~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
February 2014

02-21-14   -   02-28-14

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

 

It's Boat Show Friday

  28 February 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised

The Always Changing

 Internet Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

The River Band

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day ....... is of the "River Band" playing at the Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sports show last night.

 

RiverBill says thanks to

Captain Tim, Captain Dog, Rich Luttrell and Nick !
 

"RAIL"

 will be rocking TheBoathouse

Saturday March 1st

 doors open at 6 pm in celebration of

 

Marvin & Dee Wilson's

50th Wedding Anniversary

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to
join us in this celebration !!!!!

web page.......http://www.theboathouseontheriver.com/

"
 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Eads Bridge

 

 

The Picture of the Day in 2012 ....... was a shot of the Eads Bridge at dusk, just minutes after the lights came on.

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

Featured Classifieds  

 2007 24' Bayliner Bowrider 245     GIBSON STD 44' 14' BEAM      

NEW CLASSIFIEDS

 

 

Dock For Sale.. Duck Club                    My River Home Boats

FEATURED CLASSIFIEDS

 

   2008 Maxum 1800 MX                         1999 Chris Craft 320      

FEATURED CLASSIFIEDS

 

 2006 Gibson 5500 Wide Body Houseboat   

FEATURED CLASSIFIED

 

click here Check out MORE BOATS

on the "All Classifieds Page"

 

 

My River Home website  ...  facebook page    Longshot Saloon facebook page

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

Click here to view Grafton's 2103 Event Calendar (.pdf )

 

River News !  

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

No new Incidents to report


        Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

River Gear For Sale............

 

 

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

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

 

 

Click here for larger coy of ad

 

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

Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....27 February 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
 - standby
Dredge America
- standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 301.0 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until 1200 3/4/14, L/D 22 in the vicinity of Mile 301.0, will be closed for maintenance. During this closure, towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact the lock at (309) 873-2246 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for assistance.

 

MILE 200.8 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until further notice the Melvin Price L/D (main chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.8, is closed for repairs. All vessels will be required to use the auxiliary chamber. Mariners may contact the L/D at (618) 462-1713 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for additional information.

 

MILE 185.5 - L/D - ICE
Due to ice conditions at the Chain of Rocks L/D 27, in the vicinity of Mile 185.5, vessels 105 feet in width and greater are restricted from locking through. Mariners may contact the lock at (618) 452-7107, for further information.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Cofferdam installation is ongoing on both sides of the navigation channel, minimum horizontal clearance between cofferdams is 400 feet. At times the floating workplant may be temporarily moored in the channel and will move on 30-minute advance notice by contacting the M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16.
 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for information on the navigation channel condition

 

Open Year Round

 Thurs thru Sun at 2pm during the Winter & Early Spring

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Thursday: $2 Wells       Friday: $1.00 Cans
Saturday: $10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

Just a couple of covered docks left at pyc for the upcoming boating season. Great boating family, bar & grill, pool and the best view on the Mississippi River!

 

Phone...636 899-1093       For boat slips 314 706-2313

Free WIFI

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

 

 

 

 

 

Click here

and check out the

Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

.

Illinois River Ferries

    Ice Is Back....  Brussels Ferry Closed....

 

One of the ferries crossing the Lower Illinois River has shut down again, and the second ferry may shut down as well.  Heavy ice flow has caused the Brussels Ferry to shut down, and officials are keeping tabs on the on the situation upriver at Kampsville.  So far, the Kampsville Ferry is still operating.  Both ferries had re-opened on Tuesday after ice flows eased, however, significant ice upstream and colder temperatures are keeping the possibility of ferry closures alive........

 

Click here to read this news story from altondailynews.com

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Historic Riverboats

    The Goldenrod May Be Headed For The Scrapper........

 

Time is running out for preservationists trying to save the historic Goldenrod Showboat.  Within the next few months, the owners of the 105 year old vessel expect to bring it ashore to be scrapped.  So far, the Historic Riverboat Preservation Association has raised approximately $28,000 of the nearly $70,000 needed to purchase the Goldenrod from her current owners.  The association hopes to regain ownership of the vessel, and return her to the St. Louis Riverfront........

 

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

 

Website...  www.blochmarine.com     

Email... service@blochmarine.com

 

Progressive 60th St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

    "Will Call"
 

"Will Call" is located in the Courtyard Lobby at Convention Plaza/North 7th Street

Click here... to go to the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow website

 

 

Look for the

RiverBills.com

Free Boatshow Shuttle Van

Click pic to enlarge

Artist rendition of signage

 

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



Parking/Shuttle Information
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.

Please Click here for map of parking and shuttle locations.
 


Please Click here for larger map of parking and shuttle locations.

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

     Laclede's Landing Property Purchased By Great Rivers........

 

On Thursday, the Great Rivers Greenway District announced that they have purchased a vacant lot located in Laclede's Landing.  The property is located between First and Second Streets, adjacent to the Eads Bridge, and was formerly occupied by the historic Switzer Candy building.  Great Rivers intends to put in a park that will link Laclede's Landing with the renovated Gateway Arch Grounds........

 

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

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

Illinois Flooding Aftermath

    $646K Awarded To Illinois For Flood Cleanup........

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that the state has been awarded nearly $650,000 to continue employing workers helping out with flood recovery efforts, stemming from last spring's flooding.  This funding was approved by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, through the Workforce Investment Act National Emergency Grant.  In 2013, there were 49 Illinois counties affected by record flooding along four major river systems........

 

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

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

     Missouri State Parks prepares for start of season at trout parks
 

Jefferson City, Mo. - Staff at Missouri State Parks� three trout parks are gearing up for a springtime ritual � the opening of trout fishing season on March 1. The season officially begins at 6:30 a.m. at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Salem, and Roaring River State Park near Cassville.

Opening day of trout season is an important Missouri tradition, marking the beginning of a season that runs until Oct. 31. In addition to premier trout fishing, visitors to the state�s trout parks can enjoy miles of hiking trails, lodging and camping options and on-site dining facilities.

�Our park staff spend much of the year looking forward to the crowds that visit on opening day, and are expecting a successful start of the 2014 catch-and-keep trout season,� said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director. �I encourage anglers to take some time to enjoy our world-class trout streams and then stop in at the dining lodge for a good hot meal.�

Trout season in Missouri is a cooperative effort of Missouri State Parks, which manages state parks, and the Missouri Department of Conservation, which operates the hatcheries and stocks the streams with trout.

For more information on trout opening, visit Mo.gov or call Montauk State Park at 573-548-2201, Roaring River State Park at 417-847-2539 or Bennett Spring State Park at 417-532-4338.

