~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
December 2009

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

It's New Years Eve !

 

Thursday

 

 31 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

The Sun is Setting on 2009

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day .......is of a golden river sunset symbolizing the end of another year.
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008......  was a shot of the sun going down over a frozen backwater slough near the Golden Eagle Ferry landing on the Missouri side of the river.

 

Happy New Year from RiverBill's

and

Thanks for logging on !

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale ..... Z260 Mariah 98 Model


Super Nice Express Cruiser & An Excellent River Boat!

7.4 MPI Bravo III 300 HR, Sleeps 4, A/C / Reverse Heat, 2500 Watt Inverter, Full Shower/Head, Head Microwave, Stove, AC/DC Refrigerator, Flat Panel TV, DVD, VCR,
Twin Cabin/Cockpit AM/FM, CD, Lots of Storage Room, Bimini Top/Cockpit and Full Storage Cover, VHF Radio, Garmin Color GPS/Sonar/Remote Spotlight, Trim Tabs, 80 Gallon Fuel Tank, 25 Gallon Water System, Also Includes Custom Prestige Trailer!

Click on pic to enlarge         

Boat In Year Around Storage

 

360 Hrs.

Email  jlittle@hosicks.com, or call at (618) 283-0475.
New Price For 2010

$29,000 Firm

 

 

 

To View This and Other Featured Boats ....Click Here


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

 

River News !  

 

 

RiverBill is on Vacation........


RiverBill is on vacation until about the 20th of January. RiverBill"s will be up and running everyday, but it will be an abbreviated version.

 

Sorry we can't accept any Classified Ads during this time period or changes to existing ads. 

 

Thanks for Logging On....

 

See ya on the river,

Bill

 


Navigation Notices ......


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

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....
 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website for latest news releases .....

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

 

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Click here for Big Muddy's Entertainment Calendar

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

New Mississippi River Bridge Update

    It's Official.......The Contract Has Been Awarded.....

 

According to a news report from ksdk.com.........  At a special meeting on Wednesday, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission made a unanimous decision to award the contract for the main span of the New Mississippi River Bridge project. 

 

The contract was awarded to the low bidder, at $229.5 million.  This bid was submitted by a joint venture between Alberici Corporation, of St. Louis, Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, and Indiana-based Traylor Bros. Inc.  The bid was nearly $40 million over budget.

 

Funds to cover the difference will come from savings from the overall project, bond savings, in addition to $11 million that was left over from the I-64 project..........

 

Click here to read this news report.  With Photo.

 

 

Asian Carp Update

    Wisconsin Has Joined Carp Battle......

 

According to a news article from jsonline.com...........  Wisconsin is the latest to join the multi-state lawsuit against Illinois, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt the progression of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

 

Wisconsin has joined Minnesota and Ohio in support of Michigan's effort to reopen an almost century old Supreme Court case challenging the legality of Chicago's diversion of Great Lakes water.

 

The roots of this case are from the '20s, and it is technically still open.  In 1967, the Supreme Court assigned a water diversion cap of 2.1 billion gallons per day; and at the same time stated that if adjoining states could could show that the diversion is causing them harm, the case may be reopened..............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

Follow the progress of Jake's  on his trip around the great loop.

 

Daily Blog http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

Website..  http://www.portagetoportage.com/
Current location ...click here
 

 

  Featured Boat 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Boat Manufacturer

    Cigarette Racing Team "In High Gear".........

 

Skip Braver, president and CEO of Cigarette Racing Team has stated that the 150,000 square foot Cigarette factory is working in "high gear".

 

Since production is ramping up, the company has hired 19 employees, some of which were brought back following last year's lay-offs, and some are new hires........

 

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

 

Cigarette manufactures custom V bottom powerboats in sizes ranging from 38 to 50 feet...........

 

        Click here to visit the Cigarette Racing Team website. 

 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's and Recent Archives ...........  are not available while RiverBill on vacation

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Click here to read the Lake Expo.com news

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

 

New Years Day Waterskiing 2010

 

Bill,

We are preparing for our upcoming New Years Day Event we have our Corporate Sponsor AMEREN UE along with Stateamind Watersports who supplies their Boats & Staff to make the event a success..


The 2010 Polar Bear Waterski Challenge and we are challenging anyone to come and ski with us and if they do they should challenge their friends to donate $$ to MDWSA if they do it

We are expecting hundreds of people and we will have some awesome Sweatshirts fro sale at the Riverfront on NYD so have your Boaters come down and PARTY with us on the Levee

Waterskiing starts at 12 noon sharp lots of TV and photographers visit our website MDWSA.org for more details MISSOURI DISABLED WATERSKI ASSOC
 

 

 

Topic: NEW YEARS DAY WATERSKIING 2010

SKIING ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER 2010


        WE WELCOME SPONSORS FOR THIS YEARS EVENT YOUR DONATIONS WILL MAKE YOU A SPONSOR AND BASED ON THE AMOUNT THERE ARE OTHER GIFTS FOR YOU. Please visit out our web site with this link http://www.mdwsa.org/php/mdwsaorg.php?topic=2010NYD to Donate and learn about our sponsor ship levels. We have continued to accomplish so much this year and note our new LOGO highlighting our state and individuals both in wheel chairs & water skiing. We will have wonderful Sweatshirts to sell on site and give to Sponsors

Please review my letter which is attached with more details & history of the New Years Day Event

Many Thanks to You

Kevin Day

Missouri's Premier Wakeboard & Waterski School

www.funonthewater.net

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The Great Lakes

    Boating Federation Calls For Lock Closure Hearing.......

 

According to a news story from tradeonlytoday.com...........  In response to Michigan's filing of a lawsuit to force the closure of the Chicago locks, in an effort to thwart the Asian carp advance, The Great Lakes Boating Federation is calling for a public hearing.

 

The hearing is intended give all parties involved a chance to voice concerns about the proposed closure of the locks.

 

The Federation states that the lock closure would directly affect some 7,000 Chicago area boaters, and potentially jeopardize the $80 million economic influx into Chicago's economy........ 

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

 

 

Missouri Waterways

    Nixon Calls For Big Water Quality Changes...........

 

According to a news report from lakeexpo.com............  Governor Jay Nixon is calling for large changes to water quality laws in an effort to curb the flow of sewage into Missouri's waterways.

 

The proposed law would allow regulators to stop issuing wastewater permits in a body of water that is considered "distressed", inspect on-site wastewater treatment facilities, and conduct investigations in an effort to improve water quality.

 

Nixon stated that Missouri needs more vigorous methods of dealing with pollution when the signs of contamination are observed.........

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

 

 30 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day .......is a snowy shot looking across the river from the Golden Eagle Ferry landing road on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River

 

That's the house built on top of the cave in the distance.  It's located just up-river from Kinder's

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007......  was sent in by Capt'n Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton harbor.  He sent us a picture of a lone Sailboat out on the river the day after Christmas.

   Happy Holidays from Carl, Marsha, and Daniel

 

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

 For Sale.. 1985 Bayliner Conquest  Express 3250

 

 

Description

 

1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250 With 11.5' Beam

 

These Conquests have been referred to as the most boat for the buck on the water, due to their wide beam and amenities.  They are fast, smooth and comfortable.

 

This boat is clean, sharp, and loaded with options and accessories, too many to list here, but to list just a few:

 

Twin V8 I/O with closed cooling system (Volvo Penta)

6.5 Gen

Marine AC/Heat

Will Sleep Six

 

For more info, Call Dave Kelly At 314-409-2529

 

Asking $27,500.00, or will consider trade for houseboat of equal value and condition.

 

 

 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Classifieds page for more pictures

 

 

 

To View This and Other Featured Boats ....Click Here


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

 

River News !  

 

 

RiverBill is on Vacation........


RiverBill is on vacation until about the 20th of January. RiverBill"s will be up and running everyday, but it will be an abbreviated version.

 

Sorry we can't accept any Classified Ads during this time period or changes to existing ads. 

 

Thanks for Logging On....

 

See ya on the river,

Bill

 


Navigation Notices ......


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

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....
 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website for latest news releases .....

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

 

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Click here for Big Muddy's Entertainment Calendar

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Rivers At St. Louis, Missouri

    Wet Fall Might Bring Spring Floods...........

 

According to a news report from fox2now.com.............  Since St. Louis had one of the wettest falls on record, concerns are high that spring flooding may be on the way. 

 

The National Weather Service states that the remainder of the winter will be critical.  Even if the weather remains dry locally, a large amount of precipitation to the north may cause flooding come spring.

 

The floods of 1993 occurred following a huge snow melt upstream. At this point, there has already been one blizzard upriver.  Luckily, long range forecasts are calling for a much drier winter...........

 

Click here to read this news report.  With Video.

 

New Mississippi River Bridge Update

    MHTC Considering Bridge Contract Wednesday............

 

The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission (MHTC) will be meeting Wednesday to decide whether to award the contract for the main span of the planned $640 million Mississippi River Bridge project. 

 

The low bid of $229.5 million is $40 million over budget.

 

The low bidders are a joint venture of Alberici Corp, of St. Louis, Traylor Bros, of Indiana, and Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City.............

 

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

 

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

Follow the progress of Jake's  on his trip around the great loop.

 

Daily Blog http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

Website..  http://www.portagetoportage.com/
Current location ...click here
 

 

  Featured Boat 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

River Art

    Local Painter Completes Mural In Grafton...........

 

Tommy Overton recently completed a mural in the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton, Illinois.  The mural is a depiction of the steamboat race between the Natchez VI and the Robert E. Lee in 1870.  The painting is located above the main staircase, and appears to be framed!

 

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

        With Photo.

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's and Recent Archives ...........  are not available while RiverBill on vacation

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Click here to read the Lake Expo.com news

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

 

Kinder's New Years Eve Dinner and Dance......

  

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY !

Kinder's Restaurant will be open for a New Years Eve Party...

Dinner and Dance

Welcome in 2010 at Kinder's

Dinner 6PM - 9PM

Limited Menu

Three Entrees

Band Starts at 8:30PM

 

Reservations Requested  618 - 799-9670   or  618 - 883-2356

 

A few overnight rooms are still available

KJ's Place

   New Year's Eve Party

    Dec. 31st

 

Mid Life Crisis.. party favors & Champagne at Midnight

 

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux 63373

(636) 899-1139

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

 

 

 

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.

 

Click on Ad above 

 

Mercury Marine Update

    MerCruiser Employees Eligible For Incentives...........

 

According to a news article from stillwater-newspress.com............  Hourly employees at Mercury Marine's Stillwater, Oklahoma plant are eligible for incentives for remaining on the job as the 2012 plant closure date draws nearer.

 

Program Project Completion will pay hourly employees a $2,000 bonus annually, starting in January, 2010.  However, the employees must give up bonuses due from 2008.

 

The Stillwater facility is set to close in 2012, as production is being consolidated at Mercury Marine's Fon du Lac, Wisconsin facility......

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

 

Alton, Illinois

    Alton's New Postcards Are Out..............

 

The Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau has announced that they have introduced 11 new postcards with local scenes.  Some of the scenes depicted are the bluffs above the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway and Mississippi River, An eagle flying above the river, and two shots of the Clark Bridge............ 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

 29 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 Eagles Landing Marina

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day .......was sent to us by Capt'n Carl Tiemann. 

 

Bill,

I was out today (Sun..12-27-09) and the wind blowing up the river was cold enough to freeze the ba...s off a brass monkey. Here's a few photos.


Carl Tiemann


 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Palisades Yacht Club's

Sexy Santas

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008.... .was sent in by Capt'n Tyler Mitchell, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the boat..... Saint Somewhere.

 

 

Bill,

here are some pics of the sexy santa contest at pyc saturday night 12/27/08. the crowd that made it out through all the rain and some flooded roads were treated to all these SANTA BABIES! imagine these coming down your chimney tonight.

 

ho-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! and a happy new year!

tyler mitchell

(saint somewhere) pyc

 

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale.. 1992 Carver 33/350 MY

 

Description

 

MUST SELL!!!!  GETTING MARRIED AND CAN'T AFFORD BOTH!!  MAKE AN OFFER!!

 

1992 CARVER 33/350 MY.  LOA 39FT and 13'3" wide.  New Carpet inside and out!!!  She is fresh water all the time, and covered slip her whole life, presently in Grafton Harbor.  Many upgrades such as GPS/Chartplotter and ipod ready stereo.  She has low hours (650 at present) on her twin Crusader 454s and Kohler 6.5 kw gen.  She has new striping and name/numbers.  Going forward, there is seating for 4 that also drops to a double bunk.  A full galley complete with Fridge and Freezer, Microwave and Stove and LOTS of cabinets.  You also have assess to the forward head/shower and the private guest stateroom that also features a double bunk, hanging closet, great lighting and even better ventilation!  In the aft cabin you will find a queen bunk, hanging closets and private head and separate shower stall.  Going back up top, the side decks are wide enough for comfortable and safe walking forward to the bow where there is plenty of room for a dinghy or beautiful women sunbathing!  This yacht also features a second, lower helm for when the weather turns bad, but the bridge also features full cnavas to protect against the elements, and has dual AC/Heat.  The aft deck features a hard top and fully encloses.  In total, she sleeps 8 and drinks many more.  She is great for family weekend outings or for use as a live-aboard.  Must see to fully appreciate!!

 

Asking $69,900

 

email brada@autco.com.

 

  

Click here to go to RiverBill's Classifieds page for more pictures

 

                                                   

 

 

To View This and Other Featured Boats ....Click Here


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

 

River News !  

 

 

RiverBill is on Vacation........


RiverBill is on vacation until about the 20th of January. RiverBill"s will be up and running everyday, but it will be an abbreviated version.

 

Sorry we can't accept any Classified Ads during this time period or changes to existing ads. 

