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THE WEEKEND

 Sat, Sun..14, 15 Sept 2019

 

 

Over 9.4 Million Boater Visits

Since Sept 12, 2004

To The Always Changing e-Waters of RiverBills.com

 

 

Mississippi River at Kimmswick, MO

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Hi Bill,


It was just another beautiful day at Hoppies Marina when the 74-foot Kaybird IV showed up! How exciting!

 

See you on the river!


Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina Correspondent

 

 

 

Mississippi River at Quincy, IL

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Hey Bill,

 

This is Lou sending you a great picture from the Quincy Antique Boat and Motor Show this year up in Quincy, Illinois. Thank you so much to our hosts for having us. It was a great day and it’s been a great show and lots of people here as you can see by the attached photo thanks.

Regards,
Lou

 

RiverBill says... What a great picture Lou.......   Wow !

 

St. Louis

to

Sitte River, Belize

Central America

 

 

Day # 3

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Well, we had to go right rather than left when we met the Ohio. You could see a significant change in the water color at the confluence.

Oh the anchor came up clean in Angelo towhead again, so, at birds gage 16.5 we saw 20’ of water or more the whole way in on a downstream approach... so ignore the rumors. This anchorage works!

We passed Wycliffe KY and gave our respects to the river an who’d lost there life’s as we past the statue in their tribute.

Surprisingly the river was not the monster it’s usually called. The only monster occurred in the head... but ... let’s not go there.

We passed just 1 tow, running at an average if about 11kts at 1600 rpm. Fuel gauges hardly moved all day. There at 9/10ths. We met 30 or do upbound... evacuating Memphis I guess?

Bill, lots of river down here. Thrice what we see and average depth at 30-40 feet. Saw 100 a few times! Also lots of sand! It was tempting to beach the bow and break out the lawn chairs, umbrella and grill and have us a good ole fashion Jamaica Day. But... on we went

We’re now in Caruthersville, anchored in their slack harbor. 1/2 way to Memphis, 120 miles today. We’re in no rush as the owner has business in Memphis on Monday am so a Sunday pm arrival works... maybe in time for some BBQ and blues on Beale street!

 

-Capt Matt


 

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From KYGRRO:

 

Fort Jefferson Historic Site & Memorial Cross of KY at the Confluence

   The Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross is a 95-foot memorial that stands high upon a bluff at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The history of the cross begins in 1937 when a few members of a community choir erected a small wooden cross on a hill at the Ancient Buried City site (now known as Wickliffe Mounds Research Center) in Wickliffe. In 1951, the cross was enlarged and bulbs were lit during Easter and Christmas each year. When Murray State University purchased the Wickliffe Mounds site in 1981, it became necessary to seek another location for the cross. It was then that the idea was born to build a cross tall enough to be seen from the states of Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky and would be lit at night..

Click here to read more about the cross

 

River Dawg

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The River Dawg of the Day ..... was posted by Mike Mandis on RiverBills Boaters Group

 

Proud to be a River Dog

 

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St. Louis

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Sitte River, Belize

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Day # 2

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We pulled out of Kaskaskia being chased by Kaskaskia’s! Apparently, Kaskaskia is an ancient Indian term for mean ass horse fly...

We ran slow, with the engines at 1500 rpm sipping fuel and running 10kts, no hurry as Kidd’s fuel 67 miles away couldn’t fuel us until 1pm. We put on 65 gallons in the main tanks and filled 2 55 gallon drums with fuel as a reserve. Very limited fuel options after this until NOLA.

We anchored just above the Cairo hwy bridge in Angelo towhead. Supposedly, this anchorage is littered with old tow howsers and snags. I’ve anchored her 6 times in the past and always come up clean. We’ll see in about 15 minutes if I made a 7th with no issues. Sonar showed the bottom clean on our full approach.

Last night the anchor lights refused to go on. We lit the boat up like a Christmas tree and left the AIS on to ping our location. Fortunately shortly before crashing the owner remembered a secret switch and the light came on... torture will be used later today to learn the other mysteries of this French make...

Off to Caruthersville today and Memphis Sunday. I’m heading to the engine room for checks and we’re off like a prom dress.

 

-Capt Matt


 

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From Wikipedia

A hawser ...

is a nautical term for a thick cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.

 

AIS...

The automatic identification system (AIS) is an automatic tracking system that uses transponders on ships and is used by vessel traffic services (VTS).

