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April 2014

05-11-14   -   05-20-14

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

                           

 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

 

It's Tuesday

   20 May 2014

 

National Safe Boating Week

May 17-23, 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised The Always Changing

 Internet Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Grafton Ferry Sunrise

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The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Bill Hunt who hails out of Grafton Harbor

 

 


 

Bill,

 

It was a bright, quiet morning in Grafton Saturday.

Bill Hunt
Grafton Harbor

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Going out to check the lines

 

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Chuck Street who hails out of Eagles Landing

 

 


Bill,

 

Isn't anything better than going out to check your lines and seeing the sunrise like this.

 

Chuck Street

 

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Click pic to enlarge

 

 

 

YesterYear's Pictures of the Day in  2013... .  were sent to us by Jessica & Bobby McKay who hail out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 

RiverBill:

We FINALLY got out on the water and it was a beautiful weekend on the river! On Saturday, we tied up with our friends just past the power lines and let the current take us all the way to Grafton. On Sunday, we took a cruise up-river. SUMMER IS HERE and we'll see you on the river every weekend from now until October!

Jessica & Bobby McKay-

Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

Featured Classifieds  

 

     

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My River Home    Longshot Saloon

 

Longshot Saloon 2014 Menu

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  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1005 PM CDT MON MAY 19 2014

...The flood warnings continue for points along the Mississippi River...

The Mississippi River at
  Canton LD20
  Quincy
  Hannibal
  Saverton LD22
  Louisiana
  Clarksville LD24
  Winfield LD25
  Grafton

.This Flood Warning is a result of high river levels produced by rainfall in upper parts of the Mississippi Basin in April and early May...and expected rainfalls of less than one-quarter inch over upper parts of the basin during the next 24 hours.

Click here for the latest information
 

KahunaFest 2014
Memorial Day Weekend
BBQ, Beer and Bands by the Water!!

May 24th ...Outlaw Opry 2-6       Killer Karizma 7-11
May 25th...  Graham Pagano 2-5     Billy Hurst 6-10

 

BIG KAHUNA at Grafton Harbor
 

 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN GRAFTON

Click here

Grafton Harbor Happenings   Click here

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

No New Boat/Drowning Incident Reports


        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..

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LED boat lights

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Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....14 May 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter    - standby
Dredge America - standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 203.8 - CHANNEL CONDITION/AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 203.8, extending from the center of the channel to the nun buoy line. A M/V reportedly bumped bottom at this location with a 9-foot draft on May 11, 2014. Multiple nun buoys have been reported missing from the area. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 202.4 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A can buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel, in the vicinity of Mile 202.4, just below the Clark Highway Bridge (LLNR-16240). Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

 

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 180.0 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

Eads Bridge; The containment system in the center span 300-foot navigational opening between the red triangles has been raised to within 6-10 inches of low steel. The containment system located in the Illinois and Missouri spans remain suspended 3 feet below low steel. Work barges are spudded down on the backsides of the main navigation channel piers. Barges will be properly lit at night.

 

MILE 179.0 - BRIDGE MODIFICATION
Douglas MacArthur Bridge; Upper deck is being mechanically removed and the work will not impact navigation. Removal will be performed Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., until September 30, 2014. For additional information, mariners may contact the work crew by phone at (314) 973-2326.

 

Illinois River

MILE 80.2 - L/D CLOSURE

Commencing 6:00 a.m., May 20, 2014 and continuing until 6:00 p.m., May 21, 2014, the LaGrange L/D in the vicinity of Mile 80.2, will be closed for maintenance. Mariners are requested NOT to tie up along the giuidewalls, during this closure.

 

IL MILE 61.4 - BRIDGE NAVIGATION LIGHTS
Norfolk and Western Railroad Drawbridge; All navigation lights are extinguished. Transit with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 10.5 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A partially submerged buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel in the vicinity of Mile 10.5. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 22.9 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A nun buoy has been reported submerged in the vicinity of Mile 22.9, approximately 450 feet off of the LDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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.
 

KASKASKIA RIVER
MILE 29.0 - MILE 28.0 - MARINE EVENT/RIVER CLOSURE
On May 17 and 18, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., each day, the New Athens Drag Boat Race will be held between approximate Miles 29.0 and 28.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has closed the river for this event.

 

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

 

SLIP SPECIALS!  

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Discount on rest of 2014 with contract for 2015.

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Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

    Alton Prepping For Riverboats........

 

During 2014, more scenic cruises are planned for the Mississippi River, and Alton is looking to make their riverfront more attractive to tourists.  Currently, there is work going on to spruce up Riverbend Park, so that there is a nicer looking place for riverboats to dock.  Bob Barnhart, Alton's Public Works Director states that the improvements are all about promoting tourism........

 

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

Lost and Found

 

Orange life vest, left on Enterprise, has the name Winn on it.

 

Contact John 636-544-8282

 

 

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Get Ready For Swim Suit Season

 

Jessica Hovanec

Independent Distributor
Website: www.skinnywrapjess.com
Email: jesshovanec@gmail.com            Phone: 636-634-1709 (text or call)

Chicago Ship And Sanitary Canal

    Report:  Carp Barrier Harmful To Humans........

 

There is a portion of the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal that has no inhabitants other than bacteria and insects.  Located about 25 miles south of Chicago, it is where the Chicago Electric Dispersal Barrier is installed.  The electric barrier releases 2.3 volts per inch, each 2.5 milliseconds.  While the electric barriers keep larger fish from crossing them, the area surrounding the barrier is off-limits to people, including the Coast Guard........

 

Click here to read more from tradeonlytoday.com.

 

List Your Boat on RiverBills Classifieds 

 

From "Now" until November 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the Featured Classifieds

Six months on the All 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.

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

Illinois River Near Peoria, Illinois

    Search On For Bridge Jumper........

 

At around 3:45 pm Monday, Peoria responders were called out to the Illinois River for reports of a man jumping off of the Bob Michel Bridge.  Reportedly, a bicyclist noticed the jumper, and tried to talk the man off of the ledge.  The man pulled away, landing in the river.  The search for the man was called off for the night, but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will resume the search Thursday........

 

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

 

River History....

On May 20, 1804 in River History...

Meriwether Lewis arrived in St. Charles from St. Louis in preparation for their expedition, not by boat as William Clark did a few days earlier, but instead via St. Charles Rock Road.

 

FYI: St. Charles Rock Road is the current name of what was the first road to traverse present-day St. Louis County, Missouri between St. Louis and St. Charles

(source Wikipedia Encyclopedia )

 

On May 20, 1927 in River History...


The building of the Delta Queen and her identical twin boat, the Delta King was completed on May 20, 1927. The construction of the boats started in 1924 on the River Clyde at the William Denny & Brothers Ltd., in California Dumbarton, Scotland and then assembled at Banner Island Shipyard in Stockton.
William Denny & Brothers Ltd., Dumbarton, Scotland built the boat's machinery. Krupp Stahlwerke AG, Germany forged the paddlewheel shaft and the cranks.

