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Nov 2015

11-11-15  -   11-20-15

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

It's Friday

20 November 2015

 

Over 7.6 Million Boater Visits To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Picture of the Day

 

YCSL "Boat Club"

get together

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

YCSL "Boat Club" get together

A few months back Andy Alexander​ at Yacht Club of St. Louis​ began emailing slipholders and having informal "Boat Club" meetings with a light lunch on the last Thursday of each month. I've been to a couple and it is mostly us old retired guys but they have been fun and interesting along with getting to meet some of our dock neighbors. This month it was the 3rd Thursday due to Thanksgiving. An added bonus was a great boat ride on Captain John Bloch Marine Service​'s boat "Audy B II", which some of you may recognize as the "Follow Me" boat in the Blessing of the Fleet STL​ for many years. If you haven't gotten an email give Andy a call at the office and have him add your email address to the list. Plans now are to continue thru the winter months, so when you want to go check your boat it would be the perfect day to do that.

 

Darryll

 

 

 


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Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM to 10:00PM

 

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 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

 

102 Degrees

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day in 2014....... was sent to us by Mark Newlin who hails out of Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Hey Bill,


Dreaming of my Florida trip that I'm taking next month. Hottub at 102° helps keep core temp up.

 

Mark

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Grafton Harbor

The Grafton Bird
A Symbol of Grafton


The Grafton Bird characterizes Grafton’s beauty, its courageous forefathers and the present community.

It took three magnificent birds to define the Grafton Bird, the cardinal, the bat and the dove.

The cardinal represents the beauty of the islands, bluffs, wildlife and rivers of our little community. The bright red crown stands high upon his head in pride. He has been well fed since God has blessed our little town with an abundance of riches.

The black bat wings represent the adventures found in the caves, rivers and hills. Within his wings there are five white strokes representing the enterprises of today and yester-years.

The white dove represents the peace and tranquility of our daily lives in our small community. There are 12 tail feathers all representing the history, stories and families, found in each of these locations or buildings: Dagget Hollow, Mason Hollow, Simm’s Hollow, Distillery Hollow, Jersey or Cork Hollow, School House Hollow, Graham Hollow, Baby Hollow, Bockholt Hollow, Babbs Hollow, Camden Hollow and the churches, the school and the paradise playground for all.

The separation between the dove’s feathers signify the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

The Grafton Bird will always be a symbol of Grafton’s history. From the Kickapoo Indians, to James Mason founder of Grafton, to the men, women and children of Grafton today, we will always be grateful for this resilient little river town. The Lord has blessed us and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful masterpiece that we call Grafton, Illinois.

Relish your little Grafton Bird and when you see him hanging from your Christmas Tree, remember that life is a melody of adventures just waiting for you to enjoy.

Purchase Your “Grafton Bird Christmas Tree Ornament” at Grafton Harbor for just $19.95.

Grafton Harbor
215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL 62037, 618-786-7678
 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports

 

 

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Updated 18 November 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Completed dredging RM 67.5 and has start dredging at RM 16.
 

Mississippi River

UPPER MISS RM 300-195 MAINTENANCE
A USACE contractor will be working on dikes & revetments between RM's 300-195 until further notice. Mariners are asked to transit any construction areas at their slowest safe speed.

 

Illinois River

RIVER MILE 58.5- SUB CROSSING REPLACEMENT
Starting approx Nov 23, 2015 until Dec 14, 2015, Amherst Madison Inc. will replace a sub crossing at RM 58.5. Work will be conducted Mon-Fri, 7am to 5pm. During non-working hours the contractors floading plant will be moored at the work-site and flighted accordingly. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to min wake and proceed with caution.

 

RM 71.3 - MEREDOSIA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
A work barge is located upstream of the existing bridge along the LDB. Mariners are advised to transit the bridge with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 8.2 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Burlington Northern (Bellfontaine) Railroad Bridge; Floating workplant will be periodically operating in the navigation channel, Monday through Friday, during daylight hours only. Workplant will move upon request by contacting M/V AL GAULT ON VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

 

MILE 58.5 - SUB-CROSSING REPLACEMENT
Commencing approximately November 23, 2015 and continuing until approximately December 14, 2015, Amherst Madison Inc., will replace a subcrossing in the vicinity of Mile 58.5. Work will be conducted Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The contractors floating plant will consist of the M/V MAJOR, M/V TOM COOK, 2 barge mounted cranes and 2 material barges. During non-working hours the contractors floating plant will be moored at the work-site and lighted accordingly. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their
wake and proceed with caution.

 

Kaskaskia River

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Route 182 Bridge pier and deck repair work continues from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. Mariners may contact the onsite work boat M/V MISS LUCY via VHF-FM Channel 13 for further information.

 

The above info is for your reference. Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

Items reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers

 

We offer full fiberglass repair, high performance upgrades, transom & stringer rebuilds, service on older products, new & used parts department, an accessories department, as well as many other services to suit everyone's boating needs. We continue to display our Yamaha Sport Boat & Waverunners, Hurricane Deckboats, SanPan, AquaPatio, and Sweetwater Pontoons, along with our newest line of Crest Pontoons and Manitou

 

St. Charles Boat & Motor website      St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook

Missouri River Near Kansas City, Missouri

Lawsuit:  Worlds Of Fun Polluting Water........

 

This week, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed suit in federal court alleging that Worlds of Fun, and their owner, Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair is violating their discharge permit for at least the past five years.

 

The suit claims that the amusement park is discharging materials such as copper, chlorine, oil and grease exceeding the limits laid out by their discharge permit.

 

The not-for-profit Missouri Coalition for the Environment stated that the substances are harmful to aquatic life, and the issues are ongoing and egregious........

 

Click here to read more from kansascity.com. 

Upper Mississippi River

Lock and Dam Closures .....

 

MILE 324.9 - L/D CLOSURE
Commencing approximately 7:00 a.m., January 4, 2016, and continuing until approximately 12:00 p.m., March 4, 2016, L/D 21 in the vicinity of Mile 324.9, will be closed for repairs. During this closure, mariners are urged NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact L/D 21 at (217) 222-0918 or VHF-FM Channel 14, for the latest information.

MILE 437.1 - L/D CLOSURE
Commencing approximately 7:00 a.m., December 14, 2015, and continuing until approximately 12:00 p.m., March 4, 2016, L/D 17 in the vicinity of Mile 437.1, will be closed for repairs. During this closure, mariners are urged NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact L/D 17 at (309) 587-8125 or VHF-FM Channel 14, for the latest information.