 

Hoppies Marina

Mississippi River at Kimmswick, Mo

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Hi Bill,


It was just another beautiful day at Hoppies Marina! Lots of loopers coming through. We’re celebrating Hoppies birthday, too! Still feels like summer. See you on the river!


Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina Correspondent

 

Hawg Pit BBQ Barn

Illinois River at Grafton, IL

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Picture of the Day.... 

 

It's last night's "Captain Cheech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters" concert at the Hawg Pit BBQ Barn.  The band was on the stage behind the building, facing the river.

 

There were a few boats anchored out, watching the show.  The sound was very good on the water at the distance we were away from the band and the stage was well lit.

 

Make sure to check it out next time.

 

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We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!

 

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If your have not been yet...make sure to check out our sister restaurant @Abigail's Tap Room for BREAKFAST Sat & Sun mornings 8 a.m. ~ 11 a.m. LUNCH or DINNER Wed-Sun 11 a.m.~ 10 p.m. Located in the historic Ruebel Hotel on E. Main St.
 

 

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Added Sunday

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Anglers Reeled In Huge Cats During Tournament........

 

During Saturday's inaugural Alton Catfish Classic, Tim Spencer of Chrisney, Indiana reeled in the largest catfish of the tournament, which weighed in at 91.87 pounds.  Spencer and his teammate, Mickey Hammers of Rockport, Indiana caught a smaller cat that brought their total to 94.1 pounds.  The pair made their catches at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

 

The first place honors in the Alton Catfish Classic went to Travis Hunter of Cuba, Missouri and Jeremy Ransom of Lessburg, Missouri, who caught three catfish weighing in at 96.56 pounds.  Ransom said that they did expect one team would catch a really big fish, but they did not expect to win the tournament with what they caught.

 

The teams of up to three anglers per boat departed Alton at 6 am Saturday morning, and had until 2:30 pm to check in with their three fish limit.  The fish were publicly weighed in and tournament prizes awarded at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater near the Alton Marina.  All of the fish caught in the tournament were returned to the river........

 

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

 

Added Sunday

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Take A Look At Some Of The Fun Had At The Expo........

 

While Trolling The Internet....  We reeled in a photo gallery showing some of the fun being had at the Alton Expo at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater....

 

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

 

Added Sunday

Illinois River At Peoria, Illinois

A Short Road Trip Along The Most Scenic Road In America........

 

As summer gives way to fall, you may want to gas up the car for a short road trip along the most scenic road in America, Grandview Drive in Peoria, Illinois.

 

This scenic drive offers views of some of the state's most beautiful and historic sites along the Illinois River.  Grandview Drive winds about 2.5  miles along the Illinois River, mainly through Peoria.

 

Grandview Drive is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was constructed in 1903, and in 1910, was named the "world's most beautiful drive" by President Theodore Roosevelt........

 

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

 

Added Sunday

Lake Of The Ozarks

MSN Names LOTO Best Weekend Getaway In Missouri........

 

Microsoft News (MSN) recently published a news article that named the Lake of the Ozarks as the Best Weekend Getaway in Missouri.

 

The MSN Lifestyle article listed the best weekend getaway in each state.  For the Lake of the Ozarks, the author wrote that a getaway to the Lake is a sure way to reset yourself.

 

The Lake of the Ozarks has been named a favored destination several times before.  Last year, the Lake was named the 2nd best place in the United States to see fall colors........

 

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

 

 

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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 11, 2019    

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

MILE 332.9 - MILE 331.5 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until further notice, the M/V LaSALLE is conducting dredging operations between approximate Miles 332.9 and 331.5. Work will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., 7-days a week. The M/V LaSALLE will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13, 14 or 16 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage, for passing arrangements. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution.

MILE 185.5 - L/D CLOSURE
L/D 27 (auxiliary chamber), in the vicinity of Mile 185.5, has returned to service. Traffic will be passed through the main chamber. Mariners should be alert for and abide by any special instructions from the lockmaster.

 

ILLINOIS RIVER

MILE 77.0 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until further notice, the Dredge POTTER is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 77.0. Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The Dredge POTTER will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16 and request 30-minutes advance notice of passage. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

 

KASKASKIA RIVER

MILE 11.0 - MILE 10.0 - MARINE EVENT/SAFETY ZONE/RIVER CLOSURE
On September 14 and 15, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., each day, the Evansville Drag Boat Races will be held between approximate Miles 11.0 and 10.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has issued a Safety Zone closing the river for this event.

