~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
July 2018

07-21-18  -   07-31-18

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

TUESDAY

31 July 2018

 

 

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Duck Blind Island

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

 

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day..... were sent to us by Capt'n Brad Maher

 

 

RiverBill,

Went out to Duck Blind Island last Friday. Enjoyed beautiful weather, a full moon and fireworks.

Brad Maher
Alton Motorboat Club

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 Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

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Grafton Harbor.... 618-786-PORT (7678)

 

First Mate is a boat brokerage located on the beautiful upper Mississippi.

We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!

 

 Click here for Facebook    Click here for Website    Browse Our Boats

 

 

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 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Two Cruise Ships

In One Day ~ 2017

 

 

 

  

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YesterYears Picture on This Day in 2017... were sent to us by Debbie Chambers who hails out of the Two Branch area of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River...

 

Bill,

Good morning from the riverhouse!  Got to see two cruise ships in one day!

 

Debbie

 

 

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Featured Classifieds

2001 Maxum 2500 SCR with Trailer

SOLD

20x60' Covered Yacht Slip at Duck Club Yacht Club

1998 Crownline CCR 225 1996 402 Commodore 1979 Bluewater Yachts Coastal Cruiser 40'

1998 33' Sea Ray Sundancer

NEW PRICE 7-12-18

2001 38 Special Baja

NEW PRICE 7-12-18

1978 SeaRay Express Cruiser and Boat Dock with Lifts

1988 SeaRay Sundancer 300 1995 24ft Fourwinds Sundowner 1991 Landau, Sport 20 Pontoon Boat

1994 37’ Gibson Sport Series Houseboat 1990 Sea Ray 2007 Baja Boss 275

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2001 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer 137 Dogtown Road South, Batchtown, IL , Calhoun County 1987 Wellcraft Gran Sport 3400 Express Cruiser

1989 Sea Ray 27 Pachanga 2004 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer 

1997 Glastron 20' Fish and Ski

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1979 36' Whitcraft motor yacht

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07/30/2018..Lake Of The Ozarks..Person(s) Departs Watercraft Voluntarily

OCCURRED AS SUBJECT JUMPED OFF VESSEL 1 AND WAS STRUCK BY THE PROPELLER

Click here to read the full report.

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website for "all" incident reports       

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

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   US Army Corps of Engineers
   St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

 

 

Updated July 25, 2018

Mississippi River

.MILE 283.2 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Louisiana Highway Bridge; Horizontal clearance in the navigation channel may be reduced to 325 feet, due to ongoing construction. Work boats may be traversing the navigation channel at various times while work is being conducted. For additional information, mariners may contact the M/V BILL STAHL or M/V BILOXI II via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, or call (573) 238-5724.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 67.61 - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
Washington Bridge Replacement; Horizontal clearance in the navigation span is reduced to 350 feet due to ongoing construction work. Mariners may contact M/V PIASA via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, for more information.
 

Click here  for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report 

RiverBills Facebook

Two FaceBook Pages for You

 

The "River News and Media" Page

This page contains river news, RiverBills Pictures of the Day, Upcoming River Events, info from RiverBills.com advertisers, etc.

Click here and check it out

 

The "Boaters Group" Page

It's a group for all the boaters on all the rivers near the "PORT OF ST. LOUIS AND BEYOND." It's a Public Group, open to anyone that wants to join in. A place to post your boating pictures, shout outs, questions, comments, etc.  Stay in touch with other boaters all year long.  Invite your Boating Friends. 

We have 2,951 members as of 07-31-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

Duck Boat News

$100 Million Lawsuit Filed In Fatal Duck Boat Accident........

 

A lawsuit alleges that the owners and operators of the duck boat that sank earlier in the month placed profits over passenger's safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks vessel on Table Rock Lake, despite design issues and severe weather warnings.

 

The suit was filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City and seeks $100 million in damages on behalf of two of the nine members of an Indiana family that perished when the duck boat they were aboard sank on Table Rock Lake on July 19. 

 

On Monday, a second lawsuit was filed in Missouri State Court on the behalf of three daughters of William and Michelle Bright of Higginsville that perished during the accident.  This wrongful death lawsuit is claiming over $125,000 in damages........

 

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

 

 

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More Duck Boat News

Missouri Initiates Criminal Probe Into Duck Boat Sinking........

 

On Monday, the Missouri attorney general's office announced that they have initiated a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tourist boat sinking on a Missouri lake, claiming the lives of 17 people.

 

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's office confirmed that they have opened an investigation under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act into the July 19th duck boat sinking on Table Rock Lake.

 

Hawley's spokeswoman, Mary Compton stated in an email that they are currently working with investigators to seek out the facts, and determine whether criminal charges would be appropriate........

 

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

 

GoFundMe

Captain Dennis & First Mate Bev

Injured In Saturday's Boat Explosion at Grafton harbor........

 

 

 On July 21, 2018, Captain Dennis Day and his wife Bev were entering the mouth of Grafton Marina when their boat exploded. Both were severely burned, and airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis, MO. Although their injuries were not life threatening, they will incur medical expenses that will not be covered by their insurance. Our Grafton Harbor family love this couple and want to help them with this, that is why we are setting up this campaign.

 

Click here to donate

 

Sat, August 4, 2018

My River Home Poker Run @ Mikes LaRosa

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux .......

 

My River Home website       My River Home Facebook     Mike's LaRosa Facebook

Help Wanted

Trade Only Today Job Board........

 

Below are just a couple of the jobs posted on Trade Only Today's Job Board

    Retail Sales Specialists-Formula.. click here

    Sales Manager-SkipperBud's........ click here

 

Click here and check them all out

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

Music lineup
   Sat..Aug 4th.... Sonic Tonic
  

 

Summer Hours

Thurs 5pm - 10:pm     Fri 12pm - 1am     Sat 12pm - 1am    Sun 12pm - 10 pm

Kitchen closes nightly at 9pm

Portage des Sioux, MO

Froge's Bar and Grill

 

We will be closed Sunday, August 5th for the Annual Portage Picnic. Sorry for any inconvenience

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Beach Boys Played To Sold Out Amphitheater Crowd on Sunday........

 

Perennial summertime favorites, The Beach Boys, played to a sold out crowd at Alton's Liberty Bank Riverfront Amphitheater on Sunday. 

 

Alton Mayor Brant Walker says that the event was probably the biggest event of the summer for Alton.  He notes that the event would have been perfect, if the weather had cooperated.

 

Walker added that attendees stayed during the entire concert, even after it began to rain.  He says the concert was like a sing-along, that everyone, young and old, knew the lyrics........

 

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

 

 

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Mississippi River At Rock Island, Illinois

Family Of Missing Boy Believes Body Trapped Under The Dock........

 

On July 24, two year old Hawk Newberry fell into the Mississippi River from a dock at Schweibert Riverfront Park in Rock Island.  It is believed that the boy drowned.  For the past week, emergency responders have been using boats to search the area.

 

Responders have found no trace of the boy, and Newberry's family is saying that they believe his body is still under the dock.  John Bell, the boy's great uncle, says that he has been out there every day, and he strongly believes the boy is under the dock, near where he went into the water.

 

Bell said that the divers that had been searching under the dock discovered a considerable amount of debris under the dock, including a log that temporarily trapped a diver.  Bell noted that a section of the dock directly across from where the boy went in contains a long board that traps debris, and there is no way for the debris to escape........

 

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

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

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Mississippi River At Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Two Riverboats Stopped At Cape Over The Weekend........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a few photos of the American Queen and the American Duchess, as they both made stops along the Cape Girardeau riverfront on Friday and Saturday....

 

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

 

 

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 Boats + Crest, Mercury + Yamaha Outboards and Heritage & Haul Rite trailers

 

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

Mississippi River Near Red Wing, Minnesota

Stalled Boat Struck By A Barge....  Passengers Rescued....

 

On Saturday afternoon, a motorboat that ran out of fuel was struck by a barge along the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minnesota.  Several passengers were tossed into the river.

 

The incident occurred shortly after 1 pm Saturday, when a 15 foot vessel stalled in the main channel and started to drift downstream with the current.  The tow boat Bill Stegbauer was headed upstream with a six barge tow, when the collision occurred.

 

When the collision occurred, two of the boat's three passengers were thrown from the vessel into the water.  One was tossed a floaty cushion by a nearby boater and rescued. 

 

The second passenger went under the barge, prior to surfacing on it's side.  The boat's captain climbed onto the barge and then jumped into the water to assist the female passenger.  The barge crew lowered a ladder, which the pair clung to until Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies arrived in a patrol boat........

 

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

 

Dining room/ lounge bar & sports bar that offers live video gaming

 

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From "Now" until "Jan 2019" 

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Little John's Moptorsports... Click here

Little Johns Marine Service...  Click here
 Sat, Jun 2 – Sun, Jun 3, 2018   Kentucky Lake
 Fri, Jun 8 – Sun, Jun 10, 2018   Wheatland, Mo
 Sat, Jul 7 – Sun, Jul 8, 2018   Kentucky Lake
 Sat, Jul 21 – Sun, Jul 22, 2018   Evansville, IL
 Sat, Aug 4 – Sun, Aug 5, 2018   Chouteau, Ok
 Sat, Aug 25 – Sun, Aug 26, 2018   Livermore, Ky
 Fri, Aug 31 – Sun, Sep 2, 2018   Wheatland, Mo
 Fri, Nov 2 - Sun, Nov 4, 2018   Phoenix, AZ

What's Going on This Week

3rd Chute Bar & Grill
211 W. Main St. Grafton, IL

 

Sun.. Aug 5..

Dana & John's Acoustic Arsenal ..2pm

 

OPEN DAILY
Just a short walk from Grafton Harbor
Breakfast available every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am till 12pm

$5.00 lunch specials from 11am till 2pm

3rd Chute Upcoming Events.. click here

Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL

 

 

Sat..... Aug 25, 2018
The Alton Marina 22nd Anniversary Party 2018
Black Iron BBQ Will Start Serving At 6 pm
Smash Band Will Start At 7:30 pm Till 11 pm
Big Screen Show At 9:15 pm
 

The Alton Marina Deli and Ship’s Store is Open

Come see all our new goodies, check out our sale items and enjoy Beth’s yummy new menu

bluff city grill

424 Broadway, Alton, IL

 

 

Open 7 Days A Week

Just a short walk from Alton Marina

 

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

Monday Thru Friday from 3-6pm! $2.25 Domestic Beer Bottles, $3.00 Well Drinks and 6 Wings and a Domestic Beer $5.99


 

Blessing of the Fleet

Our Lady Of The Rivers

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 
This year's theme will be:

 

First Responders and Armed Services

 

Save the Date

2018 Blessing of the Fleet

August 18, 2018


http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

The Boathouse

Northshore Marina

 

 

 

Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

Music lineup for the month of August
   (Sat) 4th- Sonic Tonic
   (Sat) 11th- Nick Stergos
   (Sat) 18th- The Outlaw Opry (7-11pm)
   (Fri) 31st- DJ Doc

Flowing right into the Holiday weekend. ( Labor Day Weekend)

SEPT
   (Sat) 1st- Piasia Project
   (Sun) 2nd- Nick Stergos
   (Mon) 3rd- Labor Day - no live music
   ALL MUSIC IS BOOKED FROM 8-12pm

 

Summer Hours

Thurs 5pm - 10:pm     Fri 12pm - 1am     Sat 12pm - 1am    Sun 12pm - 10 pm

Kitchen closes every night at 9pm

Illinois River at Naples, IL

Evandy's Boatel

 

Sat.. Aug 4..Hearsay Live ..2pm
Sat.. Aug 4..The Cary Miller Band..8pm
Sun..Aug 5..Spunky Bottom Girls..2pm
 

 

Life is Good on The River!
 