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. Cora Island - 5/19/2014: The proposed project is located on existing public land purchased in fee title by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Charles County, Missouri. This project site is 1,342 acres in size and is located south of West Alton, Missouri. The area is adjacent to the left descending bank of the Missouri River, at river miles 3 to 6. The goal of the proposed action is to create habitat to benefit the federally endangered pallid sturgeon. The proposed action would result in approximately 42 acres of shallow water habitatimmediately following construction through the creation of three side channel chutes that would total 24,000 linear feet in length. The chutes would be constructed to a width of approximately 75-feet and a depth of 5 to 7-feet below the construction reference plan. Over time, natural processes would expand the width of the chutes and result in approximately 111 acres of shallow water habitat

Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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

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

Mississippi River Near Dubuque, Iowa

   High Water Affecting Riverboat Operators........

 

Riverboat operators are saying that high river levels are are keeping them from starting their season at Dubuque.  The director of Dubuque's Public Works Department, Don Vogt, says that the Mississippi River needs to drop below 16 feet, before the flood gates at Ice Harbor may be removed.  Recent reports put the river levels over 17 feet.  Riverboat operators are keeping tabs on the river levels, and are ready to begin operating as soon as the gates are open........

 

Click here to read this news report from woi-tv.com.

 

 

 

 

Click here  St. Charles Boat & Motor website  

Click here St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook
 

U.S. Coast Guard
    Coast Guard recommends VHF-FM radios for boaters in distress .


NEW ORLEANS — While boaters may feel safe with just a cell phone, the Coast Guard recommends marine-band radios set to channel 16 for boaters in distress during this third day of National Safe Boating Week.

VHF-FM radios are intended mainly for short range communications, generally 5-10 miles, and at least 20 miles to a Coast Guard station. Boaters are urged to stay by the radio, if possible. Even after the message has been received, the Coast Guard can find you more quickly if you can transmit a signal on which a rescue boat or aircraft can receive. With marine-band radios on board and set to channel 16, a boater is only a call away from help.

The Coast Guard, other first responder agencies and fellow mariners monitor channel 16 24/7, which increases the number of people who can respond.

"Radios are better than cell phones because their signals can assist in locating people in distress," said Ed Huntsman, boating safety program manager for the 8th Coast Guard District. "Though a cell phone is better than no communication device at all, cell phones tend to have gaps in coverage while on the water, plus limited battery life. Many VHF radios are now water resistant and some are even waterproof."

The Coast Guard would like to remind that a growing number of boaters unsuccessful in getting a radio check on VHF channel 16 are calling Mayday to get a response. Every hoax, including Mayday radio checks, is subject to prosecution as a Class D felony under Title 14, Section 85 of the U.S. Code, liable for a $5000 fine plus all costs the Coast Guard incurs as a result of the individual's action.

For information on marine-band radios and procedures making distress calls on channel 16, click here.

 

Reprinted from US Coast Guard

 

For more information on other days... Click here

 

It's That Time of the Year Again

     Make Your Boat a RiverBills Header Picture

   

Make your boat a RiverBills header picture !  Just send us a shot of your boat, keeping in mind that that the picture needs to be proportioned similar to one above of Marty Haugh's 1967 Lyman.  We will crop it, add your name, the boat name and year.

 

We have a few boats from last year that never got posted....  Look for them soon !

 

Send your pictures to riverbill@prodigy.net

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!

 

Open at 11:30 Thursday thru Sunday


May 23rd  Music by Tim Mauldin

May 24th Music by Brett Stewart
May 26th OPEN MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY

 

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

Free WIFI

Click here for map from MapQuest             Click here  for website

 

Mississippi River Near Muscatine, Iowa

     Lock And Dam No.16 Open For Tours........

 

Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announced that the public is invited to take a tour of Lock and Dam No.16 at Muscatine, Iowa.  On every Sunday, from May 25, through August 31, tours will be held, weather permitting.  The tours start at 2 pm.  The tours will run approximately 1 hour, and will feature a a history of the Upper Mississippi River system, as well as how it operates........

 

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

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

News Release From BoatUS


Boating Community Comes Alive Memorial Day Weekend
Some Safety Tips from BoatUS

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 19, 2014 – After the brutal winter there’s a mad rush for boaters to get back on the water for the summer boating season’s annual kick-off, Memorial Day weekend. But the nation’s largest recreational boaters group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says “not so fast,” and urges boaters to be prepared by following these five tips:

• Ensure all safety gear – life jackets, radio, flares and other items – are ready to go. If you have the newer, more comfortable inflatable life jackets, be sure to open them up, inspect and test by filling with air and let them sit overnight to ensure they will keep you buoyant. A free Vessel Safety Check is offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons can also be requested by going to www.safetyseal.net.

• Avoid a springtime sinking by ensuring any drive gear such as outdrive bellows (inboard/outboard), shaft packings (inboards), livewell and engine cooling plumbing, or through-hull fittings are not cracked, rotted or severely corroded. Boaters, in their rush to get back on the water, sometimes take short cuts on these critical safety and spring commissioning items that end up biting them on their undersides. Follow the step-by-step free spring commissioning checklist at www.BoatUS.com/springchecklist.

• For freshwater boaters: If you keep your boat in a marina or dock that has electricity service, test and inspect to ensure no stray current is leaking into the water where it could potentially lead to Electric Shock Drowning, an often misunderstood and overlooked safety item. See www.BoatUS.com/esdexplained for more.

• Have a back up plan to get home in case your boat won’t get you back to the ramp or dock. On water or on the road assistance for a disabled boat trailer can be summoned with the free BoatUS Towing App, available at www.BoatUS.com/app.

• Have fun and make everyone an important part of your crew. In some areas, boating traffic could be significantly up so use the extra sets of eyes as lookouts, share the sunblock and have plenty of water aboard to stay hydrated. If alcohol is in your plans, celebrate the opening of the season back at the dock or home where you’ll be in a much safer spot.
 

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

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... Open

 

     

 

Click here for Sundowners Facebook page

Click here for Sundowners website

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  Open

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Open

Cedar Hill Resort................ Open

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

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

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

Sundowners.......................  Open

 

 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

 

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

 

Click here to continue reaading 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 Monday

   19 May 2014

 

National Safe Boating Week

May 17-23, 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised The Always Changing

 Internet Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

Little John's Motorsports

Wins at New Athens

A RiverBills Sticker Sighting in New Athens, IL

 

Little John's Motorsports team doing some final tuning in the pits

 

Drivers...Randy Bicknese and John Morris with owner... Little John

 

The boat is ready... Driver, John Morris suiting up

 

Launching the boats

Little Johns Motorsports on the right side

 

Racing on the Kaskaskia River

Little John's Motorsports

Top Eliminator 821 in near lane....  Driver, John Morris

 

 

More Racing !

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Pictures of the Day.... were taken Sunday afternoon at the Drag Boat Races on the Kaskaskia River in New Athens, IL

 

 

Little John's Motorsports Team won Top Eliminator yesterday afternoon in New Athens, IL .  The team had the boat running great. Driver, John Morris was on his game and they won race after race to  finish in 1st place.

 

After the races were over, the team switched drivers and entered the Gambler Race too.  Driver Randy Bicknese and the team won round after round and went all the way to the final two boats racing for the money.

What a close race it was !  With a photo finish..Little John's Motorsports missed the Gambler Money by .0001 of a second.   Wow !

 

Congrats to Little John's Motorsports ! 