 

Thanks for Logging On....

 

See ya on the river,

Bill

 


Navigation Notices ......


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

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....
 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website for latest news releases .....

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

 

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Click here for Big Muddy's Entertainment Calendar

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Asian Carp Update

    Minnesota Is Onboard For Carp Fight........

 

According to a news report from jsonline.com............   Monday, Minnesota's Attorney General, Lori Swanson, filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that the Court order the immediate closure of some of the navigational locks in the Chicago area.

 

The navigational locks are the final physical obstacle blocking the carp from advancing into the Great Lakes system.

 

The Supreme Court is expected to consider the issue as early as January 8, 2010..........

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

Illinois River At Pere Marquette

    Free Bald Eagle Tours Offered At Pere Marquette........

 

According to a news story from kplr11.com.............  With the return of the American Bald Eagle to the area, Pere Marquette state park has brought back the free eagle tours.

 

Apparently, the Alton/Grafton area of Illinois has the second largest wintering population of bald eagles in the world, second only to Alaska.

 

Admission to the tour is free, however, reservations are required..........

 

Click here to read this news story.

 

Click here to visit the Pere Marquette website.

 

 

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

Follow the progress of Jake's  on his trip around the great loop.

 

Daily Blog http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

Website..  http://www.portagetoportage.com/
Current location ...click here
 

 

  Featured Boat 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Boat Manufacturer

    Centurion Boats Recalling Workers...........

 

Fineline Industries, manufacturer of Centurion Boats, has announced that they will start the new year off by bringing back 25% of the 80 workers that had been laid off..........

 

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

 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's and Recent Archives ...........  are not available while RiverBill on vacation

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Click here to read the Lake Expo.com news

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

 

Kinder's New Years Eve Dinner and Dance......

  

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY !

Kinder's Restaurant will be open for a New Years Eve Party...

Dinner and Dance

Welcome in 2010 at Kinder's

Dinner 6PM - 9PM

Limited Menu

Three Entrees

Band Starts at 8:30PM

 

Reservations Requested  618 - 799-9670   or  618 - 883-2356

 

A few overnight rooms are still available

KJ's Place

   New Year's Eve Party

    Dec. 31st

 

Mid Life Crisis.. party favors & Champagne at Midnight

 

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux 63373

(636) 899-1139

 

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Fountain Update

    FB Objects To Fountain's Disclosure Statement........

  

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com........  An objection to Fountain Powerboat Industries' disclosure statement was filed by FB Investments, citing the lack of information needed for a creditor to make an informed decision pertaining to the proposed reorganization plan.

 

The disclosure statement was conditionally approved by the by the court, along with the restructuring plan on December 4, 2009, and interested parties have until January 25, 2010 to file objections to the plan and statement.

 

FB Investments had purchased a bank note on Fountain, and put in an unopposed credit bid for the company.  Fountain had opposed the sale to FB, and was granted permission to instead restructure with Liberty Associates.  As a result, Fountain must make monthly payments to FB in order to repay the bank note..............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

 

The Great Lakes

    Ice Fishermen Might Get Billed If Rescued..............

    

Last year, 130 ice fishermen were stranded on an ice flow, when it broke away from the shore, and were subsequently rescued. The rescue effort on February 7, 2009 cost the U.S. Coast Guard over $245,000, and local agencies around $20,000.

 

 In light of the cost of the rescue efforts, Ohio officials may begin billing ice fishermen to recover costs of future rescues...........

 

        Click here to read this news report from 9and10news.com.

 

 

 

 

Monday

 

 28 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 The Yacht Club on a Cold Winter Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day .......was sent to us by Capt'n Carl Tiemann.  It's a shot of the Yacht Club taken on Sunday afternoon.  Carl was on his last boat ride of the year.... He told me it was soooo cold !

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2005.... .was  a fantastic sunset taken Monday evening from the deck of the Grafton Ferry,.... taken by Captain Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.  

 

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale.. 1998 Silverton 37' Convertible

 

 

Description

 

Blonde Moment - For Sale

 

1998 Silverton 37' Convertible

Click on pic to enlarge         

Twin 502 Crusaders, fuel injected, with approx. 350 hours

Beam - 14'1"

7kw Westerbeke generator with approx.100 hours

Holds 375 gallons of fuel

Holds 100 gallons of fresh water

Electronics - 2 VHFs, GPS, Radar, Chart Plotter, Auto Pilot

2 AC/Reverse Cycle Heat units

 

Always kept in fresh water.  Beautifully maintained inside and out. 

Turn key boat - must see!

 

Asking $114,900

 

Contact Brett or Christine Thompson.  314-341-0031 (Brett's cell)

314-749-8924 (Christine's cell)

 

 

                                                     

 

 

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RiverBill is on Vacation........


RiverBill is on vacation until about the 20th of January. RiverBill"s will be up and running everyday, but it will be an abbreviated version.

 

Sorry we can't accept any Classified Ads during this time period or changes to existing ads. 

 

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Navigation Notices ......


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

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....
 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website for latest news releases .....

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

 

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Click here for Big Muddy's Entertainment Calendar

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Table Rock Lake

   Stone County Addresses Defective Septic Systems..........

 

According to a news report from news-leader.com...............  Although the Missouri Department of Natural Resources issues permits for, and regulates wastewater treatment facilities, there is not much the agency can do to prevent raw sewage from flowing into the waterways of Missouri.

 

The regulation of septic systems near Missouri Lakes is relegated to county health departments.  The downside is that the health departments only send inspectors out to investigate a complaint, or a new septic system installation.

 

The Stone County Health Department has come up with a solution:   An ordinance that will take effect on January 1, 2011, requiring the inspection and certification of septic systems, prior to the sale of a home.............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

Lake Of The Ozarks

   Governor, It Takes Money For A Clean Lake.................

 

Without funding for a sewer system expansion, all legislation drafted in order to address clean water issues at the Lake of the Ozarks will be as effective as a wet band-aid.........

 

        Click here to read this opinion piece from lakeexpo.com.

 

 

 

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

Follow the progress of Jake's  on his trip around the great loop.

 

Daily Blog http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

Website..  http://www.portagetoportage.com/
Current location ...click here
 

 

  Featured Boat 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Fishing News

   Smallmouth Bass Controversy Heating Up..........

 

With the recent release of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Smallmouth Bass White Paper Summary, some controversy has perked up about how the Department of Conservation intends to manage the smallmouth bass population in the varied conditions that Missouri waters offer............

 

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

 

The Missouri Smallmouth Alliance is a group rooted in the conservation of smallmouth bass habitat, and other angling issues in the Missouri Ozarks...........       

 

        Click here to visit missourismallmouthalliance.org website.

 

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's and Recent Archives ...........  are not available while RiverBill on vacation

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Click here to read the Lake Expo.com news

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

 

Kinder's New Years Eve Dinner and Dance......

  

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY !

Kinder's Restaurant will be open for a New Years Eve Party...

Dinner and Dance

Welcome in 2010 at Kinder's

Dinner 6PM - 9PM

Limited Menu

Three Entrees

Band Starts at 8:30PM

 

Reservations Requested  618 - 799-9670   or  618 - 883-2356

 

A few overnight rooms are still available

KJ's Place

   New Year's Eve Party

    Dec. 31st

 

Mid Life Crisis.. party favors & Champagne at Midnight

 

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux 63373

(636) 899-1139

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

 

 

 

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Asian Carp Update

    Fears Abound That Carp Will Destroy Great Lakes..............

 

According to a news story from statesmanjournal.com............  The Great Lakes are no strangers to aquatic invaders decimating wildlife populations, with sea lampreys, zebra mussels, and other intruding species killing off trout, birds, prompting smaller salmon and whitefish, and causing other damage to the Lakes.

 

The current threat of an Asian carp invasion worries not only environmentalists, but also people who make their living from a strong fishing and tourism economy.

 

Not much is known regarding what will happen if the carp do invade the Lakes system, and efforts are underway to prevent the carp's arrival. U.S. Geological Survey biologist, Duane Chapman, states that if the carp are successful in proliferating in the Lakes, he cannot think of a good outcome...........

 

Click here  to read this news story.

 

 

The Pathfinder Tug Update

    Pathfinder Towed Into Port Sunday..............

 

The Pathfinder reached the port at Valdez, Alaska under tow Sunday morning.  Crews are working to determine how much fuel spilled into the bay after the tug ran aground Wednesday, and ruptured 2 fuel tanks.  Workers are also assessing the stability of the Pathfinder, prior to removing an additional 93,000 gallons of fuel from 7 of the 8 undamaged fuel tanks..................

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Sunday

 

 26, 27 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Sunday

A Snowy Day On The River

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day .......is a shot taken at the Yacht Club of St. Louis on a snowy Christmas Day. It's the picnic area overlooking Dardenne Slough near the the Captain's Cove docks.

 

Picture of the Day

 

Saturday

A White Christmas

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day .......is a shot of the Yacht Club of St. Louis on a snowy Christmas Day

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

  

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008.... were of some of the river ice at the upper end of the Dardenne Slough near the Golden Eagle Ferry Landing.

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008.... were a couple of shots of "Ice Pancakes" on the Missouri River. 

 

The 1st shot is a picture looking downriver from the I-370 Bridge and the 2nd shot was taken at Blanchette Landing Park in St. Charles looking towards the sand company on the St. Louis County side of the Missouri River..

 

Surprisingly....the channel of the Mississippi River was pretty much ice free yesterday afternoon near the Two Branch Island area, while the upper end of the Dardenne Slough was almost solid ice.

 

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale.. 2003 Sea Ray Bowrider 290

 

Description


Dual prop 496 magnum Mercruiser Bravo III engine (375 HP) with closed cooling system. It has 208 hours on it and always been in fresh water and comes with complete canvas system, Corsa Captains Call exhaust.  Premium sound system 8 speakers w/ 12” subwoofer AM-FM MP3 Stereo/CD Player
290 BR Specifications

Overall Length 29'6"
Beam 9'8"
Draft (Stern Drive Down) 38"
Draft (Stern Drive Up) 23"

Height Dimensions

Waterline To Top Of Windshield 5'6"
Waterline To Top Of Arch 7'3"
Keel To Top Of Windshield 7'6"
Keel To Top Of Arch 9'3"

Dry Weight..............................7,200lbs
Fuel Capacity............................130 Gallons
Water Capacity............................24 Gallons
 
$65,000 OBO .....Will consider trade for cruiser
 

Call 618 830-1033 for Further Details
 

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New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

          

         Z260 Mariah 98 Model                                 1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

New Price For 2010                                                            

                                      

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Updated Sun at 2:00AM

Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 12/26/09
Subject: Updated Waterway Action Plan (WAP) for UMR and ILR
NAVNOTICE # 2014


SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0522-09 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0521-09 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0522-09 UM
USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY
ADVISORIES:
A. ZONE 28 (MM 109.9 - 185.4 UMR) IS IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UMR WAP ANNEX. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS AREA WITH CAUTION AND AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED, UNLESS THE VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND THE VESSEL HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. MARINERS SHOULD PROCEED AT THE SLOWEST SAFE OPERATING SPEED BASED UPON PREVAILING CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE. DRIFT OF DEBRIS MAY BE A HAZARD TO NAVIGATION AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION OR SEVER BUOYS FROM THEIR MOORINGS. ALL TOWBOAT OPERATORS SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED IN HIGH WATER OPERATIONS.
B. ZONES 2-6 (MM 10.0 - 145.5 ILR) ARE IN THE WATCH PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM LAYING UP ON LEVEES. DOWN STREAMING OPERATIONS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED, UNLESS A VESSEL IS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 75 FEET IN LENGTH AND HAS A MINIMUM OF 1800 HORSEPOWER. DRIFT OF DEBRIS MAY BE A HAZARD TO NAVIGATION, AND MAY DRAG BUOYS OFF STATION. ALL VESSELS ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE.
C. FOR ALL AREAS, MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO STAY AWARE OF THE
CLOSE PROXIMITY OF RAILWAYS WHEN CHOOSING A LOCATION TO PUSH INTO THE BANK. WITH CURRENT RIVER STAGES, RAILWAY SYSTEMS CLOSE TO THE RIVERS EDGE MAY BECOME THREATENED BY THE HEAD OF A TOW WHEN PUSHED INTO THE BANK.




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Updated Sun at 2:00AM

St. Louis Bridges And Boardwalks

    Great Rivers Greenway Provides Interesting Stats.................

 

The McKinley Bridge bikeway was the "Most Expensive", at around $7 million

 

Bridgeton's Riverwoods Trail boardwalk along the Missouri River has the "Most Beautiful View"

 

The refurbished Chain of Rocks Bridge is "The Longest", at 5,353 feet..........

 

        Click here to read these and more stats at stltoday.com.

 

        Click here to visit the Great Rivers Greenway website

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

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

 

Closed Thursday, Closed Friday, Open Saturday at 4pm, Open Sunday at 11:30am for Regular Hours

 

Amy Spencer

Palisades Yacht Club

Updated Sun at 2:00AM

Mississippi River In Mississippi

     42 Species Endangered In Mississippi...........

 

Mississippi has some 42 species on the roles as threatened and endangered, and some may not be familiar.  Some of the threatened and endangered species that call the Mississippi River home are:   the fat pocketbook mussel, 3 species of sturgeon, and an even more obscure critter, the bayou darter, which is a minnow so reclusive and rare, there are no estimates available of it's population...........

 

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

 

Updated Sun at 2:00AM

Illinois River At Spring Valley, Illinois

    Spring Valley may Get An Asian Carp Processing Plant...........

 

According to a news article from bcrnews.com.............  The city of Spring Valley may be eligible for up to $13 million in federal grant money to help fund a proposed Asian carp processing plant.  The grant would be provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, under the invasive species research initiative.

