~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
June 2015

06-01-15   -   06-21-15

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

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News Flash

River Rescue

Sun

 

 

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A River News Flash.... was sent to us by Theresa Tiemann

 

A John boat capsized on Sunday around 4:00 PM just above the yacht club of St Louis. Keith and Kevin assisted with rescue to bring the man to safety. Luckily he was wearing a life jacket that saved his life in the high water and swift current. He seems to be fine, just shaken up a bit.

 

Photos taken by Theresa Tiemann

 

Picture of the Day

Sun

 

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Capt'n Mark Newlin who hails out of Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

 

Heya Bill
Less than a foot till crest. Hopefully it'll go down real quick.

 

Mark

 

 

Picture of the Day

Sun

 

Celebration of Dennis Ocello’s Life

 

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The Pictures of the Day.... were taken at Dennis Ocello's Celebration of  Life party at Little John's yesterday afternoon.
 

 

Dennis had lots and lots of friends and there were many, many stories to be told. 

 

Rest in Peace Dennis 

November 3, 1938  - February 4, 2015

 

 

Thanks Bill Mixon for the food and beverages

 

Picture of the Day

Sun

 

Blessing of the Fleet Benefit

Yacht Club of St. Louis

Jill and Sherrie with Captain Darryll Weil

 

 

Plenty of beverages

 

Look at all of those prizes

 

Master of Ceremonies

 

The D Dock DJs were spinning the tunes

Karen Brncic, manager of Alton Marina, and Tim Tighe, former President of the Blessing of the Fleet

 

Everyone enjoyed the pool !

 

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The Pictures of the Day.... were taken at Saturday's Blessing of the Fleet Benefit party at the Yacht club of St. Louis....
 

 

Once again the rain went away, the skies cleared and the sun came out  !  What a great day for a pool party.  Good Job Darryll and Maureen and the entire Blessing of the Fleet Committee !

 

Lots of prizes, good friends, cold drinks, good music, lots of sunshine and great prizes.

 

The 2015

Blessing of the Fleet Parade

is scheduled for

Saturday, July 18, 2015

 

 

Note:  RiveBill missed  taking a picture of the Great Ball Splash.  I was chomping on a Yacht Club Restaurant cheeseburger, but we have more pictures coming from Lisa Hickey, official Blessing of the Fleet Benefit photographer

 

Picture of the Day

Sat

 

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The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Lee Crockett, owner of River Island Marina

 

 

Bill,

 

A photo of Donny "Commuting" to his floating cottage on Wednesday. Water on Wilson road is a little higher now.
 

Lee Crockett

River Island Marina

 

RiverBills Cooler Cup Sighting

Sat

 

Donzos wing night

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A RiverBills Cooler Cup Sighting.... was sent to us by Thomas Quinn

 

 

Lucy at Donzo's wing night

 

 

Donzo's Bar and Grill, Wood Riiver, IL...Click here

 

Catering menu.. click here

Daily Menu.... click here

 

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Boathouse Food and Deck Facebook Page

 

Click here for Alton Marina website

Click here to go to the Alton Marina Facebook Page

 

 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

 

 

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YesterYear's Pictures of the Day in 2014 ......... were sent to us by Capt'n Carl Seidler who hails out of Grafton Harbor

 

 

Bill,

 

 Here is picture of Daniel and his friend Zach Weiner fishing last night, then Daniel got the idea he was going to catch goose, never worked out, and another beautiful river sunset

See you on the river,

Carl

 

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“GOOD OLE' SUMMERTIME” COVERED WET-SLIP SPECIAL

 AT WOODLAND MARINA!

.

A chance to enjoy summer boating at Woodland Marina located

on the virtually barge-free Dardenne Slough across from Enterprise Island. The marina is a few miles from the confluence of the “Mighty Miss” and Illinois Rivers.

 

The Dardenne Slough Waterway is featured in the June issue

 of Heartland Boating Magazine and at www.heartlandboating.com

 with a mention of Woodland Marina as well!

Call Woodland Marina at 636-250-3446

or email woodlandmarina1@gmail.com for details.

 

Visit our website   www.woodlandmarina.com

for harbor amenities.

We welcome new boaters and travelers to the St. Charles area!!

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New Date

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Longshot Saloon Hours:
  
Thurs 4:00pm-11:00pm      Friday 11:00am-1:00am
   Saturday 11:00am-1:00am      Sunday 11:00am-10:00pm

 

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 Flood Warning

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1032 PM CDT FRI JUN 19 2015

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

Mississippi River
  at Canton Lock and Dam 20
  at Quincy
  at Quincy Lock and Dam 21
  at Hannibal
  at Saverton Lock and Dam 22
  at Louisiana
  at Clarksville Lock and Dam 24
  at Winfield
  at Grafton
  at Mel Price Lock & Dam
  at St. Louis
  at Chester

.This Flood Warning is a result of heavy rainfall across the basin over
the past week...

Click here for the latest information
 

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

HAKUNA MATATA RIVERBOAT PRICING.. click here

 

River News !  

 

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

Added Sunday

06/20/2015.. COLLISION WITH WATERCRAFT.. BLUE SPRINGS LAKE NEAR DAM
CRASH OCCURRED AS VESSEL #1 WAS TRAVELLING SOUTHBOUND ON BLUE SPRINGS LAKE, APPROACHING VESSEL #2, WHEN DRIVER OF VESSEL #1 WAS OPERATING WITHIN 50 FEET ATTEMPTING TO SPRAY THE RIDER ON VESSEL #2, CAUSING BOTH VESSELS TO COLLIDE.

Click here for full report

 

Added Sunday

06/20/2015.. TOWED WATERSPORT MISHAP.. SMITHVILLE LAKE
INJURY OCCURED AS SUBJECT WAS BEING TOWED BEHIND VESSEL ON AN INFLATABLE TUBE. DURING THE COURSE OF BEING TOWED, SUBJECT SUSTAINED AN INJURY.

Click here for full report

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

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

 

 

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Updated 17 June 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Potter will be dry docked for maintenance until further notice

 

Mississippi River
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY - UPDATE
The following areas are in the high water action phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex:
Zone 28 (Mile 185.4 – Mile 109.9). A Safety Zone in St. Louis Harbor between Miles 184.0 and 179.0, has been established. Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible and be experienced in high water operations. Southbound tows greater than 600 feet in length, excluding towboat, should limit transit to daylight hours only. Towing vessels should have a minimum of 250 horsepower for each loaded barge and should proceed at their slowest safe operating speed based upon prevailing conditions in order to minimize wake damage to
personal property. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

The following areas are in the high water watch phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex:
Zone 17 (Mile 457.1 – Mile 343.2), Zone 18 (Mile 437.0 – Mile 410.5), Zone 20 (Mile 364.1 – Mile 343.2) Zone 24 (Mile 301.1 – Mile 273.4) and Zone 26 (Mile 241.3 – Mile 200.5). Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible and be experienced in high water operations. Down-streaming operations are not recommended unless the vessel is 75 feet or more in length and has a minimum of 1,800 horsepower. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

 

Illinois River

ILLINOIS WATERWAY CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY
LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER SAFETY ADVISORY/CHANNEL CONDITION - UPDATE
The following areas are in the high water watch phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex:
Zone 1 through Zone 8 (Mile 180.9 – Mile 0.0). Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible paying particular attention between approximate Miles 138.0 and 136.0. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

 

Kaskaskia River

0.8 - LOCK CLOSURE
All navigation interests are advised that the Jerry Costello L&D will be closed starting Friday June 19, 2015 due to high river stages. The lock will remian closed until water recedes below EL 380 NGVD. Mariners should be alert for, and abide by, any special instructions that may be issud by the lockmaster.
 

 

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

 

 

Click here  St. Charles Boat & Motor website  

Click here St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook
 

Added Sunday

Illinois River

Brussels Ferry is Closed ........

 

The Brussels ferry is closed due to flooding.

 

Added Sunday

Mississippi River At Hartford, Illinois

Confluence Tower Hosting Sun Day Fun Day Event........

 

On Sunday, the Confluence Tower in Hartford is offering visitors a chance to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a special event:  Sun Day Fun Day.

 

There will be members of local astronomical organizations present to help visitors view the sun with one of their special solar telescopes.  There will also be a variety of other attractions and informational displays.

 

There will be no admission charge for the event, however, there will be a charge to tour the tower.  Since it is Father's Day, visitors that are fathers may tour the tower free of charge........

 

Click here to read this news story from altondailynews.com.  With Photo and Audio.

 

Added Sunday

Mississippi River Around The Riverbend

Plenty Of Happenings On And Around The Mississippi River........

 

We are blessed with our close proximity to the Mississippi River.  It serves not only as a source of commerce, industry and beauty, it also serves as a background for entertainment.

 

While boat owners enjoy taking a ride, anchoring out, beaching on a sandbar, or participating in watersports, there are many activities planned for this summer around the Riverbend that can be enjoyed by all.

 

The Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat offers a variety of cruises that depart from the St. Louis Riverfront, or The Loading Dock in Grafton.  There are also cruises offered by Hakuna Matata River Rambler that depart out of Grafton Harbor.

 

Other events include concerts and events at The Loading Dock, and the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, which is a short stroll from the Alton Marina.........

 

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

 

Added Sunday

Mississippi River Near West Alton, Missouri

Flooding Causes Southbound U.S. 67 To Be Closed........

 

On Saturday evening, southbound U.S. 67 at the Clark Bridge was shut down due to the rising Mississippi River.  The northbound U.S. 67 lanes remain open.

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation shut down the southbound lanes at 8 pm.  The lanes are an older section of pavement, and sit at a lower elevation than the northbound lanes do.

 

By Saturday, the Mississippi River at Alton had risen to 9 feet above flood stage, and by Sunday, it is expected to crest about a half foot higher........

