Upcoming Events

Click on Month Below

  Aug 2018  Sep 2018  Oct 2018  Nov 2017  Dec 2018


Jan 2019   Feb 2019



 Send an e-mail to RiverBill@prodigy.net  

to add your event to this page.


Event details may change at any time,

 always check with the event organizer when planning to attend event.

August 2018



Back to Top


Saturday... August 18, 2018

2018 Blessing of the Fleet

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


2018 Blessing of the Fleet

News Release


21 July, 2018... Benefit For Blessing Of Fleet

18 Aug, 2018... Blessing of the Fleet Parade



Saturday, August 18, 2018

Riverside Landing Opens

Dardenne Sough of Pool 26 of the Mississippi River ........


Riverside Landing


On Saturday, Aug. 18, the FREE public boat ramp opens at Riverside Landing, located along the Mississippi River in St. Charles between Kampville Drive and Huster Road. The ramp at the 7.73-acre park will be available just in time for the weekend's Blessing of the Fleet festivities. The property will close again this winter to undergo major renovations that include adding a pavilion, camping facilities, playground, new boat ramp and docks, kayak launch area and public restrooms. Following this construction, Riverside Landing is expected to reopen to the public in 2019.


Reprinted from the  St. Charles County Government newsletter




Graphics Courtesy St. Charles County


Click here for more information on River Side Harbor Park



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.


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.


Photo courtesy Floatzilla



Saturday, August 18

Mississippi River Near Rock Island, Illinois

Volunteers Needed To Help Out With Floatzilla........


River Action is looking for volunteers to assist with the ninth annual Floatzilla, which is the largest paddle sports festival along the Mississippi River.


During Floatzilla, paddlers will be launching from several locations around the Quad Cities in an attempt to break the world record for the largest flotilla.


The Floatzilla event will be held on Saturday, August 18 in Sunset Park in Rock Island, as well as five other locations along the Quad Cities riverfront........


Click here to read more from qctimes.com.



For more information on Floatzilla... click here

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? Donít 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


 Email: dan@5starcar.com


More info Below

Friday, Aug 24- 26, 2018

Hog Back Weekend

Mississippi River at Quincy, IL....


Hogback is coming up quick.

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

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to it!

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

Jaime Grosvenor


Reprinted from Facebook


Click here for map of Hogback Island from Mapcarta

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

Upcoming Event ... Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rivers Project Open House and River Management Presentation

National Great Rivers Museum........



Saturday, August 25 at 9 AM - 11 AM

National Great Rivers Museum
2 Lock and Dam Way, East Alton, Illinois 62024


Join the Rivers Project Office staff and learn about the work happening along the river. The St. Louis District Water Control Office will also provide a presentation and update on river pool management


Reprinted from national Great Rivers Museum Facebook... click here

Saturday, Sunday, August 25-26, 2018

The Loading Dock

Grafton, IL at confluence of Illinois and Mississippi Rivers....


The Loading Dock
Grafton Riverside Flea Market

9:00am to 5:00pm
The Loading Dock
401 Front St.
Grafton, IL 62037.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Operation Clean Stream
Meramec River and its tributaries Rivers....


Since 1967, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region has organized Operation Clean Stream, one of the country's largest and longest running river restoration projects.

The fourth weekend of every August, event volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries, working to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash. Volunteers participate both in canoes and boats, as well as on the shore, in nearby parks, and along nearby trails. They also have a lot of fun!


click here to sign up solo or with a group of friends!


Reprinted from Great Rivers Greenway... click here

Friday August 31, 2018

Lake of the Ozarks

Boating For Cops



Friday, August 31 at 9 AM - 6 PM

Lake of the Ozarks
3705 S Highway 54, Lake Ozark, Missouri 65020

I would like to invite everyone to join our 3rd annual Boating for C.O.P.S. fun run on Lake of the Ozarks. Come out and support the men and women of law enforcement! This is a non-profit donation fun run with all proceeds going to Missouri C.O.P.S. organization. C.O.P.S.is a non-profit organization that helps with the fallen police officers surviving family members.

The run will be held on August 31st starting at Backwater Jack's at 9 am there will be a brief meet and greet/drivers meeting then will be leaving the docks around 9:30 to 10 am. From there Nuati fish or Barebottom Resort will be the first stops. (Two options so if people don't want to run as far or to keep up)The third stop with be at The Fish and Co where we are working to get a lunch special set up between 12pm to 2pm. After that we will be ending back at BackWater Jack's to have a pool party and prize give a ways!

