~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
August 2018

08-01-18  -   08-10-18

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

FRIDAY

10 August 2018

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

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Ever Changing Evenings

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Dorothy Miller

 


Tuesday evening was a treat after the rains. Love our Mississippi sunsets!

Dorothy Miller
Hails out of Portage Des Sioux

 

Fri.....Aug 10..Helen Black..8pm

Sat....Aug 11..DJ

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 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 Pic of the Day

 

The Port Charles Crew

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YesterYears Pictures of the Day in 2017 .. was taken at Port Charles Harbor

 

It's Paul, Sierra and Linda

behind the counter at the Port Charles Harbor Ships Store

ready to serve you.

 

Port Charles Harbor is the home of

TowBoatUS St Charles & St Louis

 

Check them out http://www.portcharlesharbor.com

 

 

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Featured Classifieds

   
    2005 260 Sea Ray Sundancer

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

 Sat... Aug 11... Outlaw Opry...7pm

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 in 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..

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

 

 

Updated July 31, 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 221.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 221.5, along the RDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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 2,986 members as of 08-10-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

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

 

Facebook                Website                   Map

 

Mississippi River At Rock Island, Illinois

Family Of Hawk Newberry Rescued Man From River........

 

Wednesday night, the family of 2 year old Hawk Newberry, who drowned in the Mississippi River at Rock Island, was celebrating the boy's life when they spotted a man in the river and sprang into action.

 

Around 9:30 pm, Newberry's family heard someone shout "Call 911!", and realized that a man was in the river.  They grabbed the life jackets that were left by a stranger at the dock after Newberry drowned and tossed them to the man in the water.

 

Rock Island firefighters arrived and threw the man a rope.  Davenport firefighters arrived in a boat and was able to pull the man from the river.  He was taken to the boat ramp and turned over to EMS personnel for treatment........

 

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

 

 

Polestar Boating Center                      UnCharted Service

 

Lower Mississippi River

River Diversions Could Restore Louisiana's Coastline........

 

Engineers are working on reconnecting the Mississippi River to the sediment-starved wetlands of Louisiana in an effort to reconstruct some of the land that has been disappearing at a rate of close to 11,000 acres per year.

 

The reconstruction would divert a portion of the Mississippi River and after more than 30 years of discussion, two diversions are being designed.  These projects will be funded by fines collected from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

 

The first diversion, the $1.4 billion Mid-Barataria diversion is expected to be under construction within five years, and the second diversion, the $800 million Mid-Breton diversion is expected to begin a few years later........

 

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

 

August 24-26, 2018

Hogback Trip from St. Charles, Mo to Quincy, IL  

Mississippi River ........

 

 

Heading to Quincy, IL Friday AM
Huge beach party in Quincy all day Saturday.

 Groups have been going on this trip for almost 30 years.
Boats of all shapes and sizes from 18'-40'+
Never locked through before? Don’t worry, many experienced boaters to help you. Sleep on your boat or discounted hotel room rates secured.

Limited spots left. Call now to reserve yours.

 

Contact Dan Grosvenor for more information

Phone:314-610-3163

 Email: dan@5starcar.com
 

Aug 31 - Sept. 2, 2018

 

 

Con Trios Yacht Club

Alton Get Away

 

Next Party! Registration is open.

Come Enjoy Labor Day weekend in Alton Marina with the Con Trios Yacht Club!
Come by Car, Come by Boat,
Registration is required and slip fees are not included with registration.

https://ctyc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx

Alton Marina is offering dock specials for this event - Buy One night, Get One Free.
Please contact Alton Marina to reserve your slip for the event.
618-462-9860

Schedule of Events:
  Friday - PotLuck on the docks
  Saturday - Pool Party and Games
  Sunday - Pool, Dinner, and Live music by Jambone
   Cost $25.00 per person

Members and Non Members and their Guests welcome to attend.

News Release From BoatUS




 

WHAT: The battle to protect your boat's engine is not over. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is asking all boat owners to Take Action Now to have their voices heard.
WHY: E15 (15% ethanol) and higher-level ethanol fuel blends can now be found in at least 29 states and sold at over 1,400 stations, often at the very same pumps as E10 (10% ethanol) gasoline. Under the current EPA proposal, boaters can expect to see a greater volume of higher-level ethanol fuel blends dispensed at more gas stations, significantly increasing the chances for misfueling. Gasoline fuel blends greater than 10% ethanol are prohibited by federal law for use in recreational boat engines, will void many boat engine warranties, and can cause significant motor or fuel system damage.
Today, there is just a single, small warning sticker required on a fuel pump (among all the other pump labels) to prevent misfueling with E15. Combined with the EPA’s 2019 RFS proposal for more ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, BoatUS believes these actions put boaters at greater risk of using fuel that could damage their boat’s engine and void the warrantee, and burden boat owners with expensive repair bills.
HOW: BoatUS asks recreational boaters to urge the EPA to lower the ethanol mandates. Take action now by clicking on: https://bit.ly/2vNZYB9
BACKGROUND: The RFS requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When it was passed in 2005, it assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to grow. Since then, however, gasoline usage has not increased as forecast, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas. To meet this government mandate, in 2010 the EPA permitted E15 (fuel containing up to 15% ethanol) into the marketplace, but only for some vehicle engines. For more information, go to https://Advocacy.BoatUS.com.


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

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK DURING SEASON !

 

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BOATING SEASON IS HERE !

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Saturday, 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!!!!!!!
 

Tickets for the night show Mini Kiss go on sale at noon  $10

Limited amount available pre book for $8.50
No entry fee.  It’s tickets to see the midget band
Mini Kiss Detroit Rock City
All proceeds go to the red white and blue tour
Homeless veterans
RV camping, tents and boats all available
Overnight boat slips available
Call Andy
314 566-5403

Click here for more information

 

Mississippi River Near Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois

FEMA Hosting Flood Map Information Open House........

