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Jan 2015

01-21-15   -   02-01-15

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

It's the Weekend

 Sat... 31 January 2015

Sun... 01 February 2015

 

Over 6.87 Million Boater Visits

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Picture of the Day

 

Viewing Pavilion

Alton Dam

(Sun)

 

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The Picture of the Day ...

 

 

Its a mid afternoon shot of the stately looking viewing pavilion on the lower side of Alton Lock and Dam.  The pavilion is on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

 

Looks like a nice place to "watch the river flow."

 

RiverBill

 

Picture of the Day

 

Planting Trees in the Lake

(Sat)

 

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Capt'n Marty Haugh a couple of weeks ago ......

 

 

RiverBill,

Planted 21 trees in the lake today.

Captain Marty

 

 

 

RiverBill says... Now we all know where your favorite fishing spot is !  Just don't know what lake.

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting

(Sat)

Point Dunne Nature Preserve

California

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A RiverBills' Sticker Sighting.... was sent to us by Capt'n Elmer Armstrong

 

 

Bill:


Here you are on your trip to LA last week enjoy.

 

See ya at the boat show.

Elmer

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks Elmer for taking RiverBills with you!  Yah mon.......

 

 

 

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Boathouse Food and Deck website

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day in 2009.......... was of the Grafton Ferry and a Wintertime Boater. Looks like Dutch on the.... " Scoundrel."

 

Picture was taken from the Grafton Ferry landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River.


 

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618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

 01/30/2015...  COLLISION WITH FIXED OBJECT...

GASCONADE RIVER UPSTREAM FROM MORTON'S BLUFF

 

TURNBOUGH, NEAL J... MALE... 57... FATAL

 

FATALITY ACCIDENT - NEXT OF KIN HAS BEEN NOTIFIED - ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN BOAT 1 WAS TRAVELLING UPSTREAM AND STRUCK A ROCK. BOAT 1 EXPERIENCED AN ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND BECAME CAUGHT IN A CURRENT AND TOOK ON WATER. OWENSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT ARRIVED ON SCENE AND RECOVERED OCCUPANT 1 FROM THE WATER. OCCUPANT 1 WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT 0115 BY OSAGE COUNTY CORONER LOIS JAEGERS. THIS IS TROOP F BOATING FATALITY #1 FOR JANUARY AND #1 FOR 2015.

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

Mississippi River At Hartford, Illinois

    Confluence Tower Celebrates Native American Culture........

 

Saturday the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower was packed with visitors looking to see John White Antelope, and his son Tyler White Antelope of the Northern Arapajo tribe.  John White Antelope spoke of his culture, as well as the different dialects of the Native American tribes.  He also discussed Native American clothing, and dances, which Tyler demonstrated.

 

Mary Ann Warmack says that the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower saw more than 100 visitors take the tower tour.  Visitors also listened to White Antelope discuss his tribe, and tell stories about the bald eagles.

 

White Antelope says that the Native Americans see the bald eagle as "God's right-hand man", and he recounted some of his experiences as they relate to eagles, and his relationship with God.  During the event, an eagle was flying around the Confluence Tower........

 

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

 

 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

 Niagara River

     Daredevil Climbs Frozen Niagara Falls........

 

This winter's deep freeze has allowed Canadian ice climber and X-Games athlete Will Gadd to climb up Niagara Falls instead of going over.  He ascended the 147 foot high cliffs adjacent to the still flowing Horseshoe Falls.

 

According to Redbull.com, it took Gadd approximately an hour to make it to the top.  He then repeated the feat two more times.  Gadd said that by the time he was done, hypothermia was setting in.

 

Gadd and parks officials plotted out his route up the falls the day before.  He climbed down the frozen waterfall as well to clear out the loose ice, some of which was as large as a small car........

 

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

 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

 Ozark National Scenic Riverways

      New Management Plan For Riverways Approved........

 

On January 22, the National Park Service approved a new management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  This is the first time the management plan has been updated since 1984.

 

The new plan places limits on motorboat horsepower, vehicular access to gravel bars, and is intended to close some unauthorized horse trails.

 

The plan's approval by the National Park Service marks the end of a controversial review process.  Local residents are concerned that the federal government has overstepped their bounds by restricting access to rivers........

 

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

 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

 Boat Maintenance

 

Boaters often encounter problems.  Typically, what alerts you to an issue is an odd noise, or smell, or the boat is not moving.  Boating Magazine has assembles a few troubleshooting tips, tricks and solutions that could help you get your boat back onto the water again........

 

Click here to read these tips from boatingmag.com.

 

Updated Sun at 5:00AM

River History....

 

February 1, 2007 in River History

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

 

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Updated 28 January 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 


 

Mississippi RIver

MILE 185.5 - L/D 27 CLOSURES - UPDATE
01/31/15, 0600-1800 Lock 27 main lock closure, installation of support channels, usings divers, for the cell armor plating. Navigation will also be closed on the following shceduled dates for maintenance and repair: Commencing 01/29/15 and continuing until 2/16/15, from 0600 a.m. until 0600 p.m., each day. Commencing 2/14/15 and continuing until 02/16/15, from 0600 a.m. until 0600 p.m., each day. A helper boat is being provided during the construction period for north bound approaches to the main lock, in order to protect the areas of construction. L/D 27 (Auxillary Chamber) will remain closed until 3/21/15, for repairs. Navigation interests should be alert, special instructions that may be issued by the lockmaster.

 

MILE 190.8 - BRIDGE DEMOLITION
I-270 Canal Bridge: explosive demolition of the old I-270 Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge is scheduled for 2/3/2105 (upstream structure). The structure will be dropped and then removed from the waterway within 24-hours, during which time the waterway will be blocked to marine traffic.

 

Illinois River

MILE 184.7 - MILE 168.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION

In accordance with the Illinois Waterway WAP Annex, navigation has been restricted to one-way traffic through Peoria Lake, between Miles 184.7 and 168.0. This action will help maintain the current ice trail and to prevent sheet ice from breaking off the bank. Sheet ice and heavy ice gorges can be expected throughout Peoria Lake and channels may be blocked by ice in some locations. Mariners should be aware that buoys may be unreliable due to icing conditions. Ice flows render reflective material ineffective and may drag buoys off station and sever buoys from their moorings.

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Superstructure erection is intermittently ongoing. At times work in the main channel may require temporarily blocking the river for up to 8-hours, during those periods the alternate channel will be available for use. Mariners may contact M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16, for more information.

 

Kaskaskia River

MILE 4.8 - AIDS TO NAVIGATION
Multiple can buoys have been reported not properly marking the channel and partially submerged in the vicinity of Mile 4.8. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Boat Manufacturer

    Sea Ray Resuming Production In Florida........

 

Brunswick has announced that they are reinstating their Sykes Creek plant in Merritt Island, Florida, so that they can meet demand for the Sea Ray L-Class yachts.

 

Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick's CEO, said that they are sold out of some of their newer, larger vessels for approximately a year.  The reinstatement of the plant will allow Sea Ray to increase the production of the L-Class yacht, as well as eliminate costs and inefficiencies incurred through the heavy demand.

 

McCoy added that Brunswick is doing this in all of their businesses.  The company has increased production capacity at Boston Whaler, as well as at Mercury Marine, and their aluminum boat businesses........