Evandy's Boatel Upcoming Events.. click here

Portage des Sioux, MO

Froge's Bar and Grill

 

We will be closed Sunday, August 5th for the Annual Portage Picnic. Sorry for any inconvenience

 

1" smoked pork steaks w/2 sides every Saturday 2pm-gone $11.49

 

Every Friday throughout the year we serve whole catfish, catfish nuggets, Alaskan Pollock and salmon served with 2 sides and a soft drink for $8.99 from 11am until gone or 10pm

Grafton Harbor

Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

Grafton Harbor offers weekday specials on Boat Rental. Rent one of our beautiful Landau Pontoon Boats for 4 hours get 2 additional hours FREE!! Just $295 for rental, gas and tax!! Need a guide? No problem! You can hire a guide to drive your boat for just an additional $25 / hour! (When Available)
2 Hour Rental: $195
Full Day: $488
Call 618-786-7678
Offer excludes holidays
 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor River Adventures
 

Sat.. Aug 4..Pirate Cruises

2:30 -3:30 Kids Pirate Cruise

4:00 -5:00 Kids Pirate Cruise...FULL

6:00 -8:00 Pirate Rum on the River Cruise

 

 

6:30-8:30pm • July 14 • $29/person
Hakuna Moscato Sunset Cruise


You may have a need to unite with those who have gone before you or maybe you need assistance in removing emotional and spiritual blockages. Whatever your needs Dave and Donna will be on our cruise ready to help you.

 

 

Saturdays from 3-4pm & Sundays from 2-3pm from May-November!*


The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest

For more information ... click here

Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

 

Sat... Aug 4... Lenny Frisch...1pm

 

OPEN MONDAY 11AM-6PM

FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

 

TUE - THUR & SUN.. 11AM-11PM
FRI & SAT............... 11AM-1AM

 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

 

Grafton, IL

Confluence of Mississippi  & Illinois Rivers

Two Week Activity  Calendar

 

Click here and check out Grafton's Event and Music Calendar ....    7-24 thru 8-05-2018

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL

 

Kinders Restaurant i
  Business Hours


Wed........... 11am-5pm

Thur........... 11am-8pm
Fri & Sat.... 11am-9pm
Sun........... 11am-8pm

 

 

The Loading Dock

Confluence Illinois & Mississippi Rivers Grafton Illinois

 

Fri....Aug 3.....TBD

Sat.. Aug 4... Jakes Leg 6pm

Sun..Aug 5.....Jorrels

 

Click here for the Loading Dock's band schedule

Longshot Saloon

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux...

 

 

Sat.. Sept 1, 2018

WHAT A SHOW THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!! DONT MISS IT!!
POWERHOUSE 747 & MINI KISS!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018 SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!
$10 entry charge starting at NOON 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8

 

 

Thursday is $.99 Taco Night!

 

Longshot Saloon is OPEN Thursday-Sunday’s until end of October.

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Sat.. Aug 4... Skylark Brothers

Sun..Aug 5... Modin

 

Click here for Mike's Larosa Bar Sat band Schedule

Yacht Club of St. Louis

UMR 225 On Dardenne Slough of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

Hours of operation for August
Thursday open at 5pm
Friday thru Sunday open at 12pm
Kitchen closes at 9pm Thursday and Sunday
Kitchen closes at 10pm on Friday and Saturday

 

More Things Going On This Week

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River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ....618-  535-5759

Winfield Ferry.............618-  535-5759

Grafton Ferry............ 1-800-258-6645  ..Open Fri, Sat, Sun

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........
 
3rd Chute Bar & Grill ......................... Open All Year
Arrrr Bar at Grafton Harbor.................. Open
bluff city grill..................... Open All Year
Boathouse Food & Deck..................... Open All Year
Cedar Hill Resort................................ Open
Driftwood Crab Shack @ MRH Resort.. TBD
Duck Club Yacht Club........................ Open
Evandy's_Boatel................................ Open
Froges Bar & Grill.............................. Open All Year
Grafton Harbor Winery & Gift Shop...... Open
Grafton Oyster Bar............................. Open All Year
Kinder's Restaurant.......................... Open
Longshot Saloon................................ Open
LaRosa Cantina................................. Open
Yacht Club of St. Louis..................... Open

MONDAY

30 July 2018

 

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Catch of the Day

 

CATCHING THE BLUES

AT HOPPIES

 

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The Catch of the Day..... was sent to us by Capt'n Claudia Burris who hails out of Hoppie's Marina in Kimmswick, Mo

 

Hi Bill,

Check out the catfish (58-60lb) that Rick Smole caught on the Mississippi River south of Hoppies! All together the guys caught four large blues. We’re having a big fish fry on Sunday. Come on down!

Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina Correspondent

 

 

Catch of the Day Page

Click here and check it out

 

 Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Website.. click here             Facebook.. click here

 

 

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Grafton Harbor.... 618-786-PORT (7678)

 

First Mate is a boat brokerage located on the beautiful upper Mississippi.

We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!

 

 Click here for Facebook    Click here for Website    Browse Our Boats

 

 

click here for Facebook            click here for website

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Cool Summer Knights

At Woodland marina ~ 2017

 

 

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YesterYears Picture on This Day in 2017... were sent to us by Ramjet who hails out of  Woodland Marina

 

Hi Bill,
Good to see you for some Rum, Barbecue, Music, Great Conversation. A comfortable, cool, calm, fun evening.

Ramjet

 

 

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www.RiverBills.com

Featured Classifieds

2001 Maxum 2500 SCR with Trailer

SOLD

20x60' Covered Yacht Slip at Duck Club Yacht Club

1998 Crownline CCR 225 1996 402 Commodore 1979 Bluewater Yachts Coastal Cruiser 40'

1998 33' Sea Ray Sundancer

NEW PRICE 7-12-18

2001 38 Special Baja

NEW PRICE 7-12-18

1978 SeaRay Express Cruiser and Boat Dock with Lifts

1988 SeaRay Sundancer 300 1995 24ft Fourwinds Sundowner 1991 Landau, Sport 20 Pontoon Boat

1994 37’ Gibson Sport Series Houseboat 1990 Sea Ray 2007 Baja Boss 275

NEW PRICE 7-30-18

2001 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer 137 Dogtown Road South, Batchtown, IL , Calhoun County 1987 Wellcraft Gran Sport 3400 Express Cruiser

1989 Sea Ray 27 Pachanga 2004 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer 

1997 Glastron 20' Fish and Ski

ADDED PRICE 6-12-18

1979 36' Whitcraft motor yacht

ADDED PRICE 6-12-18

SOLD

SOLD

     

More Boats on RiverBills.com

"All Classifieds Page"... click here

 

MONDAY 11AM-6PM FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

TUESDAY - THURSDAY & SUNDAY 11AM-11PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM-1AM
 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

Menu..  click here   Website.. click here   Facebook.. click here

 

River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports near the St. Louis area

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website for "all" incident reports       

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

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

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

 

   US Army Corps of Engineers
   St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

 

 

Updated July 25, 2018

Mississippi River

.MILE 283.2 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Louisiana Highway Bridge; Horizontal clearance in the navigation channel may be reduced to 325 feet, due to ongoing construction. Work boats may be traversing the navigation channel at various times while work is being conducted. For additional information, mariners may contact the M/V BILL STAHL or M/V BILOXI II via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, or call (573) 238-5724.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 67.61 - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
Washington Bridge Replacement; Horizontal clearance in the navigation span is reduced to 350 feet due to ongoing construction work. Mariners may contact M/V PIASA via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, for more information.
 

Click here  for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report 

RiverBills Facebook

Two FaceBook Pages for You

 

The "River News and Media" Page

This page contains river news, RiverBills Pictures of the Day, Upcoming River Events, info from RiverBills.com advertisers, etc.

Click here and check it out

 

The "Boaters Group" Page

It's a group for all the boaters on all the rivers near the "PORT OF ST. LOUIS AND BEYOND." It's a Public Group, open to anyone that wants to join in. A place to post your boating pictures, shout outs, questions, comments, etc.  Stay in touch with other boaters all year long.  Invite your Boating Friends. 

We have 2,946 members as of 07-30-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

Courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers

 

Ohio River At Olmstead, Illinois

After 30 Years, Locks Primed To Open........

 

This fall, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are expected to partially open the new lock and dam system on the Ohio River near Olmstead, Illinois.  The plan is to have vessels moving through the Olmstead Locks and Dam in October.

 

This project has been in the works since 1988.  The project was originally intended to be completed by 2013 at a cost of $775 million.  Later, costs ballooned to over $3 billion.

 

The cost increase was due to the decision to use "in the wet" construction processes, which involves lowering huge concrete building components into the river rather than using coffer dams, which creates dry space to work.  The coffer dams would have created dangerous water levels for barges along the Ohio River........

 

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

 

 

Click here for more information about Olmstead Lock and Dam on the Ohio River

 

 

Get your crew together

Plan your decorations

Take part in the parade !

 

Click here for more info

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK DURING SEASON !

 

Click here...... Port Charles Harbor website

Click here......Port Charles Harbor Facebook

 

BOATING SEASON IS HERE !

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR WAKE"

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR TRASH"

 

www.RiverBills.com         

 

The Great Flood Of 1993

What Lessons Were Learned By The Flood?

 

Twenty five years ago this week, the St. Louis region, and a sizable portion of the Midwest was paralyzed by one of the worst flooding events in U.S. history.

 

Following the devastating Flood of 1993, officials swore that they would learn from the disaster, and work to mitigate future flooding risks.

 

Despite this, major flooding has hit the St. Louis region with unusual frequency in the intervening years.  Some experts are even claiming that the region is more vulnerable........

 

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

 

GoFundMe

Captain Dennis & First Mate Bev

Injured In Saturday's Boat Explosion at Grafton harbor........

 

 

 On July 21, 2018, Captain Dennis Day and his wife Bev were entering the mouth of Grafton Marina when their boat exploded. Both were severely burned, and airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis, MO. Although their injuries were not life threatening, they will incur medical expenses that will not be covered by their insurance. Our Grafton Harbor family love this couple and want to help them with this, that is why we are setting up this campaign.

 

Click here to donate

 

Sat, August 4, 2018

My River Home Poker Run @ Mikes LaRosa

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux .......

 

My River Home website       My River Home Facebook     Mike's LaRosa Facebook

Mississippi River Opinions

Congress Should Enact Flood Mitigation Plans........

 

Some are calling for more studies of flooding along the Mississippi River, however, others say more studies are not needed, and that Congress should be implementing plans for preventing future disasters.

 

Since 1993, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spend more than $30 million on flooding studies.  There have also been studies carried out by federal and state agencies costing millions more.

 

One conclusion drawn from all of the studies indicates that there is more annual rainfall and rainfall intensity compared to when the locks and dams were constructed, and water resources infrastructure and levees were last improved........

 

Click here to read this op/ed piece from whig.com

 

 

  Website..click here      Facebook Page..click here

 

Mississippi River Journeys

Warrior Expeditions Helps Veterans "Walk Off The War"........

 

On July 18, Veterans Rick Bain, Matt Roy and Ryan Webb began a paddling journey down the Mississippi River when they set their canoes into Lake Itasca.

 

The men began as strangers, but were brought together by the not-for-profit organization, Warrior Expeditions.  The organization outfits combat veterans for long-term paddling, hiking and biking trips.

 

Warrior Expeditions was founded by former Marine Sean Gobin after he hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2012.  The goal of Warrior Expeditions is to help combat veterans benefit from outdoor adventures. 

 

This concept is based upon World War II Veteran Earl Shaffer's statement that he was going to "walk off the war" when he became the first person to hike the complete Appalachian Trail back in 1948........