 

On August 23, the officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will he hosting an informational open house for Randolph County about Flood Maps.

 

The open house is intended to provide county residents with a chance to peruse the recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study, as well as the accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

 

The FIS and FIRMS offer base flood information, designate regions in the county prone to flooding and provide information that public officials use when drawing up permits for floodplain development........

 

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

 

 

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Grafton, IL

Getting a Grocery Store........

 

Grafton is getting a grocery store at the site of the old Roentz's Hardware !

 

Fri Aug 10, 2018
8am - 8pm Grafton Market - Soft Opening - Grocery Store

 

Where: 1415 W Main St, Grafton, IL 62037

Description: Grafton's New Grocery Store Soft Opening.

                  Grand Opening September 1.
 

Reprinted from Grafton Chamber Weekly Calendar 8-6 thru 8-19-2018..click here

 

 

 

1415 W. Main Grafton, IL

Reprinted from Google maps. click here

 

 

Google Maps.. click here

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

  click here for website and more information

 

Mississippi River At Quincy, Illinois

Park Board Approves Quinsippi Island Bridge Resurfacing........

 

Wednesday night, the Quincy Park Board approved a resurfacing project for the Quinsippi Island Bridge.  The city had budgeted $75,000 for the project.  R.L. Brink Construction of Quincy bid $22,140 for the project.

 

The bridge had not been resurfaced since the early 1990s.  Officials say that the project should be wrapped up by the end of the year. 

 

According to Rome Frericks, the Quincy Park District's executive director, the over $50,000 in savings will be utilized for other projects in the coming year........

 

Click here to read this news story from whig.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

Illinois Department Natural Resources

Illinois Fishing Report


Fishing Report for Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

8-07-18 CRAPPIE BARELY FAIR: Look for fish in deeper levels near brush with a minnows and jigs.
8-07-18 CHANNEL CATFISH GOOD: Cast Skip jack and cut bait along the edges. Several nice sized fish being taken. Use weight on your line in the river- it has a current.
8-07-18 LARGEMOUTH BASS FAIR to GOOD: Plastic's and spinner baits are producing in area ponds and lakes. Early and later hours best.

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): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
blue catfish are fair using cut baits; channel catfish are fair using cut baits and dip baits; drum are fair using worms; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 8/6/18)

 

Missouri River (Lower)

Water Surface Temp: 84º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
blue catfish are fair using cut baits; channel catfish are fair using cut baits and dip baits; drum are fair using worms; all other species are fair.
(Reported on: 8/6/18)

 

Meramec River (St. Louis Co.)

Water Level (Range): rising
Water Type: dingy
Fish Reported:
Catfish: Fair
Black Bass: Good
Crappie: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
catfish are fair using blood baits; black bass are good using crankbaits; crappie are fair using minnows; bluegill are fair using crickets; all other species are slow.
(Reported on: 8/8/18)
 

Salt River (below Mark Twain)  

Water Surface Temp: 82º
Water Level (Range): normal
Water Type: muddy
Fish Reported:
Flathead Catfish: Good
Channel Catfish: Good
Blue Catfish: Good
Freshwater Drum: Good
flathead catfish good on live and cut bait; channel catfish good on live and cut bait; blue catfish good on live and cut bait; freshwater drum good on worms; all species slow.
(Reported on: 8/7/18)

 

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/

List Your Boat  on RiverBills Classifieds

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From "Now" until "Feb 2019" 

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

Six months on the Classified Page.  

 

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

 

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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 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

 

Fri..DJ Tommys Karaoke Circus!..7pm

Sat..DJ Tommys Karaoke Circus!..7pm

Sun..Ridin' Shotgun..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

 

Thurs..Aug 16.. Grafton Winery Wine Tasting..6pm

 

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

 

Fri.....Aug 10..Helen Black..8pm

Sat....Aug 11..DJ

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 

 

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) 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 11.. 2pm

Stuart Smith and Jeff & Teresa Davidsmeyer

 

Sat.. Aug 11..8pm

Big Blondes Rockin on the Riverfront

 

Sun..Aug12.. 2pm

Flatland

 

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
 


Come cruise with us this weekend!!
Saturday 4:00-5:00
Saturday 6:00-8:00
(Thank You Teachers Discount!)
Sunday 2:00-3:00
Reservations:
www.graftonharbor.com
Or call 618-786-7678

 

 

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 11... Outlaw Opry...7pm

 

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 ....    8-06 thru 8-19-2018

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 9..Scott and Karl.. 6pm

Sat..Aug 10.. Exit 52..6pm

Sun..Aug 11..Mondin..3pm

 

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!!!!!
SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!

Click here for more info
 

 

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 11..Jonathon Baker.. 3pm

Sun..Aug 12..Island Band..3pm

 

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

 

 

THIS WEEKEND'S INFO AND SPECIALS
* CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP
* FRESH SEA SCALLOPS
PAN SEARED OR BLACKENED
* SICILIAN CHICKEN
ROLLED IN SEASONED BREAD CRUMBS AND GRILLED. TOPPED WITH OLIVE OIL, GARLIC, BASIL AND OREGANO AND FINISHED WITH A PROVEL CHEESE SAUCE
* HEATH CANDY BAR CHEESECAKE

***LIVE MUSIC*** SATURDAY NIGHT WITH THE YCSTL'S VERY OWN
TIM
T-MAUL
MAULDIN @ 7pm

 

Hours of operation for August
Thurs open at 5pm
Fri thru Sun open at 12pm
Kitchen open til 9pm Thurs & Sun
Kitchen open til 10pm on Fri & Sat

THURSDAY

09 August 2018

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Click here for Ship Shape Boat Detailing Facebook Page

 

Captain Tim Crawford

and Sunset

 

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

 

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

 

RiverBill,

Saw Captain Tim Crawford on river last Friday. Looked like he was having fun on his wave runner.