 

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

 

 

  HELP WANTED

 

Woodland Marina
125 Harbor Drive,  St. Charles, MO 63301
636-250-3446
Marine Forklift Operator


Woodland Marina is seeking an experienced marine forklift operator. The position is full time. Summer season requires being on the job Saturday, Sunday and some holidays.

Operator is responsible for transporting boats from rack storage to our launch area and vice versa.

Any marina working experience with skills relating to boat yard and harbor maintenance helpful. Good customer service skills are essential.

Please call the office to schedule an interview at 636-250-3446.

All employees are required to pass a background check and drug testing.

Benefits:
Vacation and personal days – after 1 year service-- 5 days

 

River Shipping News

    Marquette Transportation Up For Sale........

 

U.S. towboat operator, Marquette Transportation Company, LLC., is looking into a sale that may be valued at over $1 billion.  The company's owners, including it's founding members, and buyout firm KRG Capital Partners, LLC. are working with investment bank Harris Williams & Co. on an auction for the company.

 

Several private equity firms and others are interested in Marquette, including MSD Capitol LP, which is the private investment firm of Michael Dell, Chief Executive Officer of Dell Inc., and his family.

 

Marquette Transportation Company, LLC. is based in Paducah, Kentucky, and offers towboat services along the Mississippi River, as well as the other major waterways in the U.S..  The company operates over 120 towboats, and 850 barges to serve agricultural and energy companies........

 

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

 

Good Morning St. Louis!

 

Join us in collaboration with the #STLBoatShow in our weekly contest, before the show drops anchor!  

 

Submit your best boating & outdoor photo below for your chance to win a pair of show tickets!

 

ENTER NOW....Click "Submit Now" above

 

Winning tickets will be available at "will call."

See map below

 

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RiverBillsSLTBoatShow Photo Contest

 

    Just a few of entries for "Free Tickets" to the 2015 Progressive Boat and Sportshow
 


Click here and check them all out

The first weeks "Top 5 Photos" will be announced soon !

Submit your picture today

 

 

2015 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow Advance Purchase Discount Tickets

    $2.00 Off General Admission, $3.00 Off For RiverBills' Nite
 


Click here and purchase your discount tickets TODAY !

 

 

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   Ken O'Neil Memorial Celebration...
 

Ken O’Neil , Long time River Rat and friend to many past away last Saturday unexpectedly . He will be missed greatly !

 

There is a memorial celebration in his honor this Saturday at 1:00PM at the Boathouse for all who knew and loved him . .

 

Thanks,

Dave Vankirk

 

 

RiverBill says....

Our prayers and condolences go out to Ken's family........

 

Coldwater Creek Near Hazelwood, Missouri

   Corps:  Coldwater Creek Cleanup To Take Years........

 

On Thursday, over 100 people attended a hearing in which officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discussed the clean up of radioactive sites around St. Louis, including Coldwater Creek. 

 

The Corps is saying that the removal of contaminated soil from Coldwater Creek, and other contaminated sites around the St. Louis area. 

 

Some people that grew up around the creek attribute health problems, including cancer, to the radioactive material in the creek.  Corps' health physicist says that there is no short term risk to residents living along the creek, however, long term exposure will increase the risk........

 

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

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  North Charleston, SC

     Historic War Ships

     Confederate Submarines Hull Revealed Again........

 

One hundred and fifty years after the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sank, and 15 years after she was raised, scientists are finally getting a peek at the vessel's hull.  The Hunley was the first sub in history to sink an enemy vessel, and scientists are hoping to figure out why she sank.

 

The hand cranked Hunley was equipped with a 16 foot spar that was tipped with a black powder charge, which it used to sink the Union blockade ship, USS Housatonic off the coast of Charleston in February, 1864.  Neither the Hunley, nor her crew made it back to shore. 

 

When the Hunley was raised in 2000, she was encrusted with a hardened coat of sand, sediment, and rust that scientists call concretion.  So far, approximately 70% of the hull has been revealed, and the scientists say that the exposed hull is giving up some secrets about why the Hunley sank........

 

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


 

 

 

Boat Manufacturer

     New Great Lakes Manufacturer's Rep For Baja........

 

On Friday, Baja Marine, the parent company of Baja, Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line boats, announced that Stellar Traders, LLC., is now their manufacturer's for the Great Lakes region, including the states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

 

Johnny Walker, CEO of Baja Marine, says that the appointment of Stellar Traders will increase the reach of the company in a critical market for their popular family, fishing and high performance boats.

 

Walker added that boaters in the Great Lakes region appreciate Baja Marine's quality boat brands, which offer safe and affordable fun for families.  Walker quipped that their reintroduction of the retro Donzi Classic series was aimed at this market in particular........

 

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

The Boat Show starts March 4th

List your boat

on

RiverBills.com Classifieds

before the Show !

 

RiverBills Classifieds......

     List Your Boat From "Now" until "July" 2015 for only $50.00

 

One month listing on the front page in the featured Classified Section

Six months on the Classified Page.  

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

 

Click here and check out RiverBills Classifieds Page

We will send you a bill you after the ad is on-line

 

 

February 07, 2015

    Palisades Yacht Club Eagle Watch Party

   

February 1st

    Froge's Bar and Grill

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY starts at 4pm all u can eat $5 per person, chili, hot dogs, sloppy Joe's and pork rinds!!! $10 buckets of domestic beers, 5 in a bucket!!!! Reserve tables now it's filling up quick..........
 

Reprinted from Facebook

January 31st

    The BoatHouse

    Dawn Liston's Birthday

 

Saturday.....January 31st.....Dawn Listons' Birthday

Doors open at 11:00 AM

Pat Liston plays from 4:00 to 7:00

 

Saturday, Jan 31

     Mississippi River at the Alton Visitor Center

     Live American Bald Eagle Meet & Greet

See a live American Bald Eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats.

Saturday, Jan. 24 & 31
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alton Visitor Center
Alton, IL
(800) 258-6645

 

Click here to go to the All Around Alton website

 

January 31, 2015

    Confluence Tower, Hartford, IL

    Native American Tribute to the Bald Eagle.

 

 

10AM - 2PM

Celebrate the elegance and significance of the American Bald Eagle and its impact on a variety of native cultures during this event at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Listen to Native American folklore and watch an authentic Eagle Dance performed every hour.
 

Click here for more information

 

Reprinted from Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower website

2015 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    RiverBills Night.....  Thursday, March 5th

 

RiverBills Night at the 2015 St. Louis Boat & Sportshow is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th. RiverBills has the lounge area on the second floor reserved for that night.  The lounge has windows with a view of most of the show.

 

We will also be sponsoring the shuttle vans that pick people up at various parking lots and deliver them to the America's Center as well as on-line discount tickets for you and a ticket give-away photo contest.

 

Keep your anchor right here for more details. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Click here to go St. Louis boat & Sportshow website

 

RiverBills Facebook Page

 

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Click here  St. Charles Boat & Motor website  

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Mississippi River Near La Crosse, Wisconsin

    Probation For Mississippi River Rentals Co-Owner........

 

The co-owner of now defunct houseboat rental company, Mississippi River Rentals, has been sentenced to serve the maximum two years probation for stealing from her customers.  Back in 2013, prosecutors charged the co-owners of Mississippi River Rentals, LLC., Kristina Short and Michael Fuchsel nine felony counts of theft, and four misdemeanor counts of theft.

