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01-21-12  -  01-31-12

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

                           

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See You on the River         

 

It's Wednesday

01 February...2012

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Palisades Harbor Panorama

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Picture of the Day... was sent to us by Capt'n Dave Diederich who hails out of Alton marina in the boat...... Wind Dancer

 

 

 

Hi Bill:

Here is a panorama photo I took from the Palisades Harbor dock on River Bills Day.

http://flic.kr/p/bmNJfH

More to come

Dave Diederich
Wind Dancer
Alton Marina

 

 

RiverBill says..   Neat picture Dave.....  Thanks for sharing it with us !

 

NEW PRODUCT

 

Raven Environmental Products, Inc.
333 Leffingwell Ave., Suite 117, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
800-545-6953....   fax 314-822-9968

www.cellfoamholder.com

 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

 

 

Cick pic to enlarge

 

Picture of the Day in 2011 ........ was from Bette VanKirk of the boat Royal Flush

 

HI BILL..

DARRYL & I WERE OUT TAKING A RIDE SUNDAY AND STOPPED AT THE HOG PIT IN GRAFTON AND IN THE BACK WHERE THERE IS A BOAT LANDING THERE WERE JON BOATS UNLOADING SOME OF OUR WELL KNOWN FISH.. THEY SAID THAT THEY TAKE IN BETWEEN 8,000 AND 10,000 ASIAN CARP A DAY (HOPEFULLY) AND THEN UNLOAD THEM AT THE LANDING AND A TRUCK COMES AND PICKS THEY UP TO TAKE THEM TO BE PROCESSED...

 

HERE IS ONE OF THEIR LOADS

 

BETTE VANKIRK

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

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

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock         

 

 

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

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

River Levels / Flood Warnings .........  
 

  • Click here for current Doppler Radar

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

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

 

 


	
	

 	

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

 

Front Page Index

Classifieds....... 

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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

Visitor Show Information
 

  February 8-12, 2012

  America's Center and Edward Jones Dome
  701 Convention Center Plaza
  St. Louis, MO 63101

  Show Hours
    Wednesday, February 8 2pm–9pm
    Thursday, February 9 2pm–9pm
    Friday, February 10 12pm–9pm
    Saturday, February 11 10am–9pm
    Sunday, February 12 11am–5pm

Admission
  Adults $10
  Youth 15 and younger FREE!
  2-day pass $14 (good any two days of the show)
  Online discounts: Eticket offer Buy 3 get 1 free
.


 

Click here to go to St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

   RiverBills.com Free Shuttle Service to the Laclede's Landing Parking Lots.

 


There are several parking lots and ramps available all around America’s Center & Edward Jones Dome. Typically those lots cost between $7 and $10. More economical parking options are available on Laclede’s Landing. RiverBills.com provides free shuttle service between these lots and the Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow. Many of these lots require payment on the way in. Please bring your parking ticket with you on the free shuttle and the driver will direct you to validation counter. Bring the validated parking ticket back to your lot and show it on your way out to receive your cash discount of $2. The Laclede’s Landing lots that are serviced by the RiverBills.com free shuttle are located on Washington Ave (Arch Garage), Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. Martin Luther King Drive and North Second Street.

 

Click here for map of parking and shuttle locations.

 

Click here to go to St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    My River Home Boat Harbor

 

Please stop by and visit us at the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow at Booth #1751.

 

Andy Dallwitz

My River Home
Phone: 636.899.0903  Fax: 636.899.1626

 

 

St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

" Dollar Off " Coupons !

 

Wednesday and Thursday

Click here for print size copy

 

Thursday Only- RiverBills Day

Click here for print size copy

 

Click here to buy your tickets on-line for

Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat and Sportshow 

and get your $1 off on

RiverBills Day, Thursday, Feb.  9, 2012

 

Click here to go to St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

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

 

 Cuivre River Near Moscow Mills, Missouri

    Firefighters Rescue Man From The Cuivre River........

 

Tuesday afternoon, firefighters from the Lincoln County Fire Protection District were called out to rescue a man who had fallen into the frigid Cuivre River.  The man told responders that he had tried to sit down at the top of the bank, but slipped 25 feet down to the water.  Firefighters threw the man a lifejacket, and he was able to put it on.  The rescuers then used ropes to get the man up the bank.  The man was able to walk to the waiting ambulance with assistance, and seemed in good spirits........

 

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

Signs of Spring !

 March 3rd, 2012

    Kinder's Season Opener

 

We are please to announce that Kinder's Season Opener Party is scheduled for Saturday March 3rd ! 

 

Mark your calendar

 

Make your plans to come on out and celebrate

the beginning of Boating Season !

 

 

 

 

March 17, 2012... St. Patrick's Day

    Sharky's is Scheduled to Re-open

 


 

 

 

 

 

April 15th, 2012... Tax Day

    Longshot Saloon is Scheduled to Re-open

 


 

 

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

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .........Open selected dates, check up-coming events page

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

Kinder's Restaurant............ Opening March 3rd, 2012

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

Longshot Saloon................ Scheduled to Open April 15, 2012

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

Sharky's..........................   Scheduled to Open March 17, 2012

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

WOODLAND MARINA
 

To All Boaters


LET US HELP YOU!!
 

We realize the difficult times that the boating community has been experiencing over the past several years. That is why WOODLAND MARINA has seen fit NOT to raise covered slip or rack storage fees for the past FOUR years.

However, during this same time, we have continued to make improvements throughout our harbor to make it a more desirable HOME FOR YOUR BOAT!

TO SHOW OUR CONTINUED DESIRE TO HELP YOU THE BOATER, WE ARE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING INCENTIVE TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING WOODLAND MARINA SLIP RENTERS RENT A DOCK FROM US AND PAY IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2012 -RECEIVE FUEL FOR YOUR VESSEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY DURING THE 2012 BOATING SEASON AT OUR COST!

 

SO YOU PAY WHAT WE PAY FOR FUEL!!

 

**ALL RACK STORAGE BOATERS – YOU ALSO GET THE BENEFIT OF OUR FUEL DISCOUNT!

 

FOR OUR NEW BOATING FAMILY – SIGN A 2012 SLIP LEASE AND BRING YOUR BOAT IN IMMEDIATELY AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

 

This is our way at Woodland Marina to show that we care!

For FULL DETAILS, please contact:
Joe Boarman, Harbor Master - 314-603-0163
Shauna Hays, Office Manager – 636-250-3446
JoAnn Bryant, Vice President / Allene Gibson, President

 

Click here for pricelist
 

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

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

 

River History....

 

February 1, 2007 in Boat Racing History

Bill Seebold Sr. Died Feb.1, 2007------   He was 91. Mr Seebold was a native of Granite City, IL and started the six-decade Seebold family racing dynasty by building boats in his basement in the 1930's..

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

The Great Lakes - Mississippi River Basin

    Cost To Separate Lakes From Mississippi River In The Billions........

 

On Tuesday, the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative released a report proposing three different plans for severing the link between the Mississippi River Valley and the Great Lakes.  The proposed plans could cost up to $9.5 billion.  It is likely that the reports' release will increase pressure on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who is conducting a similar study, slated for completion in 2015........

 

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

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012

 

 

St. Louis Army Corps of Engineers gathering public input for River Training Structure assessment

 


St. Louis Army Corps of Engineers gathering public input for River Training Structure assessment



Chevrons are a type of river training structure designed as a
blunt nosed, arch shape. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)
The St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host two open house events to provide background information and get public feedback on the scope of an Environmental Assessment of New River Training Structures on the Middle Mississippi River.


The two open house events in Alton, IL, and Cape Girardeau, MO, will feature a brief overview of the Corps of Engineers’ river engineering mission, and information stations on River Training Structures with subject matter experts available to answer questions and get public input on what information should be considered in the assessment.


Tuesday, Feb. 7
6pm-8pm
National Great Rivers Museum - Classroom
#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62002


Thursday, Feb. 9
6pm-8pm
Cape Girardeau Nature Center - Multipurpose room
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


River Training Structures are one of the ways the Corps of Engineers ensures America’s inland waterways are navigable for commerce, along with locks and dams, dredging, and revetments.


The St. Louis District is preparing an Environmental Assessment of new River Training Structures on the Middle Mississippi River (River Miles 195-0). Environmental Assessments are prepared in accord with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to determine the environmental effects of a proposed action. The assessment will determine if there are substantial and relevant considerations or data regarding construction of new River Training Structures that the Corps has not considered to date, and if further study is needed. River construction activities will continue during the Environmental Assessment process.


Public comments may be submitted in person at the open house events or may be submitted electronically to RiverTrainingStructures@usace.army.mil. Information on River Training Structures and the Corps’ navigation mission can be found at the St. Louis District River Engineering web site: http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/arec/riverengineering.html
 

The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers Team St. Louis Blogspot

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

 



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

Feb 4, 2012....US Army Corps of Engineers

   2nd Annual Eagle Trek at Kaskaskia Lock & Dam

 



KASKASKIA RIVER PROJECT - The Eagles have arrived! Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – St. Louis District for the second annual Eagle Trek, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Kaskaskia Lock & Dam from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come out for eagle-watching with spotting scopes and meet some of the feathered inhabitants of the World Bird Sanctuary (9 a.m. to noon)! Also, enjoy short interpreted walks both upstream and downstream from the Dam, and see the confluence of the Mississippi & Kaskaskia Rivers. Our experts will be on hand to tell you about other eagle-nesting sites nearby!

Contact Allie McCreary at (618) 566-4451 x21 or allie.mccreary@swircd.org to register. Please reserve your spot by Feb. 1, 2012 so we can account for the number of lunches. A suggested donation of $5/person is asked to cover lunch expenses. Families and leash-trained dogs are welcome for the hike.

This event is made possible thanks to our partners: Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation & Development, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Southwestern Illinois College, Kaskaskia Regional Port District, Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders, Inc., Chester Tourism Committee, and CLIFFTOP.

Go to www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Kaskaskia for more information.

 

The above re-printed from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

 Your Eye on the River

 

 

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

BoatUS

    Seaworthy Magazine........

 

Emergent Technologies, Evolving Hazards

New Lithium-Ion Batteries Pack A Lot of Energy. Here's Why That Could Be A Problem On Boats


Boatbuilders have long been obsessed with shaving weight to improve efficiency and boost speed, especially when it comes to high-tech professional racing sailboats. So it's no surprise that the Volvo Ocean Race team Emirates New Zealand opted for the latest, greatest, and lightest in marine batteries when they installed Mastervolt MLI 24/160 lithiumions (commonly called Li-ion) in their boat, Camper. That produced a battery weight reduction of about 70 percent, though at a retail cost of tens of thousands of dollars. As the technology matures and costs drop, however, the batteries we see on high-tech boats like Camper today will trickle down to recreational boats like ours, tomorrow. Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge about these batteries could also cause a trickle-down of new dangers.... Click here to go to Seaworthy Magazine and continue reading
 

Boat Retailer

    1st Q Results In For MarineMax........

 

During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, MarineMax reported a slight decline in revenues, but a slight increase in same-store sales.  Revenue for 1Q '12 was $91.8 million, compared to $92.2 million during 1Q '11.  In the first quarter of 2012, there was a same-store sales increase of 2%, compared to an 8% decrease in same-store sales during the first quarter of 2011.  MarineMax saw a first quarter loss of $4.2 million, or 19 cents per share, compared to 1Q '11s net loss of $4.7 million, or 21 cents per share........

 

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

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

Swing Set Takes a Shake Down Cruise

 

 

After all the work we had done on Swing Set during the previous winter and spring, we were getting anxious to take an extended cruise to give our new systems a thorough test. We had been spending days at a time on the hook last summer, and were more than confident about managing our water and electrical systems, but we had added quite a bit of weight to the boat with our modifications, and range with our vessel had not really been calculated to my satisfaction.
We had been waiting for the river to settle down in the way of level and current, and by August of last year, the Mississippi was pretty much back to normal; there is no reason to buck swift headwaters going upstream if it can be avoided.
All last summer we kept Swing Set stocked with as much food as we could, trying to replicate conditions we would typically operate under while full time cruising. With no real special provisioning, on Friday the 19th of August, we pulled into Port Charles Harbor to fill the fuel tanks and we also emptied our holding tank.
Port Charles is located at mile 222RDB, just next door and upstream on the Dardenne Slough from the Duck Club Yacht Club. We generally get all of our fuel at Port Charles, not only because they only sell Valve-Tect diesel fuel, the pump outs are cheap and the fuel dock service is fast and friendly. Swing Set is equipped with two 175 gallon fuel tanks, giving her about 332 gallons of usable fuel. We took on 192 gallons, and with a full fresh water supply of 120 gallons, we were sitting fairly low in the water but not below the boot stripe.
Our plan was to spend the weekend on the hook at two separate anchorages, and then head upriver on either Sunday or Monday for a week long cruise.
 

