain Boyhood Home.  Only one other person has had this privilege in the last century.

 

Moore paddled away from Hannibal Tuesday afternoon.  He is hoping to reach St. Louis within 4 days..............

 

Click here to read this news article from hannibal.net.  With Photos and Videos.

 

Osage River

   Bagnel Dam at Lake Ozarks

   Army National Guard Training

 

 

Photo coverage from LakeExpo.com of the Army National Guard during training exercises on the Osage River near Bagnel Dam..... Click here

 

Illinois River
   Peoria, IL

 

Hundreds 'sweep' up trash along river
It almost was like a scavenger hunt last Saturday for some of the volunteers who showed up to participate in the Illinois River Sweep of Peoria.

 

Click here to read this news story on the pjstar.com

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

MSU Pittsburgh patrols the Allegheny River for Pittsburgh Summit


PITTSBURGH – U. S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh patrols the Allegheny River, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, in preparation for the Pittsburgh Summit. Various agencies are working together in patrolling the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela Rivers.

(U. S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel)


 

Wednesday..

 

 

 23 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

Tuesday's Sunset

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Golden Eagle Ferry ..... was sent in by Capt'n Phil.  He wrote:

 

The Sky was on Fire Tuesday Night. Pictures do not do this Sunset Justice
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

click to enlarge

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 .......  were sent in by Sherri Stanczak.

 

Hi Bill,

Here are some friends that Mike and I met Sunday night. They were a lot of fun. We had a beautiful sunset to finish off the last day of summer.

 

Talk to you soon.

Sherri

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

  

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

September 22, 2009

 

Illinois Observes National Hunting and Fishing Days September 26-27

Outdoor Recreation Festivals at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area and John A. Logan College

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois will observe the annual National Hunting and Fishing Days celebration with two popular festivals – at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area near Yorkville and at John A. Logan College in Carterville – this weekend, September 26-27.

"It is a sign that opening days for fall hunting are near when thousands of outdoor recreation enthusiasts and families enjoy the festivals at Silver Springs and at John A. Logan College,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. “National Hunting and Fishing Days celebrate the heritage of hunting and fishing that we treasure here in Illinois. The festivals are opportunities to sample all that outdoor Illinois has to offer, and assist us with our goal of engaging more children and families in outdoor traditions.”

The Northern Illinois National Hunting and Fishing Days at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27 and features free admission.

The festival includes all-day free activities for children and families, including a fish pond where rods, reels and bait are provided: a kids’ casting area, Voyageur canoe rides and a chance for participants to paddle their own canoe. Practice ranges for archery, BB gun and trap will be open. Living history demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day. The festival will also feature demonstrations on field dressing deer, deer hunting techniques, turkey hunting, goose hunting, upland bird hunting, trapping, wild game management, dog training, and bowfishing. More than 75 vendors will have displays featuring outdoor gear and accessories.

Detailed information and schedules for the Northern Illinois National Hunting and Fishing Days event are available online at www.huntingandfishingdays.org.

The Southern Illinois National Hunting and Fishing Days event at John A. Logan College in Carterville is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 27. Admission and parking are free.

The southern Illinois event features hunting and fishing demonstrations throughout both days; Brody the 1,600 pound grizzly bear; dock dogs; retriever dog demonstrations; an outdoor art and heritage show; and, kids’ fishing, BB gun, archery, and casting opportunities. Visitors can also take part in archery and five-stand competition, goose calling contests, and a variety of outdoor and wildlife programs.

For more information on the Southern Illinois National Hunting and Fishing Days event and schedule, check online at www.sihfd.org.

For more information on fishing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation opportunities in Illinois, go to the IDNR web site at http://www.dnr.state.il.us.
 

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

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

 Attempted River Robbery

    Calhoun Point, Calhoun County, IL.........

 

According to a news story in the TheTelegraph.com .......  A fisherman’s reported tried to rob him at knifepoint Monday evening as he was fishing on Calhoun Point, in Calhoun County, IL.   Calhoun Point is just east of Brussels, IL.

It was reported that a man approached the fisherman from behind, then asked how he was doing and  told him that he needed money. The would be robber was armed with a knife.

The two struggled and the knife fell into the river.  The suspect got into his car and sped away.   The fisherman immediately went to a telephone and called the Sheriff’s Department.

The would be robber is described as "black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans."  The suspect's car is reported to be a older-model passenger vehicle, white color probably from the 1980s or ’90s.
 

 

Click here to read this news story
 

 Mississippi River Along Illinois/Iowa Border

    Levee Petition Deadline Has Been Extended...........

 

The deadline for a grass roots petition drive supporting the construction of higher levees along the Northwestern Illinois and Southeastern Iowa banks of the Mississippi River has been extended again. 

 

Originally, the challenge by Congressman Phil Hare, D-Ill was to obtain 10,000 signatures by Labor Day.  The group currently has around 5,000 signatures.

 

The petition effort came after a farmer from Warsaw, Illinois, Don Kerr, documented damage within three drainage districts near his farm.  According to his estimates, there was close to $80 million in losses. 

 

41 miles worth of levees in those drainage districts could be raised to the 500 year flood levels for around $41 million.............

 

 

Click here to read this news report from thehawkeye.com

 

 

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Update

 

 

Click here to read an update from the Telegraph.com on the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s new Confluence Field Station.  The center is slated to become an "international center for scientific education and public outreach"
 

It will be located on the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers.  Its a  natural location to conduct research. ........ wildlife, navigational and recreational.

 

The field station is the product of a joint educational partnership between the LCCC, the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University of Illinois.
 

 

Illinois River Destination At Ottawa, Illinois

  Riverboat Excursions and Riverfront Dining Coming To Ottawa In 2010......

 

Bob Bishop, owner of Starved Rock Adventures boat and houseboat rental, is gearing up to launch two new ventures:  river excursions aboard The Ottawa Lady, and the opening of the Riverside Bar and Grill. 

 

Already approved to move forward, The Ottawa Lady is expected to start cruising regularly when the weather warms up in 2010.  Plans call for the Lady to offer river tours from May through October. 

 

Riverside Bar and Grill is currently under construction, and will consist of two floating structures.  With a capacity of 150 seats, Bishop anticipates seeing the facilities used for musical events, parties and receptions.  Bishop further states that docking facilities will be available along the dining area as well..............

 

Click here to read this news story from mywebtimes.com.  With Photo.

 

Click here to visit the Starved Rock Adventures website.

 

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River History....

 

 

23 September, 2006.......

 

The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford, Illinois was dedicated to mark the 200th anniversary of the returnthe Lewis and Clark Expedition  to St. Louis of from the West. 

 

 

 

Missouri River

   St. Charles, Mo

   Eco Park Dedication ... Sept 30th

 

According to a news report in the STLtoday.com...... There is a dedication ceremony planned for Eco Park on Wednesday, Sept. 30.  The ceremony will be held at the entrance to the Eco Park trail, which is located at the Blanchette Landing boat launch.

Eco Park is located along the Missouri riverfront in DuSable Park and features three miles of trails along wetlands and river outlooks.

For more information, call the park office at 636-949-3372.

 

Click here to read this news report
 

 

Click here for more information from St. Charles County Parks website

Boat Propulsion

  Mercury's New Big Block Will Be Released In Early 2010..........

 

Mercury Marine has announced that their new MerCruiser Big Block will be released in early January, 2010, in a base rating of 380 hp, as well as a high output version rated at 430 hp., all on 87 octane fuel.

 

Replacing the venerable 8.1L Big Block is a new 8.2L Big Block that will be equipped with catalysts initially, with the non-catalyst model expected to be released by mid 2010.  The engines will be available in both sterndrive and inboard configurations.  The new package is compatible with MerCruiser's Axius joystick sterndrive control, SmartCraft engine monitoring system, and the SeaCore corrosion protection system.

 

Reportedly, the new engine produces more power with fewer emissions, has improved midrange acceleration, and excellent fuel economy.  All of these improvements were achieved without adding to the cost of the propulsion package.............

 

Click here to read this news article from tradeonlytoday.com.

 

Click here to visit the Mercury Marine website.

 

Lake of the Ozarks

   This Weekend's Powerboat Races...

 

The following story links are to LakeExpo.com

~ Powerboat race has Norwegian team All Jack'd Up... Click here

~ Powerboating mayhem, live entertainment to roar this weekend.... Click here

~ No-wake zone 5-10MM for OSS boat races.... Click here

 

River Answers

   Capt'n Tim's Pirate Ship......

Hi Bill,

I have answers for the questions on Capt. Tim's Pirate Ship.
Her name is Gypsy Rose.
She currently calls Port Charles home.
Capt. Tim and crew plan to be scouring the River this again this weekend.


As Capt. Tim always says " Always leave'em wanting more".

Arrrrrrrgh
Capt'n John Sturm

 

RiverBill says........Thanks for the info John !

Boats From A Bygone Era

   Replica 19th Century Tall Ships Duke It Out In San Diego............

 

In a scene that could have been from one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, The Californian and The Lynx were firing their guns at each other in San Diego Bay.  Both vessels are replicas of 19th century tall ships that chased down merchant ships that didn't pay their tariffs.

 

The Californian is known as a revenue cutter for that reason.  This style of ship is a forerunner to the Coast Guard.

 

The Californian was built in 1984, and is a replica of the C.W. Lawrence, which was a revenue cutter that that was in San Diego in 1851.  She has been named the official tall ship of the state of California. 

 

The Maritime Museum of San Diego hosts these mock battles a few times per year to assist with fundraising efforts.  Visitors pay $40 - $65 for the opportunity to witness firsthand tactics used to patrol the West Coast during the Gold Rush..........

 

Click here to read this news story.  With Video.

 

Click here to visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego website

 

 

 

 

Tuesday..

 

 

 22 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

It's the last day of Summer Boating

Fall is upon us this evening

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 is Fred W. Pohlman, aboard the sternwheeler GOLDEN EAGLE FERRY.
Mr. Pohlman was a member of the family that operated the ferry for many years.


This was in 1955 and there were sure a lot of rules and regulations even back then.


That uncovered and unenclosed light bulb certainly would not be seen on a Coast Guard-inspected ferry these days.


That rear view mirror shows the pilot had all corners of the boat covered without him having to turn around.


 

Dan Owen

 

 

Click here for a picture of the Golden Eagle Ferry in 1955

 

This is the 4th in a historical series of photos of the Golden Eagle Ferry from Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum.  Visit Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum  ...click here

 

 

 

RiverBill says........ Thanks Dan for the great photos and the ride back in time !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

click to enlarge

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 .......  was from Devin Lause. 

Flying Carp Invasion

 

Riverbill,

Staying with the Asian Carp theme.

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


Devin Lause

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090170

 Two Boat Collision  - Table Rock Lake - 09/20/2009

Location:

     PT 3 , OLD 86 CAMPGROUND
Summary : 

BOAT # 1 WAS FOLLOWING BOAT # 2 . BOAT # 2 MADE A 180 DEGREE TURN, BOAT # 1 WAS UNABLE TO STOP AND STRUCK BOAT # 2. EJECTING BOTH OPERATORS INTO THE WATER..

Boat Type : 

Both Personal Watercraft


 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Mississippi River

    Old Man River Project Is Traveling Down The River............

 

The Old Man River Project is an expedition down the entire length of the Mississippi River, in a 32 foot wooden York boat named Annie.  The purpose of the trip is not only to re-discover the Mississippi River, but also to call attention to the preservation of the River basin itself.

 

The Project shoved off from Bemidji, Minnesota on August 22, 2009, and the crew will be delivering the vessel in support of Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper, which is an environmental organization based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Annie's crew is made up of 7 twenty-somethings, six of which are Canadians, and the 7th is from Australia.........

 

Click here to read this news article from sctimes.com.

 

 

Click here to visit the Old Man River Project website.

 

Little John's Motorsports

     Website Updates

     Drag Boat Updates and Motorsports main pages:


Next Race is at Lake Catherine in Arkansas on September 25th, 26th and 27th

"Smokin' In The Cove"

Ashly took 4th place last year in the 7 second class!

Go to  http://www.smokininthecove.com/  for more information.


Darryll Weil

Webmaster  www.littlejohnsinc.com

Reader Commentary

   The Tim Woodson Pirate Ship

  

What a fantastic job. Wish we could have seen it.
Where is it berthed? Is it named yet?
They could have a contest.
How often will it be going out?
Inquiring minds want to know.
 

Gary & Sandy Mincher
M/V Sandy M
Woodland Marina

 

 

 

RiverBill says....... Send us an e-mail Capt'n Tim !

Missouri River

    US Army Corps To Hold Meetings To Discuss River Usage...........

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled meetings to begin a study that will compare the usage of the Missouri River now, as opposed to the intended usage that was approved of by the federal Flood Control Act of 1944.  The first meeting will be held in Fort Pierre, South Dakota on October 1, 2009.  The second meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2009 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Interests in the upper and lower Missouri River basin have long been squabbling over the river's usage, where upstream residents are more oriented toward recreational use, and wildlife habitats, however, the lower Missouri River interests want water for barge navigation. 

The $25 million for this study was in a House bill passed earlier in the year.  Any alteration of 1944's federal Flood Control Act must be approved by congress............

Click here to read this news report from kansascity.com.

 

The Pick-Sloan Flood Control Act of 1944

Allowed the construction of thousands of dams and levees all across the United States.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Act into law on December 22, 1944.  The Flood Control Act of 1944 served six purposes on the Missouri River.  Hydropower, water supply navigation, flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife.............

Source:  Wikipedia Encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.

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Con Trios Yacht Club

     Membership Party

     Saturday, Oct.17th

 

Membership Party coming up Saturday, October 17th, 2009 at Sundowners at Yacht Club of St. Louis. The theme is "Give Back", both to our loyal members and to the community. Members cost is canned goods or $5 donation per person if you're empty handed. Non Members is $10 per person. All canned goods and extra $5 collected will go to local food pantries. We will also be having a "Boat Stuff Swap Meet" starting at Noon, bring a table and your extra boat stuff to sell, no complete boats, just parts and accessories. Appetizers and music by "Dave's Not Here" from 2PM to 6 PM. Don't forget to mail in your ballots for next year's Board of Directors, we will count and announce the winners at the party.

Click here for more information and a link to a printer friendly reservation form, we need to know how many will be attending and how many will be bringing tables for the swap meet.

Pictures from the Moonlight Cruise have been posted on the "Photo Galleries" page, http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/photo_galleries.html

and Terrie Bert did another great slideshow of pictures from the Cruise. You can view the slideshow at: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/XP8xm2Gq



Darryll Weil

River History....

Sept 22, 1842 in River History

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

  

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

 

 

 

Fountain Powerboats

   Hustler Powerboats Negotiating Purchase Of Fountain Powerboats.......

 

Monday, Hustler Powerboats made the announcement that they are in negotiations to purchase Fountain Powerboats, along with its assets.  If the purchase is made, Hustler will re-locate their operations to North Carolina, with the intention to bring Fountain and Baja back to full capacity within four years. 

 

Fountain had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 24, 2009.  An auction for the assets of Fountain Powerboats is scheduled for October 5, 2009, with a final ruling on the sale motion set for October 9, 2009.

 

Hustler's parent company, Global Marine Power, has been building the Hustler line for over 20 years, and has a worldwide dealer network including the United States, Russia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Martinique, and the Ukraine.........