MILE 556.7 - L/D CLOSURE
Commencing approximately 7:00 a.m., December 14, 2015, and continuing until approximately 12:00 p.m., March 4, 2016, L/D 14 in the vicinity of Mile 556.7, will be closed for repairs. During this closure, mariners are urged NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact L/D 14 at (563) 332-0907 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for the latest information.

 

Reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers

 

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Missouri River Near Kansas City, Missouri

Lawsuit:  Worlds Of Fun Polluting Water........

 

This week, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed suit in federal court alleging that Worlds of Fun, and their owner, Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair is violating their discharge permit for at least the past five years.

 

The suit claims that the amusement park is discharging materials such as copper, chlorine, oil and grease exceeding the limits laid out by their discharge permit.

 

The not-for-profit Missouri Coalition for the Environment stated that the substances are harmful to aquatic life, and the issues are ongoing and egregious........

 

Click here to read more from kansascity.com. 

 

Kaskaskia River House Marina & Campgrounds

 



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Boat Gas News

Calls Made For Ethanol Mandate Revisions........

 

Last week, a bipartisan group of 184 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency calling for revisions to the nation's ethanol mandate.

 

The issue is that the Renewable Fuel Standard mandates that the amount of ethanol that is required to be mixed into the gasoline supply will continuously increase.

 

The EPA could potentially use their statutory authority to waive the ethanol volume increase.  If the EPA chooses to do this, negative economic impacts would be avoided........

 

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

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Boat Sales

October Saw Moderate Boat Sales Increases.........

 

A mild autumn seems to have helped the recreational boat industry see steady improvements in boat sales during October.  During October, sales increased by 4.1% to 4,779 boats in the main powerboat segment.

 

Industry-wide, sales increased by 5%, to 6,631 boats, as compared to October of 2014.  Fiberglass outboard sales increased by 5.5% or 113 boats to 2,165 units for the month.

 

Aluminum pontoon boat sales increased by 8.4%, or 64 units, to 829.  Sterndrive sales saw an increase as well, increasing by 14 units, or 5.1% to 289 boats........

 

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

 

Mississippi River Near Bettendorf, Iowa

High Winds Halt Barge Traffic .......

 

On Thursday, two barge tows spent the majority of the day tied up along the banks of the Mississippi River at Bettendorf, Iowa.  The tows were not able to clear the Crescent Bridge, which is a rail bridge below Lock and Dam No.15.

 

Ron Fournier, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that the Government Bridge swing span is O.K., however, the Crescent Bridge is closed because it was too windy to open it.

 

The Crescent Bridge is located downstream from the Centennial Bridge in Davenport and Rick Island.  When the Crescent Bridge is closed, many tow vessels cannot clear the bridge........

 

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

 

The Great Lakes

Lake Levels Expected To Remain Above Normal........

 

For the next six months, the water levels in the Great Lakes is expected to remain above average for the most part, thanks to a powerful El Nino.

 

An El Nino refers to the warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean, which significantly affects the weather in North America. 

 

According to National Weather Service Hydrologist Jim Noel, the El Nino is expected to bring milder temperatures, and less snow across the Great Lakes........

 

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

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 by Thanksgiving

 

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11-19-15 Update

Day 166: ‪
Last night the City of Baton Rouge hosted a wonderful Welcoming Event at the USS KIDD for Chris, our team and most importantly the local Gold Star Families! Our team had the privilege to meet and connect with 8 Gold Star Families and it was inspiring to know that the ‪#‎BatonRouge‬ Community came together to show their support! Thank you to all who helped plan and execute the event! We appreciate all of your help and support!

Chris was named the Honorary Mayor~President of the City of Baton Rouge Parish of East Baton Rouge and oh yea yesterday November 18, 2015 was CHRIS RING DAY

Start: Mile Marker 209
Finish: Approximately Mile Marker 191, Morrisonville, LA

Make Your Boat a RiverBills Header Picture

   

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

 

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

 

Send your pictures to riverbill@prodigy.net

River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

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

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

 

Grafton Ferry............... 1-800-258-6645 

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................ Closed for the season

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed for the season

Longshot Saloon................  Closed for the season

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed for the Season

Palisades Yacht Club...........Closed / For Sale

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

 

 

RiverBills Blog Spot !

 

 

 

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

 

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

 

David Berg's Blog

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest blog

 

Reprinted from Jalsails's Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

Click here to read Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

Click here to read Dave and Amanda'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. 

 

 

 

Little John's Moptorsports... Click here

Little Johns Marine Service...  Click here

It's Thursday

19 November 2015

 

Over 7.6 Million Boater Visits To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Picture of the Day

 

Starting the night shift

at Mel Price.

 

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RiverBills Picture of the Day......   Was sent to us by Capt'n Scott Longar

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Channel 4 story

50 foot Hatteras sunk in the dock behind Goat Island

 

 

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

 

 

Bill:
Channel 4 did a story on the 50 foot Hatteras sunk in the dock behind Goat Island. This is the short slough just above Yacht Club of St. Louis. We went by it back in August with Bob and Janet Rogliardi and Maureen took some pictures of it. Here's a link to the story on Channel 4's website and I've attached Maureen's pictures.

Darryll
 

 

Click here to view Channel 4 news Story

 

Picture of the Day

 

A few more pics from

Sunday's boat trip on

the HMS Destiny

With Captain Henry and his dog Skinny

 

The 85 ft Yacht....  The HMS Destiny at the Loading Dock in Grafton, IL

 

The crew enjoying the Loading Dock Riverside Patio and Fire Pits

 

JoAnn and Glenn

 

 

"Watching the River Flow"

 

Getting ready to depart the Loading Dock

 

Headed Home Down River

 

Capt'n Greg at the helm

 

Some of the crew on upper deck enjoying the November evening

 

Passing the Alton Riverfront

 

Back home at Alton Marina

 

click pic to enlarge

 

RiverBills Picture of the Day......   Were taken Sunday on an afternoon excursion from Alton marina to the Loading Dock on the HMS Destiny. 

 

Thanks Captain Henry !

 


We are open Weekends

Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM to 10:00PM

 

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 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

 

No caption needed!