 

 This raft up is in Lumpy's Chute on Memorial Day weekend of 2011, and is fairly typical. We headed for Lumpy's that Friday evening to meet up with some friends to spend the night before heading upriver the next day. Lumpy's is only about 3.5 miles from our home port and is where we like to spend a lot of time on the hook as it's a quick dinghy ride to the car if we stay out on the hook and Rosie goes to work. There is also a nearby "on the water" market at North Shore Marina, plus Sharky's and Sundowner's the St. Louis Yacht Club provide restaurants and entertainment if we want to get out at night in the dinghy.
Lumpy's is an anchorage between Bolter Island and Iowa Island. There are no homes and it's off the main channel; a large raft up of boats is not an inconvenience to river traffic and there is no one around to be bothered by loud music, apparently a requisite item for some. A big plus for us is the fact that the more "family friendly" beaches are on the other side of Iowa Island; the party usually lasts into the wee hours.
 

 

When Rosie and I are anchored out alone in Lumpy's Chute, this is the view we get as the sun rises...if we are up that early. I doubt if we were up at 5:30 A.M. on the morning of the 20th, but normally it's not much later than that.
I'm usually up first; I turn off the anchor light even though it's an LED bulb and the current draw is negligible, but when I see a boat with an anchor light shining away until mid-morning, I usually think the captain is not paying attention or that everyone on the boat is dead. (On more than one occasion I've gone over to check on a crew because no one has stirred by late morning; respect for the dangers of CO poisoning will do that.)
On this morning of the 20th, the battery banks were still at an adequate charge as the wind generators were spinning throughout the night, so I was able to start coffee without turning on the diesel generator; something our boat neighbors always appreciate.
I'll usually get a cup of coffee and set in the cockpit and enjoy the view. I might dip a line if I feel like fishing, but what I really want to do is get the boat swabbed down, using the morning dew as my water source, preserving water. While I'm mopping the boat, Rosie gets up and makes the bed and usually starts breakfast. On this morning, as we had other boaters rafted up, it was going to be a pot luck breakfast with everyone supplying something our another.
By the time everyone woke up and morning chores were completed, we all had a mid-morning breakfast, caught the early rays, and planned the remainder of the day.
We had spent many of our weekends in Lumpy's Chute and since we were heading upriver anyway, we went looking for a change of scenery and headed for Two Branch Island where a sort of Mini Jamaican Daze was being held. Two Branch Island is located between 230 and 232 mile marker on the Mississippi, so it's about three miles long. (Mile markers are located one mile apart along the banks of most major rivers; in the case of the Mississippi River, they increase in value as you travel upstream.) The approach to the beach area was the same one we had encountered several years earlier when we became grounded, but the slough behind Two Branch Island had changed dramatically and now there was a good channel leading to the upper, or upstream, end of the island.
Lots of boaters showed up for this unofficial event. Had it been "official", the authorities would have had to be notified, meaning unwanted scrutiny, and the turnout would have been tenfold of what it was, not always a good thing. Anchoring just off the beach was a peach; the current was non-existent and the sand bottom was smooth and hard. Most of the boats packed into the shallowest areas, making for perfect socializing as a person could walk around in the water from boat to boat to visit. I don't need to tell you what a pleasure this type of activity is to a guy with a full cooler and a small bladder.
The party was again a responsible one, as nearly anyone who was consuming alcohol stayed put at anchor with the partying lasting way into the night. The sleeping was pleasant too, as by nightfall a breeze kicked up and even being in August, no air conditioning was needed.
We slept in fairly late the next morning of the 21st. There were several pot luck breakfasts going as there were still probably 50-60 boats at anchor in the area. It was such a beautiful morning, no one was in a hurry to go anywhere. By mid-morning people were already swimming and doing some light chores on their boats. I may have even heard a few beers being popped before noon, but Rosie and I had our sights set on upriver. We pulled anchor and with a full cup of coffee with me on the bridge, we headed back out to the main channel to continue our cruise.
Larger vessels that transit the slough behind Two Branch Island need to travel back downriver to get out to the main channel, as the "head" of the slough is protected by a dike that runs from the tip of the island over to the Illinois bank. It was nearly an hour before we lost sight of our friends still on the hook behind Two Branch as we headed toward the Winfield Lock and Dam 25, at mile marker 241.5, and out of the Alton Pool.
The story of rest of our cruise is coming up in the next blog post.

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Posted By Swing Set to Swing Set at 1/31/2012 06:26:00 AM
 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

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

 

Boat Manufacturer

    Irwin Jacobs And Genmar Target Of Lawsuits........

 

Although the Genmar boat lines were sold off over two years ago, the fight to reclaim funds from Irwin Jacobs and others continues.  Dozens of "clawback" lawsuits have been filed by the bankruptcy trustee for Genmar Holdings Inc. looking to recoup millions of dollars paid out to insiders and Genmar subsidiaries.  The former head of Genmar, Irwin Jacobs is being asked to return $2.7 million........

 

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

 

News Release

.


U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

For Immediate Release:

January 30, 2012

Release No. 12-07     

BUILDING STRONG

Contact:

Jody Harris, 618-594-2484
Jody.Harris@usace.army.mil

Carlyle Lake Fishing Prospects Outstanding for 2012
 

Carlyle Lake – With spring just right around the corner, it is time to begin thinking about the big fish you’re going to catch this year at Carlyle Lake. Carlyle Lake provides a diverse and bountiful freshwater game population. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division recently provided the results of the annual 2011 fall survey of Carlyle Lake and these results indicate that fishing prospects are outstanding for the upcoming season. During the 2011 Fall Fish Survey, Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Dan Stephenson was stunned to encounter previously unheard numbers of crappie, white bass, largemouth bass and other fish species. "I was on the overall best lake I’ve seen in 32 years," Stephenson recalled in an e-mail. "Carlyle Lake is phenomenal." The fall fish survey collected hundreds of crappie of all sizes in its first hour. After a certain point, the biologists had to "sub-sample," collecting for only part of the hour. "I have never seen a better crappie population of both black and white crappie." Stephenson said. These survey results have led to an IDNR decision to increase the daily crappie creel limit from 10 to 15 fish, 10 inch minimum length limit.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources survey data summary and fishing prospects follow:

LARGEMOUTH BASS - EXCELLENT – Simply stated, the largemouth bass population is fantastic! We collected record numbers of bass. Not only are young fish abundant, but numbers of bass are also very dense in the 10 to 16 inch length range which means that fishing should be good for several more years. During our survey we collected 109 fish per hour which translates to 114 pounds of bass per hour. Thirty-four percent of the stock was 14 inches or greater in length while 18% of these fish were 15 inches or more. The largest bass observed weighed in at 5.6 lbs with a 6.5 lb fish collected earlier in the spring. All the bass were extremely fat from feeding on record numbers of small shad. Look for 2012 to provide some of the best largemouth bass fishing ever in Carlyle Lake. A 14" minimum length limit/6 fish per day creel applies.

WHITE BASS - EXCELLENT - White bass are very abundant and had quite a successful spawn in 2011. We observed high numbers of young fish during our survey in which we collected 102 white bass per hour. Fish in the 10 to 12 inch length range were also common. All fish were in superb condition from feeding on shad which means that white bass should overwinter very well. Thirteen percent of the stock was 12 inches or greater in length. Look for great white bass fishing in 2012 as the fish continue to feed and grow.

 

The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers Blogspot

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

 

 

 

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

 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

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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

 

 

 

U.S. Coast Guard

 

US Coast Guard Pic

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Motor vessel Maersk Dellys pumps fuel out of the vessel's damaged fuel tank after a spill occurred in the Garden City Terminal, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah is responding to the fuel spill and coordinating response efforts.

U.S. Coast Guard photo.
 

Slideshow from Eagle Watch Party

 

A collection of Pictures  from Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club... by Capt'n Daryyll Weil who hails out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat..... After You.

 

 

Click here and check out Darryll's slide show of pictures from the Eagle Watch Party.

More pictures added recently

 

 

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

It's Tuesday

31  January...2012

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

More Eagle Pics from

RiverBills

4th Annual Eagle Watch Party

at Palisades Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

More Pictures Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club... were sent to us by Lisa Hickey who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat .... Texas Lady

 

 

 

Hi Bill

Here are a few more eagle pictures from Sunday.

Thanks again

Lisa

 

 

RiverBill says..   Great pictures Lisa !   Thanks for sending them in

Slideshow from Eagle Watch Party

 

A collection of Pictures  from Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club... by Capt'n Daryyll Weil who hails out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat..... After You.

 

 

Click here and check out Darryll's slide show of pictures from the Eagle Watch Party.

More pictures added recently

 

NEW PRODUCT

 

Raven Environmental Products, Inc.
333 Leffingwell Ave., Suite 117, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
800-545-6953....   fax 314-822-9968

www.cellfoamholder.com

 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

 

 

Party on the Point of View

 

 

 

Cick pic to enlarge

 

Picture of the Day in 2011 ........ were from Val Aulabaugh who hails out of Grafton harbor in the boat.........Aulaboard

 

 

Bill,


The sun was out. It was 40 degrees. Time for a party on the Point of View. That's just how we do it a Grafton Harbor. Sally Warnoff, Cathi and Mike Vessel, Val Aulabaugh and Jan DeSherlia are pictured.


Can't wait for spring.

Val Aulabaugh
Aulaboard
Grafton Harbor

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

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

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock         

 

 

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

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

River Levels / Flood Warnings .........  
 

  • Click here for current Doppler Radar

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

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

 

 


	
	

 	

 

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

 Click here to check out this week's upcoming events

 

River News !  

 

 


Navigation Notices ......

 

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 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        

 

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Visitor Show Information
 

  February 8-12, 2012

  America's Center and Edward Jones Dome
  701 Convention Center Plaza
  St. Louis, MO 63101

  Show Hours
    Wednesday, February 8 2pm–9pm
    Thursday, February 9 2pm–9pm
    Friday, February 10 12pm–9pm
    Saturday, February 11 10am–9pm
    Sunday, February 12 11am–5pm

Admission
  Adults $10
  Youth 15 and younger FREE!
  2-day pass $14 (good any two days of the show)
  Online discounts: Eticket offer Buy 3 get 1 free
.


 

Click here to go to St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

St. Louis Boat and Sportsshow

   RiverBills.com Free Shuttle Service to the Laclede's Landing Parking Lots.

 


There are several parking lots and ramps available all around America’s Center & Edward Jones Dome. Typically those lots cost between $7 and $10. More economical parking options are available on Laclede’s Landing. RiverBills.com provides free shuttle service between these lots and the Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow. Many of these lots require payment on the way in. Please bring your parking ticket with you on the free shuttle and the driver will direct you to validation counter. Bring the validated parking ticket back to your lot and show it on your way out to receive your cash discount of $2. The Laclede’s Landing lots that are serviced by the RiverBills.com free shuttle are located on Washington Ave (Arch Garage), Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. Martin Luther King Drive and North Second Street.

 

Click here for map of parking and shuttle locations.

 

Click here to go to St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

 

St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

"Dollar Off" Coupons !

 

Wednesday and Thursday

Click here for print size copy

 

Thursday Only- RiverBills Day

Click here for print size copy

 

Click here to buy your tickets on-line for

Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat and Sportshow 

and get your $1 off on

RiverBills Day, Thursday, Feb.  9, 2012

 

Click here to go to St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

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

 

  Eggner Ferry Bridge Over The Kentucky Lake Reservoir

     Bridge Rammed By Freighter Hauling Rocket Parts........

 

Thursday, the 312 foot long Delta Mariner, a cargo carrier laden with rocket parts, collided with the Eggner Ferry Bridge, tearing off two sections of the bridge.  The bridge wreckage ended up on the bow of the Delta Mariner.  Thankfully, there were no injuries after the collision........

 

 

LOOK AT THESE PICTURES

       Click here to check out detailed photos of the collision damage at dailymail.co.uk.

 

 

 

RiverBill Sends out a Big Muddy Thanks to George Shindel for the news tip!

 

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

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .........Open selected dates, check up-coming events page

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
 

WOODLAND MARINA
 

To All Boaters


LET US HELP YOU!!
 

We realize the difficult times that the boating community has been experiencing over the past several years. That is why WOODLAND MARINA has seen fit NOT to raise covered slip or rack storage fees for the past FOUR years.