There will be selling 50/50 raffles ticket's along with other donated prizes. Donated items will be listed as they come in.


Reposted from Boating For Cops.. click here

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.


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.

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.

September 2018



Back to Top

Upcoming Event.... Sat, Sept 1, 2018

Longshot Saloon Summer Bike Rally

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


$10 entry charge starting at NOON 2 weeks before the event get your advanced tickets for $8


Click here for more information


Limited Over night docks available.

Call Andy 314 566 5403


Saturday, Sept.1 ...Labor Day Weekend

Longshot Saloon

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


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

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

1st Place $200 Bar Tab
DJ Music All day long

For Reservations on Camping accommodations call 314-566-5403

Looking for Vendors if interested call 618-708-0097




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


Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

The Firecracker Race

Mississippi River at Lincoln Shields Recreation Area


Saturday, September 8 at 8 AM - 3 PM

Lincoln Shields Recreation Area
West Alton, Missouri 63386


Come out and see or compete in our 3rd Annual FIRECRACKER Race in West Alton IL. This year will be special with a new location and course for our racers. 6 miles for canoe and kayak, 3 miles for SUP. We have multiple race classes for kayak, canoe, SUP, and Voyager. See our website Firecrackerrace.org for more information and race registration. Come out and enjoy the day at the Lincoln Shield Park Access.

Check in at 8:00am and receive your race goody bag with T-shirt. There will also be a raffle for everyone to participate in, including spectators. Awards to be given upon completion of the race. Order a subway lunch and we will have it for you after the race. Safety provided by USACE. THANKS to our sponsers RPC3, Kokatat, Alpine Shop, Big Muddy Adventures, Immersion Research, Ladsurfski, GC Adventure Gear, SUP St Louis.


 Reprinnted from Firecracker Race Facebook... click here

Sunday, Sept.9, 2018

Clarksville Boat Club

Mississippi River at Clarksville, Mo


Sunday, September 9 at 12 PM - 3 PM
Clarksville Boat Club, Inc
310 S First St, Clarksville, Missouri 63336


Join us for our annual picnic. Club opens around noon, plan to eat by 1:00. We will be having brisket, mashed potatoes and green beans and desserts. Please bring your favorite side dish to share! Meal tickets will be $8 and 2 drink tickets will be included. This is always a great time! Bring the family!

 Reprinnted from Clarksville Boat Club Facebook... click here


Sept. 8 & 9, 2018

Call For Artists

Grafton's Art In The Park


Lou Lenkman
Attention all Artists! The annual Grafton Art Fair will be occurring in September 8 & 9th again this year. This is an early call for registration. Only 50 spots, get yours early! Don't delay.

Reprinted from Facebook

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Great Rivers Clean-up at the Confluence 2018
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Boat Ramp, St. Louis, MO

Join us for a river clean-up at the confluence of our nation's two longest rivers, the Missouri and Mississippi. Join a cast of hundreds to give our favorite rivers some love.
Click here for more information


Reprinted from Missouri River Relief

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rods on the River

Hog Pit BBQ Barn, Grafton, IL........


Saturday, September 15 at 10 AM - 4 PM

Hawg Pit Barbecue Barn, Inc
821 W Main St, Grafton, Illinois 62037

Hot Rods, Street Roads & Rat Rods all Wheels welcome to this event.. All day event starting at 10am, Live music with Flat Broke at 1pm and Sonic Tonic starting at 5pm. Come join us for a great event on the river at the Hawg Pit BBQ Barn


Reprinted from Facebook.... click here

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Mississippi Earthtones Festival Is A Celebration Of The River........


The 12th annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival is coming up, and once again, will be a celebration of the Mississippi River via art, conservation and music.


The event is co-sponsored by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, and is scheduled for September 15, from noon to 10 pm.  It will be held on Broadway, between Alby Street and George Street.


Organizers are calling for local artists of all kinds, specifically street artists, textile artists, fashion designers, as well as those who make products out of upcycled and natural materials........


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


Saturday, Sunday, September 25-26, 2018

The Loading Dock

Grafton, IL at confluence of Illinois and Mississippi Rivers....


The Loading Dock
Grafton Riverside Flea Market

9:00am to 5:00pm
The Loading Dock
401 Front St.
Grafton, IL 62037.