 

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

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2925 - 6/16/2015: The public notice requests the authorization for commercial development within an emergent wetland, located at 700 Raceway Blvd., in the City of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois. Gateway Acquisitions, Inc., on behalf of Gateway Motorsports Park, intends to impact 13.39 acres of emergent wetland immediately south of their existing facility to accommodate the construction of a new 1/3-mile paved racetrack and associated parking and infrastructure. Written comments for operations within the St. Louis District must be submitted by replying to this email or by mailing your comments to the address shown in the signature block, below. The Public Notice comment period opens on June 16, 2015 and closes July 7, 2015.
    Expiration date: 7/7/2015

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

Cedar Hill Resort

Open

 

Jay at Cedar Hill reported that they Open 06-19-15 9:41am

 

Calhoun Ferry Company

Golden Eagle Ferry Closed...  Windield Ferry Open

 

The Golden Eagle Ferry will close today 06/19/2015 at 1pm for flooding. The Winfield Ferry will open today at 1pm. Hours for the Winfield Ferry are Monday-Saturday 5am-9pm and Sunday 8am-9pm. The river chart shows that we are at a crest but the Illinois River is still raising causing the Mississippi river to back up on us.

 

Thank You,

The Calhoun Ferry Company

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Yacht Club of St. Louis

The Blessing of the Fleet Benefit Update

 

Just got off the phone (6-19-15) with Andy at Yacht Club of St. Louis and he agrees with me that this weekend is looking OK.

 

He advised against using the courtesy dock in front of the pool due to the strong current and logs coming downstream. There are some open docks available in the harbor so you can give him a call at 636-250-4435 if you want to reserve one.

 

Hopefully the forecast for rain ending Saturday morning holds true and we have another beautiful day for the Benefit for the Blessing of the Fleet this Saturday! Darryll

Any last minute questions give me a call at 314-303-2819

Darryll Weil

 

Duck Club Yacht Club Flood Report

 

 

THE RIVER MAY BE UP BUT THE CLUB IS OPEN !!!!
THURSDAY - SATURDAY OPEN AT NOON

********FATHERS DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST **********
****************HAS BEEN CANCELED**********************
***********WE WILL BE CLOSED SUNDAY*****************

Reprinted from Facebook

My River Home / Longshot Saloon Flood Report

 

As you all know the Mississippi River is on the rise. We don't let the water scare us just puts the water closer to you. We do have water taxi's to take you to your vessel at anytime.

My River Home/Longshot Saloon do remain open (LaRosa is closed). Remember during this time, please utilize the back entrance off LeClaire Street as the main entrance is under water. Please be courteous of our neighbors and reduce speed to a minimum coming through Sioux Harbor. We appreciate your patience during this time.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the marina office at 636.899.0903 -

 

MRH Staff

 

Reprinted from Facebook

Alton Marina Flood Report

 

Right now we have moderate flooding!

As you know we are the last to go under... We have our flood rate going if anyone wants to move their boat and obtain direct access to their boat!!

Let's hope this doesn't last long or cause anyone too have big problems!

Karen
Alton Marina

Flooding In The St. Louis Metro Area

Floodwaters Inundating The Metro Area........

 

All around the St. Louis Metro Area, floodwaters have overrun streets and parking lots, leading to evacuations.  There are several local rivers in the rise, and residents of several counties are trying to contain the floodwater.

 

In Jefferson County, volunteers put up a wall of sandbags that are intended to protect the AMVETS Post 42 in Herculaneum.  Since Thursday, the Joachim Creek has risen several feet, and is creeping closer to the post each hour.

 

Across the Mississippi River in the Metro East at Belleville, the Sportsplex parking lot has become a pond, approximately a foot deep.  There is flooding along roads in O'Fallon, and several farms close to Highway 15 and Freeburg are seeing some flooding........

 

Click here to read this news report from kmov.com.  With Photo and Video.

 

 

Caution !

Flood Water is over some roads .......

 

Click here to go to MODOT for more information on road closures

Click here to go to IDOT for more information on road closures

 

Illinois Flooding

Centerville Residents Evacuated Due To Flooding........

 

On Friday afternoon, first responders had to evacuate 38 people from a neighborhood in Centerville, Illinois due to flooding from heavy rainfall.

 

Emergency responders went door-to-door to guarantee that there was no one was trapped in the neighborhood near Piat Avenue and 59th Street. 

 

In spite of floodwaters rising to four feet in some areas, some people refused to be evacuated from their homes.  Some other residents are grateful that they escaped in time........

 

Click here to read this news article from ksdk.com.  With Photos and Video.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the Centreville flooding

The June Issue of Heartland Boating Magazine is out !

 

Check out the on-line edition...  click here

 

New Boating Organization

The Saint Louis Boating Community Meetup Group........

 

We are the Saint Louis Boating Community Meetup Group, There are currently 70 Aquahaulic's in this group and growing every day. We have been together for about three months now and would love it if you would add us to your list of boating clubs and origination's. You can follow the link and see all the up coming events we have planed. We started this group to help promote boating on the river for those who have never experienced it. We have added you as a sponsor so everyone in the group has a good resource to find out about the river and events. Hope to see you on the river soon.

http://www.meetup.com/Saint-Louis-BoatingCamping-Group/

Best Regards

Charlie & Barb Hicks

 

 

RiverBill says...

Charlie and Barb.... We added your link.  Please keep us updated on your group.

Thanks,

Bill

SWIM For Their SACRIFICE

Navy Veteran is Swimming Length of the Mississippi River

 

Chris Ring started his swim down the Mississippi on Saturday, June 6th, at Lake Itasca in Minnesota.  Saturday, June 6, was also the 71st anniversary of D-Day, Chris plans to finish at the Gulf of Mexico on Veteran’s Day.

 

The latest tracking map show Chris's  is getting close to Grand Rapides, Michigan. He has been swimming for 14 days.

 

Click here for more information

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 

Cuivre River Near Troy, Missouri

High Water Closes U.S. 61 Bridge Near Troy........

 

Starting at noon on Friday, motorists traveling both north and south on U.S. 61 north of Troy were detoured as the Missouri Department of Transportation closed both bridges over the Cuivre River because of high water against the spans.

 

Paula Gough, area engineer for MoDOT, said that the bridges were constructed over 40 years ago, and are not up handling the continued flooding over the last decade.  The force and velocity of water against the girders, located between the piers and road deck, may make the span unstable.

 

Gough stated that the bridges will remain closed until the water recedes, and engineers can verify the span's stability.  Motorists will not see water over the road, but the bridges are going to remain closed until further notice........

 

Click here to read this news story from hannibal.net.

 

Corps of Engineers prepares for rising river levels

St. Louis – As rain continues to fall throughout the region, St. Louis District Commander Col. Anthony Mitchell activated the Emergency Operations Center today at 7 a.m. to increase awareness and be better prepared for forecasted precipitation and river stages.

“Activating the Emergency Operations Center enables us to respond to high water events better and allows our team of experts to get out in the field to support our partners,” Mitchell said.

Corps personnel on flood fight teams have contacted drainage and levee districts to coordinate flood fighting activities and ensure supplies such as sand bags, pumps and plastic sheeting are available if needed. Flood fight teams are interdisciplinary teams comprised of project managers and engineers. The size of the team will vary, depending on the river conditions and how large their area is.

“We have been in contact with our levee districts to monitor the levees, discuss any issues or concerns regarding the forecasted river heights, and offer technical assistance,” Mitchell added.

The St. Louis District conducts annual flood preparedness workshops with levee district officials, emergency management officials and other state and federal agencies. Four such workshops were held in February and March across the St. Louis District.

St. Louis District emergency experts caution people who live along or travel near rivers to be watchful for any changing conditions. Heavy localized downpours can quickly result in flash flooding or other rapid rises in water levels. In addition, use extreme care when driving and never drive into water since it may turn out to be deeper or faster-flowing than expected. An apparently small amount of water can have surprising force. Find an alternate route.

For more information please visit the St. Louis District Flood Web site at http://bit.ly/2015FloodFight

For the latest river and reservoir forecasts, visit http://bit.ly/stlwaterlevels.

 

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

 

 

River History....

 

June 20, 1993 in River History


Flood of 1993
The first dam bursts, submerging 100 homes to their rooftops on the Black River in Western Wisconsin. The upper 200 miles of the Mississippi River are closed to river traffic. Locks and Dams were not operating

June 20, 2015

Blessing of the Fleet Benefit

Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

TODAY.. TODAY.. TODAY

 

The new Blue Blessing of the Fleet T-Shirts with a www.RiverBills.com logo on the back will be available at the Benefit for the Blessing on Saturday, June 20 at Yacht Club of St. Louis

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TODAY.. TODAY..TODAY

 

June 20, 2015

Celebration of Dennis Ocello’s Life
11-3-1938 to 2-4-2015


Date......... June 20th, 2015
Time......... 1pm – 3pm
Location.....Woodland Yacht Marina – Opposite side from former Woodland Yacht Club
 

Food and Drinks will be provided. Bring lawn chairs......

 

Food Beverages provided
Bring memories
Bring chairs

 

RSVP – Bill Mixon 314 570 1333

             Mixon Insurance Agency
                  210 Collinsville Ave
                  East St Louis, IL. 62201

           

The Boathouse


Hello all!

The Boathouse is open for business even though the water is high. We will stay open until notified otherwise. It is Father's Day weekend and we do have bands throughout the next few days. Here is the line up:

Friday 6/19: Double Down 7-11 and Alicia's SURPRISE commencement party (EVERYONE IS INVITED)

Saturday 6/20: MLP 2-5/ Who Killed Kenny 8-12

Sunday 6/21: Robert Perry & the Mojo's 3-7 and our Fried Chicken Special for $7.95

Stay dry and hope to see you this weekend!