 

Click here to read this news article from tradeonlytoday.com.

Click here to visit the Fountain Powerboats website.

Click here to visit the Hustler Powerboats website.

 

Winter Boat Show Dates...

 

Feb 10-14, 2010

   56th St. Louis Boat & Sport show

   Americas Center & Edward Jones Dome
 

Jan 15-17, 2010

   4th St. Charles Boat Show 

   Saint Charles Convention

 

Boating World

   New, Interactive Website............

 

Recently, Boating World Magazine launched a new website that features video channels, moderated forums, and even a docking game. 

BoatingWorld.com's new video section offers boating news, boat testing, how-tos, and even has user-submitted videos. 

 

The moderated forum section will allow boaters to trade tips and tricks, share boating stories, and even share brand-specific information through user submitted boat owner reviews.

 

The gaming section features classics like crossword puzzles, and word searches, but also has a virtual boat docking game to test your skills............

 

Click here to read this news release from tradeonlytoday.com.

 

Click here to visit the boatingworld.com. website.

 

 

 

 

Monday..

 

 

 21 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Picture of the Day

 

Capt'n Tim and Crew

On Maiden Voyage To Grafton

  Click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day......... is from Doug and Leslie Woods, who hail out of Woodland Marina

 

Bill,


Check out Tim Woodson's pirate ship on her maiden voyage Saturday. They
were on their way to Grafton Harbor for Talk Like A Pirate Day where it
was a big hit.
He has been working on it for 40 days now and as you can see he is getting
close to being done.
Tim played at our pig roast "Woodlandstock" at Woodland Marina last
weekend a big thanks to him and everyone that attended we had a great
time.
 

Thanks,
Doug and Leslie Woods
Woodland Marina
 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Pirate Louise

of the vessel "We-Z Gone Wild"

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The 2nd Picture of the Day......... is from Jan and Joe DeSherlia of Grafton Harbor

 

Arrr! Ahoy me hearties!

Louise Haldiman from the vessel We-Z Gone Wild poses in front of Tim Woodson's Pirate Ship docked at Grafton Harbor for the Great Grafton Pub Crawl Saturday Night.

A sea dog says 't this way!
Joe and Jan
Grafton Harbor
 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2004 .......  was Red Sky over Two Branch Island taken in 2004 while heading back up- river after a Kinder's trip one evening.

 

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Mississippi River At Alton
    Illinois Governor Visits Site Of New Confluence Field Station.............


During a visit to the site of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center's new Confluence Field Station, Ill Governor, Pat Quinn, presented a check for $16.3 million to the president of the Lewis and Clark Community College, Dale Chapman to fund the project.

These funds were appropriated within the Illinois capitol bill that was passed earlier in the year.

The field station will cover 35,000 square feet, and be situated on 4 acres of land, leased from the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The property is just downstream from the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, No. 26. The station will contain labs, classrooms, and interactive displays. There will even be river access through wet lab facilities............

Click here to read this news report from thetelegraph.com.
 


Click here to visit the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Website
 

 

Mississippi River Along The St. Louis Riverfront

   A-B Teams Up With LL&W For Annual River Cleanup

 

Over 200 people headed down to the St. Louis Riverfront on Saturday, to help clean up the River.  The majority of the volunteers were Anheuser-Busch employees.

After being purchased by In-Bev last year, there was speculation that A-B's community service would decrease around St. Louis.

 

The river clean-up of 2009 marks the sixth year that Anheuser-Busch has teamed up with Living Lands and Waters for the project..........

 

Click here to read this news story from fox2now.com.  With Video.

 

Click here to visit the Living Lands and Waters website.

 

Lots Of Pictures

 

RiverBill's has a lot of e-mails and river pictures from this season that we haven't posted on-line yet...... we have not forgot you, we are just on slow throttle and running a bit behind.

 

Watch for more Summer time pics as the weather cools and the pictures and e-mails start slowing down....... 

 

Keep your anchor right here for a bit more of Summer.....and ....Thanks for logging on to RiverBills.com LLC........

 

See ya on the River,

Bill

 

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Lake of the Ozarks

   No-wake Zone For OSS Boat Races
 

 The Offshore Super Series Boat Races are scheduled to take place at the Lake of the Ozarks this coming weekend.......  Sept. 26-27.

There will be a no-wake zone established from 10 a.m. until one half hour after the final race on Saturday and Sunday between the 5 and 10-mile markers.

"The fastest boats in the world will be competing for the National Title....it's the biggest event   "Ever" to come to the Lake of the Ozarks." The OSS Boat Races can bee seen from the Shady Gator's or The Horny Toad.

The boats will be on the lake between 11AM and 4PM on Saturday for testing.  The OSS Pro Am Teams will hold their National Championship Saturday afternoon.

Sunday racing starts at 12 noon.

 

Click here to go to the LakeExpo.com to read the news story.

 

Reader Commentary

  Ya just never stop learnin !


With my daughter and family camping on Enterprise Island and Karen and I in our almost one year old Myacht (3712), having a great time all week suddenly found us beach from a 3ft. river drop. Digging for over 2hrs. on the pontoons she dropped down 4in. and I started the two 60hp.motors to help pull me off but sucked water into both. Six “Good old boy” pushing me my jon boat got her floating but still motor dead. I called Port Charles, the owner Paul and son immediately came and pushed my houseboat to their marina. Picked her up and cradled her in the parking lot for repairs. My request for mech. Al was a no way but Taylor was ready and got started on the motors right away. They set up a ladder and power for Karen and I for the night and Taylor had one motor running in about two hrs. Not so lucky on the second motor, it sheared the time wheel key (just as Taylor guessed) and found ONE at St. Charles Marina. In the meantime, I picked up my daughter and family from the island, dropped them off at Woodland Marina and picked up my son and 3 kids and dropped them back at Enterprise Is. And told them they would be on their own for a day or (god knows how long). Back to Port Charles to find motor on its way in repairs. In less than 24hrs. we were on our way back to the island to finish Labor Day weekend.

Port Charles: Gold Star Marina with Super Service


Thanks,
Jim and Karen Goulding
 

2nd ANNUAL WINFIELD CATFISH CLASSIC

Where: Winfield, Missouri
Alyssa’s Landing, Mississippi River
When: Saturday Oct 17th 2009
Starting @ 8:00 am through 6:00 pm
Cost: Entry fees are $20.00 per man or $60.00 per boat.

*After all cash prizes are paid, remaining entry fees are being donated to Winfield flood relief.*

To win the 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 Place: $350.00
2nd Place: $200.00
3rd Place: $100.00

Biggest Fish: $40.00
Smallest fish: $20.00

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• Bank Fisherman allowed
• No minimum length on catfish.
• Maximum 6 fish per boat.
• Fish must be kept in some type of live-well.
No fish other than catfish or baitfish allowed in boat.
• Rule meeting @ 7:35am Pole and line fishing only.
• Shotgun start @8:00 Am
• Two poles in the water per man regardless of men per boat, so bring some friends.
• All boats must be back to weigh-in @ or before 6:00 pm.
• All boats are to remain 200 feet apart while anchored.
• All Missouri fishing laws are to be observed at all times.
• Everyone is suggested to have fun: win or lose, rain or shine.
• Trailoring will be allowed

For more information or to enter the tournament call Nick @ 528-8898, stop by R@S Bait on highway N in Winfield Missouri, Riverbills.com or Craigslist under events.

Send entries to; Nick Dougherty / Winfield catfish classic.
375 East Cherry Street
Troy, Mo 63379
Entry forms donated by KENDE’S PRINTING

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Atlantic Journey Completed In A 21 Foot Boat...........

Ralph Brown, the owner of Dream Boats, and his brother Bob set out on an Atlantic Ocean crossing on June 27, 2009.  What's odd about the trip, is that the duo made the trip unescorted, and in a 21 foot Dream Boats Intruder.  The boat is a center console power catamaran, equipped with a 140 hp Suzuki outboard, along with a Suzuki 9.9 hp kicker motor.

For the crossing, the unsinkable foam filled hull was also equipped with several auxiliary fuel tanks, an EPIRB, 2 satellite phones, VHF radio, survival suits and life jackets.     

The trip took 76 days. Starting in Tampa, Florida, the pair cruised up the east coast to Canada, where they hop-scotched Greenland to Iceland to England to France, and finally ending up in Germany on September 10.  The journey was chronicled on the website, crosstheatlantic.com.

The Trans-Atlantic crossing was named "I am Second - Wounded Hero Voyage" in honor of  3 of Ralph Brown's Marine Corps brothers that perished in the 1980 attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran.  Brown's unit was scheduled for that mission, but was not deployed.............

Click here to read this news article from tradeonlytoday.com.

Click here to visit the Dream Boats Inc. website.

Click here  to visit the crosstheatlantic.com website.

 

Smokin' In The Cove Drag Boat Race

   Sept 25, 26, 27......

   Lake Catherine, Arkansas

 

1000ft. DASH FOR CASH

REMMEL DAM LANDING ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE CATHERINE... BETWEEN MALVERN AND HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS ON Hwy. 270

RACERS FROM CALIFORNIA TO FLORIDA WILL BE COMPETING FOR THEIR SHARE OF THE $42,000 PURSE.
 

Click here for more information

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Mississippi River At Quincy, Illinois

Historic Boats From Across The Nation Descend Upon Quincy Riverfront....

 

Over 100 exhibitors from as far away as Florida and Texas traveled to Quincy, Illinois to display their antique boats and outboard motors at the 9th Annual Classic Boat and Outboard show hosted by The Quincy Boat Club. 

Boats displayed were from the 30's through the 60's, and some of the outboards dated back to the early 1900's.

 

Vessels on display varied in size from small runabouts to 50 foot Chris Craft cruisers, including 7 Chris Craft cruisers that took the 2 day boat ride from St. Louis to Quincy.............

 

Click here to read this news story from connecttristates.com.

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

STRAFFORD, N.H.-

A Coast Guard boat crew helped partner agencies extinguish a fire on a recreational boat about 11 miles inland on the Cocheco River near Strafford, N.H., around 2:15 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. There were four people aboard the boat, two adults and two children from Lee, N.H., who were plucked from the burning vessel by a nearby good Samaritin.

(Coast Guaard photo/Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor)

 


 

Saturday, Sunday..

Talk Like A Pirate Weekend

 

 19, 20 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Updated Sat Night.... Late

Picture of the Day

Sunday

Marina at Hannibal Harbor

  Click pic to enlarge

 

 

 

The Picture of the Day......... was sent in by Eric and Lisa Ridenhour , who hail out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the  “Lisa Diane”.

 

Hi RiverBill,


We took a boat trip up to Hannibal last week and this is a picture of our daughter, Marina, taken at Hannibal Harbor . As usual, the pool north of Winfield was extremely scenic and made for a beautiful trip. This was our kid’s first real river trip and like always, all the stops on the way to Hannibal , like Two Rivers Marina and the beaches along the way, were awesome.



Thanks for the great website. It offers all of us boaters a great onestop website to see what’s going on out there on the River!



Eric and Lisa Ridenhour from the “Lisa Diane” out of Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 

 

RiverBill says.... What a great picture !

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Catch of the Day

  Click pic to enlarge

 

 

 

The Picture of the Day......... was sent to us by Angie Testerman titled

 

"A good day fishing Labor Day 2009"

 

Tony Wichlan,  Randy Testerman,  Steve Hoffman

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006.........were from Bob and Jo Ann Tucker of the boat "Tunes - 2".  They sent us some really good river wildlife shots !

 

Bob wrote: 

 

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

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

"A day not spent on the boat... Is a wasted day!!!!

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ----  was sent in by Clarence... 

 

Flying Asian Carp..... Close Call !

 

  

Bill,

 

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

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

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

 

Clarence

 

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Updated Sun at 8:00AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/19/09
Subject: -ILLINOIS RIVER- VARIOUS BRIDGE LIGHTS EXTINGUISHED
NAVNOTICE # 1900

USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0395-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED A REPORT THAT THE FOLLOWING BRIDGE LIGHTS ARE EXTINGUISHED:
1. MCCLUGAGE DUAL BRIDGE (LLNR 7050) MM 165.8 ILR - THE RED UPSTREAM LIGHT IS EXTINGUISHED.
2. CEDAR STREET BRIDGE (LLNR 7170) MM 161.6 ILR - THE GREEN UPSTREAM LIGHT IS EXTINGUISHED.
3. BEARDSTOWN RAILROAD BRIDGE (LLNR 7625) MM 87.9 ILR - THE RED DOWNSTREAM LIGHT IS EXTINGUISHED. IT WAS ALSO REPORTED THAT THE BEARDSTOWN BRIDGE DOES NOT HAVE ANY REFLECTIVE MATERIAL ON IT.

 

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

 

 

Updated Sun at 8:00AM

Sad News

   Ed Katzenmeyer passed away on Thursday, September 17th, 2009

   Member of Con Trios Yacht Club
  

Updated September 20th, 2009:



Con Trios Yacht Club member Ed Katzenmeyer passed away Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at the age of 68. Visitation Sunday 5 - 8 pm at JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN and SONS (South County) 4830 Lemay Ferry Rd. Funeral Monday 11:00 am. (Services conclude at the funeral home.)

Ed’s Obituary on STLToday.com - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-b-katzenmeyer&pid=133133740



Our condolences go out to Lilli and her family.


 

Click here to go to Con Trios Yacht Club website for more information

Updated Sat night late

Mercury Marine News

    Mercury Execs Meet With Stillwater Workers..........

Executives from Mercury Marine were in Stillwater, Oklahoma earlier in the week in an effort to explain their decision to consolidate manufacturing operations to Fon du Lac, Wisconsin. 

The execs listened to comments and took questions in regards to the move.  They also met with employees to discuss assistance programs that will be offered to assist with preparation for other employment.

The company will begin moving the casting and machining operations within the next few months, with that portion of the move completed by the end of 2010.  Assembly operations will start re-locating in 2010, with the move complete by the end of 2011. 

Mercury has stated that they will be adding close to 80 jobs to the Stillwater facility by the end of the year.  The new positions will be involved with new regulations put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency..........  

Click here to read this news article from stillwater-newspress.com.

 

Updated Sat night late

Mississippi River Energy Project

   Free Flow Power Corp. Receives 2 Year, Annual $750,000 Grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded one of 22 federal energy grants to Free Flow Power Corp.  These grants were given to interests across the country that are pursuing "advanced water power projects".

The two year annual grant of $750,000 will enable Free Flow to proceed with the next phase of the project, the sitting and mounting of the turbines.  The turbines are under construction at BBW Composites, which is a division of Boston Boat Works.

Many factors need to be considered when scouting locations for sitting the turbines.  Ideally, the turbines perform best when installed on the outside of river bends, but they cannot obstruct navigational channels...............

Click here to read this news report from gloucestertimes.com.  With Photo.

 

Saturday, Sept 19th

    Great Grafton Pub Crawl

  

 A pub Crawl around Grafton, IL with bus transportation and a boat ride between establishments. Visit 10 to12 bars.... with giveaways and specials at each stop.
 

Click here and read more in the StLtoday.com

 

Crownline Boats

    Production Will Resume This Fall

  

The company has new owners and they are planning to go back into production this fall. 