 

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

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

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Black River Near Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Man Charged In Fatal Boating Accident........

 

27 year old Braden Bollinger of Dexter, Missouri has been charged in a fatal boating collision that occurred along the Black River near Poplar Bluff on Sunday, June 3.

 

Bollinger was charged with one count of boating while intoxicated resulting in the death of another, two counts of BWI resulting in serious injury and two counts of BWI resulting on physical injury.  His bond was set at $100,000.

 

Reportedly, Bollenger and a passenger were travelling downstream and veered into the path of a second boat carrying a 16 year old and two other passengers.  The 16 year old was killed in the incident........

 

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

 

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 Boats + Crest, Mercury + Yamaha Outboards and Heritage & Haul Rite trailers

 

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

Mississippi River At Minneapolis, Minnesota

Woman Jumped From Bridge....  Saved By Homeless Man....

 

Officials report that a homeless man rescued a woman that had jumped from a bridge into the Mississippi River close to downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

The University of Minnesota police state that the woman leapt from the Washington Avenue Bridge into the Mississippi River around 2:30 am Saturday morning.

 

A homeless man camping under the span heard the woman fall and jumped into the water to rescue her.  The woman survived the fall, and was taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation........

 

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

 

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 Sat, Jul 7 – Sun, Jul 8, 2018   Kentucky Lake
 Sat, Jul 21 – Sun, Jul 22, 2018   Evansville, IL
 Sat, Aug 4 – Sun, Aug 5, 2018   Chouteau, Ok
 Sat, Aug 25 – Sun, Aug 26, 2018   Livermore, Ky
 Fri, Aug 31 – Sun, Sep 2, 2018   Wheatland, Mo
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What's Going on This Week

3rd Chute Bar & Grill
211 W. Main St. Grafton, IL

 

OPEN DAILY
Just a short walk from Grafton Harbor
Breakfast available every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am till 12pm

$5.00 lunch specials from 11am till 2pm

3rd Chute Upcoming Events.. click here

Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL

 

 

Sat..... Aug 25, 2018
The Alton Marina 22nd Anniversary Party 2018
Black Iron BBQ Will Start Serving At 6 pm
Smash Band Will Start At 7:30 pm Till 11 pm
Big Screen Show At 9:15 pm
 

The Alton Marina Deli and Ship’s Store is Open

Come see all our new goodies, check out our sale items and enjoy Beth’s yummy new menu

bluff city grill

424 Broadway, Alton, IL

 

 

Open 7 Days A Week

Just a short walk from Alton Marina

 

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

Monday Thru Friday from 3-6pm! $2.25 Domestic Beer Bottles, $3.00 Well Drinks and 6 Wings and a Domestic Beer $5.99


 

Blessing of the Fleet

Our Lady Of The Rivers

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 
This year's theme will be:

 

First Responders and Armed Services

 

Save the Date

2018 Blessing of the Fleet

August 18, 2018


http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

The Boathouse

Northshore Marina

 

 

 

Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

Music lineup for the month of August
   (Sat) 4th- Sonic Tonic
   (Sat) 11th- Nick Stergos
   (Sat) 18th- The Outlaw Opry (7-11pm)
   (Fri) 31st- DJ Doc

Flowing right into the Holiday weekend. ( Labor Day Weekend)

SEPT
   (Sat) 1st- Piasia Project
   (Sun) 2nd- Nick Stergos
   (Mon) 3rd- Labor Day - no live music
   ALL MUSIC IS BOOKED FROM 8-12pm

Illinois River at Naples, IL

Evandy's Boatel

 

 

Life is Good on The River!
 

Evandy's Boatel Upcoming Events.. click here

Portage des Sioux, MO

Froge's Bar and Grill

 

1" smoked pork steaks w/2 sides every Saturday 2pm-gone $11.49

 

Every Friday throughout the year we serve whole catfish, catfish nuggets, Alaskan Pollock and salmon served with 2 sides and a soft drink for $8.99 from 11am until gone or 10pm

Grafton Harbor

Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

Grafton Harbor offers weekday specials on Boat Rental. Rent one of our beautiful Landau Pontoon Boats for 4 hours get 2 additional hours FREE!! Just $295 for rental, gas and tax!! Need a guide? No problem! You can hire a guide to drive your boat for just an additional $25 / hour! (When Available)
2 Hour Rental: $195
Full Day: $488
Call 618-786-7678
Offer excludes holidays
 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor River Adventures
 

6:30-8:30pm • July 14 • $29/person
Hakuna Moscato Sunset Cruise


You may have a need to unite with those who have gone before you or maybe you need assistance in removing emotional and spiritual blockages. Whatever your needs Dave and Donna will be on our cruise ready to help you.

 

 

Saturdays from 3-4pm & Sundays from 2-3pm from May-November!*


The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest

For more information ... click here

Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

SHRIMP FESTIVAL

Click here...for the menu for this weekends SHRIMP FESTIVAL at Grafton Oyster Bar!! Festival hours are Sat. July 28 & Sun. July 29 12p.m.~9p.m.

 

 

OPEN MONDAY 11AM-6PM

FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

 

TUE - THUR & SUN.. 11AM-11PM
FRI & SAT............... 11AM-1AM

 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

 

Grafton, IL

Confluence of Mississippi  & Illinois Rivers

Two Week Activity  Calendar

 

Click here and check out Grafton's Event and Music Calendar ....    7-24 thru 8-05-2018

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL

 

Kinders Restaurant i
  Business Hours


Wed........... 11am-5pm

Thur........... 11am-8pm
Fri & Sat.... 11am-9pm
Sun........... 11am-8pm

 

 

The Loading Dock

Confluence Illinois & Mississippi Rivers Grafton Illinois

 

 

Click here for the Loading Dock's band schedule

Longshot Saloon

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux...

 

 

Sat.. Sept 1, 2018

WHAT A SHOW THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!! DONT MISS IT!!
POWERHOUSE 747 & MINI KISS!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018 SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!
$10 entry charge starting at NOON 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8

 

 

Thursday is $.99 Taco Night!

 

Longshot Saloon is OPEN Thursday-Sunday’s until end of October.

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

 

Click here for Mike's Larosa Bar Sat band Schedule

Yacht Club of St. Louis

UMR 225 On Dardenne Slough of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

Hours of operation for August
Thursday open at 5pm
Friday thru Sunday open at 12pm
Kitchen closes at 9pm Thursday and Sunday
Kitchen closes at 10pm on Friday and Saturday

 

More Things Going On This Week

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River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ....618-  535-5759

Winfield Ferry.............618-  535-5759

Grafton Ferry............ 1-800-258-6645  ..Open Fri, Sat, Sun

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........
 
3rd Chute Bar & Grill ......................... Open All Year
Arrrr Bar at Grafton Harbor.................. Open
bluff city grill..................... Open All Year
Boathouse Food & Deck..................... Open All Year
Cedar Hill Resort................................ Open
Driftwood Crab Shack @ MRH Resort.. TBD
Duck Club Yacht Club........................ Open
Evandy's_Boatel................................ Open
Froges Bar & Grill.............................. Open All Year
Grafton Harbor Winery & Gift Shop...... Open
Grafton Oyster Bar............................. Open All Year
Kinder's Restaurant.......................... Open
Longshot Saloon................................ Open
LaRosa Cantina................................. Open
Yacht Club of St. Louis..................... Open

THE WEEKEND

Sat, Sun.. 28, 29 July 2018

 

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

 

Joe the River Rat

and his

Solar Powered Electric Canoe!

Sun Pic

 

click pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Claudia Burris who hails out of Hoppies Marina in Kimmswick, Mo

 

Hi Bill,

I met “Joe the River Rat” today in his solar powered electric canoe! He traveled about 1,300 miles so far from the headwaters of the Mississippi to Hoppies and will stop at Haiti, Mo., so he can go to Burning Man in Nevada. An interesting fellow!


Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina Correspondent

 

 

Check out our

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You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

 

Meramec Marina Motto

Sun Pic

 

click pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Capt'n Darryll Weil

 

Bill:
Shared this pic from a friend of mine on your facebook group and thought you might like it. Here's what I posted.

Darryll


Growing up in Fenton MO on the Meramec River I had the great pleasure seeing friends of ours build this marina and think they have one of the best mottoes ever when it comes to boating.
 

Check out Meramec Marina's Facebook Page

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Check out our

"You Never Know What You Will See On The River" page

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5 Wanna be Huck Finns

Sun Pic

 

click pic to enlarge

 

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

 

Bill:


Picture of 5 nine year old boys planning a trip down the “Old Mississippi “

Our three grandsons and 2 friends at the Woodland Marina Point!

From:

Capt Larry

of The Mint To Be

out of Woodland Marina
 

Tows Lined Up... Waiting

Melvin Price Lock and Dam

Sat Pic

 

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

The Pictures of the Day..... were sent to us by Capt'n Brad Maher

 

RiverBill,

Main chamber at Melvin Price still shut down. Once it opens there will be a parade of barges up and down pool 26 because they are backed up for miles on both sides.

Brad Maher
Alton Motorboat Club

 

FYI to all

The main chamber at Melvin Price Lock and Dam is closed

See Notice Below

 

Melvin Price Lock and Dam

Main Chamber is Closed Until August 10.....

 

 

 

 

  US Army Corps

  of Engineers

NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS

 

 ST. LOUIS DISTRICT DATE DATE: 07/23/2018 NOTICE NUMBER: 8976-1  
 ATTN: CEMVS-DE   LOCAL NUMBER: 18-11A  
 1222 SPRUCE STREET POC: Allen Barnes WTRWY/CHNL: UPPER MISSISSIPPI  
 ST. LOUIS MO 63103-2833 Lockmaster LOCK(S): MI 26  
 HTTP://WWW.MVS.USACE.ARMY.MIL/ 618-462-1713 EFFECTIVE: 07/11/2018 17:00 thru   08/10/2018 17:00 CDT  
 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS AND SCHEDULED LOCK CLOSURE
Melvin Price Locks & Dam, Main Lock UMR mile 200.5


1. The current closure of the Main Lock at Mel Price Locks and Dam will be extended to 1700 hours on 10 August 2018. Structural repairs to the Main Lock Lift Gates are necessary in order to put the lock back into operation.Please watch for updates as the dates may change. During this time vessels will not be permitted to land on the upstream long guidewall of the main lock.
2. During the closure of the Main Lock the 600-foot Auxiliary Lock will remain open, but without tow haulage equipment, tows requiring double lockage will have to provide their own helper boat to pull cuts and assist with making up tows. All southbound vessels will be required to use a second helper boat, provided by the Corps, when landing on the approach wall to insure a safe approach and mitigate risk to the upstream gates.
3. All navigation interest should be alert for, and abide by, any special instructions that may be issued by the Lockmaster.
 

FOR THE DISTRICT ENGINEER:


//signed//
Andrew C. Schimpf, P.E.
Rivers Project Manager

 

 

Sat.. July 28.. 2 Chixx Rolling on the River..8pm

Sun.. July 29... Pat Liston..3pm

 

 

 Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Website.. click here             Facebook.. click here

 

 

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Grafton Harbor.... 618-786-PORT (7678)

 

First Mate is a boat brokerage located on the beautiful upper Mississippi.

We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!

 

 Click here for Facebook    Click here for Website    Browse Our Boats

 

 

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 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Missy-Loc-Ness-Monster Sighting

Enterprise Beach

Click pic to enlarge

 

YesterYears Picture on This Day in 2017... was sent to us by Capt'n Mary Tiemann who hails out of Camp Carl on Wilson Road Slough.

 

Bill,

 

Thursday nite on Enterprise beach.

A sighting of Missy-Loc-Ness-monster floating by my with a sorta nice sunset.