However, during this same time, we have continued to make improvements throughout our harbor to make it a more desirable HOME FOR YOUR BOAT!

TO SHOW OUR CONTINUED DESIRE TO HELP YOU THE BOATER, WE ARE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING INCENTIVE TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING WOODLAND MARINA SLIP RENTERS RENT A DOCK FROM US AND PAY IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2012 -RECEIVE FUEL FOR YOUR VESSEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY DURING THE 2012 BOATING SEASON AT OUR COST!

 

SO YOU PAY WHAT WE PAY FOR FUEL!!

 

**ALL RACK STORAGE BOATERS – YOU ALSO GET THE BENEFIT OF OUR FUEL DISCOUNT!

 

FOR OUR NEW BOATING FAMILY – SIGN A 2012 SLIP LEASE AND BRING YOUR BOAT IN IMMEDIATELY AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

 

This is our way at Woodland Marina to show that we care!

For FULL DETAILS, please contact:
Joe Boarman, Harbor Master - 314-603-0163
Shauna Hays, Office Manager – 636-250-3446
JoAnn Bryant, Vice President / Allene Gibson, President

 

Click here for pricelist
 

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

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

 

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012

 

 

Wetlands and You


Wetlands are often found where rivers, lakes and oceans meet land. Wetlands provide a rich mix of nutrients, insects, and plants that make them ideal nesting, resting, feeding and breeding grounds for many different types of creatures.


In fact, over a third of all federally listed rare and endangered species live in or depend upon wetlands.


But did you know, YOU depend on them too?


Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the world. They produce high levels of oxygen, filter toxic chemicals out of water, reduce flooding and erosion, recharge groundwater and provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities from fishing and hunting to photography.


Water Purification is one of the many benefits of ecosystems and wetlands.


Pollutants such as metals, viruses, oils, excess nutrients, and sediment are processed and filtered out as water moves through wetland areas, forests, and riparian (streambank vegetation) zones.


This purification process provides clean drinking water and water suitable for industrial uses, recreation, and wildlife habitat.

  • Wetlands can remove 20 to 60% of metals in the water

  • Wetlands can filter up to 90% of sediments from runoff, helping to purify water and slow down erosion

  • Wetlands eliminate 70 to 90% of entering nitrogen from the water

  • Treatment of wastewater by constructed wetlands could cost 60% less than conventional treatment methods

  • 1 acre of wetlands filters 7.3 million gallons of water a year

  • Microorganisms in wetlands utilize or break down nutrients, metals, and other chemical contaminants in the water

  • Many types of plants are specially adapted to different kinds of wetlands, and a large percentage of the nation’s imperiled plants and animals depend on wetlands for at least part of their life cycle

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plays a major role in helping restore, manage, and protect our wetlands for more, check out the Corps of Engineers Environmental Brochure or the Lands and Waters Brochure.


Additional information can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency's Website.
 

The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers Team St. Louis Blogspot

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

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

Mississippi River Near New Madrid, Missouri

    Corps Performing Daily Inspections On Birds Point Levee........

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspectors are inspecting the Birds Point Levee daily where it was intentionally breached last May.  The breach was in an effort to save nearby Cairo, Illinois, at a cost of flooding around 130,000 acres of farmland.  Inspections are taking place at the middle and upper crevasses that were formed when the levee was imploded.  The Mississippi River level is rising, and 2 - 4 feet of water are expected to get into the center crevasse........

 

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

 

 



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

 Your Eye on the River

 

 

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

Mississippi River At Hannibal, Missouri

    No Regrets For Polar Plungers........

 

Saturday was the second annual Polar Plunge at the Hannibal Marina, and there was no remorse among any of the participants.  Temperatures were about 20 degrees colder this year, and the 12 mph winds made the temps seem even colder. The event raised $9,500 for the Special Olympics.  That amount may increase, as online fundraising is still going on........

 

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

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

August 2011 Mississippi River Cruise

 

The 2011 boating season on the Alton Pool of the Mississippi was one to forget for many of the boaters in the area, but not us. Flooding occurred for most of the summer, which made for uneasy access to people's boats, and for a swift current on the river itself.
  The Duck Club Yacht Club, while being a beautiful and well kept harbor, sits at a little lower elevation than some of the other harbors along the Dardenne Slough, so the road going in and some of the parking lot goes underwater.
 


 

In this aerial view of the Duck Club, you can see the lighthouse on the upper left at the entrance to the harbor; the ground slopes up toward the right of the picture.
  Last April, Swing Set was berthed in the second set of docks from the left of the picture, and on more than one occasion, I waded through water up to my chest to gain access to the boat. This is no big deal to someone who has been through as many floods as I have living on the Meramec River, but in April, the water temperature tends to get your attention.
  We were able to sell our slip last spring, and by the 1st of May, we had Swing Set docked in the 4th set of docks from the left of the picture and not only did this make for easier transit to our boat during high water, we were able to secure a slip on a month to month basis, allowing us some flexibility should we had been able to embark on our travels last year.
  We spent most of the summer either wading through the water to access our boat, or taking the dinghy or hitching a ride with a neighbor; really not too inconvenient. The Mississippi was in a "backwater" condition, meaning for most of the summer, the Missouri River flooding kept our portion of the river high, but with little current. Therefore, boating was still possible, keeping in mind that the areas around the river homes were susceptible to damage from boat wakes, and care had to be taken transiting in those areas.
  One good thing, among many about the Duck Club, is that all the roads and parking lots are either concrete or asphalt. Cleanup, once the water goes down, is accomplished with portable water pumps and fire hoses, and is thorough. This leaves no mud to drive through.
  The club was kept open most of the time, being accessed by a series of floating walkways and narrow gangplanks. The clubhouse proper is built on a mound. Even the 1993 flood did not get to the inside the building, but the high water at times does hinder the beer and food deliveries: more importantly the beer deliveries. There were some casualties in the way of a late night, unplanned dip, but when an overabundance of alcohol is the culprit, who could complain?
  We didn't mind the high water, it provided some adventure, even if that adventure meant wading through waist deep water at midnight and seeing snakes swimming in close proximity, hopefully away from your direction.
  For the most part, parking on part of the property is on high ground and access to boats is still possible, but with a little ingenuity and with the aid of fellow boaters, our summer of boating wasn't affected by the high water last year much at all.
  Rosie and I had undertaken some very long weekend stays aboard Swing Set last summer; I was retired by the end of May, but Rosie was still employed; so for days at a time we would set on the hook and I would ferry Rosie to her car every morning in the dinghy and then pick her up at the end of the day. Our friends knew where we were anchored most of the time, and we would get visitors occasionally during the week for dinner or just a few beers, and the weekends were typically filled with lots of boating company in the form of large raft ups day and night.
  In the interest of discretion, I won't get into the details of the activities involved during these big raft ups, but for the main part fun was had by all and Monday mornings were hell.
     By the end of August of last year, the water levels on our area of the river were back down to normal, and Rosie and I were anxious to take a cruise on Swing Set. We decided to take a week to travel upriver on the Mississippi, as we had never been further upstream than Quincy, Illinois by water.
  I'll tell some of that story in my next blog.

--
Posted By Swing Set to Swing Set at 1/30/2012 07:41:00 AM

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

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

 

Boat Manufacturer

    Irwin Jacobs And Genmar Target Of Lawsuits........

 

Although the Genmar boat lines were sold off over two years ago, the fight to reclaim funds from Irwin Jacobs and others continues.  Dozens of "clawback" lawsuits have been filed by the bankruptcy trustee for Genmar Holdings Inc. looking to recoup millions of dollars paid out to insiders and Genmar subsidiaries.  The former head of Genmar, Irwin Jacobs is being asked to return $2.7 million........

 

        Click here to read this news report from tradeonlytoday.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

 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

Free WIFI

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

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

 

 

 

 Feb 04, 2012......

    Missouri Department of Conservation  Discover Nature with Eagles Days

 

Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular as large numbers of our national symbol congregate along Missouri rivers, lakes and wetlands. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature through the following Eagle Days events, which include live eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, guides with spotting scopes and refreshments:


•Schell City Community Center and Schell Osage Conservation Area, Schell City, on Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 417-876-5226.

 

Dress for the weather and don’t forget cameras and binoculars.

For an MDC brochure on Eagle Days, visit www.mdc.mo.gov and search “Eagle Days.”
 

http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/discover-nature-eagle-days

U.S. Coast Guard

 

US Coast Guard Pic

STRAITS OF MACKINAC - The motor vessel Manistee, in ballast with no cargo, rides high in the waters of the Straits of Mackinac after being freed from ice by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, Jan. 28, 2012. The Manistee, a 676-foot bulk carrier, was en route to Lake Huron when it became beset by ice and the crew requested Coast Guard assistance.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Scott Adler
 

 

 

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

It's Monday

30  January...2012

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

RiverBills

4th Annual Eagle Watch Party

at Palisades Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Picture of the Day ... was sent to us by by Captain Glenn Sadowski who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat..... Relaxin

 

 

Hey RiverBill,

You did it again with a really nice party at Palisades Yacht Club.

Here are some photos.

See you at the next party,
Glenn Sadowski
 

More Pictures From RiverBills Eagle Watch Party

 

 

 

 

More Pictures  from Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club... were sent to us by Capt'n Daryyll Weil who hails out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat..... After You.

 

 

Click here and check out Darryll's slide show that he uploaded yesteday as the party was going on !

More Pictures From RiverBills Eagle Watch Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

More Pictures Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club... were sent to us by Lisa Hickey who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat .... Texas Lady

 

 

Bill

We took the long way to Palisades and saw a few eagles in the wild, but seeing one up close was awesome.

Keep doing what you do.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Lisa

  Thanks To Everyone Who Attended the Eagle Watch Party !

 

Just want to say

THANKS !

to everyone that attended yesterday's

Eagle Watch Party at

Palisades Yacht Club

 

               RiverBill                     

 

 

NEW PRODUCT

 

Raven Environmental Products, Inc.
333 Leffingwell Ave., Suite 117, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
800-545-6953....   fax 314-822-9968

www.cellfoamholder.com

 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

Sunday

 

Cick pic to enlarge

 

Picture of the Day in 2005 ........ was of the boat named Scoundrel  tied up at Sharkey's on a cold Winter day..... January 29, 2005 !   Boating season never ends for some folks.

 

 Dutch, who is the captain of the vessel, told me he keeps it toasty warm inside and that he uses the boat all year long. Hats off to you Dutch !    

 

RiverBill

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

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

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock         

 

 

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

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

River Levels / Flood Warnings .........  
 

  • Click here for current Doppler Radar

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

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

 

 


	
	

 	

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's 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

 Thursday, February 9th, 2010

    Has Been Named RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat

    and Sportshow !

 

It's official !  

 

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 has been named RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow !

 

The RiverBills Girls will be there in full force, Captian Darryll Weil will have a webcam setup in the RiverBills Lounge area uploading pictures to the web, RiverBills shuttle vans will be picking up people on Lacledes Landing and transporting them to the show.

 

Keep you anchor right here for more info !

 

Please wear your RiverBills Gear !

 

See you there

 

RiverBill

 

 

 

 

 

Visitor Show Information
February 8-12, 2012

America's Center and Edward Jones Dome
701 Convention Center Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101

Show Hours
Wednesday, February 8 2pm–9pm
Thursday, February 9 2pm–9pm
Friday, February 10 12pm–9pm
Saturday, February 11 10am–9pm
Sunday, February 12 11am–5pm

Admission
Adults $10
Youth 15 and younger FREE!
2-day pass $14 (good any two days of the show)
Online discounts: Eticket offer Buy 3 get 1 free
 

Click here to go to St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

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

 

  Two River National Wildlife Refuge In Brussels, Illinois

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a photo of a mature bald eagle be released back into the wild, after being nursed back to health.  The eagle had suffered a fractured wing last year........

 

        Click here to check out this photo from thetelegraph.com.

 

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

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .........Open selected dates, check up-coming events page

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
 

WOODLAND MARINA
 

To All Boaters


LET US HELP YOU!!
 

We realize the difficult times that the boating community has been experiencing over the past several years. That is why WOODLAND MARINA has seen fit NOT to raise covered slip or rack storage fees for the past FOUR years.

However, during this same time, we have continued to make improvements throughout our harbor to make it a more desirable HOME FOR YOUR BOAT!

TO SHOW OUR CONTINUED DESIRE TO HELP YOU THE BOATER, WE ARE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING INCENTIVE TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING WOODLAND MARINA SLIP RENTERS RENT A DOCK FROM US AND PAY IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2012 -RECEIVE FUEL FOR YOUR VESSEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY DURING THE 2012 BOATING SEASON AT OUR COST!