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

 

 Click pic to enlarge

 

 

 

YesterYear's Picture of the Day in  2013... .  was taken last year at Sundowners at the Yacht Club of St. Louis.

 

It's RiverBills Girl, Sherri, unveiling the "D" Dock DJs new banner at Sundowners with Craig and Scott in the tiki hut..... ready to rock !

 

The "D" Dock DJs

Official DJs of RiverBills.com

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

Featured Classifieds  

 

     

click here Check out MORE BOATS

on the "All Classifieds Page"

 

Click pic for larger .pdf view

 

My River Home    Longshot Saloon

 

Longshot Saloon 2014 Menu

Click here and check it out  (MS Word)

 

My River Home website  facebook            Longshot Saloon facebook

        

  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
938 PM CDT SUN MAY 18 2014

...The flood warnings continue for points along the Mississippi River...

The Mississippi River at
  Canton LD20
  Quincy
  Quincy LD21
  Hannibal
  Saverton LD22
  Louisiana
  Clarksville LD24
  Winfield LD25
  Grafton

.This Flood Warning is a result of a couple inches of rain over the last week with above normal rainfall across the northern portions of the basin since April...

Click here for the latest information
 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN GRAFTON

Click here

Grafton Harbor Happenings   Click here

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

No New Boat/Drowning Incident Reports


        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

 

LED boat lights

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

 

Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....14 May 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter    - standby
Dredge America - standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 203.8 - CHANNEL CONDITION/AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 203.8, extending from the center of the channel to the nun buoy line. A M/V reportedly bumped bottom at this location with a 9-foot draft on May 11, 2014. Multiple nun buoys have been reported missing from the area. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 202.4 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A can buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel, in the vicinity of Mile 202.4, just below the Clark Highway Bridge (LLNR-16240). Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

 

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 180.0 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

Eads Bridge; The containment system in the center span 300-foot navigational opening between the red triangles has been raised to within 6-10 inches of low steel. The containment system located in the Illinois and Missouri spans remain suspended 3 feet below low steel. Work barges are spudded down on the backsides of the main navigation channel piers. Barges will be properly lit at night.

 

MILE 179.0 - BRIDGE MODIFICATION
Douglas MacArthur Bridge; Upper deck is being mechanically removed and the work will not impact navigation. Removal will be performed Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., until September 30, 2014. For additional information, mariners may contact the work crew by phone at (314) 973-2326.

 

Illinois River

MILE 80.2 - L/D CLOSURE

Commencing 6:00 a.m., May 20, 2014 and continuing until 6:00 p.m., May 21, 2014, the LaGrange L/D in the vicinity of Mile 80.2, will be closed for maintenance. Mariners are requested NOT to tie up along the giuidewalls, during this closure.

 

IL MILE 61.4 - BRIDGE NAVIGATION LIGHTS
Norfolk and Western Railroad Drawbridge; All navigation lights are extinguished. Transit with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 10.5 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A partially submerged buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel in the vicinity of Mile 10.5. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 22.9 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A nun buoy has been reported submerged in the vicinity of Mile 22.9, approximately 450 feet off of the LDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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.
 

KASKASKIA RIVER
MILE 29.0 - MILE 28.0 - MARINE EVENT/RIVER CLOSURE
On May 17 and 18, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., each day, the New Athens Drag Boat Race will be held between approximate Miles 29.0 and 28.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has closed the river for this event.

 

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

 

SLIP SPECIALS!  

Call Pete for some sweet deals 636-250-3008

Discount on rest of 2014 with contract for 2015.

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

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

Upper Mississippi River

     Flood Warning Remains In Effect........

 

Heavy rains have been forecast for the Upper Mississippi River Valley, which may contribute to an already swollen Mississippi River.  Flood warnings that have been issued are likely to remain in effect through Thursday.  Out of 110 flood gauges in Minnesota, the three around Brainerd are above flood stage.  The Mississippi River at St. Paul and St. Cloud, Minnesota is near flood stage, but river levels are falling........

 

Click here to read this news article from brainerddispatch.com

Lost and Found

 

Orange life vest, left on Enterprise, has the name Winn on it.

 

Contact John 636-544-8282

 

 

Check out RiverBills Facebook Page too.. Click here

 

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

May 20, 21

    LaGrange L/D, Illinois River.

  

Commencing 6:00 a.m., May 20, 2014 and continuing until 6:00 p.m., May 21, 2014, the LaGrange L/D in the vicinity of Mile 80.2, will be closed for maintenance. Mariners are requested NOT to tie up along the giuidewalls, during this closure.

 

Click here to read more information

 

 

Get Ready For Swim Suit Season

 

Jessica Hovanec

Independent Distributor
Website: www.skinnywrapjess.com
Email: jesshovanec@gmail.com            Phone: 636-634-1709 (text or call)

Boating Safety Week

 

Statistic are saying that boating safety has improved over the past few years.  During 2013, there were 560 fatal boating accidents, down 91 from 2012, and 198 fewer than in 2011.  There is still plenty of room for improvement, and Boating Magazine has a few pointers on safer boating........

 

Click here to read this news article from boatingmag.com

 

 

Ready...Set...Wear It!

Celebrate National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23 by sending your friends and family a free Bobber e-card. Visit www.Bobber.info.

 

Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers

 

List Your Boat

on RiverBills Classifieds 

 

From "Now" until November 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the Featured Classifieds

Six months on the All 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.

 

 

Website   http://www.americanboat.net

Missouri Fishing News

    Free Fishing Days Coming Up........

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation's Free Fishing Days is coming up.  Slated for June 7 and 8, the MDC Free Fishing Days will allow anyone to fish in Missouri without needing to purchase a fishing permit, trout stamp, or trout park daily tag.  The other fishing laws, such as limits on numbers and size will still apply.  Free Fishing Days is intended to get people to check out the fishing opportunities Missouri has to offer........

 

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

River History....

On May 19, 1907 in River History...
Excerpt from the New York Times

WASHINGTON, May 18. -- President Roosevelt intends, if possible, to make a three or four days' trip next Fall down the Mississippi River from some point in Middle Illinois or Iowa to Memphis. It will be made with the members of the Inland Waterways Commission, of which Representative Burton of Ohio is Chairman.

 

 

On May 19, 1863 in River History...


A major turning point took place in the Civil War, Grant's victory at Vicksburg, Mississippi returned control of the Mississippi River to the Union and geographically divided the Confederacy. ...

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2750 - 5/9/2014: P-2750 - SCF Lewis & Clark Fleeting, LLC., requests Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act authorization to install a new fleeting facility. The project includes the installation of 3-fleet barges between 2 existing mooring cells to allow the fleeting of 12-additional barges. The fleet will be attached in a 3-wide and 4-long configuration, with a proposed maximum capacity of 12 barges. The entire fleet will be approximately 780 feet long, running parallel to the river bank. The fleeting facility would be located downstream of the Eads Bridge, at the former Casino Queens mooring, on the left descending bank of the Mississippi River, at approximate river mile 180.0, in St. Clair County, Illinois. The Public Notice comment period is open May 12, 2014 and closes on June 1, 2014.

Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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

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

Eleven Point River Near Willow Springs, Missouri

     Lapses Cause Hazards On The Eleven Point River........