Thanks,
The Boathouse Crew

 

Reprinted from A Rich Luttrell email

CANCELLED

Duck Club Yacht Club

Father's Day Brunch
Sunday at 9:00am - 11:00am


PLEASE CALL OR COMMENT FOR RESERVATIONS
FRESH FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS
BUTTERMILK PANCAKES
BREAKFAST POTATOES
BACON
BISCUITS AND SAUSAGE GRAVY
ADULTS $12 12 & UNDER $7

 

Reprinted from Facebook.. click here

Grafton Harbor

The Big Kahuna

June Music Lineup:
      6/20 Ben & Topher 7:30-11:30

      6/27 Typsy Gypsies 7:30-11:30

 

Reprinted from Facebook

Yacht Club of St. Louis Restaurant

Father's Day Brunch

Sunday ... 10am - 1pm

Fathers day brunch buffet this Sunday!

Carved Top Round, Mostaccioli, greenbeans, salad, Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit.


$14.99 make your reservations with Michele or Lucia.

Call 636 250 4435
 

Reprinted from Facebook

TODAY.. TODAY.. TODAY

Commemoration of the

1815 Treaties for Peace and Friendship

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Portage des Sioux

 

 

For more info go to ... http://peace-friendship.com/

 

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Missouri History Museum

U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818)

and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi

 

 Don’t miss our this interesting program this Saturday, June 20, 2015 – The Long and the Short of It: U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818) and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi by Dr. Samuel Watson, Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy at West Point being held at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. at 3:30 pm in the AT&T Auditorium. Sponsored by the Missouri Conference of History Educators and the Missouri Humanities Council as part of our Summer Speaker Series, all leading up to the Commemoration Event!

 

Dorris Keeven-Franke

 

Check out the Polestar Boating Center website... click here

 

Fireworks on the River

Sat, July 4th..... Grafton, IL

 

 

Mississippi River At Grand Tower, Illinois

The Mississippi River Is Flooding Grand Tower........

 

On Friday, portions of Devil's Backbone Park in Grand Tower, Illinois were submerged by the Mississippi River.  A camper that had been kayaking from Iowa to New Orleans arrived at Grand Tower on Thursday, and he was having trouble finding a place to camp.........

 

Click here to read this news tidbit from kfvs12.com.  With Videos.

 

Click here for more information

 

http://www.tworiversmarina.com

Carlyle Lake

Corps of Engineers holds public workshop on water control

CARLYLE LAKE – Carlyle Lake will hold a public workshop Monday night to provide updated information on water control operations at the lake.

The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. at the Mariner’s Village Report Conference Center at 1 Resort Drive, Carlyle, Illinois 62231.

Presentations from the Corps of Engineers will include an update from Dam Safety experts, the lake’s water control plan, and current operations in response to flooding and forecasted rainfall. Following the presentations, the staff will host a question and answer session.

Carlyle Dam is operating as designed, helping reduce flood stages on the lower Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers. At higher lake levels, visitors can expect to see more activity on and around the dam as Corps personnel perform increased monitoring and inspection.

For more information contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or e-mail at carlylelake@usace.army.mil

Updated information on lake levels, inflows, outflows, and crest forecasts can be found on the USACE St. Louis District River and Reservoir Report: http://bit.ly/stlwaterlevels

 

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

LED boat lights

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

 

Steelville, Missouri

Yadkin Creek Floods Steelville's City Hall, Residents Evacuated........

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency for flooding within the state.  On Friday morning, the floodwaters became dangerous in Steelville, prompting emergency responders to begin water rescues in a mobile home park.  The floodwaters also inundated Steelville's City Hall........

 

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

Mississippi River At Dubuque, Iowa

Corps Is Hosting An Open House ........

 

Currently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on revising their Mississippi River Master Plan, and as part of the process, they are holding several open house events to get input from the public.

 

On Tuesday, there will be an open house in Dubuque, held from 2 pm to 5 pm, and 6 pm to 8 pm at Grand River Center.  The open house will feature a short overview presentation, instructional posters, and Corps staff will be on hand to answer questions.

 

The Corps will be considering revising the separate but related Mississippi River Shoreline Management Plan, which could be revised next year.  Neither of these plans will address navigation, flood risk management projects, Mississippi River levels, channel maintenance, dredging, or environmental restoration........

 

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

Mississippi River Documentary

Filmmaker Drops In On Vicksburg........

 

Documentary filmmaker Jon Wilkman is working on recording the history, culture, and people associated with the Mississippi River.  Thursday evening, Wilkman arrived in Vicksburg.

 

Wilkman says that he is in the process of what he typically does, mixing personal and professional fun, which is what his career has been.  He added that he makes his living doing what he loves, which is basically investigating stories, documenting them, and sharing them.

 

Several years ago, Wilkman decided that he would travel the length of the Mississippi River to study the history, meet people, shoot film and take still photos so he can assemble a documentary........

 

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

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

 

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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  Scheduled to re-open Friday, May 1st

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

Restaurants

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

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed due to flooding

Riverside Bar & Grill............ Closed due to flooding

Yacht Club of St. Louis.........Open

 

 

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 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 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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  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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Little Johns Marine Service...  Click here

It's Friday

 19 June, 2015

 

Over 7.1 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing

 e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Picture of the Day

 

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The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Carl Tiemann who hails out of Camp Carl in the boat..... River Runner

 

 

Bill,


All I could find on a Thursday night.  Hass and Jeff.

Carl

 

 

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 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

River Road Renegades

 

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YesterYear's Pictures of the Day in 2012 ......... were sent to us by Captain Brad Maher .

 

Bill,

 

Here are a couple pics from our show last Thursday.

 

We plan to do a show every Thursday at 6:30 pm this summer.

 

More info on ski club at altonski.com.

 

Thanks.
Brad Maher

 

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“GOOD OLE' SUMMERTIME” COVERED WET-SLIP SPECIAL

 AT WOODLAND MARINA!

.

A chance to enjoy summer boating at Woodland Marina located

on the virtually barge-free Dardenne Slough across from Enterprise Island. The marina is a few miles from the confluence of the “Mighty Miss” and Illinois Rivers.

 

The Dardenne Slough Waterway is featured in the June issue

 of Heartland Boating Magazine and at www.heartlandboating.com

 with a mention of Woodland Marina as well!

Call Woodland Marina at 636-250-3446

or email woodlandmarina1@gmail.com for details.

 

Visit our website   www.woodlandmarina.com

for harbor amenities.

We welcome new boaters and travelers to the St. Charles area!!

Featured Classifieds  

       

 

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New Date

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My River Home website  facebook            Longshot Saloon facebook

The Cabana at the La Rosa facebook

 

Longshot Saloon Hours:
  
Thurs 4:00pm-11:00pm      Friday 11:00am-1:00am
   Saturday 11:00am-1:00am      Sunday 11:00am-10:00pm

 

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

 Flood Warning

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
940 PM CDT THU JUN 18 2015

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

Mississippi River
  at Canton Lock and Dam 20
  at Quincy
  at Quincy Lock and Dam 21
  at Hannibal
  at Saverton Lock and Dam 22
  at Louisiana
  at Clarksville Lock and Dam 24
  at Winfield
  at Grafton
  at Mel Price Lock & Dam
  at St. Louis
  at Chester

.This Flood Warning is a result of recent heavy rainfall and less than 0.50
inches of precipitation forecast across northern portions of the basin and
up to 3.00 inches of precipitation forecast across southern portions of the
basin over the next 48 hours...

Click here for the latest information
 

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

HAKUNA MATATA RIVERBOAT PRICING.. click here

 

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............

 

 

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Updated 17 June 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Potter will be dry docked for maintenance until further notice

 

Mississippi River
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY - UPDATE
The following areas are in the high water action phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex:
Zone 28 (Mile 185.4 – Mile 109.9). A Safety Zone in St. Louis Harbor between Miles 184.0 and 179.0, has been established. Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible and be experienced in high water operations. Southbound tows greater than 600 feet in length, excluding towboat, should limit transit to daylight hours only. Towing vessels should have a minimum of 250 horsepower for each loaded barge and should proceed at their slowest safe operating speed based upon prevailing conditions in order to minimize wake damage to
personal property. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

The following areas are in the high water watch phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex:
Zone 17 (Mile 457.1 – Mile 343.2), Zone 18 (Mile 437.0 – Mile 410.5), Zone 20 (Mile 364.1 – Mile 343.2) Zone 24 (Mile 301.1 – Mile 273.4) and Zone 26 (Mile 241.3 – Mile 200.5). Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible and be experienced in high water operations. Down-streaming operations are not recommended unless the vessel is 75 feet or more in length and has a minimum of 1,800 horsepower. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

 

Illinois River

ILLINOIS WATERWAY CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY
LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER SAFETY ADVISORY/CHANNEL CONDITION - UPDATE
The following areas are in the high water watch phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex:
Zone 1 through Zone 8 (Mile 180.9 – Mile 0.0). Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible paying particular attention between approximate Miles 138.0 and 136.0. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

 

Kaskaskia River

0.8 - LOCK CLOSURE
All navigation interests are advised that the Jerry Costello L&D will be closed starting Friday June 19, 2015 due to high river stages. The lock will remian closed until water recedes below EL 380 NGVD. Mariners should be alert for, and abide by, any special instructions that may be issud by the lockmaster.
 

 

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

 

 

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Added at 10:55AM

Public Notices Open For Comment

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

 

  1. P-2925 - 6/16/2015: The public notice requests the authorization for commercial development within an emergent wetland, located at 700 Raceway Blvd., in the City of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois. Gateway Acquisitions, Inc., on behalf of Gateway Motorsports Park, intends to impact 13.39 acres of emergent wetland immediately south of their existing facility to accommodate the construction of a new 1/3-mile paved racetrack and associated parking and infrastructure. Written comments for operations within the St. Louis District must be submitted by replying to this email or by mailing your comments to the address shown in the signature block, below. The Public Notice comment period opens on June 16, 2015 and closes July 7, 2015.
    Expiration date: 7/7/2015

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

6-19-15 at 9:41AM

Cedar Hill Resort

Open

 

Jay at Cedar Hill reported that they Open 06-19-15 9:41am

 

6-19-15 at 10:00AM

Calhoun Ferry Company

Golden Eagle Ferry Closing

Windield Ferry Opening

 

The Golden Eagle Ferry will close today 06/19/2015 at 1pm for flooding. The Winfield Ferry will open today at 1pm. Hours for the Winfield Ferry are Monday-Saturday 5am-9pm and Sunday 8am-9pm. The river chart shows that we are at a crest but the Illinois River is still raising causing the Mississippi river to back up on us.

