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December 20
11

12-21-11   -   12-31-11

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 RRiver Life

 

It's Saturday

New Year's Eve

31 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Picture of the Day ... were sent to us by Mary Beth Tiemann who hails out of the Riverbend area of the Mississippi River in the boat...... Krystal Lady.

 

A River Sunset

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

          2001 41ft. Sea Ray Express                  1996 Baha Cruisers Mach1/BR Combo 29'

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock                                         1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

 

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


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

 

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

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

LARRY M. BOYER FELL INTO THE ST. FRANCIS RIVER AND WAS SWEPT AWAY IN THE CURRENT AND DROWNED. BOYER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT SCENE BY BUTLER COUNTY CORONER BRYAN FUEGATE. HIS NEXT OF KIN WAS NOTIFIED.......

              Click here to read this Missouri State Water Patrol report.

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

 

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

or pick it up at  Baked T's, 6368 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, M0 & save the shipping costs

314-727-4400    Click here for Map

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 to go to website

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Waterways Near St. Louis, Missouri

    Metropolitan Sewer District To Address Runoff Issues.........

 

To comply with the terms of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will be investing $4.7 billion over 23 years to make improvements to avoid the release of untreated wastewater into the rivers around St. Louis.  $100 million of these funds has been set aside for "green infrastructure" such as permeable pavement, green roofs and rain barrels that should help reduce discharges into the Mississippi River........

 

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

 

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

River Ferries

    It's That Time of the Year... Call Before You Go

Brussels Ferry..............618 - 786-3636

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618 - 396-2535

Winfield Ferry...............618 - 396-2535

Grafton Ferry............... Out of Business

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

Chicago River At Chicago, Illinois

    New Year's Day Canoe Paddle Coming Up........

 

On New Year's Day, over 300 paddlers will head out to the Chicago River to participate in the 27th annual New Year's Day Canoe Paddle.  The four mile paddle will start close to the Skokie Lagoons, and will end in Linne Woods.  The event is sponsored by the Illinois Paddling Association and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.......

 

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

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Fall Hours Thur thru Sat opening at 2pm & Sun at 11:30am
 

Thursday: $2 Wells & Burger Special
Friday:
1.00 Cans, DJ/Kareoke, Fish & Shrimp Combo Special
Saturday:
$10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

 

 

1.50 Bud Light Bottles During Sunday Rams Games

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Missouri River Near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

    Vandals Damage Flood Damaged Houses.........

 

To add insult to injury to the victims of the flooding along the Missouri River, vandals have broken into flood damaged homes, and damaged them further.  The floodwaters did not cause much damage to the home of James and Elaine Buscher, but vandals trashed their house.  Local law enforcement officials are trying to provide additional security for the area, some even spent the night in an effort to catch the vandals in the act........

 

        Click here to read this news story form ketv.com.  With Photo and Video.

 

 

New Years Day

   Polar Bear Water Ski at the Arch

 

Click here for more information
 

 Your Eye on the River

Sharky's On The River WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 222

 Sharky's RiverWebCam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes
Hit refresh to update this live picture

Check it out, go to http://www.sharkysontheriver.com/

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

History for weather station KMOSTCHA4...Polestar Boating Center, St.Charles, MO.. Click here

 Riverwebcams.com

     What a great place to advertise your business ! 

 

Contact us for information on advertising your business on Riverwebcams.com or for prices on getting a webcam installed at your place......... riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Click here to go to Riverwebcams.com

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Click here to go to.... superbrightleds.com

 

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

    Wring A Bit More Life Out Of The Christmas Tree........

 

After the Christmas holiday celebrations are over, don't let the Christmas tree go to waste.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is encouraging the public to participate in the annual Christmas tree recycling program.  The donated trees will be bundled together and deposited into select Missouri and Illinois lakes.  These artificial habitats provide cover and breeding areas for fish........

 

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

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

River Lovers Unite............   Click here to go to the Riverkeeper website

 

Mark Twain Revealed

    Will The Real Huckleberry Finn Please Stand Up........

 

It is no secret that Samuel Clemens modeled the characters in his tale, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" after people he knew in Hannibal, Missouri.  Huck was based on Clemens' boyhood pal, Tom Blankenship.  Tom's sister, Elizabeth Blankenship, the inspiration for Becky Thatcher, is still a resident of Hannibal, residing at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  What is not known, is what became of Tom Blankenship.  The Hannibal Courier-Post is currently investigating Blankenship's life after Mark Twain........

 

        Click here to read more from hannibal.net.  With Picture.

 

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

River Levels & Water Temp

    on your Mobile Phone, Blackberry, IPhone, etc...

 

River Levels for Pool 26..............  http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

Alton to Hannibal........................ http://www.riverbills.com/River-Mis.html

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

 

Add current river level information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

 

River Networking

 

RiverBills.com...................................... Click here

Alton Marina........................................ Click here

Alton Motorboat Club...........................  Click here

The Big Kahuna. ................................  Click here 

Cedar Hill Resort.................................. Click here  

Chuters .............................................. Click here  

Con Trios Yacht Club............................ Click here...

Dardenne Slough Harbor Hop................ Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club ......................... Click here

Eagles Landing Marina ........................ Click here

Grafton Harbor ...................................  Click here

Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship .....................  Click here  

John's Boat Harbor ............................  Click here 

Harbor Point Yacht Club .....................  Click here

Kinder's Restaurant ............................. Click here 

Lake Center Marina ............................. Click here 

Longshot Saloon ................................. Click here

My River Home..................................   Click here

North Shore Marina ............................. Click here   

On-Site Marine Services......................  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club........................... Click here

Polestar Boating Center....................... Click here

Port Charles Harbor.............................  Click here

Sundowners Drink.Eat.Boat................   Click here

Sharky's ...........................................   Click here

St. Charles Boat & Motor....................   Click here

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow................   Click here 

Two Rivers Marina .............................   Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis..Click here 

Woodland Marina..................................Click here 

World Wide Marine Training...................Click here

 

 

 

 

 

It's Friday

30 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Debbie Moore who hails out of the Two Branch area of the river in the boat...... Ship of Fools.

 

A Towboat Sunset

 

 

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2009 ......  was 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

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

          2001 41ft. Sea Ray Express                  1996 Baha Cruisers Mach1/BR Combo 29'

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock                                         1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

 

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


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

 

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

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol
 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

 

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

or pick it up at  Baked T's, 6368 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, M0 & save the shipping costs

314-727-4400    Click here for Map

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 to go to website

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Mississippi River Levees

    Corps Gets $802 Million For Mississippi River Levee Repairs........