 

Short and Fuschel had failed to refund the rental payments and security deposits to 57 customers in 2012 and 2013.  Their victims lost over $60,000. 

 

Short pled guilty to one count of felony theft, three counts of misdemeanor theft, and a retail theft charge in an unrelated case.  If Short completes her probation, serves 60 days on electric monitoring, and pays restitution, the felony charge will be dropped........

 

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

River Television

    HBO Producing Lewis And Clark Miniseries........

 

This summer, HBO will be starting production on a six hour miniseries based upon the Stephen Ambrose book "Undaunted Courage", which tells the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

 

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Tom Hanks are partnering up their production companies for the project.  So far, Casey Affleck will play Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts will play William Clark.  The role of Sacajawea has yet to be cast, but a Native American actress is reportedly being sought.

 

Locations have been scouted in Georgia, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, but the miniseries is expected to be filmed in Canada........

 

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

 

 

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

River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618-  535-5759

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

 

Grafton Ferry............... 1-800-258-6645...  Closed for the season

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  Closed

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Closed                                   

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Closed

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

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open all Year

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed

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

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed

Palisades Yacht Club.........  Closed Dec 19, reopening in Jan 2015

Sundowners.......................  Closed

 

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

What's In Your Toolbox ?

 

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 read the latest blog

 

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest blog

 

Reprinted from Jalsails's Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

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

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           

 


 

 

 

It's Friday

 30 January 2015

 

Over 6.87 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing

 e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

New Life For An Old Boat

 

 

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Stephen McFarland who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis....

Hey Bill,

After sitting on stands for a few years, John and the crew at Bloch Marine did a great job breathing new life into this little beauty. Yesterday we set her back in the water as she counts down the days to hopefully an early spring on the river.

Happy boating!

Stephen M.
Hailing out of Yacht Club of St Louis

 

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting

The Mediterranean

Ephesus, Turkey

 

Olympia, Greece

 

Spain

Click pic to enlarge

 

A RiverBills' Sticker Sighting.... was sent to us by Leslie Drainer

 

 

Hi Bill

My brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Kathy McGhee, wanted me to take some pictures with the sticker when I went on my cruise.  They hail out of Grafton Harbor, C Dock.....

 

PS: Terry's nickname on the river is .... Iceman


Leslie Drainer

 

 

 

Update

Sailing on Mardi Gras

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

Yesterday's Picture of the Day Update.... was sent to us by Linda Munsell of the sailing ship..... Mardi Gras

 

Hi Bill

Linda has made a new blog entry and we will be doing another tomorrow. Thanks for putting Linda's picture on your website.

 

Did you notice the river Bill sticker on the outboard?

 

There is a lot going on in that picture. We were looking to get out of a stormy anchorage and checked with the nearest marina who told us we could come in. He didn't know what he was talking about!!! Had I looked closer at Active Captain data I would have seen max depth for the inlet was 5 feet at high tide. Wind and waves were behind us as we came into the narrow passage and we couldn't turn around after we started in so we churned our way in. Plenty of water after getting in. We waited out the storm for three days and then went out at high tide. As Linda said, our Canadian friends with their Mc Gregor 26 gave us a couple wakes to break us loose to float into high water so we could call off Tow Boat US. Whew, what a close call.

 

Headed to Key West tomorrow.

 

Jerry and Kak flew home today.

 

Barry

Mardi Gras

 

RiverBill says.... Make sure to scroll down and read Sailing on the Mardi Gras latest blog

 

 

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Boathouse Food and Deck website

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

Yesteryear's Picture of the Day in 2014.....  was sent to us by Sherri Stanczak who hails out of Lake Center marina in the boat..... Belly Dancer


 

Sherri sent us a picture taken by her husband, Mike, from his powered parachute this past summer.


 

Featured Classifieds  

       

 Check out MORE BOATS

on the "All Classifieds Page"

click here

 

My River Home    

Winterization Forms... Click here

My River Home website  facebook            Longshot Saloon facebook

The Cabana at the La Rosa facebook

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

No new 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

 

Updated 28 January 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 


 

Mississippi RIver

MILE 185.5 - L/D 27 CLOSURES - UPDATE
01/31/15, 0600-1800 Lock 27 main lock closure, installation of support channels, usings divers, for the cell armor plating. Navigation will also be closed on the following shceduled dates for maintenance and repair: Commencing 01/29/15 and continuing until 2/16/15, from 0600 a.m. until 0600 p.m., each day. Commencing 2/14/15 and continuing until 02/16/15, from 0600 a.m. until 0600 p.m., each day. A helper boat is being provided during the construction period for north bound approaches to the main lock, in order to protect the areas of construction. L/D 27 (Auxillary Chamber) will remain closed until 3/21/15, for repairs. Navigation interests should be alert, special instructions that may be issued by the lockmaster.

 

MILE 190.8 - BRIDGE DEMOLITION
I-270 Canal Bridge: explosive demolition of the old I-270 Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge is scheduled for 2/3/2105 (upstream structure). The structure will be dropped and then removed from the waterway within 24-hours, during which time the waterway will be blocked to marine traffic.

 

Illinois River

MILE 184.7 - MILE 168.0 - CHANNEL CONDITION

In accordance with the Illinois Waterway WAP Annex, navigation has been restricted to one-way traffic through Peoria Lake, between Miles 184.7 and 168.0. This action will help maintain the current ice trail and to prevent sheet ice from breaking off the bank. Sheet ice and heavy ice gorges can be expected throughout Peoria Lake and channels may be blocked by ice in some locations. Mariners should be aware that buoys may be unreliable due to icing conditions. Ice flows render reflective material ineffective and may drag buoys off station and sever buoys from their moorings.

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Superstructure erection is intermittently ongoing. At times work in the main channel may require temporarily blocking the river for up to 8-hours, during those periods the alternate channel will be available for use. Mariners may contact M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16, for more information.

 

Kaskaskia River

MILE 4.8 - AIDS TO NAVIGATION
Multiple can buoys have been reported not properly marking the channel and partially submerged in the vicinity of Mile 4.8. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 

Bloch Marine

Reprinted from Facebook

Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

    Commissioning Of Consultants For Riverfront Stadium Approved........

 

On Thursday, the public board that owns and constructed the Edward Jones Dome unanimously approved the hiring of consultants for the development of a 64,000 seat, open air stadium along the north riverfront downtown.

 

Chairman of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, Jim Shrewsbury, says that this vote was quite significant, as stadium planners have for the most part volunteered their time.  He added that there is now a public body authorized to begin the process of building a new stadium downtown.

 

Shrewsbury cautioned that these are very preliminary steps, and there would be much to do before breaking ground on the project.  This vote did give Governor Jay Nixon's two man team more ammunition for the fight to keep the Rams in St. Louis........

 

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

 

 

 

Reprinted from Facebook

01-20-15 Bridge Demolition....  Downstream structure

 

February 3, 2015

    Chain of Rocks Canal.....Mississippi River

    Bridge Demolition

 

Mississippi River

MILE 190.8 - BRIDGE DEMOLITION

I-270 Canal Bridge: explosive demolition of the old I-270 Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge is scheduled for 2/3/2105 (upstream structure). The structure will be dropped and then removed from the waterway within 24-hours, during which time the waterway will be blocked to marine traffic. 