 

Looks like main chamber at Melvin Price still closed. Video of lightning strikes at dam is pretty wild.

Brad Maher
Alton Motorboat Club

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 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 Pic of the Day

 

Hail, Hail

The Gang Is All Here !

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYears Pictures of the Day ...was sent to us by Capt'n Claudia Burris who hails out of Hoppies marina in Kimmswick, Mo

 

 

Hi Bill!

It was just another beautiful day on the river, especially at the Yacht Club! See you on the river!

Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina Correspondent


 

 

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Featured Classifieds

   
    2005 260 Sea Ray Sundancer

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

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River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports in 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 31, 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 221.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 221.5, along the RDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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 2,988 members as of 08-09-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

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

 

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Mississippi River At St. Paul, Minnesota

Train Derails On Bridge, Diesel Fuel Spilled Onto The River........

 

Early Wednesday, a Union Pacific train derailed on a bridge linking two railroads.  A tanker was punctured in the incident and caused 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into the Mississippi River.

 

Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South reports that the company deployed four booms into the river in an effort to to contain the spill, including one 8 miles downstream of the incident.

 

There was fuel detected that far downstream, however, South says that none has been found beyond the boom.  A few specially equipped boats  have been dispatched to try to suck up the fuel.........

 

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

 

Bill Mixon Memorial

Thursday, August 9, 2018........

 

A MEMORIAL for William E Mixon III will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 at The New Life Community Church, 1919 State Street, East St Louis, IL. Memorial will be 6pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome!!
 

A Celebration of Life will be in St Charles, MO date, location, and time will be posted soon.

 

Reposted from Facebook
 

 

Polestar Boating Center                      UnCharted Service

 

Boating Safety

Always Be Prepared For River Emergencies........

 

On Monday, 29 year old Jared Rhodes took his Yamaha WaveRunner  out for a spin on the Rock River near Moline, Illinois and it died on him.  Rhodes was wearing a life jacket and he would hop into the water to steer the vessel as it floated downstream back toward his truck.  He had a whistle and blew it at passing boaters, who ignored him.

 

Rhodes notes that he had an air horn, but didn't feel his situation warranted it's use.  He did not have a way to contact anyone from the WaveRunner.  Captain Laura Petrekis with the Illinois Conservation Police recommends having a fully charged cell phone on hand whenever you head out on the water.

 

Every time boaters head out onto the water, it pays to be prepared for any possible scenario.  Petrekis advises boaters not to hit the water alone, but if that isn't possible, file a float plan with someone.  Keeping items such as flashlights, spotlights, rope and an anchor are a good plan as well........

 

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

 

August 24-26, 2018

Hogback Trip from St. Charles, Mo to Quincy, IL  

Mississippi River ........

 

 

Heading to Quincy, IL Friday AM
Huge beach party in Quincy all day Saturday.

 Groups have been going on this trip for almost 30 years.
Boats of all shapes and sizes from 18'-40'+
Never locked through before? Don’t worry, many experienced boaters to help you. Sleep on your boat or discounted hotel room rates secured.

Limited spots left. Call now to reserve yours.

 

Contact Dan Grosvenor for more information

Phone:314-610-3163

 Email: dan@5starcar.com
 

Click here for more info

Mississippi River At Moline, Illinois

Body Recovered Identified As Missing Boy........

 

The body of a boy was recently recovered from the Mississippi River in Muscatine, Iowa.  The body has been positively identified as that of 2 year old Hawk Newberry, who fell into the river at Schweibert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, Illinois on July 24.

 

Newberry was missing for nearly two weeks before an angler spotted his body.  The boy was not visually identifiable on account of advanced decomposition, but a medical examiner's investigator in Muscatine County was able to gather the necessary medical evidence to confirm the boy's identity.

 

The toddler's medical and dental records were supplied to the pathologist, who was able to use them to identify the boy.  On Tuesday, the match was made official........

 

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

 

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Saturday, 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!!!!!!!
 

Tickets for the night show Mini Kiss go on sale at noon  $10

Limited amount available pre book for $8.50
No entry fee.  It’s tickets to see the midget band
Mini Kiss Detroit Rock City
All proceeds go to the red white and blue tour
Homeless veterans
RV camping, tents and boats all available
Overnight boat slips available
Call Andy
314 566-5403

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Boat Propulsion Manufacturer

Yamaha Reports 2nd Quarter Results........

 

For the first half of fiscal 2018, Yamaha Motor Co. announced that their net sales for the first half of the fiscal year increased by 2.8 percent to $7.7 billion during the same period.

 

Yamaha reports that net sales were up thanks to a robust marine business, emerging markets motorcycle business as well as industrial machine and robots business.

 

Net sales in the marine business rose by 5% to $1.7 billion, compared to the first half of last year.  Operating income increased 3.5 percent to $343.6 million........

 

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

 

 

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Mississippi River At St. Louis, Missouri

MLK Bridge Closing For Major Repairs........

 

Later this month, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be closing down the Martin Luther King Bridge spanning the Mississippi River at St. Louis for a major repair project that will keep it out of service until next year.

 

An IDOT spokesperson stated that the ramps and roadways approaching the MLK Bridge need repair work.  Millstone Weber LLC of St. Charles, Missouri submitted the winning bid for the project.

 

The Martin Luther King Bridge will close down beginning the week of August 20.  It will remain closed until the fall of 2019........