For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

 

Reprinted from Missouri Department of Natural Resources ... Click here

Duck Club Yacht Club

     Now Hiring Experienced Bartenders and Servers

     

THE DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB

OPENS MARCH 15TH FOR THE 2014 SEASON

 

NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS AND SERVERS..

ALSO TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR BARBACKS AS WELL AS BUSSERS.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD COME OUT TO THE CLUB AND
FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AND A BRIEF INTERVIEW ON
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH BETWEEN 1P.M AND 4 P.M.
PLEASE CALL MARK @ 314.495.5850 WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR
 

LED boat lights

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

 

RiverBills Classifieds 

List Your Boat

From Now until August 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the featured Classified

Six months on the Classified Page

 

RiverBills.com is your direct link to the boaters in the St. Louis area

e-mail your info along with 6 pictures (max) to riverbill@prodigy.net.

 

  Asian Carp Update

     Michigan Pledges $6 Million For Carp Fight........

 

Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder recently promised $6 million to battle the spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.  The funding is part of Governor Snyder's budget proposal.  The Michigan Boating Industries Association is applauding Governor Snyder's initiative, and is encouraging Michigan legislators to adopt the proposal as part of the budget.  The MBIA is also calling on federal legislators to fund the permanent separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River Basin........

 

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

 

 

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... CLOSED

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

  Kankakee River In Kankakee County, Illinois

      River Ice May Cause Catastrophic Flooding........

 

Arctic temperatures have caused the Kankakee River to resemble a glacier, in that ice boulders are moving downstream, and bowling over anything in their path.  Residents are concerned, because as warmer temperatures arrive, the thaw may bring flooding to the region........

 

Click here to watch this video report from cnn.com.

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  CLOSED, Scheduled to open March 1st, 2014

Boathouse Food & Deck....  CLOSED, Scheduled to reopen March 15th, 2014

Cedar Hill Resort................ CLOSED

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  CLOSED, Scheduled to reopen March 15th, 2014

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open all year

Kinder's Restaurant............  CLOSED... scheduled to open 3rd weekend March

Longshot Saloon................  CLOSED... scheduled to reopen April 24th, 2014

LaRosa Cantina.................. CLOSED... scheduled to reopen May 23rd, 2014

Palisades Yacht Club.........  Open Thursday thru Sunday

Sundowners.......................  CLOSED, except for special events

 

 Your Eye on the River

 

The Boathouse Food and Deck WebCam

Mississippi River on Dardenne Slough UMR 222.2

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 

The Webcams above upload a new picture every 6 minutes..

Hit refresh to update to the latest picture

Go to www.RiverWebCams.com for the last 10 pictures from all the above cameras!

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

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

 

RiverBills Blog Spot !

 

 

 

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

 go to    http://swingsetonthehook.blogspot.com/  to read the latest blog

 

David Berg's Blog

 

 

"Great Escape" We are currently "dirt dwellers" but have lived aboard traveling for as long as 7 months at a time.

 

 

 

Click here to go to "Bergs on Great Escape Blog" and continue reading the latest blog

 

Ken Eberhart's Blog

 http://fuelishnessinthegarage.blogspot.com/  to continue reading the latest blog

 

 

Click here to continue reading Jalsails's latest Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

 

Click here to continue reading Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

River Levels & Water Temp for your phone

 

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

Send Us Your News Tip !

 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip.  Email it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

River Updates from facebook

   

Click here to go to RiverBills List of River facebook pages

                in upper left hand column of this page           

 


 

 

 

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

 

It's Boat Show Thursday

  27 February 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised

The Always Changing

 Internet Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day ......... is of Capt'n mark Adams, President of the Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow, and Mary from RiverBills.com

 

RiverBiill says.......

 

Click here to go to RiverBills facebook for more pictures from Opening Day at the Boat Show !

 

See you at the Show !
 

Another Picture of the Day

 

 

 

Another Picture of the Day ......... was sent to us by Capt'n Darryll Weil who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser..... After You

 

 

Bill:


As much as we all love our fellow river boaters it seems when they get out of town (read warmer weather like Florida) they may do things differently. Attached is a picture of one or our fellow river boaters obviously not adhering to the high standards you and I set for them. Here is Michael Lorance of "Bullship" doing his best to make us not proud. Thanks a lot Mike,

Seeing as how his lovely bride sent this I guess it is OK to post it.

Darryll

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting

 

Ft. Myers, Florida

Click pic to enlarge

 

A RiverBills Sticker Sighting ......... was sent to us by John and Sherrie Taylor, of the boat Ali-Lin, Grafton Harbor

 

 

Bill:


Recently a group from Grafton Harbor met in Ft. Myers, Florida. Some of the group went on to Key West, then on to the Miami Boat Show. A good time was had by all.


John and Sherrie Taylor,

of the boat Ali-Lin, Grafton Harbor

 

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting Page  

Click here and check it out.. 

RiverBills Day at the Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

Save Two Bucks !

Click here... to for .pdf ticket to print

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting

in

Key West, Florida

 

 

The Picture of the Day in 2013....... was sent to us by Capt'n John Patrico of Eagles Landing Marina

 

RiverBills @ the 2012 Boat Races in Key West, Florida

 

 

Click here and check out RiverBill Sticker Sighting Page

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

Featured Classifieds  

 2007 24' Bayliner Bowrider 245     GIBSON STD 44' 14' BEAM      

NEW CLASSIFIEDS

 

 

Dock For Sale.. Duck Club                    My River Home Boats

FEATURED CLASSIFIEDS

 

   2008 Maxum 1800 MX                         1999 Chris Craft 320      

FEATURED CLASSIFIEDS

 

 2006 Gibson 5500 Wide Body Houseboat   

FEATURED CLASSIFIED

 

click here Check out MORE BOATS

on the "All Classifieds Page"

 

My River Home website  ...  facebook page    Longshot Saloon facebook page

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

Click here to view Grafton's 2103 Event Calendar (.pdf )

 

River News !  

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

No new Incidents to report


        Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

River Gear For Sale............

 

 

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

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

 

 

Click here for larger coy of ad

 

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

Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....27 February 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
 - standby
Dredge America
- standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 301.0 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until 1200 3/4/14, L/D 22 in the vicinity of Mile 301.0, will be closed for maintenance. During this closure, towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact the lock at (309) 873-2246 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for assistance.

 

MILE 200.8 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until further notice the Melvin Price L/D (main chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.8, is closed for repairs. All vessels will be required to use the auxiliary chamber. Mariners may contact the L/D at (618) 462-1713 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for additional information.