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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day in 2014....... was sent to us by Ramjet who hails out of Woodland Marina

 

This picture says it all!
What a great smile.
Ramjet

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Grafton Harbor

The Grafton Bird
A Symbol of Grafton


The Grafton Bird characterizes Grafton’s beauty, its courageous forefathers and the present community.

It took three magnificent birds to define the Grafton Bird, the cardinal, the bat and the dove.

The cardinal represents the beauty of the islands, bluffs, wildlife and rivers of our little community. The bright red crown stands high upon his head in pride. He has been well fed since God has blessed our little town with an abundance of riches.

The black bat wings represent the adventures found in the caves, rivers and hills. Within his wings there are five white strokes representing the enterprises of today and yester-years.

The white dove represents the peace and tranquility of our daily lives in our small community. There are 12 tail feathers all representing the history, stories and families, found in each of these locations or buildings: Dagget Hollow, Mason Hollow, Simm’s Hollow, Distillery Hollow, Jersey or Cork Hollow, School House Hollow, Graham Hollow, Baby Hollow, Bockholt Hollow, Babbs Hollow, Camden Hollow and the churches, the school and the paradise playground for all.

The separation between the dove’s feathers signify the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

The Grafton Bird will always be a symbol of Grafton’s history. From the Kickapoo Indians, to James Mason founder of Grafton, to the men, women and children of Grafton today, we will always be grateful for this resilient little river town. The Lord has blessed us and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful masterpiece that we call Grafton, Illinois.

Relish your little Grafton Bird and when you see him hanging from your Christmas Tree, remember that life is a melody of adventures just waiting for you to enjoy.

Purchase Your “Grafton Bird Christmas Tree Ornament” at Grafton Harbor for just $19.95.

Grafton Harbor
215 West Water Street
Grafton, IL 62037
618-786-7678
 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports

 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

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Updated 12 November 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Completed dredging RM 173.1 and has start dredging at RM 67.5.

 

Mississippi River

UPPER MISS RM 300-195 MAINTENANCE
A USACE contractor will be working on dikes & revetments between RM's 300-195 until further notice. Mariners are asked to transit any construction areas at their slowest safe speed.

 

MILE 324.9 - L/D CLOSURE
On November 16, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., L/D 21 in the vicinity of Mile 324.9, will be closed for repairs. During this closure, mariners are urged NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact L/D 21 at (217) 222-0918 or VHF-FM Channel 14, for the latest information.

 

Illinois River

IL RM 71.3 - MEREDOSIA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
A work barge is located upstream of the existing bridge along the LDB. Mariners are advised to transit the bridge with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 8.2 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Burlington Northern (Bellfontaine) Railroad Bridge; Floating workplant will be periodically operating in the navigation channel, Monday through
Friday, during daylight hours only. Workplant will move upon request by contacting M/V AL GAULT ON VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

 

Kaskaskia River

Route 182 Bridge pier and deck repair work continues from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. Mariners may contact the onsite work boat M/V MISS LUCY via VHF-FM Channel 13 for further information

 

The above info is for your reference. Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

Items reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers

 

We offer full fiberglass repair, high performance upgrades, transom & stringer rebuilds, service on older products, new & used parts department, an accessories department, as well as many other services to suit everyone's boating needs. We continue to display our Yamaha Sport Boat & Waverunners, Hurricane Deckboats, SanPan, AquaPatio, and Sweetwater Pontoons, along with our newest line of Crest Pontoons and Manitou

 

St. Charles Boat & Motor website      St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook

Mississippi River At Grafton, Illinois

The Loading Dock's Ice Rink Set To Open........

 

This weekend, The Loading Dock will be opening their new ice skating rink, located in their warehouse.  The ice skating rink is expected to open on Saturday.

 

The Loading Dock's Event Coordinator Afton Hughes says that they are looking forward to Saturday's opening.  She said that they are working on the final touches now.

 

They have installed overhead heaters in the warehouse for the bleachers, concession and skate rental areas.  Hughes adds that the rink is intended for recreational use, because the plexiglas borders won't be sturdy enough for hockey........

 

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

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

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Mississippi River Near Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Rare Blue Crab Found In The Mississippi River........

 

Scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation caught something unexpected in the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

 

While performing a fish sampling as part of a Missouri state paddlefish research project, researchers found a male blue crab in the net.

 

Adult crabs usually prefer salty to brackish water near the coast, however, they can live in fresh water.  The last time a blue crab was found this far inland was in 2004, when one was removed from a power-plant intake on the Ohio River near Metropolis, Illinois........

 

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

 

Kaskaskia River House Marina & Campgrounds

 



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Mississippi River At Quincy, Illinois

Quinsippi Island Bridge Plan Approved........

 

In late 2014, an underwater inspection revealed that the second pier of the Quinsippi Bridge, from the Quincy bank, was in poor condition, and the span could be shut down if not repaired.

 

Original estimates for repairing the pier came in at $695,000. Last month, the Park Board had another underwater assessment performed on the bridge.

 

Necessary repairs turned out to be much less involved than previously thought, meaning that the Park District could price out the repairs for considerably less........

 

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

 

River History....

 

November 19, 2012 in River History


Evandy's Boatel on the Illinois River in Naples, IL opened it'd doors for business.

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Mississippi River Near Dorena, Missouri

Couple Found Dead In River, Son Charged With Murder........

 

37 year old Thomas Wayne McRoy has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the deaths of his parents.

 

On Tuesday, the body of 62 year old Larry McRoy was found in the Mississippi River, near the Missouri landing of the Dorena-Hickman Ferry.  The body of Thomas Wayne's mother, 64 year old Roxann McRoy was found in the same area on Wednesday.

 

According to Miner Police Chief Chris Griggs, the victim's son, Gary Rowland of St. Louis, had been trying to call the McRoys, but no one was answering.  Thinking this was odd, Rowland called the Police........

 

Click here to read this news report from kfvs12.com.  With Photos and Video.

 

Miami International Boat Show

County Commissioners Delaying Boat Show Permit Decision........

 

On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade county commissioners deferred the decision on a permit for the Miami International Boat Show, which is necessary for the in-water portion of the show.  The vote has been pushed back to December 15.

 

The organizers of the Miami International Boat Show believe that the county will approve the permit for the show, which is scheduled for February 11 - 15 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.

 

According to Ellen Hopkins, the spokeswoman for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, now being awarded the permit would be a worst-case scenario, affecting only the in-water portion of the show........