 

Since 2002, Coastal Energy Corp has been selling asphalt and other chemicals from their facility at the headwaters of the Eleven Point River without controversy.  This past winter, environmental activists contacted the Environmental Protection Agency to complain about the facility, fearing any chemical spill could foul the water.  In February, the EPA inspected the facility, and came up with a list of threats to the environment........

 

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

 

 

 

Click here  St. Charles Boat & Motor website  

Click here St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook
 

U.S. Coast Guard
     Coast Guard recommends signaling devices for boaters



NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard recommends boaters have signaling devices on board their vessel in case of emergency during this second day of National Safe Boating Week.

All boaters should be able to signal for help. Boaters must have U S Coast Guard-approved day and night signals for vessels when required signaling devices are recommended while operating on the water.

Signaling devices consist of both pyrotechnic and non-pyrotechnic, such as pyrotechnic red flares and orange smoke used for night and day distress signaling, respectively. Non-pyrotechnic devices include orange distress flags (day only) and electric distress signals (night only).

Each of these devices has expiration dates and a different operating/burning time. Check the label for currency and to see how long each pyrotechnic device will remain illuminated. Choose a device best suited to the conditions in the area where your vessel is typically used; other signaling devices include but are not limited to flashlights, whistles, signal mirrors and horns.

The Coast Guard also recommends boaters equip their boat with an emergency position indicating radio beacon. An EPIRB is an economical safety device that automatically transmits an emergency signal when it is placed or floating in the upright position. The signal allows the Coast Guard and other rescue agencies to pinpoint your exact location. Now small enough to be carried in your pocket, the device is designed to send an accurate location as well as identifying information to rescue authorities immediately upon activation.

To register an EPIRB, please click here.

For more more informaiton on Coast Guard-approved signaling devices, click here.
 

Reprinted from US Coast Guard

 

For more information on other days... Click here

 

It's That Time of the Year Again

     Make Your Boat a RiverBills Header Picture

   

Make your boat a RiverBills header picture !  Just send us a shot of your boat, keeping in mind that that the picture needs to be proportioned similar to one above of Marty Haugh's 1967 Lyman.  We will crop it, add your name, the boat name and year.

 

We have a few boats from last year that never got posted....  Look for them soon !

 

Send your pictures to riverbill@prodigy.net

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!

 

Open at 11:30 Thursday thru Sunday


May 24th Music by Brett Stewart

May 26th OPEN MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY

 

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

Free WIFI

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Illinois River Cruising

    Take A Step Back In Time Aboard The Spirit Of Peoria.......

 

The paddlewheeler Spirit of Peoria frequently cruises the Illinois River around Peoria, Illinois, offering afternoon sightseeing trips,  She also may be rented out for birthday parties, corporate outings, wedding receptions, and much more.  On occasion, the Spirit of Peoria will take passengers on a three day cruise down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to St. Louis, offering passengers an opportunity to step back in time........

 

Click here to read more from leadertelegram.com.

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Missouri River In North Dakota

     Paddlefish Tagging Efforts Underway........

 

The North Dakota Game and Fish has been out on the Missouri River, catching, tagging and releasing paddlefish.  The organization intends to generate an estimate of the paddlefish population.  The North Dakota Game and Fish has conducted several surveys of the paddlefish population since the flood of 2011.  Game and Fish officials are curious about how the flooding may have affected paddlefish........

 

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

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... Open

 

     

Phone.. 636 209-5472

 

Click here for Sundowners Facebook page

Click here for Sundowners website

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  Open

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Open

Cedar Hill Resort................ Open

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

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

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

Sundowners.......................  Open

 

 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

 

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

 

Click here to continue reaading 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. 

 

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 Life is just a Boat Ride

See You on the River         

 

 

It's the Weekend !

   Sat, Sun.. 17, 18 May 2014

 

National Safe Boating Week

May 17-23, 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised The Always Changing

 Internet Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Party in the Pits

Drag Boat Races at New Athens, IL.

 

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Diane Bicknese of Little John's Motor Sports Race Team

 

 

Bill


Had a great day in New Athens today for the drag boat races! It's a small field but the racing has been very competitive. Little John's Motorsports has a fun crew of supporters and is sitting in the number 1 qualifier position for Sunday's racing.

 

Driver John Morris had great reaction times of 0.026 and 0.034 sec and the boat is dialed in with solid runs of 9.02, 9.03 and 9.05 sec in the Top Eliminator 9.0 sec class.

 

Racing starts at noon on Sunday. Come out and enjoy a beautiful day on the Kaskaskia River, Smitty's Marina in New Athens, Illinois!!

 

Diane Bicknese

Little John's Motorsports

 

 

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

Con Trios Yacht Club

 

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Maureen Absolon of Con Trios Yacht Club

 

 

Bill


This was taken at the Past Commodore Party held at Woodland Marina today (Saturday)

 

Maureen Absolon

 

 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

 

 

Head on Barge Getting Tied Down

 

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Bert Yates

 

 

 Bill


Callaway is installing a new reactor vessel head this fall. It will be easier to remove when the plant is refueled every 18 months. Barge is currently in new Orleans.
Bert Yates

 

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

 

Just Another Boring Day

on the River

 Click pic to enlarge

 

 

 

YesterYear's Picture of the Day in  2012... . was sent to us by Caption Kevin Clooney

 

 

Caption Kevin Clooney

out of

Eagles Landing Marina

 

http://www.xtremelytropical.com/

 

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My River Home    Longshot Saloon

 

Longshot Saloon 2014 Menu

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  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
958 PM CDT FRI MAY 16 2014

...The flood warnings continue for points along the Mississippi River...

The Mississippi River at
...Quincy
...Quincy Lock and Dam 21
...Canton Lock and Dam 20
...Hannibal
...Saverton Lock and Dam 22
...Louisiana
...Clarksville Lock and Dam 24
...Winfield Lock and Dam 25
...Grafton

.This Flood Warning is a result of a couple inches of rain over the past several days in conjunction with above normal rainfall across the northern portions of the basin since April...

Click here for the latest information
 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN GRAFTON

Click here

Grafton Harbor Happenings   Click here

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 Updated Sunday at 5:00AM

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

     Great Rivers Festival Was Held Saturday........

 

The National Great Rivers Museum has hosted the first Great Rivers Festival, which featured entertainment and education for the whole family.  The event raised funds for the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, which funds the educational outreach efforts of the National Great Rivers Museum.  The festival featured 36 vendors that offered everything from drinking beer provided by Global Brew to science experiments with National Great Rivers........

 

Click here to read more from thetelegraph.com.  With Photos

 Updated Sunday at 5:00AM

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

     Developer For New Alton Hotel Named........

 

Within two years, the property that was once occupied by the former Great Central Lumber Company will likely be reborn as a hotel and convention center.  For quite some time, the City of Alton has been interested in a hotel and conference center that would accentuate the development that has been done along the riverfront.  The Alton City Council will formally be approving an agreement with the Orion Group at the next meeting........

 

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

 Updated Sunday at 5:00AM

Missouri River At St. Charles, Missouri

     Lewis And Clark Heritage Days This Weekend........

 

This weekend, St. Charles' Frontier Park is hosting the annual Lewis and Clark Heritage Days.  The popular event features parades and a re-enactment of the Lewis and Clark encampment in 1804.  The event will continue Sunday........