 

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The Hawg Pit BBQ Barn

Illinois River at Grafton, IL

 

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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 5,189 members as of 09-14-19....... Click here and check it out. 

 

Metro East Flood Prevention

Open Houses Scheduled On Flooding, Water Quality........

 

Residents living in the Wood River and Piasa Creek watersheds may be interested in a project that the Heartlands Conservancy is working on, as they are gathering information about flooding and water quality issues in hopes of repairing what needs to be repaired.

 

Janet Buchanan, Conservancy Project Manager says that watershed plans are an effective method of attracting funding for stormwater projects.  A part of the project funding process is to host open houses, two of which are scheduled for later this month.

 

The Wood River and Piasa Creek watersheds are located in the northwest corner of Madison County and include Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey and Rosewood Heights.  During the open houses, the draft results of the Flood Survey Madison County sent to residents will be on hand for review.

 

The open houses are scheduled for September 23rd from 6 to 8 pm at Brighton Village Hall and on September 25th at the Lewis and Clark Community College's Trimpe Building........

 

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

 

 

  Website..click here      Facebook Page..click here

 

Lewis Boat Inventory.. click here

 

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

The Alton Expo Is Underway........

 

Thursday night, the Alton Expo at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater was hopping.  According to Amphitheater Boar Chairman Robert Stephan, attendance so far has been right on the heels of Friday's record of nearly 3,700 people to see Nelly.

 

Stephan said that on Thursday, there was a constant line of around 75 people standing in line to meet former St. Louis Blues players, Bob Plager, Cam Jensen, Larry Pate and Reed Low.  Wednesday evening, former St. Louis Cardinals players Bernard Gilkey and Ken Oberkfell were on hand for the Expo's opening night.

 

For Saturday, a local celebrity dunking booth is planned, with Alton Mayor Brant Walker, Alton Police Chief Jason "Jake" Simmons, Police Sergeant Emily Hejna and retiring Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold are among those scheduled to take a turn in the dunking booth's hot seat........

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Local Leaders to be Recognized for Environmental Conservation


Awards presented at Mississippi Earthtones Festival Mainstage


Alton, IL,


Organizers of the Mississippi Earthtones Festival will recognize three local community leaders for their contributions to conservation efforts in the region. Co- founder of the non-profit organization, Trinity’s Way, April Gray; Watershed Cairn’s artist Libby Rueter; and local food blogger and environmental activist, Toni Oplt. Honorees will receive their Confluence Conservation Leadership Awards on Saturday, September 21, at 4:30 PM, on the festival’s main stage at Broadway and George St, Downtown Alton.
 

Awarded each year since 2007, The Mississippi Earthtones Festival Committee recognizes people who make significant contributions in environmental conservation in the Riverbend region. Past awardees come from eclectic backgrounds and iconic area institutions and include Alley Ringhausen, Executive Director of Great Rivers Land Trust, Nate Keener, Director of Sustainability, Lewis and Clark Community College and Sister Maxine Pohlman, SSND, Director of the LaVista Ecological Learning Center,


The 2019 recipients have worked tirelessly to advocate, educate and inspire action in areas of environmental activism, sustainable agriculture and clean air and water initiatives.


April Gray is one of the founders of the non-profit organization, Trinity’s Way, and an English teacher/journalism adviser at Alton High School. Trinity’s Way was formed in March 2018 after Gray’s 17-year-old daughter, Trinity, died in a car accident. When a posthumous writing was discovered that brought to life Trinity’s dismay over littering in the area of Alton known as “The Caves,” Gray decided to create an organization dedicated to supporting causes aligned with her daughter’s passions, which included animals and the environment. Since the inception of Trinity’s Way, the organization has hosted nine litter clean-ups in the Alton area. In addition, they have adopted a one-mile stretch of US 67 through the Adopt-A-Highway program, provided volunteers for clean-ups hosted by Sierra Club and 1 Mississippi, and participated in several community events to educate the public about littering and recycling. Trinity’s Way also works with local animal-aid organizations to provide necessary support and enhance their services. The organization has hosted three pet food drives for Riverbend Pet Food Pantry and a supply drive for Treehouse Wildlife Center. Currently, Trinity’s Way is working on a project with Hope Animal Rescues to provide a much-needed space for rescued puppies.