 

Developers are currently being sought to back plans for the fish plant.

 

The proposed Spring Valley fish plant would produce pharmaceutical fish oil and livestock feed supplements.............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Sat ..Dec 26  Tim Woodson

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Updated Sun at 2:00AM

Delaware River

    Washington Crosses The Delaware Again......With A Bit Of Help From Lockheed Martin...........

 

The 57th annual re-enactment of Washington's crossing of the Delaware River want off without a hitch on Friday.  Local officials, businesses and residents were struggling to finance the re-enactment this year, due to budgetary shortcomings.  Luckily, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. of Newtown, Pennsylvania, has pledged $400,000 to the Washington Crossing Historical Park, as well as a 5 year commitment of volunteer support for park maintenance, and operations............

 

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

 

Updated Sun at 2:00AM

Jake with Memphis pyramid in background. (photo by Martha Kelly)
 

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

 

 

Day 21 (A day on the water with Elmore)


12/26/20090  Daily stats
Start: 9:00 AM - Memphis, TN
Finish: 4:00 PM -Tunica MS
Time:7:00
Daily dist: 38
Total dist: 561 miles
Weather: Strong SW wind (made water rough)
 

Daily Blog
http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

 

 

Follow the progress of Jake the Kayaker  while on his trip around the great loop.

Website..  http://www.portagetoportage.com/

See his current location using his Spot locator
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0cKUmmUBGK34MHDVFDuJH2D3qcFaQ3NAr

 

St. Louis Riverfront

     St. Louis' Northern Riverfront Undergoing Renaissance...........

 

According to a news report from stltoday.com...........  Green Street Properties, a Clayton, Missouri based developer is finding ways to reverse decades of declination around the northern St. Louis industrial Riverfront.

 

Green Street is currently doing two projects that will rejuvenate 45 acres of the 3,000 acres between I-70, and the Mississippi River.   City development officials estimate that up to a third of the industrial property is unused.

 

Deputy mayor for development, Barbara Geisman, has stated that the north Riverfront is the up-and-coming area for manufacturing, and warehousing, because of the highway, rail, and barge access.............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

St. Louis Riverfront

    St. Louis Municipal Terminal's South Dock

    

 

 The U.S. Commerce Secretary announced on Thursday a $15.6 million Economic Development Administration grant to rebuild the St. Louis Municipal Terminal's South Dock.  The structure was damaged by extensive flooding in 2008.....

 

Click here to read this news story
 

Mississippi River At New Orleans

    Christmas Eve Bonfires Light The Way For Ol' St. Nick.........

 

The Christmas Eve tradition of lighting bonfires to light the way for Papa Noel dates back to the 1800's, and brings joy to the onlookers witnessing the display...........

 

        Click here to read this news story from wwltv.com.   With Photos and Video.

 

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

 

Mississippi River Near New Madrid, Missouri

   Could The Mississippi River Flow Backwards For 2010?

 

With the recent rumblings felt eminating from the New Madrid fault comes the question:  Could there be a repeat of that fateful quake nearly 100 years ago, that actually reversed the flow of the Mighty Mississippi River?

 

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

 

 

For Sale....    Gill IN5 Coastal Cruise Jacket.
Brand New, Never Worn. Size: XL. Navy Blue and Off-white -- navy & mist in Gill terms.

A great all-around jacket for boating and general activities. Very "salty". Bought it for my wife, but I bought the wrong size. Forgot to return it and and now we just could use the money. Here's a description of this great jacket from the Gill site....

Breathable, waterproof outer fabric of lightweight Nylon Tactel Oxford keeps you dry, inside and out. Fully-taped seams guarantee waterproofness. Hi-visibility roll-away hood with volume adjustment for improved fit, designed to move with the head. Offshore-height collar with wrap-around face guard offering excellent weather protection. Double storm flap for full protection even in the wettest conditions. Large, bellowed cargo pockets keep essentials close at hand.
    A link to the Gill site. http://www.gillna.com/coastal/IN5_CRUISE_JACKET.php
        Paid $165 (plus shipping)    Will sell for $150 /OBO
            Larry (314) 799-0900
 .

 

  Boat of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Click here to read the Lake Expo.com news

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

 

Kinder's New Years Eve Dinner and Dance......

  

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY !

Kinder's Restaurant will be open for a New Years Eve Party...

Dinner and Dance

Welcome in 2010 at Kinder's

Dinner 6PM - 9PM

Limited Menu

Three Entrees

Band Starts at 8:30PM

 

Reservations Requested  618 - 799-9670   or  618 - 883-2356

 

A few overnight rooms are still available

KJ's Place

   New Year's Eve Party

    Dec. 31st

 

Mid Life Crisis.. party favors & Champagne at Midnight

 

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux 63373

(636) 899-1139

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

 

 

 

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.

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

 Missouri Conservation

     2009 Was A Year Of Change............

 

2009 was a year of change for Missouri Conservationists; some of the highlights were:

 

7 new state record fish caught

 

The Missouri Stream Team celebrated it's 20th anniversary

 

Several invasive species were found in Missouri waters, including zebra mussels, and Chinese mystery snails.................

 

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

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Pathfinder


VALDEZ, Alaska - The Valdez Star begins preparation to lighter the tug Pathfinder south of Busby Island and is surrounded by containment boom with spill responders staged nearby Dec. 25, 2009. The Pathfinder crew had completed an ice survey and was heading back to its port in Valdez when the vessel struck the Bligh reef Dec. 23, 2009. Photo courtesy of John Engles.
 

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.
 

 

 

Merry Mariner's Christmas

 

 

 Friday, 25 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

The

"S.S. Merry Christmas"

Has Arrived !

 

Enjoy....

RiverBills.com LLC

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

A White Christmas

Florida Snow

 

The Picture of the Day ....... is another from Capt'n Milt Ohlsen of the cruiser Sea Fox.  Milt and his wife Fran used to hail out of the Duck Club Yacht Club, but now live aboard their boat and travel the eastern seaboard of the United States.....

 

Bill,

 

"FLORIDA SNOW"

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

MILT AND FRAN

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

A White Christmas of 2007

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008.... was a winter shot of the river taken at the upper end of Dardenne Slough near the Golden Eagle ferry landing....... 

 

Merry Christmas

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

 

     

For Sale.. 1983 Carver Mariner 33 "Rae Marie V"

 

Description

 

"Rae Marie V"

1983 Carver Mariner 33', LOA 36' with a 12' Beam

 

Twin 270 Crusaders with V-drives, 6.5 Onan generator, Halon Fire extinguisher

 

Large Fly Bridge with bimini and full enclosure.  Custom seat covers.  Extra entrance

to cabin for cold or rainy days.

 

Single Level Cabin that has a private stateroom with built in cabinet and closet.  Dual access to bathroom with a separate shower stall.

 

Galley has a propane stove/oven, microwave, double sink and dual power refrigerator/freezer.  Plenty of cabinet space and drawers.

 

Salon/Dinette that seats 8 or sleeps 4, with a very large table and a full size futon.  Built in stereo with ceiling speakers.  Closet for extra storage. 

 

AC is also reverse cycle heat.

 

$25,000

 

Call 314-581-4370 or Email jerib711@aol.com

 

 

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New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

          

         Z260 Mariah 98 Model                                 1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

New Price For 2010                                                            

                                      

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  
  
The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                                Click here

 

Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

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RiverBill's New Holiday Banner

 

Bill,

 

I had to share this with you. I was breathless when I saw the Holiday banner on Riverbills this am. The boat is just like ours "Whoz Yer Daddy". I just for a second had a visual... The background is beautiful..the house, the snow and most important "the star". A real warm fuzzy.

 

May the spirit stay with you and yours all year.

Susan Bullington
 

 

 

RiverBill says..... Susan, I'm so glad you like the new banner.....It's a photo of Palisades Yacht Club with a bit of Photoshop. 

 

You know.....I think the boat is the picture could be "Whoz Your Daddy" !  

 

Merry Mariner's Christmas to all..

 

 

Cooking With Asian Carp

     Iron Chef Meets Fish And Game Show...............

 

Glenn Thomas, of the Louisiana Sea Grant has has teamed up with U.S. Geological Survey fisheries biologist, Duane Chapman, to produce an instructional video on how to clean, prepare, and cook Asian carp.  The 27 minute video was shot and produced by the LSU AgCenter, and should be out in the spring.  Currently, the video may be viewed in three parts on youtube.com..............

 

 Click here to read this news story from houmatoday.com.  With links to youtube.com.

 

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

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

 

Closed Thursday, Closed Friday, Open Saturday at 4pm, Open Sunday at 11:30am for Regular Hours

 

Amy Spencer

Palisades Yacht Club

Asian Carp Update

    Ohio Requests Supreme Court Review Carp Threat............

 

According to a news report from wlns.com.............  The state of Ohio has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court review the processes used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the state of Illinois to stop the spread of Asian carp.

 

Ohio's Attorney General, Richard Cordray, has also requested that the court re-open an older case concerning the legalities of several man made canals and waterways connecting the Great Lakes to the Illinois and Mississippi River system.

 

On Monday, the state of Michigan had requested that the U.S. Supreme Court cut the century old connection between the Lakes, and the Mississippi RIver basin to stop the march of the Asian carp..........

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

Asian Carp Financials

    The Fish Could Affect Bond Ratings in Michigan.......

 

According to a news report on Bloomberg.com.............  If the Asian carp make their way into Lake Michigan.... and thrive...... it could hurt the area’s billion dollar sport fishing industry and it could also affect the bond ratings for the communities that rely on Michigan’s tourism industry.

 

Click here to read this news report

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Sat ..Dec 26  Tim Woodson

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Christmas tree near the New Madrid observation deck

from Jake's Dec 14 report

 

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

No updates today

 

Daily Blog
http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

 

 

You can follow the progress of Jake the Kayaker  while on his trip around the great loop.


Website
http://www.portagetoportage.com/

See his current location using his Spot locator
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0cKUmmUBGK34MHDVFDuJH2D3qcFaQ3NAr

 

Mississippi River Safety

    PORTS System Expected To Improve River Safety.................

 

According to a news article from nola.com...............  When the USS New York was heading down the Mississippi River on her inaugural voyage, her navigators were using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) new PORTS system to make sure the vessel's superstructure could clear the metal suspended below the Huey P. Long Bridge.

 

The Physical Oceanographic Real-time System (PORTS) can use data from up to 50 instruments, including water level gauges, and devices used to measure atmospheric conditions. The information PORTS can provide can also help officials track spills in the river, in addition to sea level rise.

 

The PORTS system, is available in 20 locations, including several gulf ports, the Great Lakes, as well as both coasts.............

 

Click here to read this news article.

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

 

Potomac River Washington D.C.

   Water Skiing Santa and Friends........

 

This annual winter water skiing event took place yesterday at the National Harbor on the Potomac River in Washington D.C.

 

It featured a Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman

   

 

Water-skiing Santa... click here

Jet Skiing Grinch.......click here

Frosty the Snowman in a dingy ... click here

 

 

For Sale....    Gill IN5 Coastal Cruise Jacket.

Brand New, Never Worn. Size: XL. Navy Blue and Off-white -- navy & mist in Gill terms.

A great all-around jacket for boating and general activities. Very "salty". Bought it for my wife, but I bought the wrong size. Forgot to return it and and now we just could use the money. Here's a description of this great jacket from the Gill site....

Breathable, waterproof outer fabric of lightweight Nylon Tactel Oxford keeps you dry, inside and out. Fully-taped seams guarantee waterproofness. Hi-visibility roll-away hood with volume adjustment for improved fit, designed to move with the head. Offshore-height collar with wrap-around face guard offering excellent weather protection. Double storm flap for full protection even in the wettest conditions. Large, bellowed cargo pockets keep essentials close at hand.

A link to the Gill site. http://www.gillna.com/coastal/IN5_CRUISE_JACKET.php

Paid $165 (plus shipping)    Will sell for $150 /OBO
 

Larry (314) 799-0900
 .

 

  Boat of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Winter Storm Warning for Lake Area

 

Click here to read this news report on Lake Expo.com

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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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Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

 Maritime Accidents

    Tug Grounded On Same Reef As Exxon Valdez................

 

According to a news report from fox4now.com................  A tugboat that was put into service to assist with preventing oil spills in the Prince William Sound, ran aground on Bligh Reef Wednesday.  This is the same reef that the Exxon Valdez grounded on 20 years ago.

 

Two of the fuel tanks aboard the 136 foot long vessel were damaged, and a fuel sheen 3 miles long, and 30 feet wide had drifted away from the tug. 

 

After clearing the reef, the tug's crew deployed some 200 feet of fuel containment booms.  Unlike the Exxon Valdez, the tug has only diesel fuel aboard, which will eventually evaporate............. 

 

Click here to read this news report and see US Coast Guard photo and news release below.........

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Long Island response 2


VALDEZ, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Long Island, a 110-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Valdez, keeps watch of the anchored tug Pathfinder Dec. 24, 2009, after it grounded on Bligh Reef. The tug Pathfinder went aground on Bligh Reef Wednesday evening creating a light grey or silver diesel sheen spanning an area approximately three miles long and 30 yards wide approximately one mile east of Glacier Island.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.
 

 

 

Tis the Nite Before Christmas

 

 

 Thursday, 24 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

Golden Eagle Ferry

Headed Across the Big Muddy

 

Click to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day ....... is a shot of the Golden Eagle Ferry heading across the Mississippi River towards the ferry landing on the Missouri side of the river.

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007.... was a Winter.....Dardenne Slough Sunset 

 

Merry Christmas 

From RiverBill's

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

        

For Sale.. 1981 22ft Nordic

 

Description

 

1981 22ft Nordic, New floor, new wiring, new gel coat  Chevy small block 383 stroker motor, 360 hp.