 

Click here to read this news tidbit from kmov.com.  With Video.

 

For more information on other days... Click here

 Updated Sunday at 5:00AM

US Coast Guard

     News Release

 
      Coast Guard reminds boaters to Wear it!


NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard reminds boaters and all water enthusiasts to always wear their life jacket while on their boat or in the water. On this first day of National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard encourages all boaters to choose life jackets that fit properly and , most importantly, wear them.

Every boater should know the following about life jackets:
• Certain life jackets are designed to keep your head above water and help you remain in a position which permits proper breathing.

•To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and longer must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well.
•All states have regulations regarding children wearing life jackets.
• Adult-sized life jackets will not work for children. Special life jackets are available. To work correctly, a life jacket must be worn, fit snugly and not allow the child’s chin or ears to slip through.
• Life jackets should be tested for wear and buoyancy at least once each year. Waterlogged, faded or leaky jackets should be discarded.
•Life jackets must be properly stowed.
•A life jacket — especially a snug-fitting flotation coat or deck-suit style — can help you survive in cold water.

Federal law requires life jackets on board for the operator and each passenger, and all children 13 years old and under are required to wear a life jacket.

To learn more and find the right life jacket for you, click here.

 

 Updated Sunday at 5:00AM

Coast Gurad Compass

     Official Blog of of the US Coast guard

 

BUIs: myth vs. fact

 

On July 21, 2013, a Coast Guard law enforcement team from Station Marblehead, Ohio, boarded a boat with several passengers in Lake Erie. No one was in distress and no emergency had been announced. The only record of the multiple lives saved that night is the federal ticket the Coast Guard boarding officer issued to the operator for boating under the influence. The operator of the boat had a blood alcohol content of .125 percent, was found guilty in federal court and was fined $2,025 for boating under the influence. Boat safe. Boat sober! “Boating under the influence is just as dangerous as driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and just as illegal,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null, the boarding officer who issued the ticket. “Operating a boat while impaired not only endangers the lives of you and your passengers, but also endangers every other user of the waterway around you, from the child in an inner-tube to the old couple on a sailboat.”

 

Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination. The marine environment – motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray – accelerates this impairment.

 

The vast majority of boaters don’t want to endanger the lives of the men, women and children around them. Sometimes, people are just misinformed. With that in mind, we present the following alcohol myths and facts. Share them with your fellow boaters, and if you can think of more, leave us a comment below.

 

Myth: No one ever dies on the water from drinking alcohol.

Fact: Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

 

Myth: Getting drunk on the water takes longer than on land.

Fact: A boat operator is likely to become impaired more quickly than an automobile driver, drink for drink. This is due to marine environmental factors, such as motion, vibration, engine noise, sun and wind.

 

Myth: Drinking alcohol while driving a boat is less dangerous than when driving a motor vehicle. Fact: Drinking and driving a boat can be far more dangerous than driving a car while under the influence. Boats don’t have the luxury of seat belts like cars do, so these accidents can be detrimental. Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Jack, a marine enforcement specialist at Training Team West, breathalyses a volunteer as part of boating under the influence training for boarding officers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns.

 

Myth: Since my paddleboat does not have a motor, I can’t get into trouble for drinking and paddling.

Fact: BUIs are given to any vessel operator with a BAC of .08 percent or higher in most states, no matter how the vessel is propelled.

 

Myth: Most boating accidents that are fatal happen in the warmest summer months.

Fact: April, the start of the boating season is the month with the highest percentage of fatal boating accidents.

 

Myth: Fatal boating accidents only happen at night.

Fact: Most fatal boating accidents happen between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

 

Myth: Most drownings result from swimming.

Fact: More than 60 percent of drownings occur after the victim accidentally falls off a dock or vessel into the water. More than one-third of the victims were impaired by alcohol at the time of the accident.

 

Myth: You are the best person to judge whether you are fit to drive or boat.

Fact: Your judgment is one of the first victims of alcohol consumption. Make sure you don’t become the last victim -

 

See more at: Click here

 

Reprinted from US Coast Gard Blog.... Compass

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

No New Boat/Drowning Incident Reports


        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

 

LED boat lights

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

 

Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....14 May 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter    - standby
Dredge America - standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 203.8 - CHANNEL CONDITION/AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 203.8, extending from the center of the channel to the nun buoy line. A M/V reportedly bumped bottom at this location with a 9-foot draft on May 11, 2014. Multiple nun buoys have been reported missing from the area. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 202.4 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A can buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel, in the vicinity of Mile 202.4, just below the Clark Highway Bridge (LLNR-16240). Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

 

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 180.0 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

Eads Bridge; The containment system in the center span 300-foot navigational opening between the red triangles has been raised to within 6-10 inches of low steel. The containment system located in the Illinois and Missouri spans remain suspended 3 feet below low steel. Work barges are spudded down on the backsides of the main navigation channel piers. Barges will be properly lit at night.

 

MILE 179.0 - BRIDGE MODIFICATION
Douglas MacArthur Bridge; Upper deck is being mechanically removed and the work will not impact navigation. Removal will be performed Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., until September 30, 2014. For additional information, mariners may contact the work crew by phone at (314) 973-2326.

 

Illinois River

MILE 80.2 - L/D CLOSURE

Commencing 6:00 a.m., May 20, 2014 and continuing until 6:00 p.m., May 21, 2014, the LaGrange L/D in the vicinity of Mile 80.2, will be closed for maintenance. Mariners are requested NOT to tie up along the giuidewalls, during this closure.

 

IL MILE 61.4 - BRIDGE NAVIGATION LIGHTS
Norfolk and Western Railroad Drawbridge; All navigation lights are extinguished. Transit with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 10.5 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A partially submerged buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel in the vicinity of Mile 10.5. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 22.9 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A nun buoy has been reported submerged in the vicinity of Mile 22.9, approximately 450 feet off of the LDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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.
 

KASKASKIA RIVER
MILE 29.0 - MILE 28.0 - MARINE EVENT/RIVER CLOSURE
On May 17 and 18, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., each day, the New Athens Drag Boat Race will be held between approximate Miles 29.0 and 28.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has closed the river for this event.

 

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

 

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

Get Ready For Swim Suit Season

 

Jessica Hovanec

Independent Distributor
Website: www.skinnywrapjess.com
Email: jesshovanec@gmail.com            Phone: 636-634-1709 (text or call)

  Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois
      Big Crowds Expected For Great Rivers Festival........
 
From 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton will be hosting the first annual Great Rivers Festival.  The event will feature activities on both sides of the Mississippi River.  The festival will include boating, kayaking, live music, sand artists, catch and release fishing, as well as tours of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam No. 26, and the Living Lands and Waters classroom barge........
 
Click here to read more from fox2now.com.  With Video.

Lost and Found

 

Orange life vest, left on Enterprise, has the name Winn on it.