 

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

 

Mississippi River At Dorena, Missouri

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

 

Tuesday, the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office was called out to the Mississippi River near the ferry landing for a report of a body in the water.

 

Sheriff Keith Moore says that the body appears to be a male, and may have been in the water since Monday evening, or Tuesday morning.  He added that they were trying to identify the body using a phone found with the body.

 

Officials are saying that the body is linked to a homicide investigation in Minor, Missouri.  A woman is still missing, but a suspect is in custody in conjunction with the investigation........

 

Click here to read this news article from kfvs12.com.

 

Lake Erie

The City Of Cleveland Is Against Dumping In Lake Erie........

 

In order for large commercial ships to be able to transit the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, Ohio, some 250,000 cubic yards of sediment has to be dredged each year from the harbor and riverbed.

 

Recently, the Port of Cleveland petitioned the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to change the description of the Cleveland Harbor navigation project to prevent the Cuyahoga River sediment from being dumped in Lake Erie.

 

A bi-partisan group of six U.S. Representatives from Ohio is supporting the request.  This effort follows that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans for dumping the potentially contaminated dredge spoils into Lake Erie........

 

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

 

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 by Thanksgiving

 

Click here for more information

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11-18-15 Update

Day 165:
The wind was so strong yesterday there were white caps in the Mississippi. Seth had to get the kayak out of the water, yet Chris pushed on! As the waves continued to grow we eventually had to stop for the day due to safety concerns. But it's safe to say Chris & team survived the storm. We will post a video soon! We also want to thanks the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Department for their help on the river!
Today is a new day and we are excited for the event this evening at the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial & Museum in Baton Rouge tonight at 5:30pm CST! Check out our events page for details!
Start: Mile Marker 228
Finish: Mile Marker 211

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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 

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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................ Closed for the season

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed for the season

Longshot Saloon................  Closed for the season

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed for the Season

Palisades Yacht Club...........Closed / For Sale

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

 

 

RiverBills Blog Spot !

 

 

 

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

 

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

 

David Berg's Blog

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest blog

 

Reprinted from Jalsails's Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

Click here to read Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

Click here to read Dave and Amanda'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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It's Wednesday

18 November 2015

 

Over 7.6 Million Boater Visits To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Picture of the Day

 

Sunday's Boat Trip on the HMS Destiny

With Captain Henry and his dog Skinny

 

The 85 ft Yacht....  The HMS Desiny at Alton Marina

Ready for a Sunday afternoon trip to the Loading Dock

 

 

The upper deck

 

The sound system on the bow

 

Yes, A pool table

 

River Dawg "Skinny" in the Captains Quarters

 

 

 

Glen, Greg & crew on the bridge                  Mary on the aft deck          

 

People on the bluffs by Principia Collage Watching the HMS Destiny head up river

 

 

Enjoying the ride on the upper deck

 

 

 

Destination is in sight

 

Greg and Mike... Ready with the lines

 

All tied up at the Loading Dock

Mary is checking the bumpers

click pic to enlarge

 

RiverBills Picture of the Day......   Were taken Sunday on an afternoon excursion from Alton marina to the Loading Dock on the HMS Destiny.  Thanks Captain Henry !

 

Look for more pictures tomorrow.

 

RiverBills Sticker Sightings

 

By John Patrico

in Key West, Florida

 

 

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RiverBills Sticker Sightings.... were sent to us by Capt'n John Patrico via. Facebook

 

 

RiverBill says....

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 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

 

 Mark the Shark's

2014

Winter Wonderland

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

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Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day in 2014.......were sent to us by Mark the Shark who hails out of Portage des Sioux, Mo......

 

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Grafton Harbor

The Grafton Bird
A Symbol of Grafton


The Grafton Bird characterizes Grafton’s beauty, its courageous forefathers and the present community.

It took three magnificent birds to define the Grafton Bird, the cardinal, the bat and the dove.

The cardinal represents the beauty of the islands, bluffs, wildlife and rivers of our little community. The bright red crown stands high upon his head in pride. He has been well fed since God has blessed our little town with an abundance of riches.

The black bat wings represent the adventures found in the caves, rivers and hills. Within his wings there are five white strokes representing the enterprises of today and yester-years.

The white dove represents the peace and tranquility of our daily lives in our small community. There are 12 tail feathers all representing the history, stories and families, found in each of these locations or buildings: Dagget Hollow, Mason Hollow, Simm’s Hollow, Distillery Hollow, Jersey or Cork Hollow, School House Hollow, Graham Hollow, Baby Hollow, Bockholt Hollow, Babbs Hollow, Camden Hollow and the churches, the school and the paradise playground for all.

The separation between the dove’s feathers signify the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

The Grafton Bird will always be a symbol of Grafton’s history. From the Kickapoo Indians, to James Mason founder of Grafton, to the men, women and children of Grafton today, we will always be grateful for this resilient little river town. The Lord has blessed us and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful masterpiece that we call Grafton, Illinois.

Relish your little Grafton Bird and when you see him hanging from your Christmas Tree, remember that life is a melody of adventures just waiting for you to enjoy.

Purchase Your “Grafton Bird Christmas Tree Ornament” at Grafton Harbor for just $19.95.

Grafton Harbor
215 West Water Street
Grafton, IL 62037
618-786-7678
 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

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Updated 12 November 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Completed dredging RM 173.1 and has start dredging at RM 67.5.

 

Mississippi River

UPPER MISS RM 300-195 MAINTENANCE
A USACE contractor will be working on dikes & revetments between RM's 300-195 until further notice. Mariners are asked to transit any construction areas at their slowest safe speed.

 

MILE 324.9 - L/D CLOSURE
On November 16, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., L/D 21 in the vicinity of Mile 324.9, will be closed for repairs. During this closure, mariners are urged NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact L/D 21 at (217) 222-0918 or VHF-FM Channel 14, for the latest information.

