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Golden Eagle Ferry

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

at Golden Eagle, IL

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Picture of the Day.....  was taken last Sunday evening from Kinder's Restaurant.

 

 

It's the Golden Eagle Ferry loading up cars and trucks for the trip from Golden Eagle, IL to St. Charles County on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River.

 

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They are out there every day during the heat of Summer and the cold of Winter.  Rain or shine and snow too..

 

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Grafton Harbor

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Grand Harbor Marina on the Tenn–Tom Waterway

 

Golf carts are driven on the docks here !

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Yesteryear's Pictures of the Day in 2017......were taken on a boat delivery trip from St. Louis to Nassau, Bahamas with Captain Greg Sadowski and crew......

 

Grand Harbor Marina is located approximately 9 miles upstream of Pickwick Dam at the junction of the Tennessee River and the Tombigbee Waterway at mile marker 449.7

 

 

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Updated November 7, 2018

Mississippi River

MILE 343.2 - DRIFT INSIDE OF LOCK CHAMBER (L/D 20)
The USACE reports a significant amount of drift packed inside the auxiliary lock chamber, extending from the bullnose upriver along the river wall. The drift is densely packed in the chamber. The USACE advises that there is not enough room for an assist tug to stay with the tow while working from the half kevel of the port lead barge, as is normally done. The drift is packed to a point where the assist tug will have to back away from the port lead barge, when the tow is still around 120 feet away from the bullnose and to reposition if possible. Also, the assist tug is not able to stage on the up-stream side of the lock chamber due to the amount of drift. This will affect locking times. Maintenance crews will be dispatched to L/D 20 to start debris removal as soon as L/D 17, resumes operation. Towboat operators should be alert for, and abide by, any special instructions that may be issued by the lockmaster. Mariners may contact the lock at (573) 288-3320 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for assistance
MILE 332.0 - MILE 330.8 - DREDGE OPERATION
Continuing until approximately November 15, 2018, the Dredge GOETZ is conducting dredging operations between approximate Miles 332.0 and 330.8, Hogback Island. Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Dredged material will be placed along the left descending side of
the channel and will include both bank line and open water placement. Mariners are requested to contact the Dredge GOETZ via VHF-FM Channel 13, 16 or 82, 30-minutes prior to transiting the area, for passing arrangements. 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.
MILE 200.8 - L/D LOCKAGE REQUIREMENT
The requirement for all south-bound tows to utilize a helper boat in both the main and auxiliary chambers at Melvin Price L/D, in the vicinity of Mile 200.8, has been lifted. Attached as an enclosure to this LNM, is USACE St. Louis District Notice to Navigation Interests 18-79C, down-bound safety advisory
 

Illinois River
MILE 56.0 - BRIDGE INSPECTION
Florence Highway Drawbridge; Inspections will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, using a snooper truck which will extend 10-15 feet below low steel. An onsite workboat will monitor VHF-FM and work will be suspended to allow passing traffic, with a 1hour advance notice.

 

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Mississippi River Near Portage Des Sioux, Missouri

Sailboat Stuck On Sandbar Tuesday Evening........

 

Tuesday night, a man and his dog were aboard a sailboat and found themselves stranded on a sandbar in the Mississippi River near Portage Des Sioux, Missouri.

 

Fire officials report that after the sailboat grounded on the sandbar, the man called a tow company for assistance.  The U.S. Coast Guard was called out, but it was reportedly too shallow for them to be of assistance.

 

Fire crews boarded their boat and headed out to the sailboat.  The man reportedly did not want to be rescued, and stated that he would wait until the tow company arrived.........

 

The sailboat is headed south on the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Click here to read this news story from fox2now.com.  With Video.

 

 

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St. Charles County Missouri Scanner Traffic

 

ST. CHARLES BOAT & MOTOR

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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Duck Club Yacht Club
F & B Management Contractor Opportunity


A sole proprietor is being sought to manage the food and beverage services at the premier private member yacht club on the Mississippi River (northern St. Charles County). The club offers a thoroughly equipped kitchen, a formal dining room, bar with dining area (poolside bar in good weather) and another meeting room for special events. The club has a POS system. The schedule covers the boating season (typically spring through late fall) with primary hours in high season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) being Thursday-Sunday. Responsibilities include creation of the menu (with weekly specials), hiring and management of support staff, inventory management, etc. The ability to hold a liquor license is a must. Knowledge of the vagaries of river life is a plus. The ability to market to corporate events on non-member use days offers extra opportunities for the concessionaire. To receive a Request for Proposals, contact Jared Jones at jared@ehglueck.com

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Illinois River Near Joliet, Illinois

Lockport Lock Closed Due To Gun Range Activity........