 

Reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers

  HELP WANTED

 

Woodland Marina
125 Harbor Drive,  St. Charles, MO 63301
636-250-3446
Marine Forklift Operator


Woodland Marina is seeking an experienced marine forklift operator. The position is full time. Summer season requires being on the job Saturday, Sunday and some holidays.

Operator is responsible for transporting boats from rack storage to our launch area and vice versa.

Any marina working experience with skills relating to boat yard and harbor maintenance helpful. Good customer service skills are essential.

Please call the office to schedule an interview at 636-250-3446.

All employees are required to pass a background check and drug testing.

Benefits:
Vacation and personal days – after 1 year service-- 5 days

 

  Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

    Arch Grounds Project Reaches Major Milestone........

 

This week, the Gateway Arch Grounds renovation project reached a major milestone.  On Friday, the southern portion of the newly renovated Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard will be reopened, from the Grand Staircase south to Chouteau.  Leonor K. Sullivan from the Grand Staircase north to Biddle Street will close for renovation.

 

The most noticeable improvement made to the completed section of the boulevard is that it has been raised 2.5 feet in order to reduce flooding.  Also, the concrete wall facing the Mississippi River is fluted, and much higher than the old one.

 

According to CityArchRiver Foundation Executive Director Maggie Hales, the next big part of the project is the renovation of the museum beneath the Arch.  Bids on the renovation project are due Friday.  It is expected to be open in 2017........

 

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

 

 

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   Ken O'Neil Memorial Celebration
 

Ken O’Neil , Long time River Rat and friend to many past away last Saturday unexpectedly . He will be missed greatly !

 

There is a memorial celebration in his honor this Saturday at 1:00PM at the Boathouse for all who knew and loved him . .

 

Thanks,

Dave Vankirk

 

 

RiverBill says....

Our prayers and condolences go out to Ken's family........

 

  US Coast Guard

     News Release

Chicago woman pleads guilty for making hoax distress call in 2013

CHICAGO – A Chicago woman pled guilty to making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach, the U.S. Attorney and Coast Guard announced, Thursday.

Leona Chewning, 24, was charged earlier this month with one count of communicating a false distress message to the Coast Guard.

In pleading guilty, Chewing admitted that she knowingly and willfully communicated a false distress message to the Coast Guard and caused the Coast Guard to attempt to save lives and property when no help was needed, a violation of Title 14, United States Code, Section 88c. She pled guilty today at her arraignment before U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle in Federal Court in Chicago.

Today’s announced guilty plea was made by Zachary Fardon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and Capt. Nicholas Bartolotta, chief of response for the Ninth Coast Guard District.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2013, Chewning called Chicago 911 from Rogers Park Beach stating a person was in distress in the icy water just off a seawall. An ice rescue team from Coast Guard Station Wilmette Harbor responded by land.

A Coast Guard air crew also launched aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan. Members of the Chicago Police and Fire departments also responded with personnel and assets.

Chicago Fire Department divers entered the water near the location where Chewning claimed a person fell in, but did not locate anyone. Chewning admitted that at the time she made the call, she knew her report was false. The case was subsequently turned over to the Coast Guard Investigative Services and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“False distress calls like this one tie up valuable assets and put our crews at risk since we take every distress call seriously,” said Bartolotta. “They impede the ability of first responders like the Coast Guard and our partners to respond to real distress where lives may be on the line. We want to make sure people know the dangers and consequences of knowingly making a hoax call.”

“Hoax calls are costly and risky for the responding agencies and the personnel who put their lives on the line to save others," said Fardon. "The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Coast Guard will prosecute those who needlessly make false rescue reports and hold them accountable for their crime.”

Coast Guard response helicopters and boats can cost more than $10,000 and $4,000 per hour respectively to conduct search and rescue operations.

Intentionally deceiving the Coast Guard is a federal felony with a maximum penalty of six years in prison, a $250,000 fine and reimbursement to the Coast Guard for the cost of performing the search. This search cost the Coast Guard $13,613.

Chewning is free on her own recognizance while awaiting sentencing on April 22.

Her plea agreement anticipates an advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines range of 4 to 10 months incarceration, and the court must impose a reasonable sentence.

 

Reprinted from US Coast Guard.... click here

 

  US Army Corps of Engineers

     Work crews top out Kentucky Lock's first concrete monolith

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District placed concrete to top-out the first massive concrete monolith for the Kentucky Lock Addition project this past week. This milestone is a significant step towards completion of the new 1,200-foot-long navigation lock at Kentucky Dam.

"This is a monumental accomplishment that is a testimony to the exceptional work of the Kentucky Lock team," said Lt. Col. John L. Hudson, Nashville District commander. "The Corps, along with our partners the Tennessee Valley Authority and our contractor, Thalle Construction Company, have been working very well together to overcome the many challenges that face a project of this magnitude to make this day possible. Placing concrete in the recent cold weather is an example of one of these challenges."

The monolith that was completed this past week is the first of 61 monoliths that will comprise the two walls of the new lock. Under the current construction contract, Thalle will construct the first nine monoliths. They are approximately 80 percent complete with a completion time scheduled for the spring of 2016. Under Thalle's contract they will place about 130,000 cubic yards of concrete. Another 850,000 cubic yards of concrete placement is required in future contracts to complete the planned lock.

The Corps is constructing a new navigation lock at Kentucky Dam to reduce the significant bottleneck that the 600-foot-long current lock causes on this important waterway. Because of high Tennessee River traffic levels and the current lock's size, the average delay times for commercial tows going through Kentucky Lock average from seven to over nine hours - near the highest in the country.

"The new lock will eliminate these delays and result in a much more efficient river transportation system," said Don Getty, project manager.

Getty said that progress on Kentucky Lock project has been slowed since construction began in 1998 because 50 percent of Kentucky Lock's funds are from a special federal fund, the Inland Waterways Trust Fund - and insufficient funds in the IWTF have been the main bottleneck in funding to date.

Two watershed events transpired in the last year that should significantly reduce or eliminate this financial bottleneck. In June 2014 the Water Resources Reform and Development Act was enacted, which permanently reduced the Olmsted Lock and Dam project IWTF cost share from 50 to 15 percent. And last month an Act was signed by the president that increased the marine diesel fuel fee that funds the IWTF from 20 cents per gallon to 29 cents per gallon - an increase that was widely supported by those that pay it - the marine industry. Because of these two watershed events, the financial future for the Kentucky Lock project is very bright, Getty said.

The total cost for the Kentucky Lock project is $862 million with about $392 million expended to date, or about 45 percent complete. If efficient future funding levels are provided, the earliest expected completion date is 2023. The next construction contract for the project is the Downstream Cofferdam, which could potentially be awarded as early as this summer.
 

Reprinted from Army Corps of Engineers.... click here

 

 

          Arsenal Clock Tower              View from Arsenal Clock Tower

 

 Photos from the Wikimedia Commons, a freely licensed media file repository.

 

Mississippi River At Rock Island, Illinois

    Corps Offering Clock Tower, Eagle Watching Tours........

 

On Saturday January 31, and February 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mississippi River Visitors Center at Locks and Dam No.15 will be offering Clock Tower and eagle watching tours.  The free tours will run from 9:30 am to 2 pm. 

 

The tours are guided by an Army Corps Park Ranger, and last approximately 90 minutes.  The tours begin at the Mississippi River Center, on the western end of Arsenal Island at Locks and Dam No.15.  The tours require walking up 12 flights of stairs, and a portion of the tour is out doors.