 

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

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Saturday..August 25, 2018

Mississippi River At Alton, IL

Alton Marina 22nd Anniversary Party.......

 

 

 

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

 

Reprinted from Alton Marina Facebook... click here

 

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

 

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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

 

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 

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) 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

 

 

 

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
 


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

 

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 ....    8-06 thru 8-19-2018

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!!!!!
SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!

Click here for more info
 

 

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

 

 

THIS WEEKEND'S INFO AND SPECIALS
* CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP
* FRESH SEA SCALLOPS
PAN SEARED OR BLACKENED
* SICILIAN CHICKEN
ROLLED IN SEASONED BREAD CRUMBS AND GRILLED. TOPPED WITH OLIVE OIL, GARLIC, BASIL AND OREGANO AND FINISHED WITH A PROVEL CHEESE SAUCE
* HEATH CANDY BAR CHEESECAKE

***LIVE MUSIC*** SATURDAY NIGHT WITH THE YCSTL'S VERY OWN
TIM
T-MAUL
MAULDIN @ 7pm

 

Hours of operation for August
Thurs open at 5pm
Fri thru Sun open at 12pm
Kitchen open til 9pm Thurs & Sun
Kitchen open til 10pm on Fri & Sat

 

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

WEDNESDAY

08 August 2018

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

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Hoppies Marina

 Mississippi River at Kimmswick, Mo

 

 

Hoppies Sunset

 

A photo you might like better

 

Another Shot

click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Claudia Burris who hails out of Kimmswick, Mo

 

Hi Bill,

I was down at Hoppies drying out my boat and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the setting sun. (top pic)

 

Looks like you’re having a fun summer. See you soon!

Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina Correspondent

 

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 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 Pic of the Day

 

Longshot's Poker Run ~ 2107

 

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

YesterYears Pictures of the Day ... were sent to us by Sue McMahan

 

 

Bill:
This year was our granddaughter's first Poker Run.. She was all smiles the entire day, especially when Grampa took her for a 100MPH ride.

Sue McMahan
"INFECTIOUS"


 

 

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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 in 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 31, 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 221.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 221.5, along the RDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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 2,985 members as of 08-08-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

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Good News !

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Melvin Price Locks & Dam Main Chamber To Reopen........

 

Beginning Friday evening, tow operators may see a reduction in the amount of time required to lock through the Melvin Price Locks and Dam No.26, as the main chamber is slated to be reopening.

 

Sue Casseau, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, says that the 1200 foot main lock chamber will be closed until 5 pm August 10. 

 

On Monday, Casseau stated that the smaller 600 foot auxiliary chamber remains open.  Until the main chamber reopens, tows exceeding 600 feet will have to be broken apart and double locked through the auxiliary chamber with the assistance of a helper boat........

 

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

Bill Mixon Memorial

Thursday, August 9, 2018........

 

A MEMORIAL for William E Mixon III will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 at The New Life Community Church, 1919 State Street, East St Louis, IL. Memorial will be 6pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome!!
 

A Celebration of Life will be in St Charles, MO date, location, and time will be posted soon.

 

Reposted from Facebook
 

 

Polestar Boating Center                      UnCharted Service

 

Duck Boat News

NTSB Releases Preliminary Accident Report........

 

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released their preliminary report on the duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake, which took the lives of 17 people, including a family of nine.

 

The report reveals that Stretch Duck 7 sank in 15 feet of water, coming to rest at a depth of 70 feet.  Divers had recovered the vessel's video recording system, and investigators are working to access the information from the hard drive.  Investigators are reviewing cellphone and surveillance video as well.

 

The NTSB has spoken with 33 witnesses, vessel inspectors, operators and company officials at the accident scene.  The NTSB will be participating in the Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation........

 

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

 

August 24-26, 2018

Hogback Trip from St. Charles, Mo to Quincy, IL  

Mississippi River ........

 

 

Heading to Quincy, IL Friday AM
Huge beach party in Quincy all day Saturday.

 Groups have been going on this trip for almost 30 years.
Boats of all shapes and sizes from 18'-40'+
Never locked through before? Don’t worry, many experienced boaters to help you. Sleep on your boat or discounted hotel room rates secured.

Limited spots left. Call now to reserve yours.

 

Contact Dan Grosvenor for more information

Phone:314-610-3163

 Email: dan@5starcar.com
 

Mississippi River Journeys

Man Taking Second Mississippi River Trip In Homemade Boat........

 

Back in 2002, Trapper Haskins and his wife, Mandy constructed a Mississippi yawl boat, which is a design dating back to the 1800s.  They christened the vessel Oxbow, and set out to paddle the length of the Mississippi River.

 

After spending three months paddling down the river, they stopped a mere 93 miles shy of the Gulf of Mexico.  The boat sat in storage until recently, when Haskins suffered a nervous breakdown.  He kept thinking that he needed to revisit the Mississippi River trip.

 

Now, Oxbow is getting ready to hit the river again, this time, with his kids.  The Haskins family has launched a kickstarter campaign that will help fund a memoir about the homemade vessel, and the mental health issues that brought Trapper full circle to the river again........

 

Click here to read this news story from newschannel5.com.  With Video.

 

Click here for more info

Photo courtesy Floatzilla

 

 

Upcoming Events ......August 18, 2018

Mississippi River At Davenport, Iowa

Thousands Expected To Turn Out For Floatzilla........

 

On August 18, the Quad Cities region will be hosting an epic float trip of kayaks and other paddlesports boats taking their annual trip down the Mississippi River.

 

This huge collection of canoes, kayaks and rafts will fill the Mississippi River from Davenport, Iowa to Rock Island, Illinois.  Starting at 7 am, boats will be able to shove off from several points along the river, including two in Moline, Illinois and the docks Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa.