 

Illinois River

IL RM 71.3 - MEREDOSIA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
A work barge is located upstream of the existing bridge along the LDB. Mariners are advised to transit the bridge with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 8.2 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Burlington Northern (Bellfontaine) Railroad Bridge; Floating workplant will be periodically operating in the navigation channel, Monday through
Friday, during daylight hours only. Workplant will move upon request by contacting M/V AL GAULT ON VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

 

Kaskaskia River

Route 182 Bridge pier and deck repair work continues from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. Mariners may contact the onsite work boat M/V MISS LUCY via VHF-FM Channel 13 for further information

 

The above info is for your reference. Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

Items reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers

 

We offer full fiberglass repair, high performance upgrades, transom & stringer rebuilds, service on older products, new & used parts department, an accessories department, as well as many other services to suit everyone's boating needs. We continue to display our Yamaha Sport Boat & Waverunners, Hurricane Deckboats, SanPan, AquaPatio, and Sweetwater Pontoons, along with our newest line of Crest Pontoons and Manitou

 

St. Charles Boat & Motor website      St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook

Mississippi River Near Mississippi County, Missouri

Mississippi County:  Feds Liable For Flood Damaged Roads........


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activated the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway by blowing the levee in May of 2011.  The move was made to alleviate heavy flooding along the Mississippi River.

 

After the floodwaters receded, residents rebuilt, resumed farming the land, and the main focus was on reconstructing the levee.  The Corps had promised to restore the levee, and they did just that.

 

During the levee reconstruction, heavy trucks were required to haul sand used in rebuilding the levees.  The heavy truck traffic caused significant damage to the roadways, and Mississippi County is expecting the Corps to restore the damaged roadways........

 

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

 

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

Carlyle Lake

Corps Holding Five Master Plan Public Workshops........

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia River Project has scheduled five public workshops to discuss Master Plan updates for Carlyle Lake, and the Kaskaskia River Project.

 

The public meeting is intended to provide information about the Master Plan update process, as well as give the public an opportunity to voice their concerns about the future management of Carlyle Lake and the Kaskaskia River Project.

 

Input from stakeholders is crucial to the update process.  The current Master Plan, comment forms, and additional information about the updates will be available on the St. Louis District's website at http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/ ........

 

Click here to read more from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

TRAP SHOOT AND TRIM A TREE
Hello Fellow Duck Clubbers:


THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2015
Starting at 1pm, trap shooting over the river will begin!

The ugly sweater party and trim a tree begins at 3pm!!

$75 per person includes up to 100 rounds for the day, claybirds and good times, surprises and prizes.

Ladies shoot for $40 and kids are FREE!

Please reply to this email to RSVP so we have enough ammo.

If enough people RSVP the price to shoot will drop.

There will be a qualifying round where you will be placed in one of three groups: Novice, Expert or Master

Each group will have a winner (think Golf tournament Flights)

 

ALL PROCEEDS TO SOCIAL COMMITTEE. We hold this event to have fun and RAISE MONEY. The costs are meant to be a fun way to donate to the Social Committee. Ammo and Clay birds cost a lot, so that explains the fees.

-TJ
Hope to see everyone Saturday!!!

Kaskaskia River House Marina & Campgrounds

 



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Boat Gear Manufacturer

Ameritex Unveils Trailerable Snapless Pontoon Covers........

 

On Monday, Ameritex Fabric Systems announced that they were introducing two new trailerable, snapless boat cover systems designed specifically for pontoon boats.  Ameritex belongs to the Taylor Made Group.

 

The new Ameritex SureSeal playpen cover utilizes Taylor Made's Press and Seal technology.  The cover features an elastomeric rubber extrusion sewn into it's edges, which fits into a horizontal groove on the underside of the boat's railing.

 

Ameritex is also releasing another playpen cover that features a four point attachment and ratchet tensioning system, which allows the builder to use one cover to fit a variety of furniture layouts........

 

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

 

River History....

 

November 18, 2009 in River History


A mudslide at Piasa Park, just north of downtown Alton, Illinois, was attributed to heavy rains. Mud fell approximately 150 feet from the top off the bluff and landed at the entrance to the cave.

No injuries were reported.

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

Dream Yacht A Disaster For St. Charles Couple........

 

Maureen Amen-Gay, and her husband Andy are stuck with a bit of a shipwreck at the dock behind their home along the Mississippi River in St. Charles County.

 

Andy purchased a 50 foot 1968 Hatteras motor yacht in 2000, and was burning through their savings making the payments.  His lawyer advised filing for bankruptcy, and he prepared to return the vessel to the bank.

 

In September 2014, he received a letter from the lien holder, stating that they have taken possession of the vessel, and intend to sell it.  Time passed, and the lien holder never picked up the vessel.  The Hatteras fell into disrepair and sank. 

 

The lien holder sent a letter this past August saying that the company no longer has security interest in the vessel.  Now the couple is stuck with a sunken vessel in their backyard........

 

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

 

Lake Of The Ozarks

Lake Expected To Rise Six Inches........

 

As the rainfall tapered off Tuesday evening, the Bagnell Dam operators are forecasting that the level of the Lake of the Ozarks will rise a total of six inches.

 

Amren Engineer Alan Sullivan reports that the Bagnell Dam is operating at minimum generation in preparation for an expected lake elevation of 659.3 feet.  Full pool is 660 feet.

 

Amren is currently storing water in the Lake because of low electrical demand brought about by the unseasonably warm weather.  Bagnell Dam operators are responsible for maintaining the lake level between 652 and 660 feet........

 

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

 

Mississippi River At Dorena, Missouri

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

 

Tuesday, the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office was called out to the Mississippi River near the ferry landing for a report of a body in the water.

 

Sheriff Keith Moore says that the body appears to be a male, and may have been in the water since Monday evening, or Tuesday morning.  He added that they were trying to identify the body using a phone found with the body.

 

Officials are saying that the body is linked to a homicide investigation in Minor, Missouri.  A woman is still missing, but a suspect is in custody in conjunction with the investigation........

 

Click here to read this news article from kfvs12.com.

 

Illinois River At North Pekin, Illinois

Decomposed Body Discovered Near River........

 

On Tuesday afternoon, the North Pekin Police Department was notified about the discovery of a decomposed body in the swampy woods between the Illinois River and Illinois Route 29.

 

The tattered condition of the body is indicating that the body may have been there for months.  Officials are not able to identify the body, or even determine it's gender.

 

North Pekin Police spokesman Mike Eeten said that the location the body was found at is the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Conservation, who will be investigating the incident with the Illinois State Police........