  The new boats should be ready for the Winter boat shows.

 

The company was purchased in August by Tony Zielinski of Leisure Products and Dave Wilson of Misty Harbor / Ultracraft.  The company is setting a strategy of "back to basics" approach.

 

Click here and read this news article in Trade Only Today

 

 

KJs Place
   530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

   (636) 899-1139

 

  

 

       Sat night......Sept 19th, Karoke

 

Missouri Fishing Report

  

Click here and check out the St. Louis Post Dispatch Missouri Fishing Report.....

 

Mississippi River

   Quincy, IL

   Classic Boat Show

  

Quincy Boat Club will host it's 9th Annual Quincy Classic Boat andA QUINCY, ILL -- Outboard Show this Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday.A Over 100A participants are expected from around the country bringing 40 to 50A classic boats from the 1940's, 50's and 60's to Quincy...

 

Click here to read this news report from KHQA-TV Quincy

 

Friends of the Mississippi River

  September Website Update........

 

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


~ Mississippi River Challenge photo gallery
~ River otter's return a sign of healthier Mississippi
~ Clean water laws are neglected
~ Rock Island Swing Bridge preservation plan at risk
~ Mississippi National River and Recreation Area to be featured in new documentary


 

Click here and check it out

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Alton, IL Riverfront

   Mississippi Earthtones Festival
   

 Saturday is “It’s Our River Day” in the state of Illinois and the  Mississippi Earthtones Festival is going on all day long on the Alton Riverfront.

It's Our River Day is about the importance of conserving Illinois’ rivers and watersheds through education and recreation.    There are 61 such events throughout the state. “

Click here to read this news report in the AltonDaily News.

 

 

For more info go to http://riverfrontamphitheater.com/earthtones/

 

Mississippi River

   Spanish Lake Casino


A plan to build a $350 million casino complex in north St. Louis County near Spanish Lake moved forward last week.

Click here to read this news report in the
St. Louis Business Journal

 

Talk Like A River Pirate Day,

Saturday,  Sept 19th

 

 

Click here.... for more information mate !  Arrgh !

 

Palisades Yacht Club........

FRIDAY $1 Can Beer

SATURDAY PIRATE DAY -Wear your pirate gear and be ready for naval battle!
   Pictures at 1:00
   Race/battle from about 2:00 till 5:00
   Bring a dish dinner with fish fry 5:00 on Palisades Yacht Club porch.
   Party till?
   Probably a late night sail.
   Contact Barry Munsell for more info 314 363 8235


MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SAVE THESE DATES:
   Motorcycle Rat Run 10/4/09

   PYC Chili Cook Off 10/24/09
   Our Lady of the Rivers Benefit Car Show 10/11/09 -See attached flyer
   Pig Roast Haul Out Party 11/7/09
   PYC Trim A Tree Christmas Party 12/5/09


Music & Karaoke Entertainment Update next week.............


Thanks
Amy@PYC

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

MIAMI - Personnel from the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference gather on the bow of the Coast Guard Cutters Diamondback and Gannet while transiting the Port of Miami, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. The purpose of JCOC is to increase public understanding of national defense through a forum of free exchange among influential citizens, Department of Defense officials, and military leadership. (Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer 3rd Class Barry Bena)
 

 

 


 

Friday.. Arrgh!

 

 

 18 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

An Awesome Wednesday

on Iowa Beach

 

 

  Click pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day.........Were sent to us by Phil with the following caption:

 

Hanging out on Iowa Island Wednesday afternoon.

What a awesome day.

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

click to enlarge

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ----  was from Tyler Mitchell, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the boat..."Saint Somewhere"

 

 The top picture is of an E scow , "Irie Vibes",  leaving Palisades Yacht Club on their 2007 "Pirate Day" celebration .......... 

 

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

 

 

Arrgh Matey !

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/17/09
Subject: MM 194.0 UMR (DREDGING / RIVER CLOSURE PERIODS)
NAVNOTICE # 1899


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0394-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0370-09 UMR
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0394-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED IN THE CHAIN OF ROCKS CANAL AT MM 194.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 24 SEP 2009. DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 1700-0700 CDT. DURING THIS PERIOD THE RIVER WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION AND WILL REOPEN FROM 0700-1700 CDT. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 8,13, OR 16 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS DURING THE OPEN TO NAVIGATION PERIOD. ALL 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

 

 

Osage River

   Tuscumbia, Mo

   Missouri State Water Patrol News Release....

 

 

Temporary Regulatory Markers Issued for Area Bridge Construction on the Osage River.

The Missouri State Water Patrol would like to make boaters on the Osage River in the Tuscumbia area aware of a potential navigation hazard. Barges and other construction equipment will be moored in the area of the new Highway 17/52 bridge location for the next several months. Permits have been issued for temporary regulatory buoys to assist the public in recognizing and avoiding these hazards. Boaters should be extremely cautious while operating in the area of the bridge construction.

Click here for more information

 

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)  

68 degrees, low, clear; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; carp good on doughbait; blue catfish fair on cut baits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/17/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

78 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 9/17/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

74 degrees, falling, dingy; channel catfish fair on worms, trot lines and cut bait; black bass good on spinnerbaits and jigs; crappie slow on minnows and jigs; all other species good on natural baits.

(Report made on 9/17/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

68 degrees, normal, clear; smallmouth bass good on dark plastic baits; largemouth bass fair on topwater lures early in the morning; drum good on nightcrawlers; channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and live baits; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/17/2009)

 

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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/

KJs Place
   530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

   (636) 899-1139

 

  

 

       Sat night......Sept 19th, Karoke

 

Possibly Another New Illinois State Record

   Pumpkinseed Sunfish
  

According to a news story from PrairieStateOutdoors.com ............. The Pumkinseed Sunfish Illinois state fishing record reported earlier this week is already in jeopardy.

There are reports that Presley’s Outdoors in Bartonville, IL  weighed in a pumpkinseed on Tuesday at 0.64 pounds. 

 

The state recorded reported earlier this week was .....0.41-pound.

An Illinois fisheries biologist will inspect the fish.

 

The fish was caught at the same lake....the Emiquon Preserve.


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

Look What I Caught ......

  
We ran across a delightfully cute picture of Taya Jones holding a 9 pound channel catfish she had just caught.

 

 Click here and check it out on Prairie State Outdoors
 

River History....

 

Sept. 17, 2008 in River History

 

Flood of 2008

The Coast Guard closed the following sections of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers to all recreational vessel traffic .

  • The Upper Mississippi River is closed from Claryville, Mo., mile marker 109.9 to 185.4.

  • The Missouri River is closed from Waverly, Mo. mile marker 0 to the mouth of the Missouri River at mile marker 300.

  • The Illinois River is closed from Grafton, Ill., mile marker 0.0 to 9.9 and from mile marker 129, near Liverpool, Ill. to mile marker 199.9.

 

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E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

Mississippi Riverfront At St. Louis
    Arch Lights Out Until End Of September......................


According to a news article from bnd.com............. The spotlights that normally illuminate the Gateway Arch every night will be turned off through the end of September.

Apparently, the lamps are turned off for two weeks, every fall and spring to help facilitate bird migrations. The thought is the lights may disorient migrating birds over the Mississippi River waterway, which is one of the major North-South migration routes in North America.

The keepers of the Gateway Arch, the National Park Service, had collaborated with the Audubon Society in order to set up a schedule for turning the Arch lights off............

Click here to read this news article.
 

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

 

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

 

Water Pollution News
    Study Shows Winter Salt Polluting Waterways.............


 Many Urban waterways have become salty enough to be a danger to aquatic life, and the salt used for deicing roads during the winter may be the culprit.

The U.S. Geological Survey has studied the levels of chloride in urban streams and in the groundwater, with some startling results. 40% of urban streams tested have chloride levels higher than those deemed safe for aquatic life. During the winter, those levels spiked to as much as 20 times the federal standards.

Groundwater fared better, as less than 2% of wells sampled had chloride levels higher than federal standards for human consumption.

A study conducted by the University of Minnesota determined that the Northern waters are becoming saltier, since the salt is being retained in the watershed, as opposed to being flushed down the Mississippi River...............

The above news information from the newportdailynews.com

 

Mississippi River

   Lock And Dam No. 3 Construction Work To Commence...............

According to a news report from wxow.com................ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been granted $70 million is stimulus funding for repairs to the Mississippi River Lock and Dam No.3 at Red Wing Minnesota. These repairs will improve navigation safety, in addition to rehabilitating the lock and dam.

Construction work is expected to begin mid-January 2010, and run through the end of September, 2011.

Although the lock will be open to navigation for the shipping season starting March 29, 2010, the contractor has permission to close the lock for 96 hours per month, 24 hours at a time. Closures will not be permitted over the weekends, or on holidays...................
 


Click here to read this news report.
 

Talk Like A River Pirate Day,

Saturday,  Sept 19th

 

 

Click here.... for more information mate !  Arrgh !

 

Palisades Yacht Club........

FRIDAY $1 Can Beer

SATURDAY PIRATE DAY -Wear your pirate gear and be ready for naval battle!
   Pictures at 1:00
   Race/battle from about 2:00 till 5:00
   Bring a dish dinner with fish fry 5:00 on Palisades Yacht Club porch.
   Party till?
   Probably a late night sail.
   Contact Barry Munsell for more info 314 363 8235


MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SAVE THESE DATES:
   Motorcycle Rat Run 10/4/09

   PYC Chili Cook Off 10/24/09
   Our Lady of the Rivers Benefit Car Show 10/11/09 -See attached flyer
   Pig Roast Haul Out Party 11/7/09
   PYC Trim A Tree Christmas Party 12/5/09


Music & Karaoke Entertainment Update next week.............


Thanks
Amy@PYC

 

DuPage River
    Hindu Statues Discovered In A Northern Illinois River.............


According to a news story from upi.com.............. While canoeing with his son over the Labor Day holiday, Mark Coleman came across two broken Hindu statues partly submerged in the DuPage River.

One of the statues is of a tiger, which represents the Hindu Goddess Durga. The second statue is of the Hindu god Shiva, with his wife, the goddess Parvati, and their son Ganesha.

Since the local Hindu temples were not missing any statues, an expert has offered an explanation as to why the statues are in the water. Traditionally, when a deity leaves an icon, the best way to dispose of the icon is to submerge it in a body of water, as water is non-polluting.............
 


Click here to read this news story.

Click here for more information on the DuPage River from the Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Coast Guard Station Quillayute River Rescue


SEATTLE — A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Wash., brings aboard two men and their life raft after their vessel sank. The Coast Guard responded to a sunken fishing vessel approximately 20 miles off Cape of Alava, near Ozette, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.

U.S. Coast Guard photo.
 

 


 

Thursty Thursday... Arrgh!

 

 

 17 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Arrgh Matey !

 

 

  Click pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day......... were sent to us by Rick, Mary & Katy, who hail out of Lake Center Marina in the cruiser Y2Katy II...

 

 

Ahoy, Bill!


We were anchored in the Two Branch sluice last Sunday minding our own business when we came under attack by a pirate ship. As you can see Captain Mike McCarty of "Kiss D Girl" was aiming his "Canon" at the Y2Katy hoping to seize our cargo and/or hold her for ransom. Luckily we had just downed our last bit of "Rum light" and had nothing to fight for. So, after a couple of hours in a standoff, Captain Mike and first mate Betty, and Micah and Tory and the crew of the Y2Katy parted ways, only to fight again another day. Action shots provided by my brother K.C. (he says AARRGH!)
The shot of the license plate was taken months ago on Highway B, but being pirate week the timing seemed right to send it to you.

See you on the high seas,
Rick, Mary & Katy
 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006 ----  was from Captain Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser named "After You".

 

Darryll wrote:

   

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

CTYC Alton Getaway 2006

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/17/09
Subject: Shoaling at MM 109.2 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1898

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0393-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0393-09 UM
ILLINOIS WATERWAY
THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING IVO MM 109.2 ILR MID CHANNEL. A M/V RAN AGROUND AT THIS LOCATION WITH A 9 FT DRAFT, WITH THE LAGRANGE L/D UPPER POOL GAUGE READING 429.10 FT ON THE 17 SEP 2009. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

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

 

 

Mississippi River At Quincy, Illinois

   Classic Boat Show This Weekend..............

 

According to a news article from connecttristates.com....................  This weekend, September 18 - 20, 2009 the Quincy Boat Club will be hosting their 9th Annual Quincy Classic Boat and Outboard Show. 

 

More than 100 participants are expected to bring around 50 antique and classic boats to the show.   The classic boats and outboards will be displayed at the Quincy Boat Club, just north of the Pier Restaurant.

 

 Show participants are expected from all parts of the country, including representatives from the St. Louis area Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.  The ACBS will be sending 7 Chris Craft Cruisers to make the 2 day journey from St. Louis to Quincy...............

 

Click here to read this news article.

Mississippi Valley Chapter

   Antique & Classic Boat Society

 

 

Click here  and check out the Mississippi Valley Chapter of ACBS website !

 

Kinder's Restaurant

    New Hours

Mon - Thurs........11AM - 8PM

Fri & Sat............11AM - 9PM

Sun.................. 11AM - 7PM
 

Kinder's no longer serves breakfast this season !

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

 

 Chicago Ship And Sanitary Canal
    Coast Guard Re-Opens Canal To Boaters..............

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............... The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that they have re-opened the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal to recreational boaters.

The canal was closed to recreational boat traffic for four weeks after the voltage run through the Electric Fish Dispersal Barrier was increased from 1 volt per inch to 2 volts per inch. The increase in voltage was in response to Asian carp being discovered close to the barrier.

Several organizations, including the Boat Owners Association of the United States, America's Great Loop Cruisers Association, and Dozier's Waterway Guide were instrumental in getting the canal opened to recreational traffic...............

Click here to read this news report
 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

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Illinois River And Its Tributaries
   Cleanup Scheduled For Saturday, September 19, 2009...


According to a news report from morrisdailyherald.com.............. The Friends of the Illinois River is holding their annual cleanup of the Illinois River, as well as it's tributaries this Saturday, September 19.

In addition to volunteers, there is a need for boaters, and corporate sponsors. The boaters will drop off, and retrieve volunteers, and the trash collected. Sponsors are asked to provide the tools needed to make the cleanup happen, from bug spray, refreshments for the workers, and even help with printing costs.

The River Sweep began 11 years ago to focus local awareness on issues pertaining to the Illinois River..............

Click here to read this news report.
 


Click here to visit the Friends Of The Illinois River website

 

Fishing and Unexploded Ordinances

   Coast Guard Lifts Ban On Fishing Near Seal Island in Maine..............

 

In a news report from villagesoup.com..................  The Coast Guard has announced that they are lifting the ban on boats near Seal Island off the coast of Maine.  The ban effectively blocked lobster fishermen from tending their traps around the island.

The ban was put into effect after the discovery of unexploded ordinance dating back to the time the island was used by the Navy for target practice.

 The Coast Guard stated that in light of unsubstantiated levels of risk, and the larger than expected impact on local fishermen, the ban would be lifted.............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

New Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis
   Bidding On New Bridge Project Delayed..............

In a news story from kmov.com................. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced that in response to public concerns, they will be delaying the bidding for the new Mississippi River Bridge project until October 30, 2009.