 

Floatzilla is the biggest paddling event in the nation.  Every year, organizers hope to beat their previous record.  This year, participants will be trying to beat the World Record for the largest connected raft of canoes and kayaks, which is currently at 3,150 boats........

 

Click here to read this news article fro onlyinyourstate.com.  With Photos.

 

Click here for more info on Floatzilla 

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"

 

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Saturday, 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

Boat Gear Manufacturer

Johnson Outdoors Reports Double Digit Gains........

 

During the third quarter of fiscal 2018, Johnson Outdoors reported double digit increases in revenue and profits, driven by strong new product demand.

 

Johnson Outdoors' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Helen Johnson-Leipold said that unprecedented growth in their flagship fishing brands highlights the importance of continued emphasis on consumer insight driven innovation.

 

Positive marketplace momentum for new products, especially in the fishing and camping segments, drove a 10 percent increase in total company net sales of $170.8 million, up from last year's $155.7 million........

 

Click here to read this news report from boatingindustry.com

 

Click here for more information on Johnson Outdoors

 

 

  Website..click here      Facebook Page..click here

 

August 18 - 26, 2018

Lake Of The Ozarks

Annual Shootout Combines Fun & Fast Boats........

 

A little later this month, the Lake of the Ozarks will be hosting 9 days worth of entertaining events and two days of flat-out speed during the 30th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, which will run from August 18 - 26.

 

More than 100,000 spectators are expected to turn out for what is billed as the largest unsanctioned boat racing event in the nation. 

 

Tim Jacobson, executive director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau says that the fun and exciting family-friendly event is one of the most popular events at the Lake........

 

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

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

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Great Lakes Asian Carp Update

Boating, Fishing Groups Call For Quick Action On Carp........

 

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently announced that they have signed a joint letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, R.D. James, calling for immediate consideration of the Tentatively Selected Plan at Brandon Road Lock and Dam.

 

The NMMA is a member of the newly formed Boating and Fishing Aquatic Invasive Species Coalition, which is made up from stakeholder organizations such as BoatUS, BASS, MRAA, MBIA, the Association of Marina Industries, the American Sportfishing Association, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and many more.

 

The coalition was formed to present a unified front on Aquatic Invasive Species policies at the federal level.  The letter is one of the first initiatives by the group........

 

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

 

 

The Brandon Road Lock and Dam is a lock and dam complex

along the Des Plaines River in Joliet, Illinois.

The Des Plains River is connected to Lake Michigan via the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

Click here for more information

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

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6 Months for $50.00

From "Now" until "Feb 2019" 

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

Six months on the Classified Page.  

 

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

 

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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 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

 

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

 

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 

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) 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

 

 

 

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
 


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

 

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 ....    8-06 thru 8-19-2018

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!!!!!
SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!

Click here for more info
 

 

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
Thurs open at 5pm
Fri thru Sun open at 12pm
Kitchen open til 9pm Thurs & Sun
Kitchen open til 10pm on Fri & Sat

 

More Things Going On This Week

click here

 

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

TUESDAY

07 August 2018

ELECTION DAY.... VOTE

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

 

Click here for Ship Shape Boat Detailing Facebook Page

 

Riverside Harbor

Dardenne Slough at Dardenne Creek

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day.... By RiverBill

 

The old Riverside Harbor ....

All the buildings are gone.  Making way for the new St. Charles County park.

Picture taken Friday evening

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Riverside Park Layout

Reprinted from St. Charles County

Click here for more information on new park

 

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 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

Blessing of the Fleet History

2015 Blessing of the Fleet

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The Blessing of the Fleet Picture of the Day ... was taken at the Awards Ceremony at the 2015 Blessing of the Fleet.   It's the crew of one of the award winning boats in the parade.

 

The 2015 Theme was "Gilligan's Island

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
 

 

Website               Facebook             Map

More Boats on RiverBills.com

"All Classifieds Page"... click here

National Weather Service River Levels Graphs / Flood Warnings .........  
 

Mississippi River

Check out RiverBills River Gages Page...

Alton, IL (UMR 200.8) to  Wineoa, MN (UMR 725.7)....  click here

 

Winfield                                                 Grafton

Click here                                             Click here

 

Alton 

Click here

Illinois River

   Hardin                                                      LaGrange

 Click here                                                        Click here

 

Missouri River

St. Charles, Mo                                           Washington, Mo

Click here                                                                          Click here

 

Click here for RiverBills Mississippi River Gauge Page 

Click here for current weather conditions on WunderMap

Click here for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, River & Reservoir Daily Report.

Click here to activate map from NOAA's National Weather Service website then click on gauge location for current river levels, river forecast and flood watches, warnings and advisories.

 

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 in 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 31, 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 221.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 221.5, along the RDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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 2,981 members as of 08-05-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

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

 

Facebook                Website                   Map

 

Boating Lifestyles

Jerseyville Native Launches Handmade 48 Foot Catamaran........

 

Steve Gubser recently launched Sirena, a handmade 48 foot catamaran at Clear Lake Park in Seabrook, Texas.  The Jerseyville, Illinois native spent some 15 years doing mostly solo work building the vessel.

 

The heavy work on the vessel goes back to 2003, when Gubser began the project.  The Sirena, which is named for the Spanish word for mermaid, will play a crucial role in the couple's retirement plans.

 

Gusber, and his wife, Ann Mathis, plan to move to the Caribbean, where they will establish a charter company that will focus of offering guest day and sunset cruises around the islands........

 

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

Bill Mixon Memorial

Thursday, August 9, 2018........

 

A MEMORIAL for William E Mixon III will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 at The New Life Community Church, 1919 State Street, East St Louis, IL. Memorial will be 6pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome!!
 