 

MILE 185.5 - L/D - ICE
Due to ice conditions at the Chain of Rocks L/D 27, in the vicinity of Mile 185.5, vessels 105 feet in width and greater are restricted from locking through. Mariners may contact the lock at (618) 452-7107, for further information.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Cofferdam installation is ongoing on both sides of the navigation channel, minimum horizontal clearance between cofferdams is 400 feet. At times the floating workplant may be temporarily moored in the channel and will move on 30-minute advance notice by contacting the M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16.
 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for information on the navigation channel condition

 

Open Year Round

 Thurs thru Sun at 2pm during the Winter & Early Spring

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Thursday: $2 Wells       Friday: $1.00 Cans
Saturday: $10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

Just a couple of covered docks left at pyc for the upcoming boating season. Great boating family, bar & grill, pool and the best view on the Mississippi River!

 

Phone...636 899-1093       For boat slips 314 706-2313

Free WIFI

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

 

 

 

 

 

Click here

and check out the

Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

.

St. Louis Boat And Sports Show

    60th Annual St. Louis Boat And Sports Show Is Underway........

 

Wednesday evening, the 60th annual St. Louis Boat and Sports Show opened at the America's Center and Edward Jones Dome.  KSDK reporter Heidi Glaus was on hand, and took a few minutes to speak to Captain Tim, creator and builder of the Gypsy Rose Pirate Fleet........

 

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

 

RiverBill Says....  Don't Forget RiverBills Nite at the Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sports Show is Thursday, February 27!

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 

The AQUA FOX Boat

At St. Louis boat and Sportshow

Click ob pic to enlarge

 

River Reporting

     Fox 2 News Acquires Boat To Cover River News........

 

Recently, Fox 2 News teamed up with Stateamind Water Sports to create a new tool for reporting news on the rivers and waterways surrounding St. Louis.  Called AquaFox, the boat will give a unique perspective on covering news stories on the water.  AquaFox will be used for discussing boating and water safety, covering economic stories, water rescues, and even the fireworks on the St. Louis Riverfront........

 

Click here to watch this news report from fox2now.com.

 

 

Website...  www.blochmarine.com     

Email... service@blochmarine.com

 

Progressive 60th St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

    Features
 

NEW! Marine Electronics University

Sponsored by Lowrance and Tri-State Trolling Motor

Explore the latest in marine electronics technology from Lowrance! Learn by doing as an expert from Lowrance leads hands-on workshops using Lowrance HDS GEN2 Touch units. Sessions will cover all the basics and more - with instruction on everything from routine setup and product use to news about leading technologies such as CHIRP sonar and Insight Genesis Mapping. You'll also hear about newly released products. Whether you're a techno-novice or expert, you're sure to learn something new.

Classes will be held in room 162 Wednesday through Sunday. Pre-registration is required. Class fee: $20 per person includes adult admission, class and a goodie bag with Insight Genesis software (a $100 value) and more!


(Class size is limited. Registration at the show will be on a space-available basis only. Visit the Show Office in Room 145 to check availability. On-site registration does not include show admission.)

Schedule:
Wednesday, February 26, 5pm & 7pm
Thursday, February 27—5pm & 7pm
Friday, February 28— 1pm, 5pm & 7pm
Saturday, March 1— 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 6pm
Sunday, March 2—Noon & 2pm

Register today! CLICK HERE

Click here... to go to the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow website

 

Reprinted from St. Louis Boat & Sportshow website

Progressive 60th St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

    "Will Call"
 

"Will Call" is located in the Courtyard Lobby at Convention Plaza/North 7th Street

Click here... to go to the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow website

 

RiverBills Day at the Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

Click here... St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

 

RiverBills Night

    Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow
   

Captain Tim and Rich Luttrell are scheduled to play music in the Yacht Club Lounge on RiverBills Nite, Thursday, Feb 27th !

See you there

 

Boat Show News Flash !
Captain Dog, from Grafton Harbor's Hakuna Matata tour boat, is going to join Rich Luttrell and Captain Tim in the Yacht Club Lounge on RiverBills Night to play some music.... This is a real river band.

 

They should start about 6:00 pm, river time!

 


 

    Rich Luttrell             Captain Tim            and the RiverBills Girls

 

 

RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    Yacht Club Lounge Music

 

On Thursday, February 7th, Captain Tim Woodson and Rich Luttrell will be playing music for us in the Yacht Club Lounge on RiverBills Night at the Boatshow.  Captain Tim is plying guitar and vocals, Rich is bringing percussions to the party.......

 

Tim Woodson is the most famous pirate on Pool 26 and captain of the fleet of Gypsy Rose pirate ships.

 

Rich Luttrell is owner of Luttrell marine and North Shore Marina and the Boat House

 

See you there !

RiverBill

 

 

 

  Yacht Club Lounge

 

9th Street

 

 

 

 

RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    Yacht Club Lounge Location

 

Yacht Club Lounge is located in booth 4169 between Cook’s Boats and Table Rock Boats. in the America's Center. See you Thursday, Feb 27th

Click map link below for an interactive map of the show
http://www.stlouisboatshow.com/attendees/venue/floorplan.aspx

 

 

Look for the

RiverBills.com

Free Boatshow Shuttle Van

Click pic to enlarge

Artist rendition of signage

 

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



Parking/Shuttle Information
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.

Please Click here for map of parking and shuttle locations.
 


Please Click here for larger map of parking and shuttle locations.

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

Illinois River Shipping

    Heavy Ice Halting Barge Traffic........

 

Ice accumulation along the Illinois River is bringing barge traffic to a stand-still near Peoria and Chillicothe, Illinois.  Wednesday evening, towboat captains spent hours trying to break up the ice.  Richard Bush, owner of Bananas Bar, said that in his 17 years on the Illinois River, he has never seen this amount of ice accumulation.  Local barge companies are seeing considerable delays because of the ice........

 

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

 

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

Missouri River Near Kansas City, Missouri

     River Levels Falling, Water Pickups May Be Exposed........

 

The bottom of the Missouri River near Kansas City is eroding away, effectively lowering the level of the river.  This condition may cause drinking water intake pipes to be exposed.  To date, $100,000 has been spent on the issue, but the falling river levels may cost $350 million if not corrected.  More than 20 organizations are trying to determine why the river bed is eroding, and what may be done to correct the problem........

 

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

Reprinted from Missouri Department of conservation

Duck Club Yacht Club

     Now Hiring Experienced Bartenders and Servers

     

THE DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB

OPENS MARCH 15TH FOR THE 2014 SEASON

 

NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS AND SERVERS..