 

SO YOU PAY WHAT WE PAY FOR FUEL!!

 

**ALL RACK STORAGE BOATERS – YOU ALSO GET THE BENEFIT OF OUR FUEL DISCOUNT!

 

FOR OUR NEW BOATING FAMILY – SIGN A 2012 SLIP LEASE AND BRING YOUR BOAT IN IMMEDIATELY AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

 

This is our way at Woodland Marina to show that we care!

For FULL DETAILS, please contact:
Joe Boarman, Harbor Master - 314-603-0163
Shauna Hays, Office Manager – 636-250-3446
JoAnn Bryant, Vice President / Allene Gibson, President

 

Click here for pricelist
 

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

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

 

Lewis And Clark Expedition

    SIUE Exhibit Shows Expedition From Another Point Of View........

 

There is a traveling Lewis and Clark exhibit visiting the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville until March 2nd.  Titled "Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country", the exhibit chronicles the expedition from the point of view of the Indians living along the route.  The exhibit is made up of 28 linked panels containing art, maps, pictures, research, as well as a display case with media and literature related to the display........

 

        Click here to read this news article form bnd.com

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

Asian Carp Update

    Nearly 9,500 Lbs Of Live Asian Carp Seized At Canadian Border........

 

Just this year, close to 9,500 pounds of live Asian carp have been seized at the U.S. - Canadian border.  2,600 pounds of live Asian carp were seized from a trucker on January 9.  Last Wednesday, 6,800 pounds of live Asian carp were seized from an 11,300 pound cargo of fish.  It is illegal for Canadians to be in possession of live Asian carp, and it is not legal for the fish top be shipped live across state borders........

 

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

 

 



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

 Your Eye on the River

 

 

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

Feb 4, 2012  Polar Plunge ....

    Lake St. Louis

 

Missouri Special Olympic Click here for more info

Location: Lake St. Louise
Lake St. Louis, MO
Contact: Jennifer Brown
brown@somo.org
314-961-7755    

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

 

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

 

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

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

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

 

There are moments in the boating life – and water over the floorboards is one of them – when problems can begin cascading, and every decision becomes crucial.

"Douglas!" I called to my husband, after looking below to see the galley carpet sloshing around. "We're taking on water!" On a boat making an offshore passage, nothing seizes the attention faster than water over the floorboards. Douglas leaped from the first real sleep he'd had in 24 hours and started checking the bilge and seacocks as I pulled up the companionway floorboard covering the packing gland.

 


 

Sure enough, as the prop shaft spun, our "dripless" gland was auditioning as a lawn sprinkler.... Click here to go to BoatUS and Continue reading this article.
 

Reprinted by permission of Scott Croft of BoatUS.

 

 

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

 

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

Docks Available Call 314-706-2313

636 - 899 - 1093

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Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

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River Levels & Water Temp

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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

 

 

 

Feb 4, 2012....US Army Corps of Engineers

   2nd Annual Eagle Trek at Kaskaskia Lock & Dam

 



KASKASKIA RIVER PROJECT - The Eagles have arrived! Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – St. Louis District for the second annual Eagle Trek, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Kaskaskia Lock & Dam from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come out for eagle-watching with spotting scopes and meet some of the feathered inhabitants of the World Bird Sanctuary (9 a.m. to noon)! Also, enjoy short interpreted walks both upstream and downstream from the Dam, and see the confluence of the Mississippi & Kaskaskia Rivers. Our experts will be on hand to tell you about other eagle-nesting sites nearby!

Contact Allie McCreary at (618) 566-4451 x21 or allie.mccreary@swircd.org to register. Please reserve your spot by Feb. 1, 2012 so we can account for the number of lunches. A suggested donation of $5/person is asked to cover lunch expenses. Families and leash-trained dogs are welcome for the hike.

This event is made possible thanks to our partners: Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation & Development, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Southwestern Illinois College, Kaskaskia Regional Port District, Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders, Inc., Chester Tourism Committee, and CLIFFTOP.

Go to www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Kaskaskia for more information.

 

The above re-printed from the US Army Corps of Engineers website

 

 

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

It's FRIDAY !

27 January...2012

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Texas Water Patrol

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Captain Mike Kolisch of the boat ....Cooler Breeze

 

 

Bill,

 

My parents and aunt and uncle winter in south Texas right on the Rio Grande River.

 

Check out the Texas water patrol. Three 300hp and machine guns to boot, but they do get some pretty nice sunrises.


Mike Kolisch
Cooler Breeze

 

 

RiverBill says....  A special thanks goes out to Mike's aunt, Dianne Obert, who took the pictures and posted them on Facebook..  Thanks Dianne for letting RiverBIlls repost your pictures !
 

 

NEW PRODUCT

 

Raven Environmental Products, Inc.
333 Leffingwell Ave., Suite 117, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
800-545-6953....   fax 314-822-9968

www.cellfoamholder.com

Pictures from RiverBills 3rd Annual Eagle Watch

Palisades Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

 

Cick pic to enlarge

 

Pictures from the Last Year's Eagle Watch ....   were sent in by Captain Greg Sadowski who hails out of Woodland Marina...

 

 

Bill,


Here are a few pictures from today (01-29-11)
 

Thanks for a good day at the river.
Greg Sadowski

 

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

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

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock         

 

 

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

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River Levels / Flood Warnings .........  
 

  • Click here for current Doppler Radar

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

 

 


	
	

 	

 

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

 

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  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..

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314-727-4400    Click here for Map

 

4th Annual Eagle Watch

Sunday 01-29-12 at 2:00PM

 

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

 

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RiverBills 4th Annual Eagle Watch Update..

This Sunday at Palisades Yacht Club. Educational Eagle Display, Music by Captain Tim, the St. Louis River Keeper will be there as well as Heartland Boat Magazine.... AND the RiverBills Gilrs, Colleen and Lauren.......
 

 

  Real Time 4th Annual Eagle Watch Party Pictures !

    

 

Captain Darryll Weil has set up a page that he will upload "real-time" pictures of Saturday's Eagle Watch party at Palisades Yacht Club on RiverWebCams.com.
 

Check it out !   The direct link to the page is:
http://riverwebcams.captainweil.com/eaglewatch/phpshow.php
 

He also has it linked from the RiverWebCams.com main page with the Eagle Watch poster.
http://riverwebcams.captainweil.com/
 

Darryll

  Mississippi River Destinations In Grafton, Illinois

     Cabin Fever Celebration At Grafton Winery And Brewhaus........

 

This weekend, the Parrotheads of the Riverbend will be hosting the second annual Cabin Fever celebration at the Grafton Winery and Brewhaus.  The Parrotheads of the Riverbend are the local Jimmy Buffett fan club.  The club was formed a few years ago by Debbie DeLassus and Kevin Hilligoss, and is active in charity work as well as fund raising in the area.  The Cabin Fever celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday, and features live music, door prizes and contests.........

 

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

 

Sad News:
    Mel Schumer has passed away.....


Glennac Tolliver
Just got word that Mel Schumer passed away Tuesday. He has been on the river for lots of years, and sure some of you know him.

Glenna Tolliver

John's Boat Harbor


 

Schumer, Melvin J.
fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church,
Beloved husband of Diane, (nee Mizerany); dearest father of Edward and Gary Schumer; dear grandfather of Chris, Kyle, Alex and Marie Schumer; dear brother of Evelyn (Bob) Bruce; uncle, cousin and friend.
Mel served proudly in the United States Army. Member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4422.
Services: Funeral at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. (at Butler Hill), Fri., Jan. 27, 11 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
Visitation Thursday 3-9 p.m.

 

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 26, 2012

 

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

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .........Open selected dates, check up-coming events page

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
 

WOODLAND MARINA
 

To All Boaters


LET US HELP YOU!!
 

We realize the difficult times that the boating community has been experiencing over the past several years. That is why WOODLAND MARINA has seen fit NOT to raise covered slip or rack storage fees for the past FOUR years.

However, during this same time, we have continued to make improvements throughout our harbor to make it a more desirable HOME FOR YOUR BOAT!

TO SHOW OUR CONTINUED DESIRE TO HELP YOU THE BOATER, WE ARE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING INCENTIVE TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING WOODLAND MARINA SLIP RENTERS RENT A DOCK FROM US AND PAY IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2012 -RECEIVE FUEL FOR YOUR VESSEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY DURING THE 2012 BOATING SEASON AT OUR COST!

 

SO YOU PAY WHAT WE PAY FOR FUEL!!

 

**ALL RACK STORAGE BOATERS – YOU ALSO GET THE BENEFIT OF OUR FUEL DISCOUNT!

 

FOR OUR NEW BOATING FAMILY – SIGN A 2012 SLIP LEASE AND BRING YOUR BOAT IN IMMEDIATELY AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

 

This is our way at Woodland Marina to show that we care!

For FULL DETAILS, please contact:
Joe Boarman, Harbor Master - 314-603-0163
Shauna Hays, Office Manager – 636-250-3446
JoAnn Bryant, Vice President / Allene Gibson, President

 

Click here for pricelist
 

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

 

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 for larger view 

 

RiverBill says.... See you there !

Lower Mississippi River Valley

    2011 Flood Damage May Make For Worse 2012........

 

Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated that damage from the 2011 floods may leave residents along the Mississippi River in greater danger in 2012.  The Corps is currently checking over the levees, navigation channels and structures for damage, with the intent to identify problem areas so that residents can be advised.  Back in December, the Corps had said that there was a considerable chance of flooding along the Birds Point Floodway.  During the floods of 2011, the Corps blew three holes in the Birds Point Levee to ease pressure on nearby Cairo, Illinois........

 

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

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Mississippi River At Hannibal, Missouri

    Polar Plunge Coming Up On Saturday........

 

Saturday, the second annual Polar Plunge will be held at the Hannibal Marina, starting at 11 am.  The event will raise funds for Special Olympics athletes in Northeast Missouri.  There will be several teams participating, and as always, many plungers will be wearing costumes........

 

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

 

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

 

WINTER WEEKENDS
SOUP AND
BAKED POTATO BAR $7.95 PER PERSON
JOIN US THIS WEEKEND.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
NOON TIL SUNSET

WE WILL HAVE CHILI AND CHILI DOGS
VEGETABLE BEEF BARLEY SOUP
BAKED POTATO BAR
CHICKEN WINGS ALSO AVAILABLE

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

 Your Eye on the River

 

 

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

                      Streetbeat 

Friday Night we are at a new venue for us…….Grahams Grill and Bayou Bar in Kirkwood from 8:30-12:30 Stop on by and help us make this a memorable event!!

Bring your Dancing Shoes!

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

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

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

That Helpless Feeling When Draft Exceeds Depth

 

On a river, channel markers are nice guides, and charts have their use, but if channel markers get moved by wind or current, and the fluctuation of river levels make charts questionable, the depth finder may be a captain's only friend.
 