A Celebration of Life will be in St Charles, MO date, location, and time will be posted soon.

 

Reposted from Facebook


 

 

Polestar Boating Center                      UnCharted Service

 

Grafton, IL

Getting a Grocery Store........

 

Grafton is getting a grocery store at the site of the old Roentz's Hardware !

 

Fri Aug 10, 2018
8am - 8pm Grafton Market - Soft Opening - Grocery Store

 

Where: 1415 W Main St, Grafton, IL 62037

Description: Grafton's New Grocery Store Soft Opening.

                  Grand Opening September 1.
 

Reprinted from Grafton Chamber Weekly Calendar 8-6 thru 8-19-2018..click here

 

 

 

1415 W. Main Grafton, IL

Reprinted from Google maps. click here

 

 

Google Maps.. click here

 

Mississippi River At Louisiana, Missouri

The New Champ Clark Bridge Halfway Complete........

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that the work on the New Champ Clark Bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Missouri has reached the halfway point.

 

MoDOT Project Director Keith Killen, P.E. reports that the piers are approaching completion, and crews have started placing the steel girders, which will support the bridge deck.

 

Killen says that crews will begin working on the bridge deck this winter, and continue into the spring of 2019.  The Champ Clark Bridge is slated to open to traffic by fall 2019........

 

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

 

August 24-26, 2018

Hogback Trip from St. Charles, Mo to Quincy, IL  

Mississippi River ........

 

 

Heading to Quincy, IL Friday AM
Huge beach party in Quincy all day Saturday.

 Groups have been going on this trip for almost 30 years.
Boats of all shapes and sizes from 18'-40'+
Never locked through before? Don’t worry, many experienced boaters to help you. Sleep on your boat or discounted hotel room rates secured.

Limited spots left. Call now to reserve yours.

 

Contact Dan Grosvenor for more information

Phone:314-610-3163

 Email: dan@5starcar.com
 

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Video Captures Lightning Striking Alton Bridge, Locks And Dam........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a video posted to YouTube by stormchaser Dan Robinson, that show lighting from Monday's afternoon storms striking the Clark Bridge and the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton........

 

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

 

Click here for more info

Lake Of The Ozarks

Coast Guard Shuts Down Two Vessels For Hire........

 

Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard shut down two vessels for hire for operating on the Lake of the Ozarks Illegally.  They were suspected of illegal charter operations.

 

While performing routine patrols on the Lake, a Coast Guard Upper Mississippi River 29 foot Response Boat-Small boat crew determined that the vessels were operating with too many passengers aboard.

 

The Coast Guard is tasked with regulating commercial boating on the Lake for vessels that carry passengers for hire.  The restrictions apply to the type of license the vessel's captain has obtained, and the number of passengers on board........

 

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

 

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         

 

Saturday, 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

Hop On A Plane For A Mini-Vacation...

 

News Release From BoatUS



WOODBRIDGE, Va., August 6, 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 Prince William Marina offer a choice of two fun on-water training courses taught aboard single and twin engine powerboats: ‘Powerboat I’ and ‘Powerboat II’, this Saturday, August 11, at the marina’s location at 12849 Gordon Rd., Woodbridge VA. The three-hour courses start at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. and are affordably priced at $159 per person. Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor. The courses were previously scheduled for Saturday, July 28, but local weather conditions forced their postponement.
The Powerboat I course includes preparing a boat for departure, steering straight at idle speed and learning to center the wheel, shifting gears and throttle control, stopping the boat in an emergency, station holding, the “Boater's eye” technique, and understanding the “weathervane effect.” Powerboat II covers pivot turns, docking alongside a pier and departing, and how to maintain a proper lookout.
The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and Prince William Marina courses are 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 skills.
Space is limited. Must be 18 years or older. To sign up for these courses or seek out others, go to www.BoatUS.org/On-Water.


###

 

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

 

  Website..click here      Facebook Page..click here

 

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Volunteers Sought For Alton Expo, Earthtones Festival........

 

The organizers of the Alton Expo and the Mississippi Earthtones Festival are seeking volunteers and vendors for the events, which are coming up in just over a month.

 

The Alton Expo will be held at Riverfront Park September 12th through the 16th, and the Earthtones Festival is scheduled for September 15th on Broadway.

 

Brett Stawar, spokesman for the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau says that since both events share a date and are being held in close proximity, there is a sort of synergy between the events........

 

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

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

  click here for website and more information

 

August 18, 2018

Mississippi River At Hannibal, Missouri

MDC Hosting Free Catfishing Clinic........

 

On August 18, 2018, the Missouri Department of Conservation will be hosting a free catfish clinic along the Mississippi River at the Ted Shanks and DuPont Reservation conservation areas in northeastern Missouri.

 

The clinic will offer instruction on basic fishing techniques, including a hands-on lesson on the safe setting of trotlines and bank poles, the proper labeling of equipment and the safe handling and releasing of fihs.

 

After the river outing, clinic attendees will participate in seminars in catfish biology presented by a MDC biologist and river fishing regulations presented by a MDC conservation agent........

 

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

 

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

List Your Boat  on RiverBills Classifieds

6 Months for $50.00

From "Now" until "Feb 2019" 

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

Six months on the Classified Page.  

 

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

 

Click here and check out RiverBills Classifieds Page

We will bill you after the ad is on-line

 

 

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 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

 

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

 

Sun... Aug 12..Southern Drawl..2pm

 

 

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) 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

 

 

 

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
 


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

 

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 ....    8-06 thru 8-19-2018

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!!!!!
SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!