 

Contact John 636-544-8282

 

 

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Missouri River

    Heritage Days at Frontier Park in St Charles, May 17-18

  

Lewis and Clark Heritage Days are held the third weekend in May each year in Historic Saint Charles, Missouri.  For 2014 the dates are May 17 & 18.  The first celebration in Saint Charles of Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase was in 1979 and has been held each year since.  The reenactment includes a grand parade, military encampment, fife and drum corps muster, musket and cannon demonstrations, a skillet throw, and period music, food and wares.  Each day begins with the raising of colors and the day ends with retreat and the lowering of colors.  The Discovery Expedition of Saint Charles is camped on site in Frontier Park, and the Lewis & Clark Boathouse is just steps away, where the Discovery Expedition of Saint Charles boats are on display.

 

Click here to go to Heritage Days website

 

 

Party in the Pits

    May 17, 18. Drag Boat Races at New Athens, IL.

 

Little Johns Motor Sports Season Opener
Less than an hour away from St. Louis.

 

Kaskaskia River, New Athens, IL

Great floating bar, fast times, up close racing

 

List Your Boat

on RiverBills Classifieds 

 

From "Now" until November 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the Featured Classifieds

Six months on the All 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.

 

 

 

Click here  St. Charles Boat & Motor website  

Click here St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook
 

Boat Sales

    Solid Boat Sales Gains In April........

 

During the month of March, recreational boat sales growth was but a mere trickle, but April saw solid single digit increases in sales, suggesting more increases in later months.  Sales in the main powerboat segment increased by 5%, to 10,973 units, and industry-wide, sales rose 8.9% to 17,061 compared to April 2013.  Ryan Kloppe, Statistical Surveys national marine sales manager said that he believes that this is the beginning of a good trend, and all that is needed is good spring weather to bring the boating season into high gear.......

 

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

River History....

On May 17, 1673 in River History...


French explorers Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River

 

 

On May 17, 1849 in River History...


A devastating fire destroyed a significant part of St. Louis and many of the steamboats on the St. Louis riverfront. This was the first fire in United States history in which it is known that a firefighter was killed in the line of duty.

The St. Louis Great Fire of 1849 was started on the evening of May 17, 1849 by a smoldering mattress aboard the steamboat White Cloud.  The fire quickly spread to an adjoining steamboat, the Edward Bates, which burnt free of her moorings located on what is now Laclede's Landing.  She drifted downriver, spreading fire as she went.  In a half an hours time, 23 steamboats were on fire.  The Great Fire would claim 418 buildings along 15 blocks...

 

$50.00 credit toward 5/17 BIG! sale above if annual slip rental is signed and paid in full by 5/17.

 

Upper Mississippi River

     Feds May Close Locks To Stop Carp Advance........

 

Congress will soon contemplate a bill that will include a provision to close a lock along the Upper Mississippi River in order to slow the advance of the Asian carp.  The congressional delegation of Minnesota is pushing for the closure of the Upper St Anthony Falls lock in Minneapolis.  Their provision is included in the water infrastructure bill, that is heading to the House and Senate for final voting........

 

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

 

 

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!

 

Open at 11:30 Thursday thru Sunday


May 17th PYC Pool Opens
May 24th Music by Brett Stewart

May 26th OPEN MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY

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U.S. Coast Guard
     Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week

     Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day


N
EW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard kicked off the start of National Safe Boating Week with Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day at many of its units in downtown, along the Gulf Coast and throughout the heartland Friday.

National Safe Boating Week takes place May 17-23. The event week aims at improving boater behavior through education, awareness and training to make recreational boating a safe and enjoyable experience by reducing boating accidents across the country.

This year, in conjunction with the "Wear It" campaign, the Coast Guard will highlight a safe boating initiative during each day of National Safe Boating Week to increase recreational boating safety, which are:
    • Life jackets
    • Signaling device
    • Marine-band radio
     • File a float plan
     • Vessel Safety Check
     • Boating Safety Course
     • Boating Under the Influence

Throughout NSBW, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Power Squadrons and state natural resources agencies will offer safe boating classes and free vessel safety checks. To find the location of the nearest Auxiliary flotilla and a schedule of safe-boating classes, please visit their website at www.cgaux.org.

From 2012 to 2013, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased 14 percent, from 651 to 560, and injuries decreased from 3,000 to 2,620, a 12.7 percent reduction. The total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,515 to 4,062, a 10 percent decrease. The fatality rate for 2013 of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 13 percent decrease from the previous year's rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Property damage totaled approximately $39 million. Where the cause of death was known, 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those drowning victims, 84 percent were reported as not wearing a life jacket.

"There's just no reason to not have on a life jacket while boating anymore," said Ed Huntsman, recreational boating safety specialist for the 8th Coast Guard District. "They're more comfortable than ever and are available in a variety of styles. Many boaters don't ever think they will need one, but a great number of people in the last year would probably still be with us if they'd been wearing one."

For more on National Safe Boating Week, please visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com.
 

 

It's That Time of the Year Again

     Make Your Boat a RiverBills Header Picture

   

Make your boat a RiverBills header picture !  Just send us a shot of your boat, keeping in mind that that the picture needs to be proportioned similar to one above of Marty Haugh's 1967 Lyman.  We will crop it, add your name, the boat name and year.

 

We have a few boats from last year that never got posted....  Look for them soon !

 

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 Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

    Body Recovered From The Mississippi River........

 

Early Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Fire Department was called out to the Mississippi River in south St. Louis for a body in the water.  The St. Louis Fire Department assisted the Illinois Conservation Police in recovering the body from the Illinois bank of the river.  The body was sent to the St. Clair County Coroner's office for an autopsy.  At this time, the body has not been identified........

 

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

 

 

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US Army Corps of Engineers

     May 17th

     Dam West Boat Ramp Closed Temporarily for (IHSA) Bass Fishing Finals

 

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a Great Outdoors Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center to commemorate National Park Trust’s (NPT) Third Annual National Kids to Parks Day. This event is open to children ages 5 to15. A parent or gaurdian will be required to accompany children who are between the ages of 5 and 10. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by the scavenger hunt at 9:30 a.m. Participants will have an hour to complete the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers who find all the items on the scavenger hunt list. All participants will receive prizes. After the hunt, park rangers will present “Natures Treasures” an environmental program to educate participants about the natural items on their scavenger hunt list.

At a time when an obesity epidemic affects nearly 1 in 3 children who are either overweight or obese, communities are witnessing sky-rocketing rates of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels in children. Parks and cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use National Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors or at local parks and recreation sites to develop a more active and healthy lifestyle.

For additional information on the scavenger hunt please contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at carlylelake@usace.army.mil.
 

Reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers.. click here

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... Open

SLIP SPECIALS!  

Call Pete for some sweet deals 636-250-3008

Discount on rest of 2014 with contract for 2015.

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Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  Open

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Open

Cedar Hill Resort................ Open

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

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

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

Sundowners.......................  Open

 

 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

 

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

 

 

 

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Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

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River Levels & Water Temp for your phone

 

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

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See You on the River         

 

 

It's Friday

   16 May 2014

 

National Safe Boating Week

May 17-23, 2014

 

Over 6.04 Million Boaters

Have Cruised The Always Changing

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Picture of the Day

 

 

Lots of Goslings

 

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Mark Newlin who hails out of Portage Des Sioux, Mo in the kayak...... Puffin

 

 

Hey Bill


There are a lot of baby geese here in Portage. Hope the boaters are looking out for them.

Mark the Shark

 

 

 

From Wikipedia Encyclopedia

A gosling is a young goose.