A haul out usually is mandatory after an incident involving

the running gear hitting the bottom

 

Shortly after acquiring our current version of Swing Set we were headed to one of the larger boating parties of the summer in a slough behind Two Branch Island on the Mississippi, just upstream from the Golden Eagle ferry on the Alton Pool. Being July, the water was low; charts indicated no navigable depth approaching the sand beach where everyone was to raft up, so a few of the organizers of the annual Jamaica Daze party promised to mark a channel for the boaters to follow.
The morning of the party came; Rosie and I headed upriver early as we knew there would be hundreds of boats and party goers making their way in that direction later in the day. As we approached the downriver end of Two Branch, we could see the early birds already gathered at the beach and the channel markers were also in place.
The channel markers were made of balloons put in place the previous night, anchored by rocks. The wind was blowing pretty good and little did I know that the wind had blown the balloons off course. I was making way at idle speed through the markers at a minimum depth for Swing Set, which is roughly 3.5 feet when the depth finder starting complaining and we came to a sudden stop. I had enough presence of mind to shut down both engines to survey the situation, a first response that I have followed religiously since.
Sometimes on a river with a current, a shallow water level can be overcome simply by shutting down and allowing the water flow to push the vessel back into deeper water, but such was not our luck on this day. I slipped off the boat from the swim platform to find myself in thigh deep water, not deep enough to float our boat free from the grip of the sandy bottom.
Now, Swing Set weighs in at 11 tons dry. Add a few thousand pounds of fuel, water, groceries, and a fair amount of beer for the weekend and the prospect of me pushing her off on my own was a dim one. However, in the nearly twenty years since our episode in the Keys, when we ran aground in our 24 foot Formula, I hadn't killed all of the brain cells that recalled how I extracted us from that similar situation.
I walked upstream to the bow of the boat, which was still floating, as we were only stuck due to the rudders being in the hard sand. Not bothering to send Rosie to the bow to shift some weight there, I pushed with my back to the hull and got Swing Set to turn around with the bow faced into the direction I wanted to go, which was downstream. We had slipped some and I was in slightly deeper water, so I climbed back in and fired up the Caterpillars and slipped the starboard engine in gear, only to get a THUNK in response, so I quickly got her back in neutral and shut down the engines.
Realizing that I now had the current and the wind pushing from the stern, I climbed back into the water and attempted the seemingly impossible task of moving an insurmountable weight with muscle power. Again, I realize now why my back is a mess.
Inch by inch, Swing Set found deeper water until I was able to climb back into the boat and pilot her out of our sticky situation.
Two more times I got us into similar situations; once more at the same location behind Two Branch Island and another time as I approached what has become one of our favorite anchorages below Lumpy Island. At issue with navigation on most rivers is that even in familiar territory the river bottom changes from season to season. During the winter layup, the floods and currents will shift the sand and mud around in places where once was navigable, and then becomes a spot to avoid.
Our second soft grounding that occurred behind Two Branch Island happened when I had help on board, but every time we were able to shove ourselves off of one sandbar, we promptly floated onto another one, driven by wind and current along an undulating river bottom. We finally had to be pulled off with some friends in another vessel, for which we will remain forever grateful to Carl and Mary Tiemann, River Rats to the core.
During another soft grounding behind Lumpy Island, I was so mad at myself for getting us into the predicament, I refused aid from a passerby on a personal watercraft and was determined to get us out of our pickle without help, and I was able to.
That feeling in the pit of your stomach when boat meets bottom is not a pleasant one, but I have one more incident to tell about, and that was in October of 2007.
Rosie and I were enjoying a late season one week vacation aboard Swing Set and we found ourselves alone on the river during the week on a very cold and blustery day. We had left Alton Marina from an overnight stay and were heading up river when I decided to leave the main channel and take a tour of Piasa Harbor, a place we had never visited by water.
I had heard that the channel into Piasa was a shallow one, but also knew that there had to be a navigable route because other vessels of our size were berthed there. Unfortunately what I didn't know that when the river was at levels similar to the level we had during our October cruise, those boats didn't venture out of the harbor. I learned this fact later.
I was creeping up the channel behind a large island that protects Piasa Harbor, heading in an upstream direction against the wind, my preferred approach in unfamiliar waters, as the depth finder kept recording lower and lower numbers, but before I could maneuver us out of another grounding, we lurched to a stop.
All of my previous solutions to groundings entailed leaving the vessel and pushing in some manner. As I sat at the helm contemplating our circumstances, it was eerily quiet, even with the wind blowing. It was cold out, and I knew I had to get into the water, which in October is not an attractive course of action. Having no wet suit, and not wanting to sit around in cold wet clothing afterwards, I stripped off my clothes and descended the ladder into the water.
As I had mentioned, the wind was blowing, but not really into the direction I wanted us to go, and there was very little current. In this slough, the mud was very deep, as there is generally little current to keep it washed out. I was mucking around in calf-deep goo searching for deeper water, but I knew the effort was senseless because the wind was going to take Swing Set where it wanted to before I could get back behind the helm anyway. The prospect of Rosie firing up the engines with me in the water was not to be considered.
I pushed and shoved, and actually got Swing Set floating, but by the time I could climb into the boat, fire up the engines, and get us free, we were pushed into another shallow area by the wind.
I still had the use of the marine radio as an option, and even though it was during the week; two rescue boats operate on the Alton Pool, and there was always the Coast Guard or Water Patrol as another option. But I am stubborn, and won't accept help until my last card is played, so I slipped back into the cold water and made another attempt at freeing Swing Set from our dilemma.
I wound up doing this another time too, as I realized that even if a tow vessel was summoned, Swing Set was only leaving under her own power. Knowing that the bottom was mud about two feet thick, I fired up the Cats, put her in gear and drove us out of the mud, throwing all kinds of caution to the wind. Once I got into deeper water, I shut down the engines after deploying our anchor and visited the engine room.
We were taking on water at the shaft seal on the starboard engine, but it wasn't enough that our bilge pumps couldn't keep up with. It wasn't until much later that I discovered why the shaft seal became twisted enough to leak, but I was able to get it back into place and stop the leaking. I pulled the sea strainers on both of the engines after closing the through hull valves and found them packed completely with river mud.
It took me several hours to get the strainers clean. I was able to use my fresh water supply on board to flush out the raw water intakes. I assembled everything and fired up one engine and checked for cooling water discharge. We have closed water cooling on Swing Set, which means that the sea water doesn't circulate through the engine block, but goes through a heat exchanger. Once I could see clean river water exiting the discharge ports, I felt confident enough to start up the other engine. I monitored the temperature gauges closely once we got under way.
As the sun appeared late that afternoon, we were heading back upriver at idle speed, happy to be cruising again but were in no hurry. Because we were going so slow, it wasn't until the next spring when I found out the damage that our grounding had caused.
 


Appears to be the beard of Jone Paul Jones,

but is actually a shredded barge line

 

 

Once we recommissioned Swing Set for the 2008 boating season, I noticed some vibration coming from the starboard running gear when we exceeded anything but idle speeds. The picture above shows what was left of a section of polypropylene barge line we dredged up when we plowed out of our nasty affair on the previous October.
The vibration was caused strictly from the shredded remnant of line being tangled in the prop; the prop shafts were checked and were within specifications and the props were true. I still don't know how the dripless shaft seal started to leak, but it has behaved since; I have no qualms about it's integrity.
The haul out was not in vain, however; we were due for a bottom paint anyway, so we contracted to have that work done to take advantage of the situation.
In preparation for the extended cruising that we currently have planned, there are a couple of items that I have found necessary to purchase. Primarily, I obtained a wet suit. Never again do I want to enter water uncomfortably cold. We also got Rosie a wet suit too, but more from a snorkeling prospective rather than anything else.
We also purchased a hookah type snorkeling outfit. It allows two divers to snorkel to depths of 30 feet with two 100 foot hoses and regulators. Our hookah operates on 110 volts, and our inverter will accommodate it for a while, and we can fire up the generator if we need to. The hookah will add to our list of fun stuff to do while at anchor in the more tropical areas of the world, and will also come in handy to free our running gear from unintentional passengers in the way of floating debris or lobster pots.
I also intend to use the snorkel system to keep our hull free of barnacles that will grow there. It's a necessary chore; in some areas, it may need to be done monthly. Rafted up side by side with new found friends, we can spend whole afternoons scrubbing each others bottoms. Maybe we should get a sign made.


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Posted By Swing Set to Swing Set at 1/26/2012 08:17:00 AM

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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

Boat Manufacturer

    4Q Results In For Brunswick........

 

On Thursday, Brunswick Corp. reported increases in sales during the fourth quarter of 2011, and the year as well.  The company also saw an increase in operating earnings and reduced debts in 2011.  During 4Q '11, Brunswick reported net sales of $789.1 million, an increase over 4Q '10's net sales of $728.8 million.  For the year, Brunswick reported net sales of $3.75 billion, an increase from $3.4 billion a year ago.  During 2011, net earnings were $71.9 million, or 78 cents per diluted share, compared to 2010's net loss of $110.6 million, or $1.25 per diluted share........

 

        Click here to read this news report from tradeonlytoday.com

 

 

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

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

 

New Mississippi River Bridge Project

    So Far Bridge Construction Under Budget........

 

The New Mississippi River Bridge project at St. Louis is set for completion in two years, and is currently under budget.  Greg Horn, the Missouri Department of Transportation project director stated that the project is 11% under budget.  Horn pointed out that competition has kept the construction bids low.  To date, 26 of the 35 contractor bids have been awarded.  The brisge is expected to open in 2014........

 

        Click here to read this news tidbit form whbf.com.

 

BoatUS

 

Steve Thomas: Handyman to Waterman
"This Old Boater" shows the pros a thing or two

This Old House Host; A Circumnavigating Family; Shark Man's Daughter

Steve Thomas has always had a knack for fixing things. When he was 10, his family moved to Southern California and he bought a defunct surfboard. "It was 10 bucks and needed a new fin, so I fixed it up and went surfing," he recalls. When he was 14, he decided he wanted to go sailing, so he bought a small sailboat for $42, fixed that up, and off he went. After studying philosophy in college, he headed out in the Victoria to Maui race in a Valiant 40, and then sailed the boat back to Seattle. That was followed by a stint in the Mediterranean as first mate on a 103-foot schooner, followed by another on an 89-foot Italian motoryacht, and a third on a 75-foot ketch... click here to go to BoatUS and continue reading
 

 

Reprinted by permission of Scott Croft of BoatUS.

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Introducing

Lauren and Sherri

 

The two newest RiverBills Girls ! 

 

Come on out to this Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club and meet Lauren. 

 

They will both be at the boat show on Thursday February 9th !


 

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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

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

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

 

 

 

US Department of the Interior

   Press Release
 

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Announces Grants to Boost Recreational Boating in 10 States


Infrastructure projects provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, create jobs

01/25/2012

Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416
Kim Betton (FWS) 703-358-2081

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced more than $7.5 million in competitive grants to 10 states for 11 projects to support recreational boating through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant program.

“Recreational boaters and anglers contribute to our nation’s thriving outdoor recreation economy and play an important role in conservation of our rivers, watersheds and oceans,” Secretary Salazar said. “These competitive grants will help provide quality opportunities and access to America’s great outdoors for our nation’s boaters and anglers, while creating jobs by funding major construction projects to build docks, boat slips and facilities.”

Outdoor recreation, including boating and fishing, contribute an estimated $730 billion to the U.S. economy each year, Salazar noted.

The Service will also release approximately $2.5 million to 26 states, commonwealths, and territories willing to match a smaller, non-competitive grant program known as “BIG Tier 1” funding.

Grantees use Boating Infrastructure Grant funds to construct, renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats (those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation. Grantees may also use funds to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program and recreational boating.

Funding for the Boating Infrastructure Grant program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuel.

The 11 projects receiving the competitive grants include..........

Click here to continue reading this news release

 

 

 

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

It's Thursday

26 January...2012

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

In Memory of Bill Brasses

 

Click pic to enlarge

Stuck in the middle of two Bills!

RiverBill, Sandy and Bill Brasses

 

 

Picture of the Day ... was sent to us by Barry Munsell from 222.

 

 

Hey Bill Capt.

 

Barry Munsell here from 222.

 

With the up coming Eagle Watch, which I plan attending, I thought this pic would touch base in memory of Bill Brasses.  I believe this was two years ago, the lady was from River Bend Marina.... Sandy.

 

Bill Brasses was a card!


Thanks

Barry Munsell

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks for the picture Barry.  Bill Brasses was a great guy and a good friend.
 

Lauren and Sherri

 

 

Introducing Lauren and Sherri...

The two newest RiverBills Girls ! 

 

Come on out to this Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club and meet Lauren. 

 

They will both be at the boat show on Thursday February 9th !


 

 

NEW PRODUCT

 

Raven Environmental Products, Inc.
333 Leffingwell Ave., Suite 117, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
800-545-6953....   fax 314-822-9968

www.cellfoamholder.com

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 Capt'n Jeff Osborne, who hails out of Paisa Harbor.

 

 

Bill,

Photo taken Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at My Lady of the Rivers next to Palisades. The forecast calls for rain this afternoon, but it was beautiful this morning. The river takes on a whole different feel in the calm of a cool winter fog. The ice was breaking apart and we watched it drift down river. The gulls were singing and feasting on a bounty of fish breaking over the dike. God willing, I will remember this day at Blessing of the Fleet later this year.

Jeff Osborne
Piasa  Harbor

 

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4th Annual Eagle Watch

Sunday 01-29-12 at 2:00PM

 

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

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RiverBills 4th Annual Eagle Watch Update..

This Sunday at Palisades Yacht Club. Educational Eagle Display, Music by Captain Tim, the St. Louis River Keeper will be there as well as Heartland Boat Magazine.... AND the RiverBills Gilrs, Colleen and Lauren.......
 

 

Reader Commentary

    Similarities between RiverBill and Bald Eagles

 

 

Bill:

Since the official Riverbills.com Eagle Watch Party is just around the corner (on Sunday, January 29th), I was thinking about all the similiarities between you, the proprietor of the fine web site, Riverbirds, err, Riverbills.com and an eagle.