Click here for more info
 

 

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
Thurs open at 5pm
Fri thru Sun open at 12pm
Kitchen open til 9pm Thurs & Sun
Kitchen open til 10pm on Fri & Sat

 

More Things Going On This Week

click here

 

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

06 August 2018

 

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

Island 521..Major Update

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Ramjet

 

Hi Bill,

Third sea trial for The Ginger G is going Very Well. We are on 521 for the night! It’s 1am and all is well. It’s good to be out on the river and have R&R with some time to write. I will send in another report soon.


WOW! 521 is reaching new heights in size if they roll down the riverside with it. We will see! The Army Corps is starting to bury the rocks on the riverside of 521 where the river flowed through to the slough. The Rocks and the water passage that cut through the island are at least 6’ under.

Ramjet

 

Blessing of the Fleet Signs

 

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

.

The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Darryll Weil, Treasurer, Blessing of the Fleet

 

Bill:

We are two weeks away from the Blessing of the Fleet on August 18th so today Blessing President Rick Flier, Event Coordinator Maureen Weil and myself placed yard signs around Portage des Sioux. Here's some pics of the first signs being placed. Oh, and we also enjoyed the fried chicken at the St. Francis of Assissi Church Picnic, the tractor pull and finished up the afternoon at Mike's LaRosa Cabana Bar at My River Home, host of the Blessing Judging and Awards ceremony.

Darryll Weil

Treasurer, Blessing of the Fleet

 

 

 

Kinder's

 

click pic to enlarge

 

 

The Pictures of the Day.... 

 

A couple of pictures from Friday evening...  The huge old cottonwood tree that was on the up river side of Kinder's is gone.  Just the tall stump remains.

 

And the signage on the eves of the building is gone and the name is painted on the lower white level.

 

 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

 

 Mel's River Dock Restaurant

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YesterYear's The Picture of the Day in 2017.... was sent to us by Capt'n Carl Seidler who hails out of Grafton Harbor

 

 

Bill,

 

A picture from our boat ride last weekend (2017) to Mel's River dock.

 

Got to have a picture with Mel at the restaurant with our group. Marsha and I are with Paul and Maggie Turner, and Matt and Julie Weiner and Zach.

 

Carl
 

 

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM-1AM
 

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River News !  

 

 

 

No new incident reports in 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 31, 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 221.5 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 221.5, along the RDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

 

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 2,972 members as of 08-05-18. Click here and check it out. 

 

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

 

Facebook                Website                   Map

 

Illinois River Near Starved Rock, Illinois

Tombstone Recovered From The River........

 

Thursday morning, a large marble grave marker and it's base was recovered from the Illinois River, east of Starved Rock, Illinois. 

 

According to volunteer Dr. David Manigold, the tombstone was spotted partially submerged along the southern Illinois River bank by an employee of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 

Manigold says that it is important to find the real history of the people that lived in the region more than 150 years ago.  He adds that the marker is believed to have been part of an obelisk monument........

 

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

 

 

From Wikipedia:

An obelisk  is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape or pyramidion at the top.....  click here

Bill Mixon Memorial

Thursday, August 9, 2018........

 

A MEMORIAL for William E Mixon III will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 at The New Life Community Church, 1919 State Street, East St Louis, IL. Memorial will be 6pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome!!
 

A Celebration of Life will be in St Charles, MO date, location, and time will be posted soon.

 

Reposted from Facebook


 

 

Polestar Boating Center                      UnCharted Service

 

Mississippi River At Louisiana, Missouri

A Look At The New Champ Clark Bridge Progress........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a few photos showing some of the progress being made on the new Champ Clark Bridge, which will span the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Missouri....

 

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

 

 

August 24-26, 2018

Hogback Trip from St. Charles, Mo to Quincy, IL  

Mississippi River ........

 

 

Heading to Quincy, IL Friday AM
Huge beach party in Quincy all day Saturday.

 Groups have been going on this trip for almost 30 years.
Boats of all shapes and sizes from 18'-40'+
Never locked through before? Don’t worry, many experienced boaters to help you. Sleep on your boat or discounted hotel room rates secured.

Limited spots left. Call now to reserve yours.

 

Contact Dan Grosvenor for more information

Phone:314-610-3163

 Email: dan@5starcar.com
 

This Week.....Thursday.. August 9, 2018

117th Sunset Race

Meramec River

 

 

Thursday, August 9 at 7 PM - 10 PM
2202 Marshall Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122

 

117th Sunset Race
  WHAT: 6 ish mile paddle on the Meramec River
  WHEN: 8/9/2018
  TIME: 7:00 PM start
  WHERE: Meet at Greentree ramp in Kirkwood MO
  2202 Marshall Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122

 

Click here for map

Reposted from 117th Sunset Race Facebook... click here

 

Get your crew together

Plan your decorations

Take part in the parade !

 

Click here for more info

The Great Flood Of 1993

Video Takes In-Depth Look At The Flood Of 1993........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a video, Swept Away:  25 Years After The Flood Of 1993, which is KSDK's full special presentation on the 25th anniversary of the 1993 flood........

 

Click here to watch this video from ksdk.com.

 

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"

 

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Saturday, 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

Mississippi River Near Muscatine, Iowa

The Body Of A Child Has Been Recovered From The River........

 

Sunday evening, the body of a small child was recovered from the Mississippi River close to Brown's Island in Muscatine, Iowa.

 

The body was discovered almost two weeks after 2 year old Hawk Newberry fell into the Mississippi River from a dock at Rock Island's Schweibert Riverfront Park.

 

Sunday night, the Muscatine County Sheriff's Department would neither confirm or deny that the body was the boy's.  The child's uncle, John Bell said family members had identified the body........

 

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

 

 

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Mississippi River At La Crosse, Wisconsin

2 Riverboats Dock In Downtown .......

 

On Saturday, the American Queen and the American Duchess stopped in at Riverside Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  It is rare that two riverboats arrive at the same time.

