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Mississippi River Near Alton, Illinois

11th Annual Great Mississippi River Clean Up Was Saturday........


Saturday, 78 volunteers turned out to participate in the 11th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival's Great Mississippi River Clean Up.


The Sierra Club teamed up with the Missouri River Relief, Beasley Fish Brothers, Brent Pregracke, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois American Water to make the clean up possible.


The volunteers participating in the Great Mississippi River Clean Up worked on cleaning the river and island shorelines downstream from the Melvin Price Lock and Dam........


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Mississippi River At Downtown St. Louis, Missouri

Search On For Possible Person In The River.........


On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard was searching for a possible person in the Upper Mississippi River near Mile Marker 183.2 at St. Louis, Missouri. 


The Motor Vessel Ms. Shelia advised the Coast Guard that they had spotted a 20 foot red aluminum canoe unmanned and adrift near the Merchant's Bridge.


The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department dispatched a helicopter, and the Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River launched a 25 foot Response Boat - Small crew to search for signs of distress........


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Missouri River Near St. Joseph, Missouri

Responders Rescue  Man From The River........


Wednesday afternoon, a frantic search for a man in the Missouri River south of St. Joseph, Missouri ended well when he was safely pulled from the water.


Shortly before 1:30 pm, a boater alerted authorities after spotting a man struggling in the river.  Reportedly, the man advised the boater that he was O.K..


When responders arrived, they found the man crying for help in the river.  The St. Joseph Fire Department launched their boat, and about ten minutes later, the man was safely ashore, and on the way to the hospital with minor injuries........


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Illinois Barge Shipping News

Barge Traffic Disrupted By Low Water Conditions........


On September 17, low water conditions along the Illinois River closed a portion of the river near La Grange Lock and Dam at Beadstown, IL.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to begin dredging.  There is no completion at this time.


Through September 21, there were traffic delays along the Ohio River at Locks and Dam 52 and 53 also because of repair projects and low water conditions.  Lock 52 is about 1.5 miles downstream of Brookport, IL. Lock and Dam 53 is at Grand Chain, IL.


These issues caused long waiting times for barges transiting the locks.  Low water conditions typically lowers the carrying capacity of barges, causing freight rates to rise........


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Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 274.4, along the RDB, north of L/D 24. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 254.4, RDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 220.5, LDB. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.


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Shoaling has been reported between approximate Miles 77.5 and 77.0. The COTP Upper Mississippi River has closed the river until an USACE Survey of the area can be completed.

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Mississippi River Near Alton, Illinois

Crews Working To Bolster Wood River Lower Levee........


Currently, crews are working on another phase of the project intended to secure the Wood River Levee from sand boil damage.  The work involves relocating utilities from the bike trail area near the former Dynegy plant.


Amanda Kruse, the public affairs chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District says that the utility relocations are necessary for a future federal project for the Lower Wood River Levee System.


The future project involves the installation of slurry walls under the levee which will prevent underseepage during times of high water.  The project is still in the planning phases, as the Corps has yet to award a contract........


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

Mississippi River At Grafton, Illinois

The Riverside Flea Market Is This Weekend........


The Loading Dock in Grafton, Illinois is hosting one of the largest flea markets in the Riverbend region this weekend.  The Riverside Flea Market is held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday, April through October, from 9 am to 5 pm.  The event features a wide selection of antiques, crafts, collectibles and much more........


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Mississippi River At Minneapolis, Minnesota

How Many Waterfalls Are There Along The Mississippi River?


The Mississippi River only has one natural waterfall, and that is the St. Anthony Falls, located on the Upper Mississippi River in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The St. Anthony Falls was instrumental in the growth of Minneapolis.  Since canoes were not able to easily travel upstream, they had to be portaged around the waterfall.  This made the location a logical place to rest and trade with the Native Americans.


In 1869, the natural waterfall collapsed, and a concrete overflow was constructed in it's place.  During the 1960s, locks and dams were added to the waterfall........


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River History....


September 23, 1806 In River History

The Lewis and Clark expedition ended on the St. Louis riverfront after a journey along the Missouri River to it's headwaters, a passage over the Rocky Mountains and a descent to the Pacific Coast via the Columbia River. Returning by roughly the same route, they arrived in St. Louis after two years, four months and nine days of exploring the lands an encountering the people of the American West.


Source: Plaque on Lewis and Clark Statue on St. Louis Riverfront


Mississippi River Near Brainerd, Minnesota

Crews Making Repairs To Brainerd's Hydro Dam........


This week, crews have been busy reinforcing the hydro dam on the Mississippi River at the former Potlatch site in northeastern Brainerd, Minnesota.


Scott Magnuson, the Brainerd Public Utilities superintendant reports that the project involves the installation of an 11 inch concrete overlay across the entire apron and the tainter gate spillway, and the installation of a new training wall between the two large bascule gates and the tainter gate.


Magnuson added that the project should be mostly completed by early November........


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The Brainerd Dam along the Mississippi River was originally built in 1888 by the Crow Wing Boom Company, who sorted and classified logs floated down the river to the local sawmills.  In 1898, the Northwest Paper Company bought the dam and water rights for a future mill.  By 1903, they began operating a grinder plant which converted logs into wood fiber which was sent to a paper mill.  In 1915, construction began on a full process paper mill, and as part of the project, the dam was rebuilt and raised from 16 feet to 20 feet........