 

Cheers!

Mary

 

 

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 SHRIMP FESTIVAL........ SHRIMP FESTIVAL

Click here...the menu for this weekends SHRIMP FESTIVAL at Grafton Oyster Bar!! Festival hours are Sat. July 28 & Sun. July 29 12p.m.~9p.m.

 

Sat.. July 28..Great Escape Band.. 7-11pm

Sun.. July 29.. Jonathon Baker..1-5pm

 

MONDAY 11AM-6PM FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

TUESDAY - THURSDAY & SUNDAY 11AM-11PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM-1AM
 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

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River News !  

 

 

Added Sunday

Mississippi River At Quincy, Illinois

Quincy Seeking Riverfront Development Plans Featuring A Dock........

 

Around 40 firms have pulled a request for proposals for the design of a riverfront boardwalk, promenade and visitor boat dock along the Quincy riverfront.

 

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore says that even though some of the firms that pulled a packet won't submit a proposal, the amount of interest in the project should provide the city, Adams County and the Quincy Park District several options for moving forward.

 

The request for proposals requires firms to draw up designs and cost estimates for a riverfront pier, boardwalk and visitor dock along a 400 foot section of riverfront between Clat Adams Bicentennial Park and the Quincy water treatment plant........

 

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

 

Added Sunday

Mississippi River At Davenport, Iowa

Cross-State Bicycle Race Ends With A Dip In The River........

 

On Saturday, the RAGBRAI 2018 bicycle race came to an end when racers dipped their bikes into the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa.

 

The RAGBRAI 2018 covered nearly 500 miles across the state.  Whether riding solo, in a group or for a cause, the majority of the riders say participating in the race was a wonderful experience.

 

The search for 20 year old Mollie Tibbetts, who had been missing since last week, went on the RAGBRAI route, as a father and son team form Tibbett's hometown wore shirts with her photo and information during the race........

 

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

 

 

RAGBRAI is the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa,

and is an annual tradition that began in 1973. 

Click here to visit the RAGBRAI website.

 

Added Sunday

Mississippi River Near Memphis, Tennessee

A Car Drove Into The River, Mother, Two Children Dead........

 

Arkansas officials are trying to determine whether a woman drove into the Mississippi River deliberately, killing herself as well as her two children.  Tire tracks were visible along the muddy river bank near a bike trail.

 

Police say that they believe that the 26 year old driver was inside the Jeep, but when the vehicle was recovered from the river, only the two children were inside.

 

The family was from Memphis, but has not been identified........

 

Click here to read this news tidbit from 6abc.com.  With Video.

 

Added Sunday

Boat Retailer

MarineMax Released Third Quarter Results........

 

During the third quarter of 2018, MarineMax's revenues rose by 10 percent to $361.3 million, and same-store sales increased by eight percent.

 

Net income for the third quarter rose by 22 percent to $17.4 million, and earnings per diluted shares increased approximately 32 percent to $0.75 compared to $0.57 for the third quarter of 2017.

 

Revenue increased more than 8 percent to $868.8 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2018, compared to $801.7 million for the same time period of fiscal 2017........

 

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

 

 

No new incident reports near the St. Louis area

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website for "all" incident reports       

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

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

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

 

   US Army Corps of Engineers
   St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

 

 

Updated July 25, 2018

Mississippi River

.MILE 283.2 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Louisiana Highway Bridge; Horizontal clearance in the navigation channel may be reduced to 325 feet, due to ongoing construction. Work boats may be traversing the navigation channel at various times while work is being conducted. For additional information, mariners may contact the M/V BILL STAHL or M/V BILOXI II via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, or call (573) 238-5724.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 67.61 - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
Washington Bridge Replacement; Horizontal clearance in the navigation span is reduced to 350 feet due to ongoing construction work. Mariners may contact M/V PIASA via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, for more information.
 

Click here  for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report 

RiverBills Facebook

Two FaceBook Pages for You

 

The "River News and Media" Page

This page contains river news, RiverBills Pictures of the Day, Upcoming River Events, info from RiverBills.com advertisers, etc.

Click here and check it out

 

The "Boaters Group" Page

It's a group for all the boaters on all the rivers near the "PORT OF ST. LOUIS AND BEYOND." It's a Public Group, open to anyone that wants to join in. A place to post your boating pictures, shout outs, questions, comments, etc.  Stay in touch with other boaters all year long.  Invite your Boating Friends. 

We have 2,940 members as of 07-29-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

Table Rock Lake

National Safety Transportation Board

Video Shows Weather Shift Before Duck Sinking........

 

On Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board reported that video and audio recordings from a fatal tourist boat accident on Table Rock Lake show that conditions went from calm to treacherous in just a few minutes.

 

Divers salvaged a video recording camera system from the duck boat wreckage, which sank on July 19.  A lab in Washington has examined the video footage, however, they have not analyzed their findings nor drawn any conclusions.

 

The video footage illustrates just how quickly water conditions can change.  The duck boat entered the water at 6:55 pm, but just after 7 pm, the winds picked up and whipped the water into whitecaps........

 

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

 

Discover Boating

Boat Rentals Near You...

 

Find boat rentals and charters near you.

 

Click here and go to Discover Boating.com and check it out

 

Yacht Club of St. Louis

UMR 225 On Dardenne Slough of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

The pool is open and so are we. Great day to be poolside.
THIS WEEKEND'S SPECIALS
* BLUE POINT OYSTERS ON THE 1/2 SHELL.
* FRESH MAHI MAHI.
GRILLED AND FINISHED WITH CILANTRO BUTTER AND FRESH PINEAPPLE and JALAPENO SALSA
* PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE
 

Hours of operation for August
Thursday open at 5pm
Friday thru Sunday open at 12pm
Kitchen closes at 9pm Thursday and Sunday
Kitchen closes at 10pm on Friday and Saturday

Sat, August 4, 2018

My River Home Poker Run @ Mikes LaRosa

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux .......

 

My River Home website       My River Home Facebook     Mike's LaRosa Facebook

 

BOATING SEASON IS HERE !

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR WAKE"

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR TRASH"

 

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Froge's Bar and Grill

Portage de Sioux, Mo

New Items

 

Photo courtesy Froge's bar and Grill


Click here and check out Froge's Facebook

GoFundMe

Captain Dennis & First Mate Bev

Injured In Saturday's Boat Explosion at Grafton harbor........

 

 

 On July 21, 2018, Captain Dennis Day and his wife Bev were entering the mouth of Grafton Marina when their boat exploded. Both were severely burned, and airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis, MO. Although their injuries were not life threatening, they will incur medical expenses that will not be covered by their insurance. Our Grafton Harbor family love this couple and want to help them with this, that is why we are setting up this campaign.

 

Click here to donate

 

 

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Mississippi River At Hannibal, Missouri

Survey Of Riverfront Mussels Beginning Soon........

 

According to Andy Dorian, the director of Hannibal's Parks and Recreation Department, there will be a survey of mussels inhabiting the Mississippi River along the Hannibal riverfront.

 

This survey is a requirement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of their permitting process, and must be completed prior to any work on Hannibal's planned riverfront project.

 

Dorian says that within the next two weeks, divers will search the riverbed from Glascock's Landing to the tip of Nipper Marina.  They will bring the mussels up, categorize them and then relocate them.......

 

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

 

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

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Photo courtesy MoDot

 

Mississippi River At Louisiana, Missouri

Update Presentation For The New Champ Clark Bridge Saturday........

 

The Champ Clark Bridge team and contractor, Massman Construction are inviting the public to Riverview Park in Louisiana, Missouri on Saturday to learn about updates on the new span.

 

The update will begin at 9 am, and will last up to an hour, including a question and answer period.  Regular updates on the Champ Clark Bridge Replacement Facebook page or at www.champclarkbridge.com........

 

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

 

Today.....June 28, 2018

Con Trios Yacht Club

Pool Party at Grafton Harbor........

 

 

Click here for more information on Facebook

 

 

River History....

 

July 28, 1993 in River History


Flood of 1993

 

The 1993 flood water crested at Louisiana, Mo at 28.4 feet setting new record.
Old record was 27.0 feet set in 1973

 

 

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 Boats + Crest, Mercury + Yamaha Outboards and Heritage & Haul Rite trailers

 

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

 

This Sunday....July 29, 2018

The Beach Boys

Alton Amphitheater...

 

Feel the "Good Vibrations" in Downtown Alton when American icons, The Beach Boys, perform at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.!

Tickets on sale May 11 at 9:30 p.m. Click here for more details: https://goo.gl/JsrN1x
 

Reprinted from All Around Alton

 

Dining room/ lounge bar & sports bar that offers live video gaming

 

Facebook                Website                   Map

 

Asian Carp Update

Kentucky Legislator Discusses Asian Carp Threats........

 

Kentucky Congressman James Comer discussed the threat posed by Asian carp to the waterways of Kentucky, as well as the state's economy.

 

Comer says that Asian carp are inflicting considerable damage to local tourism as well as threatening bait shops, hotels, restaurants and other small businesses.

 

Ron Brooks, Directory of Fisheries with Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says that they are doing what they can to implement carp control and reduction strategies on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, but federal assistance is immediately required........

 

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

 

 

Mississippi River At Cape Girardeau, Missouri

The American Queen Stopped Off In Cape Girardeau........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a few photos showing the American Queen as she heads up the Mississippi River after after departing from Riverfront Park in Cape Girardeau, Missouri....

 

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

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK DURING SEASON !

 

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 Sat, Jun 2 – Sun, Jun 3, 2018   Kentucky Lake
 Fri, Jun 8 – Sun, Jun 10, 2018   Wheatland, Mo
 Sat, Jul 7 – Sun, Jul 8, 2018   Kentucky Lake
 Sat, Jul 21 – Sun, Jul 22, 2018   Evansville, IL
 Sat, Aug 4 – Sun, Aug 5, 2018   Chouteau, Ok
 Sat, Aug 25 – Sun, Aug 26, 2018   Livermore, Ky
 Fri, Aug 31 – Sun, Sep 2, 2018   Wheatland, Mo
 Fri, Nov 2 - Sun, Nov 4, 2018   Phoenix, AZ

What's Going on This Week

3rd Chute Bar & Grill
211 W. Main St. Grafton, IL

 

Sun.. July 29..

Jeff's Big Acoustic Adventure..2pm

 

OPEN DAILY
Just a short walk from Grafton Harbor
Breakfast available every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am till 12pm

$5.00 lunch specials from 11am till 2pm

3rd Chute Upcoming Events.. click here

Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL

 

Fri.. July 27..730pm

Music at the Pavilion

The Night Life Band Will Be Playing 7:30 pm Till 11 pm. No Coolers Please. Open To The Public We Will Have A Bar Set Up For Refreshments

 

Sat..... Aug 25, 2018
The Alton Marina 22nd Anniversary Party 2018
Black Iron BBQ Will Start Serving At 6 pm
Smash Band Will Start At 7:30 pm Till 11 pm
Big Screen Show At 9:15 pm
 

The Alton Marina Deli and Ship’s Store is Open

Come see all our new goodies, check out our sale items and enjoy Beth’s yummy new menu

bluff city grill

424 Broadway, Alton, IL

 

 

Open 7 Days A Week

Just a short walk from Alton Marina

 

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

Monday Thru Friday from 3-6pm! $2.25 Domestic Beer Bottles, $3.00 Well Drinks and 6 Wings and a Domestic Beer $5.99


 

Blessing of the Fleet

Our Lady Of The Rivers

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 
This year's theme will be:

 

First Responders and Armed Services

 

Save the Date

2018 Blessing of the Fleet

August 18, 2018


http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

The Boathouse

Northshore Marina

 

Sat.. July 28..