 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District shut down the Lockport Lock and Dam temporarily after crews became concerned about activity on the gun range nearby.

 

At approximately 11 am, crews at the Lockport Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois took shelter due to activity on the gun range, which caused lock operations to be put on hold.

 

Navigation through the lock was closed to recreational and commercial traffic for approximately two hours until crews were able to determine that the gunfire had stopped, and saf operations were able to resume........

 

Click here to read this news article from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Illinois History

Elsah Hosting Illinois Bicentennial Program........

 

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the Historic Elsah Foundation will be presenting the fourth and final installment in their series of discussions of Illinois' journey toward statehood.

 

The talk, entitled At Last We Are A State:  Illinois Territory's Quest to Enter the Union in 1818, will be held at Farley's Music Hall in Elsah, at 7:30 pm.

 

According to George Provenzano, Board Member for the Historic Elsah Foundation, the program will be on a istoric event that occurred in 1818, when President James Monroe signed legislation placing Chicago in Illinois as opposed to Wisconsin........

 

Click here to read more from altondailynews.com.  With Photo and Audio.

 

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River History....


November 14, 2013 in River History



Officials turned ceremonial dirt on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, kicking off the second major project in the $380 million Gateway Arch Grounds overhaul.

The plan included raising the boulevard 2 1/2 feet to keep it above most of the floods and the construction of pedestrian and bicycle paths.
 

 

 

Lake Of The Ozarks

Truck Slid Down Ramp Into Lake, Sank........

 

At around 4:30 pm Monday evening, a Ford F150 pickup truck slid down a boat ramp at the 9 Mile Marker, into the Lake of the Ozarks, where it sank.

 

The truck slid down a snow and ice covered boat ramp into the lake after the region received about three inches of snow.  The driver of the truck was able to get out of the truck and swim to safety.

 

Reportedly, the truck floated out to the center of the cove where it sank.  As of Tuesday, the truck was still at the bottom of the lake, and nearby homeowners were getting concerned about possible environmental damage........

 

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

 

 

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Boat Manufacturer

MasterCraft Introducing New Model Line........

 

MasterCraft Boat Holdings LLC has announced that they are going to debut the first model of a new brand called Aviara during the Miami International Boat Show In February.

 

The 32 foot model will be the first in a series of large day boats in the 32 to 40 foot range.  It will be available for customer delivery beginning in July, 2019.

 

MCBH President and CEO Terry McNew says that Aviara is not an offshore fishing boat r a performance sport boat, but it will be positioned as the top brand of the large recreational boat segment........

 

Click here to read this news article from tradeonlytoday.com

 

Boat Sales

Same Store Sales Decrease In October........

 

According to the latest report from CDK Global Recreation, during the month of October, the overall marine dealer same-store sales saw a 5.1 percent decrease.

 

During September, overall sales increased slightly, about 0.2 percent, while in October, overall sales fell by 5.1 percent.

 

Serivce and parts were down by 2.0 percent and 2.2 percent respectively.  Unit sales saw a decrease of 12.3 percent during the rolling 12 month period that ended in October 2018.......

 

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

 

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What's Going On This Week

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

 

Open all year

 

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

 

 

The Deli at the Alton Marina is closed for the season

 

The Boathouse

Northshore Marina

 

Open all year
 

 

Open Thursday thru Sunday

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

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Cedar Hill Resort

Mississippi River

1 mile below Winfield Dam

 

 

Closed for the season

Duck Club Yacht Club

 

The club will not be open for business this weekend as we begin SEARCH FOR NEW RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT. Rest assured.. the remaining 2 events for the year WILL be held and catered. More info coming soon

Illinois River at Naples, IL

Evandy's Boatel

 

It is time to start thinking about your holiday parties and get togethers. Call Evandys Boatel at 217-754-3700 and let us help you make memories! Life is Good on The River!
 