 

Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will be receiving $802 million for repairing levees along the Mississippi River damaged during the flooding of 2011.  This work is considered critical, as a wetter than normal flood season has been forecast.  At this time, the Corps is getting repair plans together, so work can start as soon as the weather improves.  To date, the Corps has spent around $124 million on Mississippi River levee repairs........

 

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

 

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

River Ferries

    It's That Time of the Year... Call Before You Go

Brussels Ferry..............618 - 786-3636

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618 - 396-2535

Winfield Ferry...............618 - 396-2535

Grafton Ferry............... Out of Business

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

Chicago River At Chicago, Illinois

    New Year's Day Canoe Paddle Coming Up........

 

On New Year's Day, over 300 paddlers will head out to the Chicago River to participate in the 27th annual New Year's Day Canoe Paddle.  The four mile paddle will start close to the Skokie Lagoons, and will end in Linne Woods.  The event is sponsored by the Illinois Paddling Association and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.......

 

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

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Fall Hours Thur thru Sat opening at 2pm & Sun at 11:30am
 

Thursday: $2 Wells & Burger Special
Friday:
1.00 Cans, DJ/Kareoke, Fish & Shrimp Combo Special
Saturday:
$10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

 

 

1.50 Bud Light Bottles During Sunday Rams Games

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Missouri River Near Big Lake, Missouri

    Missing Trooper Search Renewed........

 

Wednesday, over 80 people participated in a "hand-in-hand" search for missing Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Fred Guthrie Jr. Trooper Guthrie disappeared on August 1 while performing flood duty near Big Lake, Missouri.  Volunteers searched farm fields south of Big Lake.  This was a one day search, but more searches may happen later........

 

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

 

 

New Years Day

   Polar Bear Water Ski at the Arch

 

Click here for more information
 

 Your Eye on the River

Sharky's On The River WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 222

 Sharky's RiverWebCam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes
Hit refresh to update this live picture

Check it out, go to http://www.sharkysontheriver.com/

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

History for weather station KMOSTCHA4...Polestar Boating Center, St.Charles, MO.. Click here

 Riverwebcams.com

     What a great place to advertise your business ! 

 

Contact us for information on advertising your business on Riverwebcams.com or for prices on getting a webcam installed at your place......... riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Click here to go to Riverwebcams.com

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Fox River Near Aurora, Illinois

    Diesel Spill Has Been Cleaned Up........

 

Wednesday evening, an unknown amount of diesel fuel flowed through the top of a malfunctioning FAA underground storage tank, and found it's way into the Fox River.  An oily sheen was observed on the Fox River, about 8 feet wide, and a mile and a half long.  Crews turned out in response to the spill, and absorbent booms were deployed to collect the fuel.  The sheen is now gone........

 

        Click here to read this news article from dailyherald.com.  With Photo.    

 

Click here to go to.... superbrightleds.com

 

Mississippi River Shipping

   Winter Weather Affecting Shipping........

 

Winter weather has continued to affect barge shipping along the Upper Mississippi River.  During the week ending on December 24, only two locks, Melvin Price Lock and Dam No.26 and the Chain of Rocks Lock and Dam No.27, reported grain shipping traffic in significant volumes.  There was minor barge traffic reported at Lock and Dam No.25, and none reported at Lock and Dam No.15........

 

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

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

River Lovers Unite............   Click here to go to the Riverkeeper website

 

Mississippi River Near Quincy, Illinois

    West Quincy Barge Removed From Dry Land........

 

Thursday afternoon, crews in West Quincy worked to remove the remains of a barge that has been on land since the floods of 1993.  The barge was one of the most visible reminders of the flooding.  The barge was to replace the Mississippi Grill Restaurant, however, those plans did not come to fruition........

 

        Click here to read this news tidbit from connecttristates.com.  With Photo.

 

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

River Levels & Water Temp

    on your Mobile Phone, Blackberry, IPhone, etc...

 

River Levels for Pool 26..............  http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

Alton to Hannibal........................ http://www.riverbills.com/River-Mis.html

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

 

Add current river level information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

 

River Networking

 

RiverBills.com...................................... Click here

Alton Marina........................................ Click here

Alton Motorboat Club...........................  Click here

The Big Kahuna. ................................  Click here 

Cedar Hill Resort.................................. Click here  

Chuters .............................................. Click here  

Con Trios Yacht Club............................ Click here...

Dardenne Slough Harbor Hop................ Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club ......................... Click here

Eagles Landing Marina ........................ Click here

Grafton Harbor ...................................  Click here

Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship .....................  Click here  

John's Boat Harbor ............................  Click here 

Harbor Point Yacht Club .....................  Click here

Kinder's Restaurant ............................. Click here 

Lake Center Marina ............................. Click here 

Longshot Saloon ................................. Click here

My River Home..................................   Click here

North Shore Marina ............................. Click here   

On-Site Marine Services......................  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club........................... Click here

Polestar Boating Center....................... Click here

Port Charles Harbor.............................  Click here

Sundowners Drink.Eat.Boat................   Click here

Sharky's ...........................................   Click here

St. Charles Boat & Motor....................   Click here

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow................   Click here 

Two Rivers Marina .............................   Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis..Click here 

Woodland Marina..................................Click here 

World Wide Marine Training...................Click here

 

 

 

 

 

It's Thursday

29 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

The Palisades Yacht Club Gals

 2011 Blessing of the Fleet

Jessica and the Girls

at Palisades Yacht Club, ready to serve you at Blessing of the Fleet 2011

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Picture of the Day ... were sent to us by Jessica of Palisades Yacht Club. 

 

 

 

Bill,

A few Blessing of the Fleet pictures from Palisades Yacht Club. We had a great day, thanks to everyone who joined us!

Jessica

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Eagles Landing Marina

Click on pic to enlarge

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2009 ...... 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

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

          2001 41ft. Sea Ray Express                  1996 Baha Cruisers Mach1/BR Combo 29'

 

    

56x14 Party Dock                                      1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

 

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


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

 

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

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol
 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

 

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

or pick it up at  Baked T's, 6368 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, M0 & save the shipping costs

314-727-4400    Click here for Map

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 to go to website

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Lake Shelbyville, Illinois

    Recycle Christmas Trees For Fish Habitat.........

 

After the Christmas celebration is over, many people wonder what to do with their Christmas tree.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has an idea:  Extend the life of the tree by donating it to Lake Shelbyville's Fish Habitat Improvement Day.  The trees will be lashed together and strategically placed  to provide breeding areas and escape cover for fish.  The trees will be accepted at locations in Shelbyville and Sullivan........