Toni Oplt, aka the Green Gal of the Midwest, is a food blogger who is as passionate about where her food comes from as what she is whipping up in the kitchen. Her journey began with a single quest: she needed to find her health. After years of struggle she finally let go of the remedies of conventional medicine and sought help outside the sphere of health insurance-covered options. Seeing an “unconventional” doctor and changing her diet little by little made her well. It wasn’t a quick fix; nor an amazing or unusual story, but it took her beyond wellbeing. One discovery led to another and she found her health was intricately connected to the health of the Earth, her friends and family and the farmers who grow her food. She learned to live in faith, be simple, practice kindness, to waste nothing and love infinitely. She took a leap of faith and quit her job to do what she loves. From that journey her blog Green Gal of the Midwest, filled with great recipes, helpful kitchen hints and, local and healthy food, was born. Toni also chairs the Metro East Green Alliance and has been a staunch activist for a just transition from fossil fuel to a clean energy economy.

Throughout her career as an artist and arts administrator (Washington University and Southwestern Illinois College), Libby Reuter has been a mural painter, found-object sculptor, and an installation artist. After the flood of 1993, her work has been focused on water. Since 2011, she has been building glass sculptures for Watershed Cairns, a collaboration with photographer Joshua Rowan. Watershed Cairns: Water Marked with Art has been exhibited at the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, Missouri; Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois; and the Minnesota Marine Arts Museum, Winona, Minnesota. Libby and her husband Bill moved from the Benton Park neighborhood in St. louis to make their home in Alton in 2017


Andrew Dobson, local artist and photographer has once again donated his talents to design the coveted Mississippi Earthtones Festival t-shirt. This year’s theme is “We’re on River Time”. These tees aren’t for sale, you have to volunteer at the festival to earn one. Those interested in volunteering can go to this site to sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4cafa72da4ff2-mississippi6


The Festival committee sends out a special thank you to Mississippi Mud Pottery owners Felicia Breen and Chad Nelson who graciously donate their time, talent and materials to produce the specially designed award ewers.


About Mississippi Earthtones Festival:


Mississippi Earthtones Festival is a free, family friendly event that celebrates our Mississippi River Culture through art, music and conservation. The festival has been held since 2006 on the third Saturday in September. The event is organized by the Sierra Club’s Three Rivers Project and Alton Main Street. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, September 21, from noon to 10:00 pm. in Alton, 300-500 East Broadway.


For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/EarthtonesFestival/


Contact:
Virginia Woulfe-Beile
virginia.woulfe-beile@sierraclub.org
(618) 977-2319


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On Land & In The Water Boat Show

Grafton Harbor

September 20, 21 & 22, 2019

 

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

 

Missouri River Management

Planned River Releases Changed By Rainfall........

 

Over the next several days, the amount of water being released into the Lower Missouri River will be reduced in order to accommodate the recent heavy storms across the Upper Plains.

 

On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the water releases from the Gavins Point Dam will be lowered to 65,000 cubic feet per second Saturday, and 60,000 cfs Sunday.

 

The Corps also said that the reduced releases won't last for more then three days before gradually ramping up to 80,000 cubic feet per second.........

 

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

 

Riverbend Boater Hangouts

3rd Chute II Opens In Alton........

 

Recently, Wayne Draper, owner of 3rd Chute II, opened up the watering hole at the location previously known as Bottoms Up at 2204 Fosterburg Rd. in Alton.  The original 3rd Chute Bar and Grill is located in Grafton.

 

The building housing the 3rd Chute II has been home to a variety of different venues, however, Draper says he believes that he has the formula for keeping the doors open for years to come.

 

Both of the 3rd Chute locations are intended to make boaters feel at home, even in the dead of winter.  The decor is taken from what may be found at a marina, an ocean front resort or the Lake of the Ozarks.  Extensive renovations were made at the 3rd Chute II, including the outside bar, which is fashioned from a wooden 1966 Chris Craft........

 

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

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

Boat Sales

Boat Registrations Down During Second Quarter........

 

According to new data released by Statistical Surveys Inc., total new boat registrations were down by 5.4 percent year-over-year during the second quarter of 2019, and down 0.7 percent on a 12 month rolling basis.