 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting

 

Pete's Pub

in Little Harbour, Abacos

 Click pic to enlarge

 

 

 

YesterYear's Picture of the Day in  2013... . was sent to us by Mike and Rosie who hail out of the port of the Port of St. Louis in the cruiser.... Swingset

 

 

Hi Bill,


We left a RiverBill's sticker at Pete's Pub in Little Harbour, Abacos last night (05-10-13). Little Harbour is at the southern end of the Sea of Abacos.

 

We're leaving tomorrow for Spanish Wells in Eleuthera, a 50 mile crossing.


Happy boating!
Mike and Rosie
Swing Set

 

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My River Home    Longshot Saloon

 

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  • Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river level

 FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
950 PM CDT THU MAY 15 2014

...The flood warning continues for the following river in Illinois and Missouri...

Mississippi River at
  Canton LD20
  Quincy
  Quincy LD21
  Hannibal
  Saverton LD22
  Louisiana
  Clarksville LD24
  Winfield LD25
  Grafton

.This Flood Warning is a result of a couple inches of rain over the past several days in conjunction with above normal rainfall across the northern portions of the basin since April...


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Grafton Harbor Happenings   Click here

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618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

No New Boat/Drowning Incident Reports


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

 

 

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LED boat lights

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Navigation Channel Condition Status Report ....14 May 2014

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter    - standby
Dredge America - standby

 

Mississippi River

MILE 203.8 - CHANNEL CONDITION/AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 203.8, extending from the center of the channel to the nun buoy line. A M/V reportedly bumped bottom at this location with a 9-foot draft on May 11, 2014. Multiple nun buoys have been reported missing from the area. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 202.4 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A can buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel, in the vicinity of Mile 202.4, just below the Clark Highway Bridge (LLNR-16240). Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

 

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 180.0 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

Eads Bridge; The containment system in the center span 300-foot navigational opening between the red triangles has been raised to within 6-10 inches of low steel. The containment system located in the Illinois and Missouri spans remain suspended 3 feet below low steel. Work barges are spudded down on the backsides of the main navigation channel piers. Barges will be properly lit at night.

 

MILE 179.0 - BRIDGE MODIFICATION
Douglas MacArthur Bridge; Upper deck is being mechanically removed and the work will not impact navigation. Removal will be performed Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., until September 30, 2014. For additional information, mariners may contact the work crew by phone at (314) 973-2326.

 

Illinois River

MILE 80.2 - L/D CLOSURE

Commencing 6:00 a.m., May 20, 2014 and continuing until 6:00 p.m., May 21, 2014, the LaGrange L/D in the vicinity of Mile 80.2, will be closed for maintenance. Mariners are requested NOT to tie up along the giuidewalls, during this closure.

 

IL MILE 61.4 - BRIDGE NAVIGATION LIGHTS
Norfolk and Western Railroad Drawbridge; All navigation lights are extinguished. Transit with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 10.5 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A partially submerged buoy has been reported not properly marking the channel, mid-channel in the vicinity of Mile 10.5. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 22.9 - AID TO NAVIGATION

A nun buoy has been reported submerged in the vicinity of Mile 22.9, approximately 450 feet off of the LDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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.
 

KASKASKIA RIVER
MILE 29.0 - MILE 28.0 - MARINE EVENT/RIVER CLOSURE
On May 17 and 18, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., each day, the New Athens Drag Boat Race will be held between approximate Miles 29.0 and 28.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has closed the river for this event.

 

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

 

 

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Get Ready For Swim Suit Season

 

Jessica Hovanec

Independent Distributor
Website: www.skinnywrapjess.com
Email: jesshovanec@gmail.com            Phone: 636-634-1709 (text or call)

Mississippi River Near St. Louis, Missouri

     River A Little High, Hiding Obstructions........

 

The Mississippi River around the Riverbend may be below flood stage, but recent rains have increased the river's level enough to hide rocky obstacles under the water's surface.  These rocky structures are intended to keep the navigation channels safe and deep.  On Wednesday, a cruiser ran aground on the rocks, and her crew had to be rescued.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that these structures are noted on navigational charts........

 

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

 

South Dakota Fishing News

    Record Paddlefish Snagged From Missouri River........

 

Last week, an angler snagged a South Dakota record paddlefish in Lake Francis Case, off the Missouri River.  The fish, which weighed in at 127 pounds, 9 ounces, broke the 35 year old record of 120 pounds, 12 ounces.  Bill Harmon and his friend Justin Bryan made four attempts to drag the fish into the boat, before finally dragging it aboard.  The largest American paddlefish ever caught was snagged in Kansas, and tipped the scale at 144 pounds.........

 

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

 

Illinois Boating Safety

     Conservation Police Offer Courtesy Boat Inspections........

 

On Friday, May 16, the Illinois Conservation Police will be performing courtesy boat inspections at locations across the state.  The Conservation Police Officers will not be writing tickets during that day, however, they will be going down a safety checklist, which includes life jackets, navigation lights, battery covers and fire extinguishers.  CPOs will also be able to answer boat registration, title, and water usage stamp questions........

 

Click here to read more from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.

 

Lost and Found

 

Orange life vest, left on Enterprise, has the name Winn on it.

 

Contact John 636-544-8282

 

 

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Website   http://www.americanboat.net

Con Trios Yacht Club

    Past Commodores Party

 

The Con Trios Yacht Club Past Commodores Party is this Saturday at Woodland Marina. Here's a message from Immediate Past Commodore Bill Tullock:


Hello,
I am looking for some help putting up the Con Trios tent for the Past Commodore's Party. I plan to put the tent up Friday May 16th around 5:00 pm at Woodland Marina at the site of the old Woodland Yacht Club / Sharkeys.

Please pass the word.

Thanks, Bill

 

Party in the Pits

    May 17, 18. Drag Boat Races at New Athens, IL.

 

Little Johns Motor Sports Season Opener
Less than an hour away from St. Louis.

 

Kaskaskia River, New Athens, IL

Great floating bar, fast times, up close racing

 

List Your Boat

on RiverBills Classifieds 

 

From "Now" until November 2014 for only $50.00

One month listing on the front page in the Featured Classifieds

Six months on the All 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.

 

 

 

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River Infrastructure

     Illinois Legislators Tackle Infrastructure Repairs......

 

A bill intended to speed up repairs to the locks and dams along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers is working it's way through Congress.  The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin, and U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis, and Cheri Bustos of Illinois.  The bill aims to encourage private-public partnerships to speed up repairs on water infrastructure........

 

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

  U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs

  

 

Date: 12 May 2014
Contact: Marilyn Aten
Public Affairs Officer
314-741-3467
Email: MarilyAten@sbcglobal.ne
t
http://cgaux.org

 

PRESS Release

VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS AT LAKE CARLYLE

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 34 is having a Vessel Examination Station on Saturday, 31 May 2014 at West Access Marina on Lake Carlyle from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Free Vessel Examinations will be available to the boating public. We will be on site to answer any questions about boating safety, state and federal requirements. The vessel examination will take approximately 20-30 minutes.

Some of the items checked include boat registration and documentation, registration numbers, fire extinguishers, life jackets, navigation lights, sound producing devices and more. A decal is issued to those vessels that pass.