Twin 25 gal. gas tanks, new Mallory electronic distributor, and hot coil.

Small cuddy/sleep space/storage space.  Can sleep 2 comfortably.

23 pitch stainless prop and 18 pitch aluminum prop.  Many more extras.

Tandem trailer.

 

E-mail me at mudnui@charter.net for more info.

 

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RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

          

         Z260 Mariah 98 Model                                 1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

New Price For 2010                                                            

                                      

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  
  
The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                                Click here

 

Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

  • Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT.

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river levels, river forecast and flood watches, warnings and advisories.

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Click on Ad above 

 

Kathy Flippo's Husband, Pat, Has Passed Away

 

 

Kathy Flippo, of Tow Talkin, lost her husband Pat on December 9, 2009.

 

Our deepest symphony goes out to Kathy and her family

 


 

 

W. Patrick Flippo

December 11, 2009 02:23 pm

— ALBANY, Ill. — W. Patrick Flippo died Dec. 9, 2009.
He was born Dec. 15, 1927, in Cottonwood Point, Mo. He retired after 50 years of service as a towboat captain.
He married Kathy Lundeen on Oct. 10, 1981, in Linn, Mo. He lived in Albany, Ill., along the river since 2006.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John; and daughter, Patsy, and son, Roy, both in 1992. He is survived by Kathy.
He requested to be cremated with no visitation or service.
Death date: Dec. 9, 2009

 

The above re-printed from the Clinton Herald

 

 

RiverBill says... Thanks Dale for the information

Illinois Department of Conservation

    Now Accepting 2010 Campsite Reservations

 

IDNR Accepting Campsite Reservations for the Upcoming 2010 Camping Season; Reservations accepted by mail beginning Jan. 4; in person and by phone beginning Feb. 1

 

        Click here to read news release form IDNR website

 

 

Happy Holidays From RiverBills.com

 

If you think the new header picture looks a little bit like Palisades Yacht Club at Portage Des Sioux... It was......... before Photoshop.

 

 

RiverBill says... Merry Christmas to all you River Rats !

                     

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

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

 

Closed Thursday, Closed Friday, Open Saturday at 4pm, Open Sunday at 11:30am for Regular Hours

 

Amy Spencer

Palisades Yacht Club

 While Trolling The Internet.............

 

We came across the re-launched website, mydreamrig.com.  The website is a joint effort between Ranger Boats, and Evinrude, and features three of the more popular Ranger offerings, equipped with Evinrude E-TEC HO outboards, of course.  Other highlights include videos and product reviews to assist buyers with their boat buying decisions, as the boat show season is right around the corner...........

 

        Click here to visit mydreamrig.com.

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Sat ..Dec 26  Tim Woodson

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

No updates today

 

Daily Blog
http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

 

 

You can follow the progress of Jake the Kayaker  while on his trip around the great loop.


Website
http://www.portagetoportage.com/

See his current location using his Spot locator
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0cKUmmUBGK34MHDVFDuJH2D3qcFaQ3NAr

 

Naval Vessels

    New Ship Honors Those Lost On 9/11.............

 

According to a news article from mooreamerican.com................ The Northrup Grumman Shipbuilding yard is currently constructing a new San Antonio-class amphibious transport ship.  The vessel is designated LPD-25, and she will be christened the USS Somerset.

 

The name Somerset is for the county in Pennsylvania where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, killing 40 passengers and crew, and 4 hijackers.  The USS Somerset will use 22 tons of steel from a dragline that had loomed over the crash site.

 

The designation LPD, or "Landing Platform Dock", refers to how the vessel can be used by smaller vessels.  LPD-25 will have the ability to submerge it's stern, allowing hovercraft to launch from the ship.   LPD-25 will be able to carry over 600 Marines, and their equipment, and even features a flight deck large enough for helicopter operations...........

 

Click here to read this news article.

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

 

For Sale....    Gill IN5 Coastal Cruise Jacket.

Brand New, Never Worn. Size: XL. Navy Blue and Off-white -- navy & mist in Gill terms.

A great all-around jacket for boating and general activities. Very "salty". Bought it for my wife, but I bought the wrong size. Forgot to return it and and now we just could use the money. Here's a description of this great jacket from the Gill site....

Breathable, waterproof outer fabric of lightweight Nylon Tactel Oxford keeps you dry, inside and out. Fully-taped seams guarantee waterproofness. Hi-visibility roll-away hood with volume adjustment for improved fit, designed to move with the head. Offshore-height collar with wrap-around face guard offering excellent weather protection. Double storm flap for full protection even in the wettest conditions. Large, bellowed cargo pockets keep essentials close at hand.

A link to the Gill site. http://www.gillna.com/coastal/IN5_CRUISE_JACKET.php

Paid $165 (plus shipping)    Will sell for $150 /OBO
 

Larry (314) 799-0900
 .

 

  Boat of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Lake Of The Ozarks

    Annual Lowering Of The Lake Begins Soon...........

 

According to a news report from lakeexpo.com............  AmrenUE has announced that the annual practice of lowering Lake levels is scheduled to begin soon, and dock owners may wish to take precautions to prevent damage to their docks.

 

AmrenUE usually lowers Lake levels by several feet over the winter months to increase the reservoir's storage capacity for the spring rainy season.  The drop should begin around January 1, 2010, and reach a seasonal low of around 654 feet by the middle of February.

 

Tips to reduce the chance of damage to docks due to lower levels, and winter conditions include:

 

Disconnect hinges securing the dock to piers, or seawalls, to allow the dock to "ride" the level down.

 

Lengthen cables to allow the dock to follow the water level down.

 

Ask a neighbor, or hire a caretaker to keep an eye on the dock, and property.

 

Employ "bubblers" or other means to combat dock damage due to ice...............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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.

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

 Coast Guard

     White House Nominates 24th Coast Guard Commandant.............

 

The White House has announced that Tuesday, President Obama is expected to tap Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. as the 24th commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Admiral Thad Allen, the current commandant, is set to retire in May.  The nomination of Vice Adm. Papp must be confirmed by the senate...........

 

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

 

 

 

 Mississippi River At Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

     Inver Grove Heights To Convert Swing Bridge Into Pier Over The Mississippi River

 

The city of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota has received $1.4 million in grant money to convert an old double-decker swing bridge into a 670 foot public pier, that reaches out over the Mississippi River.  Many residents see the project as a way to preserve the historical treasure, but several boat owners from local marinas are not looking forward to the tourists...........

 

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

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Penobscot Bay arrives in Cleveland


CLEVELAND—Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay arrives in Cleveland Harbor Dec. 22, 2009. The New-Jersey-based cutter has been temporarily assigned to the Great Lakes Region to augment the eight other Great Lakes icebreakers during the 2009-2010 icebreaking season.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell
 

 

 

It's  Wednesday

 

 

 23 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

River Rat Wedding

 

Congratulations to

Sydney and Charlie

 

Click to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day ....... is from Capt'n Bill Moyer who hails out of Alton Marina in the cruiser..... "Copier Cat."

 

 

 

Bill

This is a picture from my step daughters (Sydney) wedding on DEC. 19 2009. She's been boating with me since she was 7 years old. This picture is all hers and our boating friends, celebrating her and her new husbands (Charlie) marriage. Believe me, even in the middle of winter we still partied like boaters should party.

From left to right Captain Charlie & Norma Wickenhauser of (Pretty Woman), back row Captain Brian & Charlene Hernandez of (Docktor's Excuse), front row Captain Bill Moyer & Sharon Skaggs (mother of the Bride) of (Copier Cat), back row Captain Steve Nonn & Sue Brown of (Nothin' But a Good time). We all hail out of Alton Marina. Front and center are Sydney & Charlie Hemphill (Bride & Groom), Captain Gary & Davi Claxton of (Home Wrecker) hails from Lake of the Ozarks, Captain John & Charlene Rucker of (Who's your Daddy Now) and Captain Pat & Bev Tevebaugh of ( Seahag) both hail from Grafton Harbor, Captain Mark Kennedy of (Boat has no name) And Captain Rich & and Martha Repmann of (Take The Long Way Home) hails from Alton Marina.

A great time was had by all at this celebration of their marriage. Thanks to one and all for sharing this with Sharon and I. To Sydney and Charlie, all my love and a long happy marriage. Dad Billy.

Bill thank you so much for posting this.



Your Friend with the same name
Bill Moyer
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008.... is a shot of the Golden Eagle Ferry heading across the river towards Calhoun County on a snowy afternoon.

 

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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale ..... Z260 Mariah 98 Model


Super Nice Express Cruiser & An Excellent River Boat!

7.4 MPI Bravo III 300 HR, Sleeps 4, A/C / Reverse Heat, 2500 Watt Inverter, Full Shower/Head, Head Microwave, Stove, AC/DC Refrigerator, Flat Panel TV, DVD, VCR,
Twin Cabin/Cockpit AM/FM, CD, Lots of Storage Room, Bimini Top/Cockpit and Full Storage Cover, VHF Radio, Garmin Color GPS/Sonar/Remote Spotlight, Trim Tabs, 80 Gallon Fuel Tank, 25 Gallon Water System, Also Includes Custom Prestige Trailer!

Click on pic to enlarge         

Boat In Year Around Storage

 

360 Hrs.

Email  jlittle@hosicks.com, or call at (618) 283-0475.
New Price For 2010

$29,000 Firm

 

 

 

To View This and Other Featured Boats ....Click Here


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

          

         Z260 Mariah 98 Model                                 1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

New Price For 2010                                                            

                                      

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  
  
The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                                Click here

 

Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

  • Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT.

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river levels, river forecast and flood watches, warnings and advisories.

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 12/22/09
Subject: Florence Hwy Bridge MM 56.0 ILR Safety Advisory
NAVNOTICE # 2011


ILLINOIS RIVER
COTP USCG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY: ALL MARINERS, ESPECIALLY DOWNBOUND TOWS, ARE REQUESTED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THROUGH THE FLORENCE HIGHWAY DRAWBRIDGE AT MM 56.0 ILR DUE TO A SUBMERGED PROTECTION CELL IN LINE WITH AND ABOVE THE RIGHT DESCENDING BRIDGE PIER. BASED UPON A RECENT SURVEY, A DEPTH OF 3.0 FT EXISTS ABOVE THE CELL WITH THE MEREDOSIA GAGE AT MM 70.8 ILR READING 429.4 FT ON 22 DEC 2009.


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The Great Loop

     A Pair Of Loopers Complete The Trip Of A Lifetime..........

 

Evan and Pookie Davis recently completed the Great Loop of America, which was a dream of theirs, ever since they heard about it while attending a function at the marina where they kept their houseboat..............

 

        Click here to read more from gilestoday.com.

 

 

Merry Christmas to Everyone at Eagles Landing !

     

Good Morning Bill,


Just wanted to tell everyone at Eagles Landing , Pat ,Bernie,Bob, Deer Slayer Steve, and of course Johnny P, and all the other people who make the marina the BEST Marina on the river MERRY CHRISTMAS,we have met tons of great people there and hope to make a lot more friends in the New Year, winter has set in for now and it is kind of vacant up there now, but between Carl and Mary and I, there will be a BBQ pit smoking on both ends of the Marina for everyone again real SOON.........Bill hope you and your family has a safe holiday as well and thanks for a great web site.

Chuck & Barb

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

 

New Years Day Waterskiing 2010

 

Bill,

We are preparing for our upcoming New Years Day Event we have our Corporate Sponsor AMEREN UE along with Stateamind Watersports who supplies their Boats & Staff to make the event a success..


The 2010 Polar Bear Waterski Challenge and we are challenging anyone to come and ski with us and if they do they should challenge their friends to donate $$ to MDWSA if they do it

We are expecting hundreds of people and we will have some awesome Sweatshirts fro sale at the Riverfront on NYD so have your Boaters come down and PARTY with us on the Levee

Waterskiing starts at 12 noon sharp lots of TV and photographers visit our website MDWSA.org for more details MISSOURI DISABLED WATERSKI ASSOC
 

 

 

Topic: NEW YEARS DAY WATERSKIING 2010

SKIING ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER 2010


        WE WELCOME SPONSORS FOR THIS YEARS EVENT YOUR DONATIONS WILL MAKE YOU A SPONSOR AND BASED ON THE AMOUNT THERE ARE OTHER GIFTS FOR YOU. Please visit out our web site with this link http://www.mdwsa.org/php/mdwsaorg.php?topic=2010NYD to Donate and learn about our sponsor ship levels. We have continued to accomplish so much this year and note our new LOGO highlighting our state and individuals both in wheel chairs & water skiing. We will have wonderful Sweatshirts to sell on site and give to Sponsors

Please review my letter which is attached with more details & history of the New Years Day Event

Many Thanks to You

Kevin Day

Missouri's Premier Wakeboard & Waterski School

www.funonthewater.net

 Holiday Hours

     The National Great Rivers Museum and Rivers Project Office

   

 

The National Great Rivers Museum and Rivers Project Office, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announce the following holiday schedule. Both facilities will be closed on December 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas, and December 31 and January 1 in observance of New Year’s.

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  

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Sat ..Dec 26  Tim Woodson

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

Jake The Kayaker Update........

 

12/22/2009

Daily stats
Start: 8:03 AM - New Madrid, MO
Finish: 3:34 PM - South of Caruthersville, MO
Time: 7:30:52
Daily dist: 50
Total dist: 423 miles
Weather: Start in around 30 with a high in the mid-50s. cloudy.

 

Daily Blog
http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

You can follow the progress of Jake the Kayaker  while on his trip around the great loop.


Website
http://www.portagetoportage.com/

See his current location using his Spot locator
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0cKUmmUBGK34MHDVFDuJH2D3qcFaQ3NAr

 

Prairie State Outdoors Articles.......