ALSO TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR BARBACKS AS WELL AS BUSSERS.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD COME OUT TO THE CLUB AND
FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AND A BRIEF INTERVIEW ON
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH BETWEEN 1P.M AND 4 P.M.
PLEASE CALL MARK @ 314.495.5850 WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR
 

LED boat lights

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

 

RiverBills Classifieds 

List Your Boat

From Now until August 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the featured Classified

Six months on the Classified Page

 

RiverBills.com is your direct link to the boaters in the St. Louis area

e-mail your info along with 6 pictures (max) to riverbill@prodigy.net.

 

  Illinois Fishing News

     2014 Trout Season Starting Soon........

 

On Tuesday, Marc Miller, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, announced that on Saturday, April 5, at 5 am, Illinois' 2014 Spring Trout Fishing Season will begin.  This year, 47 bodies of water have been stocked with over 60,000 trout.  Illinois' catchable trout program is funded through the purchase of inland trout stamps.  To participate in the trout fishing program, anglers need a valid Illinois fishing license, and an inland trout stamp........

 

Click here to read this news release from illinois.gov.

 

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... CLOSED

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

  Mississippi Riverfront At St. Louis, Missouri

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a few photos showing the progress workers are making along the St. Louis Riverfront.  These improvements are just part of the renovations that crews are making to the Gateway Arch Grounds........

 

Click here to check out these photos from stltoday.com.

 

  Mississippi River Personalities

     Quad Cities Riverboat Operator Passed Away........

 

On Monday, Quad Cities entrepreneur Joe Schadler passed away.  Over the years, Schadler owned many businesses in the Quad Cities region, but he was probably best known for operating Celebration River Cruises.  He ran the Moline, Iowa based cruise line for nearly 30 years.  In 1984, Schadler commissioned his first riverboat, the 400 passenger Queen of Hearts.  Two years after starting the cruise line, he became a riverboat captain.  In 1998, Schadler purchased the 800 passenger Celebration Belle, and took over duties as the head chef.........

 

Click here to read more from qctimes.com.  With Photo.

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  CLOSED, Scheduled to open March 1st, 2014

Boathouse Food & Deck....  CLOSED, Scheduled to reopen March 15th, 2014

Cedar Hill Resort................ CLOSED

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  CLOSED, Scheduled to reopen March 15th, 2014

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open all year

Kinder's Restaurant............  CLOSED... scheduled to open 3rd weekend March

Longshot Saloon................  CLOSED... scheduled to reopen April 24th, 2014

LaRosa Cantina.................. CLOSED... scheduled to reopen May 23rd, 2014

Palisades Yacht Club.........  Open Thursday thru Sunday

Sundowners.......................  CLOSED, except for special events

 

 Your Eye on the River

 

The Boathouse Food and Deck WebCam

Mississippi River on Dardenne Slough UMR 222.2

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 

The Webcams above upload a new picture every 6 minutes..

Hit refresh to update to the latest picture

Go to www.RiverWebCams.com for the last 10 pictures from all the above cameras!

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

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

 

RiverBills Blog Spot !

 

 

 

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

 go to    http://swingsetonthehook.blogspot.com/  to read the latest blog

 

David Berg's Blog

 

 

"Great Escape" We are currently "dirt dwellers" but have lived aboard traveling for as long as 7 months at a time.

 

 

 

Click here to go to "Bergs on Great Escape Blog" and continue reading the latest blog

 

Ken Eberhart's Blog

 http://fuelishnessinthegarage.blogspot.com/  to continue reading the latest blog

 

 

Click here to continue reading Jalsails's latest Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

 

Click here to continue reading Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

River Levels & Water Temp for your phone

 

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

 

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Send Us Your News Tip !

 

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 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

 

It's Boat Show Wednesday

  26 February 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised

The Always Changing

 Internet Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

The Pelicans are Back !

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

Pictures of the Day ......... were sent to us by Debbie Moore who hails out of the Two Branch area of the Mississippi River

 

Bill,

 

The Pelicans are back.....and a RiverBill Sticker sighting........floating towards the south!!

 

Debbie Moore
 

Winner #25

Rick Estes

is Going to the Show

Rick Won 2 tickets to the

 2014 Progressive

St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

Click pic to enlarge
 

Hey, Bill,
Here is a shots from last years boat show. Your banner flying high and Mary next to the Gypsy Rose land ship and the Geico go-fast boat.  (RiverBill says... Rick, we choose the Geico Boat)

 
See ya on the river SOON!
Rick Estes

 

 

RiverBill says congrats Rick..............   We chose the Geico Boat pic.

"You're Going to the show !"

You have two tickets to the 2014 Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow waiting for you at "Will Call."  Photo ID required. 

 

Will Call is located in the Courtyard Lobby at Convention Plaza/North 7th Street

 


 

Thanks to everyone that sent in entries !

If you didn't win, your pictures still may show up on RiverBills

 

Congrats to

RiverBills.comTicket Winners

 2014 Progressive

St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

Jessica McKay
Daniel Jorens
Mark Roussey
John Woods
Larry Demko
Mark Newlin
Diane Bicknese
Michael Brown
Laura Sloss
Steve Paasch
Mike Shasteen
David Street
Darryll Weil
Sherry Loarnce
Debbie Moore
Mike Nix
Tina Bohrer
Carl Sondker
Lori Shasteen
Amy Lewis
Andy Roberts
Dan Bloomfield
Mike Kanaan
John Bicknese
Richard Estes

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Dardenne Slough and the Main Channel of the Mississippi River

 

 

The Video of the Day in 2012....... was sent to us by Capt'n Llyod Bollinger who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat.... Sunkist II

 

Bill,


Went for a flight Sunday and snapped a few pics of the river. This one looking at the cut through between the Dardenne Slough and the main channel, with the Illinois river off in the background. Looks cold!

 

Can't wait for spring!


Take care,
Lloyd

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

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My River Home website  ...  facebook page    Longshot Saloon facebook page

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

Click here to view Grafton's 2103 Event Calendar (.pdf )

 

River News !  

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

No new Incidents to report


        Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

River Gear For Sale............

 

 

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

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

 

 

Click here for larger coy of ad

 

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

Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....20 February 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
 - standby
Dredge America
- standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 301.0 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until 1200 3/4/14, L/D 22 in the vicinity of Mile 301.0, will be closed for maintenance. During this closure, towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact the lock at (309) 873-2246 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for assistance.

 

MILE 200.8 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until further notice the Melvin Price L/D (main chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.8, is closed for repairs. All vessels will be required to use the auxiliary chamber. Mariners may contact the L/D at (618) 462-1713 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for additional information.