 

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

 

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 by Thanksgiving

 

Click here for more information

Click here to follow them on Facebook

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Make Your Boat a RiverBills Header Picture

   

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

 

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

 

Send your pictures to riverbill@prodigy.net

River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

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

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

 

Grafton Ferry............... 1-800-258-6645 

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................ Closed for the season

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed for the season

Longshot Saloon................  Closed for the season

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed for the Season

Palisades Yacht Club...........Closed / For Sale

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

 

 

RiverBills Blog Spot !

 

 

 

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

 

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

 

David Berg's Blog

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest blog

 

Reprinted from Jalsails's Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

Click here to read Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

Click here to read Dave and Amanda'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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Little John's Moptorsports... Click here

Little Johns Marine Service...  Click here

It's Tuesday

17 November 2015

 

Over 7.6 Million Boater Visits To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Picture of the Day

One Last Dip

 

click pic to enlarge

 

RiverBills Picture of the Day......  was sent to us by Eric Williams who hails out of Lake Center Marina in the boat.....  "Even Stevens"
 

Last Ride

 

 Click pic to enlarge

 

RiverBills Pictures of the Day....  were sent to us by Capt'n Tim Crawford

 

Lori sticking her tongue out at "ole man winter" during our last boat ride November 14th ! A surprising number of boats were out.

 

Second shot is the old railroad bridge abutment on PIASA creek near our take out.


Capt. Crawford

 

 


We are open Weekends

Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM to 10:00PM

 

Catering menu.. click here           Daily Menu.... click here

 

Click here to go to the Boathouse Food and Deck Facebook Page

Click here to go to the Boathouse website

 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

 

 A Woodland Winter Wonderland

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day in 2014.......were sent to us by Ramjet who hails out of Woodland Marina.......

 

 

Bill,

Yesterday was a productive and beautiful day on the river. A late day boat ride continued the beauty. Cold yes but breathtaking!

Ramjet

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Grafton Harbor

The Grafton Bird
A Symbol of Grafton


The Grafton Bird characterizes Grafton’s beauty, its courageous forefathers and the present community.

It took three magnificent birds to define the Grafton Bird, the cardinal, the bat and the dove.

The cardinal represents the beauty of the islands, bluffs, wildlife and rivers of our little community. The bright red crown stands high upon his head in pride. He has been well fed since God has blessed our little town with an abundance of riches.

The black bat wings represent the adventures found in the caves, rivers and hills. Within his wings there are five white strokes representing the enterprises of today and yester-years.

The white dove represents the peace and tranquility of our daily lives in our small community. There are 12 tail feathers all representing the history, stories and families, found in each of these locations or buildings: Dagget Hollow, Mason Hollow, Simm’s Hollow, Distillery Hollow, Jersey or Cork Hollow, School House Hollow, Graham Hollow, Baby Hollow, Bockholt Hollow, Babbs Hollow, Camden Hollow and the churches, the school and the paradise playground for all.

The separation between the dove’s feathers signify the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

The Grafton Bird will always be a symbol of Grafton’s history. From the Kickapoo Indians, to James Mason founder of Grafton, to the men, women and children of Grafton today, we will always be grateful for this resilient little river town. The Lord has blessed us and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful masterpiece that we call Grafton, Illinois.

Relish your little Grafton Bird and when you see him hanging from your Christmas Tree, remember that life is a melody of adventures just waiting for you to enjoy.

Purchase Your “Grafton Bird Christmas Tree Ornament” at Grafton Harbor for just $19.95.

Grafton Harbor
215 West Water Street
Grafton, IL 62037
618-786-7678
 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports

 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

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

 

 

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

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

 

Updated 12 November 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Completed dredging RM 173.1 and has start dredging at RM 67.5.

 

Mississippi River

UPPER MISS RM 300-195 MAINTENANCE
A USACE contractor will be working on dikes & revetments between RM's 300-195 until further notice. Mariners are asked to transit any construction areas at their slowest safe speed.

 

MILE 324.9 - L/D CLOSURE
On November 16, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., L/D 21 in the vicinity of Mile 324.9, will be closed for repairs. During this closure, mariners are urged NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact L/D 21 at (217) 222-0918 or VHF-FM Channel 14, for the latest information.

 

Illinois River

IL RM 71.3 - MEREDOSIA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
A work barge is located upstream of the existing bridge along the LDB. Mariners are advised to transit the bridge with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 8.2 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Burlington Northern (Bellfontaine) Railroad Bridge; Floating workplant will be periodically operating in the navigation channel, Monday through
Friday, during daylight hours only. Workplant will move upon request by contacting M/V AL GAULT ON VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

 

Kaskaskia River

Route 182 Bridge pier and deck repair work continues from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. Mariners may contact the onsite work boat M/V MISS LUCY via VHF-FM Channel 13 for further information

 

The above info is for your reference. Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

Items reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers

 

We offer full fiberglass repair, high performance upgrades, transom & stringer rebuilds, service on older products, new & used parts department, an accessories department, as well as many other services to suit everyone's boating needs. We continue to display our Yamaha Sport Boat & Waverunners, Hurricane Deckboats, SanPan, AquaPatio, and Sweetwater Pontoons, along with our newest line of Crest Pontoons and Manitou

 

St. Charles Boat & Motor website      St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook

Boat Fire at Duck Club Yacht Club

Alan Deutschmann's boat


Repost from Julie Spradling on facebook about the fire onboard Alan Deutschmann's boat at Duck Club Yacht Club.


"Sad news, Alan Deutschmann's yacht had an electrical fire early Saturday morning. Thank GOD his smoke detector worked and woke him. After going through all 6 fire extinguishers he managed to get the boat out of his slip, saving the surrounding boats from damage. After joining 6 hoses from the parking lot to the courtesy dock he managed to put out the fire. The inside of the boat is a complete loss with everything melted and smoke damaged.

 

Please say a prayer for Alan. This is not only his boat but his home. We will start the clean up process today.

 

Any help available is appreciated."

 

Julie Spradling

 

Mississippi River And It's Tributaries

Skarping:  A New Sport That Helps The Environment........

 

Skarping is a new sport that combines cross-disciplinary skills from several different sports, water skiing, butterfly catching, and basketball, into one sport.

 

Skarping not only looks as if it is quite fun, the sport serves an ecological purpose by capturing the invasive Asian carp, as well as helping to protect boaters from being struck by the fish.

 

Savvy businessmen have come up with a wide variety of methods to come up with inventive methods of catching Asian carp, and charging their clients for the privilege of killing them........