The delay will give MoDOT the time needed to determine if woman and minority owned contractors are being utilized on the project. The Illinois Department of Transportation will use the additional time to clear up land acquisition issues

Missouri and Illinois officials state that they expect construction to begin on the $640 million, 4 lane structure in 2010, and complete it within 4 - 6 years...........

Click here to read this news story


 

New Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis
   Bidding On New Bridge Project Delayed..............

In a news story from kmov.com................. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced that in response to public concerns, they will be delaying the bidding for the new Mississippi River Bridge project until October 30, 2009.

The delay will give MoDOT the time needed to determine if woman and minority owned contractors are being utilized on the project. The Illinois Department of Transportation will use the additional time to clear up land acquisition issues

Missouri and Illinois officials state that they expect construction to begin on the $640 million, 4 lane structure in 2010, and complete it within 4 - 6 years...........

Click here to read this news story


 

RiverPirate Bill & Pirate Judy

 

Talk Like A River Pirate Day,

Saturday,  Sept 19th

 

 

Click here.... for more information mate !  Arrgh !

 

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

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Station Bodega Bay surf training


BODEGA BAY, Calif. – Coast Guard motor lifeboat crews from Station Bodega Bay conduct surf training with a 47-foot motor lifeboat Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. Motor lifeboat crews took advantage of an early season swell that brought consistent 15-foot surf to the area. The crews train to ensure they are prepared to respond to distress calls and maritime emergencies during storms that bring high seas and heavy weather.

Photo by Chief Petty Officer Erik J. Watson, U.S. Coast Guard.

 

   Wednesday

 

 

 16 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Palisades Yacht Club's

Redneck Fishing Tournament

 

The winning team .......Paul Williams and Family

 

Fishing tournament participant wearing helmet/gear

 

 

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

Some of the Palisades Yacht Club Employee Participants

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The Pictures of the Day......... were sent to us by Amy Spencer of Palisades Yacht Club. 

 

Its some pictures from their Redneck Fishing Tournament that took place Saturday.

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ----  were some photographs from the past, sent in by Lonero's Auto Body.

 

 

BILL,

 

FOUND THESE PHOTO'S OF MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER AND THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE COOL TO SHARE. NOT SURE WHAT YEAR THE BOAT IS BUT PHOTO SAYS 1979.  IF ANYONE HAS IFO ON THE TYPE OF BOAT I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

THE LAUNCHING  IS THE MISSOURI SIDE OF ALTON POOL. THE RUNNING PHOTO'S ARE FROM LAKE OF THE OZARKS. BOTH HAVE CHANGED QUITE A BIT.

 

 

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

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

September 15, 2009
 

Governor Quinn and IDNR celebrate 5th annual “It’s Our River Day”
Over 50 river clean-up, education and recreation events scheduled throughout Illinois including free fishing at state parks

SPRINGFIELD – For the 5th consecutive year, Illinois is celebrating a very popular natural resource that flows through the state in every direction. Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) are inviting the public to participate in the 5th annual “It’s Our River Day” on Saturday, September 19.

Events involving river clean up, education and recreation will take place at more than 50 locations throughout the state, and public participation is encouraged. For a list of events, visit www.cleanwaterillinois.org.

“Rivers and water quality are too important to take for granted. ‘It’s Our River Day’ is about celebrating the wonderful river system we have here in the Land of Lincoln and how everyone in Illinois is connected to a nearby river,” said Governor Quinn.

In addition to the wide array of activities and events planned along Illinois waterways, the IDNR will allow free fishing within state parks on September 19 in conjunction with “It’s Our River Day” activities. For a list of IDNR sites, visit the website at www.dnr.state.il.us.

“It’s Our River Day” is observed each year on the third Saturday in September, with the goal of increasing awareness and appreciation of the Prairie State’s waterways. It was created by the Illinois River Coordinating Council (IRCC), which Governor Quinn has chaired since 1997.

“I have enjoyed working with Governor Quinn and the Illinois River Coordinating Council on improving the quality of rivers throughout the state,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. “‘It’s Our River Day’ highlights the positive contributions of rivers to the State of Illinois and ensures that streams will be enjoyed by future generations.”


In just the last two years, “It’s our River Day” has included more than 120 events throughout the state helping to improve and protect Illinois rivers and to educate the public about their importance.

Facts About Rivers in Illlinois

  • There are over 87,000 miles of rivers and streams located within or on Illinois’ borders.

  • Illinois is bordered by three major rivers: the Mississippi to the west, the Ohio to the south and the Wabash to the southeast.

  • Other large rivers with major drainage basins include the Rock, Fox, Des Plaines, Kankakee, Illinois, Sangamon, Kaskaskia and Big Muddy rivers.

  • The Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio and Kaskaskia rivers are equipped with locks, dams and maintained channels, serving as important transportation routes for commercial navigation and economic development.
     

For more information on specific “It’s our River Day” events near you, log on to www.cleanwaterillinois.org.


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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

 

Our New Header Picture

Eating Up the Light

Marking the channel for safe passage

 

 

Click on picture to enlarge

 

The artist.....Gary Lucy

 posing in front of his painting at 

Palisades Yacht Club's.... Hog Roast and Haul Out Party in Nov 2007.

 

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks Gary for letting us adapt one of your paintings into a  RiverBills.com header picture...... it's one of my favorites !.

 

Mark Twain Lake

 

Mark Twain Lake celebrates a "two-for"
 

 August 11 --Mark Twain Lake celebrated twice Saturday, September 12. The lake is getting a new visitor center and celebrated 25 years of service to the region and the nation.

First in late morning more than 125 people from across the region and as far away as Maryland gathered to mark a new beginning for the multi-purpose lake project by breaking ground for the new M. W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center. The center, illustrated by large architect’s drawings will go up on the site of a previous facility, the shell of which was undergoing demolition in the background. The original visitor center, by the same name, had to be closed in 2004 when structural deterioration was assessed, making it unsafe for visitors.

The new $4.5 million facility is being built with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). In his remarks, St. Louis District Commander Col. Thomas O’Hara told the audience that without the ARRA funds it was extremely unlikely that we would have seen funding to build this center for years.

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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.

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. Special Public Notice: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released the revised scoping document (SD2) and draft study plans for the hydrokinetic energy projects on the Mississippi River. In addition, FERC has scheduled multiple public meetings to discuss this information. Comments on these documents are due to FERC on November 27, 2009.

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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

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

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

Kinder's Restaurant

    New Hours

Mon - Thurs........11AM - 8PM

Fri & Sat............11AM - 9PM

Sun.................. 11AM - 7PM
 

Kinder's no longer serves breakfast this season !

 

Lake Ozarks
    Salvaging Sea Ray That Ran Aground at 34 Mile Marker


Lake Expo.com has a series of photos of the salvage operations going on at the 34 MM of Lake of the Ozarks where the 52 Sea Ray ran aground.

 

Click here and check it out.....

 

 

RiverBill says...  A big muddy thanks goes out to Ken Goode for this news tip !

Lake Ozarks
    Lake Expo Photo Gallery of Boat Show at Captain Rons


Click here and check out the Lake Expo.com photos from the Fall Boat Show at Captain Rons.

 

Fishing News
    Fishing Banned Off Of Maine Island.........Due To Bombs !


According to a news story from wmtw.com.............. The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone around Seal Island, about 20 miles out in Penobscot Bay, in Maine. This is due to the discovery of unexploded ordinance recently discovered in the Bay.

The unexploded ammunition is from the time that the Navy used the island as an aerial bombing range.

Lobstermen are up in arms about the closure, as they have been hauling lobster traps there for decades, with nary a hitch.

The Coast Guard is accepting comments on the closure through December 7.

Click here to read this news story

 

 

Little John's Motorsports Update
 

  Little John's website has new drag boat updates and pictures from the Livermore, Kentucky and New Athens, Illinois drag boat races......

 

Click here and check them out !

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

Boat Gas News
   Bi-Partisan Ethanol Bill Introduced In The Senate...............


According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com............... In an effort to combat problems associated with mid-level ethanol fuel blends, the Mid-Level Rthanol Blends Act of 2009, S 1666 was introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, Ben Cardin, D-Md., Sheldon Whitehouse D-RI., and Mary Landreiu, D-La.

The Clean Air Act forbids the sale of mid-level ethanol blends.

Since the ethanol industry is lobbying for a waiver from the EPA to sell E-15 as a general fuel, S 1666 is intended to require more study on the effects E-12 will have on current engines, prior to the waiver being granted...............

Click here to read this news article.

Click here to read the bill, S 1666..
 

Mississippi River Country Contest
   Win a 4 Night Getaway


Click here ...check out the Mississippi River Country website and enter their contest to win a 4-night Mall of America Getaway !

 

 

Meramec River At Pacific, Missouri
   Flood Buyouts Begin In Pacific............


According to a news report from kplr11.com................ After the massive flooding of March 2008, the city of Pacific is moving forward with the buyout program with the purchase of the first property.

A total of 27 homes are in the buyout program. The federal government is funding 75% of the program, with the remaining 25% coming from a State Community Development Block Grant.

Once each property is purchased, the city will have 90 days to remove asbestos from the house, and demolish it. The vacated lots will become open space.............

Click here to read this news report.
 

State of Illinois

   Free Fishing Day ...Saturday, Sept.19th
 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has made this coming Saturday, September 19th, a "Free Fishing Day" within the state of Illinois. 

 

This means that a fishing license "is not needed" to fish within the boundaries of state parks, natural areas and wildlife areas........ where fishing is allowed

Click here to read this news story in the AltonDailyNews.com

 

 

 

 

   Tuesday

 

 

 15 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Grafton Harbor's 9-11 Boat Parade

 

 

  

 

Captain Barry Spicer and 1st Mate preparing for the parade

Click to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day.........

 

Hi Bill,

We had a beautiful evening for the 9-11 Boat Parade. Many, many thanks to all who participated!! Your boats truly represented our proud nation. Kelly Mayer from Jersey Community High School was our vocalist for the opening ceremony. Many thanks to her and the men of the Grafton American Legion. Also participating was, Lilly Wilson, Little Miss Jersey County. The next 9-11 Boat Parade will be Saturday, September 11.

GOD BLESS THE USA!!
Joe and Jan of Grafton Harbor
 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ----  were sent in by Capt'n Andy Schmitz ....

 

Dear Bill,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Andy Schmitz

 

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Mark Twain Lake
     Mark Twain Lake Turns 25..................

According to a news story from connecttristates.com................... With the completion of Clarence Cannon Dam along the Salt River in 1984, Mark Twain Lake was born.

The finished flood control project is the culmination of more than 20 years of buyouts, and land purchase.

Missouri Senator, Kit Bond, was among the speakers present at Saturday's ceremony, and he stated that the project had been a great success.

Mark Twain Lake has become a popular destination for boating, fishing, and camping..............

Click here to read this news story

 

 

  

Click to enlarge

 

Cedar Hill's Mr. River Queen Contest
    

Above are a few pictures from Cedar Hill Resort's .... Mr. River Queen Contest that they held back in August !

 

Click here to go to the Cedar Hill Resort website and check out all the pictures from this year's contest..... Click on the "Aug 09 Mr. RiverQueen" link on the left side of the webpage.

 

North Alabama Bend

    Missouri River Restoration In South Dakota
    The U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Buys Riverfront Property...............


According to a news report from yankton.net............... The U.S. Army Corps of engineers has purchased 546 acres near Vermillion South Dakota. The land borders on the Missouri River, with over 8000 feet of shoreline.

The parcel of land is known as the North Alabama Bend, and is a conglomeration of grasslands, trees, and riparian habitat that is found along undeveloped riverfront.

The land purchase is intended to assist in the Missouri River restoration effort, although a multi-agency team will determine the land's ultimate use. The Corps is appointing an interim management plan to maintain the property...................

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Missouri River Recovery Program website.

 

North Alabama Bend

According to a news article from omahariverfront.com dated 4/11/2003................... The Missouri River's North Alabama Bend was named for the 269 ton sternwheeler that hit a snag, and sank on the bend on October 27, 1870.

The North Alabama's captain, Grant Marsh, made a name for himself in 1876, when his steamer, Far West retrieved wounded soldiers from Little Bighorn, along with the news of General Custer's defeat. Captain Marsh also worked alongside Samuel Clemmons, aboard the steamboat A.B. Chambers.

The North Alabama was discovered during the low water conditions of 2003................

Click here to read this news article.

 

  

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Palisades Yacht Club

     Talk Like a Pirate Day
    

 Saturday September 19 at noon we will get together. Wear your pirate gear and be ready for naval battle!

Pictures at 1:00

Race/battle from about 2:00 till 5:00

Dinner with fish fry 5:00 on Palisades porch (Thanks Amy and Scott)

Party till?

Probably a late night sail.

Barry Munsell

314 363 8235


This picture is from 2007 Pirate day. 2008 was a lost year because of flooding.
 

Saturday,   19  September 2009  

 

National Talk Like A Pirate Day,

Saturday,  Sept 19th

 

 

Click here.... for more information mate !  Arrgh !

Kinder's Restaurant

    New Hours

Mon - Thurs........11AM - 8PM

Fri & Sat............11AM - 9PM

Sun.................. 11AM - 7PM
 

Kinder's no longer serves breakfast this season !

 

Fishing News
    Many Male Bass Becoming.........Feminized...........

According to a news report from winchendoncourier.com.............. The U.S. Geological Survey has used data gathered from 1995 through 2004 to examine the trend of intersex fish in America. It is believed that this problem is linked to women's birth control pills, and other hormones finding their way into the river system.

The study results show that close to 6% of the 1500 male fish had egg cells growing inside them. The males are still able to reproduce, but studies show they don't reproduce as well.

Out of the 16 species studied, large and small mouth bass seem to be the most affected. The southeast portion of the country registered the highest concentration of feminization, but the upper Mississippi River was not far behind, with 70% of the smallmouth bass tested had female signs.

The only U.S. river basin that showed no problems was Alaska's Yukon River Basin.............

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to read the USGS news release.

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

New Illinois State Record

   Pumpkinseed Sunfish
  

According to a news story from PrairieStateOutdoors.com ............. “Chef Todd” Kent of Peoria, Illinois caught a record setting  pumpkinseed sunfish on July 21 at the Emiquon Preserve.  The sunfish measured 7 3/4 inches long  with a 7.5-inch girth.  It tipped the scales at 0.41 pounds.

The fish was caught on an orange-and-yellow jig. No previous entry was on the books for a pumpkinseed sunfish.

 

The fish are found in a few scattered locations through out the state of Illinois including the Emiquon Preserve, the Mississippi River (particularly Potter’s Marsh) and the Illinois River above Starved Rock.

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

 


 

Illinois River

   Third Pacu Caught This Year
  

According to a news story from PrairieStateOutdoors.com ............. the third Pacu of the season has been caught in the Illinois River near Chicago.  The fish was caught on August 23rd by an angler fishing for catfish.

Click here to read this news story

 

 

 

According to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia the Pacu is a common name used to refer to several species of South American freshwater fish that are related to the piranha, which are also kept as pets in aquaria...Click here for more info.

 

Click here for photo of this toothy fish.

Boat Manufacturer News
   Genmar Requests Reorganization Extension to Exit Chapter 11


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.................. Genmar Holdings has filed a request to delay the submission of the company's plan of reorganization to exit Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

The plan was originally scheduled to be filed by the end of September. The extension, if granted, would move the exit strategy due date to December 31, 2009.