 

Thank You,

The Calhoun Ferry Company

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Yacht Club of St. Louis

The Blessing of the Fleet Benefit Update

 

Friday, 12:24PM

Just got off the phone with Andy at Yacht Club of St. Louis and he agrees with me that this weekend is looking OK.

 

He advised against using the courtesy dock in front of the pool due to the strong current and logs coming downstream. There are some open docks available in the harbor so you can give him a call at 636-250-4435 if you want to reserve one.

 

Hopefully the forecast for rain ending Saturday morning holds true and we have another beautiful day for the Benefit for the Blessing of the Fleet this Saturday! Darryll

Any last minute questions give me a call at 314-303-2819

 

Calhour Ferry Company

 

06/19/2015
There is approximately 4 inches of water on Hwy B at the Whistling Wings duck club from the heavy rains . We will be monitoring this throughout the day. The river is about crested at this time but this also could change. The Golden Eagle Ferry is open.
Thank You,
The Calhoun Ferry Company

Reprinted from Facebook

 

Duck Club Yacht Club Flood Report

 

 

THE RIVER MAY BE UP BUT THE CLUB IS OPEN !!!!
THURSDAY - SATURDAY OPEN AT NOON

********FATHERS DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST **********
****************HAS BEEN CANCELED**********************
***********WE WILL BE CLOSED SUNDAY*****************

Reprinted from Facebook

My River Home / Longshot Saloon Flood Report

 

As you all know the Mississippi River is on the rise. We don't let the water scare us just puts the water closer to you. We do have water taxi's to take you to your vessel at anytime.

My River Home/Longshot Saloon do remain open (LaRosa is closed). Remember during this time, please utilize the back entrance off LeClaire Street as the main entrance is under water. Please be courteous of our neighbors and reduce speed to a minimum coming through Sioux Harbor. We appreciate your patience during this time.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the marina office at 636.899.0903 -

 

MRH Staff

 

Reprinted from Facebook

Alton Marina Flood Report

 

Right now we have moderate flooding!

As you know we are the last to go under... We have our flood rate going if anyone wants to move their boat and obtain direct access to their boat!!

Let's hope this doesn't last long or cause anyone too have big problems!

Karen
Alton Marina

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release

Corps of Engineers prepares for rising river levels

St. Louis – As rain continues to fall throughout the region, St. Louis District Commander Col. Anthony Mitchell activated the Emergency Operations Center today at 7 a.m. to increase awareness and be better prepared for forecasted precipitation and river stages.

“Activating the Emergency Operations Center enables us to respond to high water events better and allows our team of experts to get out in the field to support our partners,” Mitchell said.

Corps personnel on flood fight teams have contacted drainage and levee districts to coordinate flood fighting activities and ensure supplies such as sand bags, pumps and plastic sheeting are available if needed. Flood fight teams are interdisciplinary teams comprised of project managers and engineers. The size of the team will vary, depending on the river conditions and how large their area is.

“We have been in contact with our levee districts to monitor the levees, discuss any issues or concerns regarding the forecasted river heights, and offer technical assistance,” Mitchell added.

The St. Louis District conducts annual flood preparedness workshops with levee district officials, emergency management officials and other state and federal agencies. Four such workshops were held in February and March across the St. Louis District.

St. Louis District emergency experts caution people who live along or travel near rivers to be watchful for any changing conditions. Heavy localized downpours can quickly result in flash flooding or other rapid rises in water levels. In addition, use extreme care when driving and never drive into water since it may turn out to be deeper or faster-flowing than expected. An apparently small amount of water can have surprising force. Find an alternate route.

For more information please visit the St. Louis District Flood Web site at http://bit.ly/2015FloodFight

For the latest river and reservoir forecasts, visit http://bit.ly/stlwaterlevels.


– 30 –

Contact:
Mike Petersen, 314-331-8002
Michael.W.Petersen@usace.army.mil

 

Reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers email

St. Louis Area Rivers

Flood Watches In Effect Around St. Louis........

 

As rivers in the St. Louis area are continuing to rise, there is more rain in the forecast for the next several days.  Officials are on the lookout for flooding, as well as the possibility of flash flooding.

 

The Meramec River has spilled out of it's banks, flooding Fenton's George Winter Park.  According to Fire Captain Phil Goode, they are anticipating moderate to major flooding in the outlying areas in the next 36 hours.

 

In just one day, the Big River in House Springs flowed more than 100 feet out of it's banks, and ending up in Sandi Metts' backyard.  Metts isn't too worried, her home was high and dry during the flood of 1993........

 

Click here to read more from fox2now.com.  With Video.

 

 

Caution !

Flood Water is over some roads .......

 

Click here to go to MODOT for more information on road closures

Click here to go to IDOT for more information on road closures

 

Palisades Yacht Club... Closed

 

Closed friends.... Deep and over the road on our end already!

 

Reprinted from Facebook 

SWIM For Their SACRIFICE

Navy Veteran is Swimming Length of the Mississippi River

 

Chris Ring started his swim down the Mississippi on Saturday, June 6th, at Lake Itasca in Minnesota.  Saturday, June 6, was also the 71st anniversary of D-Day, Chris plans to finish at the Gulf of Mexico on Veteran’s Day.

 

The latest tracking map show Chris's  location at Schoolcraft Statepark, Minn (6-19-15).  He is getting close to Grand Rapides, Michigan

 

 

Click here for more information

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 

Mississippi River At. St. Louis, Missouri

Marine Responders Preparing For Water Rescues........

 

Since the Mississippi River is up, the St. Louis Fire Department's Water Rescue Team is preparing for the possibility of being called out for a water rescue.

 

Currently, the rescue team has a boat moored on the Mississippi River along the St. Louis riverfront.  If city workers have to close the downtown floodgate, the rescue divers will have to climb over the wall to get to the rescue boat.

 

The river is over the 30 foot flood stage, and the divers says that the river is flowing 7 miles per hour.  The currents are running faster with all of the additional rainfall........

 

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

 

Illinois Flooding

Riverbend Cities Prepping For Flooding........

 

High river levels are not uncommon in the cities of Alton, Grafton, Kampsville and Hardin, and as a result, they know when to prepare for protecting the community.

 

Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan says that NOAA is predicting that the river at Grafton will be at 26.5 feet on Monday morning, which means that there will be water on Illinois Route 100.  Grafton's flood stage is 18 feet.

 

Today, the Mississippi River at Alton was 27.3 feet at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  It is expected to rise to 30.0 feet by Monday.  Alton's flood stage is 21.0 feet........

 

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

 

 

River History....

 

June 19, 2008 in River History


Flood of 2008
11 Levees were overtopped along the Mississippi River between Hannibal and St. Louis

June 20, 2015

Blessing of the Fleet Benefit

Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 

The new Blue Blessing of the Fleet T-Shirts with a www.RiverBills.com logo on the back will be available at the Benefit for the Blessing on Saturday, June 20 at Yacht Club of St. Louis

Click pic for larger view

 

June 20, 2015

Celebration of Dennis Ocello’s Life
11-3-1938 to 2-4-2015


Date......... June 20th, 2015
Time......... 1pm – 3pm
Location.....Woodland Yacht Marina – Opposite side from former Woodland Yacht Club
 

Food and Drinks will be provided. Bring lawn chairs......

 

Food Beverages provided
Bring memories
Bring chairs

 

RSVP – Bill Mixon 314 570 1333

             Mixon Insurance Agency
                  210 Collinsville Ave
                  East St Louis, IL. 62201

           

The Boathouse


Hello all!

The Boathouse is open for business even though the water is high. We will stay open until notified otherwise. It is Father's Day weekend and we do have bands throughout the next few days. Here is the line up:

Friday 6/19: Double Down 7-11 and Alicia's SURPRISE commencement party (EVERYONE IS INVITED)

Saturday 6/20: MLP 2-5/ Who Killed Kenny 8-12

Sunday 6/21: Robert Perry & the Mojo's 3-7 and our Fried Chicken Special for $7.95

Stay dry and hope to see you this weekend!

Thanks,
The Boathouse Crew

 

Reprinted from A Rich Luttrell email

CANCELLED

Duck Club Yacht Club

Father's Day Brunch
Sunday at 9:00am - 11:00am


PLEASE CALL OR COMMENT FOR RESERVATIONS
FRESH FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS
BUTTERMILK PANCAKES
BREAKFAST POTATOES
BACON
BISCUITS AND SAUSAGE GRAVY
ADULTS $12 12 & UNDER $7

 

Reprinted from Facebook.. click here

Grafton Harbor

The Big Kahuna

June Music Lineup:
      6/20 Ben & Topher 7:30-11:30

      6/27 Typsy Gypsies 7:30-11:30

 

Reprinted from Facebook

Yacht Club of St. Louis Restaurant

Father's Day Brunch

Sunday ... 10am - 1pm

Fathers day brunch buffet this Sunday!

Carved Top Round, Mostaccioli, greenbeans, salad, Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit.


$14.99 make your reservations with Michele or Lucia.