 

The data, however, reveals uneven trends across different sectors, as some segments saw decreases during the second quarter, while other saw growth.

 

Wake and ski boat registrations increased by 4.4 percent year-over-year, but decreased by 2.1 percent in a 12 month rolling basis.  Personal watercraft saw increases of 8.1 percent year-to-date, as well as a 1.6 percent increase on a 12 month rolling basis........

 

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

   

Boat Show News

LOTO Fall In-Water Boat Show Coming Up........

 

Over the weekend of September 20 - 22, 2019, Captain Ron's will be hosting the Lake of the Ozarks Fall In-Water Boat Show and Clearance Sale.  Boaters will be able to browse more than 100 boats, including new cruisers, performance boats, personal watercraft, runabouts and a sizable selection of pre-owned boats as well.  The show is presented by the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association........

 

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

   

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LITTLE JOHN'S MARINE AND FABRICATION

NOW OFFERING TRAILER REHAB AND CLEANUP

Boat trailers, Campers, RV's

 

If your trailer, whether it be a boat trailer or a camper was stranded in the flood water and the wheels have been submerged for any amount of time they are going to have muck, mud, and rust in them. If not attended to, they will be locked up in no time at all.

 

We will remove tires, drums, bearings and properly clean or replace as needed or as agreed upon.

 

Washing entire trailer and repairing wiring are also options.

 

 e-mail... LITTLEJOHNSINC@aol.com 

Phone or text to... 636 541 2962

Thank You,

LJ

 

Rehabbing a trailer that was underwater during the flood

Alex washing off the flood muck off & tear down for inspection.

One wheel on trailer was completely locked up and not rotating.

 

. The brake and backing plate assembly loaded with mud and muck

 

A new complete brake and backing plate assembly ready to go on.

 

Little Johns Marine Service... click here

Little John's Moptorsports... click here

What's Going On This Week

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

 

Sat..Sept 14..DJ/Karaoke Circus

Sun..Sept 15..The Vault

 

OPEN DAILY ALL YEAR
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 Monday thru Friday from 11am till 2pm.

3rd Chute Upcoming Events.. click here

Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL

 

 

Check out the Deli's

Lunch Specials..click here

Breakfast Specials... click here

 

bluff city grill

424 Broadway, Alton, IL

 

Friday Specials...
Firecracker Shrimp Appetizer,
Eight Tiger Shrimp Hand Battered and Fried golden tossed in a Sriracha Sweet Chili Sauce topped with chives $9.99
California Steak Burger,
Certified Angus Beef Steak Burger grilled and topped with PepperJack Cheese, Sliced Avocado and Applewood Smoked Bacon served with Lettuce, Red Onion and Tomato on a Split Top Gourmet Bun with Steak Fries $10.99
New York Strip,
12 oz Aged Choice New York Strip chargrilled and topped with Tarragon Butter served with Cheesy Chive Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans with choice of soup or salad $17.99
$5 Schlafly Summer Pints
$6 White Peach Sangria

 

Just a short distance from the Alton Marina

Open 7 Days a week

 

Upcoming Events.. click here

 

The Boathouse

Northshore Marina

 

Sun.. Sept 15... 3 of A Perfect Pair

 

Open Thurs - Sun at 11AM

 

 Upcoming Events.. click here

 

Calhoun Ferry Company

 

 
 

The Golden Eagle Ferry is OPEN

 

 

Cedar Hill Resort

Mississippi River

1 mile below Winfield Dam

 

 

Closed Due to Flooding

Con Trios Yacht Club

 

 

Sat.. Oct 19.. Membership Drive.. Huebner Haven

   

 

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

Sat... Sept 14, 2019

Annual Shrimp Boil

Click here for more info

 

 

The Duck Club is the Premier Private Yacht Club serving the Upper Mississippi River, Alton pool boating community. The Club is located at the South end of Dardenne Slough with direct channel access at mm22

Fastjax

A Mom and Pop Grocery

One Stop Boat Shop

 

Get your boating supplies at Fastjax

Boat sandwiches, beer, wine, liquor !

