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Picture of the Day


Frozen Entrance to Polestar Marina



The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt. Jeff Digman with Bloch Marine service..



Hi Bill! 


Took this picture sometime a couple weeks ago. It's a shot of the entrance of polestar heading out into the slough. Not much boating goes on this time of year.


Missing summer time.

Capt. Jeff Digman

Bloch Marine Service

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More RiverBills Sticker Sighting.... were sent to us by Capt'n Barry Munsell of the sailing ship.... Mardi Gras




RiverBill says......  Thanks for taking RiverBills with you on your sailing trip.  It's a long way to Maui from Duvall Street !   Enjoy your trip to the Max.



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Yesteryear's Picture of the Day in 2014.......   was sent to us by Capt'n Terry Alexander of the Yacht Club of St. Louis



Hi Bill!

Wife and I were heading to Grafton for dinner tonight and caught this spectacular sunset.

Terry Alexander
Yacht Club of St Louis


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Updated 22 January 2015

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    St. Louis District - Weekly Navigation Channel Condition




Mississippi RIver

1/29/15 - 2/13/15 - 0600; 1800 closure - Welding and Completing Steel Armor Plate. 2/14/15 - 2/15/15 - 0600 - 1800 closure (both days) - Placement of Stone Protection.
Helper boat is provided by the Government during construction for North bound approaches to the main lock. Lock 27 Auxiliary Lock will remain closed through 3/20/15 for repairs to embedded steel.



Missouri River

Daniel Boone Companion Bridge; Superstructure erection is intermittently ongoing. At times work in the main channel may require temporarily blocking the river for up to 8-hours, during those periods the alternate channel will be available for use. Mariners may contact M/V GABRIEL J via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16, for more information.


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Multiple can buoys have been reported not properly marking the channel and partially submerged in the vicinity of Mile 4.8. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.



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Mississippi River Along The Riverbend

    Tri-County Regional Port District Expanding.......


Illinois State Representative Dan Beiser is touting a recently created regional business district.  On January 1, 2015, the Tri County Regional Port District became America's Central Port District. 


The port district now encompasses a larger portion of the Riverbend.  The port district had to contact several legislators to garner support for the expansion.  Beiser believes that the new port district will be beneficial to the region's economy.


Under the law, the Tri County Regional Port District is now America's Central Port District.  The port district boundaries now include Chouteau, Elsah, Godfrey, Quarry Township, and Wood River........


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



US Army Corps of Engineers

    National Great Rivers Museum Closure

Alton, Ill. – The National Great Rivers Museum, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be closed on January 27, 2015 due to a planned electrical outage. The facility is having electrical smart meters installed to help improve and monitor its energy efficiency. During this time, visitors are encouraged to visit the Audubon Center at Riverlands for winter bird viewing and regional visitor information.

The National Great Rivers Museum’s normal operating hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. For more information, please call 618-462-6979.


Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers... Click here

Good Morning St. Louis!


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Submit your best boating & outdoor photo below for your chance to win a pair of show tickets!


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   Ken O'Neil Memorial Celebration

Ken O’Neil , Long time River Rat and friend to many past away last Saturday unexpectedly . He will be missed greatly !


There is a memorial celebration in his honor this Saturday at 1:00PM at the Boathouse for all who knew and loved him . .






RiverBill says....

Our prayers and condolences go out to Ken's family........


Mississippi And Illinois Rivers

    Eagle Watching Is Going On Strong........


Over the past few months, eagle watching has lured thousands of people to the Riverbend region to check out the majestic birds nesting in the area.  The Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau says that there are plenty of eagles this year. 


Brett Stawar with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau says that eagle watchers have spotted eagle activity at the nest along the Berm Highway, otherwise known as the River Heritage Parkway.


Two Rivers Natural Wildlife Refuge, on the Great River Road near Brussels, is one of many hotspots for eagle watching along the rivers in the region.  Stawar added that there is a smartphone app to keep tabs on where the hotspots are........


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


US Army Corps of Engineers

     Eagle Day at Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the 4th Annual Eagle Day event on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. Treat your valentine to a free show celebrating our national symbol and other birds of prey!

New to Eagle Day this year, the Illinois Raptor Center will be presenting a short 30 minute program just for kids! Raptors for Kids begins at 10:00 a.m. There will also be two 50 minute Birds of Prey programs featuring a live bald eagle along with other live birds of prey. The first program starts at 11:00 a.m. and the second program will start at 1:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program, however only 150 seats will be available per showing. A portion of tickets for the programs will be available to be picked up in person on a first come first serve basis at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, February 9, 2015. No more than 6 tickets per person can be reserved prior to the event date.

Don’t forget to bring your family and friends to the Lake Shelbyville Eagle Day at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. For additional information, contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at (217) 774-3951.