Call 636 250 4435
 

Reprinted from Facebook

Commemoration of the

1815 Treaties for Peace and Friendship

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Portage des Sioux

 

 

For more info go to ... http://peace-friendship.com/

 

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Missouri History Museum

U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818)

and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi

 

 Don’t miss our this interesting program this Saturday, June 20, 2015 – The Long and the Short of It: U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818) and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi by Dr. Samuel Watson, Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy at West Point being held at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. at 3:30 pm in the AT&T Auditorium. Sponsored by the Missouri Conference of History Educators and the Missouri Humanities Council as part of our Summer Speaker Series, all leading up to the Commemoration Event!

 

Dorris Keeven-Franke

 

Check out the Polestar Boating Center website... click here

 

Fireworks on the River

Sat, July 4th..... Grafton, IL

 

 

Illinois Flooding

No Major Road Closures So Far........

 

As the rain continues to fall, the Illinois Department of Transportation is closely monitoring the river levels.  So far, there are no major highways under water, and the ferries are still operating.

 

Joe Monroe, an Illinois Department of Transportation engineer, says that although rain continues to fall in the region, it will not necessarily translate into the rivers rising in the area.

 

A social media post is making the rounds claiming that there are several roads around Grafton that are closed.  The story, however, is from last year.  Monroe encourages the public to be skeptical of social media posts, and at the very least, check the date on the story........

 

Click here to read this news story from altondailynews.com.  With Photo and Audio.

 

Mississippi River At Bettendorf, Iowa

Flowers On The River Observance Held Thursday........

 

On Thursday, about 70 people turned out to Leach Park in Bettendorf for the Quad-City Elephant Club's fourth annual Flowers on the River observance, which is held to honor victims of domestic violence.

 

Those attending the Flowers on the River observance lined up to drop flowers into the Mississippi River as the names of local domestic violence victims were read.

 

According to Wendy Navarro, the supervisor of Family Resources, Inc.'s Illinois Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Non-Shelter Services, one in seven men, one in three teens, and one in four women are the victim of domestic violence........

 

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

 

 

Click here for more information

 

http://www.tworiversmarina.com

Missouri River At Chesterfield, Missouri

New Eastbound Boone Bridge Opening Soon........

 

By 5 am on the morning of June 29, the new eastbound span of the Daniel Boone Bridge will open.  The span carries Highway 40/Interstate 64 across the Missouri River.

 

After the new span opens, crews will start a rehabilitation project on the existing eastbound span, which was built in 1989.  Once the span is refurbished later this year, it will begin to handle westbound traffic.

 

The current westbound span, which was built in 1935, will be demolished early in 2016........

 

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

 

LED boat lights

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

 

Joachim Creek At Herculaneum, Missouri

Jefferson County Residents Preparing For Flooding........

 

There is some concern among the residents of Herculaneum that 2013 may repeat itself, and Joachim Creek will flood the AmVets Post 42 again.

 

According to Jim Kasten, Herculaneum's City Administrator, the majority of the flooding along Joachim Creek has been caused by the Mississippi River water backing up.

 

So far, the flooding has caused one road closure, and debris to pile up on the Highway 67 bridge over the creek.  Sandbags will be placed near the AmVets Post 42 for protection........

 

Click here to read this news article from kmov.com.  With Photo and Video.

Missouri State highway patrol

Boater Safety Course Offered At Long Branch Lake

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces a boater safety certification course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Long Branch Lake Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, 30174 Visitor Center Road, Macon, Missouri. There is no fee for this course; however, students are required to pre-register online as seating will be limited. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or sack lunch to the training. For more information, to register for the course, or to obtain a complete listing of where other courses are being offered, you may visit the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website, www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. A Boat Safety Education & Certification link can be found on the left side of the Patrol’s home page under “Training.”
Missouri law requires any person born after January 1, 1984, to carry a boater safety education certification card along with a picture I.D. anytime they operate a vessel, which includes personal watercraft, on Missouri lakes. Participants who successfully pass the course will be eligible to order a boater safety certification card for $15.
For further information please call Corporal Darren P. Mueller at (660) 385-2132.
Approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are NOT at the time of the traffic crash. The Patrol urges motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Join us in supporting the Drive To Zero Highway Deaths. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!

 

Reprinted from the Missouri State Highway Patrol....  click here

NEWS from BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States


Media Alert: NC Legislators Looking to Charge Boaters New Fee - BoatUS Urges Boaters to be Heard

Would be Highest State-Imposed Charges on Boats in the US
Chart showing the proposed new fees for North Carolina boaters and out-of-state anglers in coastal NC waters.
 


THE ISSUE: As part of the current North Carolina budget debate, the state General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would impose a significant new user fee on all recreational boats 24 feet and longer that are used in coastal waters. For example, the costs proposed for the new North Carolina “Coastal Waterways User Identification Fee” for a 25-foot boat would be $75, $128 for a 32-foot boat, and $200 for a 40-footer. This fee would also apply to any out-of-state vessel fishing in NC coastal waters. Combined with registration fees, the proposed Coastal Boat Fee would be the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats nationwide.

The proposed fee would be in addition to current state registration fees, which were most recently increased in 2013 to fund dredging and lake weed control. To see a complete list of fees, go to: BoatUS.com/gov/ncfeechart.

Click here to continue reading on Boat US 

 

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

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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  Scheduled to re-open Friday, May 1st

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

Click here for last weekend's edition of RiverBills

 

Restaurants

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

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

LaRosa Cantina.................. Open

Riverside Bar & Grill............  Open

Yacht Club of St. Louis......... Open

 

 

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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 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 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

 

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RiverBills Sticker Sighting

Hoppie's Marina

Mississippi River at Kimmswick, Mo

Bret, Hoppie and gary

 

 Hoppie and Judy

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A RiverBills Sticker Sighting.... was sent to us by Judy Meinershagen who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the houseboat...... Beads

 

 

Gary and Judy

are traveling to Kentucky Lake with

Bret and Christine

 

 When we stick a sticker it stays stuck.

 

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Picture of the Day

 

The calm before the storm.

 

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The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Ramjet who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat..... Ginger G

 

Bill,
Sunset last night. Not gonna be a sailors delight the next few days.

Ramjet

Picture of the Day

 

Tyson's First Boat

on His First Birthday

 

 

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

 

Bill,

Mike Steckel from the vessel, The Mermad, made his grandson his first boat for his first birthday.

 

Jan DeSherlia

Grafton Harbor

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TYSON !

 

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 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

Doug's

Palisades Sunset

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YesterYear's Picture of the Day in 2014....... was sent to us by Capt'n Doug Jennings who hails out of Lake Center marina in the boat ...... Gin Bucket 2

 

 

Hey Bill.

 

Here is a sunset picture taken above Palisades Yacht Club Friday night.

Doug Jennings. Gin Bucket 2 out of Lake Center Marina with Six Pack and Bahama Mama.

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“GOOD OLE' SUMMERTIME” COVERED WET-SLIP SPECIAL

 AT WOODLAND MARINA!

.

A chance to enjoy summer boating at Woodland Marina located

on the virtually barge-free Dardenne Slough across from Enterprise Island. The marina is a few miles from the confluence of the “Mighty Miss” and Illinois Rivers.

 

The Dardenne Slough Waterway is featured in the June issue

 of Heartland Boating Magazine and at www.heartlandboating.com

 with a mention of Woodland Marina as well!

Call Woodland Marina at 636-250-3446

or email woodlandmarina1@gmail.com for details.

 

Visit our website   www.woodlandmarina.com

for harbor amenities.

We welcome new boaters and travelers to the St. Charles area!!

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The Cabana at the La Rosa facebook

 

Longshot Saloon Hours:
  
Thurs 4:00pm-11:00pm      Friday 11:00am-1:00am
   Saturday 11:00am-1:00am      Sunday 11:00am-10:00pm

 

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

 Flood Warning

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
914 PM CDT WED JUN 17 2015

...The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Missouri and Illinois...
Mississippi River at
  Canton Lock and Dam 20
  Quincy Lock and Dam 21
  Hannibal
  Saverton Lock and Dam 22
  Louisiana
  Clarksville Lock and Dam 24
  Winfield Lock and Dam 25
  Grafton
  Mel Price Lock and Dam
  St. Louis
  Chester

..This Flood Warning is a result of heavy rainfall across the basin over the past several days with an additional 2-4 inches of rain forecast across southern portions of the basin through Saturday afternoon...

Click here for the latest information
 

 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

HAKUNA MATATA RIVERBOAT PRICING.. click here

 

River News !  

 

 

 

Water Patrol Division of Missouri Highway Patrol

 

06/16/2015..WASHINGTON.. DROWNING..
HAMILTON HOLLOW ROAD 200 FT EAST OF SLEEPY HOLLOW ROAD


FATALITY ACCIDENT - VEHICLE ONE WAS TRAVELLING WESTBOUND ON HAMILTON HOLLOW ROAD. DRIVER ONE ATTEMPTED TO CROSS FLOODED ROADWAY. VEHICLE ONE WAS FORCED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND OVERTURNED. PRONOUNCED ON SCENE BY WASHINGTON COUNTY CORONER BRIAN DECLUE AT 0035 HOURS.

Click here to read full report

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

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Updated 10 June 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Potter will be dry docked for maintenance until further notice

 

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY
Zone 28 (Mile 185.4 – Mile 109.9). A Safety Zone in St. Louis Harbor between Miles 184.0 and 179.0. Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible and be experienced in high water operations. Southbound tows greater than 600 feet in length, excluding towboat, should limit transit to daylight hours only. Towing vessels should have a minimum of 250 horsepower for each loaded barge and should proceed at their slowest safe operating speed based upon prevailing conditions in order to minimize wake damage to personal property. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

 

Mississippi River

MILE 200.8 - MEL PRICE LOCK CLOSURES
All navigation interests are advised that the 1200-ft, Main Lock, at Mel Price Locks and Dam will be closed on 29 June 2015, from 08:00 to 16:00 for lift gate wire rope inspection. The 600-ft, Auxiliary Lock, will open and available for use during the closure of the Main Lock. 3. All navigation interest should be alert for, and abide by, any special instructions that may be issued by the Lockmaster.