 

3502 North Hwy 94, St. Charles, Mo

 

 

 

Froge's Bar and Grill

Portage des Sioux, MO

 

Fall Kitchen hours start Tuesday, September 24th
Tu-Th 11am-8pm
Sunday 12-8pm
Friday & Saturday never change

 

Sat.. Sep 28 River Riot 2019

Click here for more information

 

$1.50 can beer during all Blues & Cardinals televised games

 

Smoked Pork Steaks

Sat - 2pm-til gone. 1 1/2 inch smoked pork steaks w/2 sides $11.49

 

CLOSED on Monday's

 

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


The Crab Festival is AMAZING! After a wonderful dinner, stop and see us in lower level for a Wine Slushy!!


Grafton Harbor has brand new Landau Pontoon Boats! Come rent a boat with us! We boat thru the Fall Season! Pack a picnic lunch and just enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Illinois River!. click here

 

 

Grafton Harbor Gift Shop & Winery is open 7 day a week

 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor River Adventures
 

Sat.. Sept 14.. Full Moon Cruise

click here for more info

 

Call 618-786-7678 for reservations

 

 

1 hour cruises offered every Sat & Sun thru Nov.3

Click here for more info

Grafton, IL

Confluence of Mississippi  & Illinois Rivers

Two Week Activity  Calendar


The fun still continues in Grafton even after Labor Day! More Flea Markets, car shows, events, music & more!

 

Click here and check out Grafton's Event and Music Calendar ....    Sept 2 - 15

 

 

Click here and check out "Welcome to Grafton" website

Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

 

Crab Festival

Sat..Sept. 14 & Sun Sept. 15

 

Sept 14th – Outlaw Opry 7pm
Sept 15th – Lenny Frisch 1pm

 

Open Tuesday - Sunday

11AM to 1AM

 

If your have not been yet...make sure to check out our sister restaurant @Abigail's Tap Room for BREAKFAST Sat & Sun mornings 8 a.m. ~ 11 a.m. LUNCH or DINNER Wed-Sun 11 a.m.~ 10 p.m. Located in the historic Ruebel Hotel on E. Main St.

 

2019 FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

Hawg Pit BBQ

Grafton, IL

 

Fri... Sept 13.. Captain Ceech..7pm

Sat.. Sept 14.. Rat Rod Show

Sat.. Sept 14.. Piasa Project

Sun..Sept 15.. Number 9 Blackktops

John's Boat Harbor

Mississippi River at UMR 231.8

 

Sept 10, 2019

CODE IF BEING CHANGED ON THE BATH ROOM. IF YOU WANT NEW CODE, COME TO THE OFFICE. ONE MORE TIME------------IF YOU MAKE A MESS YOU BETTER CLEAN IT UP. BE AN ADULT.
 

Kaskaskia River Run

Kaskaskia River

 

Brian Shackelford
July 27 at 10:25 AM ·

As the weather we have had this year with Heavy heart The event is going to be pushed till next year. 2020 The River levels we have had this year there is still no docks currently at New Athens, Water is still high on the Mississippi and the sandbar is still currently under water & still alot of floating logs in the Mississippi and Safety is a top priority. All Company's that have donated towards the event will remain the same. If anyone is interested in their Company joining for next year please reach out to me. All Tshirts sales will remain the same and Store will open up next year to purchase Tshirts. If you are interested in a Refund please always reach out if not your order will remain the same and your order will be sent out before the event next year. A date is not set in stone but will be set shortly. Possibly Labor day weekend have a tie up in party cove on Kaskaskia for people that will be staying local. Thank you Any thoughts please post below...Happy Boating
 

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL

 

CLOSED FOR THE 2019 SEASON

 

Not opening up this year because of all the work that needs to be done to the bar.

Amanda


 

Lake Center Marina

MM224.4 UMR

 

September 6 at 3:21 PM ·
Come fill up for the weekend!!!
The automatic gas system is running again at Lake Center Marina.
$3.40 for 93 octane .

 

We’re excited to announce 40% OFF all annual docks & slips to new members!
http://lakecentermarina.com/new-members

 

Longshot Saloon

My River Home Marina and Resort

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux

 

The Longshot Saloon will be re-opening Thursday October 3rd for the 2019 Rat Run weekend

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Sat.. Sept 14, 2019..Modin

Sun..Sept 15, 2019..Rogers & Nienhaus

 

Mike's LaRosa Bar

Music Schedule.. click here

 

 

Port Charles Harbor

Mississippi River

Dardenne Slough 221.5

 

7-12-19

Gas Dock Is OPEN!!! Gas tanks are full and we are ready to pump some gas!
Ramp is also OPEN!!! Let’s make it a great weekend!!