Friday thru Sunday, Sept. 29, 30, Oct 1 2018

Fall Boating St. Louis In Water Boat Show

Grafton Harbor


More information at http://boatingstlouis.com/


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Mississippi River Fest

Mississippi River At Clinton, Iowa

Mutt March II Will Cross The River Between Clinton And Fulton........


The bi-state Muddy Mississippi Mutt March II will be held on Saturday, September 29, and will kick off two days worth of festivities of the two day Midwest River Fest.


The 1.6 mile Mutt March will start at 10 am in Fulton, crossing the Highway 136 Bridge over the Mississippi River and ending in the Lyons District in Clinton.  Proceeds from the Mutt March will benefit the non-profit Midwest Pets for Life.


Other highlights of the Midwest River Fest will include live music, vendors of all types as well as animal welfare groups, and Canines in the Clouds will be performing stunts and tricks........


Click here to read more from qctimes.com. 



October 2018



Back to Top

October, 2018

Ohio River At Olmstead, Illinois

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


Courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers



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


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


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


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



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


Sat, Sun ... Oct 6 & 7, 2018

My River Home Marina and Resort Customer Appreciation Day

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux



My River Home Rat Rally

Sat, Sun ... Oct 6 & 7, 2018

River Rat Catfish Classic

Confluence of Illinois and Mississippi Rivers at Grafton, IL


The date for the 2018 River Rat Catfish Tournament is October 6th & 7th. Mark your calendars and pass this on. This year's event will be bigger than ever, so plan on bringing the family and friends for another unforgettable weekend.
Rooms fill up fast this time of year, so book as soon as possible so you don't have to drive so far back to back days. Visit graftonlodging.com or enjoygrafton.com for information on lodging and everything Grafton has to offer!


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

My River Home Marina and Resort Customer Appreciation Day

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux



My River Home Customer Appreciation Day

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Old Settlers Days

Illinois River at Kampsville. IL


Old Settlers' Days
Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00am to 5:00pm CDT


Old Settlersí Days depicts the life and times of the early settlers in Calhoun County. Old time crafts, mountain-man encampment, childrenís activities, great entertainment and lots of good food highlight this entertaining event. For more information, call (618) 465-2114

Kampsville Riverfront
Water Street
Kampsville, IL 62053


Click here for more information

October 20 - 21, 2018

Confluence of Illinois 'n Mississippi Rivers

Grafton, IL.........




Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

Willmore Park
6499 Jamieson Ave, St. Louis 63109

16th Annual River des Peres Trash Bash


16th Annual Trash Bash - Oct 20
Come out and help clean up the rivers and creek within the River des Peres Watershed in St Louis City and County. We need your help to take care of this valuable natural resource in our community. With the remarkable growth in interest, we've expanded volunteer opportunities to include multiple sites throughout the watershed. Several of these are along scenic Great Rivers Greenway trails! Volunteers will meet in the morning at Willmore Park along the River des Peres Greenway, and Heman Park in University City, or UMSL South Campus.
more info http://www.riverdesperes.org/19-news/story/97-16th-annual-trash-bash


Saturday, Sunday, October 27-28, 2018

The Loading Dock

Grafton, IL at confluence of Illinois and Mississippi Rivers....


The Loading Dock
Grafton Riverside Flea Market

9:00am to 5:00pm
The Loading Dock
401 Front St.
Grafton, IL 62037.

November 2018



Back to Top

Saturday, November 3 2018

Grafton Harbor

Grafton, IL at confluence of Illinois and Mississippi Rivers....


11:00am to 4:00pm

Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival in Grafton, Illinois. Tour the Luhr Brothers "Most Pristine Towboat" -- admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children; hear tales from towboat captains, learn about rivers from the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Gypsy Rose Land Ship will make an appearance on Saturday, Nov. 3. A special obstacle course bounce house will be on hand Sunday, Nov. 4.

For more information, call (618) 786-7678.

Towboat tours are $3 adults/$1 children


Reprinted from EnjoyGrafton.com


December 2018



Back to Top

January 2019



Back to Top

February 2019



Back to Top

Thursday - Sunday, February 7-10, 2019

Progressive St. Louis Boat & Sport show

America's Center & the Dome....



Make plans to join us February 7Ė10, 2019
Donít miss St. Louisí BIGGEST outdoors sale!

Click here for more information

Copyright © 2018Unpublished. All rights reserved

Return to RiverBills.com