 

MILE 236.1 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A nun buoy has been reported partially submerged in the vicinity of Mile 236.1. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

 

MILE 321.5 - HIGH WIRE WORK
Commencing June 15, 2015 and continuing until June 19, 2015, AMREEN will be conducting high wire work in the vicinity of Mile 321.5. Work will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., each day. The contractors floating plant will consist of the M/V’s KEN TUBBS, BRYANT T, PONDEROSA or STRUNKHORST. The contract vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

Illinois River

MILE 0.0 - AID TO NAVIGATION
The confluence buoy in the vicinity of Mile 0.0, has been reported riding low in the water. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 80.2 - SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTION
The U.S. Coast Guard has received a report of a vessel striking a submerged object at approximate Mile 80.2, Illinois River, while transiting over the wickets at LaGrange L/D. The red buoy has been reported missing. Mariners are urged to favor the lock side when crossing the wickets.

 

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

 

 

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Grafton Harbor Flood Report

 

With all this rain it looks like there is going to a little hiccup in the river levels. Tonight the projections say that it will crest at 26.5 on Sunday and at that point rapidly recede. With todays projections it will slightly topple our sidewalk on Friday at 25.5.

 

During a flood Grafton Harbor remains open and our water taxi is in full swing. Just hail us on your marine radio, channels 16 or 68 or call us at 618-786-7678 and we will transport you anywhere within the marina or to the banks of Grafton.

Grafton Harbor

The Highest Quality that We can Portray in our Marina is to Make People Feel Welcome and at Home!

Jan DeSherlia
Grafton Harbor
618-786-7678 | Work
618-786-2759 | Fax
Jan@gtec.com

Illinois Waterways

Rain In The Forecast, Flooding Too........

 

Monday's storms brought 2 inches of rain per hour to many areas of the state, and more rain is forecast for the region.  Flooding, has become a big concern.

 

Patti Thompson, spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said that there is additional rain in the forecast, and residents need to be ready to deal with more flooding.

 

Thompson added that the southern portion of Illinois will most likely see the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, which recently came ashore in Texas. 

 

So far, the areas flooded in 2013 were affected by Monday's storms.  Marseilles has enacted a voluntary evacuation order, and the Illinois River has risen above flood stage in East Peoria and Ottawa........

 

Click here to read this news article from altondailynews.com.  With Photo and Audio.

 

River Des Peres

Responders Follow Muddy Tracks To Submerged Truck........

 

Wednesday afternoon, a dive team with the St. Louis Fire Department was called out to the River Des Peres for a report of a pickup truck in the river. 

 

St. Louis Fire Captain Garon Mosby said that firefighters headed to the river after a witness reported muddy tire tracks through a field and down the river bank.

 

Responders were out in boats, searching for the vehicle with a heavy duty magnet.  They found a truck on it's side in about 10 to 12 feet of water.  The vehicle was unoccupied........

 

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

 

 

 

 

Caution !

Flood Water is over some low Lying Roads .......

 

The water is over the roads going to:

  Palisades Yacht Club

  River Island Marina

  Lower entrance to My River Home / Longshots / Cabana at the La Rosa

 

Parts of Highway 94 in St. Charles County are closed due to flooding.

 

Highway C in St. Charles County is still high an dry as of 8am, 6-17--15.  Reported by Glenna of John's Boat Harbor

 

 

Click here to go to MODOT for more information on road closures

Click here to go to IDOT for more information on road closures

 

Please send us water on the road updates from your area of the river to

riverbill@prodigy.net 

Palisades Yacht Club... Closed

 

Closed friends.... Deep and over the road on our end already!

 

Reprinted from Facebook 

SWIM For Their SACRIFICE

Navy Veteran is Swimming Length of the Mississippi River

 

Chris Ring started his swim down the Mississippi on Saturday, June 6th, at Lake Itasca in Minnesota.  Saturday, June 6, was also the 71st anniversary of D-Day, Chris plans to finish at the Gulf of Mexico on Veteran’s Day.

 

The latest tracking map show Chris's  location at 28 Bridge Crossing, Minn (6-17-15)

 

Click here for more information

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 

Missouri River At Hermann, Missouri

Rising River Flooding Portions Of Hermann........

 

Low-lying portions of Hermann, Missouri are being inundated by flood waters from the Missouri River backing up into Frene Creek this week.  Thankfully, a sizable amount of the historic river town is above the floodplain.

 

Hermann Police Chief Marlon Walker says that the flooding is best described as minor.  He added that people can still get to their homes and stores, so only the Hermann City Park, several city blocks, and the Lion's Club ball fields are affected.

 

The National Weather Service is forecasting that the Missouri River will crest at Hermann on Wednesday at 29 feet.  It will drop slightly before rising later this week once the rain from Tropical Storm Bill arrives........

 

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

 

Mississippi River At Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Predicted Crest Raised, Flood Gates Going In........

 

The predicted crest for the Mississippi River has been raised again.  The National Weather Service River Forecast Center is now saying that the river will crest at 43 1/2 feet on Tuesday morning.

 

On Wednesday, crews with the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department installed the Themis Street floodgate.  It is closed when the river level reaches 35 feet.  Other floodgates will likely be installed within the next few days.

 

According to the National Weather Service, the flood warning for Cape Girardeau and Thebes, Illinois was upgraded from "moderate" to "major" severity.  The counties affected are Cape Girardeau, Scott, and Perry in Missouri, and the Illinois counties of Alexander, Jackson, and Union........

 

Click here to read this news article from semissourian.com.  With Photos and Map.

 

 

River History....

 

June 18, 2008 in River History


Flood of 2008
A wall of water washed over the small riverside city of Gulfport, Illinois, when at least two levees on the flooded Mississippi burst on June 18, 2008.

June 20, 2015

Blessing of the Fleet Benefit

Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 

 

 

June 20, 2015

Celebration of Dennis Ocello’s Life
11-3-1938 to 2-4-2015


Date......... June 20th, 2015
Time......... 1pm – 3pm
Location.....Woodland Yacht Marina – Opposite side from former Woodland Yacht Club
 

Food and Drinks will be provided. Bring lawn chairs......

 

Food Beverages provided
Bring memories
Bring chairs

 

RSVP – Bill Mixon 314 570 1333

             Mixon Insurance Agency
                  210 Collinsville Ave
                  East St Louis, IL. 62201

           

June 19, 2015

Loading Dock at Grafton, IL
 

Little River Band, Live in Concert at The Loading Dock June 19...


Click here for more info

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

Father's Day Brunch
Sunday at 9:00am - 11:00am


PLEASE CALL OR COMMENT FOR RESERVATIONS
FRESH FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS
BUTTERMILK PANCAKES
BREAKFAST POTATOES
BACON
BISCUITS AND SAUSAGE GRAVY
ADULTS $12 12 & UNDER $7

 

Reprinted from Facebook.. click here

Grafton Harbor

The Big Kahuna

June Music Lineup:
      6/20 Ben & Topher 7:30-11:30

      6/27 Typsy Gypsies 7:30-11:30

 

Reprinted from Facebook

Yacht Club of St. Louis Restaurant

Father's Day Brunch

Sunday ... 10am - 1pm

Fathers day brunch buffet this Sunday!

Carved Top Round, Mostaccioli, greenbeans, salad, Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit.


$14.99 make your reservations with Michele or Lucia.

Call 636 250 4435
 

Reprinted from Facebook

Commemoration of the

1815 Treaties for Peace and Friendship

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Portage des Sioux

 

 

For more info go to ... http://peace-friendship.com/

 

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Missouri History Museum

U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818)

and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi

 

 Don’t miss our this interesting program this Saturday, June 20, 2015 – The Long and the Short of It: U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818) and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi by Dr. Samuel Watson, Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy at West Point being held at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. at 3:30 pm in the AT&T Auditorium. Sponsored by the Missouri Conference of History Educators and the Missouri Humanities Council as part of our Summer Speaker Series, all leading up to the Commemoration Event!

 

Dorris Keeven-Franke

August 9, 2015

Boathouse

St. Louis Parrot Head Club kick off our Walk to End Alzheimer’s
 

 

Check out the Polestar Boating Center website... click here

 

Fireworks on the River

Sat, July 4th..... Grafton, IL

 

 

Illinois State Parks

Some Of Illinois State Parks Are Flooded........

 

Some portions of several Illinois' state parks are seeing some flooding, so it is advisable for park-goers to check the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website to see what park areas are closed.

 

According to Chris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, checking the website for closures is important not only for safety, but for convenience as well.

 

Some of the more recent park closures include the flash-flood closure of the horse camp and trails at Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife area, and the closure of a boat ramp, parking lot and picnic area at Starved Rock State Park........

 

Click here to read this news story from altondailynews.com.  With Audio.

 

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol

CAUTION: Flooding Is Extremely Dangerous To Motorists & Boaters

Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds the public that flooding is extremely dangerous to motorists and boaters. Just yesterday, June 16, 2015, a man died after his car was swept away as he was attempting to cross a flooded roadway in Washington County.

Never drive through fast-moving waters; even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the roadway. If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground. Due to continuing rainfall, several areas in Missouri are experiencing flooding. For information regarding road closures call the Road Condition Report hotline at 888-275-6636 or visit Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) road condition map at the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.
For their safety and that of their passengers, drivers are reminded to stay alert while driving in areas known to flood. Barricades closing a roadway are there to protect you. Drivers must respect barriers or barricades put in place by MoDOT — it is extremely dangerous and a violation of state law to drive around them.