Life is Good on The River!
Bringing Central Illinois great Live music!

 

 

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Froge's Bar and Grill

Portage des Sioux, MO

 

We will be opening at 6pm Thanksgiving Night, LRC!! Kitchen will be closed!! Happy Hour all night
 

 

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

 

**FALL KITCHEN**
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, kitchen will close at 8pm.

Grafton Harbor

Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers


 

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Harbor River Adventures
 

Closed for the season

 


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

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Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

 


TUE - SUN.. 11AM-12AM
MON... CLOSED

 

FESTIVAL & MUSIC SCHEDULE...  click here

 

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL

 

Closed for the season

Longshot Saloon

My River Home Marina and Resort

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux...

 

 

 

Closed for the season

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Closed for the season

 

Yacht Club of St. Louis

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

 

Closed for the season

 

 

 

Click here for Yacht Club October Calendar

 

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  ..Closed for the season

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....

 

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Restaurants

Who's Open.. Who's Closed

Who's Open... Who's Closed........
 
3rd Chute Bar & Grill ......................... Open All Year
Arrrr Bar at Grafton Harbor.................. Closed for the season
Boathouse Food & Deck..................... Open All Year
Cedar Hill Resort................................ Closed for the season
Driftwood Crab Shack @ MRH Resort.. Opening Memorial Day 2019
Duck Club Yacht Club........................ Open
Evandy's_Boatel................................ Open All Year
Froges Bar & Grill.............................. Open All Year
Grafton Harbor Winery & Gift Shop...... Open
Grafton Oyster Bar............................. Open All Year
Kinder's Restaurant.......................... Closed for the season
Longshot Saloon................................ Closed for the season
LaRosa Cantina................................. Closed for the season
Yacht Club of St. Louis..................... Closed for the season

 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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6257 Highway V
St. Charles, Mo

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

Click here for
Duck Club Yacht Club website
 

 

 

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for website

and more information 

 

 

 

Toll-Free:
866-249-2135

Class schedule.. click here
Website..... click here

 

 
 

 

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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

Click here for Map
Click here for website

 

 

 

 

 

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
217-754-3700

www.evandysboatel.com
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
Click here

 

 

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webpage and map

 

 

Open

Golden Eagle Ferry

Mon - Thur.. 5AM- 9PM
 Fri - Sat.......5AM-2AM

 Sun .......... 8AM- 9PM
 

On Board Phone
618- 535-5759


Click here for website


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
click here for Events

click here for Facebook

click here for Map

 

 

Marina dredged to 8ft

Docks are now set

 One of the best views on the River!

Call Andy at

314.566.5403

for pricing and to reserve for the 2018 Season

My River Home website

 

Longshot Saloon Facebook

.

2018 Event Calendar

 

Mike's LaRosa Bar Music Schedule

 

 

 

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

 

 

Click here to View My Listings

 

 

 

Little John's Moptorsports website
Click here
 
Little John's Marine Service website
Click here

 

 

 

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

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TWO LOCATIONS
Close to where you are
on the river

 

STORAGE
short & long term

MOBILE SERVICE

 

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2018 Slip Rates:

 

Contact Jerry

636-734-1929

 

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

 

 

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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 !

 

 

 

 

 
 Landmap from Alton IL


Landmap from St.Charles  Mo

 

 

 

 

 

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
.
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UMR 222.2
 

 

 

RiverBills

River Website

Yellow Pages

 

Alphabetical Listing
Advertisers
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

 

FIBERGLASS

Fiberglass By Lehman

 

DETAILING

Super Sparkle

     Mobile Detailing

 

FERRIES

Golden Eagle Ferry

 

JET SKI SALES/SERVICE

BIG St. Charles

    Motorsports

 

INSURANCE

Mixon Insurance

     Agency

 

LODGING

DeShrilia Landing Suites

 

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

Matt's Prop Shop
St. Charles Boat &

     Motor

 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Crystal Photography

 

PROP REPAIR 
Matt's Prop Shop

 

RESTAURANTS
3rd Chute Bar & Grill

bluff city grill

Boathouse Food &

    Deck
Cedar Hill Resort
Evendy's Boatel
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
Express Upholstery
Kate's Covers

 

WELDING

Little John's Marine

    Service



WINERIES
Grafton Harbor Winery

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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