Genmar Holdings Chairman, Irwin Jacobs, states that the company is close to financing the entire plan to emerge from Chapter 11. Genmar intends to release more information later in the week.............

Click here to read this news report.


 


Genmar Holdings owns 13 boat brands, from Ranger, Triumph, Seaswirl, Hydra-Sports, Champion, Stratos, FinCraft Larson, Wellcraft, Marquis, Windsor Craft, Carver, Glastron, and Four Winns.

Click here to visit Genmar's website.

 

 

   Monday

 

 

 14 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

Woodland Stock 2009

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day......... is from Gary & Sandy Mincher, who hail out of Woodland Marina in the M/V Sandy M
 

 

A big thanks to all involved in putting on Woodlandstock 09. The Huge Pig was delicious, and the music excellent. I hope they do this every year.
 

Gary & Sandy Mincher M/V Sandy M
Woodland Marina

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090166

 Grounding  - Lake Ozarks - 09/11/2009

Location:

     34 MM, Sunrise Beach  
Summary : 

Boat 1 was just entering the main channel from a small cove at the 34 mm when a vessel came across the bow. Mr. Baker swerved to miss the other boat and struck the shore line.

Boat Type:: 

52 Ft Sea Ray

Damage: 

$20,000

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

  

 

Little John's Motorsports Update
  

Hi All

It is Sunday night and we just got home.

I am enclosing a picture of our new hauling rig.
With no funding to speak of, and a nasty season with all of the downfalls that we have had,
WHY NOT SPEND A LITTLE MORE

BUT

AS OF TODAY WE ARE HIGH POINTS CHAMPION IN SLDBA
The boat was right, and Ashly did her job
Many of our river friends showed up to support us, and it all worked.

By the way, Ashly was dropped off, by the rig, at SLU Campus, for an early morning class.
I will get back when I can, when we all have had a little sleep.
 


Little John

 

Mississippi River At Cape Girardeau, Missouri
   Rubber Ducky, You're The One.......


According to a news release from semissourian.com.................. The Cape Girardeau Optimist Club has joined up with the River City Rodders to put on the 2nd annual Ducks on the Mississippi, in conjunction with the 32nd annual River Tales Classic Car Show, on September 20, 2009.

The sponsored ducks will race down the river, with the winnings going to children's programs...............
 


Click here to read this news release.

Click here to visit the Ducks On The Mississippi River website.

 

Kinder's Restaurant

    New Hours
 


Mon - Thurs........11AM - 8PM

Fri & Sat............11AM - 9PM

Sun.................. 11AM - 7PM
 

Kinder's no longer serves breakfast this season !

 

 

Kinder's Halloween Party

Saturday, Oct 31

Music by Rail... 8PM - ??

Missouri River
   Foundation Work Complete On Plan To Preserve Missouri River.................


According to a news story from thehawkeye.com.............. With the conclusion of 10 public meetings, the federal government has laid the groundwork for their plan to prevent further degradation of ecosystems along the Missouri River, or it's tributaries.

The meetings were intended to gather input from the public, in order to focus the direction of the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement study.

States participating in the project are Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.............

Click here to read this news story.

Click here to visit the Missouri River Recovery Program website.
 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

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Mississippi River At Dubuque, Iowa
   Dubuque, Iowa Hosts Dragon Boat Festival...............


According to a news article fro thonline.com.................. A ceremony aptly dubbed, "Awakening the Dragon" kicked off festivities at the 22nd annual Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival at Miller Riverview Park.

The ceremony begins with scattering play money in the water to ward off evil spirits in the area, then 3 sticks of incense were placed near the nostrils of the dragon, to awaken it's sense of smell. Officials bow to the dragons for safe passage, and then bowed to the teams, instilling courage and safety on the water. The ceremony was concluded with the dotting of the "I"s, quite literally. Red paint was used to dot the dragon's white eyes, to open them. Finally, firecrackers were ignighted to bring the dragon to life.

The dragon boat festival was the largest ever in Dubuque, with 36 teams, and 900 participants. There even was a record number of junior (11-18 year olds) teams, with 16 joining the fray.........
 


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


 

Mississippi River Gulf Outlet

    New Orleans
  

'Crazy' things are happening around the Mississippi River Gulf outlet now that a rock dam was built to close it off.

When there is a southwest wind, the tide runs in the same direction no matter if it's coming in or going out.

 

Dredging has ruined a fresh/brackish wetlands ecosystem.

 

A "dead zone" has developed in the channel on the Gulf of Mexico side of the dam.
 


Click here to read this news article in NOLA.com
 

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

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

           

 

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

 

 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Lighthouse For Sale.....

Ram Island Lighthouse in Portland, Maine is available to the public for ownership. Ram Island Lighthouse is located in Casco Bay near Portland Head Light. Anyone interested in the lighthouse can visit www.gsa.com.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Ayla Kelley.)

 



 

   It's the Weekend

 Saturday, Sunday !

 12, 13 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 Updated Sun at6:00AM .. Little Johns Motorsports update...and River News

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day......... 

 

A River Patio With A View !

 

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

The Picture of the Day......... is of Mary Beth, Carl, Bill and Jeni sharing a special moment at Kinder's Friday night. 

 

       Oh yeah... can't forget that bottle of imported Jamaican Rum.

 

Yesteryear's Picture

Sunday

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006 ...... was of the

 

Miss Rockaway Armanda !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006 ...... was from MaryBeth Tiemann, who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina.   She sent us some pictures the Delta Queen and of their RAMS tailgate party on the beach last Sunday afternoon.

 Mary wrote:

 

Hi Bill,

  Now this is the way to Tailgate for the Rams

Its the BEST of all worlds

River-Boating AND Watching a WINNING Rams Game on the Beach!

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

And then a special treat the Delta Queen came up river so course the

Queens in front of the Queen!

What a beautiful boat!

See you soon

 

 

MaryBeth

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/12/09
Subject: 4 RED BUOYS MISSING IVO 266.0 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1890

USCG EIGHTH DISTRICT NOTICE TO MARINERS NR 0386-09 UM
THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED A REPORT OF 4 RED NUN BUOYS MISSING IVO MM 266.0 UMR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH
CAUTION.

 

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

 

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

A good reminder for everyone on the river.

   

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

Updated Sun at 6:00AM..

Kaskaskia River

   New Athens, Illinois

   Little John's Motorsports Update
  

Little John's Motorsports Racing Team is leading the pack at the drag boat races at New Athens, IL .....

 

Out of 4 runs they are at:

    9.04

    9.04

    9.05

    9.04

 

The boat is running perfect !

 

Hoping for a good day on Sunday !

 

 

RiverBill says... Good luck to Little John's Racing Team...... Be safe  !

 

Updated Sun at 5:30AM..

Boat Handling Skills
   The Art Of Anchoring Should Be Mastered By All Boaters...............


According to a news report from pressconnects.com................... While recreational boaters tend to focus on boat handling and navigational skills, many ignore proper anchoring procedures. The art of anchoring is vital, as it can save lives, as well as vessels.

To properly secure a vessel, the size of the anchor, and the size of the anchor line are critical. It is also a good practice to carry two anchors, a light weight for protected anchorages, or for use in good weather, and a heavier anchor for use overnight, or where there are concerns of dragging.

Proper technique is also vital to anchoring. Begin by lowering the anchor slowly, and then either powering or drifting downstream until the anchor "bites" into the bottom. Once the anchor is secured, pay out the anchor line to a scope (ratio) or 7 feet of line to each foot of water depth for optimum anchor holding power......................
 


Click here to read this news report.
 

Updated Sun at 5:30AM..

Boat Handling Skills
   The Art Of Anchoring Should Be Mastered By All Boaters...............


According to a news report from pressconnects.com................... While recreational boaters tend to focus on boat handling and navigational skills, many ignore proper anchoring procedures. The art of anchoring is vital, as it can save lives, as well as vessels.

To properly secure a vessel, the size of the anchor, and the size of the anchor line are critical. It is also a good practice to carry two anchors, a light weight for protected anchorages, or for use in good weather, and a heavier anchor for use overnight, or where there are concerns of dragging.

Proper technique is also vital to anchoring. Begin by lowering the anchor slowly, and then either powering or drifting downstream until the anchor "bites" into the bottom. Once the anchor is secured, pay out the anchor line to a scope (ratio) or 7 feet of line to each foot of water depth for optimum anchor holding power......................
 


Click here to read this news report.
 

Updated Sun at 5:30AM..

Lake Of The Ozarks

   E. coli Update
  

According to a news report from nbcactionnews.com.............. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources released a statement Saturday evening that the levels of E. coli at the Lake of the Ozarks are within the federal government's acceptable limits.

The re-sampling was done since the samples taken from the Laurie Hollow Cove following Labor Day exceeded federal standards for a public swimming beach.

What is not known at this time is whether or not the water samples have E. coli concentrations that are higher than what Missouri state standards allow. Misouri's E. coli standards are more strict than the federal government..........

Click here to read this news report.

Updated Sun at 5:30AM..

Lake Of The Ozarks

   More News and Tidbits from LakeExpo.com

BOAT GAS REPORT ....... gas under $3.. Click here

 

Fishing Report: Largemouth slammin on buzzbaits and plastics.. Click here

 

Updated Sun at 5:30AM.... From 2007

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

 

 A few river facts:

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

  

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

 

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

.

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

Updated Sat at 11:45 AM

Kinder's Restaurant

    New Hours
 


Mon - Thurs........11AM - 8PM

Fri & Sat............11AM - 9PM

Sun.................. 11AM - 7PM
 

Kinder's no longer serves breakfast this season !

 

 

Kinder's Halloween Party

Saturday, Oct 31

Music by Rail... 8PM - ??

River History....

 

12 Sept, 2004 in River History

It was www.riverBills.com 1st day on the net. Featured a picture of the bluffs and links to pictures from the 2004 Jamaica Daze Party.
 

The stats ……..968 visitors in that partial month

The entire 1st edition of

RiverBills.com

is shown below !

Our River Picture the Day ---is the Bluffs along the River Road between Grafton and Alton.