 

        Click here to read more from prairiestateoutdoors.com.       

 

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

River Ferries

    It's That Time of the Year... Call Before You Go

Brussels Ferry..............618 - 786-3636

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618 - 396-2535

Winfield Ferry...............618 - 396-2535

Grafton Ferry............... Out of Business

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

River History....

 

29 December 1930 in River History


Fred P Newton completed longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minnesota , to New Orleans ...
.

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Fall Hours Thur thru Sat opening at 2pm & Sun at 11:30am
 

Thursday: $2 Wells & Burger Special
Friday:
1.00 Cans, DJ/Kareoke, Fish & Shrimp Combo Special
Saturday:
$10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

 

 

1.50 Bud Light Bottles During Sunday Rams Games

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Fox River Near Aurora, Illinois

    Diesel Fuel Spills Into The Fox River.........

 

Early Wednesday morning, between 20 and 100 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into the Fox River from the Federal Aviation Administration facility near Aurora, Illinois.  Several municipal agencies, as well as the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency worked with a hazardous material team to clean the diesel up.  Later in the morning, the FAA revised their spill estimates upwards to between 1,000 to 1,500 gallons spilled.........

 

        Click here to read this news article from suntimes.com.  With Photo.

 

The Fox River in Illinois is a 202 mile long tributary of the Illinois River.  It begins near Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, and flows until it joins the Illinois River at Ottawa, Illinois........ 

 

        Source:  Wikipedia online encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.      

 

 

New Years Day

   Polar Bear Water Ski at the Arch

 

Click here for more information
 

 Your Eye on the River

Sharky's On The River WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 222

 Sharky's RiverWebCam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes
Hit refresh to update this live picture

Check it out, go to http://www.sharkysontheriver.com/

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

History for weather station KMOSTCHA4...Polestar Boating Center, St.Charles, MO.. Click here

 Riverwebcams.com

     What a great place to advertise your business ! 

 

Contact us for information on advertising your business on Riverwebcams.com or for prices on getting a webcam installed at your place......... riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Click here to go to Riverwebcams.com

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Flooding Aftermath

    Funding Now Available For Levee Repairs.........

 

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law a bill approved by Congress increasing the funding available for the repair of damaged levees.  The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act provides $8.6 billion nationwide, a large portion will go to the Mississippi and Missouri River Basins.  The funds will allow the Corps to repair the majority of the Missouri River levees damaged by this year's floods........

 

        Click here to read this news article form livewellnebraska.com.

 

Click here to go to.... superbrightleds.com

 

Lake Of The Ozarks

   A Day In The Life Of A Tourney Fishermen........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a narrative penned by Jim Bell, relating the experiences he and his brother Dave encountered during a day of bass tournament fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks........

 

        Click here to read this story from lakeexpo.com.  With Photo.
 

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

River Lovers Unite............   Click here to go to the Riverkeeper website

 

Cache River Near Ullin, Illinois

     Unique Opportunity For Waterfowl Watching At Refuge........

 

An area of the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Ullin, Illinois that is normally closed to the public will be open to waterfowl watchers on January 7 from 3 - 6 pm.  The Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve is being opening up so that the ducks and geese arriving at sunset to roost on the icy water can be viewed.  The refuge will provide binoculars and spotting scopes........

 

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

 

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

River Levels & Water Temp

    on your Mobile Phone, Blackberry, IPhone, etc...

 

River Levels for Pool 26..............  http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

Alton to Hannibal........................ http://www.riverbills.com/River-Mis.html

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

 

Add current river level information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

 

River Networking

 

RiverBills.com...................................... Click here

Alton Marina........................................ Click here

Alton Motorboat Club...........................  Click here

The Big Kahuna. ................................  Click here 

Cedar Hill Resort.................................. Click here  

Chuters .............................................. Click here  

Con Trios Yacht Club............................ Click here...

Dardenne Slough Harbor Hop................ Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club ......................... Click here

Eagles Landing Marina ........................ Click here

Grafton Harbor ...................................  Click here

Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship .....................  Click here  

John's Boat Harbor ............................  Click here 

Harbor Point Yacht Club .....................  Click here

Kinder's Restaurant ............................. Click here 

Lake Center Marina ............................. Click here 

Longshot Saloon ................................. Click here

My River Home..................................   Click here

North Shore Marina ............................. Click here   

On-Site Marine Services......................  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club........................... Click here

Polestar Boating Center....................... Click here

Port Charles Harbor.............................  Click here

Sundowners Drink.Eat.Boat................   Click here

Sharky's ...........................................   Click here

St. Charles Boat & Motor....................   Click here

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow................   Click here 

Two Rivers Marina .............................   Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis..Click here 

Woodland Marina..................................Click here 

World Wide Marine Training...................Click here

 

 

 

 

 

It's Wednesday

28 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

More Pics from

July 4th Weekend 2011

 

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Capt'n Mark Cutler last Summer around the 4th of July.... Thee RiverBills' in-boxed got swamped about that time and we lost track of them until now....... And here they are !

 

 

Hello Bill,

What do river rats do when it's a rainy day? On a holiday even? Well it looks like this crew found something new to do with their kayak. After paddling around for a while, they decided more speed was required. So the kayaker was passed the ski rope, as you can see in the first pic. In the second pic you can see them start to accelerate. And by the third picture she continues to pic up speed. The fourth picture is a little fuzzy, and was taken just before she fell. Guess you're not supposed to stand up in a kayak.

It was rainy, with a brief storm sunday afternoon. We were rewarded after the storm with a sunset. Here is We-Z from We-Z Gone Wild photgraphing the sunset in the final picture.

Just another day on the Mississippi River!

Mark Cutler
Cutty's Ark

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

From 1983

 

  

 

Click on pic to enlarge

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2010.... were sent to us by Capt'n Bill Mixon

 

 

Bill - over Christmas we were going through old photo albums.

Here are pictures of Little John (winter 1983) trying to break ice so we
could go for a boat ride on the Free Spirit.

Didn't quite make it. But the effort showed valor and determination.

You just gotta love river rats.

Happy Holidays to you and all your readers

Bill & Linda Mixon

Mixon Insurance

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

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Navigation Notices ......

 

 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol
 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

 

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

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

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(314) 456- 1386

175 Iffrig Rd, St. Peters, Mo  63376

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Mississippi River Near Alton, Illinois

    First Eagle Festival January 7........