   

Big Fish Stories: Miss. River catfish 12/21..... Click here

Eagle viewing time is now 12/19 ................... Click here

Ice fishing underway across N. Illinois 12/17 .. Click here
Geese arriving, ducks leaving 12/16 .............. Click here

 

Mississippi River Levees At New Orleans

    Bonfires Are Built, Await Lighting On Christmas Eve...............

 

Following a ban on the annual construction of bonfires atop the levees flanking the Mississippi River, due to high water, the bonfires are ready to be lit.  Local tradition states that the bonfires serve to guide residents to church for midnight services, and light the way for Papa Noel to find the homes of children.............

 

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

 

        Click here to read more about this tradition on mindspring.com.

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

 

For Sale.
    Gill IN5 Coastal Cruise Jacket.

Brand New, Never Worn. Size: XL. Navy Blue and Off-white -- navy & mist in Gill terms.

A great all-around jacket for boating and general activities. Very "salty". Bought it for my wife, but I bought the wrong size. Forgot to return it and and now we just could use the money. Here's a description of this great jacket from the Gill site....

Breathable, waterproof outer fabric of lightweight Nylon Tactel Oxford keeps you dry, inside and out. Fully-taped seams guarantee waterproofness. Hi-visibility roll-away hood with volume adjustment for improved fit, designed to move with the head. Offshore-height collar with wrap-around face guard offering excellent weather protection. Double storm flap for full protection even in the wettest conditions. Large, bellowed cargo pockets keep essentials close at hand.

A link to the Gill site. http://www.gillna.com/coastal/IN5_CRUISE_JACKET.php

Paid $165 (plus shipping)    Will sell for $150 /OBO
 

Larry (314) 799-0900
 .

Asian Carp

    In Illinois Rivers and lakes

 

A Carp, a mission and an ecosystem in peril.......

 

Click here to read this news story in the Suburban Journals

 

 

  Boat of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Marine Legislation

    Working Waterfront Bill Supported By MRAA..........

 

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com.............  Recently, a letter from the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) was sent to U.S. Representative, Chellie Pingree, D- Maine, in support of the Working Waterfronts Grants Bill.

 

The MRAA believes that our nation's cultural heritage is deeply rooted to the working waterfronts, and several coastal waterfronts rely on that heritage to draw customers in for restaurants, shops, and marine related businesses. 

 

The MRAA asserts that H.R. 2548 would begin to focus on industry wide issues such as water access, technical job creation and retention...............

 

Click here to read this news article.

Lake Of The Ozarks

   Lake Cleanup Will Be Sizeable Challenge............

 

According to a news report from lakeexpo.com.............  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has made the announcement that he wants a clean Lake, and is expecting to accept recommendations for improving the Lake's health on December 31.

 

Apparently, stopping the flow of sewage will not be an easy task, with thousands of unregulated septic tanks, and many wastewater treatment plants that are violating state law.  The issue will require a lot of money, manpower, changes in regulations, and willpower..............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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.

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Corps Museum Update

    Construction Commences At Vicksburg's River Museum..............

 

This week, construction began at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers museum located on the Riverfront at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The museum will feature exhibits teaching visitors about the lower Mississippi River, and the centerpiece of the museum will be the retired Corps vessel, the MV Mississippi IV.............

 

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

 

 

Marine Legislation

    Working Waterfront Bill Supported By MRAA..........

 

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com.............  Recently, a letter from the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) was sent to U.S. Representative, Chellie Pingree, D- Maine, in support of the Working Waterfronts Grants Bill.

 

The MRAA believes that our nation's cultural heritage is deeply rooted to the working waterfronts, and several coastal waterfronts rely on that heritage to draw customers in for restaurants, shops, and marine related businesses. 

 

The MRAA asserts that H.R. 2548 would begin to focus on industry wide issues such as water access, technical job creation and retention...............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Station San Francisco responds to sunken vessel

TREASURE ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO – A passerby sits and watches as a Coast Guard rescue-boat crew searches for people in the water after responding to a report of a sunken vessel Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. Station San Francisco responds to a variety of emergencies throughout the year and patrols the Bay Area to promote safe boating practices.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson

 

 

 

It's  Tuesday

 

 

 22 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day ....... is another from Capt'n Milt Ohlsen of the cruiser Sea Fox.  Milt and his wife Fran used to hail out of the Duck Club Yacht Club, but now live aboard their boat and travel the eastern seaboard of the United States.....

 

 

 

Bill,
The area reeks with a laid back atmosphere. (There is beauty wherever you are if we but look around---here is a case in point.)

 

This was taken near Taverese about 20 minutes North of Orlando. I love the look of the Spanish Moss, it just has a tranquil sense.
 

Milt

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

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

 

It Was The Night before Christmas

~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~^~~~~~~~^~~~~~ 

 

Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

 For Sale.. 1985 Bayliner Conquest  Express 3250

 

 

Description

 

1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250 With 11.5' Beam

 

These Conquests have been referred to as the most boat for the buck on the water, due to their wide beam and amenities.  They are fast, smooth and comfortable.

 

This boat is clean, sharp, and loaded with options and accessories, too many to list here, but to list just a few:

 

Twin V8 I/O with closed cooling system (Volvo Penta)

6.5 Gen

Marine AC/Heat

Will Sleep Six

 

For more info, Call Dave Kelly At 314-409-2529

 

Asking $27,500.00, or will consider trade for houseboat of equal value and condition.

 

 

 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Classifieds page for more pictures

 

 

 

To View This and Other Featured Boats ....Click Here


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

          

         Z260 Mariah 98 Model                                 1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

New Price For 2010                                                            

                                      

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  
  
The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                                Click here

 

Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

  • Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT.

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river levels, river forecast and flood watches, warnings and advisories.

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 12/21/09
Subject: River Closure Between MM 178.5-180 UMR Due to Ongoing Salvage Operations
NAVNOTICE # 2010


USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0517-09 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
COTP USCG UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ST LOUIS MO SECTOR HAS ISSUED A RIVER CLOSURE FROM THE MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL BRIDGE AT MM 180.2 TO MM 178.5 UMR DUE TO ONGOING SALVAGE OPERATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF THE DOUGLAS MACARTHUR BRIDGE. ALL COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THIS ZONE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. SINGLE BARGE FLEET TOWS WILL BE PERMITTED TO TRANSIT THE ILLINOIS SPAN OF THE DOUGLAS MACARTHUR BRIDGE. ALL FLEET TOWS ARE TO PROCEED AT THEIR SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE. THIS RIVER CLOSURE IS ANTICIPATED TO REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE NEXT TWO TO THREE HOURS. MARINERS MAY CONTACT SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ON VHF-FM CH 16 OR BY TELEPHONE NR 314-269-2332 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.



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Fishing News

    Teen Angler Nets 80 Lb Catfish.............

 

19 year old Dustin Mcewen of East Alton, Illinois hooked an 80 pound catfish from the Mississippi River..............

 

          Click here to read this news story from kmov.com.  With Photos.

 

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Palisades yacht Club Update.............

 

   Palisades Yacht Club is open for your business.  They were closed last weekend due to some frozen water pipes !

 

Asian Carp Update

    Michigan Filed Suit In Supreme Court Over Carp..............

 

According to a news report from kentucky.com.............  Monday, the state of Michigan had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to close the connections between the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River Basin, in an effort to thwart the Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lake system. 

 

Michigan State Attorney General, Mike Cox, filed suit against Illinois, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. 

 

The lawsuit requests that the locks and waterways connecting the Lakes to the River Basin be closed immediately, and efforts begun to sever the century old link between the basins..............

 

Click here to read this news report.  With Photo.

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Sat ..Dec 26  Tim Woodson

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Jake Stachovak embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010

 

Jake The Kayaker

 

RiverBill's received the following updates on Jake the Kayaker from Capt'n Dave Diederich, who hails out of Alton Marina in the sailboat..... "Wind Dancer."

 

 

Bill,

 

Jake should be back on the water by Tuesday, Dec. 22.

If anyone has any contacts, places to stay, etc. that are along his route, please email them to him from his website.

He does have a cell phone, but only turns it on as needed.

Next October, I will be planning a big landing party in Grafton when he returns.

Update: Most of his equipment has been found and returned.

 

You can also make donations by buying a t-shirt from his website.

 

Dave Diederich

Alton Marina

"Wind Dancer."

 

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You can follow the progress of Jake the Kayaker  while on his trip around the great loop.


Website
http://www.portagetoportage.com/

See his current location using his Spot locator
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0cKUmmUBGK34MHDVFDuJH2D3qcFaQ3NAr

Daily Blog
http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

This YouTube link has a special Holiday Greetings video for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hybg9tCD3a4

(Feel free to share it with others.)


Jim Low and Joe Jerek
News Services Coordinators
Missouri Department of Conservation
Jim.Low@mdc.mo.gov
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
 

Red River Valley

    Too Much, Or Too Little Water.............

 

As the climate swings between flood, and drought, officials in the Red River Valley are trying to decide if flood control, or diverting Missouri River water to supplement drinking water stores in times of drought is a more pressing issue................

 

        Click here to read this news story from dl-online.com.

 

Click to enlarge

Master Casters..... Skeet Fishing

 

Click here and watch the Master Casters YouTube video with Gary Hain titled Skeet Fishing. 

 

Merry Christmas 2009
And
Happy New Year 2010
From
Linda & Bill Mixon , Jim Farr and Mark & CJ Nystrom

 

Cooking 100 smoked Turkeys
For
Joan Gieson Ministry
50th Annual Christmas Dinner
Providing meals & toys for 15,000 people

 

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

 

For Sale.
    Gill IN5 Coastal Cruise Jacket.

Brand New, Never Worn. Size: XL. Navy Blue and Off-white -- navy & mist in Gill terms.

A great all-around jacket for boating and general activities. Very "salty". Bought it for my wife, but I bought the wrong size. Forgot to return it and and now we just could use the money. Here's a description of this great jacket from the Gill site....

Breathable, waterproof outer fabric of lightweight Nylon Tactel Oxford keeps you dry, inside and out. Fully-taped seams guarantee waterproofness. Hi-visibility roll-away hood with volume adjustment for improved fit, designed to move with the head. Offshore-height collar with wrap-around face guard offering excellent weather protection. Double storm flap for full protection even in the wettest conditions. Large, bellowed cargo pockets keep essentials close at hand.

A link to the Gill site.
http://www.gillna.com/coastal/IN5_CRUISE_JACKET.php

Paid $165 (plus shipping)    Will sell for $150 /OBO

Larry (314) 799-0900
 .

 

  Boat of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Boat Gear Manufacturer

    Raymarine Talking Possible Sale.....But Not With Garmin............

 

According to a news report from tradeonlytoday.com............  The executives at Raymarine have announced that have entered into "exclusive discussions" about a possible sale to a single party but it is not navigation-product manufacturer Garmin

 

The proposed sale would, with certain limitations, repay Raymarine's bank debt upon closing the deal.  Employees and suppliers would continue to be paid in the normal fashion.

 

The company also noted that there is no expectation that there will be any value remaining for ordinary shareholders............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

 

 

The Garmin Company
Designs, manufactures, and markets GPS navigation and communications equipment.

www.garmin.com

 

Raymarine Marine Electronics
Manufactures marine electronic products including navigation instruments and Autopilots, GPS chartplotters, radars, and fishfinders.
www.raymarine.com

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Police seize four pounds of marijuana, $6,000 cash in Osage Beach
 

        Click here to read this news article from lakeexpo.com

 

 

Used Shore Power Stations for sale
 

        Click here and check them out on lakeexpo.com

 

 

The United States Coast Guard

In 2009 America's Coast Guard:

  • Screened more than 248,000 commercial vessels and their 62 million passengers and crewmembers before arrival in U.S. ports, identifying nearly 400 individuals in a person of interest watch list.

  • Maintained a contingent of six patrol boats and 400 personnel to enforce United Nations sanctions in the Arabian Gulf, train Iraqi naval forces and protect Iraqi critical maritime oil infrastructure.

  • Kept 352,862 pounds of cocaine and 71,234 pounds of marijuana from reaching the United States, while nabbing 322 suspected smugglers.

  • Saved more than 4,747 lives and responded to 23,555 emergencies.

  • Issued 73,168 merchant mariner credentials to qualified mariners

  • Conducted more than 14,000 inspections of U.S. flagged vessels

  • Investigated nearly 3,600 pollution incidents

  • Conducted 49,276 armed patrols to protect critical infrastructure or key resources

  • Maintained a 98 percent rate of availability for 50,000 short-range aids to navigation that helped mariners more safely navigate our nation’s 95,000 miles of coastline, 25,000 miles of waterways and 12,000 miles of inland waterways that comprise the U.S. Marine Transportation System.
     

The above from the Dec 18, 2009 United States Coast Guard Release News Release titled....... "Red River flood makes Coast Guard's top 11 video highlights"

Click here to read entire news release

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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.

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Mississippi River At Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Couple Rescued After Falling Into Mississippi River...........

 

According to a news article from kaaltv.com.............  After falling through ice on the Mississippi River, a Minneapolis, Minnesota couple were rescued by a passerby, who retrieved the pair with a dog leash.

 

The couple were visiting an off-leash area at a park along the Mississippi River, with their dog.  While getting a drink from the River, the pooch fell in.  Israel Llerena was able to save his dog, but went through the ice himself.  His girlfriend, Maddy Klienpaste, tried to save Llerena, but she too fell through the ice.

 

Luckily, another couple was nearby, and was able to retrieve the pair from the icy River, using a dog leash.  The couple visited the hospital for possible hypothermia, but were released a few hours later..............   

 

Click here to read this news article.  With Video.