 

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

 

Click here to go to Port Charles website

  Click here Port Charles Harbor facebook

 

Illinois Department Of Natural Resources

NRAB Suggests Waterfowl Changes........

 

Recently, the Natural Resources Advisory Board voted to suggest a few changes to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' waterfowl zone and season proposals.

 

Currently, the IDNR is working on developing zone lines and season dates to cover the next five years, meaning the 2016 - 2020 seasons.

 

The NRAB is recommending that the border between the north and Central Zones stays the same, and the opening dates for the South Central Zone be changed to the Saturday nearest to November 5 each year........

 

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

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

TRAP SHOOT AND TRIM A TREE
Hello Fellow Duck Clubbers:


THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2015
Starting at 1pm, trap shooting over the river will begin!

The ugly sweater party and trim a tree begins at 3pm!!

$75 per person includes up to 100 rounds for the day, claybirds and good times, surprises and prizes.

Ladies shoot for $40 and kids are FREE!

Please reply to this email to RSVP so we have enough ammo.

If enough people RSVP the price to shoot will drop.

There will be a qualifying round where you will be placed in one of three groups: Novice, Expert or Master

Each group will have a winner (think Golf tournament Flights)

 

ALL PROCEEDS TO SOCIAL COMMITTEE. We hold this event to have fun and RAISE MONEY. The costs are meant to be a fun way to donate to the Social Committee. Ammo and Clay birds cost a lot, so that explains the fees.

-TJ
Hope to see everyone Saturday!!!

Kaskaskia River House Marina & Campgrounds

 



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From "Now" until "May 2016" for $50.00

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Six months on the Classified Page.  

 

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Ameritex Unveils Trailerable Snapless Pontoon Covers........

 

On Monday, Ameritex Fabric Systems announced that they were introducing two new trailerable, snapless boat cover systems designed specifically for pontoon boats.  Ameritex belongs to the Taylor Made Group.

 

The new Ameritex SureSeal playpen cover utilizes Taylor Made's Press and Seal technology.  The cover features an elastomeric rubber extrusion sewn into it's edges, which fits into a horizontal groove on the underside of the boat's railing.

 

Ameritex is also releasing another playpen cover that features a four point attachment and ratchet tensioning system, which allows the builder to use one cover to fit a variety of furniture layouts........

 

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

 

Click here..Lewis Boats Inc website

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Center Console Builders Have Strong Show........

 

Boat builders specializing in outboard-powered center consoles ended up reporting solid sales during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

 

According to Alan Lang, the national and international sales manager for Scout Boats, says that Scout had the best Fort Lauderdale show on record, selling 15 boats at the show.

 

Regulator Marine reports that they sold six boats at the show, two of them being the company's new Regulator 41, a 41 foot center console........

 

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

 

Mississippi River At Davenport, Iowa

Mayor Vows To Fight For Greenspace Along The Riverfront........

 

Bill Gluba, Davenport's outgoing Mayor, spoke on the recently cleared and seeded former Dock site overlooking Lock and Dam No.15, vowing to preserve the riverfront for public use.

 

There were no members of the Davenport City Council present at the press conference, even though Gluba invited them.  He said that he had been proven correct in a disagreement with the Council over a developer's failed plans for The Dock site.

 

Standing with Gluba were members of the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission and River Action's director Kathy Wine.  Gluba says that serious battles are coming if the City Council screws up the riverfront........

 

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

 

December 1, 2015

BoatU.S. Foundation

Giving Tuesday Coming Up........

 

December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday, a day when people celebrate their generosity.  When anglers, boaters and sailors want to give, they head to boatus.org, the website for the BoatU.s. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

 

The boating not-for-profit's goal since 1981 has been to reduce boating accidents, fatalities, and increase stewardship of the nation's waterways.

 

The majority of the BoatU.S. Foundation's funding comes from boaters and waterways users, so when one gives to the Foundation, they are giving back to boating........

 

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

 

 

Giving Tuesday refers to the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.  The movement is intended to create a notional day of giving, right at the start of the Christmas holiday season........

 

Source:  Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia.  Click here to read more.

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 by Thanksgiving

 

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11-15-15 Update

Day 163:
Ready to start the new week and excited for the event in St.Francisville Louisiana tonight!
Start: Mile Marker 257.6
Finish: Mile Marker 239
 

Make Your Boat a RiverBills Header Picture

   

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

 

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

 

Send your pictures to riverbill@prodigy.net

River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

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

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

 

Grafton Ferry............... 1-800-258-6645 

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................ Closed for the season

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Open

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed for the season

Longshot Saloon................  Closed for the season

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed for the Season

Palisades Yacht Club...........Closed / For Sale

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

 

 

RiverBills Blog Spot !

 

 

 

Mike and Rosie's Swing Set Blog

 

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

 

David Berg's Blog

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Click here to read Jalsails's latest blog

 

Reprinted from Jalsails's Blog

Sailing on the Mardi Gras Blog

 

Click here to read Barry and Linda's latest blog

 

Click here to read Dave and Amanda's latest blog

River Levels & Water Temp for your phone

 

River Levels for Pool 26............    http://www.riverbills.com/River.html

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

Hardin to Peoria ......................... http://www.riverbills.com/River-Ill.html

Saverton, Louisiana, Clarksville...   http://www.riverbills.com/River-Lou.html

 

Add current "river level" information to your mobile device. All you need is internet access... Simply add one of the links shown above

River level information in the charts is updated every 15 minutes to US Army Corps of Engineers data

Send Us Your News Tip !

 

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

 

 

 

Little John's Moptorsports... Click here

Little Johns Marine Service...  Click here

It's Monday

16 November 2015

 

Over 7.6 Million Boater Visits To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Picture of the Day

The Best of Rocktober!

 

 

 

 

 

RiverBills Pictures of the Day......  were sent to us by Ramjet who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat ...... Ginger G

 

Hello Bill!


Here is the best of the last 30 days.


Ramjet
 

 

RiverBill says.... Great pics Ramjet !  Yah mon

A RiverBills T-Shirt Sighting

 

It's the

Not In Key West Girls!

 Click pic to enlarge

 

Hey!!

Who needs Key West!!!!!
 

The girls partying at Kelli Eisele's!

Lisa, Jen, Debbie, Kelli, Judi, Julie, Bretta, Connie, Pat and Lilli!

 

 

 

 

 

Riverbill says......  Yeah, who needs Key West !  Nice T-shirt.