 

On Saturday, January 7, the Audubon Center at Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area and Downtown Alton will join forces to host the first Alton Eagle Festival.  The public is invited to come out to a meet and greet with those in the know from local eagle watching hot spots, and to find out what is going on during the rest of the season.  Activities will begin in Alton's new Audubon Center with ice sculpting, and a wildlife art walk........

 

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

 

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

River Ferries

    It's That Time of the Year... Call Before You Go

Brussels Ferry..............618 - 786-3636

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618 - 396-2535

Winfield Ferry...............618 - 396-2535

Grafton Ferry............... Out of Business

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

    Tours Of The New Bridge Will Continue In February........

 

For those interested in taking tours of the New Mississippi River Bridge currently under construction north of the St. Louis riverfront, reservations are now being accepted.  This year, close to 400 people took the monthly public tour, and participants were able to observe construction workers build the towers from the river bottom to a height of 100 feet above the water........

 

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

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Fall Hours Thur thru Sat opening at 2pm & Sun at 11:30am
 

Thursday: $2 Wells & Burger Special
Friday:
1.00 Cans, DJ/Kareoke, Fish & Shrimp Combo Special
Saturday:
$10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

 

 

1.50 Bud Light Bottles During Sunday Rams Games

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Bear Creek Near Hannibal, Missouri

    Silt Removed From Flood Plain Returning.........

 

Back in early November, crews removed silt from drainage areas along the Bear Creek flood plain.  Now, only 2 months later, it seems that one of the initial sites cleared has begun to silt in again.  About 3,500 cubic yards of silt was removed from the concrete drainage ditch below the Warren Barrett crossing close to the General Mills warehouse.  Officials are hoping to use municipal workers to clean the area out again........

 

        Click here to read this news article from hannibal.net.  With Photo.

 

 

New Years Day

   Polar Plunge Alton Marina

 

Go to

 https://www.facebook.com/events/267395489963467

for more information
 

 Your Eye on the River

Sharky's On The River WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 222

 Sharky's RiverWebCam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes
Hit refresh to update this live picture

Check it out, go to http://www.sharkysontheriver.com/

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

History for weather station KMOSTCHA4...Polestar Boating Center, St.Charles, MO.. Click here

 Riverwebcams.com

     What a great place to advertise your business ! 

 

Contact us for information on advertising your business on Riverwebcams.com or for prices on getting a webcam installed at your place......... riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Click here to go to Riverwebcams.com

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Mississippi River History

    Valuable 19th Century River Photos Stashed In Vault........

 

After riding around on a dredge for more than 50 years, a large photo album containing nearly 140 historical photos of the Mississippi River now resides in a St. Paul, Minnesota vault.  The photos contained in the album were shot by Henry Peter Bosse while working as a draftsman and a mapmaker for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Recently, a photography expert from Sotheby's was flown in to appraise the album. It was valued at $4.5 million........

 

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

 

Click here to go to.... superbrightleds.com

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

River Lovers Unite............   Click here to go to the Riverkeeper website

 

Boating Mishaps

     Christmas Day Boat Fire Caused By Arson........

 

Fire Department Investigators in Austin, Texas are stating that a fire on a boat was deliberately set.  Around 2 pm Christmas day, witnesses at the marina near the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Lady Bird Lake heard an explosion, and saw flames and smoke billowing from a vessel moored at the dock. The 70 foot, double decker party vessel was destroyed. Some smaller vessels, as well as a portion of the dock was damaged.  People were observed running from the vicinity of the fire, and investigators have a description of one of them........

 

        Click here to read this news report from kvue.com.  With Photos and Video.   

 

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

River Levels & Water Temp

    on your Mobile Phone, Blackberry, IPhone, etc...

 

River Levels for Pool 26..............  http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

Alton to Hannibal........................ http://www.riverbills.com/River-Mis.html

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

 

Add current river level information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

 

River Networking

 

RiverBills.com...................................... Click here

Alton Marina........................................ Click here

Alton Motorboat Club...........................  Click here

The Big Kahuna. ................................  Click here 

Cedar Hill Resort.................................. Click here  

Chuters .............................................. Click here  

Con Trios Yacht Club............................ Click here...

Dardenne Slough Harbor Hop................ Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club ......................... Click here

Eagles Landing Marina ........................ Click here

Grafton Harbor ...................................  Click here

Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship .....................  Click here  

John's Boat Harbor ............................  Click here 

Harbor Point Yacht Club .....................  Click here

Kinder's Restaurant ............................. Click here 

Lake Center Marina ............................. Click here 

Longshot Saloon ................................. Click here

My River Home..................................   Click here

North Shore Marina ............................. Click here   

On-Site Marine Services......................  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club........................... Click here

Polestar Boating Center....................... Click here

Port Charles Harbor.............................  Click here

Sundowners Drink.Eat.Boat................   Click here

Sharky's ...........................................   Click here

St. Charles Boat & Motor....................   Click here

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow................   Click here 

Two Rivers Marina .............................   Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis..Click here 

Woodland Marina..................................Click here 

World Wide Marine Training...................Click here

 

 

 

 

 

It's Tuesday

27 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Niagra Prince

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of the Day ... weresent to us by Capt'n Andy last Summer around the 4th of July.... Andy's e-mail was lost in RiverBills' in-basket til now, but here it is !

 

Bill,

 

This ship was stopping off in Grafton this weekend. Didn't leave much room at the gas dock.

 

Andy

 

RiverBill says... Thanks for the pictures and e-mail Andy.

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

  

Click on pic to enlarge

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2008.... was of some of the river ice on the upper end of the Dardenne Slough near the Golden Eagle Ferry Landing.

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

          2001 41ft. Sea Ray Express                  1996 Baha Cruisers Mach1/BR Combo 29'

 

  

56x14 Party Dock                                        1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

 

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


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

 

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

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol
 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

 

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

or pick it up at  Baked T's, 6368 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, M0 & save the shipping costs

314-727-4400    Click here for Map

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 to go to website

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Mississippi River Near Alton, Illinois

    Arriving Eagles Attract Bird Watchers........

 

The first few months of 2012 will see an increase in the eagle population around the River Bend.  Eagles are joining the pelicans, trumpeter swans and other migrating birds who winter at the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway because the fishing is good.  Brett Stawar, president of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau stated that people come from all around to see the eagles........

 

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

       

 

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

River Ferries

    It's That Time of the Year... Call Before You Go

Brussels Ferry..............618 - 786-3636

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618 - 396-2535

Winfield Ferry...............618 - 396-2535

Grafton Ferry............... Out of Business

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

Asian Carp Commentaries

    Opinion:  Separate Lakes From River Valley........