A few examples...

The bald eagle is not picky about how it gets its food. It will eat small animals, fish, even carrion.
RiverBill is not picky about his food either and eats carry-out.

Bald eagles make a high-pitched squeaking sound.
RiverBill makes a high-pitched, squeaking sound when his private parts are involved in a boating mishap.

Bald eagles were negatively affected by DDT.
Riverbill is negatively affected by tequila --and, sometimes, rum.

Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery from the brink of extinction.
Ironically, it has been rum - and Red Stripe Beer-- that helps RiverBill recover from the brink of extinction almost daily.

Bill, perhaps some of your readers have other similarities they've noticed between you and the bald eagle. I suggest that they write to you, or, at least, bring those similarities to the Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club on Sunday, January 29th , beginning at 2 PM.

Your friend in ornithological pursuits,

Larry Demko
365 Advertising

 

 

 

RiverBill says.........   Thanks for all nice comments Larry !  Make sure you bring your life jacket to the party on Sunday !
 

  Plan H Update

     Flood Control Meeting Held Wednesday........

 

Wednesday evening, an informational meeting was held at Winfield High School to discuss the controversial flood control proposal known as Plan H.  If Plan H were implemented, several thousand acres in St. Charles, Pike and Lincoln counties could become inundated if flood waters reach 1993 and 2008 levels.  Under Plan H, around 120 Upper Mississippi River levees would be raised to 500 year flood levels, but the remaining 20 Missouri levees would not get any additional elevation........

 

        Click here to read this news tidbit from connectteistates.com.  With Map.

 

Sad News:
    Mel Schumer has passed away.....


Glennac Tolliver
Just got word that Mel Schumer passed away Tuesday. He has been on the river for lots of years, and sure some of you know him.

Glenna Tolliver

John's Boat Harbor


 

Schumer, Melvin J.
fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church,
Beloved husband of Diane, (nee Mizerany); dearest father of Edward and Gary Schumer; dear grandfather of Chris, Kyle, Alex and Marie Schumer; dear brother of Evelyn (Bob) Bruce; uncle, cousin and friend.
Mel served proudly in the United States Army. Member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4422.
Services: Funeral at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. (at Butler Hill), Fri., Jan. 27, 11 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
Visitation Thursday 3-9 p.m.

 

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 26, 2012

 

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

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .........Open selected dates, check up-coming events page

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
 

WOODLAND MARINA
 

To All Boaters


LET US HELP YOU!!
 

We realize the difficult times that the boating community has been experiencing over the past several years. That is why WOODLAND MARINA has seen fit NOT to raise covered slip or rack storage fees for the past FOUR years.

However, during this same time, we have continued to make improvements throughout our harbor to make it a more desirable HOME FOR YOUR BOAT!

TO SHOW OUR CONTINUED DESIRE TO HELP YOU THE BOATER, WE ARE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING INCENTIVE TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING WOODLAND MARINA SLIP RENTERS RENT A DOCK FROM US AND PAY IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2012 -RECEIVE FUEL FOR YOUR VESSEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY DURING THE 2012 BOATING SEASON AT OUR COST!

 

SO YOU PAY WHAT WE PAY FOR FUEL!!

 

**ALL RACK STORAGE BOATERS – YOU ALSO GET THE BENEFIT OF OUR FUEL DISCOUNT!

 

FOR OUR NEW BOATING FAMILY – SIGN A 2012 SLIP LEASE AND BRING YOUR BOAT IN IMMEDIATELY AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

 

This is our way at Woodland Marina to show that we care!

For FULL DETAILS, please contact:
Joe Boarman, Harbor Master - 314-603-0163
Shauna Hays, Office Manager – 636-250-3446
JoAnn Bryant, Vice President / Allene Gibson, President

 

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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

 

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Mississippi River Cruising

    American Cruise Lines Announces 2013 Schedule........

 

With their inaugural 2012 cruise season on the Mississippi River coming up, American Cruise Lines announced the 2013 schedule for the Queen of the Mississippi.  The Queen of the Mississippi is currently under construction.  She is an authentic paddlewheeler, and will be capable of carrying 150 passengers.  The Queen is expected to be completed and on her maiden cruise from New Orleans in August........

 

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

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Fishy Tales

    Boat Lost Off Massachusetts Coast 3 Years Ago Turns Up In Europe........

 

In August of 2008, Scott Douglas and Rich St. Pierre were thrown from their 26 foot fishing boat off of the coast of Massachusetts.  Douglas and St. Pierre had to swim two hours to shore.  The boat was left to drift because the U.S. Coast Guard deemed the seas too rough to recover it.  On January 17, the vessel was discovered some 20 miles off of the coast of Spain.  It was covered in barnacles and rust, but intact........

 

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

 

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

 Your Eye on the River

 

 

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

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Photo gallery and slideshow from the webcam pictures

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Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

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

                      Streetbeat 

Got off the phone with Leonard at Tony’s and he just booked the band for every other Thursday Night at Tony’s Prohibition Lounge (formerly Tony’s 3rd Street Café) We will be there Thursday night from 8-12. Leonard promised that there would be Free Pizza again. (I verified this)

Friday Night we are at a new venue for us…….Grahams Grill and Bayou Bar in Kirkwood from 8:30-12:30 Stop on by and help us make this a memorable event!!

Bring your Dancing Shoes!

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

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

 

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Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

There Are Some Boating Experiences A Person Could Just Do Without

 

Some of my previous blogs have reviewed our boating history, but more of those had to do with what boats we have owned, as opposed to some of our actual experiences. Since our travels on Swing Set won’t start until later this year, I figured I’d keep my limited blog writing skills lubricated by relaying some of our more memorable moments to my faithful blog followers.
There are a number of things that you don’t want to happen as the captain, or as the owner of a boat. The usual calamities such as fire, collision, and sinking are certainly ones to avoid; along with getting lost, getting stuck in a hurricane, and running aground. The list is longer, but our negative experiences involving our boats; with the exception of our trailering mishaps, mainly involve running aground.
There are different stages of running aground, ranging from lightly touching the bottom, to "hard aground" where a crane might be needed to extract you from the hard. Our experiences have never been of the hard aground variety, but even the less critical groundings are nerve wracking.
 

 

Back in 1988, Rosie and I took our second trip down the eastern Florida coast in a boat. The first time we traveled from Jacksonville to Key Biscayne, taking two weeks to do the trip down and back. For the second trip, we trailered our 242LS Formula to Sebastion, Florida, which is roughly mid-state, and set our sights for Key West. Rosie is pictured above where we are anchored just off of Tank Island, which is directly across from Mallory Square in Key West.
We spent five glorious days in Key West before we decided it was time to make our way back upstate. We had come down on the eastern side of the Keys, so in the interest of variety, we decided to travel back up to Marathon Key, and then on to Miami, on the "western" side, or the inside route.
Back then, I didn't have GPS, but I did have a paper chart and a compass; so I calculated a route that would take us necessarily far off from the sight of land, as the inside route is very shallow. My plan was to use dead reckoning, basically, knowing the distance to Bahia Honda Channel where we would turn east in the direction of Marathon. I knew I had to travel at a certain speed for a set amount of time until I found the channel marker I was looking for, and sure enough, with the aid of our binoculars, I found our channel marker far in the distance.
As I was making way toward the marker, still very far off from land, we came to a grinding halt. My preoccupation with the compass and the binoculars distracted me from monitoring the depth finder, a most important oversight.
We were nearly "hard aground", as the boat was listing to one side, as sure sign that the whole keel was sitting on the sand. I immediately raised the outdrive and I put on some surf shoes to prevent stepping on anything, then jumped out of the boat into about 18" of water.
The reality of the situation was sinking in as I ineffectually tried to shove us off into deeper water. I then decided to consult the tide tables and luckily found that we were on a rising tide and all we had to do was wait; however the tide in that area doesn't rise a whole lot, so the prospect of floating off was still doubtful. As we settled in for the wait, I did try to contact somebody on our handheld VHF radio, but to no avail. We were still pretty far from any populated area.
Once we arrived at the apex of the rising tide, the boat was floating level, but the stern was still sitting on the sand, and the lower gear case was also in contact with the ground. I had to work with the situation at hand, so what I did was to direct Rosie to the bow of the boat, using all 103 pounds of her hulking mass to offset some weight from the stern, but we remained stuck.
I directed my efforts, then, to the bow of our boat; since it was essentially afloat. I pushed on the bow and got the boat at least turned around with the bow directed to deeper water, which was in the direction from which we had come. With Rosie bouncing what she could of her enormous frame on the front of the boat, I shoved from the rear with my back to the swim platform as I lifted up on it as much as possible. I am just now realizing why I have back problems today, as I write this.
We finally got the Formula floating. Damage only amounted to a chunk of aluminum knocked out of the lower skeg that I later fixed with JB Weld. (Good stuff) I consulted the chart again and plotted a course through deeper water, and we breezed into Marathon for fuel.
This story has a happy ending, as will the others about grounding, but a 24 foot boat is a lot lighter than our current 40 footer. The few groundings we've had with our larger Swing Set caused us a fair amount of anxiety; those stories are coming up.


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Posted By Swing Set to Swing Set at 1/25/2012 08:50:00 AM

 

 

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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

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Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

   Arch Grounds Expansion Will Be Completed, But Not By 2015........

 

Walter Metcalfe, Jr., head of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, recently stated that key portions of the Gateway Arch grounds expansion project will be completed by the self imposed deadline of October 28, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the setting of the Arch's final piece.  Metcalfe added that the park will be connected to the river and the city by then, but not all of the proposed improvements will be completed in time, especially on the East side on the river.......

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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Coast Guard Compass

     Official Blog of US Coast Guard

  

On thin ice
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Posted by: LT Stephanie Young

 

Two airboat crews get underway on a safety patrol for residents who were stranded due to flooding in their North Dakota community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Annie R. Berlin.
 

 

 

While scores of boaters in colder parts of the country have put their boats into storage until spring, many still rely on their vessels for hunting, fishing and transportation. But what happens when a lake or river freezes over and a snowmobiler falls through the ice, or fishermen become stranded on an ice floe?

The Coast Guard, Always Ready, responds with an airboat.

Being at the wheel of an airboat is rare, as they are found at only 11 units across the Coast Guard. While there are few airboats, they are operated by exceptional coxswains who operate on frozen lakes and rivers – an environment that is constantly in flux.

 

There are many variables that any smallboat coxswain must keep in mind when they are at sea, but an airboat coxswain has to be aware of all that and more.

“Land, water and ice affect the handling of the boat differently. Add wind, current, fog and snow and, the fact that the boat doesn’t have reverse, and you realize handling is a unique challenge,” said Lt. Warren Fair, the Coast Guard’s ice rescue program manager.

An airboat’s handling characteristics challenges many coxswains due to the diversity of terrains and missions the platform is used on. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.
There are many variables that any smallboat coxswain must keep in mind when they are at sea, but an airboat coxswain has to be aware of all that and more.

“Land, water and ice affect the handling of the boat differently. Add wind, current, fog and snow and, the fact that the boat doesn’t have reverse, and you realize handling is a unique challenge,” said Lt. Warren Fair, the Coast Guard’s ice rescue program manager.

An airboat’s handling characteristics challenges many coxswains due to the diversity of terrains and missions the platform is used on. But before a coxswain even gets a turn at the wheel, they must first become certified as an ice rescuer.

Beginning with the basics of ice terminology and protective equipment, potential airboat crewmembers learn the movements required of teams in ice rescues. Airboat crews must also learn about the factors that affect how the ice forms, including water current, depth, snow cover and temperature.

Continuing their training, coxswains are required to exhibit in-depth knowledge of the airboat itself, including mechanical characteristics, mission performance, boat operations and hard and soft water handling skills.

The skills these Coast Guard members learn requires a commitment to proficiency, as airboats are highly sought after to conduct emergency relief missions in environments other than ice. Due to their mission diversity, airboats serve as a perfect platform when responding to natural or man-made disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, Red River flooding and Deepwater Horizon.

As maritime search and rescue professionals, the Coast Guard understands the dangers of cold water as well as the dangers of venturing out on the ice. While the airboat crews are ready to respond, those who live on or near the ice should always consider ice safety.

If people choose to go out on ice, Lacy encourages keeping the acronym “ICE” in mind.

I –
Intelligence: Know the weather and ice conditions, know where you’re going and know how to call for help.

C –
Clothing: Have proper clothing to prevent hypothermia. Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.

E –
Equipment: Have proper equipment including marine radio, life jackets, screw drivers, ice picks, etc.