Reprinted from US Army Corps of Engineers.... Click here



US Army Corps of Engineers

     Eagle Watch Event at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, IL will be hosting an Eagle Watch on Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m at the library. At 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a live bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this beautiful bird. Everyone attending the event will have the opportunity to listen to a story about bald eagles, make crafts, and observe replicas of a bald eagle skull, egg, talons and feathers to get a better understanding of the bird. Participants can also pick up a map at the library during the event and drive to various viewing locations at the lake. Park Rangers will be at these locations with spotting scopes to assist and answer questions. Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars and dress accordingly for the weather.

On January 9th and 10th Carlyle Lake staff members performed the annual “Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey” at Carlyle Lake. During the survey, 58 mature and 42 immature eagles were identified and recorded in four counties in the Carlyle Lake area. With 83 miles of shoreline, Carlyle Lake offers excellent habitat for eagles and has all the resources available for their survival. The number of eagles visiting Carlyle Lake in past years has increased and many active nests have been located. The population of Bald Eagles in Illinois has steadily increased over the past several years due to federal laws and conservation efforts that have been made to save these magnificent birds of prey.

For additional information on this presentation or on bald eagles please contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at carlylelake@usace.army.mil.


Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers... click here

 Inland Waterways

     Study Looks At Inland Waterway Investment Impact........


The National Waterways Foundation has commissioned and released a two year study that looks at the national economic returns on investments to the U.S. inland waterways, as well as the benefits and need for an accelerated waterways system improvement program that will create, and sustain American jobs.


The study, titled "Inland Navigation in the United States: An Evaluation of Economic Impacts and the Potential Effects of Infrastructure Investment" was conducted by the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky. 


The research looked at the inland navigation system, as it currently exists and is funded, and as the inland waterway system may be through renewed investment in infrastructure........


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

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2015 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow

    RiverBills Night.....  Thursday, March 5th


RiverBills Night at the 2015 St. Louis Boat & Sportshow is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th. RiverBills has the lounge area on the second floor reserved for that night.  The lounge has windows with a view of most of the show.


We will also be sponsoring the shuttle vans that pick people up at various parking lots and deliver them to the America's Center as well as on-line discount tickets for you and a ticket give-away photo contest.


Keep your anchor right here for more details. Looking forward to seeing you there.


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Upper Missouri River Basin  

    Research Finds Cause Of Pallid Sturgeon Decline........


The family tree of the pallid sturgeon goes back tens of millions of years, however, it has been only decades since biologists documented any of the prehistoric fish producing offspring that survives to adulthood in the Upper Missouri River Basin.


Fisheries biologists with the Montana State University, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey recently documented the biological mechanism that caused the decline of the endangered pallid sturgeon.


According to a paper published in the journal Fisheries, scientists demonstrate that oxygen-depleted dead zones between the dams along the Upper Missouri River are linked to the failure of the sturgeon embryos surviving until adulthood........


Click here to read this news article from eurekalert.org.  With Photo.


Mississippi River Near Cahokia, Illinois

    Did Earthquakes Doom Mississippian Society?


Archaeologists have spent years trying to find an answer to the mystery of what caused the disappearance of the ancient American Indian societies that had flourished for a thousand years along the Mississippi River in southwestern Illinois.


Sometime around 1400 AD, these American Indian societies suddenly disappeared, including the large city that once occupied the site of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.


Archaeologist Gregory Vogel came up with a theory, which he revealed during a lecture on Sunday, at the Cahokia historic site.   Vogel says that it is likely a string of disasters, including drought and war plagued the region.  He added that there is evidence of a massive earthquake, and powerful aftershocks that made the region uninhabitable........


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


Mississippi River At Memphis, Tennessee

    Stolen Car Reeled In From The Mississippi River........


Monday morning, a wrecker removed a stolen vehicle from the Mississippi River, near Mud Island at Memphis, Tennessee.  the police do not know who stole the car, nor how it ended up in the river.........


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




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Grafton Ferry............... 1-800-258-6645...  Closed for the season

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Who's Open.. Who's Closed


Who's Open... Who's Closed........

Big Kahuna.......................  Closed

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Closed                                   

Cedar Hill Resort................ Closed

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Closed

Evandy's Boatel.................  Open all year

Froges Bar & Grill..............  Open all Year

Kinder's Restaurant............  Closed

Longshot Saloon................  Closed

LaRosa Cantina.................. Closed

Palisades Yacht Club.........  Closed Dec 19, reopening in Jan 2015

Sundowners.......................  Closed


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What`s Going on At The River This Week

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 January 28-30, 2015

     International Marina & Boatyard Conference

    Tampa, Florida


IMBC is the leading marina and boatyard conference. It is geared specifically toward marina and boatyard owners, operators, and managers as well as dock masters, harbormasters, boat builders and repairers, and industry consultants. IMBC is where dedicated marine professionals gather to exchange information, talk about the future of the industry, explore new methods and techniques, receive updates on revised standards and established rules, and discover new products. The conference is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).


Click here for more information


Saturday, Jan 31

     Mississippi River at the Alton Visitor Center

     Live American Bald Eagle Meet & Greet

See a live American Bald Eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats.