 

In a letter to the editor of madison.com, Sarah Robbins encourages citizens to appeal to their congressional representatives to take immediate action to stop Asian carp from spreading from the Mississippi River Valley to the Great Lakes........

 

        Click here to read this op/ed piece from madison.com.

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Fall Hours Thur thru Sat opening at 2pm & Sun at 11:30am
 

Thursday: $2 Wells & Burger Special
Friday:
1.00 Cans, DJ/Kareoke, Fish & Shrimp Combo Special
Saturday:
$10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

 

 

1.50 Bud Light Bottles During Sunday Rams Games

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Lake Of The Ozarks

    Lake Level Reaches Full Pool........

 

On Christmas Day, the level of the Lake of the Ozarks reached 659 feet, but by 1 am Monday, the Lake reached a full pool of 659.91 feet.  The Lake levels swelled 3 feet during the week of December 19-26th.  Now, the operators of the Bagnell Dam are increasing outflows from minimum generation of 2,000 cubic feet per second to more than 25,000 cfs for a few hours Monday........

 

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

 

 

New Years Day

   Polar Bear Water Ski at the Arch

 

Click here for more information
 

 Your Eye on the River

Sharky's On The River WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 222

 Sharky's RiverWebCam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes
Hit refresh to update this live picture

Check it out, go to http://www.sharkysontheriver.com/

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

History for weather station KMOSTCHA4...Polestar Boating Center, St.Charles, MO.. Click here

 Riverwebcams.com

     What a great place to advertise your business ! 

 

Contact us for information on advertising your business on Riverwebcams.com or for prices on getting a webcam installed at your place......... riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Click here to go to Riverwebcams.com

River History....

 

December 27, 2008 In River History

 

The RiverBarge Excursion Lines Inc. announced that the company would not operate inland river cruises in 2009 due to high operating costs and poor bookings

 

 

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Missouri River Flooding

    Flooding Hot Topic At Ag Conference.........

 

During the upcoming Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture, river flooding is likely to be one of the hottest topics discussed.  There will be over 40 state and national speakers at the event, which is slated for January 19-21 in Kansas City.  The Missouri Farm Bureau, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, the Missouri Farmers Union and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council Will be participating in the discussion........

 

        Click here to read this news article form news-leader.com.

       

 

Click here to go to.... superbrightleds.com

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

River Lovers Unite............   Click here to go to the Riverkeeper website

 

Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

     Man Robbed Of Pants On The Riverfront........

 

Monday morning, there was a strange robbery and shooting on the St. Louis riverfront.  Apparently, two men and two women were ordered into the victim's car by two men at gunpoint.  The victims were forced to drive to the riverfront, where the assailants stole wallets and phones as well as the pants of one man.  The attacker then shot the other man in the leg........

 

        Click here to read this news story fromfox2now.com.  With Video.

 

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

River Levels & Water Temp

    on your Mobile Phone, Blackberry, IPhone, etc...

 

River Levels for Pool 26..............  http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

Alton to Hannibal........................ http://www.riverbills.com/River-Mis.html

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

 

Add current river level information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

 

River Networking

 

RiverBills.com...................................... Click here

Alton Marina........................................ Click here

Alton Motorboat Club...........................  Click here

The Big Kahuna. ................................  Click here 

Cedar Hill Resort.................................. Click here  

Chuters .............................................. Click here  

Con Trios Yacht Club............................ Click here...

Dardenne Slough Harbor Hop................ Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club ......................... Click here

Eagles Landing Marina ........................ Click here

Grafton Harbor ...................................  Click here

Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship .....................  Click here  

John's Boat Harbor ............................  Click here 

Harbor Point Yacht Club .....................  Click here

Kinder's Restaurant ............................. Click here 

Lake Center Marina ............................. Click here 

Longshot Saloon ................................. Click here

My River Home..................................   Click here

North Shore Marina ............................. Click here   

On-Site Marine Services......................  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club........................... Click here

Polestar Boating Center....................... Click here

Port Charles Harbor.............................  Click here

Sundowners Drink.Eat.Boat................   Click here

Sharky's ...........................................   Click here

St. Charles Boat & Motor....................   Click here

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow................   Click here 

Two Rivers Marina .............................   Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis..Click here 

Woodland Marina..................................Click here 

World Wide Marine Training...................Click here

 

 

 

 

 

It's Monday

26 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

River Road Renegades

 

 

 

Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Capt'n Brad Maher of the River Road Renegades late last fall......

 

It's 3 action shots of a dock take-off where two of the ski team members went down in the process .  Practice, practice, practice until you get it right ... and they do !   

 

We are lucky to have River Road Renegades ski team on Alton Pool ! 

 

RiverBill says... Great shots Brad !  

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2010.......  was sent to us by David Judd of Judd's Custom Photo's.  He titled it:

 

Ice Fishing Buddies

 

 

RiverBill says....... Nice catch and thanks for sharing your fishing picture with us. 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

          2001 41ft. Sea Ray Express                  1996 Baha Cruisers Mach1/BR Combo 29'

 

  

56x14 Party Dock                                        1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

 

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


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

 

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

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol
 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

 

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

or pick it up at  Baked T's, 6368 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, M0 & save the shipping costs

314-727-4400    Click here for Map

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 to go to website

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Illinois River Near Grafton, Illinois

    Grafton Business Venture Creates Jobs, Controls Carp........

 

Even as a fish processing plant comes closer to fruition, many representatives of Chinese businesses attended a Grafton Chamber of Commerce Christmas party.  A world renowned Chinese master chef put in an appearance as well.  Chef Kong Xiangdao, supposedly a 75th generation descendant of Confucius, is interested in investing in the carp processing plant........

 

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

       

 

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

River Ferries

    It's That Time of the Year... Call Before You Go

Brussels Ferry..............618 - 786-3636

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618 - 396-2535

Winfield Ferry...............618 - 396-2535

Grafton Ferry............... Out of Business

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

Mississippi River Near Madison County, Illinois

    Chain Of Rocks Bridges To Stay Open While Being Replaced........

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is gearing up to replace the twin, 8 1/2 mile long I-270 bridges spanning the Mississippi River over the Chain of Rocks canal.  In order to avoid traffic tie-ups, Walsh Construction Co. will construct a new four lane bridge adjacent to the existing spans.  The new bridge should be completed by the end of 2013........