Catch of the Day

 

The Catch of the Day.... was sent to us by Gene Rogalski

 

 

It's Cliff and His Catch !

Caught at Lake Center Marina on 11/15/2015

 

Catch of the Day Page  

Click here and check it out

 


We are open Weekends

Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM to 10:00PM

 

Catering menu.. click here           Daily Menu.... click here

 

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Click here to go to the Boathouse website

 Yesteryear's Pic of the Day

 

The 2013 Palisades Yacht Club's

Customer Appreciation Dinner

Scott, Becky, Chucky Cheese, Amy and Lieutenant Dan

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Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day in 2013....... are from Palisades Yacht Club's "Customer Appreciation Dinner"

 

RiverBill says... Sure do miss Palisades Yacht Club

 

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Grafton Harbor

The Grafton Bird
A Symbol of Grafton


The Grafton Bird characterizes Grafton’s beauty, its courageous forefathers and the present community.

It took three magnificent birds to define the Grafton Bird, the cardinal, the bat and the dove.

The cardinal represents the beauty of the islands, bluffs, wildlife and rivers of our little community. The bright red crown stands high upon his head in pride. He has been well fed since God has blessed our little town with an abundance of riches.

The black bat wings represent the adventures found in the caves, rivers and hills. Within his wings there are five white strokes representing the enterprises of today and yester-years.

The white dove represents the peace and tranquility of our daily lives in our small community. There are 12 tail feathers all representing the history, stories and families, found in each of these locations or buildings: Dagget Hollow, Mason Hollow, Simm’s Hollow, Distillery Hollow, Jersey or Cork Hollow, School House Hollow, Graham Hollow, Baby Hollow, Bockholt Hollow, Babbs Hollow, Camden Hollow and the churches, the school and the paradise playground for all.

The separation between the dove’s feathers signify the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

The Grafton Bird will always be a symbol of Grafton’s history. From the Kickapoo Indians, to James Mason founder of Grafton, to the men, women and children of Grafton today, we will always be grateful for this resilient little river town. The Lord has blessed us and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful masterpiece that we call Grafton, Illinois.

Relish your little Grafton Bird and when you see him hanging from your Christmas Tree, remember that life is a melody of adventures just waiting for you to enjoy.

Purchase Your “Grafton Bird Christmas Tree Ornament” at Grafton Harbor for just $19.95.

Grafton Harbor
215 West Water Street
Grafton, IL 62037
618-786-7678
 

Click here to go to Grafton Harbor's website

618-786-PORT (7678)

 

River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports

 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website        

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

 

 

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

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Updated 12 November 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

   

 

 

 

Dredge Potter
- Completed dredging RM 173.1 and has start dredging at RM 67.5.

 

Mississippi River

UPPER MISS RM 300-195 MAINTENANCE
A USACE contractor will be working on dikes & revetments between RM's 300-195 until further notice. Mariners are asked to transit any construction areas at their slowest safe speed.

 

MILE 324.9 - L/D CLOSURE
On November 16, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., L/D 21 in the vicinity of Mile 324.9, will be closed for repairs. During this closure, mariners are urged NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact L/D 21 at (217) 222-0918 or VHF-FM Channel 14, for the latest information.

 

Illinois River

IL RM 71.3 - MEREDOSIA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
A work barge is located upstream of the existing bridge along the LDB. Mariners are advised to transit the bridge with caution.

 

Missouri River

MILE 8.2 - BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
Burlington Northern (Bellfontaine) Railroad Bridge; Floating workplant will be periodically operating in the navigation channel, Monday through
Friday, during daylight hours only. Workplant will move upon request by contacting M/V AL GAULT ON VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16.

 

Kaskaskia River

Route 182 Bridge pier and deck repair work continues from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. Mariners may contact the onsite work boat M/V MISS LUCY via VHF-FM Channel 13 for further information

 

The above info is for your reference. Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report

 

Items reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers

 

We offer full fiberglass repair, high performance upgrades, transom & stringer rebuilds, service on older products, new & used parts department, an accessories department, as well as many other services to suit everyone's boating needs. We continue to display our Yamaha Sport Boat & Waverunners, Hurricane Deckboats, SanPan, AquaPatio, and Sweetwater Pontoons, along with our newest line of Crest Pontoons and Manitou

 

St. Charles Boat & Motor website      St. Charles boat & Motor Facebook

Where the Rivers Run

Channel 9 Tonight !

 

Hey Bill,
I was up early this morning watching my Sunday morning travel shows on Ch.9. They had an ad for a documentary called Where the Rivers Run. It is on Monday night at 7:00 P.M.

 

From what I saw it looked liked it is about Missouri rivers and streams.


Thanks,
Brian Schaffer
Dock Dynasty @ Eagles Landing

 

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WHERE THE RIVERS RUN

From NineNet.Org

 

"Using many aerial views shot in high definition from a drone by independent videographer Tony Carosella, Where the Rivers Run presents beautifully compelling images of Missouri’s forests, bluffs, prairies and rivers that make evident how the landscape serves as an inspiration to artists, chefs, farmers, vintners, scientists, environmentalists and naturalists. It shows a land shaped by rivers and the people who depend on both."

 

- See more at: http://ninenet.org/archives/29055#sthash.K5KQwyck.dpuf

 

Reprinted from ninenet.org

 

Missouri River Conservation

Missouri River Relief Awarded EPA Grant........

 

Recently, Missouri River Relief was named among 35 organizations that will receive a piece of the $3.3 million that the Environmental Protection Agency set aside for their Environmental Education Grants Program.

 

The EPA made the announcement on Tuesday.  The grants will range between $40,000 and $192,000 for each organization. 

 

Missouri River Relief is slated to receive $91,000 for "Building Capacity for Missouri River Environmental Education". This is a program intended to increase the involvement of the communities along the Lower Missouri River in sustaining the river........

 

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

 

 

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Boat Safety

Precautions Necessary To Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning........

 

The Illinois Conservation Police are reminding the public to be aware of the dangers carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless gas produced by portable heaters and generators.

 

As the temperatures fall, people typically rely on portable heating devices to stay warm when hunting or fishing.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recommends the installation of carbon monoxide detectors, and inspecting equipment prior to it's use.

 

Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez says that carbon monoxide detectors should be used aboard your boat, cabin, or in your camper, as carbon monoxide often isn't detected until it is too late........

 

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

 

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