Weather conditions requiring the use of windshield wipers are usually those that affect visibility. Motorists are reminded that state law requires them to turn on their vehicle’s headlights any time they are using the windshield wipers. It only takes a second to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. But, that second could make you more visible to other drivers and prevent a traffic crash. Drivers need to slow down and turn on their headlights in rainy weather conditions.
The Patrol asks boaters across the state to take extra precautions when boating in flooded areas. Large amounts of rainfall cause rivers and lakes to become swollen. Many times the right decision is to stay off the water. In areas where lakes or rivers spill over the banks, erosion and damage can occur to flooded structures, docks, or water laden levees by boat wakes. Boaters should avoid operating in these areas. If operation in these areas is necessary, boaters should operate at idle speed so as to avoid causing a wake.
Flooded rivers and streams with moving currents present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter. Fast moving water can easily capsize or flip a boat—or personal watercraft—especially when combined with fixed objects such as trees and buildings. Boaters should avoid any operations in these swift flowing waters.

Many lakes and rivers across the state have only seen routine increases in water levels. It is for the safety of the public and to minimize damage to property that the Highway Patrol requests boaters avoid waterways that have been impacted by the most severe flooding.
Approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are NOT at the time of the traffic crash. The Patrol urges motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Join us in supporting the Drive To Zero Highway Deaths. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!!

 

Reprinted from Missouri State Highway Patrol...  click here

 

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http://www.tworiversmarina.com

Illinois River Near Utica, Illinois

Barges Strike Piers, Break From Tow, Now Recovered........

 

On Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard was working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the owners of a tow and barges recover two barges that drifted into the protection walls of Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Utica, Illinois.

 

The Joyce Hale, a 157 foot long tow vessel, was pushing eight barges loaded with dry goods down the Illinois River, when two of the barges struck the protection cells of the Starved Rock Lock and Dam.

 

Four barges broke loose, and two were quickly recovered.  The other two barges drifted against the piers.  One barge carrying corn was recovered Sunday evening.  The other was carrying sand, and recovered Monday morning........

 

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

 

LED boat lights

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Invasive Species

Asian Carp Battle:  Some Good News, Some Bad News........

 

Recently, the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock was shut down to navigation in an effort to keep the invasive Asian carp from overrunning northern Minnesota's lakes and rivers.  In the meantime, there were five bighead carp caught in the St. Croix River near Stillwater, which emphasizes the need to come up with solutions downstream.

 

This time of year, the invasive carp tend to show up where they should not be.  The bad news is that the fish were caught further upstream than ever before in the state of Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources does not believe that there is a breeding population present in the St. Croix River, however.

 

The good news is that the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock has officially closed, and Minnesotans may be relieved that the Mississippi River above Minneapolis is better protected from the carp influx, and the future of the towns dependant upon the health of the lakes and streams to support their economies is now looking better........

 

Click here to read more from the Friends of the Mississippi River website.

 

Missouri Department Of Conservation

Frogging Season Kicking Off June 30........

 

On Tuesday, June 30, Frogging season will begin in Missouri at sunset.  The season will run through October 31.  All that is required is a Missouri fishing permit, or a small game permit.  Missouri residents over 65 years old, and children under 16 years of age are not required to have a permit.

 

Those with a fishing permit may take frogs by hand, hand net, atlatl, bow, gig, trot line, limb line, throw line, jug line, bank line, snaring, snagging, grabbing, or pole and line.  People possessing a small game permit may harvest frogs with a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire pistol or rifle, pellet gun, bow, crossbow, atlatl, or by hand or hand net.  It is permissible to use artificial light when frogging.

 

There are two species of frogs that are legal game, green and bullfrog.  The bullfrogs are larger, and therefore more desirable.  The texture and taste of frog meat is similar to freshwater fish.  The daily bag limit is eight frogs of each species combined, for a total of no more than 16 frogs per day........

 

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

 

Illinois Department Of Natural Resources

Illinois Frog Season Began On June 15........

 

This year, the Illinois Bullfrog season began on June 15, and will run through August 31.  An Illinois sport fishing license is required to take bullfrogs. 

 

Bullfrogs may be taken by hand, landing net, gig, hook and line, pitch-fork, bow and arrow, or spear.  No amphibians or reptiles may be taken via commercial fishing devices, including traps, hoop nets, seines, air guns, gas guns, or firearms.

 

The daily catch limit is eight, however, the possession limit is sixteen........

 

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Illinois Fishing Regulation handbook for 2015.  Information on Bullfrog season is located on page 4.

 

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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  Scheduled to re-open Friday, May 1st

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

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Restaurants

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

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

LaRosa Cantina.................. Open

Riverside Bar & Grill............  Open

Yacht Club of St. Louis......... Open

 

 

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 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 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

 

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Picture of the Day

 

Flood Waters at

Portage des Sioux

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Capt'n Mark Newlin who hails out of Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Bill

 

Water is rising here !

 

Mark

 

Picture of the Day

 

521 / Enterprise Rainbow

 

click pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Aimee Davison

 

Bill,

In between each storm there was a rainbow. Saw 4 in total but I liked this photo because the rainbow was coming down right in the cut through between 521 and Enterprise. :)


Thought I would forward..

 

Aimee Davison

 

SCHNEIDER Real Estate, Inc

1Point West Blvd

St. Charles, Mo

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 Yesteryear's Picture of the day

 

Way Up The Mast

Click

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YesterYear's Picture of the Day in 2014....... was sent to us by Jeri Levesque who hails out of Sioux harbor in the sailboat......... S/V Ex Libris.

 

 

Hi Bill,

Attached is a photo of John Heald, Captain of the 32' sailboat Seute Deern who hails out of Sioux Harbor. You can see him way up his mast fixing his anchor light. Holding the halyard and helping with the task are George Levesque, Don Morrison and his wife Lynda.

I'm writing about vertical assists in my blog.

Best,
Jeri Levesque
S/V Ex Libris

.

 

“GOOD OLE' SUMMERTIME” COVERED WET-SLIP SPECIAL

 AT WOODLAND MARINA!

.

A chance to enjoy summer boating at Woodland Marina located

on the virtually barge-free Dardenne Slough across from Enterprise Island. The marina is a few miles from the confluence of the “Mighty Miss” and Illinois Rivers.

 

The Dardenne Slough Waterway is featured in the June issue

 of Heartland Boating Magazine and at www.heartlandboating.com

 with a mention of Woodland Marina as well!

Call Woodland Marina at 636-250-3446

or email woodlandmarina1@gmail.com for details.

 

Visit our website   www.woodlandmarina.com

for harbor amenities.

We welcome new boaters and travelers to the St. Charles area!!

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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 Warning

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
932 PM CDT TUE JUN 16 2015

...The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Missouri and Illinois...
Mississippi River at
  Canton Lock and Dam 20
  Quincy Lock and Dam 21
  Hannibal
  Saverton Lock and Dam 22
  Louisiana
  Clarksville Lock and Dam 24
  Winfield Lock and Dam 25
  Grafton
  Mel Price Lock and Dam
  St. Louis
  Chester

.This Flood Warning is a result of heavy rainfall across the basin over the past several days...

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618-786-PORT (7678)

 

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Updated 10 June 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Potter will be dry docked for maintenance until further notice

 

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER - CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY
Zone 28 (Mile 185.4 – Mile 109.9). A Safety Zone in St. Louis Harbor between Miles 184.0 and 179.0. Towboat operators should exercise caution and minimize wake where possible and be experienced in high water operations. Southbound tows greater than 600 feet in length, excluding towboat, should limit transit to daylight hours only. Towing vessels should have a minimum of 250 horsepower for each loaded barge and should proceed at their slowest safe operating speed based upon prevailing conditions in order to minimize wake damage to personal property. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately, be aware of the buildup of debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate action to prevent any brake-aways from occurring. It is strongly urged that all fleets in Zone 28 implement the fleet area management guidelines of the Waterways Action Plan. Mariners are to use caution in all meeting and overtaking situations. Navigation buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain caution while transiting the area.

 

Mississippi River

MILE 200.8 - MEL PRICE LOCK CLOSURES
All navigation interests are advised that the 1200-ft, Main Lock, at Mel Price Locks and Dam will be closed on 29 June 2015, from 08:00 to 16:00 for lift gate wire rope inspection. The 600-ft, Auxiliary Lock, will open and available for use during the closure of the Main Lock. 3. All navigation interest should be alert for, and abide by, any special instructions that may be issued by the Lockmaster.

 

MILE 236.1 - AID TO NAVIGATION
A nun buoy has been reported partially submerged in the vicinity of Mile 236.1. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution.

 

MILE 321.5 - HIGH WIRE WORK
Commencing June 15, 2015 and continuing until June 19, 2015, AMREEN will be conducting high wire work in the vicinity of Mile 321.5. Work will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., each day. The contractors floating plant will consist of the M/V’s KEN TUBBS, BRYANT T, PONDEROSA or STRUNKHORST. The contract vessels will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

Illinois River

MILE 0.0 - AID TO NAVIGATION
The confluence buoy in the vicinity of Mile 0.0, has been reported riding low in the water. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

MILE 80.2 - SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTION
The U.S. Coast Guard has received a report of a vessel striking a submerged object at approximate Mile 80.2, Illinois River, while transiting over the wickets at LaGrange L/D. The red buoy has been reported missing. Mariners are urged to favor the lock side when crossing the wickets.

 

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 At St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis Preparing For Flooding On The Riverfront........

 

Crews are preparing for possible flooding along the St. Louis Riverfront.  On Tuesday, they started installing an aluminum flood gate close to the intersection of Lenore K. Sullivan and Carr, which is susceptible to flooding.

 

There is a bit of a change to the flood gate this year, it is three feet higher.  The addition is part of the CityArchRiver Project. The construction workers are hopeful that the extra three feet are not needed this year.

 

Each year, the City of St. Louis spends approximately $500,000 each year to fight flooding........

 

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

 

Mississippi And Missouri Rivers Near St. Charles, Missouri

St. Charles County Keeping Tabs On The Rising Rivers........

 

The emergency managers in St. Charles County are keeping an eye on the rising Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.  The rivers are expected to crest before any major problems occur.

 

Events at Frontier Park in St. Charles are going on as planned, even though the park is on the Missouri River.  The Food Truck Tuesday event did have to be moved to the street, as the grassy areas were soggy.