2 Chixx Rolling on the River..8pm

 

Sun.. July 29...

Pat Liston..3pm
 

 

Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Sat.. July 28..Pool Party

   Grafton Harbor

   12pm-5pm

   Music by D Dock DJs

   Lunch at 3pm

   $25.00 per person

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

Fri.. July 27.. Tim Woodson

 

Music lineup for the month of August
   (Sat) 4th- Sonic Tonic
   (Sat) 11th- Nick Stergos
   (Sat) 18th- The Outlaw Opry (7-11pm)
   (Fri) 31st- DJ Doc

Flowing right into the Holiday weekend. ( Labor Day Weekend)

SEPT
   (Sat) 1st- Piasia Project
   (Sun) 2nd- Nick Stergos
   (Mon) 3rd- Labor Day - no live music
   ALL MUSIC IS BOOKED FROM 8-12pm

Illinois River at Naples, IL

Evandy's Boatel

 

Sat.. July 28...T-Lex..2pm

Sat.. July 28...Devin Clemons band..8pm

Sun.. July 29..Skyline Ridge..2pm

 

Life is Good on The River!
 

Evandy's Boatel Upcoming Events.. click here

Portage des Sioux, MO

Froge's Bar and Grill

 

1" smoked pork steaks w/2 sides every Saturday 2pm-gone $11.49

 

Every Friday throughout the year we serve whole catfish, catfish nuggets, Alaskan Pollock and salmon served with 2 sides and a soft drink for $8.99 from 11am until gone or 10pm

Grafton Harbor

Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

 

Sat... July 28..7-11pm

FULL MOON Party with BongoJak and Lana Mae

 

Grafton Harbor offers weekday specials on Boat Rental. Rent one of our beautiful Landau Pontoon Boats for 4 hours get 2 additional hours FREE!! Just $295 for rental, gas and tax!! Need a guide? No problem! You can hire a guide to drive your boat for just an additional $25 / hour! (When Available)
2 Hour Rental: $195
Full Day: $488
Call 618-786-7678
Offer excludes holidays
 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor River Adventures
 

Sat.. July 28.. Pirate Cruise..4-5pm

 

6:30-8:30pm • July 14 • $29/person
Hakuna Moscato Sunset Cruise


You may have a need to unite with those who have gone before you or maybe you need assistance in removing emotional and spiritual blockages. Whatever your needs Dave and Donna will be on our cruise ready to help you.

 

 

Saturdays from 3-4pm & Sundays from 2-3pm from May-November!*


The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest

For more information ... click here

Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

SHRIMP FESTIVAL

Click here...for the menu for this weekends SHRIMP FESTIVAL at Grafton Oyster Bar!! Festival hours are Sat. July 28 & Sun. July 29 12p.m.~9p.m.

 

 

Sat..July 28th
Great Escape Band 7-11pm
 

Sun.July 29th
Jonathon Baker 1-5pm

 

OPEN MONDAY 11AM-6PM

FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

 

TUE - THUR & SUN.. 11AM-11PM
FRI & SAT............... 11AM-1AM

 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

 

Grafton, IL

Confluence of Mississippi  & Illinois Rivers

Two Week Activity  Calendar

 

Click here and check out Grafton's Event and Music Calendar ....    7-24 thru 8-05-2018

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL

 

Kinders Restaurant i
  Business Hours


Wed........... 11am-5pm

Thur........... 11am-8pm
Fri & Sat.... 11am-9pm
Sun........... 11am-8pm

 

 

The Loading Dock

Confluence Illinois & Mississippi Rivers Grafton Illinois

 

Fri.. July27..6pm Jam Station
Sat..July28..6pm Trilogy
Sun..July29..4pm..Tanglefoot

 

Sat, Sun.. July 28, 29

Riverside Flea Market

 

Click here for the Loading Dock's band schedule

Longshot Saloon

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux...

 

 

Sat.. Sept 1, 2018

WHAT A SHOW THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!! DONT MISS IT!!
POWERHOUSE 747 & MINI KISS!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018 SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!
$10 entry charge starting at NOON 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8

 

 

Thursday is $.99 Taco Night!

 

Longshot Saloon is OPEN Thursday-Sunday’s until end of October.

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Sat.. July 28.. Killer Whales Duo..3-7pm

Sun..July29..Island Band..3-7pm

 

 

 

Click here for Mike's Larosa Bar Sat band Schedule

Yacht Club of St. Louis

UMR 225 On Dardenne Slough of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

The pool is open and so are we. Great day to be poolside.
THIS WEEKEND'S SPECIALS
* BLUE POINT OYSTERS ON THE 1/2 SHELL.
* FRESH MAHI MAHI.
GRILLED AND FINISHED WITH CILANTRO BUTTER AND FRESH PINEAPPLE and JALAPENO SALSA
* PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE
 

Hours of operation for August
Thursday open at 5pm
Friday thru Sunday open at 12pm
Kitchen closes at 9pm Thursday and Sunday
Kitchen closes at 10pm on Friday and Saturday

 

More Things Going On This Week

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River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ....618-  535-5759

Winfield Ferry.............618-  535-5759

Grafton Ferry............ 1-800-258-6645  ..Open Fri, Sat, Sun

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........
 
3rd Chute Bar & Grill ......................... Open All Year
Arrrr Bar at Grafton Harbor.................. Open
bluff city grill..................... Open All Year
Boathouse Food & Deck..................... Open All Year
Cedar Hill Resort................................ Open
Driftwood Crab Shack @ MRH Resort.. TBD
Duck Club Yacht Club........................ Open
Evandy's_Boatel................................ Open
Froges Bar & Grill.............................. Open All Year
Grafton Harbor Winery & Gift Shop...... Open
Grafton Oyster Bar............................. Open All Year
Kinder's Restaurant.......................... Open
Longshot Saloon................................ Open
LaRosa Cantina................................. Open
Yacht Club of St. Louis..................... Open

FRIDAY

27 July 2018

 

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Bad Moon Rising

 

 

 

The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Theresa Tiemann

 

 

 

Sat.. July 28.. 2 Chixx Rolling on the River..8pm

Sun.. July 29... Pat Liston..3pm

 

 

 Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Website.. click here             Facebook.. click here

 

 

click here for Facebook          click here for website

Grafton Harbor.... 618-786-PORT (7678)

 

First Mate is a boat brokerage located on the beautiful upper Mississippi.

We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!

 

 Click here for Facebook    Click here for Website    Browse Our Boats

 

 

click here for Facebook            click here for website

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

A 2107 RiverBills Sunglasses Sighting

Mike's LaRosa Cabana

My River Home marina

Click pic to enlarge

 

YesterYears Picture on This Day in 2017...

 

It's the band members of the

STL Dogs

behind those RiverBills' Sunglasses

(L/H) Andy, Jimmy K and Rob

 

 

Website               Facebook             Map

www.RiverBills.com

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2001 Maxum 2500 SCR with Trailer

SOLD

20x60' Covered Yacht Slip at Duck Club Yacht Club

1998 Crownline CCR 225 1996 402 Commodore 1979 Bluewater Yachts Coastal Cruiser 40'

1998 33' Sea Ray Sundancer

NEW PRICE 7-12-18

2001 38 Special Baja

NEW PRICE 7-12-18

1978 SeaRay Express Cruiser and Boat Dock with Lifts

1988 SeaRay Sundancer 300 1995 24ft Fourwinds Sundowner 1991 Landau, Sport 20 Pontoon Boat

1994 37’ Gibson Sport Series Houseboat 1990 Sea Ray 2007 Baja Boss 275

2001 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer 137 Dogtown Road South, Batchtown, IL , Calhoun County 1987 Wellcraft Gran Sport 3400 Express Cruiser

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Sat.. July 28..Great Escape Band.. 7-11pm

Sun.. July 29.. Jonathon Baker..1-5pm

 

MONDAY 11AM-6PM FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

TUESDAY - THURSDAY & SUNDAY 11AM-11PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM-1AM
 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

Menu..  click here   Website.. click here   Facebook.. click here

 

River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports near the St. Louis area

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website for "all" incident reports       

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

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

Delivered right to you mailbox in a few short days

 

   US Army Corps of Engineers
   St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

 

 

Updated July 25, 2018

Mississippi River

.MILE 283.2 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Louisiana Highway Bridge; Horizontal clearance in the navigation channel may be reduced to 325 feet, due to ongoing construction. Work boats may be traversing the navigation channel at various times while work is being conducted. For additional information, mariners may contact the M/V BILL STAHL or M/V BILOXI II via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, or call (573) 238-5724.

 

 

Missouri River

MILE 67.61 - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
Washington Bridge Replacement; Horizontal clearance in the navigation span is reduced to 350 feet due to ongoing construction work. Mariners may contact M/V PIASA via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, for more information.
 

Click here  for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report 

RiverBills Facebook

Two FaceBook Pages for You

 

The "River News and Media" Page

This page contains river news, RiverBills Pictures of the Day, Upcoming River Events, info from RiverBills.com advertisers, etc.

Click here and check it out

 

The "Boaters Group" Page

It's a group for all the boaters on all the rivers near the "PORT OF ST. LOUIS AND BEYOND." It's a Public Group, open to anyone that wants to join in. A place to post your boating pictures, shout outs, questions, comments, etc.  Stay in touch with other boaters all year long.  Invite your Boating Friends. 

We have 2,930 members as of 07-27-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

Missouri River at St. Charles, Mo

New MR 340 Record

 

A team of three Missourians and two Texans broke the existing MR 340 record by paddling 33 straight hours in the annual canoe-and-kayak race across the state of Missouri.

The endurance race began in Kansas City Tuesday morning on the Missouri River and ended up in St. Charles.

The winning team, River Fitness, beat the previous record by more than 90 minutes.
 

Click here to read this news story on stlpublicradio

 

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum

 

Today...Friday, July 27, 2018

Missouri River at St. Charles, Mo

MR 340 Finish Line Celebration

 

 

MR 340 Finish Line Celebration
Public · Hosted by Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum

Jul 26 at 11 AM to Jul 27 at 10 PM

Join us for tacos, nachos, and cold beverages as we watch those completing the 13th annual Missouri River 340 Miles race.

Beverages and watermelon served all day. Lunch and dinner 11 am - 7 pm.

The Lewis and Clark Museum is open for free courtesy of Missouri American Water.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum

 

Reprinted from Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum.. click here

 

Today...Friday, July 27, 2018

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Alton Amphitheater Hosting Wadlow Birthday Party........

 

On Friday, the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater will be hosting a birthday party for Alton's friendly giant, Robert Wadlow.  The free event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and is open to the public.

 

There will be cupcakes for the first 300 kids in attendance.  Attendees will be able to sign an oversized birthday card, visit with a Robert Wadlow re-enactor and Disney characters, the Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland.

 

The evening will wrap up with a free screening of The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant) presented by the Alton Park and Recreation Department beginning when darkness falls........

 

Click here to read this news story from thetelegraph.com

 

 

The Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater is just a short walk from the Alton Marina.

 

Upcoming Event  Friday, July 27, 2018

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Alton Amphitheater Hosting Wadlow Birthday Party........

 

On Friday, the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater will be hosting a birthday party for Alton's friendly giant, Robert Wadlow.  The free event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and is open to the public.

 

There will be cupcakes for the first 300 kids in attendance.  Attendees will be able to sign an oversized birthday card, visit with a Robert Wadlow re-enactor and Disney characters, the Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland.

 

The evening will wrap up with a free screening of The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant) presented by the Alton Park and Recreation Department beginning when darkness falls........

 

Click here to read this news story from thetelegraph.com

 

 

The Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater is just a short walk from the Alton Marina.

 

Sat, Sept 1, 2018

Longshot Saloon Summer Bike Rally

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux .......