 

The Queen has been cruising the Mississippi River since 1995, and the Duchess is only in her second year of operation.  Complications last year prevented the Duchess from visiting La Crosse until now.

 

George Italiano, a volunteer for the La Crosse County Historical Society says that during the steamboat era, there were many boats along the riverfront at the same time.  He adds that La Crosse was the largest steamboat owned port along the upper Mississippi River........

 

Click here to read this news article from news8000.com

 

Providing insurance coverage where ever you go

 

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Photo courtesy of EnjoyIllinois.com

 

Next Saturday...... August 11, 2018

Great River Tug Fest Tug-o-War across the Mississippi River

 

LeClaire, Iowa against Port Byron, Illinois

 

The Tug is a lot of Excitement and challenge for LeClaire against Port Byron. It began in 1987, with ten 20-member tug teams pulling with all of their strength on a 2,700 foot, 680 pound rope that spans the Mississippi River between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois. Each year the teams pull to see who will claim the breath-taking alabaster statue of a Bald Eagle in flight. Over 35,000 people view this spectacular and only tug-of-war across the longest river in the United States. Tug Fest has been featured in travel, vacation magazines, television programming across the country and has received international notoriety on Germany's "Inside the USA", "Galileo XXL",The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Channel's "Wreakreation Nation" , and PBS television..

 

click here for more information

 

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

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From "Now" until "Feb 2019" 

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

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

 

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We will bill you after the ad is on-line

 

 

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 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

 

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) 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

 

 

 

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
 


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

 

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 ....    8-06 thru 8-19-2018

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!!!!!
SUMMER BIKE RALLY!!!!!!!

Click here for more info
 

 

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
Thurs open at 5pm
Fri thru Sun open at 12pm
Kitchen open til 9pm Thurs & Sun
Kitchen open til 10pm on Fri & Sat

 

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... 04, 05 August 2018

 

 

Over 8.6 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Two Branch Sun Set

Sun pic

click pic to enlarge

 

Picture of the Day.... by RiverBill

 

A Two Branch sun set looking out the stern of Capt'n Carl Tiemann's boat.

Headed down river to Kinder's on Friday evening

 

 

 

Please

Leave No Trace

Sun pic

click pic to enlarge

 

Reader Commentary..... was sent to us by Adam Jorens

 

Bill.

Hanging out in pool 26 Friday morning. Current was slow, conditions beautiful. Did some tubing before heading to the toenail to eat lunch. Spotted this grill stuck in the sand. Potential hazard. I know some people feel they are doing favors by leaving grills and tables on sandbars but they are not. It’s lazy, hazardous, and littering.

 

Please remind all boaters to leave no trace.


 

Barefoot Paradise out of River Island Marina.
Adam

 

 

 

A RiverBills Sticker Sighting

Happened in

Edmond, OK

Sun pic

click pic to enlarge

 

Another RiverBills Sticker Sighting..... was sent to us by Dylan Sanchez

 

Cal Sanchez

 a frequent Grafton visitor,

with his Riverbills sticker

in Edmond, Oklahoma!

 

Cal's grandma and grandpa live in Grafton (Bill and Charlotte Mathis)
 

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting Page

Click here and check it out...

 

RiverBill says...

Thanks Cal for taking RiverBills to Edmund, OK with you !

 

 

A RiverBills Cooler Cup Sighting

Happened at the

Redneck Fishing Tourney

Sat pic

click pic to enlarge

 

Another RiverBills Cooler Cup Sighting..... was sent to us by Jewelz Elizabeth

 

 

You can’t see the koozie well but it’s a RIVERBILLS! Representing at the Redneck Fishing Tourney! — in Bath, Illinois

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting Page

Click here and check it out...

 

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

 

My River Home Boat Harbor and Resort

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Sat pic

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Becky Dallwitz

 

 

Rob Wehemer building up the dike protecting the courtesy docks at Driftwood

 

Becky says...

Saturday is going to be a great day for the Poker Run

 

 

Look Who I Ran Into

Last Nite At Kinder's

Sat pic

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

It's Leta !

 

A pleasure to meet you !

Glad you came up and introduced yourself

 

 

Meanwhile in Florida

A RiverBills Sticker Sighting

Happened

Sat pic

 

click pic to enlarge

 

A RiverBills Sticker Sighting..... was sent to us by Damon Sagehorn

 

 

At

Miami-Homestead raceway

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting Page

Click here and check it out...

 

 

And

Another RiverBills Sticker Sighting

Happened at

Crab Island, Florida

Sat pic

 

 

click pic to enlarge

 

Another RiverBills Sticker Sighting..... was sent to us by Capt'n Carl Seidler

 

 

 A couple River Bills sticker sightings at Crab Island

 

The Group

Matt and Julie Weiner, Cathy Boucher and my wife on River Bills Patrol

 

RiverBills Sticker Sighting Page

Click here and check it out...

 

 

And

Back on Pool 26

of the Mississippi River

Sat pic

click pic to enlarge

 

 

 Little John's Marine Service

.

Fabricated and installed

another swing-away walkway

for a boat on a hydro hoist

 

Click here and check them out

Fri...Aug 3.... Blackwater..8pm

Sat...Aug 4.....3 of a Perfect Pair..2pm

Sun...Aug 5.... Rhythm Imperials..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

 

 

click here for Facebook            click here for website

 Yesteryear's Picture of the Day

 

Alton Bridge at Night

 

   click pic to enlarge

 

YesterYears Picture on This Day in 2016... were sent to us by Capt'n Steve Nonn

 

 

Bill

Here are a few more photos I took last week on the river

Steve Nonn

 

Blessing of the Fleet History

2013 Blessing of the Fleet

Click on pic to enlarge