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Mississippi River Near Chalmette, Louisiana

Green Dye Spilled Into The Mississippi River........


Officials in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana are saying that the green liquid that spilled into the Mississippi River near Chalmette, Louisiana is harmless.


John Rahaim, the Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, stated that the green liquid is in fact a non-toxic dye that was used on one of the Chalmette Refinery's new storage tanks to check for leaks.


Rahaim said that the refinery had advised the parish that they would be using the dye, and it had been approved by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality........


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Sea Doo Reveals 2018 New Model Platform........


BRP recently unveiled a new platform for certain models in the 2018 Sea-Doo stable of personal watercraft.  The new platform is intended to change the onboard experience, as well as broaden the number of activities that riders can do on a Sea-Doo.


The new platform will be available on seven models across the Sea-Doo GTX, RXT and Wake Pro families.  The new PWC features a reconfigurable rear seat that can transform from a three seat configuration to a flat lounge where two people can face each other for a picnic.


The new lineup also includes a factory installed waterproof bluetooth audio system, which will allow riders to enjoy their playlists while relaxing on their PWC's rear deck........


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Mississippi River Studies

LSU's Mississippi River Model Nearing Completion........


Workers are putting the finishing touches on a model of the Lower Mississippi River, which is part of the Louisiana State University's Center for River Studies at The Water Campus.


When completed, researchers will be able to run water with a silt-like substance through the model, and by adjusting water flow and opening various flood gates and diversion canals, they can determine how and where sediment will be deposited.


Project manager Rudy Simoneaux says that computer modeling works for looking at particular projects in a narrow area, but when officials want to see how a particular diversion affects the entire system, running water through the physical model is the way to go........


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3rd Chute Bar & Grill

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Sun.. Sep 24..

        Steve Kyle Acoustic of Rebel Train


The new 3rd Chute Treehouse is open



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Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL


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Illinois River at Naples, IL

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    Deep Lunar Blue..2pm

Froge's Bar and Grill

Portage des Sioux, Mo


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


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Kinder's Restaurant

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Portage des Sioux

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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 For The Season
Grafton Oyster Bar....................................... Open All Year
Kinder's Restaurant.....................................


Longshot Saloon.........................................


LaRosa Cantina...........................................


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


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Queen Pillow Top Mattress Set ....$499

Boater Owned / Operated





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6257 Highway V

St. Charles, Mo


Club 636-250-4333

Marina 636-250-4321


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Duck Club Yacht Club website








Class schedule click here

Website Click here


If you dream it,

I can build it. 


If you break it,

I can fix it


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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


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


We have Pump Out Now


Ramp Passes & Storage



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No Wake Inn

Rooms Available Year Round


  Call 314-620-1971

or  618- 883- 2356


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Evandy's Boatel

100 Bob Michael St.

Naples, IL  62665




Open 7 Days a Week


A unique dining experience set on the banks of the Illinois River.  Great food, exceptional service, and scenic views.  Visit our website to view our menu and summer band schedule...  click Here



Evandy's Boatel Jingle

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Golden Eagle Ferry

 Mon - Thu.. 5AM- 9PM

 Fri - Sat .... 5AM- 2AM

 Sun .......... 8AM- 9PM

 Holidays ... 8AM- 9PM

On Board Phone

618- 535-5759


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Winfield Ferry








Call Kirk Blomgren for all your Private Aircraft Needs

Meisinger Aviation

 Spirit of St. Louis Airport


Aircraft Sales





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 211 W. Main St. Grafton, IL


Breakfast 7am- 11am
Sun - Fri: 11am - 1am
Sat: 11am - 2am


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My River Home website




  Thu...4:00pm -11:00pm
  Fri.....4:00pm -  1:00am
  Sat..11:00am -  1:00am
  Sun..11:00am -11:00pm




Kitchen open til 9pm Tue, Wed, Thur and Sun!



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Phone 314-517-6079




SCHNEIDER Real Estate, Inc

1Point West Blvd

St. Charles, Mo



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Little John's Moptorsports webite

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Little Johns Marine Service website 

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





Close to where you are

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short & long term



 up to 60 tons




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




Landmap from Alton IL
Landmap from St.Charles.Mo





Grafton Harbor Winery

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UMR 222.2


Marine Gas,

Diesel Fuel,  Ice


Docks, Rack Storage

 40 Ton Travel Lift

Repairs all makes & models




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Website click here





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River Road Renegades Show Team

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UMR 222.2


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  Fiberblass By Lehman



  The Gypsy Rose

  The Shark



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  Super Sparkle Mobile Detailing



  Dock Essentials



  Golden Eagle Ferry


Jet Ski Sales/ Service

  BIG St. Charles Motorsports



  Dawn Johnson, Farmers Insurance

  Mixon Insurance




  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




  Bloch Marine


  CID All Boat Repair

  Lewis Boats

  Little Johns Marine


  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor



  Crystal Photography



  3rd Chute Bar & Grill

  Boathouse Food &


  Cedar Hill Resort

  Evendy's Boatel

  Froge's Bar and Grill

  Grafton Oyster Par


  Longshot Saloon



  Pool26 Boat Towing Service

  TowBoatUS St Charles & St Louis





  Little John's Marine Service



  CID All Boat Repair

  Kate's Covers



  Grafton Harbor Winery








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