A Boating Safety booth will be there to offer free pamphlets on trailering, legal requirements, hunting and fishing for boaters along with personnel available to answer questions and other boating related topics.


 

 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary created by an Act of Congress in 1939 is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit cgaux.org

River History....

On May 16, 1804 in River History...


The Corps May 16, 1804 in River History
William Clark arrived in St. Charles, Missouri with 40 men and three boats to make final preparations for their exploration journey up the Missouri River. They attended dances, dinners, and a church service during their wait for Meriwether Lewis to arrive from St. Louis

 

 

On May 16, 1861 in River History...


The Mississippi River Squadron was created and controlled by the Union during the American Civil War . It was a naval squadron that operated on the western rivers and was commonly known as the Western Flotilla and sometimes as the Mississippi Flotilla.

 

$50.00 credit toward 5/17 BIG! sale above if annual slip rental is signed and paid in full by 5/17.

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is teaming up with the National Safe Boating Council and other boating safety advocates across the U.S. to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, 2014. (Photo by John Baird)

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

    National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, 2014

 

 

FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is teaming up with the National Safe Boating Council and other boating safety advocates across the U.S. to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, 2014.

National Safe Boating Week is the official launch of the 2014 Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of life jacket wear by recreational boaters.

Before casting off for a day on the water, boaters should take appropriate precautions. File a float plan with a friend or family, get a vessel safety check and take a boating safety course. Boaters should also check the weather forecast and make sure everyone onboard is wearing the correct type and fit of life jacket. Boaters can develop "boater's hypnosis" a condition in response to sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion, which causes fatigue and slows your reaction time. Combining this condition with alcohol or drugs greatly reduces your coordination, judgment and reaction time, which could lead to deadly consequences so please boat sober.

"Throughout the year hundreds of people drown or die in boating accidents and the majority of the deaths could have been prevented," said Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "We want you to come out and enjoy your national lakes and rivers and return home safely, so please wear a life jacket and boat friendly."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the nation's largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation, managing more than 420 lake and river projects in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, the Corps of Engineers provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages. For more information on Corps of Engineers recreation sites and activities, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

 

Reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers... Click here

Boating Safety

    Boating Fatalities Hit Record Low In 2013........

 

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 2013 saw the fewest boating fatalities ever recorded, as well as a 10 percent decrease in accidents, and a 12.7 percent decrease in injuries.  During 2013, there were 560 boating fatalities, and alcohol was the leading contributor to the incidents.  The top five contributing factors in boating accidents are operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and mechanical failure........

 

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

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!

 

May 15th Summer Hours

Start Opening at 11:30 Thursday thru Sunday


May 17th PYC Pool Opens
May 24th Music by Brett Stewart

May 26th OPEN MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY

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

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Historic Shipwrecks

     Santa Maria Shipwreck May Have Been Found........

 

Tuesday, underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford said during an interview with USA Today that he believes that his crew has discovered the wreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria.  The crew initially came across the wreck off the coast of Haiti back in 2003, but discounted it as not what they were looking for.  About 9 years later, a late night "AHA!" moment led Clifford to believe he had in fact found the Santa Maria, only to abandon it.......

 

Click here to read more from ksdk.com.  With Video

US Army Corps of Engineers

    Great Rivers Festival Offers Something for Everyone – Just not the Dredge Potter

 

 Alton, Ill - The Dredge Potter may not be available for this year’s Great Rivers Festival on Saturday May 17th from 10 am - 5 pm, but many other events and activities will keep visitors entertained. Hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, and many partners on the river, the Great Rivers Festival will connect visitors with our region’s river heritage. Festival-goers can participate in activities in Alton, Ill., and West Alton, Mo.

At the National Great Rivers Museum you can look forward to live music, local food and drink vendors, local art vendors, and much more. There will be live bird shows from the World Bird Sanctuary and an appearance by Serengeti Steve: The Reptile Experience. Visitors can also tour the Living Lands & Waters classroom barge docked right on the river.

At the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards will be available for the public to try in the calm backwaters of Ellis Bay. Paddling is open to all ages and skill levels and children must be 11-years-old or older to paddle solo. Visitors will be able to talk to members of the St. Louis Canoe and Kayak Club plus many other paddling enthusiasts about water safety and paddling our great rivers. The paddling portion of the festival will be $5 per person and equipment will be supplied.

For a complete list of show times and events, visit www.mtrf.org or call 618-462-6979. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatRivers.

 

Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers.. Click here

 

It's That Time of the Year Again

     Make Your Boat a RiverBills Header Picture

   

Make your boat a RiverBills header picture !  Just send us a shot of your boat, keeping in mind that that the picture needs to be proportioned similar to one above of Marty Haugh's 1967 Lyman.  We will crop it, add your name, the boat name and year.

 

We have a few boats from last year that never got posted....  Look for them soon !

 

Send your pictures to riverbill@prodigy.net

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 Boating Safety

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in an article from Boating Magazine, which looks at the 44 top boating safety tips....

 

Click here to check out these tips form boatingmag.com.

 

 Mississippi River Near Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    Heavy Rains Illustrate Wetland's Importance........

 

Recent heavy rainfall in the southeast Missouri bottomlands "recharge" the area's wetlands by introducing new water into the system.  These wetlands are also recharged by storing flood waters from when the Mississippi River rises.  Vegetation that grows in the wetlands typically slows water flow across the land, helping to reduce sedimentation, scours, and washouts.  In addition to water storage, wetlands serve as habitat for amphibians, reptiles, and several types of birds........

 

Click here to read this news article from the Missouri Department of Conservation website. 

 

 

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Lake Of The Ozarks

     Boat Sank 60 Years Ago....  Still Shrouded In Mystery....

 

13 people boarded an excursion boat, the Grand Glaize, on May 28, 1954.  Six of the passengers would not return.  Approximately four miles into the tour, a freak storm blew across the lake, causing the vessel to capsize.  The exact circumstances of the incident, from the seriousness of the storm, to how many passengers were aboard the Grand Glaize are still a mystery........

 

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

Lake Of The Ozarks

     Lodge Offers Good View Of Lake Race 2014........

 

The Lake Area Chamber has announced that the Willmore Lodge will be offering spectators a nice vantage point for watching Lake Race 2014.  The lodge is located at the .5 Mile Marker, and offers spectators a seven miles of visibility........

 

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

River Ferries

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

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

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

Grafton Ferry............... Open

SLIP SPECIALS!  

Call Pete for some sweet deals 636-250-3008

Discount on rest of 2014 with contract for 2015.

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

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

Missouri Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

 

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)  

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Crappie: Fair
Channel Catfish: Fair
Freshwater Drum: Fair
Shovelnose Sturgeon: Fair
(Reported on: 5/13/14).
 

Missouri River (Lower)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

 

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Information: 636-441-4554
Water Surface Temp: 65º
Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Black Bass: Fair
Catfish: Good
Bluegill: Fair
Crappie: Fair
catfish good using worms and cut baits.
(Reported on: 5/13/14)

 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

Information: 660-785-2420
Water Surface Temp: 70º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 5/14/14)

 

The above reprinted from the weekly [Mo-fish] Weekly Fishing Report e-mail.

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  Open

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Open

Cedar Hill Resort................ Open

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

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

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

Sundowners.......................  Open

 

 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

 

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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

 

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