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - Provincetown Assistant Harbormaster John DeMattheis handles a mooring line as the Gloucester, Mass., based lobster boat Micheal & Kristen moors at McMillan Pier in Provincetown Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, after being towed by the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba 261 miles over two and a half days. A 47-foot boat crew (pictured) from Station Provincetown took over the tow Saturday morning and brought the vessel to the pier. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

 

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - Provincetown police officers guide a crewman from the Gloucester, Mass., based lobster boat Michael & Kristen to a police car at McMillan Pier after arresting him due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. The crewman was aboard the Michael & Kristen when it became disabled more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, and had to be towed into port. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)
 

 

 

 

It's MOnday

 

 

 21 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Real River Rats

on a December Boat Ride

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day .......were sent to us by Capt'n Carl Tiemann who hails out of Eagles Landing Marina in the boat ... River Runner

 

He sent us a couple of pictures from yesterday's boat ride.   It takes a  "Real River Rat" to go for a boat ride on a cold December Day !

 

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks for the pictures Carl and by the way.....nice Christmas lights on your boat !

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Mississippi River Moon

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008 ------ was sent to us by Carrie Ash of Cedar Hill Resort fame. 

 

 

Bill,

I took these last week crossing the Golden Eagle Ferry as the moon came up.

Merry Christmas

Carrie
Cedar Hill Resort


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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale.. 1992 Carver 33/350 MY

 

Description

 

MUST SELL!!!!  GETTING MARRIED AND CAN'T AFFORD BOTH!!  MAKE AN OFFER!!

 

1992 CARVER 33/350 MY.  LOA 39FT and 13'3" wide.  New Carpet inside and out!!!  She is fresh water all the time, and covered slip her whole life, presently in Grafton Harbor.  Many upgrades such as GPS/Chartplotter and ipod ready stereo.  She has low hours (650 at present) on her twin Crusader 454s and Kohler 6.5 kw gen.  She has new striping and name/numbers.  Going forward, there is seating for 4 that also drops to a double bunk.  A full galley complete with Fridge and Freezer, Microwave and Stove and LOTS of cabinets.  You also have assess to the forward head/shower and the private guest stateroom that also features a double bunk, hanging closet, great lighting and even better ventilation!  In the aft cabin you will find a queen bunk, hanging closets and private head and separate shower stall.  Going back up top, the side decks are wide enough for comfortable and safe walking forward to the bow where there is plenty of room for a dinghy or beautiful women sunbathing!  This yacht also features a second, lower helm for when the weather turns bad, but the bridge also features full cnavas to protect against the elements, and has dual AC/Heat.  The aft deck features a hard top and fully encloses.  In total, she sleeps 8 and drinks many more.  She is great for family weekend outings or for use as a live-aboard.  Must see to fully appreciate!!

 

Asking $69,900

 

email brada@autco.com.

 

  

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         Z260 Mariah 98 Model                                 1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

New Price For 2010                                                            

                                      

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Upper Missouri River

    Breaks National Monument Issues Merits Study..........

 

According to a news article from greatfallstribune.com.............  With the disappearing cottonwood trees, and the dwindling pallid sturgeon populations, the recent two day conference held in Great Falls, Montana brings the possibility of restoring the populations. 

 

The reasons cited for the declination of both species are the lack of natural flow variations along the upper Missouri River, due to dams.

 

The attendees of the conference included scientists, state and federal land and river managers, along with representatives from ranching and recreational interests.  The group agreed to form a task force early in 2010 to study the issues, and possible solutions more in-depth............

 

Click here to read this news article.  With Photo.

 

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

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We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Genmar Update

     Genmar Sells Marina For $3 Million...............

 

Genmar Corp. has recently sold it's 3.28 acre marina located on Lake Minnetonka for $3 million.The company had been leasing the marina out, and had not used the facilities for it's own operations...........

 

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

 

 

 

 

Some of Genmar boat brands include:   Ranger. Triumph, Champion, Strartos, Fincraft, Hydra-Sports, Larson, Wellcraft, Glastron, Carver, Four Winns.

 

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Sat ..Dec 26  Tim Woodson

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

Jake The Kayaker

 

Capt'n Dave Kelly, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat Gypsy Rose wrote us the following e-mails about getting together and helping Jake the Kayaker !

 

 

 

SEY HEY BILL
I WAS READING ( ON RIVER BILLS )THE ACCOUNT OF JAKE THE KAYAKER THAT HAD HIS GEAR STOLEN FRIDAY
MAYBE YOU COULD FIND AND POST THE ADDRESS OF THE FOLKS THAT ARE PUTTING HIM UP FOR A WHILE AND A LIST OF ITEMS HE NEEDS?? I KNOW IF I HAVE ANYTHING HE NEEDS HE'S WELCOME TO IT AND WOULD GLADLY SHIP IT DOWN THERE ...KNOWING THE RIVER FOLKS THE WAY I DO IM SURE MANY OTHERS WOULD DO THE SAME..
 

THRU RIVER BILLS MAYBE WE CAN HELP THIS GUY OUT ON HIS GREAT ADVENTURE,, I HOPE SO
 

DAVE KELLY

 

 

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HEY BILL,


JUST HAD ANOTHER THOUGHT ,,,,,DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY FOLKS LIVE ON THE WATER ,,NEAR THE WATER ON THIS GUYS ROUTE AROUND THE GREAT CIRCLE,, THAT WOULD LEND A HAND ???? WITH THE POWER OF RIVER BILLS I'LL BET A LIST OF FOLKS WITH LOCATION AND PHONE NUMBERS ALONG THE WAY THAT COULD AND WOULD HELP THIS GUY OUT WOULD BE AMAZING... WITH RIVER BILLS FOLLOWERS I BET THIS COULD HAPPEN,,, WHAT A SHAME WE MISSED HIM ON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME ADVENTURE...
DOES ANY ONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT HIS COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES ARE????MAYBE POST HIS PHONE NUMBER SO FOLKS OR RIVER BILLS COULD TEXT A LIST OF CONTACTS TO...OR BETTER YET MAYBE SOME COMPUTER GEEK COULD DO A MAP OF THE ROUTE WITH MARKERS THAT WOULD POP A CONTACT...I BET WE ALL WOULD BE SURPRISED AT THE NUMBER OF MARKERS...


LETS HELP THIS FELLAS DREAM COME TRUE


DAVE KELLY

THE GYPSY ROSE

 

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RiverBill says... Jake the Kayaker got lots of his equipment stolen  last week while on his trip around the great loop.

 

You can follow his progress here.

Website
http://www.portagetoportage.com/

See his current location using his Spot locator
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0cKUmmUBGK34MHDVFDuJH2D3qcFaQ3NAr

Daily Blog
http://www.portagetoportage.com/blog.html

 

 

TVA Coal Ash Spill

    December 22 Will Mark The 1 Year Anniversary............

 

On December 22, 2008, a coal fly ash spill occurred when a retention pond wall collapsed at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, dumping an estimated 5.4 million cubic yards of coal fly ash into the Emory River................

 

        Click here to read an account from knoxnews.com.

 

Wanted to Buy......

 

Wanted to Buy: Ship to Shore electric cords, depth finder, 4-6 large fenders and handheld marine radio.

Trades considered; have danforth davits, new speedometer, and swim ladder.

Contact Denise at 314-606-0782.

 

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

 

For Sale.
    Gill IN5 Coastal Cruise Jacket.

Brand New, Never Worn. Size: XL. Navy Blue and Off-white -- navy & mist in Gill terms.

A great all-around jacket for boating and general activities. Very "salty". Bought it for my wife, but I bought the wrong size. Forgot to return it and and now we just could use the money. Here's a description of this great jacket from the Gill site....

Breathable, waterproof outer fabric of lightweight Nylon Tactel Oxford keeps you dry, inside and out. Fully-taped seams guarantee waterproofness. Hi-visibility roll-away hood with volume adjustment for improved fit, designed to move with the head. Offshore-height collar with wrap-around face guard offering excellent weather protection. Double storm flap for full protection even in the wettest conditions. Large, bellowed cargo pockets keep essentials close at hand.

A link to the Gill site.
http://www.gillna.com/coastal/IN5_CRUISE_JACKET.php

Paid $165 (plus shipping)    Will sell for $150 /OBO

Larry (314) 799-0900
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Link Is Fixed !

    When Your Motorcycle Gets Boring

 

Capt'n Phil Steimel sent us a link to video named jet-boat-maitrise

 

Click here and check it out...

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  Boat of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Cleaning up Lake of the Ozarks a vast challenge
 

 

        Click here to read this news article from lakeexpo.com

 

Red River flood makes Coast Guard's top 11 video highlights

NEW ORLEANS � The U.S. Coast Guard released Wednesday its top 11 video compilation for 2009, highlighting the year's most compelling cases and features rescue footage from the Red River flood response.

The Coast Guard's top 11 videos showcase the service's maritime missions conducted every day. The compilation (presented in no particular order) is available for viewing and downloading from the Coast Guard Visual Imagery site at: http://cgvi.uscg.mil.

The top 11 video compilation includes:

 

  • The rescue of a paraglider pilot who crashed on the shoreline of Cape Lookout near Tillamook, Ore., by an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.

  • The capture of suspected pirates from a response to a vessel distress signal from Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team 409 while operating under Combined Task Force 151.

  • A medical evacuation of a crewmember from a U.S. Navy submarine off the coast of Wash., by an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.

  • The simultaneous pursuit and interdiction of two drug smuggling boats 80 miles of the coast of Guatemala by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.

  • The rescue of two crewmembers from a fishing vessel on fire 10 miles off the coast of Long Beach, Wash., by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active and aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.

  • The rescue of two people from a burning boat near Corpus Christi, Texas, from an aircrew from Sector Corpus Christi, Texas.

  • The rescue of six people from their capsized vessel two miles from the Columbia River, Wash., by a boatcrew from Cape Disappointment, Wash., and an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.

  • The response to US Airways flight 1549 emergency landing in the Hudson River near Manhattan, N.Y., by boatcrews from Sector New York.

  • The rescue of a man whose canoe flipped in heavy surf in the Necanicum River near Gearheart, Ore., by an aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Ore.

  • The dewatering of the fishing vessel Blue Diamond 90 miles east of Atlantic City, N.J., from the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish.

  • The rescue of three people, their cat and dog during the Red River Valley floods from an aircrew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich
     

Click here to read entire news release

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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.

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

While Trolling The Internet............

 

We ran aground an article, originally published in 1997, chronicling the fight between James Buchanan Eads, the Mississippi River, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.................

 

        Click here to read this article from americanheritage.com.

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Coast Guard conducts VOSS deployment drill in Galveston Bay


GALVESTON, Texas - Crewmembers on board the Coast Guard Buoy tender Harry Claiborne monitor the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System during a pollution response drill in Galveston Bay Thursday, Feb 28, 2008. The Coast Guard's VOSS equipment is strategically pre-positioned at several locations across the country and may be transported to a spill site on a single truck orĘby Coast Guard C-130 aircraft.Ę The mobile equipment is totally self-contained and capable of being used quickly and effectively aboard any available vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mario Romero.

 

 

 

It's the Weekend

 

 

 Sat, Sun..19, 20 December 2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

Eagles Landing Christmas

 

 

 

Pat Bindner                                          Bob Binder

 

Bernie and John Patrico

Click to enlarge

 

 

 

The Pictures of the Day .......were sent to us Lisa Hickey, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat named .... "Ching."

 

 

Hi Bill

There was a fun party on Saturday at Eagles Landing.

We had a lot of good food and played rob your neighbor.

What fun!

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Lisa

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

Tyler Mitchell's

SomeBeach

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day .......were sent to us by Capt'n Tyler Mitchell who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the sailboat........ "Saint Somewhere."

 

 

Hey Bill,


Recently I came across two pictures I thought I'd share. Both of them are of my "Somebeach". Isn't it amazing how the same scene can look so much different? And how each conveys a completely different feeling or emotion? They say-beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, it's really hard to believe that anyone could see much beauty in pic 2-blahhh! But hey, I'm just a warm blooded river rat waiting for spring!

 

Tyler (PYC)
 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2007 ------ was from Capt'n Mark Newlin

 

Bill,
This is me on the Meramec in Fenton near our house. I'm on a 20 year old "Sail-board" that I found at a second hand shop. I may even take it up on the Mississippi this summer. As expensive as gas is, I'm sure glad to have water-toys that don't use any. I'm starting to see more kayakers than powerboats some days. 


Mark Newlin

 

 

RiverBill says....What a bright colorful picture to brighten up a Winter's Day. 


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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

Saturday

The 2006 Sharks !

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006 ------  was a shot of the Sharks band....at Sharky's floating Restaurant... Belting out the tunes for everyone dancing pleasure. They did a particularly good rendition of the "House Of The Rising Sun" that night...........It's good....real good.

   


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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale.. 1991 Trojan 12 Meter Sedan (40 ft.)

 

Description

 

1991 Trojan 12 meter Sedan (40 ft.)

 

Starship

 

2/485 HP Detroit Diesels (Low Hours)

8.0 KW Diesel Onan (Low Hours)

Garmen Color Radar and Chartplotter

Complete updated interior

 

Must see to appreciate, Located at Duck Club Marina

 

$127,500

 

Can Email more pictures, contact Sinclairbuick06@aol.com

or call Al Morgan 636 541 3837

                                                     

 

 

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New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

          

         Z260 Mariah 98 Model                                 1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

New Price For 2010                                                            

                                      

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  
  
The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                                Click here

 

Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

  • Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT.

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river levels, river forecast and flood watches, warnings and advisories.

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Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Sad News / Kayaker Robbed

  

 Bill... My wife Jan and I have been following the story of Jake who is making the great circle. I just saw this posted on his blog. You may want to post it on your website... Maybe we could all get together and help him out somehow....