 

Visitors can enter the island through either the Rock Island or or Moline gates, and should allow extra time to arrive on time for the tour, as vehicles are subject to search.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by as adult, and photo ID is required for all persons over 16........

 

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

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February 1st

    Froge's Bar and Grill

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY starts at 4pm all u can eat $5 per person, chili, hot dogs, sloppy Joe's and pork rinds!!! $10 buckets of domestic beers, 5 in a bucket!!!! Reserve tables now it's filling up quick..........
 

Reprinted from Facebook

January 31st

    The BoatHouse

    Dawn Liston's Birthday

 

Saturday.....January 31st.....Dawn Listons' Birthday

Doors open at 11:00 AM

Pat Liston plays from 4:00 to 7:00

 

2015 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    RiverBills Night.....  Thursday, March 5th

 

RiverBills Night at the 2015 St. Louis Boat & Sportshow is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th. RiverBills has the lounge area on the second floor reserved for that night.  The lounge has windows with a view of most of the show.

 

We will also be sponsoring the shuttle vans that pick people up at various parking lots and deliver them to the America's Center as well as on-line discount tickets for you and a ticket give-away photo contest.

 

Keep your anchor right here for more details. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Click here to go St. Louis boat & Sportshow website

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February 14 -15, 2015

     Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

     Masters Of The Sky Event Coming Up........

 

The National Great Rivers Museum, in conjunction with the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation will be bringing back the Masters of the Sky program.  The event is presented by the World Bird Sanctuary.

 

The Masters of the Sky program will be held at the the National Great Rivers Museum, located at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam on February 14th and 15th. 

 

Admission for the Masters of the Sky event is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 4 - 12, and kids 3 and under are free.  The event typically draws a crowd, so reservations are recommended........

 

Click here to read more from altondailynews.com.  With Photo and Audio.

 

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Tickets are currently on sale for the annual Masters of the Sky event on February 14th and 15th!
While admission to the museum activities is free of charge, tickets for the Masters of the Sky show are $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-12 years of age, and free for children 3 and under who can sit on a parent or guardian lap. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the National Great Rivers Museum, by calling 618-462-6979, or online at www.mtrf.org

 

 

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  Mississippi River Near Alton, Illinois

     Eagles, Eagle Watchers Drawn To Alton........

 

Each winter, eagles and eagle watchers flock to the Riverbend region, and Alton, Illinois seems to be the hub of eagle watching activity in the area. 

 

Eagles perch along the limestone bluffs that line the Great River Road, and eagle watchers pull to the curb to watch them.  The birds also hitch a ride down the Mississippi River aboard ice floes, and visitors heading south on Illinois Route 100 pull over, and are right there to observe the eagles.

 

During this time of year, eagles, while abundant, aren't the only birds to watch.  Screech owls, gulls, terns, ducks, geese and birds of virtually every other type are visible along the river........

 

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

 

Missouri Department Of Conservation

     Public Input Sought For Little Dixie Lake CA........

 

Currently, the Missouri Department of Conservation is in the midst of a multi-year effort to update Conservation Area Management Plans, and they are asking for input from the public on how the conservation areas are important to Missourians.

 

A draft plan for the Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area will be available for the public review between February 1 to February 28.

 

The Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area covers 733-acres, and offers birding, fishing, hiking, hunting, and other opportunities, in Callaway County, near Kingdom City, Missouri........

 

Click here to read more from the Missouri Department of Conservation website.

Click here to look over the draft management plan, and share comments online.

  NEWS from BoatUS
    

Buyer Beware of Ethanol Fuel in North Carolina: 60 Sheetz Stations to Offer E15 in 2015

RALEIGH, NC, January 29, 2015 – The Altoona, Pennsylvania based convenience store chain Sheetz announced on January 21 that it would offer E15 fuel – gas containing up to 15% ethanol – at 60 of their North Carolina locations beginning in early 2015. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) believes that could be a problem for recreational boaters, motorists and many other users of gasoline-powered equipment and vehicles.

There are no marine engines warrantied to run on E15 and according to AAA, most automobile manufacturers say any damage due to the use of this higher ethanol blend fuel will void the warranty.

In the US, nine out of every ten boaters own a trailerable boat that is most often filled up at a roadside gas station – not at a marina gas dock. While any gasoline with greater than 10% ethanol (E10) is prohibited for use with recreational boat engines, it’s a common practice among trailer boaters to fill the tow vehicle first, then simply pull the boat up to the pump and insert the same gas pump nozzle into to boat’s fuel fill. A small, inadequate warning label on the pump pointing to the prohibited uses of E15 may contribute to a situation ripe for misfueling.

“This isn’t just about boats,” said BoatUS Government Affairs Program Manager Nicole Palya-Wood. “If you own an older car, truck, or any small engine such as a lawnmower or leaf blower that uses gas, you will need to be very aware -- and take an extra moment to ensure -- you’re not putting higher ethanol E15 in the tank. At stations that offer multiple fuel selections these corn-based ethanol fuels are often the lowest price, which is an attraction for frugal boaters. Ironically, owners of small, affordable boats could get hit the hardest when the expensive repair bill comes,” added Wood.

BoatUS, which has nearly 20,000 members in North Carolina, will continue to lobby Congress to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – a law which forces these higher blends and less compatible fuels onto the public. For more on the Renewable Fuel Standard go to www.BoatUS.com/gov.

Sheetz operates 437 locations in six states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.

 

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

 

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Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Closed

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Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open all Year

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed

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Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

Travels to Key West

 

 

My faithful blog follower, little sis Kathy, begged for a new entry....so I'll tear myself away from the sunshine to do a little writing. A lot has happened in the last 10 days or so. We have been marooned in paradise (specifically Bahia Honda State Park--in the Lower Keys) since Saturday the 24th--due to a northerly wind with gusts up to 30mph. The open water was no place to be...just ask sailor cat Pearl. We were enduring a rolly ride up on deck, but poor Pearl was down below howling for me to save her.

 

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Cancun, Mexico

Lisa Hickey's Birthday

 

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A RiverBills' Sticker Sighting.... was sent to us by Lisa Hickey who hails out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis.

 

 

Hi Bill

A few of us were in Cancun recently to celebrate a milestone birthday.

We went on walk about one day decked out in our Con Trios tees. I had my River Bill tee and we had a couple RiverBills stickers.

We were quite the site!

See you soon
Lisa

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA

 

 

Sailing on Mardi Gras

 

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The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Linda Munsell of the sailing ship..... Mardi Gras

 

Hi Bill,


Yesterday Barry and Jerry escaped from Bahia. Honda's shallow entrance with the help of our Canadian friends wake. It's a long story but we are now at anchor off of Summerland Key and all is well.

 

Linda

Mardi Gras

 

 

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Updated 22 January 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 


 

Mississippi RIver

LOCK 27 CLOSURE SCHEDULE
1/29/15 - 2/13/15 - 0600; 1800 closure - Welding and Completing Steel Armor Plate. 2/14/15 - 2/15/15 - 0600 - 1800 closure (both days) - Placement of Stone Protection.
Helper boat is provided by the Government during construction for North bound approaches to the main lock. Lock 27 Auxiliary Lock will remain closed through 3/20/15 for repairs to embedded steel.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Superstructure erection is intermittently ongoing. At times work in the main channel may require temporarily blocking the river for up to 8-hours, during those periods the alternate channel will be available for use. Mariners may contact M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16, for more information.