 

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

       

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Fall Hours Thur thru Sat opening at 2pm & Sun at 11:30am
 

Thursday: $2 Wells & Burger Special
Friday:
1.00 Cans, DJ/Kareoke, Fish & Shrimp Combo Special
Saturday:
$10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

 

 

1.50 Bud Light Bottles During Sunday Rams Games

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Mississippi River At St. Paul, Minnesota

    Repairs To Commence On St. Paul Levee........

 

During a 2010 survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that a levee that protects St. Paul's Mississippi Riverfront industrial park had several deficiencies.  The city will be paying $300,000 for the needed repairs.  The main improvement will be the replacement of a pumping station, which pumps water from the dry side of the levee to the wet side........

 

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

       

 

 

New Years Day

   Polar Plunge Alton Marina

 

Go to

 https://www.facebook.com/events/267395489963467

for more information
 

 Your Eye on the River

Sharky's On The River WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 222

 Sharky's RiverWebCam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes
Hit refresh to update this live picture

Check it out, go to http://www.sharkysontheriver.com/

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

History for weather station KMOSTCHA4...Polestar Boating Center, St.Charles, MO.. Click here

Tara Point Inn WebCam

1 mile up river from confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers at Grafton, IL

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Captain Darryll Weil installed his mobile webcam at Tara point in on Monday afternoon

What a view !

 

For more info on Tara Point Inn & Cottages go to http://www.tarapoint.com/

 

 Riverwebcams.com

     What a great place to advertise your business ! 

 

Contact us for information on advertising your business on Riverwebcams.com or for prices on getting a webcam installed at your place......... riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Click here to go to Riverwebcams.com

River History....

 

December 26, 1862 In River History

 

Civil War River History...... A converted side-wheeler named Red Rover was commissioned on Dec. 26, l862 as the first hospital ship of the Civil War.   The Red Rover treated 2,947 patients over a three-year period while navigating the Mississippi River. She was sold in 186 at public auction.

 

 

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Mississippi River Near Dubuque, Iowa

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a video showing a bird's eye view of a tow, locking through Lock and Dam No. 11

 

        Click here to watch this video on youtube.com.

 

Click here to go to.... superbrightleds.com

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

River Lovers Unite............   Click here to go to the Riverkeeper website

 

Mille Lacs Lake In Aitkin, Minnesota

  Group Rescued From Ice Island........

 

Wednesday evening, several fire departments turned out to Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County, Minnesota to rescue a group of anglers that found themselves adrift when a large piece of ice broke away. There were no exact figures on how many were rescued.  Luckily, no one fell into the frigid water........

 

        Click here to read this news tidbit from prairiestateoutdoors.com.

 

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

River Levels & Water Temp

    on your Mobile Phone, Blackberry, IPhone, etc...

 

River Levels for Pool 26..............  http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

Alton to Hannibal........................ http://www.riverbills.com/River-Mis.html

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

 

Add current river level information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

 

River Networking

 

RiverBills.com...................................... Click here

Alton Marina........................................ Click here

Alton Motorboat Club...........................  Click here

The Big Kahuna. ................................  Click here 

Cedar Hill Resort.................................. Click here  

Chuters .............................................. Click here  

Con Trios Yacht Club............................ Click here...

Dardenne Slough Harbor Hop................ Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club ......................... Click here

Eagles Landing Marina ........................ Click here

Grafton Harbor ...................................  Click here

Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship .....................  Click here  

John's Boat Harbor ............................  Click here 

Harbor Point Yacht Club .....................  Click here

Kinder's Restaurant ............................. Click here 

Lake Center Marina ............................. Click here 

Longshot Saloon ................................. Click here

My River Home..................................   Click here

North Shore Marina ............................. Click here   

On-Site Marine Services......................  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club........................... Click here

Polestar Boating Center....................... Click here

Port Charles Harbor.............................  Click here

Sundowners Drink.Eat.Boat................   Click here

Sharky's ...........................................   Click here

St. Charles Boat & Motor....................   Click here

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow................   Click here 

Two Rivers Marina .............................   Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis..Click here 

Woodland Marina..................................Click here 

World Wide Marine Training...................Click here

 

 

 

 

 

It's Christmas !

 

Saturday... 25 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Pastel Sunset

 

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Capt'n Brad Maher of the River Road Renegades

 

 

RiverBill,

These are 2 close pics of the cross that is in the background of many of the Alton Water Ski Club River Road Renegades pics that are on altonski.com or facebook. The cross is on the bluffs at a very special place overlooking Piasa Island and the River.

 

Thanks for your awesome website.

Brad Maher

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Snowy Day on the River 2010

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2010....  was of a southbound tow leaving the Winfield Lock and Dam yesterday morning at 9:50AM, headed out into a snowy river......

 

Picture re-printed from US Army Corps of Engineers website

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

          2001 41ft. Sea Ray Express                  1996 Baha Cruisers Mach1/BR Combo 29'

 

  

        56x14 Party Dock                                      1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

 

 

New Classifieds

 

 

1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

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


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

 

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 Notices

 
 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol
 

No new News Releases

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

or pick it up at  Baked T's, 6368 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, M0 & save the shipping costs

314-727-4400    Click here for Map

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

 

The

"S.S. Merry Christmas"

Is Headed Your Way !

 

Happy Holidays....

RiverBills.com LLC

 

 

Mississippi River Management

    More Data Needed In River Study........

 

A federal study into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' usage of wing dikes on the middle Mississippi River has been completed, however, it does not provide an answer whether or not the training structures affect flooding in the area.  The study does suggest that the U.S. Government Accountability Office take another look at the impact the structures have on the Mississippi River and the surrounding areas........

 

        Click here to read this news report from thesouthern.com.  With Photos.

 

 

Lost and Found

 

Missing,Full length black leather coat from the River Christmas party at Main Street Bistro Thursday 12/22. It had a glove in each pocket and the only set of keys to my car in the right pocket. There were several black leather coats there and a short black coat was left in place of mine. We had our coats sitting on top of the ATM machine by the bar. If someone accidently took mine please contact me at 314 306 7260
Kelly Sweeney
klywho@charter.net

 

 

Spending the Holidays in Jamaica

 

See you in late January......

 

Bill

 

Merry Christmas

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

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 to go to website

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Mississippi River Near La Crosse, Wisconsin

     Man Safe After Mississippi River Search........

 

Wednesday evening, police spent about two hours searching the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin for a man believed to have jumped into the river after an abandoned vehicle was found nearby.  The man was located safe and sound Thursday morning........

 

        Click here to read this news tidbit from news8000.com.  With Map and Video.