The Coast Guard performs missions in the most extreme of environments and ice is no exception. As you make a serious investment and commitment to ice safety, the Coast Guard makes a serious commitment to being Always Ready.
 

Reprinted from US Coast Guard Blog

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

 

 

 

U.S. Coast Guard

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Coast Guard weapons simulator in Cleveland
 

CLEVELAND - Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matt White, assistant chief of the 9th Coast Guard District Enforcement Branch, fires simulated rounds from an M240 machine gun at a video screen showing a non-compliant vessel firing at him in a weapons simulator trailer at the Coast Guard's Cleveland Moorings facility, Jan. 24, 2012.The portable trailer is being transported throughout the Great Lakes region to provide weapons training and enhance crew proficiency during the winter months.U.S.

Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi
 

 

 

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

It's Wednesday

25 January...2012

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Picture of the Day ... was sent to us by Claudia Burrus who hails out of Hoppies Marina in Kimmswick, MO........

 

 

Hi Bill,


Here is a sunset shot Jay Laymon took on his trip from Watergate Marina in
St Paul, Minnesota, to Ditto Landing Marina in Huntsville, Alabama. He
doesn't remember exactly where he took it, but according to my calculations
he must have been on the Tennessee River between New Johnsonville, Tenn.,
and Huntsville.

 

See you on the river!


Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina
 

 

NEW PRODUCT

 

Raven Environmental Products, Inc.
333 Leffingwell Ave., Suite 117, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
800-545-6953....   fax 314-822-9968

www.cellfoamholder.com

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

   

 

YesterYear's River Pictures of the Day in 2010 ----  were sent to us by Joe, Anthony and Matt Greco who hail out of Port Charles in the boat........ "Finer Things."

 

 

Hi Bill.

 

Standing behind our boat at Port Charles, looking off F Dock at Duck Club.

 

From Joe, Anthony, Matt Greco

Boat.... Finer Things

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

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

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock                                         SOLD

 

 

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

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

River Levels / Flood Warnings .........  
 

 

  • Click here for current Doppler Radar

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

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

 

 


	
	

 	

 

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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 ......

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 1/24/11
Subject: BUOYS OFFSTATION MM 169.9-172.5 ILR

NAVNOTICE # 2892

1. ALL BUOYS FROM DROLLS POINT UPPER LIGHT AND DAYMARK MM 169.9 TO DETWEILLER PARK LIGHT AND DAYMARK MM 170.9 ON THE ILLINOIS RIVER HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS SCATTERED AND OFF-STATION. ADDITIONALLY, ALL BUOYS BETWEEN DETWIELLER PARK LIGHT AND DAYMARK MM 170.9 AND BLUE CREEK LOWER LIGHT AND DAYMARK MM 172.5 OF THE ILLINOIS RIVER ARE ALSO BEING REPORTED AS SCATTERED AND OFF-STATION.
2. MARINERS ARE URGED TO EXERCISE ADDITIONAL CAUTION WHILE TRANSITTING THIS AREA OF THE ILLINOIS RIVER.
 

 

 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

 

4th Annual Eagle Watch

Sunday 01-29-12 at 2:00PM

 

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

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Palisades Raffle

 

Hi RiverBill!

Hope you had a nice relaxing time in Jamaica....I'm so jealous! Here is the art piece that Tim is raffling at the party this Sunday at Pallisades...tickets will be $5 apiece, and someone will take it home with them!

See you there!

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!

The Capt & The Wench
 

Mississippi River Near Granite City, Illinois

    America's Central Port Visited By Chinese Maritime Ministry........

 

As part of the Transportation Forum held in St. Louis, China's Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xu Zuyuan, toured America's Central Port on January 11, 2012.  There is a transportation forum held annually, alternating between China and the U.S..  Zuyuan was accompanied by China's director of water and Transportation, Song Dexing.  The Chinese officials toured the port, and discussed the foreign trade zone, as well as the South Harbor Project........

 

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

 

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

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .........Open selected dates, check up-coming events page

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
 

WOODLAND MARINA
 

To All Boaters


LET US HELP YOU!!
 

We realize the difficult times that the boating community has been experiencing over the past several years. That is why WOODLAND MARINA has seen fit NOT to raise covered slip or rack storage fees for the past FOUR years.

However, during this same time, we have continued to make improvements throughout our harbor to make it a more desirable HOME FOR YOUR BOAT!

TO SHOW OUR CONTINUED DESIRE TO HELP YOU THE BOATER, WE ARE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING INCENTIVE TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING WOODLAND MARINA SLIP RENTERS RENT A DOCK FROM US AND PAY IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2012 -RECEIVE FUEL FOR YOUR VESSEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY DURING THE 2012 BOATING SEASON AT OUR COST!

 

SO YOU PAY WHAT WE PAY FOR FUEL!!

 

**ALL RACK STORAGE BOATERS – YOU ALSO GET THE BENEFIT OF OUR FUEL DISCOUNT!

 

FOR OUR NEW BOATING FAMILY – SIGN A 2012 SLIP LEASE AND BRING YOUR BOAT IN IMMEDIATELY AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

 

This is our way at Woodland Marina to show that we care!

For FULL DETAILS, please contact:
Joe Boarman, Harbor Master - 314-603-0163
Shauna Hays, Office Manager – 636-250-3446
JoAnn Bryant, Vice President / Allene Gibson, President

 

Click here for pricelist
 

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

 

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 for larger view 

Boat Sales

     Increases In Boat Sales In December........

 

The sales of boats in the largest fiberglass boat segment, as well as 2 aluminum boat segments showed growth in December, contributing to a 9.2% increase in the boat industry's main powerboat segment.  Aluminum fishing boat sales increased to 694, or 13.8% over December 2010.  Pontoon boat ales increased 22.7% compared to December 2010, climbing to 222 units.  All fiberglass boat sales, including personal watercraft increased to 1,997, from 1,922 units sold in December 2010........

 

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

Click here to go to Polestar Boating Center website

 

Mississippi River Bridge Project

    Ancient City Discovered Beneath St. Louis........

 

While construction on the New Mississippi River Bridge is progressing, so is the archaeological dig at the old stockyards in East St. Louis.  During the past four years, archaeologists have uncovered many artifacts.  The scientists have concluded that between 900 and 1200 AD, as many as 3,500 people inhabited the area where the stockyards were, and possibly more.  They also found evidence that there was an advanced city stretching eight miles on either side of the Mississippi River........

 

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

 

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

 

WINTER WEEKENDS
SOUP AND
BAKED POTATO BAR $7.95 PER PERSON
JOIN US THIS WEEKEND.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
NOON TIL SUNSET

WE WILL HAVE CHILI AND CHILI DOGS
VEGETABLE BEEF BARLEY SOUP
BAKED POTATO BAR
CHICKEN WINGS ALSO AVAILABLE

 

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

 

 Your Eye on the River

 

 

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

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

First Boat Watch of 2012

 

Dock space availability here on the Alton pool is cyclical. In 1998, when we brought our 28' Formula up from Lake of the Ozarks, it seemed that there were no slips available to lease or rent. We asked around, inquiring at the marinas we knew about, and also asked some friends we knew that boated in the area, and found out that after the mass exodus after the 1993 flood, people had been returning to the river in large numbers and slips were hard to get. We stopped by My River Home, a nice harbor in Portage Des Sioux, where we had known the owner for about eight years. Mike Dalwitz was full up like everyone else, but he made accommodations for us by moving a boat out of one of his slips he used for boats that were for sale. We stayed at My River Home until we bought Swing Set in 2005, along with the dock-o-minium where it was berthed. What I mean by dock availability being cyclical, is that flooding on the Mississippi is only natural, and when the farm fields get flooded every so often, so do the roads leading to all the harbors; people can't use their boats, or get to them, so they move to one of the nearby lakes. We have moved our boat to the Lake of the Ozarks twice for similar reasons, only to tire of the weekly drive, or the boat traffic, and then move operations back to a closer location. Once we bought Swing Set, we remained committed to the Alton Pool, and if we were to stay employed, would always keep our boat there, and the Duck Club Yacht Club is a fine place to keep a boat.

 


 

A friend took this picture last Saturday at the Duck Club. The view is of the lighthouse at the entrance of the harbor, which is just at the downriver end of the Dardenne Slough as it flows into the main channel, around mile 222RDB on the Mississippi.

The Dardenne Slough is home to many fine harbors and marinas on this area of the Alton Pool, some with service departments and fuel, but the Duck Club has neither. What the Duck Club does have is dock slips that you can purchase, and an on sight Harbormaster to keep an eye on things, along with the finest restaurant on this area of the Mississippi. The club is private, and memberships are required, but transient boaters aren't turned away; there is a transient dock just inside the harbor entrance. More can be learned about the Duck Club on its Facebook page or Website. Just search Duck Club Yacht Club.
 

 

This is a picture of the clubhouse at the Duck Club in warmer weather. The pool is out front next to a very nice deck to have dinner and catch the sunsets. There is the Starboard Room for private parties just off of the pool area, a fine dining room, and the bar area with plenty of T.V.s and a fine bar staff. The menu and food is phenomenal.
We visit our boat all through the winter, at least weekly, but the Duck Club Condo Owners Association hosts two "Boat Watches" during the winter where the clubhouse is open to members to BYOB and a dish, to share for a potluck meal, and to have an afternoon of catching up from the holidays with friends you only see on the river.
We arrived at the harbor early last Saturday and where the first to arrive. There are a few live aboards at the Duck Club, but they were tucked away snug in their boats, and the quiet was only broken by the sound of all the ice eaters churning away as the temperature was in the 20's when we creeped down the icy ramp to our dock.
Again, the cyclical nature of dock slip availability is evident in the number of empty slips at the Duck Club; one reason being the time of year, but more importantly is the economy, plus high water for the last two years has chased some boaters back to the various lakes in our region. I mention this because I think owning a dock is the way to go, long term, and if we were staying here in Missouri, we would have kept our dock-o-minium at the Duck Club, but as it is, we were fortunate to have sold it last spring and are now leasing so we can skedaddle when we are ready.
We boarded Swing Set with our new pet bundled in our arms, and was met by much warmer temperatures inside the boat. We keep a couple of space heaters going throughout the winter months not only because we like to visit the boat occasionally, but I think a more constant temperature in the boat is better for the materials inside the boat.
After spending some time setting up Holly's "room" in our day head, and getting the temperature up to a warmer level, we left her to guard the boat and walked up to the clubhouse. (We brought her up later for a "viewing"; take note fellas, women can't see a back account, but they can readily see a puppy.)
There were a few early birds already in attendance, and it wasn't too long before the food table was overflowing and the place was packed with "boat watchers". We had invited some friends that were not members, but had boats in the area, and they had checked on their vessels and came by for a snack and a beer or two. We try not to miss a chance to show off our club; it's good for attracting new members and potential dock owners.
Our conversations these days always are centered around our future plans for cruising and living aboard Swing Set full time, and most of the people we meet know that the time for making the jump is getting closer. As I have mentioned here on the blog, it is still assumed by a few that doing the Great Loop is the only reason for our departure; so it was only natural for the topic of doing "The Loop" came up.
It was one of our more elder statesmen at the Duck Club that remarked that when he and his wife had first purchased their vessel years ago, the intention was to do the Great Loop, but shortly afterwards, one of the other members of the club returned from his trip around the circle and gave a presentation of his travels. Our boater friend stated that the presentation was so thorough, and so professionally done, that he no longer felt the need to do the Loop, since he felt that he had experienced it by virtue of the fine presentation that he had witnessed. I thought about that for a couple of seconds before I said, "I have to admit to seeing more than one X-rated film in my years, but that doesn't mean that I am ready to abandon my carnal pursuits".
A good laugh was had by that statement, and I noticed more than one gleam in the eye of a couple of the older boaters gathered around, but I don't know if it was from a renewed interest in doing the Loop, or if it was from something else entirely.
We are in no way ready to make the permanent move to Swing Set, but we are making plans to do so. We've picked a date and are planning a Bon Voyage party. We are tying up loose ends economically and we see a way to realistically make it happen soon. Swing Set may not ever be entirely ready, but with a couple more projects to do when the weather breaks, she will be as ready as she needs to be. I don't mind winging it.
I know this: I do not want to advance into older age, or have our health fail, and not have taken the chance to fulfill our dream. We want no regrets, and we hope that this telling of our experience in the planning, and the ongoing tale of our travels, will only inspire others to do the same.
I want to thank all those who have offered kind comments regarding my efforts here. I'll try to find something interesting to say until our departure time approaches, but until then, please be patient.
--
Posted By Swing Set to Swing Set at 1/24/2012 06:37:00 AM

 

 

 

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

 



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

Missouri River Near Bismarck, North Dakota

    Missouri River On The Way Up....  Again....