 

Kaskaskia River

MILE 4.8 - AIDS TO NAVIGATION
Multiple can buoys have been reported not properly marking the channel and partially submerged in the vicinity of Mile 4.8. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

 

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Mississippi River Television

    Reality Show Follows "Modern Day Huck Finns"........

 

A reality television series that follows the lives of a variety of people who livelihoods rely upon the Mississippi River recently debuted on the History Channel. 

 

Matthew Mohlke, of Fountain City, Wisconsin, is a central character on the show "Mississippi Men".  Mohlke is excited and nervous, but he has been in the public eye before.  He has paddled down the Mississippi River twice, and penned a book about the experience titled "Floating Down The Country".

 

At the urging of the show's producers, he remains mum about his experiences and parts on the show, but he did reveal that he would be featured throughout the series around Winona and La Cross........

 

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

 

 

  HELP WANTED

 

Woodland Marina
125 Harbor Drive,  St. Charles, MO 63301
636-250-3446
Marine Forklift Operator


Woodland Marina is seeking an experienced marine forklift operator. The position is full time. Summer season requires being on the job Saturday, Sunday and some holidays.

Operator is responsible for transporting boats from rack storage to our launch area and vice versa.

Any marina working experience with skills relating to boat yard and harbor maintenance helpful. Good customer service skills are essential.

Please call the office to schedule an interview at 636-250-3446.

All employees are required to pass a background check and drug testing.

Benefits:
Vacation and personal days – after 1 year service-- 5 days

 

  Mississippi River Reading

    "Roadtrip With A Raindrop, 90 Days Along The Mississippi"

 

Illustrator and author Gayle Harper came up with a rather unique idea for the book, "Roadtrip With A Raindrop, 90 Days Along The Mississippi River", in which she "follows a raindrop", she named Serendipity, from the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota to it's mouth in Louisiana.

 

Originally, Harper was thinking along the lines of documenting the the plant and wildlife naturally found along the Mississippi River, but then she realized that the people living in the communities surrounding the river, and their stories were what would make up the body of her river story.

 

Over a 90 day period, Harper travelled the nearly 2,400 mile length of the Mississippi River by car and boat.  She spent time chronicling her journey by writing and snapping photographs.  Over the course of her journey, Harper enjoyed a variety of accommodations, including a cabin, a towboat, a loft, and a 30 room mansion........

 

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

 

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Submit your best boating & outdoor photo below for your chance to win a pair of show tickets!

 

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   Ken O'Neil Memorial Celebration
 

Ken O’Neil , Long time River Rat and friend to many past away last Saturday unexpectedly . He will be missed greatly !

 

There is a memorial celebration in his honor this Saturday at 1:00PM at the Boathouse for all who knew and loved him . .

 

Thanks,

Dave Vankirk

 

 

RiverBill says....

Our prayers and condolences go out to Ken's family........

 

  Missouri Department Of Natural Resources

     Missouri State Museum Hosting "Missouri River Relief"........

 

On February 4, the Missouri State Museum, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, will be presenting the "Missouri River Relief" program, as part of their continuing "Museum After Hours" series.  The event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks, and will be presented at 7 pm, in the museum classroom.

 

The program will feature representatives from Missouri River Relief, who will be discussing their grassroots efforts to connect people with the Missouri River, via river clean ups, stewardship, and educational events.  Visitors will be educated on how the river shaped Missouri's culture, geography, and history.

 

The Missouri State Museum's "Museum After Hours" series is held on the first Wednesday of each month.  During the event, the museum galleries stay open from 5 - 9 pm, allowing people to visit the museum in a more relaxed atmosphere, and gives them the opportunity to experience the museum at night........

 

Click here to read this news release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website.

 

 

 

Boat Shows

     NMMA:  Boat Shows See Increase In Attendance........

 

Last weekend, the National Marine Manufacturers Association wrapped up the third week of the winter boat show season, and overall, 132,191 boating enthusiasts and shoppers attended five of the Progressive Insurance boat shows.

 

The New York Boat Show saw 34,073 visitors over the five days of show, an increase of 19%.  The Louisville Boat, RV & Sport Show drew 35,065 attendees, which was a 4% increase over 2014.  The San Francisco Boat Show brought in 9,169 visitors, an increase of 17% over 2014.  The Kansas City Boat & Sports Show attracted 20,241, and the Minneapolis Boat Show saw 33,643 visitors through the turnstile, both were down 8% from 2014.

 

The NMMA says that the initial industry response was unanimous across the board.  The economy, and lower gas prices has increased consumer confidence.  Show attendees went to the shows looking to buy a boat, and many exhibitors reported sales increases over last year........

 

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

For Immediate Release

    Tiger Docks Adds New Salesperson

O’FALLON, MO (January 27, 2015) – Tiger Docks™ has announced the addition of Lisa Ellis to the sales department.

Ellis comes to Tiger Docks with a background that includes over 20 years in residential sales in various home-related industries.


“I can’t think of anything more fun and exciting, career-wise, than helping waterfront residents enhance their property and make their boating experience more enjoyable,” Ellis said of her new role in selling boat docks, boat lifts, and marine accessories.

Ellis has a diverse background in which customer service is the common thread. She spent 14 years working with contractors and homeowners in her own professional painting and decorating company. Additionally, she has experience in account management, sales and service with fire safety companies in Missouri, Illinois and Oregon. Ellis is adept in building relationships with facility managers in larger corporations as well as with individuals wanting to enhance their living environment and lifestyle.

“With her background, Lisa is a perfect fit for Tiger Docks,” said Nick Davis, Tiger Docks president. “She concluded the sale of her first dock system within 24 hours of starting with us! Lisa understands customer service. She is a quick study and immediately knew how to match a residential client with the Tiger Docks products that will bring fun and enrichment to their waterfront living experience.”

Headquartered in St. Charles County, Missouri, Tiger Docks has customers throughout the United States and in several other countries. Their products and services include floating boat docks, boat lifts, PWC (personal watercraft) lifts, wakeboarding water features, dock

accessories, seawall projects, modular steel work barges, and marina development, with manufacturing and retail space in O’Fallon, Missouri, and a retail store in Honolulu. For more information, please visit Tiger Docks at www.tigerdocks.com or 1613 East Terra Lane in O’Fallon, Missouri, or call 636-272-4300.

 

Reprinted from Tiger Docks email

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Before the Boatshow !

Everyone will be thinking

"BOAT"

 when the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow drops anchor on March 4th

 

January 31st

    The BoatHouse

    Dawn Liston's Birthday

 

Saturday.....January 31st.....Dawn Listons' Birthday

Doors open at 11:00 AM

Pat Liston plays from 4:00 to 7:00

 

2015 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    RiverBills Night.....  Thursday, March 5th

 

RiverBills Night at the 2015 St. Louis Boat & Sportshow is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th. RiverBills has the lounge area on the second floor reserved for that night.  The lounge has windows with a view of most of the show.

 

We will also be sponsoring the shuttle vans that pick people up at various parking lots and deliver them to the America's Center as well as on-line discount tickets for you and a ticket give-away photo contest.

 

Keep your anchor right here for more details. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Click here to go St. Louis boat & Sportshow website

 

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  U.S. Coast Guard

     100th Anniversary of the "Act To Create The Coast Guard"........