 

MILE 185.5 - L/D - ICE
Due to ice conditions at the Chain of Rocks L/D 27, in the vicinity of Mile 185.5, vessels 105 feet in width and greater are restricted from locking through. Mariners may contact the lock at (618) 452-7107, for further information.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Cofferdam installation is ongoing on both sides of the navigation channel, minimum horizontal clearance between cofferdams is 400 feet. At times the floating workplant may be temporarily moored in the channel and will move on 30-minute advance notice by contacting the M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16.
 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for information on the navigation channel condition

 

Open Year Round

 Thurs thru Sun at 2pm during the Winter & Early Spring

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Thursday: $2 Wells       Friday: $1.00 Cans
Saturday: $10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

Just a couple of covered docks left at pyc for the upcoming boating season. Great boating family, bar & grill, pool and the best view on the Mississippi River!

 

Phone...636 899-1093       For boat slips 314 706-2313

Free WIFI

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

 

 

Click here

to go to  the

Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

.

Illinois River Ferries

    Kampsville, Brussels Ferries Re-Opened........

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the Brussels and Kampsville Ferries crossing the Illinois River have re-opened.  The Kampsville Ferry opened at 10 am Tuesday morning, and the Brussels Ferry opened at 4 pm Tuesday.  Ferry users are advised to be prepared for additional closures, as there is a considerable amount of ice still upstream, and cold weather is forecast over the next several days........

 

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

Lower Mississippi River

    Mississippi River Traffic Flowing Again........

 

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard re-opened a portion of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, that had been closed following an oil spill.  Close to 32,000 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river following a collision between a tank barge being pushed by the towboat Hannah C. Settoon, and another tow vessel.  There were at least 30 vessels waiting to transit the area when the river was reopened........

 

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

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Mississippi River Near Dutchtown, Missouri

     Dutchtown Awarded State Grant For Buyout........

 

On Monday, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that they have awarded $208,663 in community development block grant funds, which will help the village of Dutchtown buy out properties damaged during the flooding of 2011.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency had already approved nearly $800,000 toward the buyout, however, the town must must contribute 25% of the buyout cost........

 

Click here to read this news report from semissourian.com

 

 

Website...  www.blochmarine.com     

Email... service@blochmarine.com

 

Progressive 60th St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

    Features
 

Antique & Classic Boat Display

If you're a fan of classic boats, or simply appreciate the chance to see a bit of history up close, be sure to visit this exhibit. Step back in time to admire the craftsmanship and beauty of vintage craft presented by the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society of America.

Check out these great links...

Antique & Classic Boat Society

Mississippi Valley Chapter

Click here... to go to the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow website

 

Reprinted from St. Louis Boat & Sportshow website

Progressive 60th St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

    "Will Call"
 

"Will Call" is located in the Courtyard Lobby at Convention Plaza/North 7th Street

Click here... to go to the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow website

 

RiverBills Day at the Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

Click here... St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

 

RiverBills Night

    Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow
   

Captain Tim and Rich Luttrell are scheduled to play music in the Yacht Club Lounge on RiverBills Nite, Thursday, Feb 27th !

See you there

 



 

    Rich Luttrell             Captain Tim            and the RiverBills Girls

 

 

RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    Yacht Club Lounge Music

 

On Thursday, February 7th, Captain Tim Woodson and Rich Luttrell will be playing music for us in the Yacht Club Lounge on RiverBills Night at the Boatshow.  Captain Tim is plying guitar and vocals, Rich is bringing percussions to the party.......

 

Tim Woodson is the most famous pirate on Pool 26 and captain of the fleet of Gypsy Rose pirate ships.

 

Rich Luttrell is owner of Luttrell marine and North Shore Marina and the Boat House

 

See you there !

RiverBill

 

  Yacht Club Lounge

 

9th Street

 

 

 

 

RiverBills Night at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    Yacht Club Lounge Location

 

Yacht Club Lounge is located in booth 4169 between Cook’s Boats and Table Rock Boats. in the America's Center. See you Thursday, Feb 27th

Click map link below for an interactive map of the show
http://www.stlouisboatshow.com/attendees/venue/floorplan.aspx

 

 

Look for the

RiverBills.com

Free Boatshow Shuttle Van

Click pic to enlarge

Artist rendition of signage

 

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



Parking/Shuttle Information
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.

Please Click here for map of parking and shuttle locations.
 


Please Click here for larger map of parking and shuttle locations.

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

Boat Manufacturer

    Donzi, Fountain Available Factory-Direct........

 

Baja Marine recently announced that they will be selling Donzi and Fountain Powerboats factory-direct in response to the changing consumer demand.  The company stated that this new program eliminates the need for dealers to stock these larger and pricier vessels in showrooms.  The new program will allow customers to work with Baja Marine staff to customize and purchase new Donzi and Fountain Powerboats, as well as take delivery of the new boats at the factory........

 

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

 

 

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

2014 hunting, trapping, fishing regulation booklets available from MDC

  

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) 2014 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations, 2014 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, and 2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklets are now available. The booklets contain related regulation information in an easy-to-read format, including regulation changes and other new information for the year ahead.

“Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish, and abiding by the regulations of the Wildlife Code of Missouri is important to keep it that way by sustaining healthy forests, fish and wildlife,” says MDC Protection Division Chief Larry Yamnitz. “These handy regulation summary booklets are great resources for hunters, trappers, and anglers.”

Get copies of the booklets where permits are sold, at MDC offices throughout the state, and online at mdc.mo.gov. Get a direct link to the hunting and trapping booklet online at mdc.mo.gov/node/3657. Get a direct link to the fishing regulations booklet online at mdc.mo.gov/node/6108. Get a direct link to the spring turkey hunting booklet online at mdc.mo.gov/node/4066. For more information on hunting, trapping, fishing, and other outdoor activities in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov

Reprinted from Missouri Department of conservation

US Boat Magazine

    The Derelict Dilemma

  

 

US Boat magazine has an interesting article about The cost of removing derelict vessels from our waterways.  The cost often comes out of recreational boaters' pockets.
 

Click here to read this article in US Boat Magazine

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

     Now Hiring Experienced Bartenders and Servers

     

THE DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB

OPENS MARCH 15TH FOR THE 2014 SEASON

 

NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS AND SERVERS..

ALSO TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR BARBACKS AS WELL AS BUSSERS.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD COME OUT TO THE CLUB AND
FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AND A BRIEF INTERVIEW ON
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH BETWEEN 1P.M AND 4 P.M.
PLEASE CALL MARK @ 314.495.5850 WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR
 

LED boat lights

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

 

RiverBills Classifieds 

List Your Boat

From Now until August 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the featured Classified

Six months on the Classified Page

 

RiverBills.com is your direct link to the boaters in the St. Louis area

e-mail your info along with 6 pictures (max) to riverbill@prodigy.net.