Jamaica Daze 2004 pictures are located under "River Links" in the upper right hand corner of this page

~~~End ~~~

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Two Rivers Boat Club

    New Website
  

Bill,

Allow me to introduce myself. I am David Barron, Vice Commodore of the Two Rivers Boat Club.

The purpose of my letter was to ask you to replace our link on your web site with the following URL www.tworiversboatclub.com . We used a page on Two Rivers Marina's web site in the past, but it is time for us to carve out our own spot on the web. Jaime was a good host but posting turned into more work that we imaging and we want to develop our own site.

Right now our site is VERY MUCH under construction, but we will be adding content to it soon.

Thanks

DC Barron
Vice Commodore
Two Rivers Boat Club
 

 

RiverBill says.... David, Keep us updated as you continue to build your new site !

 

Hydropower News From Quincy, Illinois
   Progress Made On Quincy's Hydropower Project..................


In a news article from connecttristates.com.................... The Quincy, Illinois city council has voted to proceed with the development of a hydoelectric power plant. City officials are also pushing for feasibility and environmental studies at Lock and Dam 21.

At this point funding for the project is the issue. The original plan cost $10.2 million, but has been pared back to $6.6 million.

While the state of Illinois is receiving $101 million in stimulus funds, $30 million is earmarked for renewable energy. The city is hoping some of the funds will be funneled into the hydropower project................

Click here to read this news article.

 

Saturday - 12  September 2009  

 

 

Bill,


Would you please post our pig roast at Woodland Marina (Woodland Stock)?
Tim Woodson will be playing around 5:00 to 6:00. Everyone is welcome they
will need chairs and BYOB. Come by car or boat.

Thanks,
Doug and Leslie Woods
Joe and Christy Grygiel
Rick Phillips and Christa Leone

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

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Boat Retailer News
   MarineMax Now Offering Stock................


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.................. MarineMax has announced that they are now offering 2.6 million shares of common stock in accordance with registration statements filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Since Raymond James & Associates Inc is the only underwriter for this offering, Raymond James will have the option to buy an additional 390,000 shares at the public price, less discounts and commissions for 30 days.

MarineMax is the largest recreational boat and yacht retailer, focusing on premium brands like Sea Ray, Meridian, Cabo, Hatteras, Boston Whaler, Grady White, and Azimut Yachts..............

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the MarineMax website.
 

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

From The Dreamboat Files...........
     Burger Boat Delivers New Yacht.............

In a news story from tradeonlytoday.com.............. Recently, Ray and Elise Cantena took delivery of their new boat. A 151 foot fantail motoryacht, dubbed Sycara IV.

The vessel was designed to capture the charm, grace, and splendor of a bygone era; the 1920's.

While the Catenas have cruised ports around the globe, the Sycara IV is intended to ply the waters of America, from the Erie Barge Canal, the Great Lakes, and the Intercoastal Waterway..........

Click here to read this news story..
 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Saturday - Sunday  12-13  September 2009    

The Mississippi River Trail
ParkPalooza.....

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Arch)


September 12th and 13th -

A fun-filled September event hosted at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the ARCH) in St. Louis. Designed for children and families, ParkPalooza® offers something for everyone. Listen to historic New Orleans jazz, walk the entire MRT, enjoy art, exhibits, performances, and much more!



This outdoor festival offers a broad variety of outdoor recreation experiences to enjoy.



Click here to go to the Mississippi River Trail website for more info
 

 

Saturday - Sunday  12-13  September 2009    

Carlyle lake
Whale of a Sail Regatta
Sept 12 & 13, 2009


Enjoy a mid summer regatta on Carlyle Lake hosted by the Carlyle Sailing Association. This fun filled weekend of good sailing will take place in Eldon Hazlet State Park at the Carlyle Sailing Association.

For more information call (618) 281-1165.

 

 

 

 

Friday !

 11 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

Clams, Clams, Clams !

 

 

 

The Picture of the Day.........  was sent to us by Curt Allen, who hails out of Definace, Mo!

 

 

Bill,

Just wanted to pass these photos along. It's from this past Sunday at two-branch. When my son felt the first clam on his foot, it was "game on". A few hours and 12-15 kids later, they had wrangled in 201 clams! The kids had a blast and returned all their catch back to the water. Thanks.


Curt Allen
Defiance, MO


 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ...... was sent in by Michelle Mick.  It's a couple of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rangers on the river in a center console with twin 200hp Mercury's.  

 

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.

 

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

  

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

September 10, 2009

IDNR Conservation Police Arrest Multiple OUI/DUI Offenders During Labor Day Weekend in Illinois

CPOs net over two dozen arrests during 3 day holiday weekend

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) arrested 14 people for operating under the influence (OUI) on Illinois waters and 13 people for driving under the influence (DUI) on roadways in and around state parks during the recent three day Labor Day holiday weekend. The patrols were part of an enhanced enforcement effort intended to improve safety at state parks and boat access areas on September 5-7.

Wet weather throughout much of Illinois during parts of the weekend contributed to lower numbers of arrests and incidents this year compared to the same time last year. Last year during the Labor Day weekend, CPOs made 33 arrests for operating under the influence (OUI) and nine arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) on Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2008.

“The key to calling this holiday weekend a success was that no fatalities or serious injuries occurred,” said Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “Our officers removed 26 impaired individuals from the water and roads making these areas safer for the general public and that’s always our goal.”

The Conservation Police enforcement detail was made possible in part thanks to $150,000 in state grant funding to combat motor vehicle DUI and boater OUI offenses. The grant funding was provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety.

There have been 25 boating related fatalities on Illinois waters this Federal Fiscal Year (FFY), which runs October 1 through September 30. That’s 12 more than the previous FFY in Illinois.

There were 1,034 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2008 according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics.

A regional breakdown of OUI/DUI arrests is below. For a regional map log on to https://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/region.htm

REGION           # OUI ARRESTS            # DUI ARRESTS

    1                               9                                2

    2                              1                                 2

    3                              1                                 2

    4                              2                                 5

    5                              1                                1

 

 

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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

The USS New York   LPD-21........

    A Ship Forged From The Steel of the World Trade Center

 

"On September 2001, our nations enemies brought their fight to New York....

The USS New York will now bring the fight to our nation's enemies well into the future."

Governor George Pataki

Click here to check out pictures of this unique ship

For more information go to http://www.ussnewyork.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)  

68 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and cut baits; buffalo and carp good on nightcrawlers and corn; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/10/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

78 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair.

(Report made on 9/10/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

76 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish fair on worms, cut baits and stinkbait; black bass slow on spinnerbaits and jigs; bluegill fair on worms; all other species fair on natural baits.

(Report made on 9/10/2009)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

76 degrees, low, clear; crappie fair on jigs and minnows in shallow water; channel catfish fair on setlines; largemouth bass fair on plastic worms; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/10/2009)

 

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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/

 

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Fountain Powerboats Update

   Deadline For Bidding On Fountain's Assets Has Been Announced......

 

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com.................  In documents filed with the bankruptcy court of the Eastern District of North Carolina, a deadline of October 1, 2009 has been set for bids on the assets of Fountain Powerboat Industries.

 

As stated in court filings, the sale of the company's assets may bring in $6-8 million, qualified bids must be at a minimum of $6 million, and a deposit of $500,000.  Bids may not contain any contingencies to the effectiveness, validity, or binding nature of the bid.

 

The auction will be held in Washington, North Carolina on October 5, 2009, at 10 am.  A final hearing on the sale motion will be on October 9, 2009...........

 

Click here to read this news report

 

Lake of the Ozarks
     E. coli Levels High In The Lake..........

According to a news article from columbiamissourian.com................ The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) has reported the water samples taken from the Lake of the Ozarks contain high levels of the E. coli bacteria.

Of the fifty samples taken from the Lake this week, only the sample from Laurie Hollow, on the Osage Arm north of Missouri 5 had E. coli levels that exceed standards for swimming. Back in July, a sample from Laurie Hollow also tested high.

The MoDNR has been under fire this year for not releasing E. coli test results from May. Of the 60 samples taken, over half were high, and 2 of the samples were over 19 times higher. The results were released toward the end of June.

MoDNR reps stated the results were withheld due to concerns that harm would be done to tourism, and Lake businesses. The MoDNR later said that the report should have been readily available............
 


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

Boat Care News
     BoatU.S. Foundation Tests "Green" Boat Soaps With Surprising Results..


According to a news report from prweb.com................. The non-profit BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recently put 20 boat cleaners through the paces to determine the soap's toxicity, as well as how quickly the soap biodegrades.

Lab tests showed that some "green" soaps were in fact more harmful to the environment, and some conventional soaps were far less damaging that previously thought. Other findings were that some "green" products actually out-performed their conventional counterparts.

Also revealed are some tips on how to use the cleaners:

-reduce the need for boat cleaners by occasionally rinsing your boat fresh water.

-follow the manufacturer's instructions for dilution of the product

-boats soap should be used for general cleaning duties, and "spot clean" trouble areas, using the concentrated products sparingly...........

Click here to read this news report. With Video.

Click here to visit the BoatU.S. website.

Click here to read the entire BoatU.S. soap report. With Video.
 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Saturday - Sunday  12-13  September 2009    

The Mississippi River Trail
ParkPalooza.....

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Arch)


September 12th and 13th -

A fun-filled September event hosted at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the ARCH) in St. Louis. Designed for children and families, ParkPalooza® offers something for everyone. Listen to historic New Orleans jazz, walk the entire MRT, enjoy art, exhibits, performances, and much more!



This outdoor festival offers a broad variety of outdoor recreation experiences to enjoy.



Click here to go to the Mississippi River Trail website for more info
 

 

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
 

River Destinations: Quincy, Illinois
     Smoke On The River BBQ Contest This Weekend................

 


In a news article from connecttristates.com................ The Quincy Exchange Club's Smoke On The River will be on the Quincy Riverfront September 11 - 12.

BBQ contestants may begin checking in at 9 am on Friday. A steak cooking contest will be held at 6 pm, and a steak dinner will be available at 7 pm, with live music at 8 pm.

Saturday's festivities begin at 10 am, with booths, food and drink. and a kid's zone. BBQ tasting will run from 10 am - 3pm. BBQ contest judging will commence a 1 pm, and run until 4 - 5 pm, when judging is complete.

Saturday's live music will start a 3 pm, and run all day.............
 


Click here for more information.

 

 

US Coast Guard Photo

Combined Task Group 56.5


KUWAIT - U.S. Coast Guardsmen work together with U.S. Navy Sailors at the Kuwaiti Naval Base as a Combined Task Group 56.5 to provide port security operations in support of Third Army on September 5, 2009. Coast Guards deploy with Navy personnel, as a part of the Maritime Expeditionary Squadron under the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

(U.S. Navy photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Kim Harris)
 

Thursday

 10 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Picture of the Day

 

Drex Voss

Lake Superior to Baton Rouge

 

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day.........  was sent to us by Kevin Eddinger, who hails out of My River Home Marina.

 

 

Bill,

We met up with Drex above Winfield Dam on Monday on our way back from Hannibal , Mo. We also learned of his journey and fed this very hungry young man. Here are some pictures above the dam and locking through.

Kevin Eddinger
My River Home
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 ...... Were sent in by Kelsie Brown

 

Hey Bill,

 

Here is a few pictures
The first one is the sunset by Piasa Creek and the second one is the view of the bridge from Alton Marina. The third is a reflection of the bridge off the water!
 

It's starting to get cold I'm not to excited about it...
 

See ya later,

Kelsie Brown

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/9/09
Subject: GREEN BUOY OFF STATION IVO MM 163.5 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1881


USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0377-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF A GREEN BUOY OFF STATION AND NOT PROPERLY MARKING THE CHANNEL IVO MM 163.5 ILR. 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

September 9, 2009

IDNR Announces Special “Free Fishing Day”

No fishing license needed on September 19 at IDNR sites where fishing opportunities exist

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) wants to encourage families and children to wet a line this month. IDNR Director Marc Miller is declaring September 19, 2009 as a “Free Fishing Day” at state parks throughout Illinois.

Allowing children and adults to fish without a fishing license within the boundaries of state parks on September 19 is part of the celebration of “It’s Our River Day.” The day will highlight Illinois’ rivers and streams through conservation, education and recreation at over 50 events throughout the state

“We hope events like ‘It’s Our River Day’ will spark interest in our youth and introduce a new generation to the joy of fishing and the beauty of our state parks,” said Director Miller. “This is a great opportunity for mom and dad or grandma and grandpa to take their kids or grandkids fishing without having to pay for and obtain a fishing license for a day.”

The “Free Fishing Day” on September 19 applies to both Illinois residents and non-residents. Free fishing on that day will only be allowed within the boundaries of Illinois state parks, natural areas and wildlife areas where public fishing opportunities are available. For a list of state sites, visit the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us. The “Free Fishing Day” waiver of fishing license requirements on September 19 will not include fishing on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan or on river positions outside of Illinois state park boundaries.

IDNR also holds annual “Free Fishing Days” events each June throughout Illinois.

 

 

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

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

Missouri River At St. Louis
     Boaters Rescued After Being Stranded On The Water............


According to a news report from kmbc.com.............. Four boaters were rescued from the Missouri River in North St. Louis County early Wednesday morning.

The boaters were marooned after the engine aboard their vessel quit running on Tuesday evening. The boaters were stranded for seven hours.

Rescue workers were brought in around midnight, and the foursome was located close to an hour later. All four boaters were reported to be safe and sound................

Click here to read this news report.

 

US Army Corps of Engineers Photo

 

Lake Shelbyville

     Shelbyville, IL  breaks ground for new administration building/visitor center


September 8, 2009.....Community leaders, contractors and Corps of Engineer officials "turn dirt," symbolizing the first steps in constructing the new visitor center and administration building.
 

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The above info re-printed from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

Fishing News
     Cooler Temps This Summer Mean Smaller Fish.............



According to a news report from altondailynews.com................ Even though cooler temperatures made fishermen more comfortable in their boats, the temps also had another effect. Smaller fish.

The fisheries biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Frank Jakubicek, states that the fish going to be slightly smaller come fall, perhaps only by an inch.

With the close of summer, and the start of fall, Jakubicek stares that the best fishing of the year is now...............
 


Click here to read this article. With Audio.
 

Illinois River At Peoria, Illinois
    Over 160 People Embarked On The 2009 Illinois River Awareness Cruise..

 


According to a news article from centralillinoisproud.com............. The Spirit of Peoria shoved off with over 160 people aboard Wednesday morning, to view up close, the various projects that will improve the Illinois River.

Residents, along with representatives from the Tri-County Planning Commission and the Nature Conservancy participated in the annual cruise. Local residents were brought along to voice their concerns about the river.

Some of the topics addressed included sewage overflow, and the resultant bacteria, and sedimentation that causes navigational issues.............

Click here to read this news article.

 

Saturday - Sunday  12-13  September 2009    

Carlyle Lake
Whale of a Sail Regatta
Sept 12 & 13, 2009


Enjoy a mid summer regatta on Carlyle Lake hosted by the Carlyle Sailing Association. This fun filled weekend of good sailing will take place in Eldon Hazlet State Park at the Carlyle Sailing Association.

For more information call (618) 281-1165.
 

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

Missouri Waterways
   Number of Deaths Dropped This Summer

 

According to a news report on KMOX.......It's been a relatively safe summer on Missouri's waterways.


To date.....,

 

Twenty-three people have drowned in Missouri, compared to 42 people drowning in 2008.

 

Boating fatalities are down too -- from 17 in 2008 compared to 11 so far this year.

The spokesman for the Missouri Water Patrol stated that Missouri boaters and the boat operators appear to be more safety-conscious. More boaters are wearing their life jackets.

 

There was no major flooding in Missouri this year, which also contributed to the better numbers.

 

 The new boats are built to be safer also, with 6" high railings and more defined seating areas......

Click here to read this news report
 

 

RiverBill says... Thanks Capt'n Burrows for this news tip !

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.

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

Old Time Boat Photo
    
Trail-it-cruiser

Capt'n Matt Burrows sent us a link to a picture of a 1956 unusual trailer-boat photo.

It's called a 'trail-it-cruiser' that can be pulled along the highway like a house trailer.  When you get to the river....put it into the water and and you have an instant houseboat.

The craft sleeps four.... has a stove, ice box and toilet.

Click here and check it out !

 

Mercury Marine Updates
     Mercury Marine To Repay Oklahoma Tax Credits..............