 

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

                      Streetbeat 

StreetBeat is playing at the Alton Motorboat Club on New Year’s Eve from 9-1.  This has been a private affair for club members only, but the board called me yesterday and offered to open it up to any of our friends who would like to come out.  They still have some tables left if you are interested.  The price is $50 per couple and includes dinner and a cash bar which starts at 7 pm.  Please contact Matt Wolff at 618 401 5960 if you would like to make reservations.

Hear the band here:  http://www.myspace.com/streetbeatstl

Check out their on-line songs at the Street Beat website Click here

 

 Your Eye on the River

Sharky's On The River WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 222

 Sharky's RiverWebCam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes
Hit refresh to update this live picture

Check it out, go to http://www.sharkysontheriver.com/

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..Hit refresh to update this live picture

Click here for a larger picture and to view last 10 pictures from this camera

 

Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

Click here

 

 Riverwebcams.com

     What a great place to advertise your business ! 

 

Contact us for information on advertising your business on Riverwebcams.com or for prices on getting a webcam installed at your place......... riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Click here to go to Riverwebcams.com

Mississippi River Near Gramercy, Louisiana

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a video of the lighting of this year's Christmas Eve bonfires atop the lower Mississippi River Levees........

 

        Click here to check out this video from youtube.com.

 

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Fall Hours Thur thru Sat opening at 2pm & Sun at 11:30am
 

Thursday: $2 Wells & Burger Special
Friday:
1.00 Cans, DJ/Kareoke, Fish & Shrimp Combo Special
Saturday:
$10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

 

 

1.50 Bud Light Bottles During Sunday Rams Games

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Invasive Species Fight

     Corps Seeks Carp Comments........

 

As part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' multiyear Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study, they released a list of possible measures to control invasive species from infiltrating the Great Lakes.  The Corps is seeking public input on the list, as well as suggestions for other options.  Comments will be accepted through February 17........

 

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

 

 

Click here to go to.... superbrightleds.com

 

River Lovers Unite............   Click here to go to the Riverkeeper website

 

The Great Lakes

     Restoration Initiative Remains In Federal Budget........

 

According to the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, the 2012 federal budget bill includes $300 million to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  The Initiative is intended to restore wildlife habitat, stop invasive species and clean up pollution.  The 2012 budget also provides $1.47 billion to help municipalities across the country deal with chronic sewage overflows as well........

 

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

 

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

River Levels & Water Temp

    on your Mobile Phone, Blackberry, IPhone, etc...

 

River Levels for Pool 26..............  http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

Alton to Hannibal........................ http://www.riverbills.com/River-Mis.html

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

 

Add current river level information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

 

River Networking

 

RiverBills.com...................................... Click here

Alton Marina........................................ Click here

Alton Motorboat Club...........................  Click here

The Big Kahuna. ................................  Click here 

Cedar Hill Resort.................................. Click here  

Chuters .............................................. Click here  

Con Trios Yacht Club............................ Click here...

Dardenne Slough Harbor Hop................ Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club ......................... Click here

Eagles Landing Marina ........................ Click here

Grafton Harbor ...................................  Click here

Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship .....................  Click here  

John's Boat Harbor ............................  Click here 

Harbor Point Yacht Club .....................  Click here

Kinder's Restaurant ............................. Click here 

Lake Center Marina ............................. Click here 

Longshot Saloon ................................. Click here

My River Home..................................   Click here

North Shore Marina ............................. Click here   

On-Site Marine Services......................  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club........................... Click here

Polestar Boating Center....................... Click here

Port Charles Harbor.............................  Click here

Sundowners Drink.Eat.Boat................   Click here

Sharky's ...........................................   Click here

St. Charles Boat & Motor....................   Click here

St. Louis Boat & Sportshow................   Click here 

Two Rivers Marina .............................   Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis..Click here 

Woodland Marina..................................Click here 

World Wide Marine Training...................Click here

 

 

 

 

 

It's Christmas Eve

 

Saturday... 24 December...2011

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Pastel Sunset

 

 

 

Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Debbie Moore who hails out of the Two Branch area of the river in the boat..... Ship of Fools

 

Debbie sent us some river late summer sunsets a few months ago and they got lost in the Riverbills in-basket.....  Here they are now!

Bill

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2007.... was a Winter.....Dardenne Slough Sunset Christmas card......

 

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

          2001 41ft. Sea Ray Express                  1996 Baha Cruisers Mach1/BR Combo 29'

 

  

        56x14 Party Dock                                      1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

 

 

New Classifieds

 

 

1993 Carver 340 Santego

 

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


RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

Click here  to check out RiverBill's Featured Boats

 

 

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 Notices

 
 Click here to go to the CG/COE website for the latest information

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol
 

No new News Releases

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

Click here  to buy your River T-shirts and Accessories on-line..

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

or pick it up at  Baked T's, 6368 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, M0 & save the shipping costs

314-727-4400    Click here for Map

Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year
from the staff at St. Charles Boat & Motor

We will be closed December 22 thru January 3, 2012.

Boat Show time is around the corner, come see us at the
Kansas City Boat & Sportshow...January 19-22
and at the
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow... February 8-12.

Stop by to see the New 2012 model Yamaha
Boats & Waverunners at our indoor showroom.

 

Winter hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Click here to go to St. Charles Boat and Motor website

 

The

"S.S. Merry Christmas"

Is Headed Your Way !

 

Happy Holidays....

RiverBills.com LLC

 

 

Missouri River Near St. Charles, Missouri

     New Park Plans Moving Forward........

 

Monday, St. Charles parks officials held their third and final public planning session for a new park in St. Charles.  The park would be located on 110 acres near the Missouri River, north of the Boeing plant, between Highway 94 North, Hawning Road and North River Road.  Proposed plans include a community garden, a bird watching trail, a 10 acre BMX track, a disc golf course as well as football/soccer fields and four baseball diamonds.  After the 1993 floods, St. Charles County purchased the land with federal funding, and 12 years ago, the land was donated to the city of St. Charles........

 

        Click here to read this news report from stltoday.com.  With Map.

 

 

Lost and Found

 

Missing,Full length black leather coat from the River Christmas party at Main Street Bistro Thursday 12/22. It had a glove in each pocket and the only set of keys to my car in the right pocket. There were several black leather coats there and a short black coat was left in place of mine. We had our coats sitting on top of the ATM machine by the bar. If someone accidently took mine please contact me at 314 306 7260
Kelly Sweeney
klywho@charter.net

 

 

Merry Christmas

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

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

Big Kahuna........................ Closed for the season

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

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

Longshot Saloon................ Closed for the season

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

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

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 to go to website

Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Mississippi River Near New Orleans, Louisiana

     Levee Bonfires Ready For Christmas Eve........