WHAT A SHOW THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!!  DONT MISS IT!!
POWERHOUSE 747 & MINI KISS!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018 SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!
$10 entry charge starting at NOON

 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8

 

Click here for more information

 

Limited Over night docks available....Call Andy 314 566 5403

 

BOATING SEASON IS HERE !

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR WAKE"

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR TRASH"

 

www.RiverBills.com         

 

Mississippi River At Kaskaskia, Illinois

A Look Back At The Flood Of 1993........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a news report that looks back at the devastation caused to Kaskaskia Island, Illinois during the flood of 1993.  After the flood, the town lost about two thirds of the population; now there are only 18 residents....

 

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

 

GoFundMe

Captain Dennis & First Mate Bev

Injured In Saturday's Boat Explosion at Grafton harbor........

 

 

 On July 21, 2018, Captain Dennis Day and his wife Bev were entering the mouth of Grafton Marina when their boat exploded. Both were severely burned, and airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis, MO. Although their injuries were not life threatening, they will incur medical expenses that will not be covered by their insurance. Our Grafton Harbor family love this couple and want to help them with this, that is why we are setting up this campaign.

 

Click here to donate

 

 

  Website..click here      Facebook Page..click here

 

Boat Manufacturer

Second Quarter Results In For Brunswick........

 

During the second quarter of 2018, Brunswick Corp had a 3.6 percent increase in GAAP revenue, which includes the Sea Ray business, as well as a 6.3 percent increase in adjusted revenue.

 

Brunswick's boat segment recorded operating losses of $32.2 million, which includes $35.5 million in restructuring, exit, integration and impairment charges, as well as losses of $27.4 million related to Sea Ray's yacht and sport yacht operations on top of restructuring charges.

 

The marine engine segment recorded net sales of $834.3 million during the second quarter, an increase of 9 percent from $766.3 million during the second quarter of 2017.........

 

Click here to read this news report from tradeonlytoday.com

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

  click here for website and more information

 

Mississippi River At Bettendorf, Iowa

Paddlewheelers Stopping In The Quad Cities........

 

Starting next week, two of the American Queen Steamboat Company's paddlewheelers, the American Queen and the American Duchess will be returning to the Quad Cities.

 

The paddlewheelers will be cruising the Mississippi River in the area through September, with day stops scheduled for August 9 and September 21 in Bettendorf.

 

Passengers will be taking shore excursions to the Village of East Davenport, the Quad Cities Botanical Center in Rock Island, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, the Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, the John Deere Pavilion in Moline and much more........

 

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

 

Upcoming Event.....June 28, 2018

Con Trios Yacht Club

Pool Party at Grafton Harbor........

 

 

Click here for more information on Facebook

 

 

River History....

 

July 27, 1817 in River History

 

The steamboat era began in the city of St. Louis on July 27, 1817 when the "Zebulon M. Pike" arrived. Rapids in the river north of the city made St. Louis the northernmost navigable port for many large boats. St. Louis was quickly transformed into a bustling boomtown, commercial center, and inland port

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 Boats + Crest, Mercury + Yamaha Outboards and Heritage & Haul Rite trailers

 

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

 

This Sunday....July 29, 2018

The Beach Boys

Alton Amphitheater...

 

Feel the "Good Vibrations" in Downtown Alton when American icons, The Beach Boys, perform at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.!

Tickets on sale May 11 at 9:30 p.m. Click here for more details: https://goo.gl/JsrN1x
 

Reprinted from All Around Alton

 

Dining room/ lounge bar & sports bar that offers live video gaming

 

Facebook                Website                   Map

 

Illinois Department Natural Resources

Illinois Fishing Report


Fishing Report for Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton

 

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

7-26-18 CRAPPIE BARELY FAIR: Look for fish in deeper levels near brush with a minnow.
7-26-18 CHANNEL CATFISH GOOD: Cast Skip jack, gold fish, and stink bait along the edges and up feeder creeks and drainage ditches. Also check out quiet areas at the mouths of streams from the bank or from a boat. Several nice sized fish being taken.
7-26-18 BLUEGILL GOOD: Wax worms, crickets, and red wigglers are producing in area ponds and lakes near weed patches. Aim for the holes and along the weed lines.
7-20-18 BLUEGILL GOOD: Wax worms, crickets, and red wigglers are producing in area ponds and lakes near weed patches. Aim for the holes and along the weed lines.
7-20-18 CHANNEL CATFISH GOOD: Cast Skip jack, gold fish, and stink bait along the edges and up feeder creeks and drainage ditches. Also check out quiet areas at the mouths of streams from the bank or from a boat. Several nice sized fish being taken.
7-20-18 CRAPPIE BARELY FAIR: Look for fish in deeper levels near brush with a minnow.

 

Reprinted from ifishillinois.org.. click here

 

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

 

Mississippi River (St. Louis Region)  

Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish are fair using cut baits; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 7/24/18)

 

Missouri River (Lower)

Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): falling
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
catfish are fair using cut baits; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 7/24/18
)
 

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: clear
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Good
Black Bass: Fair
Bluegill: Good
Crappie: Fair
catfish good using cut baits, blood baits and liver; black bass fair using crayfish; bluegill good using worms; crappie fair using minnows; all other species slow.
(Reported on: 7/25/18

 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

Information: 573-248-2530
Water Surface Temp: 80º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
all species slow.
(Reported on: 7/25/18)

 

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

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

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What's Going on This Week

3rd Chute Bar & Grill
211 W. Main St. Grafton, IL

 

Sun.. July 29..

Jeff's Big Acoustic Adventure..2pm

 

OPEN DAILY
Just a short walk from Grafton Harbor
Breakfast available every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am till 12pm

$5.00 lunch specials from 11am till 2pm

3rd Chute Upcoming Events.. click here

Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL

 

Fri.. July 27..730pm

Music at the Pavilion

The Night Life Band Will Be Playing 7:30 pm Till 11 pm. No Coolers Please. Open To The Public We Will Have A Bar Set Up For Refreshments

 

Sat..... Aug 25, 2018
The Alton Marina 22nd Anniversary Party 2018
Black Iron BBQ Will Start Serving At 6 pm
Smash Band Will Start At 7:30 pm Till 11 pm
Big Screen Show At 9:15 pm
 

The Alton Marina Deli and Ship’s Store is Open

Come see all our new goodies, check out our sale items and enjoy Beth’s yummy new menu

bluff city grill

424 Broadway, Alton, IL

 

 

Open 7 Days A Week

Just a short walk from Alton Marina

 

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

Monday Thru Friday from 3-6pm! $2.25 Domestic Beer Bottles, $3.00 Well Drinks and 6 Wings and a Domestic Beer $5.99


 

Blessing of the Fleet

Our Lady Of The Rivers

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 
This year's theme will be:

 

First Responders and Armed Services

 

Save the Date

2018 Blessing of the Fleet

August 18, 2018


http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

The Boathouse

Northshore Marina

 

Sat.. July 28..

2 Chixx Rolling on the River..8pm

 

Sun.. July 29...

Pat Liston..3pm
 

 

Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Sat.. July 28..Pool Party

   Grafton Harbor

   12pm-5pm

   Music by D Dock DJs

   Lunch at 3pm

   $25.00 per person

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

Fri.. July 27.. Tim Woodson

 

Music lineup for the month of August
   (Sat) 4th- Sonic Tonic
   (Sat) 11th- Nick Stergos
   (Sat) 18th- The Outlaw Opry (7-11pm)
   (Fri) 31st- DJ Doc

Flowing right into the Holiday weekend. ( Labor Day Weekend)

SEPT
   (Sat) 1st- Piasia Project
   (Sun) 2nd- Nick Stergos
   (Mon) 3rd- Labor Day - no live music
   ALL MUSIC IS BOOKED FROM 8-12pm

Illinois River at Naples, IL

Evandy's Boatel

 

Sat.. July 28...T-Lex..2pm

Sat.. July 28...Devin Clemons band..8pm

Sun.. July 29..Skyline Ridge..2pm

 

Life is Good on The River!
 

Evandy's Boatel Upcoming Events.. click here

Portage des Sioux, MO

Froge's Bar and Grill

 

1" smoked pork steaks w/2 sides every Saturday 2pm-gone $11.49

 

Every Friday throughout the year we serve whole catfish, catfish nuggets, Alaskan Pollock and salmon served with 2 sides and a soft drink for $8.99 from 11am until gone or 10pm

Grafton Harbor

Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

 

Sat... July 28..7-11pm

FULL MOON Party with BongoJak and Lana Mae

 

Grafton Harbor offers weekday specials on Boat Rental. Rent one of our beautiful Landau Pontoon Boats for 4 hours get 2 additional hours FREE!! Just $295 for rental, gas and tax!! Need a guide? No problem! You can hire a guide to drive your boat for just an additional $25 / hour! (When Available)
2 Hour Rental: $195
Full Day: $488
Call 618-786-7678
Offer excludes holidays
 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor River Adventures
 

Sat.. July 28.. Pirate Cruise..4-5pm

 

6:30-8:30pm • July 14 • $29/person
Hakuna Moscato Sunset Cruise


You may have a need to unite with those who have gone before you or maybe you need assistance in removing emotional and spiritual blockages. Whatever your needs Dave and Donna will be on our cruise ready to help you.

 

 

Saturdays from 3-4pm & Sundays from 2-3pm from May-November!*


The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest

For more information ... click here

Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

 

Sat..July 28th
Great Escape Band 7-11pm
 

Sun.July 29th
Jonathon Baker 1-5pm

 

OPEN MONDAY 11AM-6PM

FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

 

TUE - THUR & SUN.. 11AM-11PM
FRI & SAT............... 11AM-1AM

 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

 

Grafton, IL

Confluence of Mississippi  & Illinois Rivers

Two Week Activity  Calendar

 

Click here and check out Grafton's Event and Music Calendar ....    7-24 thru 8-05-2018

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL

 

Kinders Restaurant i
  Business Hours


Wed........... 11am-5pm

Thur........... 11am-8pm
Fri & Sat.... 11am-9pm
Sun........... 11am-8pm

 

 

The Loading Dock

Confluence Illinois & Mississippi Rivers Grafton Illinois

 

Fri.. July27..6pm Jam Station
Sat..July28..6pm Trilogy
Sun..July29..4pm..Tanglefoot

 

Sat, Sun.. July 28, 29

Riverside Flea Market

 

Click here for the Loading Dock's band schedule

Longshot Saloon

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux...

 

 

Sat.. Sept 1, 2018

WHAT A SHOW THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!! DONT MISS IT!!
POWERHOUSE 747 & MINI KISS!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018 SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!
$10 entry charge starting at NOON 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8

 

 

Thursday is $.99 Taco Night!

 

Longshot Saloon is OPEN Thursday-Sunday’s until end of October.

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Sat.. July 28.. Killer Whales Duo..3-7pm

Sun..July29..Island Band..3-7pm

 

 

 

Click here for Mike's Larosa Bar Sat band Schedule

Yacht Club of St. Louis

On Dardenne Slough of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

The pool is open and so are we. Great day to be poolside.
THIS WEEKEND'S SPECIALS
* BLUE POINT OYSTERS ON THE 1/2 SHELL.
* FRESH MAHI MAHI.
GRILLED AND FINISHED WITH CILANTRO BUTTER AND FRESH PINEAPPLE and JALAPENO SALSA
* PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE
 

 

More Things Going On This Week

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River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ....618-  535-5759

Winfield Ferry.............618-  535-5759

Grafton Ferry............ 1-800-258-6645  ..Open Fri, Sat, Sun

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........
 