 

  Missouri Department of Conservation

     Great things ahead for paddlefish snaggers

 

WARSAW, MO.–

With paddlefish season fast approaching, the Missouri Department of Conservation has encouraging news for snaggers.

Missouri’s paddlefish snagging season runs from March 15 through April 30. The state’s paddlefish snagging waters include the Osage River below Bagnell Dam, Lake of the Ozarks, Truman and Table Rock lakes, the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, and their larger tributaries. Artificial stocking sustains the reservoir fisheries. The quality of fishing varies from year to year because the Conservation Department stocks more paddlefish some years than it does in others.

 

That happened in 2001, when the Conservation Department’s Blind Pony Fish Hatchery produced its second-largest crop of paddlefish in history. More than 145,000 young paddlefish found their way into Missouri waters that year. Blind Pony had a moderately good year in 2007. Then in 2008, a particularly favorable set of conditions produced the largest crop of all time, an astonishing 260,000 paddlefish

.

“Spoonbills,” as they also are known, take seven or eight years to grow to legal size. After that, the number of fish from a particular year-class dwindles because of angler harvest and natural mortality. The 2001 year-class of paddlefish is mostly gone now, though a few large survivors – now weighing well over 50 pounds – remain. Much more significant than these few holdovers is the slug of fish from the 2007 and 2008 stockings. Anglers should notice these 6- and 7-year-old fish this year.

“The 2007 year-class is 7 years old and should start providing a good number of legal, 34-inch fish weighing 25 to 30 pounds,” says Trish Yasger, a fisheries management biologist with the Conservation Department. “When the 2008 year-class starts to come of age next year, we hope to see some really good paddlefish snagging, and it should continue over the next several years.”

 

Yasger is cautious about predicting a huge paddlefish boom in the coming years as a result of the bumper crop of 2008. Conservation agents broke up an international paddlefish trafficking operation in Warsaw last year, and she says the results of this large-scale poaching are hard to predict.

“We aren’t sure what effect that illegal activity might have had on the population,” says Yasger. “Poachers stole a lot of fish from legal snaggers. I think this will be a good year, but don’t want people to think that there will be a lot more 50-pound-plus fish in the near future.”

 

Yasger noted that weather always plays an important role in determining paddlefish anglers’ success. Paddlefish are easiest to catch when they swim upstream and congregate below dams in response to warm spring rains. The best snagging conditions occur when water temperature reaches 50 to 55 degrees and there is an increase in flow.

 

Yasger says this year’s peak action could be delayed by unusually cold winter weather.

 

“The heavy snowfall and extremely cold weather we experienced in February are still making themselves felt in stream temperatures,” said Yasger. “A spell of unusually warm, sunny weather could speed things up a little, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen before March 15, based on the extended weather forecast.”

Yasger said paddlefish season often gets off to a slow start. That is because the opening and closing dates are set to ensure that the season brackets the fish’s spawning run.

 

“Paddlefish don’t often start running upstream as early as March 15,” said Yasger, “and it would be very rare for the run to extend past April 30. We don’t usually see lots of big fish being caught on opening day. Harvest early in the season is typically dominated by local fish and small males. As water temperature and flows increase, you will start seeing more of the larger females.”

The minimum legal length limit for paddlefish at Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Reservoir, Table Rock Lake, and their tributaries is 34 inches, measured from the eye to the fork of the tail. The minimum length limit is 24 inches in the Osage River below Bagnell Dam and in other Missouri waters.

 

Anglers need current fishing permits to snag paddlefish or to operate a boat for snaggers. If you are fishing on Lake of the Ozarks and its tributaries, the Osage River below U.S. Highway 54, or on Truman Lake and its tributaries, you must stop snagging for any species after taking a daily limit of two paddlefish. Check the Wildlife Code book for further details about paddlefish regulations.

 

Yasger notes that many snaggers land paddlefish with gaffs. This can fatally injure sublegal fish. Using large landing nets prevents injury, so anglers can release sublegal fish unharmed, allowing them to grow to legal size.

 

Reprinted from the Missouri Department of Conservation

Click here

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... CLOSED

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

  Tri City Regional Port District

       Port District Expansion Gains Support Of Land Trust........

 

More communities are voting to join the Tri City Regional Port District, and the Great Rivers Land Trust is supporting the efforts to expand the port district.  Executive Director of the Great Rivers Land Trust, Allie Ringhausen said that the land trust has no objections to the expansion plans.  The next step in expanding the port district will require the approval of the Illinois State Legislature in Springfield........

 

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

  Shelter Bay Marina, La Conner, Washington

      Marina Fire Destroys Boats........

 

On Friday, a fast moving fire in the Shelter Bay Marina near La Conner, Washington destroyed seven boats, and caused damages to at least eight others.  Six of the destroyed vessels burned to the waterline and sank.  On Monday, four of the six sunken vessels were raised.  The remaining two sunken vessels are expected to be raised by Wednesday.  Imvestigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.  Total damages have been estimated to be about $1 million........

 

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

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  CLOSED, Scheduled to open March 1st, 2014

Boathouse Food & Deck....  CLOSED, Scheduled to reopen March 15th, 2014

Cedar Hill Resort................ CLOSED

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  CLOSED, Scheduled to reopen March 15th, 2014

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open all year

Kinder's Restaurant............  CLOSED... scheduled to open 3rd weekend March

Longshot Saloon................  CLOSED... scheduled to reopen April 24th, 2014

LaRosa Cantina.................. CLOSED... scheduled to reopen May 23rd, 2014

Palisades Yacht Club.........  Open Thursday thru Sunday

Sundowners.......................  CLOSED, except for special events

 

 Your Eye on the River

 

The Boathouse Food and Deck WebCam

Mississippi River on Dardenne Slough UMR 222.2

RiverBills Two Branch Area WebCam

Mississippi River UMR 231.5

 

The Webcams above upload a new picture every 6 minutes..

Hit refresh to update to the latest picture

Go to www.RiverWebCams.com for the last 10 pictures from all the above cameras!

Polestar Boating Center

    River Weather Station

 

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

 

RiverBills Blog Spot !

 

 

 

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

Even Setting Still, Things Break

 

 

When the Fenton gang was here last week, Robert "Ferd" Frank was nice enough to take some photos, and even nicer to send them to us once they got sorted out.
I explained to Ferd, that even though I do take a fair amount of photos on our travels, I like it when we have company and someone else is doing the camera work. I can then concentrate on the "captaining duties". There is distraction enough when the boat is loaded with passengers, let alone me having to drive and take photos too.
 