 

TowBoatUS St. Charles/St. Louis
August 8 at 9:14 PM ·

27/7 with 365 days a year coverage for only 85.00 per year
Can’t beat this deal! Call 636.250.2628 to enroll before the weekend!

 

River Road Watersports

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River at Grafton Harbor

 

WE ARE OPEN

 

Jet Ski Rentals

Boat Rental

Rafting Float Trip

Riviera Too

Food, Beer, Wine

Aug 16, 2019

 

ICE ICE BABY
Our ice is BACK! Stop for

ice on the way to the river!

 

3025 N MO-94, St. Charles, Missouri 63301

 

St. Charles Boat & Motor

The Complete Marine

 

Sept 20 - Sept 22, 2019

ON THE LAND & IN THE WATER SALES EVENT

   Sales Incentives & Rebates Available

   on Pontoon Boats and Yamaha Sports Boats

   Grafton Harbor

   Click here for flyer

  Two Rivers Marina

  Mississippi River at Louisiana, Mo

 

 

Sunday- Wednesday 9-4 and

Thursday-Saturday 9-6

 

Reprinted from Two Rivers Marina Facebook.... click here

 

Woodland Marina

UMR 222.8 ...Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

Woodland Marina is feeling excited.
August 2 at 10:10 AM ·
Marina Update: We are open with limited services! However, we are working off-site as we cannot occupy the office. Please feel free to email woodlandmarina1@gmail.com if you have any questions or need assistance. Woodland Marina’s main line, 636-250-3446, is being monitored. You can leave a message for rack storage at 636-250-4547, and most importantly, we are splashing boats!

 

Yacht Club of St. Louis Restaurant

Mississippi River

At UMR 225 On Dardenne Slough

 

 

08-23-19
Fuel dock is open, please use pump #1. Hope everyone has great weekend on the water!!

 

07-08-19

Plans for the club.....
The Clubhouse is insured with FEMA. The adjusters have been through the club and will hopefully be letting us know in the next coming weeks whether or not the building is repairable. We are on hold until that point.
The club got approximately 6 ft of water, covering all electric panels and all AC units. So clean up of building is taking longer while getting temp electric/water going.
I understand there is a lot of speculation, but there will be a club/pool at the harbor
We are doing the best we can and I will keep you informed as we hear.
Sorry, as I know this is not the season you were hoping for.

 

Reprinted from Yacht Club of St. Louis Facebook.. click here


 

Facebook Event Calender.. click here

 

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  ..Closed for the season

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
Boathouse Food & Deck..................... Open
Cedar Hill Resort................................ Closed
Driftwood Crab Shack @ MRH Resort.. Closed Due To Flooding
Duck Club Yacht Club........................ Open
Froges Bar & Grill.............................. Open All Year
Grafton Harbor Winery & Gift Shop...... Open
Grafton Oyster Bar............................. Open
Kinder's Restaurant.......................... Closed for the 2019 Season
Longshot Saloon................................ Opening for the Rat Run
LaRosa Cantina................................. Opening for Blessing of Fleet August 17
Yacht Club of St. Louis..................... Closed Due To Flooding

 Your Eye on the River

 

The Boathouse Food and Deck WebCam

Live Image

Mississippi River on Dardenne Slough UMR 222.2

The Webcam uploads a new picture every 6 minutes..

Hit refresh to update to the latest picture

Go to www.RiverWebCams.com for the last 10 pictures from the above camera!

 

 

Lock & Dam 15 Webcam

Live Image

Mississippi River at Rock Island, IL

.

US Army Corps of Engineers

Lock and Dam 15....

US Army Corps of Engineers Camera
Live Image of Mississippi River at Rock Island, IL ...
Click here

 

 

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The Duck Club Yacht Club restaurant is Under New Management and will open on March 15th to members.
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The new management is Padavans NY dba Padavan & Haacke On the Water at the Duck Club

click here for more info

 

Now accepting social membership applications

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6257 Hwy V, St. Charles, Mo

Club 636-250-4333
Marina 636-250-4321


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Call office at 636-250-7500 for information on dockage, rack storage, winter storage, winterizing and service or repairs.