3rd Chute Bar & Grill ......................... Open All Year
Arrrr Bar at Grafton Harbor.................. Open
bluff city grill..................... Open All Year
Boathouse Food & Deck..................... Open All Year
Cedar Hill Resort................................ Open
Driftwood Crab Shack @ MRH Resort.. TBD
Duck Club Yacht Club........................ Open
Evandy's_Boatel................................ Open
Froges Bar & Grill.............................. Open All Year
Grafton Harbor Winery & Gift Shop...... Open
Grafton Oyster Bar............................. Open All Year
Kinder's Restaurant.......................... Open
Longshot Saloon................................ Open
LaRosa Cantina................................. Open
Yacht Club of St. Louis..................... Open

THURSDAY

26 July 2018

 

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Wednesday

Chillaxin' On The River

 

 

From the "Branch Office" on the river, the only way to fish!!!!

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Pictures of the Day..... were sent to us by "mommafletch"

 

What a gorgeous day to be chillaxin' on the river, who could ask for more beautiful weather!!!

 

Wednesday

Night Boat Ride

 

Click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Capt'n Scott Tiemann

 

 

 Heading back to Two Branch Marina after a beautiful day on the river with the family.

 

 

 

 

Sat.. July 28.. 2 Chixx Rolling on the River..8pm

Sun.. July 29... Pat Liston..3pm

 

 

 Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Website.. click here             Facebook.. click here

 

 

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Grafton Harbor.... 618-786-PORT (7678)

 

First Mate is a boat brokerage located on the beautiful upper Mississippi.

We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!

 

 Click here for Facebook    Click here for Website    Browse Our Boats

 

 

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 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

It's Summer Time

 

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YesterYears Picture on This Day in 2017... was sent to us by Capt Patrick Wrischnik

 

The Picture Says It All

 

 

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Sat.. July 28..Great Escape Band.. 7-11pm

Sun.. July 29.. Jonathon Baker..1-5pm

 

MONDAY 11AM-6PM FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

TUESDAY - THURSDAY & SUNDAY 11AM-11PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM-1AM
 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

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River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports near the St. Louis area

 

Click here to go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website for "all" incident reports       

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   US Army Corps of Engineers
   St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition

 

 

Updated July 18, 2018

Mississippi River

.MILE 283.2 - BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Louisiana Highway Bridge; Horizontal clearance in the navigation channel may be reduced to 325 feet, due to ongoing construction. Work boats may be traversing the navigation channel at various times while work is being conducted. For additional information, mariners may contact the M/V BILL STAHL or M/V BILOXI II via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, or call (573) 238-5724.

MILE 301.2 - L/D CLOSURE
On July 25, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., L/D 22 in the vicinity of Mile 301.2, will be closed to navigation. During this closure, mariners are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls. Mariners may contact the L/D 22 via VHF-FM Channel 14 or at (573) 221-0294, for additional information.

 

Missouri River

MILE 67.61 - BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
Washington Bridge Replacement; Horizontal clearance in the navigation span is reduced to 350 feet due to ongoing construction work. Mariners may contact M/V PIASA via VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16, for more information.

 

Kaskaskia River
MILE 11.0 - MILE 9.0 - MARINE EVENT/SAFETY ZONE/RIVER CLOSURE
On July 21 and 22, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., both days, the Evansville Drag Boat Races will be held between approximate Miles 11.0 and 9.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has issued a Safety Zone closing the river for this event.
 

Click here  for the current Navigation Channel Condition Status Report 

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Two FaceBook Pages for You

 

The "River News and Media" Page

This page contains river news, RiverBills Pictures of the Day, Upcoming River Events, info from RiverBills.com advertisers, etc.

Click here and check it out

 

The "Boaters Group" Page

It's a group for all the boaters on all the rivers near the "PORT OF ST. LOUIS AND BEYOND." It's a Public Group, open to anyone that wants to join in. A place to post your boating pictures, shout outs, questions, comments, etc.  Stay in touch with other boaters all year long.  Invite your Boating Friends. 

We have 2,923 members as of 07-26-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

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Mississippi River At West Alton, Missouri

Wood River Refinery Women Paint Old Mel Price Lock & Dam........

 

On Tuesday, a group of female volunteers gathered up paint brushes and rollers in order to deal with the latest crop of recurring graffiti at the old Melvin Price Lock and Dam No.26.

 

Volunteer Cathy Frank with the Phillips 66 Women's Network at Wood River Refinery in Roxana says that Tuesday was the perfect day to work on this project and enjoy the beautiful weather.

 

The remnants of the old dam are located in the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area in West Alton, directly across the Mississippi River from the Argosy Casino.  The concrete section and the stairway are all that remains of the old structure........

 

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

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Sat, Sept 1, 2018

Longshot Saloon Summer Bike Rally

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux .......

WHAT A SHOW THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!!  DONT MISS IT!!
POWERHOUSE 747 & MINI KISS!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018 SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!
$10 entry charge starting at NOON

 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8

 

Click here for more information

 

Limited Over night docks available....Call Andy 314 566 5403

Saturday, Sept.1 ...Labor Day Weekend

Longshot Saloon

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux, Mo........

 

We have a great line-up with entertainment this year!!!
PowerHouse 747 747 & Minikiss MINI KISS

Starting at Noon there will be $10 per person entry fee
A portion of the proceeds will be going to The RED, WHITE AND BLUE TOUR FOR HOUSING HOMELESS VETERANS
We are currently raising $ for THE RANCH where Veterans can live to get them the skills to stand on their own..

THUNDER ALLEY BURN OUT CONTEST 4pm
1st Place $200 Bar Tab
DJ Music All day long

For Reservations on Camping accommodations call 314-566-5403

Looking for Vendors if interested call 618-708-0097


website www.MYRIVERHOME.com  POWERHOUSE 747 MINI KISS

 

 

The Longshot Saloon is raising money for The RED, WHITE & BLUE TOUR

 

 

BOATING SEASON IS HERE !

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR WAKE"

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR "YOUR TRASH"

 

www.RiverBills.com         

 

Upcoming Event Friday, August 3, 2018

Mississippi River At Grafton, Illinois

The Loading Dock Hosting 2nd Riot On The River Wrestling Event........

 

On Friday, August 3, The Loading Dock,  Dynamo Pro Wrestling and the Bloody Bucket will be hosting their second of three events in the Riot on the River wrestling tournament series.

 

This Dynamo Pro Wrestling event will feature all of the quarterfinal matches in the 2018 Riot on the River elimination tournament.

 

This series of all-ages, live, professional wrestling events is being hosted by The Loading Dock Bar and Grill.  Doors open at 7 pm and the action begins at 8 pm.  Adult tickets are $10, kids 5 to 12 are $5, and kids 4 and under are free........

 

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

 

GoFundMe

Captain Dennis & First Mate Bev

Injured In Saturday's Boat Explosion at Grafton harbor........

 

 

 On July 21, 2018, Captain Dennis Day and his wife Bev were entering the mouth of Grafton Marina when their boat exploded. Both were severely burned, and airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis, MO. Although their injuries were not life threatening, they will incur medical expenses that will not be covered by their insurance. Our Grafton Harbor family love this couple and want to help them with this, that is why we are setting up this campaign.

 

Click here to donate

 

 

  Website..click here      Facebook Page..click here

 

Missouri River

MR340 Race Across Missouri Update........

 

The Missouri 340 is an endurance race across the state of Missouri. Competitors will start in Kansas City and finish, some of them anyway, in St. Charles.  It started on July 24 and below is a list of the Top 10 Racers to reach St. Charles, Mo

 

 

 

The Top 10 racers to reach St. Charles, Mo

 

Reprinted from Raceowl.com... click here

 

For more information on the Missouri American Water MR340... click here

Friday, Aug 24- 26, 2018

Hog Back Weekend

Mississippi River at Quincy, IL....

 

Hogback is coming up quick.

For those who do not know what Hogback is all about here are the details.

Hogback is a boat trip from Cedar Hill through 4 locks to Quincy Illinois. Dinner at QBC Friday night, party on or near hogback island Saturday. Nice dinner Saturday night at the Pier Restaurant. We head back to Cedar Hill Sunday morning. In years past everyone has taken their own boats we have had as many as 40 plus boats. Recent years more people are riding together with a... few other couples. This trip is always fun and everyone looks out for everyone else.

Please let us know if you have questions and the details are below.

Let's meet at Cedar Hill Friday, Aug. 24th at 7:30 am morning for breakfast and drinks to kick off the weekend. We really need to get there on time in order to give them some good business in appreciation of the food they will be supplying to us free of charge. And remember to tip your bartender!
Two Rivers Marina in Louisiana is expecting our group for fuel, ice, and such. No food has been planned there so everyone is on their own for lunch.
The Quincy Boat Club (QBC) at the marina will be serving dinner Friday evening, we will be having a dinner again this year (they are really excited about this and are looking forward to it!) and it’s usually around $15 per person. Remember to bring cash or your check book. They do not accept credit cards nor do they have an ATM machine on site.
We-Z is taking the lead on the games so be prepared for just about anything and lots of fun!
Our dinner reservation will be Saturday evening at The Pier Restaurant, which is next door to QBC. We have the banquet room reserved for our group. I still have to confirm the time with them, we did 7:00 last year so I assume that’s what we will do again this year but they have already said we are booked and come whenever we want.
We will need to get a head count as soon as possible in order to block the rooms at Microtel. The Quality Inn is also an option because I know people have stayed there in the past but Microtel really wants our business and will provide a better deal and Shuttle Service to and from the QBC if everyone in our crew will stay there.

We will also need a head count for the meals & shirts and sizes by August 1st.

Looking forward to it!

Please let us know if you have any questions.
Dan and Jaime Grosvenor
2018 Commodores


Jaime Grosvenor
Jaime@MyMollyMaid.com

 

Reprinted from Facebook

 

Horseshoe Lake

Phillips 66, Non-Profit Heading Up Wetlands Restoration........

 

Thanks to a considerable contribution from Phillips 66 Refinery, some 250 acres of deteriorating wetlands will be restored at Horseshoe Lake State Park.

 

The national conservationist not-for-profit Ducks Unlimited have teamed up with Phillips 66 to make the improvements.  Phillips 66 has promised $200,000 for the restoration/enhancement project.

 

The 3,000 acre Horseshoe Lake Park offers habitat for hundreds of animal species.  Given it's close proximity to St. Louis and major highways, it is a popular outdoor enthusiast destination........

 

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

 

Click here for map of Horseshoe Lake, Madison Count, IL

Click here for more information about Horseshoe Lake from Illinois DNR

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

  click here for website and more information

 

Mississippi River At West Alton, Missouri

Officials Identify "Burned Human Remains"........

 

Around 7 am Tuesday morning, burnt human remains were discovered near the Melvin Price Locks and Dam No.26 in West Alton, Missouri. 

 

Wednesday, the St. Charles County Police identified the remains as those of 39 year old Wilbert J. Irving of Spanish Lake.  An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of Irving's death........

 

Click here to read this news tidbit from thetelegraph.com

 

Upcoming Event.....June 28, 2018

Con Trios Yacht Club

Pool Party at Grafton Harbor........

 

 

Click here for more information on Facebook

 

 

 

 

River History....

 

July 26, 2013 in River History

 

The Grafton Ferry re-opened on this day after with a ribbon cutting ceremony being shut down for 3 years of years. The City of Grafton, IL bought the ferry from private owners, dredged the operating channel between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.


The ferry had ceased operation Nov 21, 2010 when the former owners shut it down.