In a news article from fox11online.com................. Since Mercury Marine is relocating it's Stillwater, Oklahoma operations to Wisconsin over the next two years, the company has announced that it will repay tax credit received from Oklahoma.

In the spring of 2008, Oklahoma state legislators approved investment tax credits as an incentive for Mercury to consolidate operations to Stillwater.

Mercury states that it will repay any benefits received, with interest by September 14, 2009..................

Click here to read this news article
 

New River Band.....

     MidLife Crisis

Hello River Bill..

 

We have a new river band ,,

Seems I have been jumping from one to another in order to find something good over the last year or two but John Lupton and I have joined up with some new guys called Midlife Crises and will be playing the Baha Rock Club on the 18th of Sept and thought you might want to come check out the band,, here is the web site, www.Myspace.com/mlcrocks2

 

and here is my address . http://www.myspace.com/jackpdrums,

 

We will be at KJ’s in Portage on Oct. 3rd check out the show dates..

 

hope to see ya…

Jack Perry..
 

 

 

RiverBill says... Most have heard Jack and John Lupton play with the Sharks!

Fon du Lac Proposes Incentives For Mercury Marine...........

In a news report from fox23.com............. Officials from the city of Fon du Lac, as well as the county of Fon du Lac have offered Mercury Marine up to $50 million in loans and incentives.

The incentive money may be used for research and development, land acquisition for future expansion, or to assist with the moving of operations from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The incentive plan offers credits for each job created or retained, and penalties for jobs cut,

City and County officials will be voting on the incentive package later this week.............

Click here to read this news report.

 

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
 

River Destinations, Hannibal, Missouri
     Hannibal Has Successful Tourism Season In 2009..............


In a news story from news-leader.com.................. During the 2008 tourism season, Hannibal was battling floods. But during a recession, Hannibal's tourism business rebounded for 2009.

The Mark Twain Cave, downtown businesses, and the riverboat all reported brisk business.

The results are believed to be from an aggressive ad campaign aimed at St. Louisans. Even though the traditional tourism season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the campaign will continue through October.

Click here to read this news story.
 

US Coast Guard Photo

 

Little Egg Inlet rescue


LITTLE EGG INLET, N.J. - The Coast Guard rescued two people aboard a 40-foot boat near Little Egg Inlet, N.J., after receiving a call from a member of Tow Boat U.S. reporting a 40-foot boat had run aground and was taking on water Monday, Sep. 7, 2009. A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on scene and hoisted the two people aboard the helicopter and transported them to the air station where they were transferred to awaiting medical personnel.

(Photo courtesy/Ocean Air Support Squadron)

 


 

Wednesday

 09 September 2009

  Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

Welcome New Advertiser !

 North Shore Ice and Fuel Is Open

Jeff and Laura Olson are taking over the gas dock and river convenience store at North Shore Marina.  

They are open for business this holiday weekend with a limited inventory.....gas, ice, water & soda, and a few other items. Beer and cigarettes to follow.
Welcome aboard Jeff and Laura

 

Picture of the Day

 

Lake Superior to Baton Rouge

 

 

The Picture of the Day.........  was sent to us by Debbie House, of RiverBend Marina.

 

Bill

Jeff & I stopped and talked to this young man last night (Sun). His name is Drex Voss. He is 24 years old. Drex and his father were going to take a river trip after he graduated from college. Drex lost his father to Diabetes two days before he graduated. He decided to take the river trip himself for Diabetes of America.

 

Drex started his trip on July 24th from Lake Superior and is heading to Baton Rouge . This was his father’s canoe and was used last in 1979.

 

Drex..if you get to see this, send us an update on your journey.


Debbie House

RiverBend Marina
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 ...... Were sent in by Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat .... Last Call

 

 

Bill,
We were anchored in "4th" Chute on Sunday. This boat passed us and happened to get caught in a "fish storm". These fish don't seem to bother our boat too much but these guys just got pelted. After reading the article about the young man that had his jaw broken by one of these fish, I hoped that the guys on this boat were all OK.

Valerie Aulabaugh
Last Call

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/9/09
Subject: GREEN BUOY OFF STATION IVO MM 163.5 ILR
NAVNOTICE # 1881


USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0377-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
THE COAST GUARD HAS RECEIVED A REPORT OF A GREEN BUOY OFF STATION AND NOT PROPERLY MARKING THE CHANNEL IVO MM 163.5 ILR. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH CAUTION
 

 

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/8/09
Subject: SHOALING IVO MM 133 MOR
NAVNOTICE # 1876


USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0374-09 UM
MISSOURI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING IVO MM 133 MOR. A M/V BUMPED BOTTOM MID CHANNEL AT THIS LOCATION WITH AN 8 FT DRAFT ON THE 03 SEP 09. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO FOLLOW THE MARKED CHANNEL TO AVOID LOW WATER AND TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME 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: Jefferson City

Fatality Free Weekend on the Water for Labor Day 2009 - Continued Boating Safety Vigilance a Must as Weather Cools Down



For the second year in a row the Missouri Water Patrol reports no fatalities on Missouri's waterways over the holiday weekend. There were six injuries reported over Labor Day weekend stemming from boat accidents. Cooler temperatures over the holiday may have played a contributing role in the low fatality numbers.

Fatalities as a whole have been lower in 2009 than in recent years. Missouri has recorded almost half as many drownings in 2009, year to date, as seen in both 2008 and 2007 on state waterways. There have been 23 drownings statewide year to date compared with 44 in both 2008 and 2007. Deaths from boat accidents are also down in 2009 significantly from 2008. There have been 11 boating fatalities year to date compared with 17 boating fatalities year to date in 2008.

As the weather cools boating traffic will be dominated by sportsmen out for the purposes of hunting and fishing. It is even more important to keep boating safety foremost in the mind when doing these activities as it is easy for these participants to be distracted by these sporting activities. All boaters need to have emergency plans established ahead of time in order to ensure survival of an unexpected boating emergency. As the peak boating season has passed us by it is no time to become lax with safe boating practices. In fact, with fewer boats on the water it is even more important for boaters to be vigilant in their safe boating practices. Ensure your boat is in good working order before heading out and allow for the earlier sunset time and cooler night temperatures.



News Release ID: N07090165
Release Date: 20090908

 

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The above reprinted from the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Dead Fish Everywhere

    Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge....

 

According to theTelegraph.com........This year's pollution and smell caused by all the dead and rotting fish in the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge will not happen again per the refuge manager.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service periodically drains the lakes in the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge.  This leaves thousands of dead and rotting fish..... and many of those are being pumped into the nearby confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers !

 

Large screens are usually place in front of the pumps to keep the dead fish from going through them and into the river.  This year the screens were not used and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service did not anticipate the large numbers of fish being in Swan lake.

 

Click here to read this news story

RiverBill says ----- Thanks Matt Burrows for the River News Tip

Pool 26 Water Levels....

 

Hey Bill,

I have emailed the Army Corps of Engineers to find out why the river is soo low. They have yet to give me a good answer. They tell me it's at normal pool. I know it's about two feet below normal. Everyone I talk to are having a hard time getting out of the harbors.

 

My cruiser is stuck in the marina, WTF. I was wondering what you could find out.

Steve Francis
South Shore

 

 

Valley Sailing's Governor’s Cup

    October 3 and 4



Hi and thanks for your great web page.

Please add Valley Sailings Governor’s Cup to your calendar on October 3 and 4. Entry form is at www.valleysailing.org

Barry Munsell

 

 

 

RiverBill says... The Govenor's Cup has been added to our calendar

The Boat Test !

 

Ed Shahan, of Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm, sent us a link to a boat test video....... Watch this one.....

 

Click here here and watch Bubba take his boat to the river.

 

Arrgh Matey !

   Keep your bloody anchor right where its at....

 

Talk Like A River Pirate Day,

Saturday,  Sept 19th

 

 

Click here.... for more information mate !  Arrgh !

 

       

River History....

 

September 9, 2002 in River History

Marathon swimmer Martin Strel completed his swim of the entire length of the Mississippi on September 9, 2002 .
2,360 miles in 68 days….. this was the new Guinness world record.

 

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

Saturday 12  September 2009    

Palisades Yacht Club's

Redneck Fishing Tournament

Click here for more information

 

 

From 2008.....

     How to Hack A Lock

If you use a combination lock at the river to lock up your dock box, boat cabin or anything else of value take a minute and watch this video on how to hack open a combination lock using a cut up soda can.

.......Click here and check out this video.

 

Someone please try it  and let us all know if it works !

From The Dream Boat Files
     Porsche Designs $58 Million Yacht.............


According to a news story from telegraph.com.uk................. Porsche has lent their design savvy to the yachting world, with the RFF135, a 135 foot luxury catamaran commissioned for yacht builder Royal Falcon Fleet.

Called a spacecraft on water, the ship boasts a floorplan that covers more than 5,000 square feet, and can accommodate 10 passengers as well as 10 crew. The vessel is propelled by twin MTU V-16 diesels, each cranking out 4,600 horsepower. Top speed is expected to be around 40 mph.

This yacht is the second foray into nautical design for Porsche. The first was the dolphin-like "Kineo" speedboat that launched in 1987.

.The RFF135 is currently under construction, with an expected launch date in the fourth quarter of 2010.................

Click here to read this news story. With Photo.

Click here to visit the Royal Falcon Fleet Website.

 

Mercury Marine Update

    Mercury Marine Committed To Wisconsin In Wake Of Union Vote........

According to a news story from tradeonlytoday.com...............  Since Mercury Marine has approved a union contract with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), the company will begin to transfer work from Stillwater, Oklahoma to the facility in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin within the next 18 - 24 months.

Mercury states that the company will put together, and enact a plan that will balance the needs of employees, the surrounding community, as well as the company.

Both IAMAW and Mercury Marine had announced that a labor agreement was reached last Friday, when the union voted to accept the previously rejected contract............

Click here to read this news story.

 

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

 

The Station Bodega Bay rescues boaters


TIMBER COVE, Calif. - Lifeguards from Sonoma County approach a capsized boat after The Coast Guard rescued five people from their capsized boat Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard was notified by Sonoma County Sheriffs of the capsized 12-foot aluminum boat. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matt Duffy)

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry G. Dunphy, U.S. Coast Guard.

 



 

Tuesday

8 September 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

Welcome New Advertiser !

 North Shore Ice and Fuel Is Open

Jeff and Laura Olson are taking over the gas dock and river convenience store at North Shore Marina.  

They are open for business this holiday weekend with a limited inventory.....gas, ice, water & soda, and a few other items. Beer and cigarettes to follow.
Welcome aboard Jeff and Laura

Another of a Historical Photo Series

From Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum

 

The Golden Eagle Ferry

1955

Engine Room

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Golden Eagle Ferry .....
 

While most of the yachts flittin' around these days are powered by GM 6-71 or GM 8V-7l diesels, this is the monstrous Caterpillar D315 engine that developed 60 hp. to power the old sternwheel ferry GOLDEN EAGLE. This photo shows the flywheels, pulleys, cables, wiring, doodads, doohickeys and thingamajigs necessary to keep this engine operating. Every 15 minutes or so, or however long it took to get across from one side of the river to the other, several backing and ahead changes were needed to get the ferry into the proper position to load and unload cars. All of these changes took their toll on the clutch and engine.

 

Note the ever-present oil can on the bulkhead to the left of the exhaust stack. While many of you would shudder at the appearance of this engine, don't forget this was a working gal, not a pleasure boat
 

Dan Owen

 

 

Click here for a picture of the Golden Eagle Ferry in 1955

 

This is the 3rd in a historical series of photos of the Golden Eagle Ferry from Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum.  Visit Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum  ...click here

 

 

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

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ...... was sent in by Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club in the cruiser...."After You".... 

 

Boat Shaped Dock Box !

 

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

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/7/09
Subject: DREDGING OPERATIONS IVO MM 125 UMR
NAVNOTICE # 1875


USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0370-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 125.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 15 SEP 2009. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT DREDGE AMERICA ON VHF-FM CHANNELS 8,13, OR 16 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL 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.....

 

  1. P-2734: Central Stone Company requests Section 10 authorization to excavate up to 2,000 cubic yards of accumulated river deposits around an existing barge loading terminal. The excavated material would be disposed at the applicant's existing upland, contained quarry. The activity site is located in Pike County, Illinois, at approximate Illinois River Mile 67.2. The public notice comment period opens on September 9th and closes on September 29, 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

New Mississippi River Bridge At St. Louis
     Possible Construction Delays...............


According to a news report from fox2now.com.................. A minority contractor advocacy group, MOKAN, is threatening to delay the start of construction on the new bridge spanning the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

MOKAN states that too few minority owned businesses are getting stimulus money, and that these businesses will be overlooked when if is time to award the construction contracts.

MoDOT and IDOT are appealing to the U.S. Transportation Secretary for waivers allowing them to separate applications from minority and woman owned businesses. Currently, woman and minority owned businesses are categorized together, and MOKAN states that woman owned businesses are receiving a larger portion of the contracts.................

Click here to read this news report
 

Happy Birthday Little John !

     John,

     Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!

                                   Love you always
                                   Theresa

 

Happy Birthday Capt'n Carl Tiemann !

     Carl's Birthday was this past weekend........  Happy Birthday Carl !

 

                                                           From All Your River Friends

 

Lake Springfield...

     66 Lb Blue Cat Caught and Released

 

According to a news article on Prairie StateOutdoors.com........Angler, John Bowling , caught and released a 66-pound blue catfish on Aug. 21 at Lake Springfield, IL.

 

Click here and check out the picture.....

 

Bluebell Lakes

     Peterborough, England

     Benson the Giant Carp Has Died

 

According to a news article on the SoundingsOnline.com........  Benson was a giant carp who made her home in Kingfisher Lake in Peterborough, England.

Quite a few local angles have caught her over the years and then released her to grow some more..

 

She was brought to the lake in 1995 when she was just 20 pounds.  The giant carp was first landed in April 1996, weighing in at 33 pounds and then again in March 1997 at 36 pounds. The last time she was caught and released, the fish weighed 64-pounds...  The local anglers loved the giant carp.

 

Benson was found floating on the lake on July 28.  She died a natural death.

Click here to read this news story with photo's and video

 

Mississippi River

    Arkansas
    Scientists Attempt To Increase Paddlefish Populations......


According to a news article from thecabin.net................... While many people may not be able to identify a paddlefish, commercial fishing for them does exist in Arkansas. And efforts to increase their population are underway.

Paddlefish earn their name from heir large snout, called a rostrum. The fish is also called a spoonbill catfish. but this is misleading, as the paddlefish is not a catfish, nor related to them. However, there is a resemblance, since both catfish and paddlefish have skin versus scales.

Although, paddlefish are found in many of Arkansas' major waterways, including the Mississippi River, not much is known about them. Anglers are not likely to capture them with a conventional hook and line, but rather by snagging.

An effort to raise paddlefish is underway at the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery, where after reaching a certain size, the paddlefish are released into the wild.............

Click here to read this news article.
 

River History....

September 8, 1974 in Snake River History -

 

Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River in Idaho, riding in a specially constructed rocket powered "Skycycle."


He rode the "Skycycle" across the quarter mile wide gorge, but the parachute malfunctioned and the strong winds blew the "Skycycle" back into the canyon. He landed just a few feet from the swirling river in which he would have surely drowned.

 

 

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.

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Bill,


Would you please post our pig roast at Woodland Marina (Woodland Stock)?
Tim Woodson will be playing around 5:00 to 6:00. Everyone is welcome they
will need chairs and BYOB. Come by car or boat.

Thanks,
Doug and Leslie Woods
Joe and Christy Grygiel
Rick Phillips and Christa Leone
 

Lake of the Ozarks

     National Guard and Water Patrol Stage Terrorist Training Exercise

According to a new report from LakeExpo.com................. The Missouri National Guard and the Missouri State Water Patrol staged a joint training exercise on  Sept. 1-3 where a  houseboat anchored at Lake of the Ozarks State Park was setup to mimic a terrorist lab.

 

Speed boats, Hazmat suits, SWAT snipers in the woods, speed boats and barrels containing chemicals to make Chloropicrin, a type of sedating agent that causes severe respiratory distress, the National Guard, the Water patrol, mobile laboratory, decontamination station.

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

Click here to view photos of the exercise......

 

RiverBill says.... A Big Muddy ...Thank You goes out to Capt'n Ken Goode for this News Tip !
 

Mississippi River
     New Port District For Northwestern Illinois Counties .................


According to a new report from thonline.com................. Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn has signed a bill that creates the Upper Mississippi River International Port District.

 

The newly formed Illinois corporation named the "Great River International Group, Ltd." will concentrate on "encouraging and facilitating economic growth" and will showcase the northwest portion of Illinois as a good business environment.

A five member commission will govern the port district, and goals specific to the district will be established upon the appointing of the governing members..........

Click here to read this news report.
 

Please check our website www.sundownersstl.com

 

 

Boat Manufacturer News
     Boston Whaler And Raymarine Team Up.............

In a news report from tradeonlytoday.com................ Boston Whaler has named Raymarine the exclusive electronics supplier for their vessels.