 

January 28, 1915 is remembered as an important milestone in the formation of the modern U.S. Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime service, that was formed by a series of pivotal events, and of a variety of federal agencies and organizations.

 

On January 28, 1915, the Captain-Commandant of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, Ellsworth P. Bertholf, ordered his Chief Clerk to send radio messages and telegrams to all stations, offices and cutters around the country announcing the official creation of the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Captain-Commandant Bertholf and the head of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, Sumner Kimball, were able to successfully lobby against the dissolution of both organizations, by proposing instead to combine the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service........

 

Click here to read more from the U.S. Coast Guard website. 

 

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

     Corps Lowering Pomme De Terre Lake To Exterminate Mussels........

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up to drop the level of Pomme De Terre Lake in order to prevent a zebra mussel invasion.  The Corps say that they will be lowering the lake level by about 3 feet as soon as the ice melts, perhaps within the next few days.

 

Officials with the Corps say that zebra mussels were discovered on a dock that had been relocated from the Lake of the Ozarks back in December.  Zebra mussels are notorious for clogging the power plant intakes, disrupting the lake's food chain, and damaging boats.

 

The Corps wants to be proactive in fighting the zebra mussels.  They will also be spreading a chemical on three-quarters of an acre of water to kill the mussels........

 

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

 

 

Little Black River In Ripley County, Missouri

     Accused Poacher Arrested On The River........

 

Recently, Missouri Department of Conservation agents caught an alleged poacher on the Little Black River in Ripley County, Missouri.

 

The MDC says that the person was in possession of a large number of illegally gigged bass.  The bass were confiscated and donated to a needy family in the region........

 

Click here to read this news tidbit from kfvs12.com.  With Photo and Video.

 

 

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

River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618-  535-5759

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

 

Grafton Ferry............... 1-800-258-6645...  Closed for the season

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  Closed

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Closed                                   

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Closed

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

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open all Year

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed

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

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed

Palisades Yacht Club.........  Closed Dec 19, reopening in Jan 2015

Sundowners.......................  Closed

 

 

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Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

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What's In Your Toolbox ?

 

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 read the latest blog

 

Click here to continue reading Jalsails's latest blog

 

Reprinted from Jalsails's Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

Click here to read Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

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

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It's Wednesday

 28 January 2015

 

Over 6.87 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing

 e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

The Majestic Beauty of Our River

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Jan Desherlia of Grafton Harbor

 

Hi Bill and River Friends!!

We hope that you are all doing great!! So many of you have stopped in over
the winter and it is a breath of fresh air to see you all. JUST THINK
SPRING!! Attached is a picture of a Mississippi Sunrise.

The majestic beauty of our river!!

Joe and Jan DeSherlia
Grafton Harbor
 

Picture of the Day

 

Our River

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Tom mar who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat.....   "GREAT ESCAPE"

 

 

Bill,

I sent you a picture last week and saw it on RiverBills, very cool. I did mean to send this picture, that has the power plant in the background. Hope everyone enjoys it.

Lynne and I will be back at St Louis Yacht Club this season in the "GREAT ESCAPE"

 

 

Hope to see you on the beach.
Tom Marstall
 

River Rat Sighting

Goodland, Florida

 

 Click pic to enlarge

 

 

A River Rat Sighting.... was sent to us by Capt'n Ronnie Stevens who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat......  Summer Breeze

 

Bill,

 

Linda and I and Greg and Rita went to the one and only STAN's at Goodland for the 31st annual Mullet festival. Among the several thousand folks there we ran into Joyce and Ernie, Larry and Pattie, Dave and Dave.


St Louis was well represented.
Ron
 

 

 

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Boathouse Food and Deck website

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

 

 

   

 

click pic to enlarge

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day in 2014.......  were sent to us by Robert and Cheri who hail out of North Shore Marina in the cruiser........ Indecision

 


 

River Bill,

Just thought I would share some beautiful pictures for everyone to enjoy. We just love the beautiful winter scenery this time of year. I have never experienced anything like this. The beauty and the wild life I have seen is just phenomenal! Pick and choose what you would like to post just had to share!!!


Robert and Cheri
Hail out of North Shore Marina with Indecision

 

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LED boat lights

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Updated 22 January 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 


 

Mississippi RIver

LOCK 27 CLOSURE SCHEDULE
1/29/15 - 2/13/15 - 0600; 1800 closure - Welding and Completing Steel Armor Plate. 2/14/15 - 2/15/15 - 0600 - 1800 closure (both days) - Placement of Stone Protection.
Helper boat is provided by the Government during construction for North bound approaches to the main lock. Lock 27 Auxiliary Lock will remain closed through 3/20/15 for repairs to embedded steel.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 44.0 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Superstructure erection is intermittently ongoing. At times work in the main channel may require temporarily blocking the river for up to 8-hours, during those periods the alternate channel will be available for use. Mariners may contact M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16, for more information.

 

Kaskaskia River

MILE 4.8 - AIDS TO NAVIGATION
Multiple can buoys have been reported not properly marking the channel and partially submerged in the vicinity of Mile 4.8. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

  Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri
      Southern Stretch Of The Riverfront Re-Opening........
 
The Great Rivers Greenway has announced that the southern portion of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, along the Mississippi River at St. Louis, will be re-opening on Friday.
 
This portion of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard has been closed since the Arch Grounds renovation project began.  The renovated portion of the boulevard runs from the middle of the Grand Staircase below the Arch, southward to just past the Poplar Street Bridge.
 
As the southern portion of Leonor K. Sullivan reopens on Friday, the northern section, from the middle of the Grand Staircase to Carr Street will be shut down.  The closures are not expected to interfere with other riverfront attractions........
 
Click here to read this news story from stltoday.com. 

 

 

  Mississippi River Near Alton, Illinois
     Alton Water Ski Club Struggling To Remain Afloat........
 
Since 1955, the Alton Water Ski Club has been a fixture on the Mississippi River in the region surrounding St. Louis.  The club members perform on the Mississippi River on the 4th of July, and on New Year's Day.  They also perform for charity, as well as competing for regional titles.
 
These days, however, the club is fighting for survival.  Membership has plummeted from 60 members to about 12, and the droughts and flooding in recent years has kept the club off the water.  The club owns a clubhouse, which is mainly used for storage, but members pay about $12,000 in annual property taxes.  This puts a dent in their charitable efforts, which is skiing events for disabled skiers, and people with Down's Syndrome.
 
The club has a plan to rehabilitate the clubhouse, so it can be rented out as a 2 - 4 bedroom home that features a fantastic view.  In order to get the rehab project off the ground, they are looking for help with lumber, drywall, electrical materials, and other construction-related items.  Club President, Norman Rhae says that they have the manpower, and they are all chipping in to keep the club going........
 
Click here to read this news report from fox2now.com.  With Video.

 

Good Morning St. Louis!

 

Join us in collaboration with the #STLBoatShow in our weekly contest, before the show drops anchor!  

 

Submit your best boating & outdoor photo below for your chance to win a pair of show tickets!


 

Submit your photo with the "Submit Now" link above

 

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    $2.00 Off General Admission, $3.00 Off For RiverBills' Nite
 


Click here and purchase your discount tickets TODAY !

 

2015 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow Photo Contest Entires

  

Check out the first entries for two free tickets to the 2015 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat and Sportshow.......  click here

 

Click here to submit your entry !
 