 

Rainy conditions have not put a damper on the traditional bonfires atop the levees along the Mississippi River near New Orleans.  Earlier in the month, river levels caused restrictions to be placed on December 15th prohibiting builders from digging or driving on the levees.  Most of the builders were able to dig their holes and erect their bonfire center poles before the deadline.  The fires are scheduled to be lit at 7 pm........

 

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

 

The traditional bonfires on the Mississippi River levees near Lutcher, Louisiana are lit to welcome the arrival of Papa Noel on Christmas eve........

 

        Source:  Wikipedia online encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.

 

 

Check it out ....  http://swingsetonthehook.blogspot.com/

 

 

 Watts, Watts, Where to Put the Watts?

 

Watts, Watts, Where to Put the Watts? The Air-X Marine Wind Generators are smart little gizmos. Electrical power starts generating at as little as a 7 M.P.H. wind. Maximum output of 400 watts is achieved with a 28 M.P.H. wind. Braking occurs when winds approach 35 M.P.H. and complete braking occurs when winds reach 65 M.P.H. Voltage in the battery banks is continuously monitored and when the batteries are charged, the wind generators stop charging and spinning slows down. A minimum voltage of 10.5 has to be detected before charging will occur also, so it's important to not let your battery banks discharge too much. If that would happen, then alternate charging has to take place before the wind generators are functional again. So there is a voltage "window" there, or operating range, that is required for the wind generators, but staying within that "window" is easy once you learn how the generators operate. More on that later, but I want to fill you in on how we decided to transmit that generated electrical power to a source that we could use on the boat. You can see them spinning in the picture above in this shot at sunset on the Mighty Mississippi.
My initial intent was to have both wind generators charge all of the batteries as needed. Sounds simple, right? No such luck partner. Swing Set came from the factory with five batteries, one dedicated starting battery and four house batteries. For extended life "on the hook", we knew that an inverter was going to be necessary, so more battery space needed to be found. Actually the added battery space was determined before the decision to get the wind generators was made. An "ice keeper", basically a small freezer, was positioned under the stairs to the flybridge. We never did have much use for this unit as it was AC only, and when it started to go "on the blink" it became dispensable. When I first removed the ice keeper for servicing a couple of years ago, I discovered plenty of room behind it and this is where the battery bank for the inverter, and the inverter itself, was going to be placed.
A 2900 watt Magna inverter was chosen, but there would be some limitations to our system. A bigger inverter could have been used, but an inverter can only produce power for so long, depending on how much battery storage you have in the system. We decided that four group 31 AGM batteries would fit nicely in our newly found space under the stairs to the bridge, along with the inverter. The five original batteries were also replaced by group 31 AGM batteries as well, so now we had two separate battery banks. Our simple plan to charge any battery bank with both wind generators became not so simple. To dumb down the system, as I wanted the whole thing to be as passive as possible, we decided to dedicate each wind generator to each separate battery bank.
Dave Ludwig of Bloch Marine chose two control panels to manage and monitor power to each battery bank, and these control panels, along with the control panel for the inverter was installed above or main electrical panel in the salon. The wind generator control panels consist of a switch to turn the units on and an ammeter to monitor output. Dave accomplished all of the required cutting and drilling without leaving so much as a speck of dust in our salon.
I requested that each wind generator be installed with a plug at the unit placed inside each tower, so that replacement, if necessary, would be as easy as possible. Dave was happy to be working in the heated salon to install the control panels and do most of the wiring, but when it came time to run wires up to the wind generators, the stiff 6 gauge, three wire cables, were not very co-operative in the cold February air. While the wiring for the wind generators and inverter was being installed, I was remodeling our second stateroom into a chart room/office, so I was available to assist Dave in running the cable. There was just a little cussing going on during this process, not directed at each other, thankfully.
One method of testing the units is to attach a drill to the propeller hubs and spin the generators, we opted out of this method and the March winds provided testing conditions eventually. I was on the boat shortly after the generators were hooked up and I as the wind would pick up, I could detect one of the generators shutting down, as the braking would cause a slight vibration. Dave determined that a battery isolator needed to be installed and that solved the problem. It was also my intention to have the alternators on each engine charge both battery banks when they were running and this detail got missed with all the other stuff going on. When I discovered the omission, Dave ordered the necessary equipment and had it installed in short order. The braking vibration was eliminated and except for a slight "whooshing" sound, the wind generators are fairly quiet.
We gave our power management system a very good trial over the last summer, spending as much as a week on the hook at a time. As I stated earlier, the system has limitations. One big drawback is that the inverter does not run our reverse cycle heating and air conditioning units. The inverter is big enough, but our battery bank is not for extended AC use. I installed four 12 volt Bora fans, one in each stateroom and two in the salon. If the summer heat became unbearable, we ran the Westerbeke and AC to get things cool, and then shut it down when we turned in. The electric range was also left out of the power grid for the inverter as well, along with the water heater. When under way, the starboard engine heats the water in the water heater and it stays hot for hours. We could still cook in our convection microwave and use the coffee maker with inverter power. We use a percolator coffee pot and also a french press for coffee. (The percolator coffee is better.) The propane grill was also used quite a bit to reduce usage of the diesel generator.
Swing Set now has multiple power sources; shore power, an 8KW diesel generator, the engine alternators, and two wind generators. We spent as much as five days on the hook and only ran the Westerbeke for about two hours total. When we took a trip upriver last August and ran the engines every day, we didn't use the Westerbeke at all, as the alternators along with the wind generators, quickly charged up each battery bank as we were under way. The total project cost was nearly $14,000. Keep in mind that in addition to the wind generators, we acquired an inverter and 9 new AGM batteries. Labor was the biggest expense and J.D. Schmid of Bloch Marine gave us a HUGE deduction on the hours billed, cutting the 95 charged hours nearly in half, being the time of the year and all. I hope John Bloch doesn't read this. :)
Was the expense worth it? It's hard to quantify exactly how much we can reduce the Westerbeke usage when the wind is up. On the river, with the trees, the wind is not as steady as it might be on the coast or on the ocean, so power output fluctuates. As they say, some things are priceless, and one advantage of the wind generators is that they sure are conversation starters, and the first sentence usually goes, "What do them windmills do?"

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Posted By Swing Set to Swing Set at 12/23/2011 08:51:00 AM

 

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