 

Last week, the level of the Missouri River fell below 10 feet at Bismarck, North Dakota, but it is rising again.  The river has risen nearly two feet over the past few days to 11.93 feet.  Hydrologists with the National Weather Service state that the river is close to being completely frozen over.  Last week, the National Weather Service had issued a flood warning when the river level was over 11 feet.  They state that the current river level is not cause for worry........

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Eagle Bluff Conservation Area Near Columbia, Missouri

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a photo showing a flock of Mallard ducks congregating in a pond at the Eagle Bluff Conservation Area........

 

        Click here to check out this photo from columbiamissourian.com.

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook
 

BoatUS



The Boating Playlist
By Tim Murphy

Boats and music have always been inseparable. Now, in the era of the digital cloud, it's easier than ever to match the perfect song to a good day on the water. So, let's take a musical journey—from folk, to seafaring, to classic, to indie, to, well, wild! Get ready to rock with our best boating playlists.

 

When I was 16 years old and living in the fo'c'sle of a 130-foot brigantine the first time, I heard "Song for the North Star" — one of many times my life was incontestably steered by a song. I knew nothing then about Jorma Kaukonen, nothing about his electric band Hot Tuna, or his previous membership in Jefferson Airplane, nothing even about his Piedmont Blues mentor, the Reverend Gary Davis. It was just that song, played on a cheap cassette recorder, that crept inside me and told me where to go. Eventually, the fellow who owned the tape went his way and I went mine, and for the next several years every chance I got to poke into a record store would see me digging through the stacks, hoping to find it on an out-of-print album called "Quah."

 

Click here to go to BoatUS and continue reading this story

 

 

This press release reprinted by permission of Scott Croft of BoatUS.

 

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

 

 

 

U.S. Coast Guard

 

US Coast Guard Pic

Oil in Ice project


ST. IGNACE, Mich. -? Ice forms in the Straits of Mackinac, underneath the Mackinac Bridge, Jan. 24, 2011. The Coast Guard's Research and Development Center, in New London, Conn., along with other agency partners, is testing and evaluating methods for removing spilled oil from an icy environment.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener

 


 

ST. IGNACE, Mich. - The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, homeported in Port Huron, Mich., and the commercial tugboats Reliance, Nickelena and Erika Kobasic, sit moored at Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Mich., Jan. 24, 2011 The four vessels are participating in a project that demonstrates capabilities for removing spilled oil from an icy environment.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener.
 

 

 

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

It's Tuesday

24 January...2012

 

Over 4.7 Million Boaters

Have Already Cruised Through These

e-waters

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Introducing the new

Cabo Wabo Dreamin

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Picture of the Day ... was sent to us by Tina Bohrer, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat.......  "Cabo Wabo Dreamin"

 

 

 

Well we finally did it, we sold our Mach I and upgraded to a 29' Maxum. So you will see Cabo Wabo Dreamin' in a whole new boat.

 

Brought her home from the lake yesterday (01-21-12) and took a test drive, dedicated boaters out there in 22 degree weather.. She is finding her new home at the Yacht Club, can't wait after 15 years having a dock instead of trailering.


Tina Bohrer
It must be from me


 

 

NEW PRODUCT

 

Raven Environmental Products, Inc.
333 Leffingwell Ave., Suite 117, St. Louis, MO 63122 USA
800-545-6953....   fax 314-822-9968

www.cellfoamholder.com

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 Lisa Hickey who hails out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis with her husband, Scott, in the houseboat .... "Ching"

 

 

 

Its a shot of Henry Kinder and granddaughter Amanda taken at Kinder's Restaurant last September. 

 

 

RiverBill says........What a good shot Lisa !

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

 

Featured Classifieds

 

 

 

   

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

 

   

   56x14 Party Dock                                         SOLD

 

 

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

RiverBill's All Classifieds Page... Click here 

 

 Click here ...My River Home website

River Levels / Flood Warnings .........  
 

Mississippi River

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                                               Click here

 

Alton 

Click here

 

Illinois River

 

   Hardin                                                      LaGrange

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Missouri River

 

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4th Annual Eagle Watch

Sunday 01-29-12 at 2:00PM

 

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

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Boat Shows

    Overland Park Boat Show Coming Up........

 

From Thursday through Sunday, January 26 - 29, the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association presents the 10th annual Overland Park Boat Show.  Over 50 dealers and marine insiders will be giving boaters a sneak peek into what is new in the world of boating, fishing, skiing, and much more.  There will be performance boats, ski boats, fishing boats, pontoons, PWC's and all types of boating accessories, such as docks and lifts........

 

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

 

Grafton Harbor Updates (Dated 01-20-12)

   

60 Days Until Spring River Friends!!

The Coast Guard Auxiliary has Scheduled Safety classes in Feb., March and April.
These Classes:
Satisfy the State of Illinois and the State of Missouri Boater Education requirement.
May qualify you for a insurance discount on your Boat Insurance.

And SAVE LIVES, keep you out of trouble and make you a better boater!

Please see below for dates and times.


Have a great day and see you at the STL Boat Show!!
Feb. 8 – 12 at the Edward Jones Dome.


Joe, Jan and the Crew of Grafton Harbor

 

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

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .........Open selected dates, check up-coming events page

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
 

WOODLAND MARINA
 

To All Boaters


LET US HELP YOU!!
 

We realize the difficult times that the boating community has been experiencing over the past several years. That is why WOODLAND MARINA has seen fit NOT to raise covered slip or rack storage fees for the past FOUR years.

However, during this same time, we have continued to make improvements throughout our harbor to make it a more desirable HOME FOR YOUR BOAT!

TO SHOW OUR CONTINUED DESIRE TO HELP YOU THE BOATER, WE ARE OFFERING THE FOLLOWING INCENTIVE TO ALL NEW AND EXISTING WOODLAND MARINA SLIP RENTERS RENT A DOCK FROM US AND PAY IN FULL BY MARCH 15, 2012 -RECEIVE FUEL FOR YOUR VESSEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY DURING THE 2012 BOATING SEASON AT OUR COST!

 

SO YOU PAY WHAT WE PAY FOR FUEL!!

 

**ALL RACK STORAGE BOATERS – YOU ALSO GET THE BENEFIT OF OUR FUEL DISCOUNT!

 

FOR OUR NEW BOATING FAMILY – SIGN A 2012 SLIP LEASE AND BRING YOUR BOAT IN IMMEDIATELY AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

 

This is our way at Woodland Marina to show that we care!

For FULL DETAILS, please contact:
Joe Boarman, Harbor Master - 314-603-0163
Shauna Hays, Office Manager – 636-250-3446
JoAnn Bryant, Vice President / Allene Gibson, President

 

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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

 

Boat Manufacturer

    Fountain Heading For Bankruptcy....  Again....

 

Last week, Fountain Powerboats and its partners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in the last three years.  The company filed on January 18th, in the bankruptcy court in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The company has listed less than $50,000 in assets, but over $53 million in liabilities.  First Capitol is the only creditor listed in the initial bankruptcy filing.  Fountain Powerboats had filed for bankruptcy in August of 2009........

 

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

                      Streetbeat 

Got off the phone with Leonard at Tony’s and he just booked the band for every other Thursday Night at Tony’s Prohibition Lounge (formerly Tony’s 3rd Street Café) We will be there Thursday night from 8-12. Leonard promised that there would be Free Pizza again. (I verified this)

Friday Night we are at a new venue for us…….Grahams Grill and Bayou Bar in Kirkwood from 8:30-12:30 Stop on by and help us make this a memorable event!!

Bring your Dancing Shoes!

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

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

 

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Illinois River Eagle Watching

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a photo essay of eagle watching activities along the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park.  This year's eagle watching event is set for January 28 - 29 at the Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center........

 

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RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

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Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

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

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Flie photo ....  Louisiana, Mo Polar Plunge

 

Jan 28, 2012  Polar Plunge ....

    Mississippi River, Hannibal, Mo

  

Missouri Special Olympics

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Contact: Tim Schuster, 573.635.1660

   

 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

 

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Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

Two Heads Are Better Than One

 

When we first looked at Swing Set we were impressed that a boat of its size not only had two heads, (or bathrooms, for our landlubber friends) it also has two independent showers, separate from the toilet areas. As it has turned out, in the 6 years we have had Swing Set, the shower in the "day head" has rarely been used, although the toilet has been, as it is more convenient to access from the salon and galley.
Once we decided to become full time live aboard cruisers at some point, the shower was converted into a hanging locker, perfect for gear that may need to be rinsed off with the shower spray, items such as rain gear, wet suits, life jackets, and snorkeling gear. We had also placed an older cooler on the shower stall floor to be used as our washing machine, basically a container with a drain, big enough to accommodate a few items of clothing, or some light bedding items. By adding water from the shower head, along with some Oxi-Clean, the action of the boat eventually gets the clothes relatively clean. Then we can easily wring out the items by looping them through the grab bar in the shower and twisting them, again use the shower spray to rinse. A clothesline strung up on the flybridge is ideal for drying items, mostly done overnight in the cover of darkness, or when underway. (We hesitate to allow any dock neighbors the benefit of scrutinizing our underwear choices, more importantly the ability to calculate our underwear choices by constantly noticing that there never is any hanging up.)
Our decision to add a crew member in the form of Holly, our puppy, has changed the plan somewhat. Since Holly is being litterbox trained, we needed to decide where to put her "potty place", and the shower stall in the day head was the obvious choice. The swim platform will be an option when we are on the hook and outside, but she will need a place when we are underway, and one she can use by herself while we are sleeping.
The "washing machine" will be placed in the engine room, where there is still a water faucet with hose, plus dumping some sudsy wash water occasionally won't hurt the cleanliness of the bilge. Live aboard cruising requires at least daily trips to the engine room anyway, but now the clothes washing duties will fall on the captain, as Rosies expertise at other chores will leave her forever free from any engine room duty. One more reason to wear less clothes, I think.
At home at the present, we are using a folding baby gate to keep Holly in her bed and potty area while she is still learning "where to do what", so Rosie suggested a similar gate of some sort to place in the doorway of the day head to keep Holly in there at night, or otherwise when she can't be supervised 110% of the time, until she graduates from potty training. One of the first changes we made to Swing Set was an Ocean Aire screen system for the master stateroom. The Ocean Aire attaches to the liner of the deck hatch and has a rolling screen and shade, so the screen supplied from Sea Ray became useless, but was kept "just in case". I'm glad I kept it, as it was the perfect size to fit into the doorway of the day head. By attaching some snap studs to the inner door frame, and by pop riveting two snaps to the aluminum frame of the screen, we are able to snap the screen in place when needed, and then easily unsnap it to set aside to allow Holly to come and go at will from her area while in training, or I should say, our training, and the door will still close when we want.

 

 

Here's Holly in her "area", the day head, where she has her "potty pad" in the shower. In addition to under the sink storage, and two other cabinets in the day head, I installed two more hanging shelves, where along with the myriad of other essential boat gear that we needed to find room for, we have also added: Potty pads, dog food, dog treats, flea spray, flea powder, flea shampoo, regular dog shampoo with conditioner, dog treats (several kinds), dog toys, (several kinds), Go Go (tells her where to pee), No Go (tells here where not to pee), a bottle of dog stain and odor remover, grooming supplies such as two brushes, a comb, and nail clippers. Various pharmaceuticals in the way of flea pills, (for adult and baby fleas), and heart worm pills, dog water bowl, dog food bowl, her play pen, and her crate to sleep in, all round out the inventory for the present. I have two items in our medicine cabinet: a toothbrush and Advil.
All of this preparation is for a pet that will perhaps pay us back with a bark or two before some errant pirate slits our throats in the dark of night, only to discover that the most valuable item on board is Holly herself. I wish the Dow Jones was increasing in value as fast as this puppy is.

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Posted By Swing Set to Swing Set at 1/23/2012 06:45:00 AM
 

 

 

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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

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Missouri River Near St. Joseph, Missouri

    Corps' Wildlife Habitat Project Has Begun........

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently began work on a habitat project for endangered species along the Missouri River in northwest Missouri.  The Corps has given a $7.46 million contract for improving habitat along the Missouri River for species like the pallid sturgeon.  This month, excavation for the Dalbey Bottoms Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Site.  The project will involve the digging of three chutes across previously acquired land........

 

        Click here to read this news story from kmbc.com

 

 

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

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