 

REDUCED WINTER SERVICE RATES

FREE FUEL GIVEAWAY WINTER SPECIAL

 

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   Ken O'Neil Memorial Celebration
 

Ken O’Neil , Long time River Rat and friend to many past away last Saturday unexpectedly . He will be missed greatly !

 

There is a memorial celebration in his honor this Saturday at 1:00PM at the Boathouse for all who knew and loved him . .

 

Thanks,

Dave Vankirk

 

 

RiverBill says....

Our prayers and condolences go out to Ken's family........

 

Lake Of The Ozarks
    Officials Taking Another Look Into Suspect's Drowning........
 
A special prosecutor is going to be taking another look into the drowning death of a handcuffed suspect, who went overboard as a Missouri State Highway Patrol boat was transporting him.  20 year old Brandon Ellingson had been arrested for boating while intoxicated, placed in handcuffs, and then fitted with a life vest with armholes that could not be secured on a person in handcuffs.
 
Prosecutor Amanda Grellner says that she is reviewing the case after new information has come to light.  She had declined to press charges against Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy, after a coroner's inquest ruled that Ellingson's death on May 31, 2014 on the Lake of the Ozarks was an accident.
 
In recent weeks, the Highway Patrol has interviewed witnesses again, including a family that saw Ellingson in the water as his life vest floated away.  Grellner would not expand on what aspects of the investigation she is reviewing nor would she make public comments about specific parts of the investigation........
 
Click here to read this news report from lakeexpo.com.

 

 

 

News Release From BoatUS


In Rare Act of Agreement, Last Congress Does The Right Thing For Boat Owners

Tax Provisions for Boats Extended

WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2015 -- In an exceptional act of agreement, the recently departed 113th Congress did the right thing for boat owners. It extended some boat sales tax and mortgage interest deductions when filing a 2014 federal income tax return. The catch is a boat has to include a sleeping berth, cooking and toilet facilities, and is offered to new owners who paid substantial state sales taxes on a new or used boat purchase last year. If there is a loan taken, mortgage interest paid on the loan may be also be deducted from your federal income taxes, according to the nation’s largest boater’s advocacy group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).
 

The Sales Tax Deduction
The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 continues to offer a federal tax deduction for state sales taxes. Boaters must choose either the state sales tax deduction or state income tax deduction on their federal tax return — you cannot take both

In addition, to take the state sales tax deduction, the sales tax on a boat purchase must be applied at the same tax rate as the state’s general sales tax. In order to claim the sales tax deduction, tax returns must be itemized. State sales taxes are entered on IRS form Schedule A, line 5b.

The Boat Loan Deduction
For those owners with a secured boat loan, mortgage interest paid on the loan may be deducted from your federal income taxes. Taxpayers may use the home mortgage interest deduction for one second home in addition to their primary home, and must itemize deductions on their returns. A boat is considered a second home for federal tax purposes if it has a galley, an installed head and sleeping berth.

During federal budget negotiations last year, some in Congress sought to eliminate this deduction for boat owners while keeping it in place for second home and recreational vehicle owners. BoatUS advocated for a more equitable all-or-nothing approach when applying the deduction, and boaters did not get unfairly singled out.

Some boaters may be unaware of this potential tax benefit because not all lending institutions send borrowers an Internal Revenue Service form 1098 which reports the interest paid. Not receiving the form does not preclude taking the deduction. If a 1098 is not available, boaters should contact their lender for the amount of interest paid and should enter it on line 11 on Schedule A along with the lender’s tax ID number. If a form 1098 is sent, boaters should simply enter the amount on line 10 of Schedule A.

Sorry, AMT
For those who fall under the Alternative Minimum Tax, most deductions are unavailable. Boaters are urged to contact a tax preparer or financial advisor for more information.

For more details on the mortgage deduction on boats that qualify, go to www.IRS.gov and download Publication 936 or the Fact Sheets. For state tax deduction information, download Publication 600 which also includes state-by-state tax tables

 

 

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

 

Boating Retailer
    Fire Destroys Tennessee Boating Retailer, $1 Million In Damages........
 
At around 6 pm Sunday night, fire destroyed boat retailer, Watson's Marine, in Bluff City, Tennessee.  The manager of Watson's Marine, Rex Pendergrass, says that the building is totaled.
 
There were seven boats, and a considerable amount of fishing gear inside the building when the fire broke out.  The boats were valued at about $50,000, and all that remains is melted fishing rods.
 
Pendergrass says that the fire could not have come at a worse time, as it is nearly time for their season to begin.  He added that the dealership was heavily stocked, as their annual open house is but a week and a half away........
 
Click here to read this news story form wcyb.com.  With Photo.

RiverBills Classifieds......

     List Your Boat From "Now" until "July" 2015 for only $50.00

 

One month listing on the front page in the featured Classified Section

Six months on the Classified Page.  

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

 

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We will send you a bill you after the ad is on-line

 

January 31st

    The BoatHouse

    Dawn Liston's Birthday

 

Saturday.....January 31st.....Dawn Listons' Birthday

Doors open at 11:00 AM

Pat Liston plays from 4:00 to 7:00

 

2015 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    RiverBills Night.....  Thursday, March 5th

 

RiverBills Night at the 2015 St. Louis Boat & Sportshow is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th. RiverBills has the lounge area on the second floor reserved for that night.  The lounge has windows with a view of most of the show.

 

We will also be sponsoring the shuttle vans that pick people up at various parking lots and deliver them to the America's Center as well as on-line discount tickets for you and a ticket give-away photo contest.

 

Keep your anchor right here for more details. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Click here to go St. Louis boat & Sportshow website

 

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Click here St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook
 

 
  Black River Near Bismarck, Missouri
      Missing Man's Body Found In The River........
 
On Saturday, the body of a man that had been missing since October was discovered in the Black River on Saturday, near the Markham Springs Recreation Area.
 
On Monday, officials identified the body as that of 53 year old Kenneth Willard of Wayne County.  It is reported that Willard died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.
 
Willard was last seen at a gas station while he was on a hunting trip.  Foul play is suspected........
 
Click here to read this news tidbit from stltoday.com. 

 

 
Panama Canal
    Dredging The Panama Canal........
 
Each day, crews work on dredging the Panama Canal to ensure vessels transiting the canal are safe.  Also, dredging is a major component of the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
 
The expansion of the Panama Canal began back in 2007, with a total cost of $5.2 billion.  The project creates a new traffic lane in the canal through the construction of new locks, effectively doubling the capacity of the canal.
 
Once the Panama Canal expansion project is completed, Post-Panamax vessels will be able to transit the canal, with up to 13,000 TEUs........
 
Click here to read this news article from dredgingtoday.com.  With Photo.
 
A TEU refers to a Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit, which is an imprecise unit of cargo capacity, typically used to describe the capacity of a cargo ship of shipping container........  Source:  Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia.  Click here to read more

 

 

 

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

River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ......618-  535-5759

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

 

Grafton Ferry............... 1-800-258-6645...  Closed for the season

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

 

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

 

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 

Big Kahuna.......................  Closed

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Closed                                   

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Closed

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

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open all Year

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed

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

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed

Palisades Yacht Club.........  Closed Dec 19, reopening in Jan 2015

Sundowners.......................  Closed

 

 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

What's In Your Toolbox ?

 

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 read the latest blog

 

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest blog

 

Reprinted from Jalsails's Blog