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2019 Slip Rates

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Contact Jerry

636-734-1929

 

E-mail Liberty Harbor.. libertyinstl@yahoo.com

 

 

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click here for website
click here for map
click here for Menu

 

Call 636.723.0005 when your headed to the river and they will have your food ready when you arrive at the store !

 

 

 

 

 

Grafton Harbor Winery
Click here
 

 

 

 

UMR 222.2
Marine Gas,
Diesel Fuel, Ice
 

Docks, Rack Storage
 40 Ton Travel Lift
Repairs all makes

& models
 

636-250-3446
.
Map.. click here
Website.. click here

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Located at

Grafton Harbor

 

Website  Facebook  Map

 

Map 

(type in Fastjax Grocery)    

 

Facebook page

 

 

 

 

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Join

Sioux Harbor Sailing on Facebook
 

 

 

 

 Facebook      Website     Map

 

 

Toll-Free:
866-249-2135

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Let's Plan a

River Get-Away

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Fun, friendly atmosphere


Five Anchor Marina


Beautiful area of the

Mississippi River


Restaurants & wineries

nearby


Explore the historic

town of Louisiana, MO
 

 

Click here for website

 

 

 

 

 

Docks-Dry Storage-Ramp-Repairs-Gas 24/7 Transients welcome

We have Pump Out

Ramp Passes & Storage
636-946-2073

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OPEN

Golden Eagle Ferry
 

Mon - Sat.   5AM- 9PM
 Sun .......... 8AM- 9PM
 

On Board Phone
618- 535-5759


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Winfield Ferry
CLOSED

 

 

 

 

PROPS

AREN'T JUST FOR

BOATS


 

Call Kirk Blomgren for all your Private Aircraft Needs

 
Meisinger Aviation 

Spirit of St. Louis Airport
 636-536-3976

 

Aircraft Sales
Management
Acquisition

 

e-mail
Kirk.blomgren@mallcstl.com

 

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211 W. Main St.  Grafton, IL

 

OPEN DAILY
Breakfast Buffet
Sun & Sun 8-12

 

618.786.8888
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Marina dredged to 8ft

 One of the best views on the River!

Call Andy at

314.566.5403

for pricing and to reserve for the 2019 Season

My River Home website

 Longshot Saloon Facebook

Mike's LaRosa Bar Facebook

Mike's LaRosa Bar

Music Schedule

click here

 

 

Kitchen open til 9PM

Tue, Wed, Thurs & Sun!

 

 

Facebook     Map  

 

 

 

Phone 314-517-6079

RealtorAimeeDavison@Gmail.com

 

SCHNEIDER Real Estate, Inc
1551 Wall Street, Suite 140
St. Charles, Mo 63303

 

 

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UMR 222.2
 

 

 

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By Service

 

BOAT

ACCESSORIES

Alarm 24

St. Charles Boat &

     Motor

 

BOAT

DEALERS

Lewis Boat

St. Charles Boat &

     Motor

 

BOAT

MATTRESS

Verlo Mattress

     of St. Charles

 

BOAT

RENTALS

Grafton Harbor

 

DETAILING

Super Sparkle

     Mobile Detailing

 

FERRIES

Golden Eagle Ferry

 

JET SKI SALES/SERVICE

BIG St. Charles

    Motorsports

 

LODGING

DeShrilia Landing Suites

Kinder's No Wake Inn

My River Home

 

MARINAS

The Alton Marina
Duck Club Y.C. St.Louis
Grafton Harbor
John's Boat Harbor
Lake Center Marina
My River Home
MRH Yacht Club
North Shore Marina
Polestar Boating

     Center
Port Charles Harbor
River Island Marina
Two Rivers Marina
Woodland Marina
Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

MARINE
SERVICE

Bloch Marine Service
Lewis Boats
Little Johns Marine

    Service

My River Home

St. Charles Boat &

     Motor

 

 

RESTAURANTS
3rd Chute Bar & Grill

Bluff City Grill

Boathouse Food &

    Deck
Cedar Hill Resort
Froge's Bar & Grill
Grafton Oyster Bar
Kinder's
Loading Dock Bar & Grill

Longshot Saloon

 

SECURITY

Alarm 24

 

TOWING
TowBoatUS

    St Charles & St Louis

 

TRAILER REPAIR
Little John's Marine

    Service

UPHOLSTERY
Kate's Covers

 

WELDING

Little John's Marine

    Service



WINERIES
Grafton Harbor Winery

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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