Sincerely,

Mark & Jan Muckensturm

 

 

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Hello everyone,

I regret to inform you that sometime yesterday afternoon (Friday Dec. 18th) while I was in town charging batteries and gathering water and supplies, a very large portion of my camping equipment as well as vital paddling gear was stolen from the bank where I was planning to set up camp that evening. I still have my boat, paddles, and electronics (which I took into town to charge) but most of the rest is gone.

Right now I’m being aided by two amazing residents of New Madrid Missouri, David and Cheryl White while the better half of the local police force is working hard to recover my belongings. David and Cheryl have set me up with a place to stay for a few days while my old replacement gear is being sent in from home. I’ve already made calls to two some of my sponsors and North Face and Kokatat are working on sending in what they can.

The fact remains that a large amount of gear is going to need to be purchased outright. A list of most of what was taken can be found below but I’m sure my memory is missing a few small items.

I guess my trip is on hold indefinitely while replacement gear can be found. In the mean time please pray that the lead the police are pursuing might lead them to my gear. Also if you know anybody (or know anybody who knows anybody) that lives in the Southeast corner of Missouri in or around the New Madrid area please tell them to be on the lookout for high-tech camping and paddling gear that you wouldn’t normally find in a local duck hunter’s blind or fisherman’s truck.

I need your help in spreading the word about this in hopes of finding that gear.

Instead of focusing on the couple of bad people who may have done this, instead I’d like to make note of the many good residents of this town that have already stepped up to help me through this situation.
Thank you everybody for all your support.

Jake

 

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Mississippi Riverfront At St. Louis, Missouri

    City Looking At More Dock Expansions.............

 

According to a news report from stltoday.com.............  Next month, St. Louis officials will find out if the city will be receiving $32 million in federal stimulus grant funding for the expansion of the municipal docks.  This grant would be a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.

 

Friday, the city received a $15.6 million Commerce Department grant for the replacement of the south dock.  The south dock was in poor condition prior to being damaged during last year's floods. 

 

All of the dock work is intended to capitalize on the Panama Canal expansion, as well as being the northernmost ice free port, and put St. Louis on the map as an international shipping hub...........  

 

Click here to read this news report.

Click on Ad above 

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

New Mississippi River Bridge Update

    What Will Be In Store For The High Bridge Bids?

 

According to a news article from bnd.com............  On January 6, 2010, the Missouri Highway Commission will likely be pondering what to do with the 2 bids on the new Mississippi River Bridge, that were $39 million, and $84 million higher than budget.

 

The commission has the option of accepting one bid, or rejecting both bids, and starting the bidding process all over again.

 

These bids are for the main span of the bridge project, and makes up about a third of the total $640 million cost.  Missouri is putting up $88 million, Illinois is kicking in $313 million, and the feds are contributing $239 million............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

Updated Sun at 6:00AM

Boat Manufacturer

    Cigarette Racing and Mercedes Collaborates On Boat..........

 

Cigarette Racing has teamed up with Mercedes' AMG division to introduce a "Cigarette Racing boat inspired by AMG".  The boat will feature over 100 innovations in the design, development and assembly of the boat.  Now if they could somehow use the SLS AMG's gullwing doors...............

 

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

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Mississippi River Bridge Update

    Missouri To Renegotiate Bridge Deal?

 

According to a news story from fox2now.com............  Given the over budget bids for the new Mississippi River Bridge project, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has alluded to having to start the negotiations with Illinois all over again.

 

The way the agreement stands at this time, Missouri would cover any cost overruns on the project, as agreed in February, 2008

 

Nixon states that Missouri may not wish to live up to that agreement, and would renegotiate a new cost sharing agreement that is more appropriate.   Illinois officials have already stated that Missouri will pay the overruns as agreed in 2008...........  

 

Click here to read this news story.  With Video.

 

Little Osage River

    Comment Period Extended For Little Osage River...........

 

According to a news article from waterworld.com..........  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced that they have extended the commentary period on the proposal for cleaning up the Little Osage River in Vernon County.

 

The Little Osage River's headwaters are in Kansas, and it flows into Missouri before joining the Marais des Cygnes to form the Osage River, one of the main stems of both Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks.

 

The Little Osage is listed as impaired due to low dissolved oxygen levels, and the water does not meet Missouri State water quality standards.

 

The public comment period was originally set to end on December 13, 2009, but has been extended to Monday, December 28, 2009.............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

Wanted to Buy......

 

Wanted to Buy: Ship to Shore electric cords, depth finder, 4-6 large fenders and handheld marine radio.

Trades considered; have danforth davits, new speedometer, and swim ladder.

Contact Denise at 314-606-0782.

 

Asian Carp Update

    Corps And EPA Urged To Ponder Separation Of Lakes And Basin..........

 

On Friday, a bi-partisan group of 50 Congress members sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency, encouraging them to "immediately consider" the re-establishment of the natural hydrological separation of the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River basin..........

 

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

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Fri .. Dec 18  Jack Pot Band 

Sat ..Dec 19  Tim Tibbets

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

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

 

When Your Motorcycle Gets Boring

 

Capt'n Phil Steimel sent us a link to video named jet-boat-maitrise

 

Click here and check it out...

 .

Lake Of The Ozarks

   

Tip a Cop for the Polar bear Plunge

 

        Click here to read this news article from lakeexpo.com

 

 

KJ's Place

    1530 Highway J, Portage Des Sioux 63373

 

                        Saturday, Dec. 19th Karoke

       

      

  Click here to go to KJ's webpage

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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 of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

The Great Lakes

     Lakes Levels Up, After Near Historic Lows.............

 

The levels of the Great Lakes, with the exception of Lake Ontario, are all higher than last year.  Lakes Huron and Michigan are 10 inches over last year, Superior is up 4 inches, Erie and St. Clair are up one inch, and Lake Ontario is down 1 inch.  The Lakes are slowly returning to long term average levels following near-historic low levels during the middle part of the decade.............

 

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

 

 

 

Nautical Certifications

   ABYC Offering Course Discounts............

 

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has come up with several basic as well as eight standards based technical certification courses addressing the assorted systems found aboard modern boats and yachts, and is offering discounts of $200 on these courses through June 20, 2010.  Also, owners and captains of large yachts are offered an introductory membership into the ABYC for $199...............

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

It's Friday

 

 

 18 December  2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

The Picture of the Day ....... is another from Capt'n Milt Ohlsen of the cruiser Sea Fox.  Milt and his wife Fran used to hail out of the Duck Club Yacht Club, but now live aboard their boat and travel the eastern seaboard of the United States.....

 

 

 

Bill,


An unusually heavy fog last nite provided a nice coating on this web.
Looking thru the lines presented an interesting view across the
fairway and the pattern is quite artistic.


Happy Holidays to the Mississippi River boaters!


Milt

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Harbor Cruise

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2006 ------ was of Dale (left) and Dave (right) taking a harbor cruise at Two Branch Marina last year !     Nice day for a ride.

   Actually they are paddling Dale's boat lift to the ramp to take it out of the water.  Notice they are wearing their life jackets.....And... Dale is paddling with a shovel.   

   


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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale.. 2003 Sea Ray Bowrider 290

 

Description


Dual prop 496 magnum Mercruiser Bravo III engine (375 HP) with closed cooling system. It has 208 hours on it and always been in fresh water and comes with complete canvas system, Corsa Captains Call exhaust.  Premium sound system 8 speakers w/ 12” subwoofer AM-FM MP3 Stereo/CD Player
290 BR Specifications

Overall Length 29'6"
Beam 9'8"
Draft (Stern Drive Down) 38"
Draft (Stern Drive Up) 23"

Height Dimensions

Waterline To Top Of Windshield 5'6"
Waterline To Top Of Arch 7'3"
Keel To Top Of Windshield 7'6"
Keel To Top Of Arch 9'3"

Dry Weight..............................7,200lbs
Fuel Capacity............................130 Gallons
Water Capacity............................24 Gallons
 
$65,000 OBO .....Will consider trade for cruiser
 

Call 618 830-1033 for Further Details
 

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1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

  

                                      

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The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

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Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

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Navigation Notices ......

 

No New Navigation Notice


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

 

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Missouri River Shipping

     MoDOT Focuses On Missouri River Barge Traffic............

 

According to a news item from komu.com............  Since the Missouri River shipping season is likely to run it's full course this year, Missouri officials see good reason to expand barge traffic along the Missouri River.

 

In the past, long running droughts, and low reservoir levels up river has shortened every shipping season since 2001. 

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), has announced that the anticipated federal funds, to the tune of $900,000, would be used for a market study on how to increase Missouri River shipping, and how to keep shipping schedules more consistent, even during periods of low water.............

 

Click here to read this news item.  With Photo.

 

Click on Ad above 

 

Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

    Grant Issued To Replace St. Louis Dock..............

 

According to a news report from bizjournals.com..............  A federal grant has been awarded to St. Louis for the replacement of the city's municipal river terminal south dock. 

 

The source of the sizeable grant is the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration, and is intended to assist with Missouri's economic recovery following last year's floods.

 

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be making the announcement at a news conference slated for 11:30 am on Friday, at City Hall.   Mayor Francis Slay and Governor Jay Nixon will be in attendance as well............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Wanted to Buy......

 

Wanted to Buy: Ship to Shore electric cords, depth finder, 4-6 large fenders and handheld marine radio.

Trades considered; have danforth davits, new speedometer, and swim ladder.

Contact Denise at 314-606-0782.

 

Ohio River At Metropolis, Illinois

    Superman's Hometown Will Soon Have Port District................

 

According to a news article from kwqc.com............  Wednesday, Illinois governor, Pat Quinn, signed a measure that will create the Massac-Metropolis Port District.

 

The creation of the Port District would allow new ports to be built on the Ohio River, the expansion of a nearby airport, and could provide a new way to move southern Illinois goods, such as coal and agricultural products. The district would also have the authority to issue bonds, levy certain taxes, and obtain loans. 

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

Founded in 1839, Metropolis, Illinois is located in Massac county, on the Ohio River, and has was officially named the "Hometown of Superman" on June 9, 1972 with the passage of Illinois State Legislature Resolution 572..................

 

Source:  Wikipedia Encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Fri .. Dec 18  Jack Pot Band 

Sat ..Dec 19  Tim Tibbets

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

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

 

When Your Motorcycle Gets Boring

 

Capt'n Phil Steimel sent us a link to video named jet-boat-maitrise

 

Click here and check it out...

 .

Lake Of The Ozarks

    Sen. Lager Says Lake Needs Cleanup Plan...............

 

Missouri State Senator, Brad Lager, R-Savannah stated that that he aims to recommend a long term plan to protect the Lake of the Ozarks, including the state takeover of the water sampling process from AmrenUE, the assignment of the Department of Health and Senior Services to respond to high bacteria levels in the Lake, and the notification of the public to high bacteria levels within 48 hours.................

 

        Click here to read this news article from lakeexpo.com

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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 of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Boat Manufacturer

    Analyst Views Brunswick More Stable For 2010...............

 

Philip Gorman, a stock analyst for Morningstar, has stated that although the company is still facing business and financial risks, the stabilization of Brunswick's liquidity position has warranted the raising of Brunswick's fair value estimate, and a lowering of it's fair value uncertainty ratings..............

 

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

 

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba

ATLANTIC OCEAN - Crewmembers aboard the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba hold on to nets on the flight deck of the cutter when the ship rolls in 15-foot seas Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. The 270-foot cutter is approaching a Gloucester, Mass., lobster boat that became disabled more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass. U.S. Coast Guard photo


 

 

 

It's Thursday

 

 

 17 December  2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

The Grafton Lighthouse

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day ....... were sent to us by Capt'n Dave Diederich, who hails out of Alton Maria in the sailboat....  "Wind Dancer"  and takes aerial pictures with a kite camera.

 

 

Bill,

 

I was in Grafton last Saturday and took this low level aerial photo of the Grafton Lighthouse.

Dave Diederich
"Wind Dancer"


 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008.......  was a rare shot of Santa in Grafton Harbor ...delivering  Christmas gifts to those River Rats that were "Good Boaters " this year.

 

Keep a look-out for Sana at your Harbor soon !

 

 

Original Photo By: Pat Zimmer

Santa portrayed by Capt'n Pete Zimmer

Santa's River Dawgs Tobie and Sophie portrayed by themselves

Artwork by Pat Reid of Crystal Photography 

 

Happy Holidays


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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

For Sale.. Slip at Duck Club Marina

 

  Description

 

    50 foot ...D Dock # 53

    Price $ 38,500

    Ernie Patti
    314-409-2458 or 636-532-0074

 

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New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

  

                                      

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  
  
The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                                Click here

 

Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

  • Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT.

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river levels, river forecast and flood watches, warnings and advisories.

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

No New Navigation Notice


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

 

 

Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Missouri River At Jefferson City

   MoDOT Planning To Extend Missouri River Bridge..................

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is looking to add an 8 foot extension to the Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City.  The extension will allow pedestrian and bicyclist access to the bridge, and it will link the Katy Trail to downtown Jefferson City.................

 

        Click here to read this news story from komu.com.  With Photo and Video.

 

Friends of the Mississippi River

  December Website Update........

 

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


~ Upper Mississippi River Basin Protection Act introduced
~ New York Times shines a light on Combined Sewer Overflows

~ Cougar sighted near Mississippi River in Champlin


 

Click here and check it out

Click on Ad above 

 

New Mississippi River Bridge Update

    Construction Bids For New Bridge Too High.............

 

According to a news report from stltoday.com..............  Since December 8, 2009, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has been reviewing bids for the construction of a new Mississippi River bridge north of downtown St. Louis, and even the lowball bid is $39 million higher than was anticipated.