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 Boats + Crest, Mercury + Yamaha Outboards and Heritage & Haul Rite trailers

 

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

Hop On A Plane For A Mini-Vacation

 

 

News Release From BoatUS



ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 25, 2018 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Annapolis offer a choice of two fun on-water training courses taught aboard 21-foot powerboats: “Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves,” Thursday, Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug. 9, at the club’s location at Fairwinds Marina, 1000 Fairwinds Drive. The three-hour courses start at 4:30 p.m. and are affordably priced at $149 per person. Class size is limited to three students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor.
The “Intro to Boating” course covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation. The ladies-only course, “Women Making Waves,” offers the same curriculum and the perfect opportunity to spend a half-day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment.
The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and Freedom Boat Club Annapolis courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more affordable. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their boat-handling skills.
Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older. To sign up for a course or seek out others, go to BoatUS.org/On-Water.


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

 

Dining room/ lounge bar & sports bar that offers live video gaming

 

Facebook                Website                   Map

 

June 30 - July 7, 2018

Mississippi River at Hannibal, Missouri

National Tom Sawyer Days Beginning Saturday........

 

This Saturday, the 63rd annual National Tom Sawyer Days will be returning to America's Home Town, Hannibal, Missouri, and will run through the following weekend.

 

During Tom Sawyer Days, thousands of visitors will be flooding into Hannibal's downtown area to participate in a wide variety of activities happening each day.

 

Each year, the event is presented by the Hannibal Jaycees with the help of the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The event got it's start back in the 1960s, when the city held it's first fence-painting contest........

 

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

 

Table Rock lake...

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol

News Release

EMPHASIS: BWI Sobriety Checkpoint To Be Conducted At Table Rock Lake

Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, announces that a BWI sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on Table Rock Lake sometime in August.

According to the most recent 2017 U.S. Coast Guard recreational boating crash statistics, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating crashes.

Boaters who come across a checkpoint on the water may be stopped. Officers will keep the contact brief with the operator and perform a basic safety check of the boat’s equipment. If the officer suspects the operator to be under the influence of intoxicants and/or drugs, they will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. All efforts will be made to keep the process as brief as possible. The Missouri State Highway Patrol appreciates the public’s cooperation.

“The Missouri State Highway Patrol remains committed to providing service and protection on both our roadways and waterways,” said Captain Villanueva. “To ensure the safety for all people on the water, boaters should designate a sober operator for their vessel anytime their plans include alcohol.”

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!! Follow Troop D on Twitter for the most current news @MSHPTrooper|D

 

Reprinted from Missouri State Highway patrol... click here

 

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK DURING SEASON !

 

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 Sat, Jun 2 – Sun, Jun 3, 2018   Kentucky Lake
 Fri, Jun 8 – Sun, Jun 10, 2018   Wheatland, Mo
 Sat, Jul 7 – Sun, Jul 8, 2018   Kentucky Lake
 Sat, Jul 21 – Sun, Jul 22, 2018   Evansville, IL
 Sat, Aug 4 – Sun, Aug 5, 2018   Chouteau, Ok
 Sat, Aug 25 – Sun, Aug 26, 2018   Livermore, Ky
 Fri, Aug 31 – Sun, Sep 2, 2018   Wheatland, Mo
 Fri, Nov 2 - Sun, Nov 4, 2018   Phoenix, AZ

What's Going on This Week

3rd Chute Bar & Grill
211 W. Main St. Grafton, IL

 

Sun.. July 29..

Jeff's Big Acoustic Adventure..2pm

 

OPEN DAILY
Just a short walk from Grafton Harbor
Breakfast available every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am till 12pm

$5.00 lunch specials from 11am till 2pm

3rd Chute Upcoming Events.. click here

Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL

 

Fri.. July 27..730pm

Music at the Pavilion

The Night Life Band Will Be Playing 7:30 pm Till 11 pm. No Coolers Please. Open To The Public We Will Have A Bar Set Up For Refreshments

 

Sat..... Aug 25, 2018
The Alton Marina 22nd Anniversary Party 2018
Black Iron BBQ Will Start Serving At 6 pm
Smash Band Will Start At 7:30 pm Till 11 pm
Big Screen Show At 9:15 pm
 

The Alton Marina Deli and Ship’s Store is Open

Come see all our new goodies, check out our sale items and enjoy Beth’s yummy new menu

bluff city grill

424 Broadway, Alton, IL

 

 

Open 7 Days A Week

Just a short walk from Alton Marina

 

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

Monday Thru Friday from 3-6pm! $2.25 Domestic Beer Bottles, $3.00 Well Drinks and 6 Wings and a Domestic Beer $5.99


 

Blessing of the Fleet

Our Lady Of The Rivers

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 
This year's theme will be:

 

First Responders and Armed Services

 

Save the Date

2018 Blessing of the Fleet

August 18, 2018


http://www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/

The Boathouse

Northshore Marina

 

Sat.. July 28..

2 Chixx Rolling on the River..8pm

 

Sun.. July 29...

Pat Liston..3pm
 

 

Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

Con Trios Yacht Club

 

Sat.. July 28..Pool Party

   Grafton Harbor

   12pm-5pm

   Music by D Dock DJs

   Lunch at 3pm

   $25.00 per person

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

Fri.. July 27.. Tim Woodson

 

Music lineup for the month of August
   (Sat) 4th- Sonic Tonic
   (Sat) 11th- Nick Stergos
   (Sat) 18th- The Outlaw Opry (7-11pm)
   (Fri) 31st- DJ Doc

Flowing right into the Holiday weekend. ( Labor Day Weekend)

SEPT
   (Sat) 1st- Piasia Project
   (Sun) 2nd- Nick Stergos
   (Mon) 3rd- Labor Day - no live music
   ALL MUSIC IS BOOKED FROM 8-12pm

Illinois River at Naples, IL

Evandy's Boatel

 

Sat.. July 28...T-Lex..2pm

Sat.. July 28...Devin Clemons band..8pm

Sun.. July 29..Skyline Ridge..2pm

 

Life is Good on The River!
 

Evandy's Boatel Upcoming Events.. click here

Portage des Sioux, MO

Froge's Bar and Grill

 

1" smoked pork steaks w/2 sides every Saturday 2pm-gone $11.49

 

Every Friday throughout the year we serve whole catfish, catfish nuggets, Alaskan Pollock and salmon served with 2 sides and a soft drink for $8.99 from 11am until gone or 10pm

Grafton Harbor

Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

 

Sat... July 28..7-11pm

FULL MOON Party with BongoJak and Lana Mae

 

Grafton Harbor offers weekday specials on Boat Rental. Rent one of our beautiful Landau Pontoon Boats for 4 hours get 2 additional hours FREE!! Just $295 for rental, gas and tax!! Need a guide? No problem! You can hire a guide to drive your boat for just an additional $25 / hour! (When Available)
2 Hour Rental: $195
Full Day: $488
Call 618-786-7678
Offer excludes holidays
 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor River Adventures
 

Sat.. July 28.. Pirate Cruise..4-5pm

 

6:30-8:30pm • July 14 • $29/person
Hakuna Moscato Sunset Cruise


You may have a need to unite with those who have gone before you or maybe you need assistance in removing emotional and spiritual blockages. Whatever your needs Dave and Donna will be on our cruise ready to help you.

 

 

Saturdays from 3-4pm & Sundays from 2-3pm from May-November!*


The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest

For more information ... click here

Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

 

Sat..July 28th
Great Escape Band 7-11pm
 

Sun.July 29th
Jonathon Baker 1-5pm

 

OPEN MONDAY 11AM-6PM

FOR LUNCH & EARLY DINNER

 

TUE - THUR & SUN.. 11AM-11PM
FRI & SAT............... 11AM-1AM

 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

 

Grafton, IL

Confluence of Mississippi  & Illinois Rivers

Two Week Activity  Calendar

 

Click here and check out Grafton's Event and Music Calendar ....    7-24 thru 8-05-2018

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL

 

Kinders Restaurant i
  Business Hours


Wed........... 11am-5pm

Thur........... 11am-8pm
Fri & Sat.... 11am-9pm
Sun........... 11am-8pm

 

 

The Loading Dock

Confluence Illinois & Mississippi Rivers Grafton Illinois

 

Fri.. July27..6pm Jam Station
Sat..July28..6pm Trilogy
Sun..July29..4pm..Tanglefoot

 

Sat, Sun.. July 28, 29

Riverside Flea Market

 

Click here for the Loading Dock's band schedule

Longshot Saloon

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux...

 

 

Sat.. Sept 1, 2018

WHAT A SHOW THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!! DONT MISS IT!!
POWERHOUSE 747 & MINI KISS!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2018 SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!
$10 entry charge starting at NOON 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8

 

 

Thursday is $.99 Taco Night!

 

Longshot Saloon is OPEN Thursday-Sunday’s until end of October.

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Sat.. July 28.. Killer Whales Duo..3-7pm

Sun..July29..Island Band..3-7pm

 

 

 

Click here for Mike's Larosa Bar Sat band Schedule

Yacht Club of St. Louis

On Dardenne Slough of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

The pool is open and so are we. Great day to be poolside.
THIS WEEKEND'S SPECIALS
* BLUE POINT OYSTERS ON THE 1/2 SHELL.
* FRESH MAHI MAHI.
GRILLED AND FINISHED WITH CILANTRO BUTTER AND FRESH PINEAPPLE and JALAPENO SALSA
* PINA COLADA CHEESECAKE
 

 

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River Ferries

 

Illinois River

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

 

Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ....618-  535-5759

Winfield Ferry.............618-  535-5759

Grafton Ferry............ 1-800-258-6645  ..Open Fri, Sat, Sun

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

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Restaurants

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 
3rd Chute Bar & Grill ......................... Open All Year
Arrrr Bar at Grafton Harbor.................. Open
bluff city grill..................... Open All Year
Boathouse Food & Deck..................... Open All Year
Cedar Hill Resort................................ Open
Driftwood Crab Shack @ MRH Resort.. TBD
Duck Club Yacht Club........................ Open
Evandy's_Boatel................................ Open
Froges Bar & Grill.............................. Open All Year
Grafton Harbor Winery & Gift Shop...... Open
Grafton Oyster Bar............................. Open All Year
Kinder's Restaurant.......................... Open
Longshot Saloon................................ Open
LaRosa Cantina................................. Open
Yacht Club of St. Louis..................... Open

WEDNESDAY

25 July 2018

 

NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY

GRAB A BOTTLE OF YOUR FAV WINE AND FAV CHEESE

HEAD TO THE BOAT

ENJOY THE DAY

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Drone Video Grounded Barges

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

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The Videos of the Day..... were sent to us by Capt'n Mike Kolisch

 

I got some drone video of Marquette Transportation recovering the run away barges after they grounded near 521 on Tuesday. The first video was about 12:00 the second a few hours later. We watched till dark and they had recovered all but the three hardest stuck on the rocks. It was amazing how they maneuvered those tug boats like they were Tonka toys.

Mike Kolisch
Cooler Breeze

 

 

Sat.. July 28.. 2 Chixx Rolling on the River..8pm

Sun.. July 29... Pat Liston..3pm

 

 

 Open Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday & Friday.... Open at 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday. Open at 11:00 AM

 

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Grafton Harbor.... 618-786-PORT (7678)

 

First Mate is a boat brokerage located on the beautiful upper Mississippi.

We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!

 

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 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Illinois River Ride ~ 2017

Mel's Famous Lemon Meringue Pies

 

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YesterYears Picture on This Day in 2017... was sent to us by Capt Tim Crawford

 


Hello Bill,


Monday we boated up the Illinois River. Water was smooth as glass, and we had a wonderful meal at Mel's Illinois RiverDock Restaurant.

 

Here's a shot of Mel presenting one of their famous lemon meringue pies.


Capt Tim Crawford
Hope to see you on the river soon

 

Mel's RiverDock Restaurant

   On the Illinois River at Harden, IL

   Phone:      (618) 576-2362

   Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MelsIllinoisRiverDockRestaurant/