Raymarine electronics suites are now factory-installed options on 18 Boston Whaler 2010 models. Included with these options are three years worth of warranty coverage from both Raymarine, and Whaler.

The first Whaler model that features Raymarine electronics is the largest Whaler ever, the 370 Outrage. It will be equipped with 2 Raymarine C140W displays, DSM300 HD digital; radar. and the ST70 X-30 autopilot.

Click here to read this news report.

Click here to visit the Boston Whaler website.

Click here to visit the Raymarine 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

 

The 11 migrants


SAN DIEGO -- A boat used in suspected illegal migrant smuggling is tied to a pier at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009. The Coast Guard Cutter Petrel's crew intercepted 11 suspected migrants in the 20-foot, California-registered boat and coordinated with the Department of Homeland Security's Maritime Task Force to take them into custody.

 

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry G. Dunphy, U.S. Coast Guard.

 

 



 

It's Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, Sunday, Monday

5, 6, 7 September 2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

Updated Mon Sept 7 at 6:00AM

Welcome New Advertiser !

 North Shore Ice and Fuel Is Open

Jeff and Laura Olson are taking over the gas dock and river convenience store at North Shore Marina.  

They are open for business this holiday weekend with a limited inventory.....gas, ice, water & soda, and a few other items. Beer and cigarettes to follow.
Welcome aboard Jeff and Laura

 

Picture of the Day

Monday... Labor Day

Heading To the Loading Dock !

 

The Picture of the Day.........  was sent in by Capt'n Carl Tiemann, who hails out of Woodland marina in the cruiser... The Krystal Lady. 

 

   It's a picture f Mary Beth and the sun set taken with Carl's cell phone as they were heading to the Loading Dock on Sunday evening to hear the Phins play !
 

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Lake Ozarks....Shootout

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day.........  is from Jon & Kelley Klipp of Sundowner's fame !

 

Bill,

Heres a pic of of the river crew joined by lake friends at the Boat Races at
the Lake John & Kelley of Sundowners & Burt & Renee of Eagles Landing.
 

John & Kelley

Sundowners
 

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

White Trash Bash ~ Peoria, IL

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day.........  are from Capt'n Gare who hails out of the Ivy Club in Peoria, IL.......

 

 

 

Bill,

Here's a few pics of the annual white trash bash at Paradice Beach, East Peoria. It was a few weeks back when we actually had a "hot" weekend. Three DJs on the house boat "Nauti Dancer" kept everyone entertained.

 

Still looking forward to getting down river sometime. We're thinking we need to make it the weekend of the Jamaica Daze in '10. need someone to let us know the date........please.


Capt Gare
IVY Club
Peoria, IL

 

 

 

 

River Bill Says.... Party On.... Peoria !
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Monday

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ...... was from Capt'n Steve Nonn.  It's a great sunset he took with his camera phone.  

 

What A Sunset !

 

Hey Bill

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

Steve Nonn

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 ...... was from Susan Cutler. She sent us some pictures of a couple of wakeboarders showing off their stuff !

 

 

Hi Bill!  

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

 

THANKS

 

Susan Cutler

Cutty’s Ark

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 ...... was the 2005 Jamaica Daze Poster.....A picture is worth a thousand words and this says it all.  Yah Mon !..........

Photo by Marty Henderson 


Updated Mon Sept 7 at 5:30AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/6/09
Subject: MM 8.3 ILR (BUOY MISSING)
NAVNOTICE # 1872


WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0367-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0367-09 UM
ILLINOIS RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED A REPORT THAT THE SIX MILE ISLAND DAYBEACON
(LLNR 8090) AT MM 8.3 ILR IS MISSING. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO
EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THIS AREA.

 

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

 

 

Updated Mon Sept 7 at 5:30AM

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090162

 Falls Within Boat  - Lake Ozarks - 09/06/2009

Location:

     1 MM Gravois Arm  
Summary : 

Boat 1 jumped a wake and landed awkwardly. Passenger suffered broken ankle

Boat Type : 

2003 Polaris PWC

 

 

Click here to check out all the News Releases on the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Updated Mon Sept 7 at 6:00AM

Piasa Harbor.....

 

  Tom Fisher sent us an e-mail, dated Sept 6, 209, that the Mississippi River is so low that they can not get out of Piasa Harbor !

    

Updated Mon Sept 7 at 5:30AM

New Orleans' Steamboat Natchez

     Last Cruising Steam Powered Paddlewheeler............

According to a news article from associatedcontent.com............... While the steamboat Natchez is the last steam powered paddlewheeler to ply the Mississippi River, there are two ways to enjoy the experience of being a passenger. Either the 2 hour harbor cruise by day, or the dinner jazz cruise at night.

The daytime cruise includes narrated sightseeing, and a buffet style lunch. If you are in the neighborhood at 10:45 am of 2 pm, you will be treated to steam calliope concerts.

The dinnertime jazz cruise runs from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, and includes buffet style dining, live jazz music, and excellent views of the city. Reservations are recommended..........

Click here to read this news article. With Photo.

Click here to visit the Steamboat Natchez website.
 

Updated Mon Sept 7 at 5:30AM

Mississippi River Destinations
     Illinois' Great River Road Along The Mississippi Has Much To Offer.....

According to a news story from associatedcontent.com............... Whether you traverse the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton by boat, auto, bike, or just plain hoofing it, the Great River Road has lots to offer.

Starting in Alton, there is a monument to the Lincoln Douglas debate, not to mention a visitor's center, and several restaurants. Further up-river, comes the Piasa bird, and the bed and breakfasts of Elsah. Then, the summer mecca of Raging Rivers Water Park.

Grafton has many hotels, shops, restaurants, and ferries. Just north of Grafton, is Pierre Marquette State Park, where besides fine dining, and accommodations, one can view Eagles, and other displays. The best time to visit is the fall and winter months; reservation are recommended far in advance..............

Click here to read this news story.
 

Mississippi River At Herculaneum, Missouri
     Fishing Boat Capsizes, One Dead..............


According to a news report from fox2now.com................. After crossing the Mississippi River from Herculaneum to go fishing, two men were thrown into the River after the vessel they were in capsized.

Only one of the men survived.

The surviving fisherman swam to shore, with his buddy in tow. He then proceeded to call for help. The victim's name has not been released.............

Click here to read this news report. With video

 

River Bill says....

Thanks Capt'n Greg Moore, who hails out of Grafton Harbor, for the river news tip

Thanks to Matt Burrows for this river news tip !

 

Lake of the Ozarks

    

Cheapest gas......
According to a news report from LakeExpo.com................. The cheapest gas this weekend at Lake of the Ozarks is at Lake at King’s Pointe Gas Dock!

 

$2.64/gallon after cash & quantity discounts (reg. $2.89).......Click here

 

 

Fishing Report

Largemouth striking buzz baits and plastics... Click here

 

(From Thursday's edition)

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

 

 

 

          Illinois Department of Natural Resources                             
For Immediate Release

September 2, 2009

I
IDNR Conservation Police Announce Increased Enforcement Detail this Labor Day Weekend
CPO efforts to focus on impaired boat/automobile operators


SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police officers (CPOs) will step up patrol efforts on Illinois waters and in and around state parks this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7.

The Illinois Conservation Police has received more than $150,000 in state grant funding to combat motor vehicle driving under the influence (DUI) and boater operating under the influence (OUI) offenses.

CPOs will be present on lakes and rivers throughout Illinois looking for impaired operators, erratic operation and ensuring that proper safety equipment is present -- especially lifejackets. They will also be looking for impaired drivers on surrounding roadways.

In addition to OUI and DUI enforcement at state parks and boat access areas, Conservation Police officers also focus on traffic safety through enforcement of speeding and seat belt laws.

“Our officers are not out to spoil anyone’s ‘good time’ – they’re out there to help secure it,” said Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “If you’re acting responsibly and lawfully, you may not even notice our officers are out there.”

Last year’s Labor Day enforcement activity netted 33 arrests for operating under the influence and nine arrests for driving under the influence.

“Whether it’s on the water or on the road, our officers do a great job of keeping the public safe. I urge everyone to act responsibly this Labor Day weekend and have a great holiday,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.


“We are working closely with State Police, and local law enforcement agencies statewide to help save lives and drive our message home – You Drink and Drive, You Lose,” said Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “We think the message is clear and hope that everyone whether driving or boating will have a safe yet enjoyable weekend and do what is right to save lives.”

There have been 25 boating related fatalities on Illinois waters this Federal Fiscal Year (FFY), which runs October 1 through September 30. That’s 12 more than the previous FFY in Illinois.

There were 1,034 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2008 according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics.
 

 

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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

River History....

 

September 5, 1856 in River History

The “Great White Arabia" sank on the Missouri River on Sept. 5, 1856 after hitting a jagged sycamore snag at Quindaro Bend, when she was less than one hour out of Kansas City. Ten minutes after hitting the snag she lay at the bottom of the Missouri River.
Since that area of the river was shallow at the time the upper decks stayed above the water. This allowed for the escape of all passengers and crew. The only casualty was a mule that was tied on the aft lower deck.
The steamboat was 188 feet long and had been operating on the Missouri River for only three years. She carried 130 passengers and some 200 tons of freight when she went down.

 

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Bill,


Would you please post our pig roast at Woodland Marina (Woodland Stock)?
Tim Woodson will be playing around 5:00 to 6:00. Everyone is welcome they
will need chairs and BYOB. Come by car or boat.

Thanks,
Doug and Leslie Woods
Joe and Christy Grygiel
Rick Phillips and Christa Leone
 

Mississippi River

   Quincy, IL

   Smoke on the River
 

 

BBQ Contest on the Mississippi. Watch amateurs & professionals, live bands and some of the best barbeque around.


Date/ Sept 11-12
 

www.smokeontheriver.net

Mercury Marine Update
     IAMAW Approves Contract 2nd Time Around..............


According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com................. After weeks of discussions, and several union votes, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), has finally approved Mercury Marine's "Best and Final" contract.

Had the union not approved the contract, Mercury was poised to start relocating operations from Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, to Stillwater, Oklahoma.

As a result of the vote, work will be consolidated from the Stillwater facility to the Fon du Lac facility. Tax incentives offered by Wisconsin may even add 600 jobs for the Badger state..............

Click here to read this news report.
 

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


 

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

04 September  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

Welcome New Advertiser !

 North Shore Ice and Fuel Is Open

Jeff and Laura Olson are taking over the gas dock and river convenience store at North Shore Marina.  

They are open for business this holiday weekend with a limited inventory.....gas, ice, water & soda, and a few other items. Beer and cigarettes to follow.
Welcome aboard Jeff and Laura

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day.........  Jessica Behnke sent us some pictures that she took a few weeks ago.

 

 

RiverBill says... Thanks Jessica !. 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

What A Sunset !

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 ...... were from our very own Sherri Stanczak !   
 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/3/09
Subject: Shoaling at MM 133 Missouri River
NAVNOTICE # 1867


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0362-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0362-09 UM
MISSOURI RIVER
THE COAST GUARD RECEIVED A REPORT OF SHOALING IVO MM 133 MOR. A M/V BUMPED BOTTOM MID CHANNEL AT THIS LOCATION WITH AN 8 FT DRAFT ON THE 03 SEP 09. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THE AREA WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

 

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 9/3/09
Subject: MM 298.0 UMR - Dredging
NAVNOTICE # 1866


UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED AT MM 298.0 UMR AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE DREDGE GOETZ ON VHF-FM CHANNEL'S 13, 14, 16 OR 82, 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TRANSITING THE AREA FOR PASSING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL 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.....

 

  1. P-2734: Central Stone Company requests Section 10 authorization to excavate up to 2,000 cubic yards of accumulated river deposits around an existing barge loading terminal. The excavated material would be disposed at the applicant's existing upland, contained quarry. The activity site is located in Pike County, Illinois, at approximate Illinois River Mile 67.2. The public notice comment period opens on September 9th and closes on September 29, 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

SeaRay has AquaPalooza.........

 

Bill:

FYI

As you know, each year SeaRay has AquaPalooza events at various water venues all over the U.S. One is always the "Signature" event. Last year (2008) the signature Event was at Lake of the Ozarks. This year Alton Marina hosted one.

This Friday, September 4, Country Music Televsion (CMT) will televise a program called: AquaPalooza on Lake Martin . It's a 90 minute concert. Start time is 7 PM Central Time.

If you love country music, it's ideal for you. If not, turn down the volume and watch the boats and activities!

Larry Demko
 

Missouri Online Boating Safety Course.........

 

Take the Missouri Boating Safety Course and Exam on-line.

 

The official boating safety course developed for the Missouri State Water Patrol. This safe boating course lets you get your Missouri Boating Safety Certification Card online so that you can comply with Missouri boater education law......Click here

 

Send Us Your News Tip !
 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip. 

 

E-mail it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

Use your cell phone if it's setup for e-mail.

 

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)  

72 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits; blue catfish good on cut baits; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/3/2009)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

76 degrees, rising, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbait; black bass fair on crankbaits; bluegill fair on worms; carp good on doughbait; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/3/2009)
 

Meramec River (below Eureka)

76 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbait; black bass fair on crankbaits; crappie slow; bluegill fair on worms; all other species fair on natural baits. (Report made on 9/3/2009)

 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

71 degrees, high, muddy; drum good on nightcrawlers; smallmouth bass fair on red shad curlytails; all other species slow.

(Report made on 9/3/2009)

 

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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/

Lake of the Ozarks

     Former Deputy Director of Missouri DNR Official Takes Blame for

    Withholding E. coli Report


According to a news report in Lake Expo.com........Joe Bindbeutel,a former Missouri Department of Natural Resources official, has taken the responsibility for withholding a report showing high bacteria levels at Lake of the Ozarks last May.

"It was a mistake," said Bindbeutel. He had met with the governor's office three times last June and it was on the last meeting, on June 23, that he brought up the E. coli issue from May.

Click here to read this news report

 

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


 

Mississippi River

     Lock and Dan 10
     Ceremony Celebrates Completion Of Lock Upgrade Project.............


According to a news report from thonline.com.................... A ceremony was held Thursday in Guttenberg, Iowa, marking the completion of a renovation project at the Lock and Dam No. 10.

Lock and Dam No. 10 has been operational since 1937, and it underwent major renovations from July 2005 through July 2008. Major upgrades included a new control center, and mechanical upgrades.

This was a portion of a $3 million program, Major Maintenance/Major Rehabilitation. The repair project was to repair and upgrade Locks and Dams No. 2 through No. 10. The project came about after studies from April 1983 - March 1994 pointed out ways to reduce the amount of electrical and mechanical failures, repair the deterioration of structural members, and reduce dike overtopping...............

Click here to read this news report.
 

Mississippi River Boating Advisory
     Boaters Asked To Avoid Burlington's Shoreline..............


In a news report from thehawkeye.com................ With the upcoming Labor Day holiday upon us, officials are asking recreational boaters to avoid the Burlington, Iowa shoreline close to the BNSF Railroad Bridge.

The reason that Burlington Public Works officials have issued the warning is that there was an untreated sewage leak discovered on August 18.

The warning states that boaters use caution within 4500 feet of the Burlington shoreline, and recreational boaters beware along the shoreline within 4500 feet south of the BNSF Railroad Bridge.................

Click here to read this news report.

 

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

03 September  2009

 

 Over 2.4 Million Visitors Strong !

  

River News Flash !

For a new way to find out about river conditions, what's happening and where its at, plus money saving offers on fuel food and fun simply TEXT the word RIVER to the number 41513

 

Polestar Marina

*standard txt msg rates may apply...

Welcome New Advertiser !

 North Shore Ice and Fuel

Jeff and Laura Olson are taking over the gas dock and river convenience store at North Shore Marina.  

They are hoping to be open for business this holiday weekend with a limited inventory.....gas, ice, water & soda, and a few other items. Beer and cigarettes to follow.
Welcome aboard Jeff and Laura

 

Picture of the Day

 

The Nina and the Pinta

at Grafton

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day.........  Are from Capt'n Ron

 

Bill...

I hail out of Northshore Marina in the boat "Second Chance". Yesterday I took a ride to the Loading Dock to see the ships, here are a few pics of them. Feel free to use any you like.

Ron South

 

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The Nina and Pinta ............

According to a news story from bnd.com......... As a flood prevention measure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the water levels on the Mississippi River near Alton. This kept the two 15th-century Columbus ships from docking there as planned. The ships have 7-foot and 7.5-foot "drafts.

 

 

 Now they are in Grafton, moored in front of the Loading Dock.  Self guided tours are available through the weekend.

Tour times will be 9 am - 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday at The Loading Dock at Grafton...........

Click here for more information.

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Parasailing !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2005 ...... was of a parasailer in front of Iowa Island sent in by Captain Darryll Weil.


 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

 

News Release N07090160

 Grounding - Missouri River - 09/02/09

Location:

    18MM, Black Jack, Mo
Summary : 

THE PASSENGER RELEASED THE ANCHOR BEFORE THE OPERATOR HAD THE ENGINE STARTED. THE BOAT FLOATED DOWNSTREAM AND WAS LODGED ON A WING DAM.

Boat Type:

    16' UTILITY QUACHITA

Boat Owner       

    Arron Gutermuth, 1/14/1981, O'Fallon, Mo

Passenger      

    Corey Gutermuth, 6/5/1987, St. Charles, Mo

 


 

 

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