 

MoDOT's St. Louis district engineer, Ed Hassinger, conceded that the Mississippi River is the largest in the country, and that the River conditions require specialized operations for construction.

 

The low bid of $229.5 million was from a joint venture between St. Louis' own Alberici Corp, Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, and Traylor Bros. Inc., of Indiana.............

 

Click here to read this news report.

 

 

22 yr Old Girl to Row Across Atlantic

 

Bill:

Besides, checking Riverbills.com each day, I check Cleveland.com every day for scores. ( I'm still an avid Cleveland and Ohio State fan.)

I found this story about a 22 year old girl, Katie Spotz, who will attempt to row from Africa to South America. It will take her three months at sea.
The row boat she will use is one of only three in existence.

Click here for the link. Besides the article, there's a video --kind of a self interview.



The thought of ROWING across the Atlantic is daunting. Of course, she is a Clevelander, which makes all the more possible ! LOL

If it's slow news day - or you get tired of reading /posting Asian Carp stories.... (For the record, I'm interested in the Bighead and Silver Carp migration. I think that's pretty scary for the Great lakes)

Larry Demko
365 Advertising

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke      

Saturday Special- Scott's favorite STAG Tall Boy Can 1.50
  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

Wanted to Buy......

 

Wanted to Buy: Ship to Shore electric cords, depth finder, 4-6 large fenders and handheld marine radio.

Trades considered; have danforth davits, new speedometer, and swim ladder.

Contact Denise at 314-606-0782.

 

River Christmas Party Tonite !

 

 

Genmar Update

    Judge Approves Genmar Holding's Sales Motion.............

 

According to a new article from tradeonlytoday.com..............  A Minnesota bankruptcy court has approved sales motion put forth by Genmar Holdings, as well as the procedures and fees laid out in the agreement between Genmar and Project Boat Holdings.

 

Project Boat Holdings submitted a $55 million bid for Ranger, Stratos, Champion, Wellcraft, Four Winns, Glastron, and Larson. 

 

An auction will be held on January 7, 2010, and a court hearing is slated for January 13, 2010, in order to consider the final approval of the sale............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

Some of Genmar boat brands include:   Ranger. Triumph, Champion, Strartos, Fincraft, Hydra-Sports, Larson, Wellcraft, Glastron, Carver, Four Winns.

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Fri .. Dec 18  Jack Pot Band 

Sat ..Dec 19  Tim Tibbets

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

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

 

Mississippi River Journey

   Reporter Paddles Down Length Of Mississippi River.............

 

iReporter Neal Moore paddled down the Mississippi River in an effort to "Touch America"; and has chronicled his journey and experiences..............

 

        Click here to follow Neal Moore's trip on cnn.com.  With Video

.

Lake Ozarks
 

 EAGLE DAYS: Watch by land and water Jan. 9-10

    

       Click here to read this news story on Lake Expo.com

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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 of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Mercury Marine Update

    Mercury Prepared To Get $20 Million Loan............

 

With a signed agreement in place by the end of the week, a $20 million loan will released to Mercury Marine from Fon du Lac County, Wisconsin.  The loan is for job retention, and economic development............

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

ANT Cape May winter buoys

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. – Members of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Cape May, N.J., work the busy buoy deck during winter buoy replacement operations in Oyster Creek near Barnegat Light Dec. 15, 2009. Aids to Navigation Team Cape May uses a 49-foot buoy utility stern loader to conduct the buoy replacement operation.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

 

 

 

It's Wednesday

 

 

 16 December  2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Scipio's

1st Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Hannibal, Mo

Scipio Marina Boaters

 

Click on pic to enlarge

Winner... Bob Dillon

 

The Pictures of the Day ....... were sent to us by Renee Fisher who hails out of Scipio's Marina in Hannibal, Mo.  They are some party pictures from last Saturday , Dec. 12th.

 

 

 

 

Bill,

 

The 1st one is our group that attended. Most dock at Scipio Marina, Hannibal MO.
 

The 2nd picture is the Winner Bob Dillon ( yes really it is) from the boat The River Yacht.

Thanks

Renee Fisher

Scipio Marina, Hannibal MO

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day from 2008.......  were set in by Capt'n Larry Snopek
 

 

Bill

I went up to LaCrosse Wi, to visit my brother. On my way up there, I stopped off at Galena Il. It's nice place to visit, some what similar to Old Town St. Charles. The route I took to get there might be a challenge for the faint of heart. The pictures are of the bridge across the Mississippi, between Sabula IA, and Savanna Il. As you can see, it is a steel decked bridge. And yup, that metal rail is all that keeps a vehicle from going into the river. It must be made of good material, and well constructed. Unless it was made that way, the rail has a number of scrapes, dents, and other signs of abuse. And in case your asking yourself, yes the bridge is narrow; like the old Lewis or Clark bridges.

 

Larry Snopek


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Featured Boat of the Day

 

 

 

     

For Sale.. 1983 Carver Mariner 33 "Rae Marie V"

 

Description

 

"Rae Marie V"

1983 Carver Mariner 33', LOA 36' with a 12' Beam

 

Twin 270 Crusaders with V-drives, 6.5 Onan generator, Halon Fire extinguisher

 

Large Fly Bridge with bimini and full enclosure.  Custom seat covers.  Extra entrance

to cabin for cold or rainy days.

 

Single Level Cabin that has a private stateroom with built in cabinet and closet.  Dual access to bathroom with a separate shower stall.

 

Galley has a propane stove/oven, microwave, double sink and dual power refrigerator/freezer.  Plenty of cabinet space and drawers.

 

Salon/Dinette that seats 8 or sleeps 4, with a very large table and a full size futon.  Built in stereo with ceiling speakers.  Closet for extra storage. 

 

AC is also reverse cycle heat.

 

$25,000

 

Call 314-581-4370 or Email jerib711@aol.com

 

 

Click here to go to RiverBills Classifieds page for more pictures

 

 

To View This and Other Featured Boats ....Click Here


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

New Classifieds, New Prices

 

 

1985 Bayliner Conquest Express 3250

  

                                      

River Levels / Flood Warnings.........  
  
The graphs are checked for updates every 20 minutes !  

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                                Click here

 

Alton                                                                 Hardin

Click here                                                               Click here

 

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

  • Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT.

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river levels, river forecast and flood watches, warnings and advisories.

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

Restaurant Section...... 

 Click here to check Business Hours....Dinner Specials...Drink Specials & Who's Playing Where ! 

 

What's Going On At The River This Week Section...... 

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 12/15/09
Subject: Dredging Operation at The Melvin Price L/D - AUX Chamber
NAVNOTICE # 2009

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DREDGING OPERATIONS HAVE COMMENCED INSIDE THE AUXILIARY CHAMBER AT THE MELVIN PRICE L/D AT MM 200.8 UMR AND ARE SCHEDULED TO CONTINUE UNTIL SATURDAY 19DEC09. DREDGING OPERATIONS WILL BE PERFORMED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. THE AUXILIARY CHAMBER WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DURING THIS TIME. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN TRANSITING THIS AREA.



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Knight's I-70

Boat & RV Storage

 

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

  • 24/7 access with key pad

  • Asphalt paved, no gravel

  • Not in the flood plain

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

  • Water available for pressure washing

  • Free month with 12 month contract

  • Rates from $30/month

(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

Click here for map from MapQuest

Barge Accident Update

   "Man Overboard" Back On Barge, And Heading South.............

 

According to a news story from morrisdailyherald.com............  Following a tumble into the Illinois River, 22 year old Patrick Brown is back aboard the barge he fell from Friday night, and heading down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to Memphis, Tennessee.

 

The accident occurred near the Dresden Lock and Dam, when a barge attached to the tow, "The Anderson" struck a pillar on the ex-EJ &J railroad bridge, shucking Brown into the River.

 

Brown and another deckhand were positioned on the tow's lead barges as guides, since the tow was 108 feet wide, and the distance between the bridge's pilings was only 115 feet across.............

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

The Dresden Island Lock And Dam was constructed in the early 1930s, and is the uppermost of 5 lock and dam complexes maintaining a 9 foot navigation channel along the Illinois River.............

 

Click here to read more from johnweeks.com.

 

 

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Missouri River Corridor

    Efforts Underway To Increase Waterway Freight Travel.............

 

According to a news article from bizjournals.com............  Agriculture producers, barge lines, shippers, representatives from Missouri state, and federal agencies are interested in finding ways to increase freight travel along Missouri's waterways.

 

During the coming year, a $900,000 federally funded study will assist in determining the best way to improve the Missouri River corridor, by assessing current river products, the possibility of containerized shipping, and how to maintain shipping operations, even during periods of low water.

 

Of the 14 authorized public ports, only 7 have the ability to move goods across their docks.  So far in 2009, some 2.4 million tons cargo and services passed through these docks..................  

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

636 - 899 - 1093

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Hours:         Thur - Opening at 2pm

Fri - Sun Opening Daily at 11:30am


Friday: $1.00 Can Beer All Day  & Karaoke       Saturday: $10 Buckets and $5.00 Martinis

  

WIFI is now available ! 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

We still has a few 36 foot docks available. Call Amy at 636-899-1093 or 314-706-2313.

 

Wanted to Buy......

 

Wanted to Buy: Ship to Shore electric cords, depth finder, 4-6 large fenders and handheld marine radio.

Trades considered; have danforth davits, new speedometer, and swim ladder.

Contact Denise at 314-606-0782.

 

 

 

 

Boat Dealer News

    Majority Of MarineMax's Revenues From Brunswick Products.......

 

According to a news article from tradeonlytoday.com............  MarineMax has filed it's annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and noted that during fiscal year 2009, close to 51% of their revenue was from the sale of new boats manufactured by Brunswick.

 

For fiscal 2009, new boat sales accounted for 60.7% of revenue, used boat sales covered 22.5% of revenue (74.7% of the used boats were Brunswick products), while marine gear, parts, accessories, and other marine goods and services comprised the remaining revenues.

 

MarineMax is based in Clearwater, Florida, and has 55 locations, and as of September 30, 2009, some 1,245 employees nationwide...........

 

 

Click here to read this news article.

 

 

Brand New & Already A Classic

3761 New Town Blvd, St. Charles, Mo

636 - 724 - 7920 

Fri .. Dec 18  Jack Pot Band 

Sat ..Dec 19  Tim Tibbets

Ladies 80's Night Every Wednesday

All You Can Eat Crab Legs- Monday Nights $21.95

Check Out The $7.95 Lunch Buffett

Click here to go to The Big Muddy website

 

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

 

Today in River History........

  

  • December 16, 1992 in River History
    The Discovery Bridge connecting hwy. 370 to St. Louis County opens on December 16. ....Click here for more information

 

  • December 16, 1811 in River History
    December 16, 1811 is the date of the first, in a series of earthquakes, and aftershocks, lasting through February 1812, that drastically changed the landscape of the Mississippi river.

     Even though the Richter scale did not exist in 1811, scientists estimate its’ approximate magnitude of 8.1 out of 10.

    Click here to read this entire article in the Surburban Journal………….

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed for the season

Grafton's Landing............... Closed for the season

Kinder's Restaurant............ Closed for the season

KJ's Place......................... Open.....   Boaters Welcome

Longshot Saloon................ Closed

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

Yacht Club of St. Louis......  Closed for the season

 

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

 

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  Boat of the week 

1995 Mariah Z272,

LOADED WITH OPTIONS, 7.4L BRAVO III, NEW UPGRADED STEREO, EISENGLASS, FULL MOORING COVER AS WELL AS COCKPIT COVERS. TOO MUCH TO LIST. $19900

 

 

 

 

CERTIFIED TECHS TO COMPLETE MARINE REPAIR FROM THE BOW EYE

 TO THE PROP NUT.....     LEWIS BOATS CAN DO IT ALL !

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

 REGAL, BOSTON WHALER & SKEETER BASS BOATS

 Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yamaha

Map/Hours      Pontoon & Boat Hauling...Up to 44' & 20,000 Lbs        Website

Genmar Update

    President Of Genmar Yachts Optimistic On Sale............

 

According to a news report from greenbaypressgazette.com............  While Genmar's operations are prepping for the selling block, the president of Pulaski, Wisconsin based Genmar Yacht group, Bob VanGrunsven, is confident that the group will find a new owner, and remain in Pulaski.

 

The Genmar Yacht Group produces vessels under the Carver and Marquis brands.

 

A $55 million bid was made by California based Platinum Equity, for some of Genmar's smaller boat brands.  This bid does not include the larger boat lines.................

 

 

Click here to read this news report.  With Photo.

 

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Partnership in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA - A Coast Guard rescue boat crew and a Philadelphia Marine Police safe boat crew communicates with each other during training in the Delaware River near Philadelphia Dec. 11, 2009. The two agencies reside in the same building in Philadelphia and keep a constant flow of communication for the Delaware River’s security and safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

 

 

 

 It's Tuesday

 

 

 15 December  2009

 

 

    Over 3 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Jake Stachovak

embarking on a 10 month,

6100 mile Great Loop adventure

by kayak

 

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day ....... were sent to us by Capt'n Dave Diederich, who hails out of Alton Marina in the sailboat.... Wind Dancer."

 

 

As previously reported on RiverBills, Jake Stachovak was embarking on a 10 month, 6100 mile Great Loop adventure by kayak. Initially, he was departing and returning from Portage, Wisconsin. However after encountering a blizzard and frozen rivers, he decided on Plan B. He ended up departing from Grafton, Illinois on Saturday, December 12 and expects to return to Grafton, October 2010. Here are some photos of his departure.

You can follow his progress here.

Website
http://www.portagetoportage.com/

See his current location using his Spot locator
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0cKUmmUBGK34MHDVFDuJH2D3qcFaQ3NAr

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