 

 

 

 Just look at this photo that Ferd took when we were all at the Hogfish Bar!
Check out his website at ferdworks.com for more of his spectacular photos.
As indicated by the title of this blog, we still get systems failures on the boat even while parked here dockside. Like I told Eddie, one of the Fenton visitors, when he asked me how much do we work on the boat; I told him we are usually working on something every day.
The latest thing to go wrong was found when Rosie flushed the toilet in the master head yesterday morning. The pedal wouldn't actuate smoothly, and the ball valve wouldn't seal, making the vacuum pump continue to run. My previous experience tells me that the shaft that connects to the ball valve was probably broken. This happened two years ago and the shaft and ball valve seal kit I bought at our local boatyard had some whiskers on it, meaning the dust was so thick on the packaging that I knew it was the old style, also meaning that the shaft was made of the original plastic, and not the bronze ones now sold.

 go to    http://swingsetonthehook.blogspot.com/  to continue reading the latest blog

 

David Berg's Blog

 

 

"Great Escape" We are currently "dirt dwellers" but have lived aboard traveling for as long as 7 months at a time.

 

 

 

Click here to go to "Bergs on Great Escape Blog" and continue reading the latest blog

 

Ken Eberhart's Blog

 http://fuelishnessinthegarage.blogspot.com/  to continue reading the latest blog

 

 

Click here to continue reading Jalsails's latest Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

 

Click here to continue reading Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

River Levels & Water Temp for your phone

 

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

Send Us Your News Tip !

 

  If you see something that you think your fellow boaters would be interested in, send us a news tip.  Email it to RiverBill@prodigy.net and we will get it on-line. 

 

River Updates from facebook

   

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 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

 

It's Tuesday

  25 February 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised

The Always Changing

 Internet Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Boat Show Move In

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Pictures of the Day......... were sent to us by Christina Keller, Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat and Sporshow Administrator.

 

 

Hello Bill,

Here are some pictures of the Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow. The boats are arriving and the halls are filling up.

Christina Keller
Show Administrator
NMMA
111 N. Taylor
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 821-5400

 

Click here and check out the Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

 

Picture of the Day

 

Boat Show Move In

 

 

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More Boat Show Move In Pictures ......... were sent to us by Brian Lewis of Lewis Boats

 

 

Bill,

Not real pretty down here just yet--

 

Brian Lewis

Lewis Boats

4030 N. Service Road
St. Peters, Mo
636-949-9926
Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 

Picture of the Day

Loose Dock

 

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Picture of the Day ......... were sent to us by Capt'n Darryll Weil for Rich Luttrell

 

 

Bill:
Rich Luttrell sent me the pictures of the loose dock floating past The Boathouse and I added the one caught by the RiverWebCam there. Guess this is the same one that went by Eagles Landing.  I think John Patrico found out whose it is.

Darryll


 

Winner #24

John Bicknese

is Going to the Show

Little John Won 2 tickets to the

 2014 Progressive

St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

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Little John dug up this circa 1997 picture from that year's boat show.

John Kitchen is on the left, Little John's Motorsports is in the middle and Lewis Engines on the right !

 

 

RiverBill says congrats John.............. "You're Going to the show !"

You have two tickets to the 2014 Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow waiting for you at "Will Call." 

 


We have 1 more pair of tickets to give away !

 

 Yesteryear's Video of the Day

 

 

The Peoria Carp Hunters

 

 

The Video of the Day in 2012....... was sent to us by Captain Mike Kolisch who hails out of Port Charles in the boat....... Cool Breese

 

Click here to go to Live Leak and watch this Video

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

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Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

Click here to view Grafton's 2103 Event Calendar (.pdf )

 

River News !  

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

No new Incidents to report


        Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

River Gear For Sale............

 

 

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Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....20 February 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
 - standby
Dredge America
- standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 301.0 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until 1200 3/4/14, L/D 22 in the vicinity of Mile 301.0, will be closed for maintenance. During this closure, towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact the lock at (309) 873-2246 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for assistance.

 

MILE 200.8 - L/D CLOSURE
Continuing until further notice the Melvin Price L/D (main chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.8, is closed for repairs. All vessels will be required to use the auxiliary chamber. Mariners may contact the L/D at (618) 462-1713 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for additional information.

 

MILE 185.5 - L/D - ICE
Due to ice conditions at the Chain of Rocks L/D 27, in the vicinity of Mile 185.5, vessels 105 feet in width and greater are restricted from locking through. Mariners may contact the lock at (618) 452-7107, for further information.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Cofferdam installation is ongoing on both sides of the navigation channel, minimum horizontal clearance between cofferdams is 400 feet. At times the floating workplant may be temporarily moored in the channel and will move on 30-minute advance notice by contacting the M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16.
 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for information on the navigation channel condition

 

Open Year Round

 Thurs thru Sun at 2pm during the Winter & Early Spring

 

Best View of the Bluffs on the River !

Thursday: $2 Wells       Friday: $1.00 Cans
Saturday: $10.00 Domestic Buckets         Sunday/Funday: 2.00 Imports

Just a couple of covered docks left at pyc for the upcoming boating season. Great boating family, bar & grill, pool and the best view on the Mississippi River!

 

Phone...636 899-1093       For boat slips 314 706-2313

Free WIFI

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

 

 

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to go to  the

Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

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St. Louis Boat And Sports Show

   The Boat Show Starting This Week........

 

On Wednesday, February 26, the St. Louis Boat and Sports Show will open at the America's Center.  The show will feature all things nautical, from educational seminars on boating, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, fishing, SCUBA diving and much more.  Of course, there will be hundreds of boats and marine accessories on display, as well as special boat show pricing on boats and accessories........

 

Click here to read more from stltoday.com.

 

RiverBill Says....  Don't Forget RiverBills Nite at the Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sports Show is Thursday, February 27!

US Coast Guard News Release

    Mississippi River Reopens at New Orleans With Restrictions

   

NEW ORLEANS — The Mississippi River has reopened with restrictions as of approximately 1:30 p.m. as the Unified Command continues response operations in connection with the E2MS 303 incident near Vacherie, Monday. A successful flight with unified command, state and federal on-scene coordinators, conducted a comprehensive assessment of the affected portion of the river and determined the river was safe to transit with restrictions. Mariners must comply with a broadcast notice to mariners being issued for river transits by the Coast Guard. It is calculated that approximately 31,500 gallons of light crude oil was discharged from the collision of the E2MS 303 tank barge and the motor vessel Lindsay Ann Erickson, a towing vessel, into the waterway Saturday. Response crews with Environmental Safety & Health, an oil spill removal organization, has strategically deployed containment boom to protect the water intakes for three parishes in the affected area. All impacted water intake facilities in the affected area are taking precautionary measures to prevent contamination. The unified command has confirmed with local officials that there are no impacts to drinking water. The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health is conducting air monitoring for air pollution threats. No exposure concerns to the public have been detected through this monitoring. The unified command consists of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Environmental Safety & Health and Forefront Emergency Management. Also responding are representatives from Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and with participation from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness along with St James and St John the Baptist parishes. There are currently no reports of oiled wildlife. "Our highest priorities in this response are the safety of the public and responders, and protection of the environment, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Rebecca Ore, E2MS 303 Incident Commander.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. - See more at: click here

 

Reprinted from US Coast Guard

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Grafton Harbor

     The Big Kahuna Restaurant

 

 

The BIG KAHUNA is reopening for the season on Saturday, March 1st !!! 