 

Officials are monitoring the usual trouble areas in St. Charles County closely, especially the regions near the confluence  of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers........

 

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

 

 

 

Caution !

Flood Water is over some low Lying Roads .......

 

The water is over the roads going to:

  Palisades Yacht Club

  River Island Marina

  Lower entrance to My River Home / Longshots / Cabana at the La Rosa

 

Parts of Highway 94 in St. Charles County are closed due to flooding.

 

Highway C in St. Charles County is still high an dry as of 8am, 6-17--15.  Reported by Glenna of John's Boat Harbor

 

 

Click here to go to MODOT for more information on road closures

Click here to go to IDOT for more information on road closures

 

Please send us water on the road updates from your area of the river to

riverbill@prodigy.net 

Palisades Yacht Club... Closed

 

Closed friends.... Deep and over the road on our end already!

 

Reprinted from Facebook 

SWIM For Their SACRIFICE

Navy Veteran is Swimming Length of the Mississippi River

 

Chris Ring started his swim down the Mississippi on Saturday, June 6th, at Lake Itasca in Minnesota.  Saturday, June 6, was also the 71st anniversary of D-Day, Chris plans to finish at the Gulf of Mexico on Veteran’s Day.

 

The latest tracking map show Chris's  location at 28 Bridge Crossing, Minn

 

Click here for more information

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

 

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release

Kaskaskia River

Lock and Dam and Recreational Facilities Closing

Kaskaskia River – Current flooding conditions on the Kaskaskia River are causing the closure of the Corps operated Day Use and Camping areas. The maximum regulated pool elevation is 368.8, in reference to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), and currently the Kaskaskia River is at 376.50 NGVD. Once the Kaskaskia River has reached the critical elevation of 380.5 the Lock and Dam will also close. Predictions currently forecast a crest of 381.5 feet NGVD and 35.4 feet at Chester on the Mississippi River on June 20th. Once the Mississippi River has crested and there is no more significant precipitation the river levels will fall. The facilities located at the Kaskaskia River Project will reopen as soon as flood water recedes and cleanup is finished.

Due to river conditions on the Kaskaskia, there is additional drift and current. If you are on the water please be aware of drift and current conditions.
 

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

 

Mississippi River Near Canton, Missouri

Lock And Dam No.20 Preparing For High Water........

 

There are flood warnings around the tri-state region, and as a result, Lock and Dam No.20 is preparing for the possibility of high water. Currently, Lock and Dam No.20 is in a technical flood stage. 

 

James McDaniel, Lockmaster of Lock and Dam No. 20 in Canton says that they are monitoring the river levels and patterns, as well as waiting on forecasts, which will tell how to prepare for the rising river. 

 

When the water reaches 18 feet, 5 inches, Corps crews will remove the engines and motors, and move the critical machinery to the top of the flood house, which is the highest building on the property........

 

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

 

 

River History....

June 17, 2008 in River History


US Coast Guard issued the following notice for the Mississippi River at St. Louis.....


ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE, MM 168.7 UMR UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE. THIS TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE HAS BEEN ISSUED DUE TO HIGH WATER.

Lock and Dams 13 - 22 & 24 &25 were all closed

The Winfield and Golden Eagle Ferry, Grafton Ferry and Brussels Ferry were all closed for business.

 

June 20, 2015

Blessing of the Fleet Benefit

Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

Father's Day Brunch
Sunday at 9:00am - 11:00am


PLEASE CALL OR COMMENT FOR RESERVATIONS
FRESH FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS
BUTTERMILK PANCAKES
BREAKFAST POTATOES
BACON
BISCUITS AND SAUSAGE GRAVY
ADULTS $12 12 & UNDER $7

 

Reprinted from Facebook.. click here

Grafton Harbor

The Big Kahuna

June Music Lineup:
      6/20 Ben & Topher 7:30-11:30

      6/27 Typsy Gypsies 7:30-11:30

 

Reprinted from Facebook

Yacht Club of St. Louis Restaurant

Father's Day Brunch

Sunday ... 10am - 1pm

Fathers day brunch buffet this Sunday!

Carved Top Round, Mostaccioli, greenbeans, salad, Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit.


$14.99 make your reservations with Michele or Lucia.

Call 636 250 4435
 

Reprinted from Facebook

Commemoration of the

1815 Treaties for Peace and Friendship

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Portage des Sioux

 

 

For more info go to ... http://peace-friendship.com/

 

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Missouri History Museum

U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818)

and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi

 

 Don’t miss our this interesting program this Saturday, June 20, 2015 – The Long and the Short of It: U.S. – Indian Relations (1804-1818) and the War of 1812 West of the Mississippi by Dr. Samuel Watson, Professor of History, U.S. Military Academy at West Point being held at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. at 3:30 pm in the AT&T Auditorium. Sponsored by the Missouri Conference of History Educators and the Missouri Humanities Council as part of our Summer Speaker Series, all leading up to the Commemoration Event!

 

Dorris Keeven-Franke

 

Check out the Polestar Boating Center website... click here

 

Fireworks on the River

Sat, July 4th..... Grafton, IL

 

 

Meramec River In Franklin County, Missouri

One Person Dead At Water Rescue On The Meramec River........

 

On Tuesday, Franklin County Sherriff Gary Toelke confirmed that one person has died during a water rescue on the Meramec River.

 

Officials are saying that a vehicle was swept off of Hamilton Hollow Road by water from Tuesday's storms.  It appears that the vehicle may have been overturned.

 

Reportedly, several agencies responded to the scene, close to Meramec State Park........

 

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

 

 

 

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http://www.tworiversmarina.com

Missouri Department Of Conservation

MDC Released Naturally Spawned Lake Sturgeon Into The Mississippi River........

 

On May 29, the Missouri Department of Conservation released lake sturgeon fry into the Mississippi River.  The fry were hatched and raised in a lab from eggs collected from Missouri's first documented wild spawning site.

 

At one time, lake sturgeon were very common in the larger rivers, but by the 1970s, loss of river habitat and overharvesting caused the lake sturgeon population levels to significantly decrease.

 

Back in 1974, the MDC listed lake sturgeon as an endangered species, and banned their harvest.  In 1984, the MDC started to raise lake sturgeon, and released fingerings 8 to 10 inches in length. 

 

After more than three decades, the MDC was finally given proof that the lake sturgeon were breeding naturally, in the form of a video shot with a smartphone near West Alton........

 

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

 

LED boat lights

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US Army Corps of Engineers

Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities. While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.

Dam West, Coles Creek and Boulder Campgrounds are open with sites available on a first-come-first-serve basis and also through reservation by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov McNair and Dam East Campgrounds are open on a first-come-first-serve basis. Eldon Hazlet State Park is also open and has sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis or online at www.reserveamerica.com

The Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail is accessible for hiking, walking and biking offering a 17 mile roundtrip loop extending from the Dam West Day Use Area to Saddle Dam III. Also, the Willow Pond Fitness Trail located south of the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center offers a unique outdoor fitness opportunity for visitors. The fitness trail is a 1/5 mile paved trail that encompasses a pond and is home to many different species of wildlife. The serenity of this area adds to the enjoyment of getting fit.

June is Get Outdoors Month and to celebrate, kayaks will be available on the Dam West Beach for visitors to try out. Learn all about kayaking and participate in water safety games. These activities will be located on the north side of the beach.

 

Click here to continue reading on US Army Corps of Engineers website

 

News Release From BoatUS



On the West Coast, BoatUS Rebrands Vessel Assist to TowBoatUS

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 16, 2015 – In a move that aligns its on water towing services under one national brand, BoatUS is renaming its West Coast-based Vessel Assist towing fleet to TowBoatUS. The national boating advocacy, services and safety organization purchased Vessel Assist in 2003 and has since operated both recreational boat towing fleets under the membership-based BoatUS Towing Service program. The transition to TowBoatUS is expected to be completed by early 2016. “Other than a new name on the side of the towboat, BoatUS members and boaters needing assistance 24 hours a day will continue to get the same great, helpful and professional service from our local captains.” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “There are no pricing changes for any of our annual on water towing plans.”

Prior to this rebranding, BoatUS offered the recreational boat towing service east of the Rockies under the TowBoatUS banner. The move to rename the red boats of Vessel Assist – located in CA, AZ, OR, WA, HI and British Columbia, Canada – to the red boats of TowBoatUS emphasizes the towing service’s standing as North America’s largest provider of on water assistance with over 300 locations and 600 towing response vessels. Services include boat towing, jumpstarts, soft ungroundings and fuel drop-offs.

“Since our purchase of the Vessel Assist fleet, BoatUS members have seamlessly been able to use either towing fleet for any boat they own, rent or charter anywhere in the US,” said BoatUS Vice President of Towing Services Adam Wheeler. “We will continue to offer Unlimited Freshwater Annual Towing Service Plans for $72 and Unlimited Saltwater Annual Towing Service Plans for $158 – both include BoatUS membership.”

BoatUS Towing Services responds to over 70,000 requests for assistance from boaters annually. Unique to BoatUS’ West Coast towing service is a series of VHF radio towers, or “high sites,” connected to BoatUS’ 24-hour Costa Mesa, California regional dispatch center. At their high elevation dotting the tops of the coastal California mountain range, the sites provide VHF radio communications far out to sea beyond normal range – a distinct advantage over competing boat towing services.

BoatUS is also the only towing service that offers five ways to call for a tow: VHF radio, BoatUS Towing App, telephone (800-391-4869), SPOT satellite messenger and the DeLorme inReach two-way satellite messenger. For more go to BoatUS.com/towing.
 

 

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

 

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Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

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

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

 

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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

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

Kinder's Restaurant............  Open

Longshot Saloon................  Open

LaRosa Cantina.................. Open

Riverside Bar & Grill............  Open

Yacht Club of St. Louis......... Open

 

 

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