Saturday, Jan. 24 & 31
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alton Visitor Center
Alton, IL
(800) 258-6645


Click here to go to the All Around Alton website


January 31, 2015

    Confluence Tower, Hartford, IL

    Native American Tribute to the Bald Eagle.



10AM - 2PM

Celebrate the elegance and significance of the American Bald Eagle and its impact on a variety of native cultures during this event at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Listen to Native American folklore and watch an authentic Eagle Dance performed every hour.

Click here for more information


Reprinted from Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower website

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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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LED boat lights









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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



My River Home website



Closed Until Spring






Call Kirk Blomgren for all your Private Aircraft Needs

Meisinger Aviation

 Spirit of St. Louis Airport


Aircraft Sales





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Click here for map



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for race schedule


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


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for 2014 price Schedule


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


6257 Highway V

St. Charles, Mo

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Club 636-250-4333

Marina 636-250-4321




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Buy 4 Ramps

Get 1 Free


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2014 Price Sheet

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Close to where you are on the river

STORAGE short & long term

4 BOAT LIFTS- up to 60 tons


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Auto Repair

Trailer Repair

Trailer Parts

Trailer Hitchers & Accessories


N County

(314) 972- 9700


Maryland Heights

(314) 739- 5110



(636) 532- 1532


Valley Park

(636) 225- 3621


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Landmap from Alton IL
Landmap from St.Charles.Mo



 The Big Kahuna

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Grafton Harbor Winery

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UMR 222.2

Marine Gas,

Diesel Fuel,  Ice


Docks, Rack Storage

 2 Lifts

Repairs all makes & models




Map.. click here


Woodland Marina

website click here




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Queen Pillow Top Mattress Set ....$499

Boater Owned / Operated


River Road Renegades Show Team

Sponsor Info...Click here   




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Neighbors of the Mississippi is a coalition of people and
organizations which advocate for fair and equitable policies
regarding flood relief on the Upper Mississippi River.


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email RiverBill

RiverBill hails out of

Woodland  Marina

UMR 222.2


River Website




Alphabetical Listing


By Service



  Alton Ski Club

  The Gypsy Rose

  The Shark




  Alarm 24

  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor


  Verlo Mattress

      Factory Stores




  Lewis Boats

  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor



  Fiberblass By Lehman



  The Gypsy Rose

  The Shark



  St. Louis River




  Golden Eagle Ferry


Jet Ski

  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor



  Mixon Insurance




  The Alton Marina

  Duck Club Y.C. St.Louis

  Grafton Harbor

  John's Boat Harbor

  Eagles Landing

  Lake Center Marina

  My River Home

  North Shore Marina

  Palisades Yacht Club

  Polestar Boating Center

  Port Charles Harbor

  Two Rivers Marina

  Woodland Marina

  Yacht Club of St. Louis




  Bloch Marine


  Lewis Boats

  Little Johns Marine


  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor



  Crystal Photography



  The Big Kahuna

  Boathouse Food &


  Cedar Hill Resort

  Evendy's Boatel


  Longshot Saloon

  Palisades Yacht Club



  Bloch Marine


     Towboat US

  Port Charles Harbor



  Grafton Harbor Winery





RiverBills Picture Gallery




You are invited to view photographs from my "Riverbills - 2014 St. Louis Boat Show" gallery.

Crystal Photography


© Crystal Photography

2013 Boat Show Albums




You are invited to view photographs from my "Riverbills - 2013 St. Louis Boat Show" gallery.

If you would like to order prints,crop to your discretion then click the BUY button while looking at the photo you like to purchase.

Crystal Photography




RiverBills Photo Gallery.....

2013 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow
Photos by Mary Tiemann




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   Watch for more pictures soon........


Boat Show Pictures from

Thursday Night !

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STL Boat & Sports Show Pics


There are 44 new Boat Show pictures on RiverBills Facebook page !

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 Boat Show Picture Video !

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Hi Bill,

Added some more pictures from the Boat Show and video of the RiverBills Night to the www.riverwebcams.com website.

We will be getting more over the weekend.
Darryll Weil


CaptainWeil Computer Services LLC, Telephone 314.303.2819


Click here to go to Crystal Photography's Boat Show Pictures !

Setting up for the

St. Louis Boat and Sport Show

is on YouTube


click on pic to view Video on YouTube


The Video of the Day... was sent to us by Captain Darryll Weil who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat............  "After You."



Starting to fine tune the video project to make it easier to edit. Combined Monday and Tuesday and added titles before and after the time lapse. It is on my YouTube channel at: http://youtu.be/79hmj5cxDEI

Right at a minute in length right now and a little better quality. Also put it on the www.riverwebcams.com


Live pictures will go up on riverwebcams Thursday morning.

Enjoy, Darryll


CaptainWeil Computer Services LLC, Telephone 314.303.2819

Slideshow from Eagle Watch Party


A collection of Pictures  from Sunday's Eagle Watch Party at Palisades Yacht Club... by Capt'n Daryyll Weil who hails out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat..... After You.



Click here and check out Darryll's slide show of pictures from the Eagle Watch Party.

More pictures added recently








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