 

We are kicking off the season with a Mardi Gras party with tons of beads !  We open for lunch at 11am and Whiskey River is here 7-11pm. Come party with us we missed you all.

 

From facebook

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Boat Manufacturer

     MasterCraft, StanCraft Team Up On Wooden Wakeboat........

 

Earlier this month, MasterCraft Boat Co. and custom wooden boat builder StanCraft announced that they are teaming up to produce a limited run of MasterCraft Edition models.  The special boats will take design cues from the current fiberglass MasterCraft X30, but StanCraft will construct the vessels with solid African mahogany.  The wooden boats will be powered by Ilmor 7.4L, 522 horsepower engines, and will carry a MSRP of $250,000........

 

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

Website...  www.blochmarine.com     

Email... service@blochmarine.com

 

RiverBills Day at the Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

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RiverBills Night

    Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sportshow
   

 



 

The infamous Captain Tim Woodson, the most famous pirate of Alton Pool, will be performing "Live" in the Yacht Club Lounge on RiverBills Night  at the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow on Thursday, February 27th !

 

See you at the Boat Show !

River Bill

 

 

Click here

to go to  the

Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow website

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

Carlyle Lake Polar Plunge

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in some raw video from Saturday's Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake.  The Polar Plunge benefits the Special Olympics........

 

Click here to check out this video from ksdk.com

 

 

Lake Of The Ozarks Polar Plunge

 

While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a photo gallery of the annual Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge, which was held Saturday, February 22........

 

Click here to check out these photos from lakeexpo.com

 

 

February 26, 2014

    Neighbors of the Mississippi

    Annual Board Meeting

 

Our organization is very concerned with what the northern Mississippi region is trying to do. They are wanting to increase the size of their levees in width and height. If they get the go ahead to do this it will be devastating to us that enjoy the river here. We will be the overflow area for the Upper Mississippi and be flooded continually. Our organization, which consists of Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles Counties, have over the past three years have made several trips to Washington D.C., Jefferson City, MO and Springfield, IL, just to name a few. We have State representatives involved to help with our cause. We know there are thousands of people that live, work and enjoy recreational activities that don't know about our organization.

 

The annual meeting of the Neighbors of the Mississippi will be February 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Winfield High School on Highway 47 in Winfield, MO

 

Terry Walton

Board Member

Neighbors of the Mississippi

 

 

www.neighborsofthemississippi.org.

 

Click here to go to.... Polstar Boating Center

 

2014 hunting, trapping, fishing regulation booklets available from MDC

  

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) 2014 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations, 2014 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, and 2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklets are now available. The booklets contain related regulation information in an easy-to-read format, including regulation changes and other new information for the year ahead.

“Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish, and abiding by the regulations of the Wildlife Code of Missouri is important to keep it that way by sustaining healthy forests, fish and wildlife,” says MDC Protection Division Chief Larry Yamnitz. “These handy regulation summary booklets are great resources for hunters, trappers, and anglers.”

Get copies of the booklets where permits are sold, at MDC offices throughout the state, and online at mdc.mo.gov. Get a direct link to the hunting and trapping booklet online at mdc.mo.gov/node/3657. Get a direct link to the fishing regulations booklet online at mdc.mo.gov/node/6108. Get a direct link to the spring turkey hunting booklet online at mdc.mo.gov/node/4066. For more information on hunting, trapping, fishing, and other outdoor activities in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov

Reprinted from Missouri Department of conservation

Duck Club Yacht Club

     Now Hiring Experienced Bartenders and Servers

     

THE DUCK CLUB YACHT CLUB

OPENS MARCH 15TH FOR THE 2014 SEASON

 

NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED BARTENDERS AND SERVERS..

ALSO TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR BARBACKS AS WELL AS BUSSERS.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD COME OUT TO THE CLUB AND
FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AND A BRIEF INTERVIEW ON
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15TH BETWEEN 1P.M AND 4 P.M.
PLEASE CALL MARK @ 314.495.5850 WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR
 

LED boat lights

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RiverBills Classifieds 

List Your Boat

From Now until August 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the featured Classified

Six months on the Classified Page

 

RiverBills.com is your direct link to the boaters in the St. Louis area

e-mail your info along with 6 pictures (max) to riverbill@prodigy.net.

 

  Eagle News

     Eaglet Hatched On Webcam........

 

Recently, an eaglet hatched in a nest in northwestern Georgia.  Thousands of people witnessed the egg hatch on the Berry College Eagle Cam on February 22.  A second egg is expected to hatch soon.  Back in September 2013, the bald eagle couple returned to the nest, made repairs and added on to the nest.  An egg was produced on January 14, followed by a second on January 16.  Last week, an owl tried to make off with one of the eggs, but no baby eagles were harmed........

 

Click here to read this news story from kfvs12.com.  With Video

 

  Mississippi River Near Davenport, Iowa

      Alcoa's Adopted Eagles Have An Egg........

 

On Sunday, the webcam at Alcoa Davenport Works spotted an egg in the seven foot nest occupied by the company's adopted eagle pair.  The eagles, names Liberty and Justice, originally constructed the nest back in 2009, on Alcoa's Riverdale property, located on the Mississippi River.  Alcoa Davenport Works spokesman John Riches stated that the eagle pair has produced two or three eggs each year they have nested there........

 

Click here to read this news article from qctimes.com.  With Photos.

 

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... CLOSED

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

Meramec River At Tezsars Woods Conservation Area

     Abandoned Truck Found, Search On For Owner........

 

Last Thursday, an abandoned truck was found along the Meramec River at the Tezsars Woods Conservation Area.  The police were sent to the home of 41 year old John Pena, after his family requested a well-being check.  Pena was not there.  Officials then pinged his cell phone, which seemed to be located at the conservation area.  Responders found Pena's truck near the river, and began searching for him with K-9s and rescue boats........

 

Click here to read this news report from kmov.com

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed