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10- 31 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Roy Jonas and you have to admit this is something that you do not see on the river everyday........

Roy wrote in his e-mail:

Attached are some pictures of my three daughters and a friend practicing some cheerleading on Iowa Island Sunday 10/30/05. This was our last boat outing this year as I winterized that afternoon.

 

 Bill says........Roy really took some good action shots their routine........up, up and away, with a safe landing.   I love the expressions on the faces of the girls as the one becomes air born and as the catch her.  Good job, girls !


10- 30 -05  

Our 5 River Pictures of the Day ------ are from a few of the River Halloween parties last night.  The first is from the Sand Bar.....Who said they weren't having a party !

Fred and Wilma at Sharkys

Some scary folks at Capt'n Jack's

Some soldiers ( ? )In line waiting for the ferry

A lovely couple at Kinders

  The above are just a few pics from Saturday night on the river.  Keep your anchor right here---because many more pictures from the parties will be posted soon.

HAPPY RIVER HALLOWEEN


10- 29 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of a small section of a much larger  river landscape  (that stretches for 42 inches ) sent in by Mike Kolisch.   Mike took this river landscape in seven different shots and pieced it together for us.   What a picture.    This is one of the best pictures I have seen of the bluff area.   It just keep gong and going.   

  I am going to keep a small version of it at the top of this page for a while..   It is one of the best river pictures that I have received so far !

RiverBill says....Thanks for the fantastic picture Mike...And....keep them coming !

Luttrell Marine Has A New Featured Boat ------  A 1998 Mariah Z300   Shabah

Check it out !   Click on the Luttrell Ad Link on the right hand side of this page or just Click Here.

Welcome BoatCrazy.com  To RiverBill's------   The folks at   BoatCrazy.com   have hooked up with RiverBill's.....to provide you with a special place to buy or sell your boat.     Search over 1100 used boats on-line from Dealers, Brokers and Sale-By-Owner.   One Fee sells your boat...Good until sold.........

Cedar Hill.....Harley Raffle

Saturday Afternoon

A Few Tickets Still Available

 

1982 Harley Tour Glide

Chances are $100 each

Drawing on Saturday, October 29

75 Tickets Being Sold

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

Trivia Night

Saturday October 29

7:00 PM

New Melle Community Club

To benefit Jessica Moore, who suffered a stroke 5 days after giving birth to her 2nd

child.  Jess is the daughter of Brian and Kathy of the boat  "Running With The Big Dogs".

The family needs our help right now......So get your "river-team" together and

contact Kristen at 636-578-3262 to reserve a table.  It will be fun and it will benefit some river folks in their time of need........

 

Click here for info on Trivia Night and click here for info on the family


10- 28 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of a river dredge and it's dredging equipment locking through Winfield Dam about 4:50 PM on Thursday afternoon.   Looks like there is a towboat in the back pushing everything down river.

   This picture came off of the Winfield Live-Cam.

Please Check Your Address Book ------ Everyone.... please check the e-mail address you are using to send me stuff.  The correct one is:

riverbill@prodigy.net 

  I started to get rid of my old e-mail account and found lots of mail in it that I didn't know about.  I changed e-mail accounts (and e-mail address) back in February or March because I had trouble with the pictures that boaters sent in. The large pictures locked it up.    I put a notice on the website and after a month or so I quit checking the old account...

   Bad idea !  .....There is a lot of e-mail in there that I haven't read or answered....Sorry !... I will start going through it .

   The good news we have a few more river pictures to post......every thing from..... River Dawgs ...to ...Burning boats...and more..

  If I didn't answer your e-mail or post the picture you sent me, it was probably in this old account....So keep your anchor right where it is.....I will get through it all before the river freezes over.

Thanks,

Bill

August A,. Bush III And Flood Plain Development ------ Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch had an article about August A. Bush III and his fight against flood plain development, especially the levee that St. Peters is building for the 370 Lakeside Business Park project.........Please take a minute and read it.....Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.    

 

River Bill says....Stop The Levee's....let the flood plains be flood plains ! 

Some .... River Reading  ------ Brad Griesenauer, who is a regular follower of RiverBill's,   sent me an e-mail about a book he just finished reading.   It sounds like a good book for us river boaters that are interested in river history and steamboats, so I  thought I would share it with everyone.  Winter is coming on you might have a bit more time to read a good book. In his e-mail Brad wrote;

   After seeing today's picture of the day, (10-27-05)I thought I would recommend a book I recently finished reading.  The title is ...Come Hell or High Water: A lively History of Steamboating on the Mississippi Rivers..  by Michael Gillespie.  It's a factual read about steamboating in their hayday. If you check it out, I hope you enjoy it.

 

  Thanks Brad !  Made me think that we needed a River Reading page on RiverBill's, so I started one , with yours being the 1st book recommended for reading.....Check it out in the upper part of the left hand column

Update  .... The Jamaica Daze Band... 2nd Nature ------ What in the heck is the Jamaica Daze band, 2nd Nature doing these days you ask ?   You know the guys that belted out the tunes for us off and on all day and well into the night at the Jamaica Daze Party.  One of the regular bads at the Sand Bar Restaurant.

.... I e-mailed Mark Sweetman, the base player,  to see what's going on these days and thought I would share his reply with everyone:

The band's doing pretty well.  We're booking through Sun Productions right now, and getting quality gigs through them.  We're doing a full gig at the Stratford next Friday (11-4-05).  That's a place in Fenton that books fairly major acts .  For example, Warrant, The Jimmy Van Zant band, and a bunch of national tribute bands are booked (along with us ) in the next few weeks. 

River Bill says ......Thanks for the update Mark !

Where In The Heck Is The  Mississippi Queen at Today ? ------ Rorbert ( Slow Ride ) Cope wrote me the following e-mail on Thursday:

The Mississippi queen is already up in pool 16 this morning.  2 days, 9 locks, and 250 miles, she's making pretty good time. 

If you want to check the location of the Mississippi Queen yourself, go to the Corps of Engineers Navigation Information Connection website, click on "Locate A Vessel"  and then type in "Mississippi Queen".

Thanks for the info Robert !


10- 27 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Mike Kolisch of the boat "Cool Breeze".   Mike wrote in his e-mail:

My wife Joan  and I were cruising along the bluffs below Grafton today (Tuesday, Oct.25) checking out the Fall colors and the Mississippi Queen came by.....  What a sight !

 River Bill says....It is a special thing to see these great boats travel up and down the river ....Like we stepped back into history for a while.  .......

Thanks for the pictures Mike.


10- 26 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another entry in the Grafton Ferry picture contest.  This one was sent in by Robert "Slow Ride" Cope.  He snapped a shot of the ferry heading towards the Missouri side of the confluence with the changing colors along the bluffs in the background....And ..there are a few motorcycle riders up front enjoying the view.  


10- 25 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a Golden Sunset taken from the Grafton Ferry by Debbie House, of Affiliated Insurance, while on a motorcycle ride a few weeks ago.  This is the 1st entry in the Grafton Ferry picture contest.... Way to go Debbie !   More coming tomorrow.

Operation Clean Stream ------  There was an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch about how Operation Clean Stream volunteers cleaned Boschert Creek, Dardenne Creek and Peruque Creek of liter and trash this past weekend to help preserve their natural habitats.

  .All of these creeks do flow into the Mississippi River....so any trash removed from the creek is trash removed from the river.      Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.    


10- 24 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the American Queen Riverboat locking through Winfield Dam about  9:30 on Sunday evening.  According to the on-line itinerary,  the American Queen is heading north on the Mississippi to St. Paul Minnesota on a Fall Foliage Cruise, with stops in Hannibal, Dubuque, La Crosse and  Red Wing.  This picture came off of the Winfield Live-Cam

Note:  There is a good article about the history of the Delta Queen, a sister ship of the American Queen, on the Delta Queen Steamboat website.  Click Here.

Illinois River Mud May Be Used To Plug Southern Wetlands------  There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about how mud from the Illinois River may be shipped to Louisiana for to fill in wetlands damaged by Hurrricane Katrina.  Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.    


10- 22 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the Grafton Ferry as it crosses the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers heading for the ferry landing in Grafton, IL.  I think that most folks would agree that the scenery we have in this area of the river has to be some of the best around. 

  Make sure to send us a picture for the Grafton Ferry Picture Contest !

Grafton Ferry Picture Contest ------ Send me a picture...And... Win 2 round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry.......Monthly winners !

A picture of the ferry heading across the confluence, at the landing, etc.

A picture taken from ferry such as scenery, wildlife, etc

A picture on the ferry of you and your friends, of the captain, other riders, etc.

 Be creative..Be funny...Be original

  The winner of the 1st month's contest will be announced on Nov. 20 and you will see many of the entries right here on RiverBill's. 


10- 21 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the start of the  changing of the colors on the bluffs that grace our river along the Great River Road between the cities of Grafton and Alton, IL.  

   Captain Robert Cope, of the boat Slow Ride, sent this one in and I think its a really good shot of the bluffs, the river road, the blue sky and the blue water.  Its worth putting in a frame.

Bill says ....Thanks for sharing your picture with us Robert.

Cool Amphibious Boat Car ------ Captain Greg Miller spotted this cool looking amphibious...Hydra Spyder... boat / car.... on the internet and sent me the link to it.   Click here and take a look, it is pretty neat looking !   

   Greg Miller writes that there is an amphibious motor home showcased in the same website.  


10- 20 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Randy Bicknese of the boat "Lady Di".   Randy wrote in his e-mail:

  "The pic was taken last Thursday ( 10-13-2005) while we were skiing in Dardenne SloughThe water was great and there was not many other boats around. If all goes well, we'll be back out there this week.  The girls ( Diane of Lady Di and Susan of Cutty's Ark ) won't give up on ski season which helps keep me out there too."

Bill says ....Thanks for the great picture !

Auxiliary Lock Closed at Dam 27  ------  KSDK News Channel 5 reported on Wednesday  that the auxiliary lock at Dam 27, at Granite City, is closed for repairs.   For more information go to 5ksdk.com.


10- 19 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by  Tony and Carole  Binbeutel of the boat "Change In Latitude".  I am naming this picture  Go Cards !

  Tony wrote in his email:

   Thought we would send you this pic.  Labor Day weekend on Island 521, which we renamed early this summer to:

 No.5...Pujols Island

As you can see with all of the boats, our normally quite island was hoppin !   

GO CARDS !!!!!

 

Bill says ....Thanks for the picture and lets hope it helps us get that win tonight !

Two Branch Chili  Report ------ There was a good turn out for the 2nd annual Chili Contest at Two Branch Marina last Friday night...... 7 or 8 entries of River Chili and everyone got to taste them all....with voting afterwards.    They were all very good and each one had its own character, right down to the container it was served out of.   

   The grand prize for Best Chili, as voted by the taste testers, went to  Kathy who is pictured here (on the left) along with Ron, Gary and Sue.  

Luttrell Marine  ------ has a new   "Featured Boat"  for sale.......A classic looking  1981 Dyer 29.   Click the Luttrell link on the right hand side of this webpage.......And ......Check It Out !.


10- 18 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ of Tim Holland with his  Catch Of The Day. There is a bit of a story to go along with the picture......

   As it goes...Gary Bowers, his wife Linda and their friends, Tim and Deborah Holland, were taking a boat ride on Sunday afternoon up the Illinois River.   Just below the Pere Marquette Lodge they decided to try and stir-up some of the flying carp that have invaded our area.  Seems as if Gary knows a spot around there where those carp like to hang out.     

   While motoring around on the west side of the river they stirred up some of the carp and they started jumping out of the water, mostly behind the boat.  It was sort of neat to watch but Tim is an adventurous type guy and  decided to do a little fishing.... with a fish net.... Yes ...A Fish Net !   

   He positioned himself near the back of the boat ....And wouldn't you know it, before long Tim landed one...Right out of the air....Or... It might have jumped into the fish net that he was holding !    

  Either way, this sure gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Fly Fishing." 

 

Bill Says ......Thanks Gary for the pictures and story....And....Tim - Keep On Fishin !


10- 17 -05 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by our roving reporter, Captain Robert Slow-ride Cope.  Robert wrote in his e-mail;

"These pics were taken at the Dardeene chute side of Isl. 521 on the way home Saturday night.  It seams someone brought a projector TV, and set up the screen right there on the beach.  Now that's livin right. "

Robert also noted in his e-mail that its "Larry The Cable Guy" that these folks are watching on the tube.

Bill says....Once again......Thanks for the neat picture Robert.


More Info On The Downtown St. Louis Riverfront ------  Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch had another article about the the plans being proposed for the downtown St. Louis riverfront.     Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

St. Louis Levees  ------  There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about how St. Louis is gaining a national reputation for the flood plain development that is going on in our area.  Levees are being built in flood prone areas to turn them into office parks, warehouse, strip malls and the like. Not only on the Mississippi River but on the Missouri River as well......Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.    

 

River Bill says....Stop The Levee's....let the flood plains be flood plains ! 


Captain Jack's has new food menu and 2 night Halloween Party ------ Capt'n Jacks has added 11 new items to their menu .....Click on their hot-link in the right hand column and check it out !   

    They will be having a Halloween party on Fri & Sat, Oct 28 and 29......

    Check RiverBill's  "Upcoming Events"    in the upper left column for info on more River - Halloween Parties.

10- 16 -05     

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  John and Pat Difatta's Retirement Party  at Park Carl near Heartland Marina yesterday.  These two river boaters are now free from the constraints and grind of a daily job........Free to boat everyday, party late and get up whenever they want !  John and Pat...We all wish you a great retirement......Enjoy !

  There was lots of food and drink, but the main attraction was Steve's Big Pot-O-Chili ....(30 Gallons).  

........HAPPY RETIREMENT JOHN AND PAT .....


10- 15 -05     

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".  Robert went out for a cruise on Thursday afternoon and took this  picture of the changing leaves along the bluffs.

Bill says.........I have not done a count or anything like that, but I think Robert is one of the top 5 picture submitters on RiverBill's. 


10- 14 -05     

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and  ... Debbie.... of the... Sand Bar Restaurant.. Fame.. is definitely one of them....Friendly...Outgoing.....And....... Beautiful.    

  Here she is posing for us at the restaurant earlier this year.... looking good......


New Fuel Efficient Pleasure Boat  ------  KSDK News Channel 5 ran a story on Wednesday about a new boat, the Seaway Seafarer, that is designed for increased fuel efficiency and a hull that glides on top of the water with little resistance.    For more information go to 5ksdk.com.


New St. Louis Riverfront  ------  KSDK News Channel 5 ran a story on Tuesday about the four different plans that the Great River Greenway District unveiled  to the public for a new St. Louis Riverfront.  Another public forum will be held in December.   Go to 5ksdk.com for more information.


Port Arrowhead...Sea Ray Cruise Club ------ Has posted some pictures from their Oct 1 & 2 trip to Louisiana, Mo.  Click on their hot link in the left hand column and take a look.

Sea Ray owners interested in joining...contact J. D. Schmid.....636 - 946-5586


Two Branch - 2nd Annual - Chili Cook-off ------ This Friday night (10/14) .  Cooking will probably start between 5:00 and 6:00pm.  All entries must be cooked on the dock....judging will be between 8:00 and 9:00pm.   They have 6 entries already.  For more info e-mail Darlene Skeen at imhoosierdaddy@yahoo.com.


Long Shot Saloon...Changed Halloween Party Date------ Long Shot Saloon at Portage Des Sioux has changed it's Halloween party to Friday night, Oct 28.  

    Check RiverBill's  "Upcoming Events"    in the upper left column for info on all the River - Halloween Parties.


Illinois Watercraft on-line Registration Renewal------ There is a new hot-link in the left hand column of this web page for the  "Illinois Watercraft Registration Renewal"   website where you can renew your Illinois watercraft registration on-line.  Check it out !


10- 13 -05     

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Randy Bicknese of the cruiser Lady Di out of Lake Center.  Randy wrote in his e-mail:

   The attached pictures were taken a couple of weekends ago while a group of us were spending the night on the new section of sand above Iowa .  "Lady Di" and "Chasing Dawn" are out of Lake Center and "Rain or Shine" is out of Two Branch. (taken at sunrise)     Our group, including many others out of Lake Center, not shown in the pictures, has made it out there three weekends straight.  We're all trying to squeeze the most out of what has been one hell of a good season on the river.  Lets hope the nice weather and great water continues throughout the fall and next season.  Don't tell those lake boaters what they are missing. 

 

Randy also sent us a picture of a river sunset taken from the same spot.

 

Bill says.... Thanks for the pics Randy....And ...Send us a group picture next time you get together.  

  


Sand Bar Restaurant Is Open For ALL Cardinal Baseball Games ------  

$1.50 Longnecks Specials


Next Port Arrowhead ... Sea Ray Rendezvous....Sunday Oct 30....... The Port Arrowhead Cruise Club is heading up-river to visit Dave and Carrie Ash at Cedar Hill Resort on Sunday , Oct 30. ....

ALL SEA RAY OWNERS WELCOME !

  For more information check RiverBill's Upcoming Events  in the upper left column of this web page ...or...... call J.D.Schmid at 636-946-5586.

  Check back later today, or tomorrow,  for pictures from the last Port Arrowhead Sea Ray Rendezvous  that took the club to Two Rivers Marina.  (across the river from Louisiana, Mo.)


Con Trios Yacht Club... Halloween Party...Saturday Oct 29....... at Sharky's Cove.    Appetizers, Music by the Sharks, $3000 grand raffle drawing, costume prizes and much, much, more.......

   For more info and a flyer......click on the Con Trios  hot-link in the left hand column of this web page.


Dart Leagues Starting At Capt'n Jack's... Matt, one of the bar tenders of Capt'n Jack's fame, emailed me that they are registering teams and players for a Dart League to start soon.   For more info give them a call at   636 -250- 4520  or ...drop in and see them. 


10- 12 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Robert Cope of the boat Slow Ride.   He caught it all in this one photo.....A white sailboat heading up the blue waters of the Mississippi with the Great River Road in the background ......And......Those chalky white limestone bluffs with a mansion on top. 

Robert wrote in his e-mail:

"Went out with my daughter for a bit of a fall cruise, it looks like the trees are starting to turn.  Headed towards Alton this time and got swarmed by sailboats."

Bill says.... Thanks for the pics Robert....And ...Keep them coming...

  


Downtown St. Louis Riverfront Improvement Plans ------  According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch,  a team of architects, urban designers, and engineers will present a plan to improve the St. Louis Riverfront.    It includes floating islands, bridges, bike and walking paths and even a swimming pool that converts into an ice rink.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  

  RiverBill says.........You need to take a few minutes and read this one ! 


Old Settlers Days - Kampsville ----  There was an article in Sunday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the Old Settlers Days that was held in Kampsville last weekend. It includes a pretty good description of a historic skit they put on where 3 canoes carrying men, portraying Marquette and Joliet, arrived to meet the Illini Tribe of Indians on the bank of the Illinois River.  Go to the  On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.

Gathering Of The Waters Rendezvous - Cancelled ----  The annual "Gathering of the Water Rendezvous" that was scheduled for next weekend, Oct 15 and 16,  at the  Grafton Riverfront has been cancelled per the "October Events Calendar" in www.greatriverroad.com.  

Dedication of Piasa Park Near Alton  ----  There was an article in last Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the dedication of Piasa Park in Alton.  The Piasa Bird is a legendary man-eating creature that is painted on the white limestone bluffs that skirt the Mississippi River near Alton.  The celebration marked the completion of the 1st phase of transforming the park with completion of things like the a parking lot, restrooms, overlook plaza and more.  Go to the  On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.

  Here is RiverBill's picture taken last April of the work in progress at  Piasa Park


10- 11 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of an 80 ft. Skipperliner sternwheeler, The Watts Bar Belle, being piloted down the Mississippi River by Captain Greg Sadowski and crew on its way to Kingston, Tennessee last Wednesday.  Today's pictures are a group effort.  

   Dave Kelly, of the cruiser Gypsy Rose, took the pic above from the Illinois side of the Mississippi River as she was passing the Arch and one of the vessel as she was passing the Dome and the Eads Bridge.   

  Greg Sadowski sent me a picture of the Watts Bar Belle, taken by his brother Glenn, as was moored at Woodland Marina last Tuesday evening.   Greg wrote the following in his e-mail;

  "We are on our way to Kingston , Tennessee (close to Knoxville).  We stopped in Woodland last night on our way from Wisconsin.  Total distance is about 1400 miles, down the upper Mississippi, up the Ohio and up the Tennessee River.  It will be used for dinner cruises and private charters.   Just leaving Mel Price at 9:00 AM (10-05-05).   Sending this wireless." 

 

 Bill says....... Thanks...Greg, Dave  and Glenn for the pictures and the story.


Two Branch - 2nd Annual - Chili Cook-off ------ This Friday night (10/14) .  Cooking will probably start between 5:00 and 6:00pm.  All entries must be cooked on the dock....judging will be between 8:00 and 9:00pm.   They have 6 entries already.  For more info e-mail Darlene Skeen at imhoosierdaddy@yahoo.com.


River Dawg...TAZ  ------  She loves to swim and surf on the Mississippi.  Her owners, Steve and Linda Thompson, write;

   "She is a natural on the boogie board.  She bends her legs and rides the waves all the way into the beach, then steps off onto the sand.  She is 9 years old and just loves the River.  She goes crazy whenever I pick up the boating bag."  

 

  Look for Taz and her owners, Steve and Linda, on Island 521 in a 20 ft Sea Ray named "Shark Bait".   TAZ will be added to the River Dawg Section of RiverBill's in the near future and its not to late to send us a pic of your River Dawg !


Sharky's New Hours ------ Sharky's has new hours posted:  

     -  Open at  4 PM Thursday, Friday and Monday.

     -  Open at 11 AM Saturday and Sunday


10- 10 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Barbara Rhoades out of Two Branch Harbor.    Barbara wrote in her e-mail;

We went to Cedar Hill yesterday (Saturday)  and I took the attached photo

DANG !  What a way to get a new car !  It was found nose down in the water.  The brakes had failed and it rolled down the hill and into the marina around 2 PM on 10-8-05.

Bill says........Thanks for the picture Barbara.......I will bet someone is feeling a bit sick to their stomach.


10- 09 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the winning Mississippi River Barefoot Endurance Race Team taken Saturday morning on the deck at Sharky's.  The Ski Pro East members are (not all pictured) Tony Buonaivto, Pete Fleck, Bob Case, Jason Lee and John Skobrak.  They Congrats Guys !

  Sharky's parking lot was full of ski boats as you expect for a competition like this, all shined up and looking good


10- 08 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another one taken by Jeff Smith.  It is shot  looking across the river  towards St. Charles County that he took from atop of a new house that is being built in Calhoun County, IL .  You can sure see a long way .....the church steeple in St. Peters, the tree line along Highway B and  Sue's house right on the river.  This is the river just above Kinder's and just below Two Branch Island around the  UMR 229 mile marker. 

 

Bill says....Thanks for the pictures Jeff.......Keep them coming !


10- 07 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ I have named this one  First Light.  It was taken by Jeff Smith while waiting in line to cross the Golden Eagle Ferry on his way to work in Calhoun County the other morning.   Jeff is a carpenter and is working on a house on the bluffs behind Two Branch Island over looking the sandbar where Jamaica Daze was held this year.  Jeff wrote that the view from atop the house is amazing.

Bill says....Thanks for the pictures Jeff.......Make sure to send us some more !


Smallpox Island ------  Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch had an interesting article about Smallpox Island.  The island used to be located on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River just north of Highway 67 and up-river from the Clark Bridge near the base of the old lock and dam.   The island is long gone, as part of it is below the water of the river and the rest has blended into the shoreline.   Abe Lincoln almost had a duel on the island and it was used during the civil war as a place to take confederate prisoners with small pox.     Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.    

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   The following info was published in RiverBill's last February about the island and the monument.  Thought I would  re-post it because it has a couple of good pictures and some info about the Civil War prison that used to be in Alton.

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2-23-05....Our River Picture of the Day ----- is of the Civil War Memorial built to honor the Confederate Soldiers that died of small pox while in the prison camp hospital that was on an island in the Mississippi River during the Civil War. As inscribed on the base of the memorial their remains still rest beneath the regulation pool of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.     For more information click here.    The memorial is located in the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area across the river from Alton


Eagles Return ------  KSDK News Channel 5 ran a story on Thursday about the eagles returning to the St. Louis area.    For more information go to 5ksdk.com.


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   I have been told that one of the best places in this area to watch the eagles is from the deck of the Grafton Ferry as it crosses the river.   So the next time you are on your way to Grafton......make sure to take your camera......check it out.......And  send RiverBill  some pics !


Kayak River Tours Out Of Louisiana, Mo ------  KSDK News Channel 5  ran a story on Thursday about Kayak tours of the Mississippi River out of Louisiana, Mo. They range for a few hours, to a full day and even overnight.   For more information go to 5ksdk.com.


Weekly Fishing Report ------ The Missouri Department Of Conservation has discontinued the weekly Fishing Report until next April....

    Look for it again on RiverBill's at that time.......


10- 06 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the Port Arrowhead.. Sea Ray Cruise Club locking through Winfield Dam last Saturday morning on their way to Louisiana, Mo on their  2005 Fall Rendezvous trip.  J.D. Schmid of Port Arrowhead Marina organized this trip and many other get-togethers throughout the year.   Photograph by Larry Sansone, also of Port Arrowhead............

   Keep your anchor rope right where it is.......because there are more pictures and info coming.


Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order to Stop Levee ------  According to an article in Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch,  a federal judge denied a temporary restraining order sought by environmental groups to stop the construction of the levee for the Lakeside 370 Business Park.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


River Dawg...Annie  ------  at Iowa Beach, owned by Don and Barb Acord out of Woodland Marina.  Looks like Annie is ready to go play fetch with her stick !

 

   Watch for Annie in the River Dawg section of RiverBill's in the near future and its not to late to send us a pic of your River Dawg !


10- 05 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is titled Golf Anyone ?    This is a picture of a large piece of wood with the grass and flag painted on it..... and.... a hole at the bottom of the flag for hitting golf balls through !     

    You can find this golf board on the upper end of Dardenne Slough above the power lines.   Someone is setup for hitting golf balls across the slough and through the hole in the board.......Wow ! ........  Just never know what you will see on the river.


56th Annual Missouri Governor's Cup Regatta ----  was held last Saturday and Sunday on the Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux.  Twenty-seven sailboats competed for a years worth of bragging rights the silver bowel.    Go to the  On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.

Con Trios Yacht Club's.... October Newsletter ---- is available on the Con Trios Yacht Club website.  Pick their link in the left hand column of this web page to view it.

10- 04 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Tom and Sandy.    It is a bit of River Humor ...And...... I am going to name it........That Subliminal Message 

 

Tom wrote the following  in his e-mail;

  "As Dan looks around for a place for lunch.....I think the girls (Sue and Sandy)   have an Idea on their minds !"

 

Bill says.............Good one Tom !    


10- 03 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the  Mississippi Queen   between locks 10 and 11 on the upper Mississippi River.  Captain Greg Sadowski, out of Woodland Marina,  took this picture last Friday just after sunset on one of his many trips up and down the river.

  Bill says...... What a magnificent vessel.  I consider myself lucky each and every every time I see it navigating the river we boat on .......Thanks for picture Greg ! 


New "H Dock" at Alton Marina ----  According to a article in last Thursday's on-line Alton Telegraph, the City council accepted bids from 3 contractors for building a new "H Dock" at the Alton Marina that will contain 30+  slips for transient boaters.        Go to the  On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.

10- 02 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  (from left to right)   Jeanne, Kirk, Judy, Jeanne and Gary at Kinder's on Friday night.   Kirk and Jeanne (3rd from left) live in Chattanooga, Tennessee now and are in St. Louis for the weekend.  One of the first things they did when the got into town is go for a boat ride to Kinder's with Gary and Judy.   When they lived in St. Louis years ago they were avid river boaters so it as to feel good to be on the river again.   Hope you both enjoyed your time here.

  River Bill says.......Welcome back to St. Louis and welcome back to the river !


Judge Hears Case Against Lakeside 370 Levee ------  According to an article in Friday's on-line Post Dispatch,  a U.S. District Judge listened to the arguments, pro and con, about the construction of the levee for the Lakeside 370 Business Park.   The judge said he would decide quickly whether to grant  the injunction sought by the environmental groups.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


Timber Ridge Condo's  ------  has their own website now.  It is another of the ".net" sites.   Go to   www.timberridgecondos.net   or as always just click on their AD button on the right hand side of this web page. 


10- 01 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  Tom and Lou's clubhouse on the upper end of Dardenne Slough.  It is a really neat place ...all decorated in river stuff.    

   This picture was taken by Mike & Sherri Stanczak, who can be seen flying around above the river in the black and red powered parachute.

 

Bill says ....Thanks for the picture Mike and Sherri........And thanks to Tom and Lou for letting me put a pic of their clubhouse on RiverBill's.

 


9- 30 -05   

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and  ... MaryBeth.... is definitely one of them.    

  Here she is cruising along on the river,  looking beautiful, her gorgeous red hair all up in a bun,  sporting them Jamaican braids.....And soaking up that Summer sun.   


 Hurricane Benefit At Sand Bar Restaurant A Success...More this weekend ------  Scott and Robbin reported they had a great turnout Saturday night for the Hurricane Benefit and thank everyone that participated.   

   Last Sunday was a rain-out  so those items will be auctioned this upcoming weekend.  ie...Dan Cox authentic signed baseball, Bob Forshe authentic signed baseball and many other items.   They are still accepting accepting food, clothing and toiletries for the hurricane victims.     

   A special thanks goes out  to the following "High Bidders" that helped make the benefit a success;  Carl Tiemann, Craig Pinkerton, Brian Cody, Debbie Gould, Joe Piccoli and Mark Sweetman. 

  Make sure you drop in at the Sand Bar this weekend and make a donation to help out the Hurricane Victims.

Thanks to everyone !

   


Three River Dawgs  ------  Dana, the Aussie, is on the left; Leroy, the Golden Retriever, is in the middle  and Cosmo, the Sheltie, is on the right.  These fine looking River Dawgs are owned by  Tom Foreman and Debbie Gould.  Debbie wrote in her e-mail that it took quit a while to get this shot of all three being still.  Looks like they are ready to get this photography stuff over with and go play in the water some more.   

 

Watch for these guys in the River Dawg section of RiverBill's in the near future and don't forget to send us a pic of your River Dawg soon !


End Of The Season Party At the Sand Bar Restaurant----- The Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center is having their "End Of The Season Party" on Saturday, Oct. 22 ..   Live Band, give aways and much, much more.   Stay tuned for more info as the date gets closer. 


Cocktail  Is The Theme For Cedar Hill Halloween Party----- Dave Ash, of Cedar Hill fame,  told me they are having a "Cocktail " theme for their Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct 29 th.   So dress up as a Bloody Mary, a Screwdriver or what ever your favorite drink is and join them for the festivities.    


Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 78 degrees, low, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 9/29/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


9- 29 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is of a row of sailboats silhouetted against last  Saturday's sunset......What a picture......Look at those magnificent colors !

    The pic  was taken by Captain Harry Ragland, of the sailboat "Tapacolo".   Harry wrote in his e-mail:

" Saturday was a good day for sailing, with steady winds out of the East.   I sailed "Tapacolo"  from Portage Des Sioux to Alton and back.   By the time I got docked the sun was setting, and this is how it looked from the back porch of Palisades Yacht Club."

 

Bill says ......Thanks for the great picture Harry !


Federal Judge Is Asked To Block Lakeside 370 Levee ------  According to an article in Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch,  two environmental groups, the City of O'Fallon and others have asked a federal judge to stop the construction of the Lakeside 370 Business Park levee.    Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


Coast Guard  -  Planning New Regulations ------   The Coast Guard's semi-annual agenda includes two new regulatory initiatives according to an article in the July / Aug edition of the "Small Craft Advisory Magazine".   

New Regulatory Initiatives:

  • The 1st initiative would require a life jacket to be worn by every person operating  or riding on personal watercraft  or being towed behind a recreational vessel on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

  •  The 2nd  initiative would amend the Coast Guard's rules on states' numbering of undocumented vessels and on the reporting of accidents.  It would harmonize terminology governing the Standard Numbering System, and the Casualty or Accident Report.

Source:   Small Craft Advisory Magazine published by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators 


River Dawg Page ------  I added a quote from Mark Twain about about dogs and heaven to our River Dawg page !   

Take a look....Let me know what you think about it.


9- 28 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a last Saturday's River Sunset...Look at that sky .........Look at those colors............What a great shot........ Robert Cope sent us the above picture with the following e-mail;

  "Yesterday's sunset was incredible.  The outer clouds from (Hurricane) Rita created an interesting effect that I've previously only seen at night around the moon." 

 

Bill says..........Thanks Robert


More Pictures of The Races ------ Asher posted a link to more pics of the cardboard boat races on the message board.  Thought I would put the Link it in the main body so everyone knows they are out there.

CLICK HERE to take a look..............Thanks for the pics Asher.


Recreational Boating -  Safest Year Yet ------    According to an article in the July / Aug,  Small Craft Advisory Magazine, published by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the number of recreational boating deaths in the US dropped to a record low in 2004  (676).

  •   Drowning accounted for 70% of the deaths and drowning remains the leading cause of death on the water.

  •   Alcohol use was reported in 32 % of all boating Fatalities

Source: National Association of State Boating Law Administrators 


9- 27 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of Jeri Behnke's  birthday party at Capt'n Jack's Friday evening.  From left to right are Linda, Jeri and Laura.

Happy Birthday Jeri !


More Pictures of The Races ------ As promised....More pictures from the cardboard boat races last Saturday at Capt'n Jacks. 

 

The first set was taken by my sister Patty.........CLICK HERE

  

Darryll Weil also sent us an album of the races.  Darryll wrote:

  

Saturday, September 24th, 2005 Captain Jack had his 1st Cardboard Boat Race at Captain Jack's Marina.  The entrants showed some real engineering and thought into making cardboard hold up in the water.  Saw some were coated with wax, various paints or sealers, and even the use of Sonotubes as pontoons!  You can see a few pictures of one of the boats under construction at:

http://www.captainweil.com/Mississippi20050920/

About 5 PM, after a little final assembly four boats were ready to rumble.  Not really sure who won but it sure was fun to watch!  Check out the race pictures at:

http://www.captainweil.com/CardboardBoatRacesatCaptainJacks/

Enjoy, Darryll

Bill says....Thanks for the pictures !


9- 26 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a series of 4 pics from the Cardboard Boat Races at Capt'n Jack's on Saturday afternoon.  Four entries , 3 actually made the race.  Chuck and Sue in MoonDoggie II tipped right away, Dennise and MaryBeth screamed around the course in record time, the Pirate ship with Capt'n Bill, Egg Throwing Mike and Gary made across the harbor and last but not least the, the Pontoon Battle Ship manned by all of the "Off-Brothers" ruled the waters that day. This is just the highlights of the race..... keep your anchor right where it is....more pictures of the festivities tomorrow.


9- 24 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a Harley Colored Houseboat moored in the upper harbor at Capt'n Jack's Marina.  The vessel is owned by Kent and Judy Houdek from Stillwater, MI.  They told me that they have been on the river for 1 1/2 years since they departed from Lock and Dam #1... and...... "Yes"..... there is a Harley on the front deck.  Kent told me "This is the coolest spot they have visited so far." 


National Great Rivers Museum Features Replica of River ----  According to a article in Thursday's on-line Alton Telegraph,  the National Great Rivers Museum, adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, now has a concrete miniature river for demonstrating  how the a river works and how it is formed.      Go to the  On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.

Mindy  ----  Mindy's photo layout from 9-15-05 has been added to the GIRLS OF ALTON LAKE section of RiverBill's.

More Con Trios Pool Party Pic's  ----  Added a few more pictures from the Con Trios Yacht Club's Pool Party at the Duck Club on 9-15-05.  Check them out by picking the Con Trios hot link in the left column of this web page..

River Dawgs... Page Added  ----   I collected all of of the "River Dawg" pictures that everyone sent in and put them on their own page.  Check it out in the upper lefy hand side of this page.

   

   If you want to add your names to any of the pictures that are posted, just fire me an e-mail with the info on it.   If you want to add your River-Dawg to our collection.......send it in !


9- 23 -05  

The White Pelicans Are Back ! ------ Ron and Darlene Skeen sent us this picture of some white pelicans in flight that they spotted  on Turkey Island  (UMR 237 - 238) last Monday evening.

Bill says....Thanks for the pictures Ron and Darlene.


Body Found in Submerged Car ------  According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch,  West Alton Firefighters pulled a car out of the river near the Alton Dam that contained the body of a 54 year old woman.     Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


Flood Plain Development ------  There were 2 commentaries in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch about flood plain development that are pretty interesting.   Go to StLtoday and check out the Pro and Con commentaries.  One titled Just Do It Right  and the other titled This Has To Stop

Bill Says....Stop the levees........Let the flood plains be flood plains !


Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis):  80 degrees, low, muddy;  channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits;   all other species slow.

 (Report made on 9/20/05)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


9- 22 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil.  It is of the2nd tug for the Grafton Ferry, Bluewater, in dry dock.   

Darryll wrote:

  "Went up to the River to do some work on my boat.  While at Sharky's Cove ran into Pete Tully from Polestar Marina who told me he was having extensive work done on the second tug for the Grafton Ferry.  After lunch I went over to see how the work was progressing and took some pictures of it while it's in drydock.  Judging by the amount of work going on it is obvious Pete is making it as reliable as possible as he told me they carry about 9700 cars a month now.  As far as I know the Grafton Ferry is the only ferry that actually crosses two rivers, the Mississippi and the Illinois, on each trip. "

 

For more pictures go to:     http://www.captainweil.com/Mississippi20050920

 

Bill says......Thanks for the pictures and info Darryll 


Our 2nd River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil also.  It is of Gary and Mike D building a cardboard boat for the Cardboard Boat Races at Capt'n Jacks this Saturday.

 

For more pictures go to:     http://www.captainweil.com/Mississippi20050920

 

Bill says......Thanks for the pictures  Darryll 



9- 21 -05  

It's The Last Day Of Summer ------ Well this Summer is gone, but the party is not over.  Tomorrow may be the first day of Fall, but there is still a lot of good boating left in this year.  The leaves are going to turn soon, the white pelicans will be coming back and the water seems to look really blue this time of year.   


The Winfield Live Cam Fixed ----  The Live Cam is working again at the Winfield Lock and Dam.  Click here to check it out who is locking through.

Con Trios Yacht Club Board ----  Carl Tiemann, Commodore of Con Trios Yacht Club, asks that any Con Trios member interested in becoming a member of the Con Trios Board to contact Jim Svoboda at   jasbjs@yahoo.com.

Visitor Stats ----  I have added a new link, RiverBill's Website Stats, in the lower left column of this web page.   Take a look at the numbers for the year as tracked and charted the company I rent server space from.

 

   Last month,  RiverBill's had almost 35,000 visitors !  

  

  I have removed the "Top 100 Boating Sites" visitor counter because it was not counting all the unique visits to to this site.


Yesterday's Picture ----  I received an e-mail from Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride" about yesterday's picture.....it was "Island 521 not "Island 52"...........Thanks Robert !


9- 20 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an another aerial shot of a beach and some boaters on  the  Mississippi River  taken from Mike and Sherri Stanczak's red and black powered parachute that you see flying around  from time to time.   What a view !

  I think this picture is looking down river at the beach at the lower end of Island No 52 (UMR 222 mile marker) where the Dardenne Slough dumps back into the river channel. The river channel is on the left and Mason Chute is straight ahead.   Any comments ? 

  

   Bill says.....Thanks for the great picture and keep them coming.   


Burnt Hull From Cruiser Fire ------ The  burnt out hull from from the cruiser fire on Saturday has been removed from the river according to Jack Gorecki of Capt'n Jack's Bar & Grill


Group To Sue Over Permit For Levee ----  I missed an article in last Wednesday's On-line Telegraph about the director of The Great River Habitat Alliance vowing to sue the Corps Of Engineers over the issuance of the permit to build a levee for the Lakeside 370 Business Park.     For more information go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

9- 19 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the burnt out hull that is left from the cruiser fire on Saturday.  The hull is resting in Dardenne Slough near Sharky's.  This picture was taken on Sunday by Captain Tony Trice out of Woodland Marina.  Tony reported that it looked like the hull was pulled to shallow water to keep it from sinking.  

Bill says.....Thanks Tony for the picture and info. 


Saturday's Yacht Fire ----  5ksdk.com ran a story on the yacht fire that happened Saturday on the river near Woodland Harbor.  Click here to read it.

Enhanced Aerial Pic Of The River ------ Last Friday we had an aerial picture of the river for the picture of the day and I wrote that I  wasn't quite sure of the location.  I received a lot of e-mail identifying the pic being of Snake Chute and Iowa Island right above Royal Landing. 

    Jim Lefers of the boat "Teachers Pet", out of Lake Center Marina, went a step further and sent me a copy of that aerial shot with text to identifying the islands and things.   Take a look.

Bill says....Thanks for the picture Jim !  


9- 18 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a dramatic picture a boat on fire at around 5 PM yesterday, Sept.17,  in front of Woodland Marina.   This picture was sent in by Barbara Rhoades, Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 17-04.  

  According to reports that were e-mailed to RiverBill's; no one was hurt, the boat was out of Portage and channel 2, 5 and 11 news were all there.  

 

Additional pics :

- Another picture of the burning boat,  sent in by Captain Gary Bowers, with the Water Patrol boat in the foreground. 

- Another picture of the boat fire with taken with Brad Hefferon's a camera phone. Brad owns the boat "What Was I think'N".

- One of the pictures that Captain Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride"  took  took of the burning boat as the rescue team was was working to put the fire out.  Robert has a whole series of good pictures on his website that captures the this dramatic incident. Make sure you take a look at them.   Click here to view them. 

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  Bill says.....Thank you all for sharing your pictures of this dramatic incident.

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  Barbara Rhoades wrote: That this is one of the best reasons to to have a Vessel Exam from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.


9- 17 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Ron and Darlene  out of Two Branch harbor. It is a powered parachute that dropped in on them last Saturday afternoon on Hat Island.

Bill says....Thanks for the pictures Ron and Darlene.


Yesterday's Picture ----  I received a lot of e-mails about where yesterday's picture was taken..... Ernie Moretti seemed to describe it the best:

"The pic was taken down river from Iowa Island .  That is lower Iowa with the partial sand bar sticking out next to the Ski Chute that snakes between Iowa and Enterprise I believe.  You can see Anchor Yankers in the distance where the barge is at.  The pic was taken directly above Royal Landing"

 

Bill says....Thanks Ernie.. and...Thanks to everyone that sent an e-mail.


9- 16 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial shot of  the  Mississippi River  taken from Mike and Sherri Stanczak's red and black powered parachute that you see flying around  from time to time.   What a view !

  This is another picture that I am not exactly sure where it was taken.  Any comments ? 

  

   Bill says.....Thanks for the great picture and keep them coming.   


Alton Expo ----  The  Alton Expo (Carnival) is taking place on the Alton Riverfront this weekend.  Food, rides, music, mud volleyball and more.  For more information go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis):  81 degrees, low, muddy;  channel catfish good on chicken liver and Sassy Shad;  largemouth bass fair on topwater lures;  all other species slow.         (Report made on 9/15/05)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


9- 15 -05  

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and here is one of them........     Mindy is a beautiful river maid with eyes as blue as the sky of a mid-summer day.   What a great combination...The Mighty Mississippi and the beautiful Miss Mindy.....    

  

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .


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The Dredge "America"  Is Back In Town ------ A few more pictures of the dredge "America"  from Robert Cope of the boat  "Slow Ride".  These pics were taken just a bit up-river from Iowa Beach.     

 Bill says...... thanks for the pictures Robert........Keep them coming !


What Happened To Damingo the Flamingo......I received the following e-mail from Ron and Darlene:

Bill;

   I hope someone on your site can help Darlene and myself locate our guard bird..

Damingo the Flamingo..He was bird napped on the night of the Two Branch harbor party ( 9 - 3- 05 ) .. We were left a note saying he had migrated south but we recently spotted a message on your message board from him which indicates he was bird napped and is being held captive... If anyone saw anything or hears from Damingo in the near future.....please contact Darlene or myself at imhoosierdaddy@yahoo.com   or leave a message on the board.

 

Thanks,

Ron and Darlene

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Bill Says........Some Guard Bird !..... (Hah)....  


9- 14 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Sue Ferguson.  It is a view of the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers as seen from the Timber Ridge Condominiums that sit on the bluffs above Grafton, IL.  The construction of the new condo's is moving right along.  What a view of the river a person would have if they lived there. 

   Bill says....Thanks for the update and pictures Sue.


The Dredge Is Back In Town ------ Robert Cope of the boat  "Slow Ride"  sent a picture of the dredging going on right below the power lines.  In his e-mail Robert writes:

   "Last week or so, I've noticed that the USACE is doing some dredging just north of the current Iowa Beach.   From what I've seen so far, it looks like next summers Iowa beach will be about 1/2 mile longer next year. They usually pile up the sand real steep and let us kick it down into a nice steady grade."

 

 Bill says.... more dredge pictures tomorrow and...... thanks for the pictures and update Robert....


Luttrell Marine - Boat Link Fixed------  Yesterday's edition had a bad link for Luttrell Marine's "Featured Boat".....It is fixed now....Take a look !

   1999 Formula 31 PC. Click here or on the Luttrell Marine link on the right side of this web page for more information.


By Owner Yachts - New Boat Of The Month------  

1989....36'  Cruisers 3670 Esprit........Take a look at the Ad below !

Click here or on their web link on the right hand side of this web page for more boats.


9- 13 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of (left to right)  Water Patrolman Lou Amighetti, Ron and Marty, with Ron's daughter Alyssa.  Ron and his daughter went to the beach for the afternoon with Marty right after this picture was taken.  Ron is the guy that had his legs badly cut by boat props in an accident on the river last year.  Lou and Marty were key in Ron's survival that day.  Marty says a boater named Jeff, that also helped that day, was not available for this photo. 

  Ron, we are all glad you are doing better.

  Remember .....BOAT SAFELY !


Katrnia Affecting Local Businesses ------  There was an article in  Monday's on-line Alton Telegraph about how the hurricane is affecting local businesses because of the uncertainty of river transportation and higher shipping cost..    Click here to read the complete article. 


Con Trios Yacht Club Website Updated ------ The Con Trios website has been updated with a few of the pictures from Saturday's Pool Party at the Duck Club.   Take a look.   The link is in the left hand side of this web page.   It was a fine day for a pool party in mid September.  Good music,  good food and an good time. 


Lost and Found ------  John Armantrout lost a blue folding chair with an orange 200 gram Frisbee in the storage compartment on Iowa Beach.  If you found it, see the "Lost and Found"  in the left hand column of this web page for information on how to contact John.     Thanks for being a good boater and returning it.  


Luttrell Marine ------  Has a new "Featrured Boat" this month.  It is a 1999 Formula 31 PC.  Click here or on the Luttrell Marine  website link in the right hand side of this web page to take a look. 


It Was Heartland ------ I received a lot of e-mail yesterday from many readers insuring me that the Picture Of The Day from was indeed     Heartland Marina.     Thanks everyone. 


9- 12 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another sent in by Mike and Sherri Stanczak. They named it "One of the marina's on the Mississippi".  I think it is Heartland Marina.   Comments anyone ?


9- 11 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the boaters at the Con Trios Yacht Club's... Pool Party at the Duck Club Saturday afternoon.   What a great day for a Pool Party.....And... as usual...the entertainment was good....the food was good ...and ...everyone had a good time....Watch for more pictures on the Con Trios website soon.. 

Our 2nd River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Pudding Wrestlers at Capt'n Jack's as the 1st round of the wrestling match was just starting.  Notice only a little pudding here and there.  Well.....That soon changed....Pretty soon it was pudding everywhere....including on a lot of the fans and for sure....on the 2 coaches.....What a blast. 


River Halloween Parties ------  I added a lot of the upcoming river-Halloween parties to the "Upcoming Events" page in the upper left hand corner of this web page.  Take a look.  Right now everything is happening on Saturday, the 29th of October.  

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE ??????


9- 10 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Mike and Sherri Stanczak, which they appropriately named "The inauspicious beginning of the new Grafton Harbor".   

    Don't know much more about the picture, but at least I can answer folks now when they ask me if they have started digging the new harbor.   

    By the way, Mike and Sherri can be seen flying around above the river in a red and black powered parachute and when they are on the water, look for them in a 17 Larson.  Here is a shot of Mike and Sherri with a  red-river-sunset in the background.  

   Bill says.....Thanks for the great picture and keep them coming.   


Water Quality ------  There was an article in  Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about the new Missouri State Water Quality Standards approved last Wednesday by the Missouri Clean Water Commission and the three local waterways that are exempt from the rules.    Go to STLtoday to read the complete article. 


Final Permits Granted For Lakeside 370 Project ------  According to an article in Thursday's edition of 5KSDK.com, the city of St. Peters has been granted the final permits to build the levee for the Lakeside 370 Business Park project.    Another new levee in the Mississippi River flood plain !   When will they learn ?       Go to www.ksdk.com  for the complete story.  


River Halloween Parties ------  I added a lot of the upcoming river-Halloween parties to the "Upcoming Events" page in the upper left hand corner of this web page.  Take a look.  Right now everything is happening on Saturday, the 29th of October.  

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE ??????


9- 09 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Ronnie Stevens.  It is off some of the Alton Pool Crew at  Two Rivers Marina last weekend.  More pictures coming soon.


Cedar Hill - New Hours ------ Cedar Hill Restaurant has new Fall Hours.  Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Fri & Sat.....11AM Til   9 PM

Sun............ 11AM Til   7 PM 


Sand Bar Restaurant - New Hours ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center Marina has new Fall Hours.  Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Fri .............. 6 PM  Til  1:30 AM

Sat..............11AM  Til  1:30 AM

Sun............ 11AM  Til  Midnight 

 

Breakfast is no longer served on the weekends


Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis):  86 degrees, low, muddy;  channel catfish good on prepared baits;  flathead catfish fair on live baits;  all other species slow.  

(Report made on 9/8/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


Letter To The Editor....

 

Ameren UE eyes the Confluence for a toxic landfill

 

    Ameren UE officials recently approached Great Rivers to get opinions on their plans to build a 240 acre industrial waste landfill in the middle of the Confluence.  Great Rivers is adamantly opposed to the project and told the officials we would not support their efforts.  The proposed landfill would be used to store waste from smoke stack scrubbers at the Portage des Sioux power plant.  Great Rivers suggested Ameren could use the barge fleeting facility it constructed three years ago for the purpose of hauling the waste to an area that would have less impact on the environment. The officials suggested it would be difficult to find a community that would accept the waste, but, ironically, went on to say how safe the new landfill would be.   Great Rivers was opposed to the construction of the barge fleeting facility and finds it troubling that Ameren pushed the project through and now refuses to use it for its intended purpose.   According to Ameren officials, the proposed landfill would reach 8 to 10 stories high and would be protected by a 500- year levee. This project not only threatens to pollute our nation’s largest rivers with industrial waste in a flood, but would also effectively remove a large portion of Confluence Flood Plain at its narrowest point. This is yet another project seeking to misuse land that is best suited for wildlife and natural flood relief. Great Rivers will do everything possible to stop yet another levee.

 

Sue Schneider

Board Member

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance


Lost and Found ------  Good news....Judi Miller has located her lost camera.

Judi also found  what appears to be a diamond bracelet.  If you lost one on Two Branch Island,  contact her with a description to claim it.  For more info see the "Lost and Found"  in the left hand column of this web page.  


9- 08 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Dot and Carl Fisher of Hazelwood, Mo.  It's a bow-load of kids riding on the river between Portage Island and the Missouri shore just above Hide-A-Way Harbor / public access.   Dot also sent us a picture of a rainbow on a rainless day that was taken from the sandbar near the Grafton Ferry.

  Looks like those kids are really enjoying the boat ride  and  they all have their life jackets on.  


River Traffic Is Moving Again ------  There was an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch about how river traffic is starting to return to normal this week after it was brought to a halt near New Orleans and above by Hurricane Katrina.     Go to STLtoday to read the article..  


Lost and Found ------  Good news....Judi Miller has located her lost camera.

Judi also found  what appears to be a diamond bracelet.  If you lost one on Two Branch Island,  contact her with a description to claim it.  For more info see the "Lost and Found"  in the left hand column of this web page.  


9- 07 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Tom and Sandy.  It is of  (left to right) Dan, Sue, Ernie, Sandy and Sue on Iowa  Beach on this past Labor Day. 

  Bill says....Thanks for sharing your picture.


Low Water Advisory St. Louis to Cairo ------  The Corps of Engineers issued a Low Water Safety Advisory on 6 Sept, 2005 for the Mississippi River extending from St. Louis, Mo to Cairo, IL. 

 Go to ITCS memo 2301 for complete information. 


Fuel Prices Not Keeping Boaters Off The Water ------  There was an interesting article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch about the high gas prices and how they don't seem to affect boaters in the area.    Go to STLtoday to read the article..  


Farmers Argue Improved Locks Would Save Money ------  There was an article in the "KWOC TV 6"     website about how the barge operators and farmers say that the outdated locks on the Mississippi are costing them money.   Click here  to read the article..  


White House Task Force Flood Protection Advice Ignored ------  There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about how the flood-protection recommendations presented by a White House Task Force after the Flood of 1993  have been mostly ignored.   The recommendations were about protecting levees, reducing flood plain development and guarding against the sort of floods caused by the hurricane in New Orleans.      Go to STLtoday to read the article..  


Lost and Found ------  Good news....Judi Miller has located her lost camera.

Judi also found  what appears to be a diamond bracelet.  If you lost one on Two Branch Island,  contact her with a description to claim it.  For more info see the "Lost and Found"  in the Left hand column.  


Darryll's Labor Day Pics -----  Darryll Weil writes in his e-mail:  

"Sunday we headed up to the River where Jim & Jan met us at the boat.  Bob & Sandi showed up with the Donzi and we headed up to Cedar Hill Resort to enjoy the deck.  After leaving Cedar Hill we stopped in Two Branch for a swim and then stopped at Captain Jack's Bar & Grill before returning to the dock for dinner and a dock party.  All in all a great day and a lot of laughs!  Took a few pictures, check 'em out at: http://www.captainweil.com/LaborDayWeekend2005/


9- 06 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of one of the  Cardboard Boat Races at Two Rivers Marina this past weekend.  The competition was heating up in this picture as these guys were on the last leg of the race and heading to the finish line.  There were a couple of sinkings during the different heats with one right at the starting line.   The cardboard boats were taken out of the water right away after the each heat to dry-out a bit before the next race..   What a blast !

 There will be more pictures tomorrow from the Two Rivers Party and the trip home. 


9- 04 -05  

JAMAICA DAZE 2005 Poster.....Help A Fellow Boater------ A picture is worth a thousand words and this says it all.  Yah Mon !..........Its a  11 X 14  black and white glossy  "Jamaica Daze 2005" poster that is available for  $10.00 each and all proceeds go to  the boater that was injured by the boat propellers last summer when he tried to stop someone from running into his new boat..  Contact Marty Henderson at fotou1@yahoo.com or look him up on at Iowa Beach if you are interested in purchasing one.  It is a great picture, very reasonably priced, it will look good on your wall and most of all it is for a good cause..

Louisiana Party ------ No pictures......Forgot my cable to download pictures from my camera to my laptop. Tried to find one in town yesterday with no luck and then I borrowed one from my friend, Ronnie Stevens, but it didn't fit....So it is a "No picture Update" of the party at Two Rivers Marina.  Also,  I can't upload data to my server from here for some reason, so I am e-mailing the updates to the tech department and Captain Gary bowers is uploading them for me.  ......Thanks to all for your patience.

   Mainly boaters from Con Trios Yacht Club are here.  Not as many boaters as there used to be in years past, but those that are here are having a blast.  Swim pool party yesterday, a dock walk poker run, with jello shots at each check point.   Fish fry in the early evening with plenty of side dishes.   Sunset cruise up the Salt River on a mini tugboat and mini barge about 7PM..  The music was playing, people were dancing from the time we left until we returned.  Then off to the dock party with more music, drinks and dancing.  I am not sure how long it lasted, as we  went back to the room about 2 AM.  The security guard was kind enough to drive us across the bridge to the Riversedge motel where we are staying.  

   There are rumors that we will have a non-sanctioned cardboard boat race on Sunday and more.

   Monday it will be back down the river on Pat and John's cruiser named "Good Vibrations"  

   

   Next update to RiverBill's will be Monday night, as we are going to stay in Papa John's boat tonight and no internet connection will be available.  Look for plenty of pictures on next week.  

  Have a good holiday and most of all be safe.

   See on the river...Billl   


9- 03 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a parasailer in front of Iowa Island sent in by Captain Darryll Weil.   To view more of Darryll's pictures click here .


9- 02 -06  

The Sun Sets On Another Summer ------ As the sun sets above Winfield Lock and Dam all seems quite and peacefull....... but...... It's Not Over Yet !     Friday and Saturday a lot of our boaters will be locking through Winfield on their way to Two Rivers Marina for the Labor Day Weekend Party. On Monday they will be locking through on their way back home.  Keep an eye on the Winfield web cam........you might spot some of your friends.........Boaters.....as you go through, remember to wave at the camera. 


Two Rivers Marina Party ------ Heading up to Two Rivers Marina for the holiday party. If all goes well I will have some daily reports on RiverBill's from there.   Wish me luck and a "good internet connection"......Actually ......just a fair  "internet connection" will work.........Keep your anchor right where it is at..... there is more to come...................... 


Lost and Found ------ We have few new "Lost" items in the lost and found.


Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis):  81 degrees, low, muddy;  channel catfish fair on stinkbaits and grasshoppers on sandy flats;  flathead catfish fair on green sunfish and goldfish; drum good on nightcrawlers;  all other species slow.  

(Report made on 9/8/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


9- 01 -05  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the great river sunset that we had last Saturday evening. Wow !    I snapped this picture just a bit up-river from Kinder's.  You can see the lower end of Two Branch Island on the right hand side..... What a sunset !  


Drought Helps Wetlands Restore Native Vegetation ------  According to an article in Tuesday's  on-line Post Dispatch the drought that we have been experiencing has actually helped the wetlands thrive by letting them dry out and give root to native plants.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


Missourians Should Heed Storm Lesson ------  There was an article in Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch that contained a minor comparison of the levees and wetlands of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to those around New Orleans    Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  

8- 31 -06  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  sailboats maneuvering the summer breeze in front of the bluffs along the Great River Road last Sunday afternoon.   The picture was taken by Larry Byrnes from Captain Gary Bowers' boat.   

  Bill says.....Thanks for sharing your pictures Larry !

  


Dog Days Of Summer - A Huge Success ------ Justin Postle, a river boater, member of the band The Lookbacks and one of the key people in the "Dog Days of Summer Festival" that took place on Main Street in St. Charles last weekend wrote me the following e-mail:

 

   "Thanks for the help with the Dog Days event.  The first year was a huge success.  Your pictures got more looks than I can count.  Ever one loved the River Dogs.  Next year I would like to get even more, so keep asking if people want to send them in so we have plenty for next year."

 

   As most of you know RiverBill's collected about a dozen pictures of our River Dogs and Justin had them put on display at the festival.  The pictures had the dog's name on them along with the name of the owner(s) so everyone knew who they were.  Thanks to each of you that sent us pictures. I hope to create a "River Dog Page" for them real soon.

  Keep the River Dog pictures coming and we will put on an even better display next year. 


More Pictures From Wayne's Birthday ------ Shelley  Kinder sent in a few more pics from Wayne Kiel's Birthday Party at Kinder's Saturday night.  One is of Jeni taking a break from bartending to enjoy the party and a dance with her husband.  Another of two of the waitresses,  Chelsea and Lindsay  (The one on the right is Shelley Kinder's daughter).  And last, but not least, is Carl and his wife, Marsha.   


Con Trio Yacht Club Pool Party ------ Attention Con Trios Yacht Club members.  There will be a Pool Party at the Duck Club Yacht Club on 10 September 2005.  Time 2PM to 6 PM.  Click here for more info. ........Look for this same info on the Con Trios website soon.

Note:  "The Alton Get Away" has been cancelled due to storm damage at the Alton Marina 


Need New BBQ Grills At Iowa ------ The folks at Iowa are looking for BBQ pits for the beach.  If you have one you want to donate ... bring it out to the beach or drop it off at Camp Carl. 

 Need more info - e-mail RiverBill


8- 31 -06  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  sailboats maneuvering the summer breeze in front of the bluffs along the Great River Road last Sunday afternoon.   The picture was taken by Larry Byrnes from Captain Gary Bowers' boat.   

  Bill says.....Thanks for sharing your pictures Larry !

  


Dog Days Of Summer - A Huge Success ------ Justin Postle, a river boater, member of the band The Lookbacks and one of the key people in the "Dog Days of Summer Festival" that took place on Main Street in St. Charles last weekend wrote me the following e-mail:

 

   "Thanks for the help with the Dog Days event.  The first year was a huge success.  Your pictures got more looks than I can count.  Ever one loved the River Dogs.  Next year I would like to get even more, so keep asking if people want to send them in so we have plenty for next year."

 

   As most of you know RiverBill's collected about a dozen pictures of our River Dogs and Justin had them put on display at the festival.  The pictures had the dog's name on them along with the name of the owner(s) so everyone knew who they were.  Thanks to each of you that sent us pictures. I hope to create a "River Dog Page" for them real soon.

  Keep the River Dog pictures coming and we will put on an even better display next year. 


More Pictures From Wayne's Birthday ------ Shelley  Kinder sent in a few more pics from Wayne Kiel's Birthday Party at Kinder's Saturday night.  One is of Jeni taking a break from bartending to enjoy the party and a dance with her husband.  Another of two of the waitresses,  Chelsea and Lindsay  (The one on the right is Shelley Kinder's daughter).  And last, but not least, is Carl and his wife, Marsha.   


Con Trio Yacht Club Pool Party ------ Attention Con Trios Yacht Club members.  There will be a Pool Party at the Duck Club Yacht Club on 10 September 2005.  Time 2PM to 6 PM.  Click here for more info. ........Look for this same info on the Con Trios website soon.

Note:  "The Alton Get Away" has been cancelled due to storm damage at the Alton Marina 


Need New BBQ Grills At Iowa ------ The folks at Iowa are looking for BBQ pits for the beach.  If you have one you want to donate ... bring it out to the beach or drop it off at Camp Carl. 

 Need more info - e-mail RiverBill


8- 30 -06  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Jeri Behnke out of Two Branch Marina. 

Jeri wrote in her e-mail:

  " Thought you would like these pictures form Sunday morning at Hat Island.  I believe his name is Jim from Old Monroe.  He landed on the beach....hung out for a little while.... and took off.  It was really neat. "

 

Bill says...Thanks for sharing your pictures with us Jeri !


Con Trio Yacht Club Pool Party ------ Attention Con Trios Yacht Club members.  There will be a Pool Party at the Duck Club Yacht Club on 10 September 2005.  Time 2PM to 6 PM.  Click here for more info. ........Look for this same info on the Con Trios website soon.

Note:  "The Alton Get Away" has been cancelled due to storm damage at the Alton Marina 


Need New BBQ Grills At Iowa ------ The folks at Iowa are looking for BBQ pits for the beach.  If you have one you want to donate ... bring it out to the beach or drop it off at Camp Carl. 

 Need more info - e-mail RiverBill


8- 29 -06  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Shelley Kinder and Wayne Kiel at  Kinder's Restaurant last Saturday night .  It was a SURPRISE 40th BIRTHDAY PARTY for Wayne, with a Hawaiian Theme !   Wayne told me that it was indeed a surprise..... and that Shelley pulled it off with out him finding out.  Looks like someone helped Wayne get dressed for the occasion.........

 Happy Birthday Wayne!


Party Goers at Kinder's------ Some of the party goers and faithful RiverBill's readers at Kinder's Saturday night with Laura (Right).


Spaghetti Wresting ------ Some of the Spaghetti Wrestler's at Capt'n Jack's Saturday Night


Rail ------ The band Rail belting out the tunes at Capt'n Jack's Saturday night


Need New BBQ Grills At Iowa ------ The group at Iowa is looking for BBQ pits for the beach.  If you have one you want to donate bring it out to the beach or drop it off at Camp Carl. 

 Need more info - e-mail RiverBill


8- 28 -06  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Jan WIlliams of "Williams Boat Clean". 

Jan wrote in her e-mail:

Here was our family's solution to the question:

Boat not big enough to haul your friends to Jamaica Daze ?   NO PROBLEM MON !!

Had a great time.

Thanks,

The Williams Family

 

Bill says ...Thanks Jan for sharing  your great picture with us !   Yah Mon !!


Jamaica Daze T Shirts ------  Anyone interested in additional Jamaica Daze T Shirts contact:

Marie Schneider @

DRS Embroidery

636-465-2635

drsemb@centurytel.net

 


8- 27 -06  Afternoon edition

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the river crew on Pat and John Difatta's cruiser named "Good Vibrations" on  the way to Kinder's Friday Night.   Good times....good friends...means a late edition of RiverBill's on Saturday.   A big thanks goes out to Pat and John for inviting us along.

   The wireless connection card for my laptop couldn't pick up a signal where we were on the river....so ....came home and made updates.


8- 26 -06 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of developer Joe DeSherlia speaking at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Grafton Harbor on Wednesday afternoon.  The ground breaking ceremony officially started the construction on the new facility that is scheduled to be completed by February of 2006.  This project has been in the works since the 1960's and it has now become a reality.  The new harbor will be built along the bank of  the Illinois River in the town of Grafton, IL, near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi.  It will be located just up-river from the Grafton Ferry Landing and in front of the old school building.  (You know the school building that is next to the road that goes up the bluff to Aries Winery.)

   The facility will have 300 slips and be protected by a floating breakwater.  The docks will have concrete walkways and there will be docks available for transient boaters.  Look for a pool,  hot tub, bait shop, mechanical service, private luxury bathroom suites, convenience store, ship's store and more.  

   As you know, Grafton has always been a difficult place for the boaters to visit because of the almost non-existent docking facilities. This new harbor will change that and it will open up the city of Grafton to the boaters of Alton Lake. There are all kinds of wineries, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance of the new harbor.  Its going to be great !

  For more information call  ( 618) 786 - 7678  or   go to   www.graftonharbor.net

  

  There was plenty of  fried fish and beverages for everyone after the ceremonies were over.  I got to talk to Joe DeSherlia for a bit about the new marina and I thanked him for opening up the City of Grafton to us boaters. 

   I also got to meet Carl Seidler from Godfrey. IL.  Carl is an avid boater, who grew up on the river near Winfield Dam,  just below present day location of Cedar Hill Restaurant.  You might spot Carl  in the "family section" of Mason Chute or  on Iowa Island.  Stop and say hello.

   A big Thanks goes to  Sue Ferguson from Timber Ridge Condo's for snapping some of the pictures for me.


Lakeside Levee OK'd ------  According to a n article in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch the Corps of Engineers will issue a permit to allow construction of the levee for the Lakeside 370 Business Park.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 78 degrees, low, muddy; 
channel catfish good on stinkbaits; flathead catfish good 
on live baits; all other species slow. 
(Report made on 8/25/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


Jamaica Daze T Shirts ------  Anyone interested in additional Jamaica Daze T Shirts contact:

Marie Schneider @

DRS Embroidery

636-465-2635

drsemb@centurytel.net

 


Another Jamaica Daze Picture ------  of a couple partying at last Saturday's Celebration..


8- 25 -06 

Our River Pictures of the Day ------ was sent in by Stan and Sharon Ashberry.  It is a  Jamaican Daze Sunset over the Isle of Two Branch.  The day time activities are over and the night time party is just getting under way.  What a shot ....  Look at those colors !

  Thanks Stan and Sharon for sharing  your great picture.

 ~~~~~~ More Jamaica Daze pictures tomorrow~~~~~.


Barge owners watch water levels in Mississippi -----  There was an article in Wednesday's on-line Alton Telegraph about how the low water levels of the Mississippi River may force closure to commercial navigation.   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

Molly - The Jamaica Daze River Dog----  picture was sent in by Ron and Darlene Skeen.  They wrote 

 "Here's a River Dog" to add to your collection....This is Molly, who belongs to Rick & Mary Linnman.   Jamaica Daze was such a success that even the dogs got leid......"

 

  Dog Days of Summer Festival On Main Street is Saturday, Aug 27.  Pictures of all of our River Dogs will be posted at the event along with a RiverBill's Banner.  For more info go to :

http://www.dogdaysofsummer.org

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

Levee Repairs ------  There was an article in  Monday's on-line Post Dispatch about the Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District recommending federal funding for much needed levee repairs in the Wood River Drainage and Levee District.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


Dardenne Creek  ------  There was an article in  Monday's on-line Post Dispatch about how Missouri streams are being evaluated for pollution and recreational use.   Dardenne Creek is slated to retain the "whole-body contact" designation" which means that it is swimmable and must receive only treated sewage that has been disinfected. That is good because  Dardenne Creek empties into Dardenne Slough around the UMR 227.3 mile marker and a lot of boaters play in that water down stream from there.    Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


8- 24 -06 

Our River Pictures of the Day ------ are more of the highlights of the  2005 Jamaica Daze Party.  We have the Lei Girls, the Hot Dog Girls, Mike D starting the party,  some signs and the DJ..."Island Bill".  Photos by Captain Ronnie Stevens.


8- 23 -06 

Our River Pictures of the Day ------ are more of the highlights of the  2005 Jamaica Daze Party.  We have boat parking, the chicken cookers, the kids soda drinking contest,  the men's beer drinking contest, one of the best dressed contest people, a picture of some of the party goers under the palms, 2 shots of the band "2nd Nature" and the lighted palms at night.  More pictures soon come.

 Want one of those great aerial shots of the party for you house or boat ?  Make sure to check out Steve Schulte's website by clicking the link on the right hand side of this web page.  They are great.


8- 22 -06 

Our River Pictures of the Day ------ are of  the 2005 Jamaica Daze Party that took place on the upper sandbar behind the Isle of Two Branch last Saturday.  Once again our good friend, Steve Schulte, took these great pictures from one of the helicopters that were flying around in the late afternoon.  

   Steve also sent us a close up picture of some of the boats and a beach shot at dinner time of the food table and palm trees.  I am also including a picture that shows  some of the surrounding scenery.  THANKS STEVE !!


8- 19 -06 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  the Ernie Moretti  family at the Sand Bar Restaurant last weekend.    Several of the folks were from out of town and everyone was trying to salvage a rainy river Sunday.  They made the Sand Bar Restaurant their "Home Base" and Ernie gave a boat rides from there.  Sal, the guy between the two branches, is from California and visits RiverBill's regularly ! .... Yah Mon !     

  E.J. (2nd from the left) just left for Mizzou last Wednesday and Sal's son  (third from the left) just graduated from high school and is headed for collage.  

   What a good looking family !


Jamaica Daze 2005 -------   The Jamaica Daze 2005 Committee welcomes everyone to the Jamaica Daze Party next weekend.   It will be behind the Isle of Two Branch on the upper sand bar.  For more info. click on    side 1  side 2


Jamaica Daze - Channel  To Upper Sand Bar-----  A channel to the upper sandbar behind Two Branch Island has been marked with jugs and round pieces of foam.  Enter at the lower end of the island and stay between the markers and the island.  It gets shallow in a few spots due to the very low water conditions we are experiencing.  ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.     Just go slow, use your depth finder and use common sense.   Turn right at the last marker near the sand bar and head towards the bluff on the Illinois side. Anchor out - the water was about waist deep in most places - similar to Mason Chute.  See map.

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 88 degrees, low, muddy;
channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. 
(Report made on 8/18/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


8- 18 -06 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  an  (almost) -  full moon  rising above the tree line along the lower end of the Isle of Two Branch yesterday evening.  We will have a full moon on Friday, August 19, so I think this qualifies as a Full Moon Weekend !     This pic was taken around the  UMR 230 mile marker. 


Jamaica Daze 2005 -------   The Jamaica Daze 2005 Committee welcomes everyone to the Jamaica Daze Party next weekend.   It will be behind the Isle of Two Branch on the upper sand bar.  For more info. click on    side 1  side 2


Jamaica Daze - Channel  To Upper Sand Bar-----  A channel to the upper sandbar behind Two Branch Island has been marked with jugs and round pieces of foam.  Enter at the lower end of the island and stay between the markers and the island.  It gets shallow in a few spots due to the very low water conditions we are experiencing.  ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.     Just go slow, use your depth finder and use common sense.   Turn right at the last marker near the sand bar and head towards the bluff on the Illinois side. Anchor out - the water was about waist deep in most places - similar to Mason Chute.  See map.

Blue Cat Receives World Record Status -----  The International Game Fish Association has approved the 124 pound blue cat  caught by Tim Pruitt of Alton, Ill as a world record.   To read the complete article go to  www.fishsniffer.com .

Steam Boat Emerges From Missouri River -----  The water in the Missouri River has dropped low enough once again to expose the sunken skeleton of the steamboat Montana that is  resting along the bank of the river across from St. Charles.    To read the complete article go to  www.wsmv.com .

8- 17 -06 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  Cherlyn and Amanda   of Kinders Fame !   Two of the best looking bar tenders on the river.   Amanda is back and she told me she is here to stay...... Welcome home - We missed you.


Jamaica Daze 2005 -------   The Jamaica Daze 2005 Committee welcomes everyone to the Jamaica Daze Party next weekend.   It will be behind the Isle of Two Branch on the upper sand bar.  For more info. click on    side 1  side 2


Trip Pics - Hannibal ------ Photographer extraordinaire , Captain Marty Henderson, sent me a few pics of their boat trip to Hannibal last weekend.   Marty wrote that it was really rainy last Sunday on their trip home, but they managed to have a good time anyway.  We have a picture of a lot of pleasure craft in the lock at Hannibal and the Damn Guide.

  Thanks for the trip pics Marty.     


Grand Opening  Pics - Capt'n Jack's ------ A few pics from Captain Jack's Grand Opening last weekend. Take a look.  Group pic1, Group pic2 and Group pic3.  Check their website soon for more pictures.


Mine Sweeper Wreck Exposed ------ Captain Brian Schaffer sent us a link to a picture on the KSDK Channel 5 news website of  a wrecked minesweeper  in the Mississippi River south of St. Louis that is exposed because of the current low water levels.   

  Thanks for the link to the picture Brian !


8- 16 -06 

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the shrimp cookers at Con Trios Yacht Club's ~  Shrimp Boil and Beach Party~ that was held last Saturday on the lower sand bar behind Hat Island. A good time was had by all in spite of the late afternoon thunder storm.

  Thanks for the picture Glenn Sadowski.


Jamaica Daze 2005 -------   The Jamaica Daze 2005 Committee welcomes everyone to the Jamaica Daze Party next weekend.   It will be behind the Isle of Two Branch on the upper sand bar.  For more info. click on    side 1  side 2


Coast Guard Security Screening -----  There was an article in Sunday's on-line Alton Telegraph about about U.S. Coast Guard requirements for vehicles inspections at public ports with routine stops or an occasional, large vessel with more than 150 passengers.   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

Lewis and Clark Towers Get Funding -----  There was an article in Friday's  Belleville.com  about  the Lewis and Clark towers project that is located just off of Illinois Route 3.  The towers will overlook the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and received some funding from the State of Illinois last week..  Go to  belleville.com for the complete article.

Oh Buoy   ------ Added another photo to the "Oh Buoy" web page named: 

  " If I wanna park my boat on the ramp I will"   

 

    The link is in the upper left hand corner of this web page.    Take a look !

    Thanks Marty for taking this picture and for sending it in for us all to enjoy.....

     ( I forgot to upload the pic yesterday - it's there now !)


8- 15 -06  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Carl and Michele Sondker.  It is of their dogs K.C. and Kodi enjoying the river last Thursday before the clouds and storms moved in.  Kodi is the black dog and the mother of K.C.

  Thanks for the pictures Carl and Michele


The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and  ... Kim.... is one of them.    Here she is "cooling off"  in the mighty Mississippi on a hot summer day.....and looking beautiful.   

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .


Repair of Damage to Alton Marina ------  There was an article in  Friday's on-line Post Dispatch stating that the damage to  Alton Marina, from the storms on Wednesday,  probably won't be repaired until next year.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  


8- 14 -06  

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is Mike & Tammy Vitale's Cruiser In XS  all decorated up in  Jamaica flags in preparation for the Jamaica Daze Party next weekend.   Way to go Mike and Tammy!.....Yah MON..........   This picture was taken on Saturday as Mike and Tammy were heading to the lower sandbar behind Two Branch Island for the Con Trios Yacht Club's "Shrimp Boil and Beach Party". 


The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and  ... Kim.... is one of them.    Here she is "cooling off"  in the mighty Mississippi on a hot summer day.....and looking beautiful.   

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .


Jamaica Daze 2004 Pictures  Link Fixed----  There was a broken link  on the web page named... JAMAICA DAZE 2004...that has been fixed.(upper left hand corner)....The fixed link now connects to   "200 more Jamaica Daze Pictures".  Actually there is pictures from 2002,2003 and 2004......Take a look.


8- 13 -06  The Early  Saturday Edition

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Water Patrol  heading up-river last weekend, keeping our river safe.  Keep up the good work guys !


Jamaica Daze 2004 Pictures  Link Fixed----  There was a broken link  on the web page named... JAMAICA DAZE 2004...that has been fixed.(upper left hand corner)....The fixed link now connects to   "200 more Jamaica Daze Pictures".  Actually there is pictures from 2002,2003 and 2004......Take a look.


Capt'n Jacks Website   ------ is still under construction, but is up and running.  Go to  www.captainjacksbarandgrill.net and ...Check It Out .


Con Trios Yacht Club Shrimp Boil and Beach Party  ------ is today, August 13, behind the Isle Of Two Branch.  Time 1PM - 5PM.  For more info click here or on the Con Trios website link on the left hand side of this page.  There is still room for a few more members, so contact Jim Svoboda if you are interested in attending. 


8- 12 -06  

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and  ... Kim.... is one of them.    Here she is "cooling off"  in the mighty Mississippi on a hot summer day.....and looking beautiful.   

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .


Jamaica Daze 2004 Pictures  Link Fixed ----  There was a broken link  on the web page named... JAMAICA DAZE 2004...that has been fixed.(upper left hand corner)....The fixed link now connects to   "200 more Jamaica Daze Pictures".  Actually there is pictures from 2002,2003 and 2004......Take a look.


Storm Hits Alton Marina ------     The storms that rolled through our area Wednesday evening caused nearly a million dollars damage at Alton Marina.  It damaged some of the docks and a number of boats.  Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  

  Thanks Sue Ferguson  of  Timber Ridge Condos for sending this info in. 


Alton Gets $$ To Expand Marina ------  I think it is sort of ironic that this is printed the day after the storm, but there was an article in  Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about the City of Alton receiving a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add another 36 slips to the Alton Marina.    Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.  There is also an article on Alton's plan to award the expansion job.


National Great Rivers Research Center Gets $$ -----According to an article in Wednesday's on-line Alton Telegraph,  the National Great Rivers Research Center received $1 million in U.S. funding that will be used to help prepare the site where the center is to be built.  To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

Oh Buoy   ------ I have added a new section to RiverBill's named "Oh Buoy"..... It is in the left hand column and it contains one great and  humorous  photo that I have had for a while and just never posted.   I didn't think that it was river related at first, but..... it was taken within 100 feet of the river and it it is so goooood that I gave it it's own category.   Hope you enjoy it.  

    Thanks Marty for taking this picture and for sending it in for us all to enjoy.....


Capt'n Jacks Website   ------ is still under construction, but is up and running.  Go to  www.captainjacksbarandgrill.net and ...Check It Out .


Con Trios Yacht Club Shrimp Boil and Beach Party  ------ is this Saturday, August 13, behind the Isle Of Two Branch.  Time 1PM - 5PM.  For more info click here or on the Con Trios website link on the left hand side of this page.  There is still room for a few more members, so contact Jim Svoboda if you are interested in attending. 


Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 86 degrees, low, muddy; 
channel catfish fair on prepared baits and natural baits; 
all other species slow. (Report made on 8/11/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


8- 11 -06

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the party goers at Jamaica Daze 2004.  This years party will be on Saturday, August 20 at a location to be announced next week.   The  Jamaica Daze Committee of about 40 people have been meeting and working hard to make on this years party better than ever.  We will be cooking jerk chicken and  corn on the cob again.  We will have our favorite DJ, Island Bill,  playing that reggae and island music.  The band 2nd Nature will be there to belt out some rock and roll....The Bud Girls are going to drop by......... There will be games, prizes, contests and give-aways.  There is always a Best Dress Contest,  so put on your island clothes and join in.  Yah Mon !   

   More Info Soon Come !    

More Pics Of Last Years Party  ------ Click on the Jamaica Daze 2004 in the upper left hand corner of this webpage. 

Capt'n Jacks Website   ------ is still under construction, but is up and running.  Go to  www.captainjacksbarandgrill.net.   Check It Out .

Con Trios Yacht Club Shrimp Boil and Beach Party  ------ is this Saturday, August 13, behind the Isle Of Two Branch.  Time 1PM - 5PM.  For more info click here or on the Con Trios website link on the left hand side of this page.  There is still room for a few more members, so contact Jim Svoboda if you are interested in attending. 

The Church Of Whats Happening Now ------ On Tuesday (08-09-0-5) the picture of the day went to "Murphy" Akers.  It was the silly birthday party.  One of the other pictures he sent in was of the The Church of What's Happening Now ...... I just had e-mail him back and ask the question "What the heck is The Church Of Whats Happening Now  ?

     Murphy's reply was pretty interesting so I thought I would share it with everyone.

 

Murphy wrote: 

   "We have a guy in our group called RV  (short for Rich Vogler).  Captain of a 33 Ft Rinker named "WE DID IT II".   He started this little "church" get-to-gather on Labor Day weekend up on a sandbar above Lock and Dam 25.   After a hard nite of drinking and partying on Saturday night he decided we need a sermon and a place to repent sins (as a joke).   So he gave us a sermon (something about love and lust),  we had some wine and that started the Church of Whats Happening Now !    Some of our girls even dressed up for the occasion in scantly dressed outfits  (when the kids are not around) !  It's all in "GOOD FUN" and we have a blast.  He has had about four of these sermons in the past two years.  It's really funny" 

   

    Thanks RV and Murphy for sharing that story----It's great..


8- 10 -06   MID- MORNING EDITION

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Captain Ronnie Stevens out of Two Branch Marina.  It is an action shot of some of the  party-goers dancing to the Cajun beat on the swim platform of the boat "Just Not Right".    It was taken at the Mardi Gras party on Iowa Beach last weekend.  I am not sure what kind of problem the Jamaican Braid Boy was having when this picture was snapped...... I just hope everything came out OK.

  Thanks for the picture Ronnie.........

Mardi Gras On The Beach Pictures  ------ Some more pictures sent in by Ronnie Stevens have been added to the Mardi Gras web page.  Take a look ! 

Firefighters Practice Water Rescues-----According to an article in Monday's on-line Alton Telegraph,  the Alton Fire Department received new insulated wetsuits and trained in the new gear for water rescues in the Mississippi River..   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

8- 09 -06   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Clifton Akers.  In his e-mail Clifton wrote:

 "Had a birthday party Saturday 08-06-05 on top of the houseboat MURPHY II where the theme was Wear your Silly Hat .  Even the dogs , Winston and Annie, got in the spirit.    Next morning we attended church services at "The Church of What's HAPPENING NOW" with Reverend RV, held at the top of Two Branch Isle."

   Thanks for the pictures Clifton.

International Tug Boat Races ------ Captain George Shindel  sent me an on-line article about the International Tug Boat Races that were recently held on the Detroit River.  It is not the Mississippi River, but I think it is pretty interesting.  There are lots of pictures and a short video.   Check it out.

Thanks George.

RiverWrecks1...Video ------ Danny, out of Two Branch Harbor, sent me a link to a video named RiverWrecks1.  Danny writes that he and Jeff and Kenny just started wakeboarding this year and decided to capture the experience on video.   Thanks guys for sharing your experiences. (It takes a while to upload so be patient.)

ITCS Memo #2288  ------ A Low Water Advisory for the Upper Mississippi River   was issued on 8/4/05. 

Mardi Gras On The Beach  ------ Some more pictures sent in by Ronnie Stevens and  Marty Henderson were added to the Mardi Gras web page.  Look for more tomorrow ! 

Police Search Argosy Patrons' Cars When Cruise Ships Dock At Alton-----According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph the the police are searching cars parked by valets at the Argosy Casino when the Mississippi Queen or Delta Queen docks at the Alton Riverfront.  This is being done per U.S. Coast Guard Regulations / Homeland Security Act.   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

8- 08 -06   

Our River Picture of the Day ------  was sent in by Ron and Darlene Skeen.  It is of the  wedding of Ronnie Ziegelmeyer and Cathy Stahl on Hat Turkey Island, Saturday afternoon.    Ron and Darlene write in their e-mail:

  "It was a great day for a wedding .  About 100 people attended...the cake was camouflage and the whole wedding had a duck theme, as they are all hunters.......each guest in attendance was given one of the bath towels pictured, which the brides sister embroidered with a small mallard head......it was quite an event."   

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO RON AND KATHY ZIEGELMEYER 

 

Mardi Gras On The Beach Page ------ I added a page for the pictures from the Mardi Gras on the Beach party that took place Saturday on Iowa Island.  Click the hot link in the left hand column to check them out.  Thanks to everyone that put this together !  It was a great time.

Friday Night at Capt'n Jack's  ------ Although they were not open for business yet, a few of us gathered at Capt'n Jack's to check out the food, service, drinks, tiki bar, atmosphere and everything else.   Everyone had a good time..  

  Thanks Jack and Denise for taking care us..


8- 07 -06   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a of Mr. Mardi Gras.   It's Gary Meinershagen at Iowa Beach yesterday standing beside a poster sized sign of himself.  The picture on the sign was taken on one of his many trips to New Orleans.    The River Mardi Gras Party was a real hit.    Look for more pictures later today or tomorrow.


8- 06 -06   

Tipper Is Back In Town ! ------ Our friend Darryll Weil sent me this picture of his friend Tipper, aka James Trindle (center ), from Flordia .  Pictured with him at Sharky's are Doug (Left) from the "Gin Bucket" and Cindra (Right) from Sharky's.  

 

Darrryll wrote in his email:

  "Tip came up from Sunny Florida to hang out with some of his old boating buddies.   Some of you might remember the little guy from Woodland with the boat "Tip One".  Well after living and boating in Florida for the last year he had to come back to the Mississippi and get some REAL boating.  Caught up with him Thursday night at Sharky's Cove and took some pics of him and some of his friends."  Check them out at :

http://www.captainweil.com/Tipwasintown/

   


8- 05 -05   Mid  Morning Edition

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a scenic shot of the Grafton Riverfront.  This picture is looking down stream on the Illinois River towards the confluence if the Illinois and Mississippi.  The red roof of the Loading Dock can be seen in the distance.

Correction ------Entertainment shown on RiverBill's this morning for the  Sand Bar Restaurant was incorrect and has been removed.  Check their website calendar for latest info.

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis):  86 degrees, low, muddy; 
channel catfish fair on prepared baits and natural baits; 
all other species slow. (Report made on 8/4/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


8- 04 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Judy Meinershagen. It is a picture of Gary and Bill at last years Jamaica Daze Party More information "Soon Come".

  Thanks for the picture Judy.


8- 03 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Linda Troeckler. It is of her son, Phil and his best friend, Jessica, at Iowa Island last week.  Thanks for the picture  Linda.

Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .


8- 02 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  Port of  POTTIE  sent in by Vivian Powell.   

In her e-mail she wrote:

   "We have a camp site at the Bohnerts on the river.  My husband loves to fish and in the fall hunts on the Cuivre Island.  Well, because we winterize our camper my husband thought we may need a pottie.  I didn't even know you could buy such a thing.  It was big, blue, & it smelled funny.  The smelling thing wasn't a big deal.  But after I decorated the inside I just had to do something about the outside.  He loves to fish & hunt.  I decorate.  Well, I got it done this Saturday.  I wanted to add an old window air conditioner and a sign that looked like Joe's Crab Shack (our sign would say Jim's Crap Shack).  But he said that was out of the question.  Anyway I thought you might like to post these pic's.  I just wish I could change my hubbies mind about the sign at least."

 

  Thanks for the pictures Vivian.  Send us a couple of more when the new sign goes up.  You just might just have the most famous bathroom on Alton Lake. 

 

Update - Lakeside 370 Business Park Battle ------  There was an article in  Monday's on-line Post Dispatch about the latest happenings in the battle over the Lakeside 370 Business Park that is being proposed to be built in the Mississippi River flood plain.    Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

2nd River Picture of the Day ------ was taken by Diane Kruopa and sent in by Donna.  It is a wonderful shot of the Clark Bridge and Donna's houseboat decorated with lighted palm trees.  Thanks Diane .  Thanks Donna. 

Yesterday's  River Picture of the Day ------ I received an e-mail from Rick Sievers about the limo at the Mississippi River Store.  

Rick wrote in his e-mail:

"The Limo belongs to Russ, the guy who's running the store.  He also has a commercial limo service."

  

Thanks for the info Rick !


8- 01 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a white limo parked at the Mississippi River Store on Dardenne slough this past Saturday morning.  Guess everyone runs out of supplies now and then.

Captain Calvin ------  Brian Schaffer sent me the following river story about a quick thinking river man named Captain Calvin.  

 

Brian wrote:

" I WANT TO TELL A STORY ABOUT A QUICK THINKING CAPTAIN OF  (IT'LL DO II ),   A 28 FT CARVER ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI.

   HIS NAME IS CALVIN.

   HE WAS NAVIGATING THROUGH A SLOUGH THAT THEY HAD BEEN THROUGH MANY TIMES BEFORE  (snake chute ).  THE WATER HAD DROPPED CONSIDERABLY SINCE IT WAS LATE SUMMER.  .  ALL OF THE SUDDEN THE BOAT RAISED UP A COUPLE FEET IN THE   WATER.  THEY HAD HIT A SUBMERGED LOG ON THE BOTTOM.  IT TORE OUT ONE OF HIS PROP SHAFTS AND THE BOAT STARTED TAKING ON WATER IMMEDIATELY.   THE OTHER SHAFT WAS LEAKING SEVERELY !     CALVIN JUMPED IN THE BILGE SHOVED THE HOLE FULL A RAGS, BOTH ENGINES WERE STILL RUNNING.   THE WATER WAS COMING IN SO QUICKLY THE BILGE PUMP COULD NOT KEEP UP.  HIS FIRST THOUGHT WAS TO BEACH IT ON THE NEAREST SAND BAR AND DEAL WITH GETTING BACK TO THE HARBOR LATER. THIS IS WHERE THE BRAIN POWER KICKED IN ! ! !    CALVIN HAD AN IDEA.   HE DISCONNECTED THE WATER INTAKE HOSE FOR THE COOLING OF THE ENGINE WITH THE NOW  DISABLED DRIVE AND PUT IT IN THE FLOODED BILGE.   HE REVED THE MOTOR AND USED IT AS A SUPER CHARGED BILGE PUMP. THE STARBOARD ENGINE WAS BARELY OPERABLE BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO NAVIGATE WITH THE ONE ENGINE TO THE BEACH. HE FOUND A FELLOW BOATER AT THE BEACH THAT WOULD TOW HIM TO THE NEAREST MARINA. AT THAT TIME HE HAD TO USE THE SECOND ENGINE AS A BILGE PUMP AS THERE WAS TO MUCH WATER FOR THE ONE ENGINE TO HANDLE.   HE GOT ON HIS RADIO AND HAILED THE LOCAL MARINA ( Polestar) THAT HAD A LIFT CAPABLE OF RAISING HIM OUT OF THE WATER .   WHEN HE GOT THERE THEY WERE WAITING FOR HIM AND HE MOTORED RIGHT INTO THE LIFT AND WAS LIFTED TO SAFETY.    I WONDER HOW MANY BOATERS WOULD BE THAT QUICK WITTED IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT ? 

 

     THAT'S THE KIND OF CAPTAIN I WANT TO RIDE WITH.

     WAY TO GO CALVIN ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! "


7- 31 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Mel and the girls. That is "Mel"  of Mel's Riverdock Restaurant in Harden, IL.      Mel served us up some excellent food on Saturday afternoon. It is well worth the trip up the Illinois River.   I know the pork chop that I had for dinner was huge and smoke to perfection.   Thanks for taking care of us Mel ~  And, thanks to Rene (on left in white visor) and Laura (in purple)  for arranging the trip on Mike "D's cruiser the  What Next .


7- 30 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the  River Explorer moored at Grafton, IL last Thursday. sent in by Darryll Weil out of Woodland Harbor.  Darryll wrote in his e-mail

 " It consists of two giant barges that are basically plush hotels and is pushed by a regular tow boat. For more info on this vessel go to www.riverbagre.com."

Thanks Darryll.


7- 29 -05 

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and here is our very own  Kelly T.....  posing for you and me right after taking a dip in the mighty Mississippi.   

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  

   

FYI - Towing Boats in Distress ------  I received the following e-mail about the US Coast Guard Auxiliary policy on  towing boats in distress and it is being posted for your information. 

 

--------------Salvors Business --------------  

  This should be brought to the attention of all Alton boaters that the USCG Auxiliary has been asked not to interfere with Salvors Business.  You ask, what is a Salvor?  That is a company that makes a living towing boats in distress.  Distress is defined as needing assistance to return to a safe harbor.

   The USCG Auxiliary does Maritime safety and when a call goes out for help they will respond.  As of this writing, the Auxiliarists are no longer allowed to tow a boat in a non-emergency situation without first contacting their command who, in turn, contacts a Salvor.  This Salvor has up to an hour to provide assistance.  In the meantime, the Auxiliary is only able to stand by the boat in distress. 

  I, for one, would not be happy sitting in a boat, in the sun, and in distress while having to wait on a Salvor to decide if they will do their job while there is a boat with trained personnel on scene.  Maybe we need to contact our governing officials about the restrictions placed on the Auxiliary.  The Salvor’s have the ability to hear the distress call at the same time as the Auxiliary.  If Salvors want to conduct their business they say they are in, they should be ready to respond.

 

Writer wishes to remain anonymous

 

Con Trios ~ Shrimp Boil and Beach Party ------ The Con Trios Yacht Club is having their "Shrimp Boil and Beach Party" on Aug 13 behind the Isle of Two Branch.     Members -  check out the flyer on the the Con Trios web site.  The link is in the left hand column of this web page.

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

Dog Days Of Summer ------ Here are a couple of pictures of two more "Real River Dogs" sent in by Mike Lubiewski.   Mike writes that they are his grand puppies.......There is Sandy , the beagle, on the left and Kelty on the right.  Looks like they are right at home on the river........

     Thanks for the pictures Mike !

Jamaica Daze 2005 Meeting -----  The next planning meeting for this years Jamaica Daze party is on Aug 3 at the Sand Bar Restaurant at 6:00 PM..... See you there.

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 86 degrees, low, muddy; channel 
catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. 
Report made on (7/28/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


7- 28 -05  (Afternoon Edition)

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a tug below Clarksville Dam on the Missouri side of the river that was sent in by John Thomas, who is in the U.S. Air Force.  In his e-mail, John wrote,  " I was recently back home on leave (Pleasant Hill, IL , which is near the Clarksville Dam) and I took these pictures.  It was good to get back on the river for a little while ! ".........John also sent a pic of him fishing in a slough below the dam and a pic of the lower side of the dam, probably looking towards Clarksville.. 

  Thanks for sharing your pictures with us John - and thanks for helping to protect our country !  

The Sand Bar Restaurant has entertainment Friday and Sunday ----  Check their website for more detailed information.  Click on the Sand Bar Restaurant  link on the right hand side of this web page.  

(NOTE: The 2nd Nature Band is not playing this Saturday as previously show on RiverBill's ---Sorry for any inconvenience) 


7- 27 -05

Dog Days Of Summer ------ Here are a couple of pictures of two "Real River Dogs" sent in by Murphy, of the houseboat "MURPHY II."   These pics were taken at the top of the  "Isle of  Two Branch."    Looks like these Dawgs are really at home in the water and the boxer must be having some friends over for a swim party...........

     Thanks for the pictures Murphy !

State Of Missouri Water Standards ~ Clean Streams ------ You may comment through Aug. 24 on the recommendations made by the Mo. Department of Natural Resources on which of our streams will be "designated "for recreational use"  and higher clean-water standards.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story. Make sure to check out Gerry Boehm's comments about Dardenne Creek in the second part of the article. 

Missouri Department Of Natural Resources Web Link ------  A  link to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website has been added in the left hand column under "River Environment and Conservation".   This website contains a lot of good information -----check it out ! 


7- 26 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ sent in by Mike Lubiewski, is of a "Future River Rat" doing some tubing on the Quiver River Slough.  Look for more pictures form Mike tomorrow !

Drowning Near Portage Des Sioux ------  According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph a man drown Saturday night after falling from a pontoon boat.  Go to the  On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.

The Sunday Iowa Crew ------  Tom sent us a picture from last Sunday of the river crew at the beach on the " Isle of Iowa. "  Looks like another  River Social !    Keep them pictures coming Tom !

Dog Days Of Summer ------ Here is a picture of a real river dog named "River Splash" that is owned by Pam and Robert Gundlach.   Pam writes;

  " Here at Horseshoe Island even "River Splash" enjoys the dog days of summer.  She just chills out on the river just like her owners.  Splash is a river dog since day one and can't get enough.  She says see you on the water."...................Thanks for the picture Pam......I say that is one cool dog !


7- 25 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a shot looking through Mason Chute across the Illinois River at Grafton that was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil out of Woodland Marina.   To check out more of his weekend pictures click here.   Thanks for the pictures Darryll.

Con Trios Yacht Club ------  I added pictures from the Grafton Ferry "Full Moon Cruise" to the photo gallery of the Cont Trios Yacht Club website.  Take a look.


7- 24 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is of the some of the party goers  gathering in the parking lot at the Grafton Ferry getting ready for the Con Trios Yacht Club   "Full Moon Cruise"    on a hot Saturday night.  We boarded the ferry where there was plenty of food, of course a raffle and live music.  A good time was had by all.........A big thanks to the members of the Con Trios board for making this event happen.  Good job !.....Watch for more pictures on the Con Trios website in the near future.

Cedar Hill Harbor ( 7-22-05 ) ------  They just finished dredging the mouth of the harbor at Cedar Hill........  Dave says "There is plenty of water.  Come on up !  "


7- 23 -05

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have the best women in the world boating Alton Lake.  Here are 6  Rivermaids ~ soaking up some of that summer sun and making the boys smile at the same time.   Welcome to the weekend !   


7- 22 -05  Afternoon  Edition

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is an action shot taken by Steve Schulte of a jet ski doing some serious air time.    Check out Steve's website by clicking on his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for this picture Steve !  

Melvin Price Dam Hydroelectric Power Project ------  There was an article in  Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about a proposal to build a hydroelectric power unit at the Price Locks and Dam at Alton. The Price Dam Partnership is awaiting a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

Portage Des Sioux Nature Area to Be Dedicated On Saturday ------  There was an article in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about the dedication of Portage Des Sioux's new  Nature Area this coming Saturday.  It is located in the same area where  33 houses stood prior to the 1993 Flood.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

The Girls Of Alton Lake ------  I changed the name around a bit and gave the "Girls Of Alton Lake" their own page. There is a new link in the left hand column.    Take a look at "The Summer Collection"  of photos we have so far.  These gals of Alton Lake are great !

   Will be adding a new  picture to the collection on Saturday ......

Looks Like The Old Belle To Me Too ------  Captain Brad Hefferon, of the boat "What Was I Think'N" out of Lake Center,  also sent me an e-mailed about Tuesday's Pic Of The Day.  He writes " I would agree that it looks like the old Alton Belle.  I know that the real old Alton Belle was docked at a casino in East Peoria, IL.   I'm not sure if it is or not, its been 2 months since I have been up there."   Thanks for the info Brad.

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 84 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/21/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


7- 21 -05

Our River Picture(s) of the Day ------  are of a few of the boats that participated in last Sunday's  Annual Boat Parade and Blessing Of The Fleet.   There was a Viking in a sailboat plus some other well decorated boats.  One boat picture even has a good view of the bluffs in the background.     Thanks for sharing your pictures Robert.

Looks Like The Old Belle ------  Captain Brian Schaffer sent me an e-mailed about Tuesday's "Pic of the Day".  He writes " Your "Picture of the Day" looks like the old Alton Belle." And he provided us with a link for comparison.    Here is a Alton Belle Casino link to compare the Old Alton Belle with  Tuesday's Pic Of The Day.  I think he is right.  They sure look the same boat.    Thanks Brian..


7- 20 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  was taken last weekend behind the Isle of Two Branch of a true River-Rat cooking up some Mississippi River Cuisine.   Table, cooler, grill, umbrella and everything else needed, right at your fingertips.  Staying cool and cooking up a storm.   All I can say is that you had to be there !

Service With A Smile ------  Thanks John for always takes care us  while  "gassing up" at Riverside.   

Alton Marina - More Docks and Fire Protection System Update  ------  There was an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph about the Alton City Council approving a resolution for a fire prevention system study and dock design and construction at the Alton Marina.  The fire protection system will be replaced or repaired and an additional 32 - 36 slips will be added at the eastern end of the marina.   Go to the On-Line Telegraph to read the complete article.

Where Huck Finn Rafted The Mississippi  ------  There was an article in Tuesday's USA Today about this area of the Mississippi River that includes a lot of interesting web-links to area towns and attractions. To read the article go to USATODAY.com 

600 HP Pontoon ------   This is not a river picture, but a picture  of a 26' pontoon boat with twin 300 HP Black Max outboards gets a spot on RiverBill's.   Rick Flier took this a few years ago while at Lake Havasu. The boat supposedly ran 85 MPH.............Thanks for the picture Rick.   


7-19-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is of a very large  boat (maybe we should call this one a ship ) heading down-river on Sunday afternoon.   This picture was taken just above the shrine by Willie and Mary Wade of the boat "Seas the Moment".   All that Willie knows about this vessel is that the markings on it indicated that it was from Joliet, IL and that the starboard side was very dirty and needs painting.       Thanks for the picture !

 

Blessing of the Fleet   ------  The Alton Telegraph had a good article in Monday's edition about the "Blessing Of The Fleet"  that took place last Sunday.  Go to the On-Line Telegraph to read the article.

River Dog Named Oscar  ------ Barbara Appel sent us a picture of a dauschund name Oscar and his owner, Dana Graff, sun bathing......  Barbara writes that "Oscar is very popular on Iowa Beach for bumming snacks and umbrella shade from anybody close by."

  Thanks for the picture Barbara !


7-18-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   I am going to name this one "The Water Patrol's Worst Nightmare" and some phrases that you just might hear in this situation are: 

 

~ Who is the captain ?

~ B.O.B. - You are in a heap of trouble this time !

~ OK,  lets see them life jackets and registration.

~ Where are your numbers ?

~ Anybody down below ?  (Hah)

~ Put your hands down ~ I have not arrested you ~~~YET !

~ What is everyone smiling about ?  You think this is funny ?

~ Oh Buoy, I don't  think I have enough tickets left in this book .

 

  This pic was sent in by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  Check out his website !

Update On Captain Jacks ------ I stopped in a seen The Captain and Denise on Friday at Captain Jack's on Dardenne Slough for an update on the on-going construction.  A fence has been put up around the outside tiki bar area and some really good looking fiberglass palm trees are in place with water misters to help keep everyone cool. The entire tiki bar will be covered with sand before the opening.   They are moving right along with the renovation and improvements on the bar and restaurant as well as the entire harbor.  Could be open for business in a couple of weeks !  

   Jack told me an interesting story that he wants to share with everyone.  The bar / restaurant building originally had a screened in porch that they decided to improve by replacing the screens with glass windows. Jack found out that because the building is in a floodplain he needs a "waiver" from the Core of Engineers stating that the new windows will not impede the flow of the Mississippi River !     

  Stay tuned ......there will be more info rollin down the river for us soon about Captain Jacks..  


7-17-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of one of the boats decorated for the  "Annual Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet" . 

Annual Parade of Boats & Blessing of the Fleet

Sunday July 17,2005

Palisades Yacht Club & Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine, Portage Des Sioux

This Years Theme:

"JUST DECORATE - WE'LL JUDGE"

Parade originates at Yacht Club of St. Louis at 1:30 PM and travels downstream with an ETA at Portage Des Sioux of 3:00 PM where the parade passes the judges for a review and then proceeds to the base of the Shrine where Rev. Michael Sandwig blesses each boat as it passes.    Everyone is invited to a festive awards ceremony immediately following the parade where trophies will be awarded in 5 categories, Houseboats, Cruisers, Sailboats, Pontoons and Runabouts.  Hope to see you there.

Lynn Tighe

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Weekend Traffic Congestion ------ If you plan to use  Mo. Highway C to get to the river this weekend, there could be some traffic congestion in old-town St. Peters because of the the "Old Time Picnic" that is going on.   You might want to consider another route.


7-16-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------was sent in by Sue Moretti.  It is of Pat, John and Kathy at Iowa Island last weekend.     


7-15-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------was sent in by Captain Mike.  He writes   "Another boat that hit the levee at the top of Bolter Island on Sunday. I took these PICS Monday morning after the water went down about 8 inches. You can see he just made it on top. He hit the same levee the fly-bridge boat hit a few weeks ago that was  PIC of the day. We just need to warn everyone since the levee's are not marked."

  Thanks for the picture and info Mike.  It should help get everyone's attention and remind them to be knowledgeable of where the levees are located in this pool.  Always be on the lookout for changes to the existing levees and new ones.   Most important of all, boaters must know how to read the water in order to spot underwater obstructions such as levees.   

    

Hello From Chicago ------ One of our fellow river boaters, Greg Moore,  moved to northern Indiana recently because of his job.  Greg e-mailed me a few pictures from his new boating spot ~ Lake Michigan.  

   Greg writes that he has managed to make the trip from Portage , Indiana  across Lake Michigan to Chicago 4 times so far.  It is about 33 miles.  Greg says you could call this picture "Chicago In The Rear View Mirror".  It was taken by Greg's friend, Gary Bergschneider on Sunday, July 10th.

  Thanks Greg for sending the e-mail and the pictures to your friends in St. Louis.  

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Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 82 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/13/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

Possible Traffic Congestion ------ If you plan to use  Mo. Highway C to get to the river this weekend, there could be some traffic congestion in old-town St. Peters because of the the "Old Time Picnic" that is going on.   You might want to consider another route.


7-14-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a  sunset behind Two Branch Island taken by Captain Darryll Weil out of Woodland Marina.   To check out more of his weekend pictures from Cedar Hill and Two Branch Island click here.   Thanks for sharing your weekend pictures with us Darryll

River Dogs ...Matt and Tux ------ Captain Glen Sadowski sent us a picture of couple of real RiverDawgs, named Matt and Tux.   He writes  " These two will often greet you when you enter or leave Woodland, especially if you have one of their four legged friends aboard.  They have been on the the river all of their life.  They are the "masters" of Dana, Greg and Glenn.    These guys would rather go for a boat ride than chase some dumb Frisbee any old day.   Matt (left) the a boy and Tux is a girl"..........Thanks Glenn, for sending in the picture of your RiverDawgs !

Annual Boat Parade and Blessing Of the Fleet ------ is this Sunday.  For complete information check "Upcoming Events" in the upper left hand corner of this web page.   Why not join in the fun ?

2005 Barge Tour Schedule ------ There is a series of educational barge tours taking place this summer on the Illinois  and Mississippi Rivers.  These tours will visit many river towns including Beardstown, Alton and Quincy.   On the tour a person will experience the mechanics of river transportation and learn about the connection between the river, the economy and you.  For more information go to http://www.ilcorn.org/2005_Barge_Brochure.pdf

Farmers Go To Capital To Support River Projects ------ There was an article in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about mid western corn growers going to the capital in an effort to block a late threat to river construction projects. .  Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

Loading Dock Salsa ------ Ever want to make some of that salsa at home or on your boat  like they serve at the Loading Dock in Grafton ?  The recipe is in Wednesday's  STLtoday .


7-13-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of two seaplanes in front of Cedar Hill Resort on the 4th of July weekend.   Carrie Ash writes that that they had their own little air show.  The plane  in the distance is a 1929 seaplane and it did some touch and go's on that Monday. Cedar Hill Resort is located about 1 mile below Winfield Dam on the Illinois side of the Mississippi.  Thanks for sharing your neat picture with us Carrie.

Update On Captain Jacks------ Formerly known as North Shore Harbor.   There are a few old classic boats positioned around the premises for decoration and more decorats to come.  The bar is finished, all of the tile is down and the coolers are coming next week.  Keep that your anchor right where it is ~ we will have more info as it becomes available.  .   

Sharks In The Mississippi------ there is an interesting article in the on-line In-Fisherman about 2 commercial fisherman from Alton, IL that caught a "bull shark" in the Mississippi River in 1937. To read the complete article go to In-Fisherman.com.

Update On River Maintenance At The Power Lines In Dardenne Slough -----  the shoring up the river bank by the power lines on both sides of the slough appears to be complete and there are no visible protrusions out into the slough.  The power lines cross the slough at approximately the UMR 224.8 mile marker.  .
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B.O.A.T----- Break Out Another Thousand .  

This definition of boat was on an e-mail that I received and as most of us know it sure fits sometimes.  I am not sure of the source, but whoever created the definition must of been having boat problems at the time.


7-12-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a of a tow and a runabout .  I heard that the two vessels had a near near collision last Sunday right in front of Iowa Island.   Captain Gerry Richardson took these pictures and sent them in.  Thanks Gerry !

Our 2nd River Picture of the Day ------ is a of the Mississippi Queen  as it navigated its way through Alton pool last Sunday evening.   What a grand looking vessel.  Pictures are complements of Robert Cope.    

Con Trios Yacht Club ------ The Con Trios website has been updated with a lot of pictures from the Champaign Brunch, info on the upcoming "Full Moon Cruise" on the Grafton Ferry and a copy of the latest Newsletter.  If you are interested in joining this boating social club, see the website for more information.

7-11-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a some of the boaters on Hat Island Sunday afternoon having a river social and staying cool.  

Mississippi Queen Docks At Alton   ------  According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph the Mississippi Queen docked at the Alton riverfront last Friday to the sounds of old-time jazz music and the applause of about 70 greeters.   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 


7-10-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a shot of the boats at Hat Island yesterday afternoon.  


7-09-05

The "River Girls of Summer" Collection ----  We have the best women in the world boating with us on Alton Pool.  Here are 4  Rivermaids ~ staying cool, working on their tans and enjoying the beauty of Alton Lake.    Welcome to the weekend. 

Links ----  I fixed some broken links on RiverBill's to the "Mo State Water Patrol" and the link to UMR Nav Charts .  Thanks to the Captain Brian of  the boat "Called In Sick"   for sounding the alarm that the link to the " Mo. State Water Patrol"  site had changed.   

Lost Key ----  One of our river friends lost his key while swimming at Iowa Island  on Tuesday 7-05-05.  It floated out of his pocket.  The key was attached to a white Styrofoam float with a yellow wire tie.   The float is about 4 inches long and 3/4 inches in diameter.    If you retrieved it from the river see the "Lost and Found"  for info on contacting the owner.


7-08-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the sun setting behind the trees of Two Branch Island yesterday evening.  Have a good weekend and boat safely ! 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 82 degrees, normal, muddy; flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/7/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


7-07-05

The "River Girls of Summer" Collection ---- We have some of the best women in the world boating here on Alton Lake and the very first "River Girl Of Summer" is one of them.  A  beautiful river mermaid named Beads.  Even that lone beam of sun light found its way across the water and up the sand to shine on our Rivermaid !    What a picture.

   Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  Check out his great work !

More Pics Of The Love bug -----  Taken by Captain Ron Meier, of www.ByOwnerYachts.com, as the Love Bug was motoring through Mason Chute last Saturday.   Thanks for the pictures Ron.

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Alton's Riverfront Amphitheater ------ There was an article in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about the redevelopment of Alton's Riverfront.  The project will include an amphitheater, a pedestrian bridge,  a landing for large riverboats and more.  Go to STLtoday for the complete story.

Commentary On The St. Peters Levee ------ There was a well written commentary in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about the St. Peters levee war.  Please take a minute and go to STLtoday    and read it.   


7-06-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of "Herbie",  the Love Bug,  rolling on the Mississippi River last weekend.  The pic was sent in by Kathleen Tackett and Eric Williams of Portage.  Kathleen wrote that this was the talk of the river last weekend among their group of "Riverizers".  Their river crew spends a lot of time at the new sand bar beach across from Sherwood Harbor that they have named Willaimsburg !    Thanks Kathleen and Eric for sending in this one of a kind river picture.

 ( Note:  Kathleen would not let our frequent river pic  submitter, Robert Cope send in his picture of the Love Bug. ) 

Darryll's 4th of July Pics -----  Darryll Weil writes  "Spent the weekend of the Fourth on the Mississippi anchored out behind Two Branch Island.   After anchoring in an area with varying water depths Doug from Gin Bucket II waded about 200 yards upstream and found a nice level area big enough for all the boats.  We all weighed anchors and moved on up!  That was our last move for the rest of the weekend.  .

With all the wonderful food we brought, especially Gary and Kathleen's Prime Rib Feast, we ate like we were on a Cruise Ship.  Of course there was also the usual libations :-)  Had our own air show compliments of the vultures and four of the F-15 Strike Eagles flew over us enroute to the air show at the Arch.  Crusher put on a fireworks display Sunday night from the puppy boat (after we got Bear out of it so he wouldn't catch fire).  Other than Crusher getting caught in the current and Gary and Sue having to go get him with their boat, me overheating the main engine Monday and Say Steel and White Trash making contact it was a great weekend.  Click here to check out all of  the pics

2005 Jamaica Daze Meeting ------is at 6:00 PM this evening at the Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center Marina.   Appetizers and finger foods will be available for purchase.   


7-05-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of a jet ski catching some air.      This picture was taken by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".  Thanks for the picture Robert. 

Iowa Beach Last Sunday ----- Tom and Sandy sent us a pic of some of the boaters hanging around in the water last Sunday at Iowa Beach.  Thanks for the picture Tom.

Mussel Harvest Contracts Available ----- The Illinois Department Of Natural Recourses has announced that contracts to harvest commercial mussels will be available for a portion of the Illinois River from Grafton to the LaGrange  Lock and Dam at river mile 80.1 from July 15 to Aug 31.  The Illinois River was been closed to commercial harvest since 1994 because biologists believed that the zebra mussel would cause extermination of native mussel species.  In recent years, zebra mussels have declined while native mussels are holding steady.    For complete information go to Illinois Department of Natural Resources  Press Releases  

Auxiliary Lock Reopens At Alton   ------  There was an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph with information about the auxiliary lock reopening at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam after a closure of nearly nine months..   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 


07-04-05

Happy Fourth Of July ----- Our pic of the day is your own personal fireworks display going off above the Clark Bridge in Alton, IL.  ...Click the sky above the Clark Bridge with your mouse to add additional fireworks........Each click adds 1 more sky rocket.......A big thanks goes out to Captain Gary Bowers for the animated fireworks and to Steve Schulte for the great picture.

Hat Island Cajun Fest ------A pic of  Gene-O and Ron at the Cajun-Fest on Hat Island on Sunday.  Jambalaya , crawfish, cold beer and river friends.


07-03-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of some boats hanging on an anchor and rafted together  behind Two Branch Island yesterday.    A fine way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  


07-02-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of some of the houses on Dardenne Slough.  Notice the one on the right hand side of the picture has a tree going through the deck in front of the house.  

Added New Links ------  I added a couple of new links in the column on the left for those of you that like to fish.   Check out the "Illinois Fishing Message Board" and the "Missouri Fishing Message Board."     


07-01-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is a Thursday night Group Picture  from Iowa Beach yesterday evening. Good friends with the glow of a the sunset in the background  and a rising moon behind the clouds.

Moon Phase Chart ------ We have added a Moon Phase Chart to RiverBill's in the box at the top of the page that contains the river levels and weather.  Now, the after dark river travelers will know what kind of moon to expect for their journey's...........Thanks Captain Gary Bowers for making this possible !

Lost Drivers License Returned ------ The picture to the right is of Dave returning Mike's lost driver license last night on Iowa Beach.   The story goes that Mike lost his license last weekend on Hat Island and  Dave found it.  Going by memory of the picture on the license, Dave spotted Mike at the Thursday night party and returned it.   Way to go Dave !

  

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ITCS Memo 2274 - Marine Events / Closures ------issued on  6/30/05 lists the river closures for July 2 - 4.  Click here to view the document.

Alton Fireworks ------ There was an article in  Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about the upcoming fireworks display at Alton this Sunday.  Go to STLtoday to for times and information

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 83 degrees, normal, dingy; flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/30/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.



06-30-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------was sent in by Bert Yates. He writes "Here’s a sight not often seen on the Upper Miss.  Although the picture quality is poor, the bright white cylinders laying on their side are two of the four steam generators being replaced at Callaway during this fall’s outage.  The trip started from Chalon, France on May 12th and they arrived at Callaway’s Missouri River docking facility on June 21st.   Each steam generator weighs in at a svelte 371.5 tons, not including the packing and shipping containers.  Not quite what Mike Tyson tipped the scales for his last fight, but definitely in the heavyweight class! "

  Thanks for the picture and the interesting narrative  Bert.

Iowa Beach  Thursday Night ------ Let's do better this week !    Lets clean up when we leave.  I am going to make sure that  I pick up all of my mine and tote it on home.   The Iowa Crew was pretty disgusted about last Thursday's party.........trash everywhere after it was over !  So do your part this week and take it home with you.     Click here to read their posting.


06-29-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Tony and Carole Bindbeuter's boat,  named

 "CHANGE IN LATITUDE".............The name says it all - - Jimmy would love it !   

St. Louis Riverfront ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch, the public will have an opportunity to meet with the architects and planners that will be developing the master plan for the St. Louis Riverfront.   For more information go to STLtoday.  Scroll down to the article.

BoatingLinks.com ------ A new link has been added to RiverBill's named   BoatingLinks.com .  This site links to all sorts of sites containing all sorts of boating information, parts, accessories associations, electronics, classifieds and much, much more.  It is in the left hand column ~ ~ Check it out.


06-28-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was taken by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride". The picture is of  the "Carrie Mays" heading up-river with a load of rip rap passing the bluffs near Elsa, IL.  Thanks for the pic Robert.

St. Peters Levee Permit ------ According to an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch, the City of St. Peters expects to get a permit for the controversial levee needed for the Lakeside 370 Business Park..  For more information go to STLtoday.

Floating Restaurant For Alton Riverfront  ------  There was an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch with more information about the floating dinning and entertainment center proposed for the Alton Riverfront.    For more information go to STLtoday.

Record Visitor Count ------ RiverBill's  has reached a new record for visitor count more than  5,000 visitors last week !  The visitor count has grown steadily each and every week since inception of this website last September.  It started out at about 1,000 a month and now we are at 5,000 a week.    Thanks for all of your support ! 

   Keep that anchor right where it is ~ ~ there are many changes and improvements in the works.

Bill


06-27-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the  boats at Hat Island early last Saturday while parking spots were still plentiful.   Up on the hill is another one of those houses with a great view of the river.

Towboat Festival  ------  There was an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the Great Rivers Towboat Festival that took place this weekend in Grafton, IL.   To read the article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

Update On Alton Riverfront plan  ------  There was an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the multimillion-dollar transformation of Riverfront Park in Alton, IL.   For more info go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 


06-26-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the  boaters at Hat Island  yesterday afternoon.  Hat Island is on the Illinois side of the river at the approximately the UMR 235 mile marker.

Kinders Is Open For Sunday Breakfast ------ Kinder's Restaurant is now open for Sunday Breakfast.   9:00 AM until 11:30 AM.  Menu items only..

Finest Condo Complex ------ Check out Grafton's Finest Condo Complex currently under construction just below the Aires Winery.  Why not visit the Loading Dock on Sunday, and stop in and say hello to Sue Ferguson (see below) who will be working hard at the Century 21 Satellite office located inside the Rubel Hotel from 11:00 - 3:00." 

06-25-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  Denise, Laura and Dave   at the new Tiki Bar at Captain Jacks Restaurant.   With the Dardenne Slough right there it looks like a it will be a fine place to have a beverage and watch the river flow.   The new Captains Jacks was North Shore.  My friend Dave said "There has been more construction here in last 24 days than there has been here in the last 24 years !"    A lot of changes are taking place.  Click here for a picture of the front of the restaurant and one from the riverside dining area looking towards the river.

Free Boats & Boat Trailers ------ Denise Groecki of Captain Jack's Marina e-mailed me the following info to share with everyone.

    "There are a lot of boat trailers behind the lower harbor that have no titles or owners.  We are giving them away to anyone that wants one.  In addition there are some abandoned boats in dry storage that we are giving away.  The ones that are not taken are going to be crushed. and put into dumpsters and hauled away.  Anyone interested should come to the harbor and see Jack or myself."

Fireworks At Iowa Thursday Night ------ Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride"  sent us a picture of some of the fireworks at Iowa Island on Thursday night.  Thanks for sharing your pictures Robert.


06-24-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some  river maintenance   going on yesterday afternoon by the power lines in Dardenne Slough.  Scott Wolf, of the Sand Bar Restaurant, told me that he talked to one of the workers and was told they are shoring up the river bank by the power lines on both sides of the slough.   Scott was also told that there will be a protrusion out into the slough when all is done.   Thanks for the info Scott.       The power lines cross the slough at approximately the UMR 224.8 mile marker.  .

This Weekend ------ There is a lot going on this weekend in the Alton Lake area.  The Block Party in Alton is always fun to go to by boat, the Great Rivers Towboat Festival in Grafton, the Riverside Flea Market in Grafton, the Poker Run sponsored by My River Home and plenty of night life at the river restaurants.  Check out RiverBill’s  “Upcoming Events”  link and the scrolling marquee at the top of this web page for more info…….. Enjoy

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 79 degrees, normal, muddy; flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/23/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


06-23-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the   restaurant at Captain Jack's Marina  , previously know as North Shore.  Captain Jack's is located near the lower end of Dardenne Slough at approximately the UMR 222.3 mile marker.  Looks like there is plenty of  construction going on at the restaurant and there is heavy equipment around the harbor also.   See the update from Denise below. 

Summer Solstice Sunset  ------ Lynn Tighe snapped this picture of the sunset on the first day of summer.   

  She writes " Here's to Tuesday, June 21st, 2005 !  The longest day of the year !"

   

   What a good picture.  Thanks for sharing your solstice sunset Lynn.

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Blessing Of The Fleet ------ Lynn Tighe sent me some info on the the "Blessing of the Fleet".  It   will be held on Sunday, July 17th this year.   Lets support this event !  Decorate your boat and join in.    Click here for more information. 

Update On Captain Jack's Marina ------ Denise Gorecki, Mrs. Captain Jack,  e-mailed me an update on the things that are going on at Captain Jack's Marina, previously know as North Shore.  Click here.

Work Barges Anchored in Dardenne Slough ------ Scott Wolf, of the Sand Bar Restaurant fame, reported that there are 8 barges carrying rock, a crane , bobcat & other heavy equipment anchored on the  Dardenne Island side of Dardenne Slough just down river from the entrance to Lake Center Marina.   Keep your anchor right here - there will be more info coming.

Water is Warming Up ------ The water temperature has reached the 80 degree mark.   Oh Buoy Summer is here !     


06-22-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a couple of  boats shooting rooster tails  near Hat Island last weekend.   Thanks Ron and Darlene Skeen for the picture.      

Helicopter At Iowa ------ Caught a picture of this helicopter  flying in front of Iowa Beach yesterday evening.      

Thatched Umbrella ------ There is a new thatched umbrella  at Iowa Beach ~ ~ Almost tropical looking.   That is Captain Carl testing out the beach stool.    It is there for everyone to use ~ Don't destroy it. ~ ~ ~ Someone help me out:  What is the correct name for a thatched structure like this ? 


06-21-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a  real river dog .  Robert Cope sent in this picture of his river dog named Suzi.    Robert writes "I was surprised she just laid there while my son covered her in sand.  She actually fell asleep after a few minutes."    Thanks for the picture Robert !   

Welcome To Summer !  Today is the first day of Summer and it has the most daylight hours of all of the days the entire year.   Enjoy !  

Alton Pool Mileage Chart ----   Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride" e-mailed me a handy mileage chart for Alton Pool.   Robert writes  "It's not super accurate, but will give you a ballpark idea how far it is from one point to another, assuming you run the channel.  Makes a handy addition to the chart book."  

Redneck Bass Boat ----  Rick Flier, out of Two Branch Harbor, (not the wrestler) e-mailed me a picture of an unusual looking  boat.  He called it a redneck bass boat. What do you think ?

Thanks for the picture Rick !


06-20-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is yesterday's sunset as seen from the up-river side of the lock at Winfield Dam. A perfect sunset on a perfect weekend.   This pic is from the Winfield live cam.  For additional pictures from the camera pick the link in the left hand column of this web page.   

The Great Rivers Towboat Festival ----in Grafton Illinois is this coming weekend.  For more information go to   http://www.altoncvb.org/calen_info.htm.

The Alton Block Party ---- is this coming weekend. The theme is "America the Beautiful".    For more information go to http://www.altoncvb.org/calen_info.htm.

The Riverside Flea Market ----in Grafton is this coming weekend.   For more information go to http://www.graftonloadingdock.com/Flea_Market/flea_market.htm

White Pelicans ------ According to an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch the white pelicans that pass through our area in the fall of the year are now nesting at the Chase Lake Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota.  There is some concern by Wildlife officials because last year they left the refuge early, leaving behind un-hatched eggs and baby chicks that did not survive.  For more information go to STLtoday

Plans Unveiled For Riverfront Park In East St. Louis  ------  According to an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch plans for a 34 acre park on the riverfront in East St. Louis, across from the Gateway Arch, were unveiled last Saturday. The park will have trails, a wetland garden, picnic shelters, a Sept. 11 Memorial and possibly an observation tower.   For more information go to STLtoday. 


06-19-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is of a different looking  rock river bank  on the Illinois side of the river  near Winfield Dam.

Grafton Decides To Get Out Of Levee Battle  ------    According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the village of Grafton, IL has decided to remove themselves from the battle  that is going on between the city of St. Peters and the Great River Habitat Alliance over the proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park.  The business park is proposed to be built in the Mississippi River flood plain.  For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 

Link To Radar Loop ------  Mike Vitale, of the cruiser "IN-XS",  e-mailed me the url address for a site that has "real time weather radar for the St. Louis area".   I added it as a link under "River Stages - Weather" in the left hand column.  Take a look.  Now we should be able to spot any storm that is going on in our area before we head out to the river.   Thanks for the info Mike.. 


06-18-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Is of the string of boats and people at Iowa  Island last Thursday evening as an ultra-light was flying past.   This is another picture taken by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".


06-17-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Is of a unique looking boat named  Slow Ride ,owned by Robert Cope.  In this picture it is setting in a nice natural harbor on down river end of Royal Landing.  A  full southbound tow can be seen in the distance.  I got to meet Robert last night at Iowa Island and we got to chat just a bit.  He says the history of his boat is a "real long story".  I am looking forward to finding out more about it.     Thanks for the great picture Robert.

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 77 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/15/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

06-16-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Is of a seaplane landing on the river, just below Winfield Dam,  in front of Cedar Hill.  You just never know what you are going to see on the river.  This picture was sent in by Wade Ramponi who had a picture of the storm in yesterday's edition.    Thanks for the picture Wade.

Grafton Harbor ------       I e-mailed Joe Desherlia for an update on Grafton Harbor and Joe replied with the following update.   "Grafton Harbor is going fine.  Our Environmental Evaluation has been approved.  We still plan on starting construction in July and be completely done by January."  

  Thanks for the update Joe.

How Much Will It Cost Me ? ------  I received a list of the Missouri State Water Patrol   "Violation Fines + Costs"   from a anonymous source that I consider very reliable. I decided to share the info with everyone.  Take a look at it and remember to boat safely and make sure you have all of the required equipment on board.    Click here.

Lost & Found Works------    Rick Haines e-mailed me yesterday that his missing cooler has been located through the  "Lost & Found" section of this website.  Yah Mon !

Another Future Boater  ------ Tim and Debbie Koyn write " This is our daughter, Miranda, on the way back from Turkey Island.  Check out her foot.  

P.S. Dad is right behind her, just leaned out of the way for the pic.

Click on picture to enlarge


06-15-05

Storm near Winfield -  Click to enlarge Storm at Mason Chute -  Click to enlarge

Our River Pictures of the Day ------   Are of the storm that blasted through the area last Saturday afternoon. Wade Ramponi e-mailed some pics taken near Winfield Lock and Dam and Mike Schwarzkopf, out of The Yacht Club, emailed some of the same storm that were taken from Mason Chute.   The pictures look ominous !   Wade was coming out of the lock at Winfield and had to head into the storm.  Mike writes that the wind kicked up a little bit and it rained for just a couple of minutes at Mason Chute.  Thanks for sharing your pictures Wade and Mike !

More Storm Pictures  ------  Take a look at the storm caught on film as it was passing over the Clark Bridge at Alton.    Go to On-Line Telegraph. 

New Link ------       I added a new link to the "Handbook of Missouri Boating Laws and Responsibility".  This publication seems very well organized and easy to find information in.  The new link is in the left hand column of this web page.  Take a look ! 

Future Boater  ------  Barbara Nelson sent me this picture  of her nephew, Eddie,  and Rich Shamel on their way back from Cedar Hill last weekend.  Barbara wrote that  Eddie didn't like the music that Rich was playing. What a face Eddie is making.   

Click on picture to enlarge


06-14-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Today, June 14, is National Flag Day.  I thought it would only be fitting to have an American Flag as Picture of the Day.  This is a shot from last Fall of the flag on the back of Mike D's boat.  For more info on the history of National Flag Day and info about displaying an American Flag go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website.   

370 Lakeside Business Park  ------  According to an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch the battle over the business park seems to be heating up even more. The proposed business park is to be built in the flood plain.   For more information go to STLtoday. 

Cedar Hill - New Hours ------       Starting next Monday, June 20, Cedar Hill  will be open  Wednesday through Sunday.   Check out their website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

The America and the Goldenrod ------       The Towboat America and the Goldenrod Showboat are stilled moored on the Illinois River at Kampsville according to a report from George Shindel 


06-13-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is some of the   Con Trios crew at the Champaign Brunch yesterday at the Duck Club.  

Poker Run ------       My River Home Boat Harbor is having a poker run on June 25.     1st prize is now $1500,     2nd prize  $700   and     3rd prize $400.   4 free T-shirts and more !    For more information and "entry form"   click here(INFO ON ENTRY FORM UPDATED 6-12-05)


06-12-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of a  tow locking through Winfield Dam on Saturday with two "tow boats" attached to the rear of the barges.  Not sure if they are both pushing the tow   "or"  if the one on the right is just along for the ride.     This picture is from the Winfield -Live Cam.

370 Lakeside Business Park Development May Be Sold  ------  According to an article in last Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch, the proposed business park that the city of St. Peters wants to build in a flood plain, will likely be sold to a developer.  For more information go to STLtoday. 

River Barge River Explorer  ------    According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the "River Barge River Explorer"  docked in Grafton last Tuesday  and opened its doors to the general public. This is a"one-of-a-kind", 730 foot long floating hotel barge that is pushed up and down the waterways of America by the towboat named Miss Nari.  For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 

The Boat At The River Bend  ------    According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the new floating entertainment complex at the Alton riverfront, named the "Boat At The River Bend", should be in place by summer's end. For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 

New Lock Gates  ------    According to an article in last Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph, new lock gates are being installed at the small lock at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, IL. The original gates were damaged last fall. For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 


06-11-05  Late update

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of a  tow heading upriver this morning about 7:00 AM around UMR 231.8.   We were guests on Debbie and Jeff's boat last night  in John's Boat Harbor.   Thanks for the hospitality guys. 

Poker Run ------       My River Home Boat Harbour is having a poker run on June 25.  For more information and "entry form"   click here .   

6-11-05~~ NOTE:  I talked to Andy Dallwitz yesterday  and he told me that the 1st prize is now $1500,     2nd prize  $700   and     3rd prize $400.        WOW !!           More info to come this afternoon.


06-10-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of  sunset yesterday evening looking up-river, behind Two Branch Island from about the UMR 229 mile marker.  Thanks Ron and Darlene Skeen for sharing your sunset with us. 

Update on Sunken Boat ------    Captain Gary Bowers reported the boat that was sunk in Bolter Chute has been removed and is now setting on the lot at the Yacht Club of St. Louis.   Thanks for the info Gary. 

Ominous Clouds ------  This is a shot looking down-river from the lower end of Hat Island at the storm clouds moving through the area late Thursday afternoon.  It was taken right before the wind and rain started.  Time to get inside the cabin and "Ride The Storm Out".  Thanks for the picture Phil.

Click picture to enlarge

Poker Run ------       My River Home Boat Harbour is having a poker run on June 25.  For more information and "entry form"   click here .    

Alton Lock ------      The 2nd gate in the 600 foot lock at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam, in Alton, was in the process of being installed yesterday at 1:30 PM.   Thanks for the info Dale. 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 71 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish good on green sunfish and goldfish; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/9/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

Sailing Link ---- I added a link to the "Valley Sailing Association" in the left hand column.  Check it out ! 

06-09-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of a person parasailing near Iowa Island last weekend.  This picture was taken by Robert of the boat "Slow Ride".    Thanks for the picture Robert.

John's Boat Harbor - Sold ------    Glenna  Tolliver e-mailed me yesterday that Jeff and Debbie House are going to be the new owners of John's Boat Harbor if all goes okay.  They will take over January 2006.  Thanks for the info Glenna and congrats to Jeff and Debbie. 

Another Sunken  Boat ------ Ron and Darlene Skeen snapped this picture of a runabout that sank in Two Branch Harbor last weekend.  George, from Two Branch Harbor,  is working to recover it.   

   

     

  

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A River Dog Named Gullie ------ Here is a  picture of  "Gullie" relaxing on a boat named in her honor  "THE GULLIEWASH", a Rinker 265.

Owners:   

    Brian & Terrie Bert  of Lake Center

  

  Send us a picture of your river dog to post here and on the  picture board at the "Dog Days Of Summer" on North Main in  St Charles on August 27th.  Check the "Upcoming  Events" for more info.

 

Click picture to enlarge


06-08-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of   Colleen sailing her Sunfish on the Mississippi River last fall in front of the bluffs near Palisades Harbor..  Colleen is a member of the Boeing Sailing Club and says you can easily spot her sail boat by the colors of the sail. 

   Powerboat operators should remember to practice the  "navigation right-of-way" rules when around sailboats and ......... Give them a  break...........Watch your wake !

Water Temperature ------ The " Water Temperature History" graph, published on 6-02-05,  for the  Alton pool has been added to the column on the left for everyone's future reference.  I have noticed that the water temperature has warmed up quite a bit in the last few days with this August-like weather that we are having  - Enjoy !   

Boat Sunk In Bolters Chute   ----- We posted some info and pictures on 6-6-05  of a boat that was sunk Bolters Chute.  After that I received some e-mails asking for more information on the location.  Captain Darryll Weil was good enough to supply us with a map  for our reference.  Thanks again Darryll.

06-07-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is a  view of Winfield Dam as seen from the Tiki Deck at Cedar Hill Resort a few weeks ago.  Its a good place to watch the river flow and and enjoy the afternoon.

Dog Days Of Summer ------    Justin Postle sent me an e-mail about an upcoming event named the "Dog Days Of Summer"......  Justin writes:

  "We are organizing the 1st annual Dog Days of  Summer on North Main in  St Charles on August 27th to benefit the Humane Society of  St. Charles and Rescued Racers.  We are having  5 bands, Kid Korner, Dog related vendors, Dog Adoption Organization, Miller Girls, and celebrity Bartenders.  The even t is sponsored by RT Weilers, and Miller Lite.   If you would like more information, our web site is www.dogdaysofsummer.org."

     

    How is this related to boating and the river ?  Justin has agreed to post pictures of our River Dogs at the event !  Send me a picture of your River Dog.  I will post it on RiverBill's and then they all will be posted at the event.  Make sure they are river pictures and include your dogs name and the owner's name.  

 

  Pirate, our  River Dog, is pictures riding on the sundeck as we idle on the river and then waiting to lock through.


06-06-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is another one of those great pictures by Pat Reid.  This sunrise , taken a few weeks ago, is almost post card perfect with the Clark Bridge and the  sun rising behind it, the red reflection on the water, a silhouette of a tow passing under the bridge  and the dead trees standing in the river in the foreground.   What a shot.  Check out Pat's website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks Pat for sending us another one of your great river photo's.

Tim Pruitt - Update  ----- There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about Tim Pruitt, the guy that landed the 124 pound catfish a couple of weeks ago.   He has been on national television a few times and even has his own website now.    For additional information go to STLtoday.  To visit his website, go to www.timpruitt.net.  Make sure to look through the pictures.
Open Records Request Filed On Proposed 370 Business Park  ----- There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about a local  environmental  group  filing a  "state open-records request"  in an effort to get St. Peters to release info about the private offer they have to develop the 370 Business Park.    For additional information go to STLtoday
Boat Sunk In Bolters Chute   ----- Captain Darryll Weil sent us some info and pictures on the boat that is sunk in Bolters Chute.  The pictures were taken by Maureen.   Darryll writes:

    A few days before Memorial Day Weekend 2005 a 32' Cruiser apparently hit the wing dam on the Illinois side of Bolters Chute.  The story I heard was that the boat made it about 200 yards upstream and to the bank where they tied a line to a tree before it sank completely.  When Crusher and I went by there the Thursday before Memorial Day all we saw was a black fender with a line tied to it marking the sunken boat.  Well, this weekend apparently work is progressing on raising the boat with air bags.   Having come close to a similar fate I feel real bad for the Captain of this boat.  Last year boating season almost started this way for me.  For more pics go to http://www.captainweil.com/boat_sunk_bolters/boatsunk1.html........Thanks Darryll

Pictures From Sharky's Party on the Deck Saturday Night  ----- Captain Darryll Weil sent us some pictures from the party on Sharky's deck Saturday night.   Go to http://www.captainweil.com/sharkysdeck/index.html    for more pics...........Thanks Darryll

06-05-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of the   Confederate Flag   flying on a boat dock that is located on the Illinois side of the river near Winfield Dam

National Fishing and Boating Week  ----- June 4 through June 12 is National Fishing and Boating Week. .    For additional information  click here.  
Personal Watercraft ----- There was an article in Saturday's  on-line Post Dispatch about personal watercraft,  accidents and boating education certificates for young boaters.  For additional information go to STLtoday.  
Family Fishing Fair ----- There was an article in Thursday's  on-line Post Dispatch about the  "Family Fishing Fair" at Pere Marquette state park near Grafton IL on June 11. The fair marks Illinois Free Fishing Days and National Fishing Week.    For additional information go to STLtoday.  Scroll down to the article.  
Safe Boating Expo Today ----- There is some info in the on-line Post Dispatch about a "Safe Boating Expo" that will be held this Sunday at the National Great Rivers Museum.   For additional information go to STLtoday.   Scroll down to the article.
Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Digital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    
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06-04-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of  Kylee   who was tending bar with a smile yesterday at Cedar Hill Resort .  Thanks for taking care of us Kylee.

Navigation Hazard ------    Captain Tony Trice emailed us about a navigation hazard on the channel side of the cut-through (just below Sharky's) that goes between Dardenne Slough and the river channel. Tony wrote" 'This is is big enough to cause serious damage to anyone other than a tow boat"..... Click here for Tony's map.

Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Digital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    

06-03-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of some  River Goats   on Goat Island !    I don't think that is the real name of the island, but that is what I  have heard it affectionately called by a few boaters. It is  pretty neat  ~ goats living on an island in Alton Pool.  No location on this one because I am not sure the owners (nor the goats)  want a lot of boaters hanging around.

    Captain Gary Bowers took this picture for us about a week ago  .    Thanks Gary !

Safe Boating Expo This Sunday ----- There is some info in the on-line Post Dispatch about a "Safe Boating Expo" that will be held this Sunday at the National Great Rivers Museum.   For additional information go to STLtoday.   Scroll down to the article.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 67 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on night crawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/1/2005)  
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.
Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Didital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    

06-02-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is an aerial photo taken by Steve Schulte a few weeks ago   looking up river from Winfield Dam .  Look at all of the sand !  THis looks like the area around the UMR 242 mile marker, right above the Lock and Dam.    Check out Steve's website by clicking on his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for this picture Steve !  

Pictures From Little John's Hog Roast Last Weekend------  Captain Darryll Weil e-mailed me with the following:         

    Little John's Marine Service and Stainless Fabrication had their annual Hog Roast Saturday.  Thanks to a lot of work by Little John, Teri and their friends a great time was had by all.  Besides a whole hog that Steve and company roasted all night, food cooked on site by Bill and Linda Mixon with Jim Farr helping, many wonderful side dishes and desserts brought by the guests, of course we had the usual liquid refreshments and three different bands during the day.  The weather cooperated perfectly.  Check out the pictures at :  http://www.captainweil.com/LittleJohnsHogRoast2005               

    Thanks Darryll for sharing the info and pictures !

Pictures From Mason Chute and Cedar Hill  Last Weekend ------  Captain Darryll Weil e-mailed us  the following:           

   Sunday we anchored out in Mason Chute to recuperate and get rested up for a Memorial Day trip to Cedar Hill Resort up near the Winfield Dam with Rich and Kim Shamel on "Sin or Swim".  While we were sitting on the deck at Cedar Hill, August Busch III arrived in his seaplane.   Check out those pics at: http://www.captainweil.com/cedarhilltrip                   Thanks Darryll  !

Water Temp at Lock and Dam 13 ------    Our Up-River Friend, Kathy Flippo, of Tow Talkin e-mailed me that the current water temperature at Lock and Dam 13 is........ 66 degrees.  That is only few degrees cooler than the water temp at Winfield............ Thanks for the info Kathy.

Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Didital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    
Jamaica Daze 2005 Kickoff Meeting ------      We had a great turn out last night.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

06-01-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is actually a "Historical Graph" of the   Water Temperature of Alton Pool from Jan 2004 until May 2005.    We had some questions on the Message Board a week or so ago about the river water temperature.  The person wrote "Wondering what the average temperature of the river was last summer"  and "When will it get warmer ?"    

  I wrote an evasive answer to the reply because I didn't have any data on actual river water temperatures.   Well, the head of RiverBill's Research Department seen the reply and got his anchor rope all in a knot.    He insisted that we could do better and off he went on another research project. Oh Buoy!  He contacted the Corps of Engineers and requested some historical water temperature data.  You know what ~ he go it!  All the way back to 2004 for both Winfield and Alton Dams.

  He plotted the data and began studying it when he noticed that there was a difference in water temperature at the two dams.  4 degrees on average.  So we can say that the water warms about one degree for every 10 miles it flows in Alton Pool !  ( Now why is that ? )

   

    So when will the water get warmer ?  It is getting warmer each week until a peak temperature is reached sometime in mid - July.  It should get to be about 80 degrees if this year is anything like 2004..

   What was the average temperature last summer ?   The average at Winfield was 77.2 degrees and at Alton it was 80.4 degrees for the months of June, July and August.

  

    Note:  RiverBill's reading on the chart at the top of the web page is taken at Winfield Dam, so please add about 1 degree for each 10 miles you are down stream.

 

Please send all inquiries to:

RiverBill's Research and Development Department

 

Boating Safety ------      There was a good article in Monday's on-line Alton Telegraph about boating safety.  The article identifies three keys to safe boating as; operating the boat sober, avoiding reckless boating and wearing a life jacket.  It also touches on the subject of open containers of alcohol and the operator of the boat. For more information go to the on-line Telegraph.
Eight Illinois Ferries ------      There was an article in last week's Chicago Tribune about the eight ferriy boats that are still running in the state of Illinois.  Four of them are right here in our area. The article provides a bit of history and information on the remaining ferries. For more information go to the on-line Chicago Tribune.
Jamaica Daze 2005 Kickoff Meeting ------      Is this evening,  6:00 PM at the Sand Bar Restaurant, Lake Center Marina. The bar will be open and they will have finger foods available off the menu. 

   We will be  discussing ideas and forming committees for this years party !  

   Check out last years party ~~ click on "JAMAICA DAZE 2004" in the upper left hand corner of this page.


05-30-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------      is of   paddle wheeler  in  Dardenne Slough this past weekend.     

R_E_S_P_E_C_T ------      "Respect those tows going up and down the river and use good judgment when you are near them"  is the subject of Kathy Flippo's    Tow Talkin'  this week.  This is an article written by a lady that has spent a lot of time on towboats traveling up and down the river.    Please take a minute and read it.    
Jamaica Daze 2005 Kickoff Meeting ------      Wednesday evening,  6:00 PM at the Sand Bar Restaurant, Lake Center Marina. The bar will be open and they will have finger foods available off the menu. 

   We will be  discussing ideas and forming committees for this years party !  

   Check out last years party..click on "JAMAICA DAZE 2004" in the upper left hand corner of this page.

Upcoming River Events ------      Take a look ~  I added some items to the Upcoming River Events.  Stay tuned for more info.

05-30-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------      is of   3 BBQ pits full of ribs   at yesterdays "Raging Rivers Rib-A-Rama" on Iowa Island.  Carl is front and center showing off the ribs, Dave is on the right and Jim is in the back holding open the lids to the BBQ pits.  Some of the key players were  Carl the "Chief Cook" (left),  Jessie the "Pastry Girl" (center) and Dave Stolze (right) the sponsor for the event.  Thank you all.   

   We also have a pictures of ;  Mary, Judy and Carl  , a group dressed in  Red, White and Blue and last but not least,  a  (fuzzy) group picture of some of the rib eaters.       


05-29-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------      is of a miniature   Tug Boat  entering Lake Center Marina yesterday afternoon.      
A Commentary Against The  Proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park ------ written by Adolphus A Bush,  Chairman, Great Rivers Habitat Alliance was published in  Saturday's on-line Post Dispatch.     Please take a minute and read the article.  It makes a lot of sense to me.  Why build in the flood plain ?  For more info go to  STLtoday. 
Riverside Flea Market ------  The Riverside Flea Market in Grafton, IL  (near the Loading Dock) is going on this Sat and Sun.   For more information  click here.
Cedar Hill Resort Open 7 Days A Week ------ Cedar Hill will be open 7 days a week starting this Friday.  Live music this weekend....Sat....Tom Flynn.... 4 PM - 8 PM.... ..Sun....Tim... 2 PM - 6 PM. 
Sand Bar Restaurant Open Memorial Day ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant will be open for breakfast on weekends starting this Sat, Sun and Monday....... 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM.    The "2nd Nature Band" is playing outside on stage this Sat evening...... 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM.       Open on Monday ( Memorial Day)  and serving BBQ.

05-28-05
River Subs and A Bit Of War History ------     Dave Kelly sent us this picture of a  WW II Submarine  that is on display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI.    The city of  Manitowoc and the museum are both located on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The connection they have to the Mississippi River is that submarines were built in  Manitowoc during  WW II, loaded on floating dry docks and transported down the Illinois River and then the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.  Thanks for the picture and interesting story Dave.  

  Dave is out of Woodland Marina and part of the crew that is moving the Ovation  from La Crosse, WI to Detroit.  The Ovation is in  Manitowoc right now being reassembled and readied for the trip across the Great Lakes to Detroit.  See the 5-18-05 Daily Edition.

More Info On The Proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park ------ According to an article in Friday's on-line Post Dispatch, the City of St. Peters has an offer from a developer for the Lakeside 370 Business Park.  The proposed business park is slated to be built in the Mississippi River flood plain.   For more information go to STLtoday.
Alton Block Party Today ------  There is an   Alton Block Party on Saturday with  Mr Wizard performing on-stage.   The party is easy to get to from the  Alton Marina.  For more information go to STLtoday.

05-27-05

PICTURE DAY ON RIVERBILL'S

Classic Boat ------ A very classy looking old  Chris Craft  motoring around near Winfield Dam last Sunday afternoon.   I heard that it was a 1947 1940 model.  What a neat looking boat.
A Classy Go-Fast  Boat ------ Our friends   Dale and Todd  floating down the river and enjoying the day last Sunday afternoon in Dale's 26 ft. Nova.  
Smokin ------   Bill, Sue, Jack and Denise  clowning around, smokin Jack's cigars and enjoying the evening on Iowa Island last night.  
Chuck ------ Our friend   Chuck  was all smiles yesterday evening on Iowa.  Why ?    Because he was the first one and the only one that showed up for the Jamaica Daze planning meeting at the Sand Bar Restaurant on Wednesday.   The rumor is that RiverBill told Chuck the date for the meeting and then changed it.  Oops!     Come back next week Chuck.
Dancin As The Sun Sets ------  With a little coaching from Gary M,  Bernie  decided to dance on the food table yesterday as the sun was setting on another perfect evening.  Go girl !     And don't forget that classic cruiser in the background.
Glenn's Girls ------ Captain Glenn Sadowski, out of Woodland Marina, sent me this picture of some  River Girl wan-a-be's that he took while he was in Fort Lauderdale a couple of weeks ago.  Thanks for the picture Glenn.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 65 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/26/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR - HELP YOUR COUNTRY ------  The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to train for the following positions; Instructor, Publications, Water Operations and Vessel Examiner.  For more information click here.

Cedar Hill Resort Open 7 Days A Week ------ Cedar Hill will be open 7 days a week starting this Friday.  Live music this weekend....Sat....Tom Flynn.... 4 PM - 8 PM.... ..Sun....Tim... 2 PM - 6 PM. 
Sand Bar Restaurant Open Memorial Day ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant will be open for breakfast on weekends starting this Sat, Sun and Monday....... 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM.    The "2nd Nature Band" is playing outside on stage this Sat evening...... 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM.       Open on Monday ( Memorial Day)  and serving BBQ.

05-26-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another great  aerial picture  taken by Steve Schulte on 5-15- 05. It is of the  Clark Bridge and Mississippi River at Alton, IL.   Oh yeah, there are a few airplanes in the picture also.    Check out Steve's website by clicking  his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for this picture Steve !
124 Pound "World Record" Catfish Dies ------ According to an Illinois Department of Natural Resources press release, the 124 pound blue cat caught last Saturday in the Mississippi River was indeed an Illinois "State Record" and a "World Record".   It is sad to report that the record breaking fish died while being transported to a store that planned to put it on display in an aquarium.  For more information go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on-line Press Releases.   For photo go to the News-Review online.  For info on death of fish, go to MaconTelegraph.com.

05-25-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the upper decks being removed from the 125 ft long Ovation so it can fit under the low bridges on the Illinois River in Chicago.   This photo was sent in by one of the crew,  Dave Kelly.  Everyone is back home now from the first leg of the trip..  When the boat gets put back together they will take it across the Great Lakes to Detroit.     For more information check the archives for the story dated 05-18-05.     Thanks for the picture and update Dave. 
124 Pound Catfish Caught In The Mississippi River ------ According to an article in the "paper edition" of the Alton Telegraph, a man from Godfrey, named  Tim Pruitt, caught a 124 pound blue catfish in the Mississippi River Saturday night.  He hooked the fish near the confluence of the Mississippi and  Missouri using 30 pound test line.  Many reports have it as the largest blue catfish ever caught in Illinois and  "the world."   The fish will be put on display at  Cabela's aquarium in Kansas City for those of you interested in seeing it.  The good news is that Tim has decided to have the mammoth fish kept alive and eventually released back into the Mississippi River.     I salute that decision - Catch and release !       For more information see a paper edition of Tuesday's Alton Telegraph..    
Erosion Work On  Portage Island----- Captain Tony Trice e-mailed us some pictures that he took last weekend of some river maintenance work that is being done on Portage Island ( UMR 214).  He wrote, "It looks like routine work to keep the upstream end of the island from eroding away."  For larger pictures click on pic1, pic2, pic3, pic4..........   

Thanks for the river update and pictures Tony.

National Safe Boating Week Proclamation ------ The President of the United States has proclaimed this week,  May 21 through May 27,  as National Safe Boating Week.  Please take some time and read the President's  proclamation.  It states that recreational boating has grown into one of the nations most popular pastimes (we knew that)  and that the number of boating fatalities has decreased over the last decade.  

05-24-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of   Ernie, Sue and Sandy  on Iowa Island last Sunday enjoying the afternoon.    Looks almost tropical with the thatched  tiki umbrella in the background.  Thanks for the picture Tom.  

Jamaica Daze  Meeting ------ The 1st Jamaica Daze planning meeting will be held at the  Sand Bar Restaurant on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 PM.   We need some volunteers to help make this years party happen.  Drop by if you are interested participating.   There is a link to last years pictures in the upper left column of this page.  

Information on the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance  ------   Boaters in the Alton Lake area should be aware that there are serious issues facing the area they so love.  More and more land in the confluence flood plain of northern St. Charles County is getting gobbled up for development….a move which  makes access to the river more difficult in times of high water.

    Great Rivers Habitat Alliance (GRHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the 100-year Confluence Flood Plain in St. Charles County. It was founded in 2000 by a group of flood plain land owners concerned about the fast spreading development that threatens to destroy our area’s most valuable natural resource; the Confluence Flood Plain and wetlands.  Local board members include Jim Leonhard, Judy Bateman and Sue Schneider who are all committed to preserving this area.

   Most of us remember the flood of 1993 which cost American taxpayers $14 billion. No state was more impacted than Missouri. Unfortunately, floodplain development in the years since has been rampant and unchecked. In fact, according to Dr. Nicholas Pinter of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, no other region in the entire world is developing flood plains at the rate of St. Louis and St. Charles County, Missouri.

    Great Rivers Habitat Alliance is working to educate land owners, farmers, government officials and others who love the river about the importance of preserving this land for the sake of the environment and the wildlife habitat it provides.

   Let the land in northern St. Charles County be what it always has been….rich farmland and home for the wildlife so that everyone can enjoy it as is.

     For more information about our organization, visit us at www.grha.net or call (314) 241-2122.

 

Sue Schneider

Member of Board of Directors

Great River Habitat Alliance

 

Drag Boat Races ------   I received the following e-mail from Captain Darryll Weil about some of our fellow boaters doing some drag racing at Lake Wappapelo.    Darryll wrote:

  We went to the St. Louis Drag Boat Association races on Lake Wappapelo near Poplar Bluff to cook and help Big Dick's Halfway Inn Motorsports and Little John's Marine Service.  They had two boats to enter, a Pro Mod called "Dick Tator" and a Top Eliminator called "What A Ride".  Brutus driving "Dick Tator" made it to the final round and ran a better time than his opponent only to lose by red lighting at the line.  Mike in "What A Ride" had a valve seat come loose and drop in the motor during his first round, which he won because of his faster reaction time at the line.  After tearing down the motor we could not repair it to make the next round.  Weather threatened Sunday morning with rain but cleared up nicely by race time.  Maureen and I took a bunch of food to cook for the crew and she and Teri manned Big Dick's T-Shirt stand.

Check out the pics at:       http://www.captainweil.com/DragBoatRacesPoplarBluff2005   


05-23-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the  river crew  on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort yesterday afternoon.   The light breeze and sunny skies made it a fine place to have some lunch and watch the river flow by.   I got to visit with some long time river friends while we were there and I also got to meet some new ones.  Thanks Dave and Carrie for taking care of us.        


05-22-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  an awesome sunset that was sent in by Ron and Darlene Skeen of Two Branch Marina.  They snapped this picture last Wednesday evening from just below Hat Island.  Look at those colors !  Hat is at approximately  the UMR 235 mile marker.  Thanks for sharing your sunset with us Ron and Darlene..........   

A Raffle And Info On Construction Along The River In Calhoun County, Including A Marina------ There is an article in Friday's on-line Alton Telegraph about a raffle to benefit spinal research where for a $100 ticket, you can win a new house in one of Winneberg’s subdivisions that are located on and near the Mississippi River in Calhoun County, near Golden Eagle, IL.   Buried deep in the story is a note about a marina that that is being designed,  which will hold boats up to 36 feet in length..    For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.   

05-21-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is  of  Dennis, Sue & Friends from last week's Thursday Night Party at Iowa Island. Dennis Carroll is all smiles (center),  along with his wife, Sue, and friends.   

Corps To Study Sedimentation Problem At  Azcon Corp. Near Alton ------ According to an article in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch the Army Corp of Engineers will study the sedimentation problem in the vicinity of Azcon's dock that is located between the Clark Bridge and the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  Silting has been a problem in this area for about a decade.  For more information go to STLtoday.

North Shore Marina ------ Mr. Jack Gorecki told me he has a contract on North Shore Marina to purchase the propertyand that everything should be finalized by June 1st.  More information forthcoming .   

Drowning At Alton Riverfront ------ According to an article in Friday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, a teenager drowned on Thursday in the Mississippi River near the public access ramp at the east end of the Alton Marina.    For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.   

   * * * * The article also states that it is illegal to swim in the Mississippi River in Alton.* * * *


05-20-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is  named  best parking spot on the beach .   Bob didn't really park his boat like this. It was at the waters edge at one time, but when a larger boat was looking for a spot to park a bunch of guys picked up the john boat and moved it up on to the sand bar so that the larger boat could pull in.   Hope Bob isn't the last guy to leave. 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 63 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

05-19-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial shot of the river taken  somewhere near Winfield Lock and Dam .   Steve Schulte could not pin point the exact location, but I think he took this picture looking down river,  near the area of the Cuivre Slough.   You can almost see the bluffs at  the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in the far distance (right hand side of the picture).   I think that the channel of the Mississippi River is in the far distance and the Cuivre Slough is sort of in the center of the picture.  There looks to be a land locked slough in the right / bottom of the pic.  I am going to guess that the three large islands, from left to right,  are Peruque Island, Island No 508 and then Two Branch Island.   What do you think ?

   Check out Steve's website by clicking  his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for this picture Steve !

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance -----  I have added a link to the "Great Rivers Habitat Alliance".    This is a conservation organization that is working to preserve and sometimes enhance the flood plains and wetlands in our area.    I think that existing floodplains should remain floodplains to help prevent a flood disaster worst than we experienced in 1993.  Seems like some people have forgot all about the 93 flood already !     So please take a minute, look at their website and contact them if you are interested in what they are doing .   Lets preserve this great river that we boat on.  

    And hold that anchor line tight.......... there will be more information about this organization forthcoming.           

  The  Tiki Bar At Cedar Hill Will Be Open This Weekend  ----- The Tiki Bar on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort will be open this Saturday and Sunday for food and drinks.  Stop by and say hello ~ have a drink and get something to eat.  For more information, check out Cedar Hill's website ~click on their  link on the right hand side of this web page.   A few more pics have been added to their website  ~  A couple of aerial shots and a few cycles.
  Luttrell Marine's Adds "Featured Boat"  Section -----  Luttrell Marine has just added a "Featured Boat"  section on their web page.   If you are in the market for a different boat or just thinking about one, check out their select listings by clicking on the Luttrell Marine link on the right side of this web page. 

05-18-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  the 125 ft. Ovation  when it was in the  Alton Pool last weekend.    This grand looking vessel is being piloted by Captain Greg Sadowski and crew  from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan.  The first leg of this journey is down the Mississippi River from La Crosse to St. Louis and then up the Illinois River through Chicago and on to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.   

   I received an update from Dave Kelly and Greg yesterday evening.   They were on the Illinois River about 30 miles south of Chicago when they called.  They told me that on Wednesday a crane will remove the two upper most decks from the Ovation and load them on to a barge so that the boat will be able to clear the low bridges in that area.   Once out of Chicago,  the Ovation and the barge will travel Lake Michigan on to  Manitowoc, Wisconsin  where everything will be reassembled.   It will take about 1 week to put everything back together. 

   Then, Captain Greg and the crew will journey across the Great Lakes and on to Detroit, where the Ovation will be moored at the downtown riverfront and used as a used as a party boat.

   Thanks for the update and the picture. Have a safe Journey.............  By the way,  you guys have one heck of a job !    

More Sunday Blues At The Sand Bar Restaurant -----  The Sand Bar Restaurant has just added more more dates to their "Sunday Blues" lineup.   Willie Gene and the Blues Finger Band  will  be playing select dates on Sunday evenings in June, July and August.  Check out their entertainment calendar by clicking on the Sand Bar link on the right side of this web page ! 

05-17-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  Two Branch Rocky.   Ron Skeen snapped a picture  of this raccoon in action about 3:00 AM last Sunday morning at Two Branch Harbor.  Looks like the bandit was sitting on Ron and Darlene's  boat-dock-kitchen-counter..... having a feast on some left over cake.    Thanks for the sharing the picture Ron & Darlene
St. Peters Alderman Step Up Campaign for Lakeside 370----- According to an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch the campaign to get public support for the proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park will be stepped up by a St. Peters Alderman..      For more information go to STLtoday.
More High Heels On The Beach Pics---- Sue Ferguson emailed some pictures of everyone helping to set up for High Heels On The Beach Day.  Plus I added a few more pics of the gals.  Click here.
Elsah and  Pere Marquette Links---- A link to the Illinois river town of Elsah and a link to Pere Marquette have been added in the left hand column.

05-16-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the "Girls On The Beach In Heels".  The weather was cool and the wind was blowing.  It was enough to make an normal woman stay home, but the "River Girls" came through for the 1st annual High Heel Beach Day with flying colors !   The event was created and and sponsored by Mike D and Gary Meinershagen.  And as you can see, the River Girls are all smiles and having a good time showing off their heels.     For more pictures click here.
Body In Car Pulled From River at Alton Identified------ According to an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch the body found in the car that was recovered from the Mississippi River at the Alton riverfront on Friday was that of Wilma Bricker.  Bricker's car drove off the parking lot of the Alton Bell Casino into the river in March of 2002.    For more information go to STLtoday.
Flood Plain Development------ There is an interesting article in the Reed Construction Data about developing areas around us that were under water 12 years ago during the 1993 flood.      For more information go to Reed Construction Data.

05-15-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Jimmy Manno band at the Sand Bar last night with   Marty  helping out (?) on the keyboards.  "Rock On"  guys !
Today is "High Heel Beach Day" at Iowa Island -----  The first annual "High Heel Beach Day" is this Sunday at Iowa Island.  Bring your heels girls and join in the fun !  You ask, "How do you walk on the beach in heels ?" ~ ~ ~   No problem, there will be a runway and a stage.  I hear there might even be palm trees.  Judging starts  between noon and 2:00 PM. 

Prizes ~ Prizes !     

Sponsors for this event are Mike D and Gary Meinershagen. 

Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.
Jimmy Manno Is Playing at the Sand Bar ------ Jimmy Manno and his Acoustic Guitar is playing tonight ( Saturday ) at the Sand Bar Restaurant.   Check out the Entertainment Calendar on the Sand Bar's  website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

05-14-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial shot, taken by Steve Schulte,  of the towboat Kelly Rae Erickson moving some heavy equipment for Andrie, Inc down the Illinois River  a few weeks ago.  The equipment was headed to a job site somewhere up the Mississippi River.   Check out Steve's website by clicking  his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for the photo Steve !
Sunday is "High Heel Beach Day" at Iowa Island -----  The first annual "High Heel Beach Day" is this Sunday at Iowa Island.  Bring your heels girls and join in the fun !  You ask, "How do you walk on the beach in heels ?" ~ ~ ~   No problem, there will be a runway and a stage.  I hear there might even be palm trees.  Judging starts  between noon and 2:00 PM. 

Prizes ~ Prizes !     

Sponsors for this event are Mike D and Gary Meinershagen. 

Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.
Jimmy Manno Is Playing at the Sand Bar ------ Jimmy Manno and his Acoustic Guitar is playing tonight ( Saturday ) at the Sand Bar Restaurant.   Check out the Entertainment Calendar on the Sand Bar's  website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

05-13-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is photo taken by Captian Greg Sadowski of some   white pelicans  against a very blue sky.  Greg took this picture from the  96 ft Skipperliner named the Royal Princess II that he piloted down the Mississippi River  to Corpus Christie, Texas a few weeks ago.  Thanks for the photo Greg. .
Grafton Condos Update------ There is an update in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about the Timber Ridge and the Wild Rivers Condos that are being built in Grafton, IL.  The Timber Ridge units will perch on the side of a bluff above the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  The Windy Rivers Condos are at the eastern edge of Grafton between the river and Route 100.   For more information on both go to  Statuary.
Fight Water Pollution------ There is an article in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about Chesterfield, Mo.  joining the fight on water pollution. I am mentioning this article because there is a lot of good information in it about how you and I can help keep our rivers cleaner.   Please take a minute to look at this one.  Go to  STLtoday.
Friday The 13th Party At Chuck's House ------Our friend, Chuck Beach, is having a party tonight at his house by the River. It starts at 7:00 PM.  Bring your own chairs and drinks.  Music by "The Last Call" band.  Party is tonight "Rain" or "Shine".  For more information  click here.
Sunday is "High Heel Beach Day" at Iowa Island -----  The first annual "High Heel Beach Day" is this Sunday at Iowa Island.  Bring your heels girls and join in the fun !  You ask, "How do you walk on the beach in heels ?" ~ ~ ~   No problem, there will be a runway and a stage.  Judging starts  between noon and 2:00 PM. 

Prizes ~ Prizes !     

Sponsors for this event are Mike D and Gary Meinershagen. 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 60 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow."           (Report made on 5/12/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.
Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.
Jimmy Manno Is Playing at the Sand Bar ------ Jimmy Manno and his Acoustic Guitar is playing this Friday and Saturday at the Sand Bar Restaurant.   Check out the Entertainment Calendar on the Sand Bar's  website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

05-12-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is view looking up  the slough that runs past Heartland Marina  yesterday afternoon.   This slough and the island that separates this body of water  from the Dardenne Slough  is not named on my map, but I can tell you that it is located at approximately the UMR 223.4 mile marker.  As we motored up the slough, our friends Larry and Debbie Mahrs hailed us down from their dock, so we tied up chatted with them for a while. Some of you may remember Larry from the crew that got hit by the flying Asian Carp two weeks in a row last September.  Click here and scroll down view those  pictures from the "Archives".
Search For Car Halted ------ According to an article in Wednesday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, the search for the car belonging to the retired school teacher that drove into the Mississippi River in March of 2002 has been halted indefinitely.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.

05-11-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another  "Award Winning" photo of the Clark Bridge  taken by Pat Reid.  He snapped this picture just a few weeks ago as the morning sun was starting to peek out from behind the clouds, creating a beautiful orange and red glow in the sky and reddish reflections on the surface of the water of the Mississippi River.     Above the sun and the silhouette of the bridge is a flock of geese flying by.  What a photo !   Check out Pat's website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks Pat for sending us another one of your great river photo's.
City Of Alton Adds More Patrols At Dam ------ According to an article in Tuesday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, the aldermanic committee recommended that the Alton City Council approve a resolution that authorizes the mayor of Alton to sign an agreement with the Corps of Engineers to add more police patrols around Lock and Dam 26.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.
St. Peters Has Agreement With Corps On Extent Of Lakeside Wetlands ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch, the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of St. Peters have reached an agreement on the size of the wetlands involved in the Lakeside 370 Business Park.  The proposed business park is in the Mississippi River flood plain.  No permit has been issued.    For more information go to STLtoday.
Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.

05-10-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------  is another excellent aerial shot of Cedar Hill Resort  taken by Steve Schulte around the beginning of May. This one is a good shot of the layout of the place.  Look for these pictures on the Cedar Hill website soon    Check out Steve's website and the Cedar Hill website by clicking  the links on the right hand side of this web page. ......... Thanks for the photo Steve !
RIVER CLOSURE  ~ UMR  200 - 204 ------ According to ITCS Memo # 2258 the Mississippi River will be closed to navigation on 05/10/05 from UMR 200 to 204,  0600 to 1000 due to diving operations of local police department.   For complete information go to the  ITCS Memo # 2258.
Search Continues For  Car Off Of Alton Riverfront ------ According to an article in Monday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, the search continued last Sunday for the car of a retired school teacher who drove into the Mississippi River in 2002.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.
Pictures From Con Trios Yacht Club Past Commodore's Party  ------  I received the following information and some party pictures from Darryll Weil.

   Saturday, May 7th, the Past Commodores of the Con Trios Yacht Club held their annual party at the Point at Polestar Marina on the Dardenne Slough.  The theme was "Surf and Turf", which worked well with the river setting and Kentucky Derby as well as the food, shrimp and prime rib. Great weather, great people, great food and a great turnout made for a very enjoyable afternoon, evening and then a moonlight boat ride on Rich Shamel's boat "Sin or Swim". 

   Darryll has posted some pictures from the party on his website.  To view them click here.  Thanks for the pictures Darryll.  

NOTE:  If you are interested in joining Con Trios Yacht Club ~ Check their website for information by clicking the link on the left side of this web page.

Another Item Has Been Added To Our Lost & Found ------   Rick Haines lost a small cooler Thursday night 5/5/05 on Iowa Island. Color : white with a blue top. Contents: water and a stainless steel flask full of Tequila. Please advise if you picked this up for me. Thanks
Rickhaines04@aol.com

05-09-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------  is an excellent aerial shot of Cedar Hill Resort  taken by Steve Schulte around the beginning of May.  Cedar Hill is located at approximately the  UMR 240.5 mile marker, which puts it about 1 mile below Winfield Lock and Dam.    Check out Steve's website and the Cedar Hill website by clicking  the links on the right hand side of this web page. Watch for another Cedar Hill pic tomorrow .....................Thanks for the photo Steve !
Public Meeting About Proposed Improvements At Winfield Dam ------ There is an article  in Sunday's on-line Quincy Herald-Whig  about a public meeting at the American Legion in Old Monroe where the Corps of Engineers will present tentative plans for  improvements at Lock and Dam 25.  A change is proposed on how water levels are controlled .   For the complete story go to whig.com.

05-08-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of Darlene and Ron's son,  Johnny , who stopped by the dock at Two Branch Marina to "Show Off"  before the Junior Prom.   Johnny attends Orchard Farm High School and the Prom was at Beefeaters Restaurant in St Charles. ~ ~ ~ ~  Only  "Real River Rats"  would understand why a teenager would stop at the boat dock before heading for the Prom.   Way to go Johnny !
First Pleasure Boat of The Season ------ Here is a picture, taken Saturday by the Winfield Live Cam, of the 1st pleasure boat  "that I have seen" locking through Winfield Dam  this season..  

05-07-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is   Jeanie, Chloe (18 months) and Amanda .  This picture was taken last night at Kinder's Restaurant ( of course) of grandma, daughter and grandbaby.  Three generations of river girls.    
Fisherman Report Spotting Car Off Of Alton Riverfront ------ According to an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph, Fishermen using sophisticated ultrasound and sonar reported spotting a car about 100 yards off of Alton's riverfront near the spot where a retired school teacher drove her car into the Mississippi River in 2002.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.
Plans For Downtown St. Louis Riverfront ------ There is an interesting article in Friday's on-line Post Dispatch about how St. Louis is looking for ideas on improving the downtown riverfront.     For the complete story go to STLtoday.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis):56 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow.       (Report made on 5/5/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

05-06-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of some of the   River Girls  last night at Iowa Island. The  River Crew    celebrated Cinco De Mayo  on the sandbar and a good time was had by all..
Update on Royal Princess II ------ Captain Greg Sadowski called yesterday evening with an update on their trip and then emailed us a picture of   Greg, Tom and Dave  (left to right) standing in front of the boat used in the movie "Captain Ron".    The Royal Princess II is now in Kemah, Texas and all is going good.   They have 200 miles to go to Corpus Christie and plan to get there on Saturday..... Then,  the long drive home.  See you early next week guys.

05-05-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is just   Happy Cinco De Mayo  to everyone.  Oh buoy !

05-04-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of the  Royal Princess II  yesterday in Morgan City, La.  Captain Greg Sadowski sent it to me from his laptop over a cell phone. The 96 ft Skipperliner was in St. Louis last week, moored at Woodland Marina and the  "Pic Of The Day"  on 4-28-05.     Tom, Dave and  Greg said in their e-mail that they just bought some fresh shrimp from one of the boats for $2.50 / lb. !    Check out their trip report below.  Thanks for the picture guys !  
Update On River Trip Of The Royal Princess II ------  As most of you know the Royal Princess II was in St. Louis last week, moored at Woodland Marina while traveling down the Mississippi River from La Crosse, Wisconsin  to Corpus Christie, Texas.     I got an e-mail and picture from Greg yesterday and a phone call from Dave Kelly  with a trip update.   They  have averaged about  230 miles per day, the boat always attracts a lot of attention and "all is well".   The first day out of  St. Louis they made  Cairo, IL   The 2nd night was spent in Memphis, Tennessee and Dave said "the ribs there were really good !"  The 3rd night was at the fuel dock in Greenville.   Now they are "off " the Mississippi River and traveling the Atchafalaya River.  Tomorrow they are heading towards Galveston, Texas................  Have a safe trip guys and take lots of pictures for us..    
Grafton Towboat Festival  ------  (With a good link to "Bitts& Bytes" this time)  The Grafton Towboat Festival is scheduled for June 25 & 26.   Jack Simpson has a good article about the upcoming festival in the  Bitts & Bytes - Little River Books Newsletter, April 25, 2005   Open the link and scroll down to the "On the Waterfront" section.   

Man Who Jumped From Bridge Shot Himself 5 Times ~ Then Jumped ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph, the man  that jumped from the Clark Bridge to his death last week  had shot himself  5 times, then drove to Clark Bridge and jumped to his death.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.

Sand Bar Restaurant ~ Grand Opening Pictures ------  Check out the Sand Bar website .  I just added pictures from the "Grand Opening Party"  last Friday night.  Click on the their link in the upper right hand corner of this web page.


05-03-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of a  blue sunset   as seen looking up-river from the Winfield Dam last Saturday evening with one lonely  towboat pushing two barges up river to destinations unknown.  This picture is from the Winfield Dam live Cam.
Grafton Towboat Festival  ------ The Grafton Towboat Festival is scheduled for June 25 & 26.   Jack Simpson has a good article about the upcoming festival in the  Bitts & Bytes - Little River Books Newsletter, April 25, 2005.    Open the link and scroll down to the "On the Waterfront" section.   
Body Pulled From River  ------ According to an article in Monday's on-line Alton Telegraph, a body was pulled out of the Mississippi River about 1/2 mile west of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  Authorities believe it is of the man that jumped from the Clark Bridge last week.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.

05-0205
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of   two geese   taking to flight this last Saturday on the Illinois River.  Looks like they are trying to run on top of the water as well as become airborne. This picture was taken by Captain Glenn Sadowski who boats out of Woodland Marina on the boat "High Life".  Thanks for the picture Glenn !
Students Tour Alton Lock And Dam  ------ According to an article in Friday's on-line Alton Telegraph,  students from area schools got to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dan last week.    For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.
Welcome New Sponsor - Luttrell Marine -------  Luttrell Marine is the newest sponsor on RiverBill's.  If you want to buy or sell a boat just contact Rich or Bob at Luttrell Marine and they will take care of you.  They have moved to a  new location at the Yacht Club of St. Louis, so drop by and check out their new place of business. Click on their link in the right hand column for more information, including a map, phone numbers, e-mail address and a link to boat listings..

05-01-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of the  Cajun Cabin   that is owned by Gary and Judy Meinershagen.  Gary and Judy boat out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis in "Beads Beads Beads".  I was driving past their club house last week and it seemed to be sitting there glowing in the sun and wanting of me to stop and take it's picture. So I did.   You have to agree that because of the color, this place really stands out.      The cabin is located on Lehmond Island and was  built in 1959 by Gary's father and uncle.  A person can spot the cabin from the upper end of Dardenne Slough at around the UMR 227.5 mile marker.  It sets  2 or 3 houses in from the slough.   Lehmond Island has almost become part of the mainland these days at normal water levels, but when  the water comes up a bit, it is an island.  When the water gets to high Gary and Judy have to go in by small boat, just like they do in the  Louisiana Bayou Cajun Country ~ ~  hence~ ~ "The Cajun Cabin". The Cajun colors were artfully chosen by Judy ~ ~ Good Job Judy!      If you are ever in the neighborhood Gary says  "Stop in and say hello".      

    Gary and Judy happen to be in yesterday's "Pic of the Day".  Judy is wearing the "Cajun Cabin" colored top  and Gary is beside her in the light tan jacket.  Thanks for sharing the info on your cabin with us !

No Sign of Man That  Jumped From Bridge  ------ According to an article in Friday's on-line Alton Telegraph,  the body of the man that jumped from the Cark Bridge last Wednesday has not been found.   For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.

04-30-05   (11:00 update)
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of some of the River Crowd   at the Grand Opening Party at the Sand Bar Restaurant last night.   There was a good turn out despite the weather and a good time was had by all. &nbspFirst of all, everyone got an Island Lei upon arrival ~ ~ ~ ~ The free Hors d' oeuvres were really good ~~ The Bud Girl had fun handing out the Budweiser goodies, courtesy of Eddie at Krey Distributing ~~ The 2 piece Jimmy Manno band was belting out the tunes and had the party goers dancing late into the night ~~ I salute the bartenders and waitresses for doing an excellent job, everyone kept them really busy!   All in all I would say that it was a "Grand" opening.   Look for pictures on the Sand Bar's website soon.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I also got to meet some new folks last night.   There was Jan Williams of "Williams Marine Clean" ~ ~ ~ Eddie of Krey Distributing ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Bob Weider of Metro East Fiberglass ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Jeannie Weider of Shakers Bath House, a "Self Service Dog Wash" ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ It was good meeting you all !

04-29-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of a   helicopter heading up river   a couple of weeks ago near Royal Landing.   It looks like it is low enough that it could pull a water skier.
Man Jumps From Clark Bridge on Wednesday ------ According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, a man jumped from the Clark Bridge into the Mississippi River on Wednesday morning.   Rescue attempts were unsuccessful.     For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.
Royal Princess II Was Spotted In Iowa ------ It is a small world. Our friend, Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin' e-mailed me that she spotted the Royal Princess passing the "city front" in Clinton, Iowa on April 24th and snapped a picture.   Kathy says "Neat Boat"............ Thanks for the info Kathy.
By Owner Yachts - Boat of the Month ------ "By Owner Yachts" has placed a new AD in the main body of  RiverBill's.    Scroll down and check out the "Boat of the Month" ! 
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 58 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on night crawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/28/2005)."
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

04-28-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of a 96 ft. Skipperliner,   Royal Princess II,   moored at Woodland Marina.   I got an invitation to tour the party boat from my friend Dave Kelly, so yesterday afternoon Mike D and I got to get on board, meet the captain and crew, and take a tour.   The boat is brand new and in route down the Mississippi River from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Corpus Christi, Texas.   They stopped Tuesday night at Woodland Marina and will continue the journey down the Mississippi Thursday morning.   The boat is being delivered and piloted by Captain Greg Sadowski   and a crew of two.   From left to right are;   Tom Pleimann, Dave Kelly and the Captain, Greg Sadowski.   All three guys live in St. Louis and I know that both Greg and Dave have boats in Woodland.   The rest of their journey will take about 12 days to continue down the Mississippi and across the Gulf of Mexico to their destination.   What a trip it should be !   Dave Kelly is going to try to send us some updates and picture while they are in route.   If that don't work he promised us a trip report and photo's on their return.   I am going to add a "Trip Page" to RiverBill's for them.   Thanks for the tour, thanks for chatting with us and most of all have a sfe journey guys.....
More Opposition For Flood Plain Projects ------ According to an article in yesterdays on-line Post Dispatch there is a new group named   "Safeguard Our St. Charles County"   that is opposed to flood plain development.   The group formed about 3 months ago and has already mailed out 20,000 fliers to area residences to help broaden support.   If you are interested and want more information go to STLtoday.

04-27-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is one where you have to take a double look !   It is of the Golden Eagle Ferry right in front of Kinders. This picture was taken by Captain Gary Bowers out of Woodland Marina and it looks like he caught the ferry heading up-river towards the ferry landing by Kinders ?   Thanks for the picture Gary !
Illinois Drawing Schedule for Public Waterfowl Blinds ------ For the waterfowl hunters among us, I have included the "Illinois Department of Natural Resources" drawing schedule for public waterfowl blinds.   This includes those on Pool 26 of the Mississippi River.   For complete information and schedule go to http://dnr.state.il.us/pubaffairs/2005/April/BlindDraws.htm.

04-26-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is of a   Turtle Fest in the Lehmond Island Slough last Sunday morning.   These guys were all negotiating for a spot on this one log in the middle of the slough to get in some "Sun Time".   There were more turtles on the log when we first seen them, but some slipped off into the water as I approached.   Looks like there are still about 15 -16 left when this picture was taken, depending if you count them on the small picture or on the full size one.   Lehmond Island Slough is located between Dardenne Slough and Highway B at approximately the UMR 227 -228 mile marker.

04-25-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is of some of the Woodland Crowd on a cold and windy Sunday morning.   I am going to name it   Friends.     Captain Dave Kelly, of the boat GYPSY ROSE TOO , sent us this picture that he took yesterday morning after breakfast on the dock.   Dave wrote that he tried to include himself in the pic, but the timer on the camera wouldn't cooperate.   Thanks for the picture Dave.
US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Plain Estimates ------ There was another story in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about Flood Plains.   Last year the Corps of Engineers lowered their estimate for potential flood levels around St. Louis and many experts say they are to low.   Go to STLtoday to read the complete story.
Water Resources Development Act ------ The on-line "Waterways Journal" reports that Congress has passed the "Water Resources Act" that, among other things, authorizes the construction of seven new locks on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.   Go to the on-line Waterways Journal to read the complete story.
04-24-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is a shot looking down Dardenne Slough last Thursday from the Yacht Club of St. Louis.   Old Glory is front and center, but if you look real hard you can see the white balls on the power lines crossing the slough.& nbsp The Yacht Club is at approximatley the UMR 225 mile marker and that is Bolter Island on the left hand side of the picture.
Flood Plain Management and the City Of St. Peters' Levee Plan ------ There was an interesting story in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about Flood Plain Management and the proposed St. Peters levee that was written by the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.   The story recounts the destruction caused by the 1993 flood and the buyout of floodplain properties that followed.   He calls the proposed levee a step backwards.   Go to STLtoday to read the complete story.
Plans For Marquette and Joliet Interpretive Center ------ There was an article in yesterday's on-line Alton Telegraph about plans to create a museum and interpretive center in the river bend area dedicated to the explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet's expedition down the Mississippi River in 1673.   During their expedition the explorers stopped at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers at what now is Grafton.   For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.
Eagles Nest Along Highway Near Alton ------ There was an article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about a pair of eagles nesting right along side of Illinois Highway 143, about a mile southwest of Alton and how it has become a roadside attraction.   There are two adult eagles are tending to two baby chicks in the nest and it all can be easily seen from the highway without the aid of binoculars.   For more information go to STLtoday.
Visit Principia College - See the Mississippi River Valley ------ Principia College near Elsah, IL invites neighbors to visit the college atop the bluffs along the Great River Road on May 1st.   Visitors can tour the campus, see an ongoing excavation of a wooly mammoth and view the Mississippi River Valley.   For more information go to STLtoday.
Sand Bar Restaurant Has Own Website ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center has it's own web site now !   The home page looks about the same as it did when it was on RiverBill's except some links for picture pages have been added.   It is an easy domain name to remember --   www.SandBarRestaurant.net.   Just remember - it is a ".net" website .

04-23-05
The River Picture Of The Day & Update on the Towboat America ! ------ Our picture today is of the Towboat America in its new home north of Kampsville Ferry on the Calhoun County side of the Illinois River.   Looks like the Goldenrod Showboat moored next to it.   These pictures were taken from the Kampsville Ferry last weekend by Captain George Schindel in his land vehicle.   The America is still all rusty looking, but George told me he seen men working on both of the vessels .  Stayed tuned for more information.   Thanks for the pictures George !
Navigation Notice - Melvin Price Lock & Dam Closure ------ The main locks at Melvin Price Lock and Dam are scheduled to be closed on April 25 & 26 for repairs to the miter gate machinery.   For more information go to ITCS Memo #2251

04-22-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ Is of a rustic looking house on Dardenne Slough that has always caught my attention.   It is located at approximately the UMR 227.5 mile marker.
Developer wants homes on Alton Bluff top ------ According to an article in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch there is a proposal for a new bluff top subdivision in Alton overlooking the Mississippi River. It will be about 2 miles up stream from the Clark Bridge.   For more information go to the STLtoday.com.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of the Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 60 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2005)."
To view the complete report - pick the   "Fishing Report"   link on the left hand column of this web page.

04-22-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ Is of a boat shaped like a wooden shoe - taken by Captain Darryll Weil on his trip to Amsterdam this spring.   What an unusual looking boat !   Darryll boats out of Woodland Marina and has sent in quite a few pictures that we have posted on RiverBill's.   Thanks Darryll - and - keep them coming !

04-20-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ Is an aerial shot of the Duck Club's - 2nd Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - taken last Saturday by Captain Glenn Sadowski.   You can really get a feel for the layout of the Duck Club from this photo and why it is considered one of the best marinas on Alton Pool.   I had the pleasure to meet Glenn last Friday night at the Sand Bar.   You might recall that he was in one of the pictures posted on 4-16-05 with Steve Schulte and myself.   Thanks Glenn, for the great aerial photo !
"Mississippi River Lock Legislation" and " Report on Neglect of Upper Mississippi River System" ------ The on-line "Bitts & Bytes" newsletter has 2 articles about the upper Mississippi River that might be of interest to you.   Go to Bitts & Bytes for the articles named "Mississippi River Locks Legislation Moves To Senate Floor" and "MARC 2000 Reports on Neglect of Upper Mississippi River System".
Sharkey's Cove,   My River Home   and   Palisades Yacht Club Restaurant Ratings ------ An article in STLtoday.com (the on-line Post Dispatch) listed the "Restaurant Ratings" from the St. Charles County Inspectors for the following river eating establishments;   Sharkey's Cove,  My River Home   and   Palisades Yacht Club.   For more information go to STLtoday.com.

04-19-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is from the other side of the world.   Ronnie Stevens, who boats out of Two Branch Marina, is in China right now and sent the following e-mail;
Bill, I'm over in China and I sure am glad I can get on your web site to get news from the River.   I tried to make a deal on a new boat.   As you can see she is a real looker.   I especially like the 57 Chevy fins.   It's not the Mississippi, but a boat ride on the Yellow Sea is better than nothing.
See you all next weekend,
Ron
Flood Estimates - Flawed ------ There was an article in Monday's On-Line Post Dispatch about the Army Corps of Engineers' flood study and how the Missouri Coalition for the Environment want it withdrawn and completely re-done.   One of the first projects affected by the challenge may be the St. Peters Lakeside 370 Business park.   For the complete story go to Stltoday.com.
More Lost and Found ------ Added a pair of sandals lost on Sunday at Iowa Island to the "Lost and Found" page.

04-18-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is some of the   Boaters.   on Iowa Island yesterday afternoon. The river was "up" a bit, but the weather was PERFECT !
New Sponsor - Ron Meier and By Owner Yachts ------ Welcome Ron Meier and "By Owner Yachts" as the newest sponsor on RiverBill's.   I am sure a lot of you know Ron or have seen him on the river, he has been boating the Mississippi for quite a while.     If you want to buy or sell a boat contact him at   636-485-9788   or by e-mail   ron@byowneryachts.com.   Check out their website by clicking on the web link on the right hand side of this webpage.

04-17-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is another photo from Steve Schulte.   It was taken in 2004 - but it reminded me so much of the way Dardenne Slough looked Friday evening that I decided to post it today.   I have titled it   "Logs".   The logs look so thick that you could walk across them to the other side.   This photo looks like it was taken on Dardenne Slough. The power lines can be seen in the distance and   Thanks for the photo Steve.
LOST & FOUND ------ We have a new feature on RiverBill's -- LOST & FOUND.   Debbie House made the suggestion to me that we need a LOST & FOUND. Sounded like a real good idea, so I added it.   In her email Debbie told me that she told me about the camera that she lost last year, even though it happened last year I decided to make it the first item on the list.   Take a look at the "LOST & FOUND" --- If anyone found her camera last year, please contact her.   Thanks for the suggestion Debbie ! .
Duck Club's Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - Today ------ The Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market is this Saturday and Sunday.   Click on info, names & numbers,   what,where,when for more information, or you can call Milton Ohlsen at 314-277-5922.   For map click here.

04-16-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is of some of the River Crowd   last night at "Opening Day" of the Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center Marina.   Scott and Robbin had good turn out and thank everyone for dropping by !   I got to meet Steve Schulte (center) and his friend Glen (left) in person last night.   Until last night Steve and had never met each other - we had just been in contact via. e-mail. Look for some of Steve's great river photographs on the walls of the Sand Bar real soon.   I also got to talk to my long time friend, River Jim.   Pictures from last night will be added to the Sand Bar's webpage later on this weekend or early next week.
Duck Club's Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - Today & Tomorrow ------ The Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market is this Saturday and Sunday.   Click on info, names & numbers,   what,where,when for more information, or you can call Milton Ohlsen at 314-277-5922.   For map click here.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of the Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 56 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2005)."
To view the complete report pick the   "Fishing Report"   link on the left hand column of this web page.

04-15-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is unique view of Alton and the Clark Bridge   taken by Steve Schulte.   This is a shot from the Missouri side of the river, looking at Alton through the Clark Bridge.   The very modern lines of the bridge really offset the look of the older buildings staggered up the hill in the background.  And !   Alton Marina can be seen in the lower right hand corner.   Thanks for another great photo Steve.   Check out his website by clicking on the link on the right hand side of this webpage.
The Sand Bar Restaurant Opens Today ! ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant, at Lake Center Marina, opens for business this afternoon at 4:00 PM.   Make sure to stop by and Check It Out !   For map click here.
Duck Club's Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - This Saturday & Sunday ------ The Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market is this Saturday and Sunday.   Click on info, names & numbers,   what,where,when for more information, or you can call Milton Ohlsen at 314-277-5922.   For map click here.
Cedar Hill Resort ------ Cedar Hill Resort will be open 7 days a week starting Memorial Day Weekend.   Check their website for a few new pictures that just got added.   There is an aerial view, a few new pictures of the Restaurant and Bar area and a couple new photos of folks at the Tiki Bar.   Click on the link on the right side of this web page.

04-14-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an "Award Winning" photo of the Clark Bridge   taken early last Monday morning just when the night was starting to turn into the twilight of the morning.   The lighting on the bridge really stands out against the reddish early morning sky in the background and reflections of the lights on the water of the Mississippi River.   This photo was taken by Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography".   Check out his website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks for another great picture Pat -- keep them coming.

04-13-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of some of the   boats along the beach   at Iowa Island on the Sunday before last.   The river level was lower then and the tress had just a hint on green starting to show.
Alton, Amry Corps of Engineers & IDOT To Study Riverfront Silt Problems ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph, the City of Alton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and IDOT will study the riverfront near Alton to determine causes for silt accumulation around Azcon Scrap Corp and the piers of the Clark Bridge.   For more information go to the on-line Telegraph.

04-12-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of a lonely towboat heading down river   near the UMR 228 mile marker last Sunday evening.   The sun was already down past the horizon, but it still provided a reddish sky and red reflections off the water.
This is the only place in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois ------ Make a statement like that and expect a rebuttal.   According to Kathy FLippo of Tow Talkin, who has probably traveled the length of the Mississippi River more times than most of us have backed our boats out of the dock, says there are more places in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois besides here in St. Louis.   Kathy wrote this response to my assumption in yesterday's edition.
"It might be but it ain't.   The sun sets over Illinois down at Dogtooth Bend, UMR mile 21 to 23 and at UMR mile 14 to 17 in the Sisters Island, Scudder Towhead, Grand Lake Towhead and Thompson Towhead neighborhood.   You know of course that there is Illinois real estate on the right descending bank of the UMR also, don't you?   There at mile 110.5 up to 118.5 you are running through Illinois on both banks.   In fact the whole little town of Kaskaskia Illinois is on the Missouri side!     We fleeted at Farmer's landing light, mile 111.5.  --------   And tit for tat, a little chunk of Missouri real estate is over on the left descending bank of the UMR mile 76.5 to 79.3. It is called Grand Tower Island, Perry County, Missouri.  
Thanks for the info Kathy and keep those e-mails coming.   They are much appreciated and I learn something every time......... Make sure to check out the "Tow Talkin" link on the left hand side of this webpage.

04-11-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the sun setting over Calhoun County, IL   last Sunday evening near UMR 224 mile marker.   This might be the only place in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois.
Weird Ducks ------ What were those weird ducks in yesterday's "Pic of the Day" ?   Captain Gary Bowers, Captain Rick Sievers and last but not least, Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin emailed me that they are "Hooded Merganser" ducks.     Kathy added the following bit of information   "You don't want to ever eat any of the merganser family, hooded, red-breasted or American. They are fishers and taste AWFUL "     Captain Rick Sievers wrote, "They are rather uncommon and not often seen. they tend to be more in woodland lakes and quiet streams."       Thanks Gary, Rick and Kathy
Check Out The Con Trios Yacht Club Web Site ------ A lot of pictures have just been added to the Con Trios website from the "Spring Ice Breaker Party" last month at Pere Marquette Lodge.   We have also posted the latest newsletter on-line - Look it over.   Click on their hot-link on the left side of this web page and take a look.   If you are interested in joining Con Trios click on the "Membership Information" button for more info.
Duck Club Restaurant and Palisades Yacht Club rated by St. Charles County Inspectors ------ According to a report in Sunday's On-Line Post Dispatch, the Duck Club Restaurant and Palisades Yacht Club Restaurant were inspected by St. Charles County Inspectors. To check the ratings go to Stltoday.com.

04-10-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is a   "Great Shot"   taken by Steve Schulte of a couple of weird looking ducks   on the Mississippi River near the Alton Lock and Dam.   If anyone knows what kind of ducks Steve took a picture of - please let us know.     Make sure to check out Steve's website - click on the hot-link on the right hand side of this web page.
Clarksville burial mound ------ There was an article in Saturday's   "On-line Quincy Herald Whig"   about the fate of Clarksville's Skylift that was built on top of a Native American burial mound in the 1960's.   On one side are the city and the developer who want to restore it to its former glory.   On the other side are the Sac and Fox Nations who lay claim to the human remains.   For more information go to whig.com.
Check Out The Cedar Hill Web Site ------ A lot of pictures have just been added to their web site.   Click on their hot-link on the right hand side of this web page and take a look.   If you were at Cedar Hill last year you might be in one of them .
Fishing Report don't display properly ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation "Fishing Report" doesn't display properly when opened.   I have sent an e-mail to inform them.

04-09-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of some house trailers   all lined up along the bank on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River near UMR 230.5 mile marker.
Flood Plain Development Criticized ------ There was an article in Friday's On-line Post Dispatch about flood plane development in the St. Louis area and how it will cause more frequent and larger floods.   For more information go to Stltoday.com.
First Fishing Report Of The Year ------ For you fisherman out there I have included the Mississippi River portion of first fishing report of the year from the Missouri Department Of Conservation.
"Mississippi River   (above St. Louis): 52 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2005)."
To view the complete report go to   http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/fish/fishrt/.

04-08-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the "Sand Bar Girls".   From left to right are; Debbie, Kacey, Robbin, Michele, Dani and Alyse.   I stopped by yesterday evening when Scott and Robbin and some of the new staff were getting ready for opening day next Friday.   I got to take a look at the new Caribbean color scheme, meet everyone and take a few pictures.   The place looks good !   Make sure to drop by and say "Hello" next Friday !
Eye On The River ------ Keep Your "Eye On The River" right here at RiverBill's.   We added a new feature today thanks to some slick programming work by Captain Gary Bowers out of Woodland Marina.   The new chart at the top of this web page has all of the river levels for Alton Pool, water temperature, and weather conditions in one spot.   The data is checked for updates every 15 minutes and updated when something changes. Thanks Gary !

04-07-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ "Is A Blast From The Past" - It is of boats all anchored-out and rafted-up at the 2001 Shoot Out.   This picture is was sent in by Tom and Sandy.   More to come.   Thanks guys !
Bill In Senate To Increase Fee For Certificate Of Number ------ There is a Bill, SB 445, in the Missouri State Senate that proposes to increase the fee for a certificate of number.   This act increases the fee for a certificate of number when registering the following watercraft: (1) Under 16 feet in length from $10 to $20; (2) 16 feet to 26 feet in length from $20 to $55; (3) 26 feet to 40 feet in length from $30 to $100; and (4) 40 feet and longer from $40 to $150.   For information go to www.senate.mo.gov.   Thank you Dave Haas for providing us this information.
Advertisement AD's ------ I have started rotating the Advertisment ADs on the right hand side of this webpage to give each advertiser a spot at the top of the page.   It will be a regular thing from here on out.

04-06-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a southbound work-tow locking through Winfield Dam yesterday pushing   a work barge containing channel buoys.   This picture is from the US Army Corps of Engineers Live-cam at Winfield Dam.
33 unit Condo Proposed Near Polestar Marina ------ There was an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch about a proposal to build a 33 unit condo building next door to Polestar Marina. The unit would be about 20 feet in the air, have waterfront balconies and are planned to be above the 500 year flood line.   For information go to Stltoday.com.
A Bit of Info About the New Piasa Park ------ There was an article in Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the improvements at the new Piasa Park that sets along the Great River Road near Alton, IL.   For more information click here. Here are some RiverBill pictures taken a few weeks ago of the park area, the Piasa Bird and the caves. Here is a close up of just the Piasa Bird.
Navigation Hazard Near Kinders Dock ------ FYI - There is a navigation hazard near the down stream end of the docks in front of Kinders.   I seen it there a few weeks ago from Kinders lower parking lot and it has not moved. It is sticking out of the water at the current river levels, but keep it in mind if the water levels go up.

04-05-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a couple of   boats anchored behind Two Branch Island   last Sunday afternoon.   The boats are at the down-river end of the island.   Winneberg subdivision, on the Illinois side of the river, is in the background
No Trespassing Signs Posted on Shell Island ------ I had heard the rumor, and now I have seen it with my own eyes.     There are " No Trespassing" signs posted on Shell Island.   It is located at UMR 236.5 on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River and has been the home of the Jamaica Daze Parties.   Shell is actually one of those "no - name" islands when you look on the maps, but that is the name it is commonly known by.   Stay tuned for more info.

04-04-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the   boats lined up along the beach   at Iowa Island yesterday afternoon.   There were quit a few folks out yesterday and some of the river crew posed for a picture for RiverBill's.   What a beautiful river-day !

04-03-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a   unique structure   that sets in a park that is located on the banks o f the Mississippi River, just up-stream from Alton Marina.   The Clark Bridge can be seen in the background.

04-02-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the   river crew   that made the trip, in Mike D's cruiser, to Cedar Hill Resort   last night to help Dave and Carrie Ash celebrate their season opener. Cedar Hill opened for the season yesterday and will open for business on the weekends for now. Check their website by clicking the link on the right hand side of this page.   A big thanks to Dave and Carrie for taking care of us !
Wastin' Away Again At the Sandbar ------ Scott and Robbin have changed the long standing Logo for the Sand Bar Restaurant and have added Caribbean color to the inside of the building. Click on their web link to take a look..
Pimp & Hoe Ball is tonight at Sharky's ------ Check "Upcoming Events"   for more Info !

04-01-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial shot of the   Missouri River, Highway 40 bridge and a great sunset   taken by Steve Schulte a few weeks ago.     Thanks for another great picture Steve ! ----Make sure to check out Steve's website by clicking on his hot-link on the right hand side of this web page.
Cedar Hill Opens Today ! ------ Cedar Hill Resort opens for the season today at 11:00 AM.   Make sure to drop in for a while.  For more information check out their new web site   "www.cedarhillresort.net"   by clicking the link on the right hand side of this web page.   See you there.   ( Remember it is a   ".net"   web site. )
FOR SALE ! ------ I am sorry to report that, due to circumstances beyond my control, this could be the last edition of RiverBill's.   All good things must come to and end.   If anyone is interested in taking over this web site, click here.

.....Mark Twain
03-31-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the   "great view from the deck"   of Aeries Riverview Winery, located high on the bluffs above Grafton, IL.

03-30-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is actually a series of 6 today named,   "It doesn't look good !"     What is that guy doing wading in the water at the boat ramp ?     Again, we have a few clues -- OH NO !.   it's another vehicle in the water.   Keep pulling -- just a little further.    OK -   Just a little more ---Pull !  Now that we are checking things out --   are there any fish in there ?     Yes, everyone agrees What a mess !     These pictures were taken by Lisa Beckman last summer at the LongShot Saloon in Portage Des Sioux.   She was quick to point out that it wasn't her truck, nor did it belong to any of her friends and that it took two different tow trucks to get it out.     Thanks for sharing these pictures with us Lisa !
Cedar Hill Opens This Friday ------ I talked to Dave Ash yesterday and he told me Cedar Hill will open for the season, as planned, this Friday at 11:00 AM.   Drop by and say hello to Dave and Carrie and the rest of the river crowd.   Check out their new web site by clicking on the link in the right hand column of this page. .

03-29-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the work going on at the Calhoun Point Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project.     This picture was taken just a bit down stream from the Brussels Ferry on the Illinois River.   Some of the highlights of the project include berms to protect the 2,100 acre site from frequent sediment laden floods, provide a means to perch water on to the interior to increase waterfowl habitation and reverse some of the siltation that has occurred.   For more information go to the on-line ASE Research library.
Fire at the Apple Shed Restaurant ------ The Apple Shed Restaurant in Batchtown ( Calhoun County ) burned to the ground on Wednesday.   An investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office indicated the fire may have started in a downstairs kitchen.   For more information go to the On-LIne Telegraph.

03-28-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is actually a series of 4 today.   I am going to name them Guess what we caught at the boat ramp ?"     These pictures are from the 80's. I think they were taken at John's Boat Harbor and I am not exactly sure anymore who all the people are.   If you need a few clues as to what they caught -- click here.   Yep - It looks like a wet SUV.    How wet is it ?   REAL WET !
Anchor Yankers Web Link ------ I added a hot link to Anchor Yankers web site in the left hand column of this web page.   Take a look !

03-27- 05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the   lookout stand   on the Missouri side of the river in the Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area by Alton lock and Dam.

03-26- 05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an   aerial shot of the river   taken by Steve Schulte.   The aircraft is flying down-river, around the UMR 217 mile marker, heading towards Portage Des Sioux.   Looks like "Slim Island" on the right hand side of the windshield, just a bit down-river from that southbound tow.   I think that the next island down river on the right hand side is "Portage Island".   Check out steve's website with the hot-link on the rigth hand side of this web page.
Blues for the River Crowd At Classics II Tonight ------ Willie Gene and the Blues Fingers will be playing tonight starting at 8:00 at Classics II, 6650 Mexico Rd., St. Peters.   Ruthie has Drink Specials for the River Crowd -- so stop by and say hello !   For more information see "Happy Hours" in the left hand column of this page and for directions and a map pick here.

03-25- 05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the   Piasa Bird   that is painted on one of the bluff walls near Alton, IL.   This picture was taken from the new parking lot that is next to the Great River Road and the Mississippi River.   The Piasa Bird painting will be real noticeable to motorist and boaters alike this summer because it will be illuminated at night.

03-24- 05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of part of the river-town of   Grafton, IL. as seen from the bluffs above the city.   The large building with the red roof is the Loading Dock and the sandbar on the right is at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.
Who Were Those People In the Boat Crash in Yesterday's Pic ? ------ Captain Paul Asher out of Woodland Marina and of the houseboat, that is soon to be named, "A-sher Thing" recognized them.   What are the chances of that ?   This looks like an older picture to me and Paul says he is only in his 20's.   Take a look - we identified them in the picture.   Hah !    Thanks for helping out Paul.

03-23- 05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a   runabout that crashed through the side of a cruiser.   Looks like the bow of the smaller boat went all the way through the cruiser, knocked the top loose and up away from the boat.   Captain Gary Bowers out of  Woodland Marina sent in this picture.   He is not sure of the origin, but I did notice that the cruiser has Missouri numbers on it.   They are probably not Alton Pool boaters.   FYI - Gary is the guy that takes care of RiverBill's when I am out of town.   Thanks for the picture Gary.

03-22-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Grafton Ferry heading from the Illinois River towards the chute to the Mississippi River and the ferry landing on the far bank.   I snapped this picture last Saturday afternoon from the Bluffs above Grafton .
Volunteers to Clean Missouri-Mississippi Confluence on April 30. ------ "Missouri River Relief" is coordinating this effort and if you are interested in helping, volunteers will meet at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area on Riverview Drive off I-270 in extreme northeastern St. Louis County.   Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the cleanup runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.   For more information go to www.infozine.com.   I have also added a link to their website for our future reference.
Sand Bar Restaurant Opens April 15 ------ The new proprietors, Robbin Quinlisk and Scott Wolf, invite everyone to drop by and check out their new Island Atmosphere, sample the new menu and help acclimate the new staff to better serve you.   Make sure to say hello to the cocktail servers; Ashley, Jessica and Hannah.

03-21-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is some of the river krewe (crew) at the   "Wild Goose Saloon and Grill"   in Grafton, IL on Saturday.   The Con Trios Yacht Club held their "Spring Ice Breaker" at Pere Marquette Lodge this last weekend and in between events some of us decided to stop here to socialize a bit.   This place is right on the bank of the Illinois River and a good place to relax and watch the river flow by.   A big "river thanks" goes to Evelyn, the Manager, for taking care of us.
Welcome to Spring ! ------ Yesterday was the first day of Spring.   That is when the direct rays of the Sun are over the Equator, marking the Vernal Equinox.   It is also when the daylight hours are just about equal to the nighttime hours.   From now until the Summer Solstice, around June 21, the hours of daylight will continue to increase.   That is good news for boaters. For more information go to http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/Equinox.html.
Hannibal to get Huck Finn House ------ There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about the city of Hannibal building a replica of the Huck Finn House.   A lot of us make the river trip up there so I thought I would include the info on the article.   For more information go to Stltoday.com.

03-19-05
Our River Picture of the WEEKEND ------ Is another   "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   It is of the river bluffs and more reflections.   What a beautiful photo !   Steve took this picture when he went flying last Wednesday also.   That water looks dead calm.   Make sure to check out his website by clicking on his hot-link on the right hand column of this web page.

03-18-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of some of the River Crowd last night at Classics II celebrating St. Patrick's Day. A good time was had by all. Thanks for taking care of us Ruthie !

03-17-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is another   "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   I am going to name it Reflections.   It is the reflection of the bluff in the river and more.   It is beauty of the bluff, the river road and the mansion on top of the bluff.   Many of us have seen this mansion from the river, now we know what the place really looks like.   What a view they must have.   Steve took this picture yesterday when he was flying. He said it was the first time he seen the reflections like this in the river.  Stay tuned; we have more of these coming over the next few days. Great work Steve.
WELCOME   "STEVE SCHULTE PHOTOGRAPHY"   AS A SPONSER ON RIVERBILL'S. .
Steve has been supplying us with some really great river photos for quite a while now.   He is the one who took the aerial shots of the Jamaica Daze Party last August and then just kept sending us more great river pictures ever since.   My two all time favorites are in "RiverBill's Archives", located in the left hand column of this web page.   They are the "Clark Bridge" and "Alton Marina", posted on 10-06-04 and 10-07-04.  Take a look !     Make sure to contact Steve when you need a photographer. Check out his website by clicking on his hotlink in the right hand column of this web page or go to http://www.steveschulte.com.

03-16-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a bench with a river view.   This picture was taken at the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River, across from Alton, IL.   Looks like a fine place to spend some time "watching the river flow".   The bluffs near Alton and the River Road can be seen in the distance.
Thanks to all of the River Crew that helped at the barn de-raising ------ I received the following e-mail from Little John; "Thanks to people getting the word out, we had 17 men, and I think 5 women show up for Keith's building tear down party.    Results; 20ft by 60ft building by 16ft tall disassembled and gone in 8 hours.  NO INJURIES.  No damage to building or equipment.  64 burgers gone, 34 brats gone and 4 cases of beer gone.   A sincere thanks you to all.     Darryll Weil sent in the following pictures; photo 1,   photo 2,   photo 3,   photo 4,   photo 5,   photo 6,   photo 7,   photo 8,   .

03-15-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a river sunrise taken last Saturday from the deck of Mike D's house. The picture is looking down-river near the UMR 231.5 mile marker.   Mike also captured a very large bird making an early morning flight across the river.   Thanks for the picture Mike .
Duck Club's 2nd Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market ------ As promised, more information on the The Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market.  It will be held on Saturday April 16 and Sunday April 17.  Click on info, names & numbers,   what,where,when   and   registration form   for more information, or you can call Milton Ohlsen at 314-277-5922.

03-14-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica and tow vehicle sent in by Darryll Weil.   Darryll wrote in his e-mail that he and his friend, Ron, were returning from Woodland Marina a few weeks ago on Highway 94 heading towards St. Charles.   As they passed Highway B they came upon the restored 1954 Chevrolet truck that was hauling the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica broke down on the side of the road. They stopped to see if they could help.   They found out they were only out of gas and that the escort vehicle had already left to get some.   The driver gave them an impromptu tour of the boat and then Darryll took some pictures of the keel boat,   the Discovery Expedition logo on the door of the truck, of his friend Ron Hering posing with the driver and finally Darryll got his picture taken with the driver. Thanks for the story and the pictures Darryll !
Another article on Eagle Killings ------ There was an article in Saturday's on-line Post Dispatch about the death of 10 eagles and the worries of Missouri officials.   For information go to Stltoday.com.
Duck Club's 2nd Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market ------ I received some information late last night about the Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market.  It will be held on Saturday April 16 and Sunday April 17.  More information will be posted tomorrow.  Plan on being there !
Sharky's Pimp and Hoe Ball ------ Sharky's is having their  "Season Opener"   and 1st annual   "Pimp and Hoe Ball"   on April 2nd.   Live music by the Sharks.   Click here or call Sharkys at 636-250-3003   for more information.

03-13-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is some of the river crowd at the Cajun Cook-Off at Palisades Yacht Club yesterday.     Left to right; Bill, Dave, Bill, Liz, Phil, Laura, Mark and Rick.    The food was excellent and a good time was had by all.

03-12-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of gulls lined up yesterday at the Grafton Ferry landing.     There were hundreds of them on the parking lot, all facing into the cold wind.
Coast Guard River Watch Program ------ The program is much like the Neighborhood Watch and it enlist the assistance of all persons who witness suspicious activities. It provides information on what to look for and who to call and is meant to cause uncertainty in the minds of potential terrorists and criminals.   For more information go to http://www.uscg.mil/d8/mso/stlouis/susact.html.
1st Annual Cajun Cook Off at Palisades ------ Palisades is having their 1st   Annual Cajun Cook Off on today, beginning at 3 PM.   Bring a Cajun dish or appetizer to share.   For more info call Don or Dave at (636) 899-1093.   See you there.

03-11-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the boats in   Alton Marina that is located in Alton, IL at the UMR 202.5 mile marker.   A great place to for transient boaters to spend the weekend.  One of the nicest marinas on Alton Pool plus all of the attractions of Alton.

03-10-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is looking up-river at the "lower side" of     Winfield Lock and Dam.    This picture was taken a few weeks ago when the water was higher and all of the gates were up, except the three in the center.
Sandy Island Eagle Sanctuary ------ Did you know that there is an eagle sanctuary near Winfield Lock and Dam ?     The "Sandy Island Bald Eagle Sanctuary" is located on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River just south of the Dam.   It is 28 acres in size, has a quarter mile of river frontage and provides critical habitat for wintering bald eagles. For more information click here.
Port of St. Louis Marine Safety Information Bulletins ------ The Captain of the Port St. Louis has begun issuing Marine Safety Information Bulletins for the benefit of the general public and commercial operators.   A link to the site has been added in the left hand column of this web page.

03-09-05
Our River Pictures of the Day ------ are of eagles near Winfield Lock and Dam.     Pic 1 is a close-up of an eagle sitting on a tree limb.   Pic 2 looks like the same eagle caught in the same spot looking right at the camera.   The 3rd picture is of an   "Eagle Meet"   and it really amazed me !    Steve has appropiately named it   Guess How Many .    Who has ever seen that many eagles together at one time ?   All of these pictures were sent in by Steve Schulte. Check out his website http://www.steveschulte.com.     Thanks for pictures Steve and keep them coming.
Eagle Killings ------ There is an article in the on-line "Missouri Department Of Conservation Magazine" about an increase in eagle killings that you might be interested in reading.   One of the killings was reported on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis.   A St. Charles County Conservation Agent is investigating it !     For more information click here.
Need River People with Screw Guns ------ Little John of   "Little John's Marine Service" is asking for volunteers to help Keith and Terrie Ruf move a building this Saturday.     Little John wrote:
    "Keith and Terrie Ruf have purchased a building from Rich Shamel. Next Sat, starting at 8.00 we are going to disassemble the building and haul it to Keith's house. We have trucks and lifting equipment arranged. What we need is as many people and screw guns as possible. Please try to get this out to as many people as you can Keith and Terrie have done many things for all of us and this would be a good chance to repay. We will meet at Shamels old station at Natural Bridge and McKelvey. Bring your cooler and screw gun. We will have burgers and brats. We plan to make fun out of this as we usually do. For info contact   Little John -- 636 250 4187    or     Keith Ruf -- 636 250 4110."
Corn Beef, Cabbage and Blues for the River Crowd ------ Ruthie, of Classics II, has invited all the River Crowd to drop by on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th for some free corn beef and cabbage   "and"   again on Saturday, March 26 to listen to some Blues.   There will be   "Specials"  on each date for the River Crowd.     For more information click on "Happy Hours for the River Crowd" in the upper left hand column of this webpage.

03-08-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Brussels Ferry as it is approches the landing on the Calhoun County side of the Illinois River last Sunday.   The weather was so nice that a lot of people were out for a ride so the waiting line to get on the ferry stretched for quite a distance.   The wait was over an hour, but a lot of people got out of their vehicles to enjoy the bright sunny weather and make new friends.
Luttrell Marine has started moving ------ from the location on Highway 94 as you can see by the partially empty lot. The new location will be at the Yacht Club of St. Louis as posted on their moving sign.   The new lot at the Yacht Club is located near the clubhouse, which is to the left in this picture. The harbor and Dardeene Slough are straight ahead. Give Rich or Bob a call for more information at 618 - 250 - 3844.
Con Trios Yacht Club website ------ has been updated with 2005 information including the Officers, Social Events, Membership Information and some pictures from their 2004 Christmas party.  Take a look ! There is a link in the left hand column of this web page.

03-07-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a houseboat heading from the channel into the upper end of the Dardeene Slough yesterday. That is the Illinois bank of the river that you see in the distance. We saw a few other boats out on the river also that included a very large cruiser, a few runabouts, a couple of johnboats and even a few jet skies.   Only 13 days until spring arrives !

03-06-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is Amanda of Kinders fame.   She and Jennie served up the food and drinks for everyone last Friday night.   Thanks for taking care of us !

03-05-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of some of the "River Crew" at Kinder's last night on opening day. We have a "Before" and a "After" picture.

03-04-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of white pelicans flying in formation. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte and taken from Mark Krull's front yard. Check out Steve's website http://www.steveschulte.com.     Thanks for another great pic Steve.

03-03-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Kinders Restaurant on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River at the Golden Eagle Ferry.
Lets Celebrate at Kinders ------ Kinders is opening for the season this Friday, March 4.   A bunch of the River Crew is headed there on Friday evening to kick off the boating season.   I am taking the ferry, but I heard some folks talking about going by boat. Hope the docks are in the water.   It will be good to see everyone !   Lets renew old friendships and make some new ones.     Please drop by and say hello.   The Golden Eagle Ferry runs until 2:00 AM.

03-02-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the towboat America frozen in the ice last February when it was still moored just below Winfield Lock and Dam. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte. Check out his website http://www.steveschulte.com.     Thanks for pic Steve.
Great Rivers Towboat Festival ------ Is the weekend of June 25 &26 in Grafton, Illinois. Free tours of working towboats, food, music and more.   For more information click on   "Upcoming Events"   in the upper left hand side of this web page.
1st Annual Cajun Cookoff at Palisades ------ Palisades is having their 1st   Annual Cajun Cookoff on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 3 PM.   Bring a cajun dish or appetizer to share.   For more info call Don or Dave at (636) 899-1093.

03-01-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the bluffs that are on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River about a mile below the Winfield Lock and Dam.   All of the foliage is gone now and even the pine trees look brown, but spring is only 19 days away ( March 20 ) so things should start turning green soon.
Alton Block Parties ------ The theme of the first Block Party of the year is "Cinco de Mayo" and it will be on Saturday, May 7.   One of my favorite Block Party bands, "The Phins", is playing.   You can find information about all of the upcoming Alton Block Parties by clicking on the "Upcoming Events" hot link in the upper left hand side of this web page.

02-28-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of mason_schute, a favorite summer hangout for a lot of boaters. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte. Check out his website http://www.steveschulte.com.     Thanks for pic Steve.
02-27-05
Our 1st River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the River Crew at the Boat Show yesterday. From left to right are Ernie, Sue, Scott, Karie and Bernie.     Pat and John accidentally got cut out of this picture due to my fat fingers on the keyboard.   Sorry guys !
Our 2nd River Picture of the Day ------ is another of some of the River Crew later on in the evening gathered at "Camp Carl" for a bon fire and little socializing. The night was a bit chilly but our hosts, Carl and Mary, kept the fire going and as always Carl was cooking up a feast. From left to right in the front row sitting are Bernie, Steve, Sharon, Sue and Pat. From left to right standing are Ernie, Phil, Scott, Robbin, Dani, John and Mary.     As you can see the bon fire was really blazing and it stole most of the light from this picture.
02-26-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the River Crew with the band "Stripper Named Phoebe" last night at DAD-E-O's.
Cedar Hill ------ I talked to Dave Ash, of Cedar Hill Fame, yesterday.   He told me that they plan to open for business on April 1st as long as the weather and river are good.   If you want to call before you go, here is their phone number..... (618) 883-4455.
02-25-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of an eagle taking to flight from his branch in a tree.     This picture was taken near Alton, IL by picture by Mr. Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography".   Check out his website http://www.crystal-photo.net.   Make sure to check out his "Wildlife Images".     Thanks Pat.
02-24-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Mother Nature's Frozen River Art . This picture was actually taken quit a few weeks ago when the river and everything else was frozen but seems very fitting for today with the snow we got last night.
Radio and Phone No's for all the Locks ------ A hot-link to a list of  "marine radio channel numbers"   and   "phone numbers" for all of the Locks on the Mississippi River has been added in the left hand column of this webpage.
Springfield, IL Boat Show ------ "Truck" ,who travels from the middle of Illinois to boat on Alton Pool,   e-mailed me the following information to share with everyone.     "The Springfield, IL   Boat Show will be held March 11-13, 2005 at the Orr Building located on the Illinois State Fair Grounds.    Information about this show can be found at   www.letsgoshows.com/shows/springfield/index.html."     Thanks for the info "Truck".     (This has been added to "Upcoming Events")
02-23-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Civil War Memorial built to honor the Confederate Soldiers that died of small pox while in the prison camp hospital that was on an island in the Mississippi River during the Civil War. As inscribed on the base of the memorial their remains still rest beneath the regulation pool of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.     For more information click here.    The memorial is located in the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area across the river from Alton, IL.
New Board Members - Great Rivers Habitat Alliance ------ There was an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch about new board members being announced for the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance. The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance is an environmental group that opposes flood plain development.   For information go to Stltoday.com and scroll down to the 2nd article.
Water Safety Course ------ There was an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch about a Water – Safety Course being offered by the city of St. Peters.   For information go to Stltoday.com and scroll down to the 3rd article.
02-22-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of an octagon shaped house on stilts that is about one mile below Winfield Dam on the Illinois side of the river. This place has been under construction for quite a while.
02-21-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a close up shot of the crane on the top of the Winfield Dam.
02-20-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Eagle Rest Area that is located between the river channel and Sandy Slough on the Missouri side of the river at Windfield Dam. The road that goes over the bridge in the picture goes to the Dam and it is also where the pics of Sandy Slough, that were posted on RiverBill's the last two days, were taken from. You have to go under the bridge and down the slough to get to the river channel from this picnic area .
Entertainment center may moor in Alton ------ There was an article in yesterdays on-line Telegraph about the possibility of a new a "floating" entertainment, dining and banquet center at the Alton Riverfront.     For more information go to on-line Telegraph .
Letter about River Upgrades and Jobs ------ There was a letter in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about "river upgrades and jobs" that you might be interested in reading.     For more information go to Stltoday.com .
SandBar Restaurant will serve breakfast ------ The SandBar Restaurant will start serving breakfast this summer, beginning on Memorial Day weekend through the Labor Day weekend ----- 7:00 AM til 10:00 AM.     Drive your boat or drive your car -- The gate on the road to the Sandbar Restaurant will always be open when the restaurant is open.     Check out their AD in the upper right hand corner of this page.
Cedar Hill - Opening Day ------ According to the recorded phone message at Cedar Hill the restaurant will open on April 1st.. (info added to "Upcoming Events &Season Openings")
Kinders - Clarification - Opening Day ------ I talked to Amanda (of Kinder's fame) on 2-15-05 and she told me that the restaurant will open for the season starting the first weekend in March. ( If the weather permits.) They will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday's.
02-19-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a view looking up-river at Sandy Slough from the road that goes to the Winfield Lock and Dam.
02-18-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a view looking down Sandy Slough from an area near the road that goes to the Winfield Lock and Dam. The lock and dam are on the left hand side of this picture and river channel can be seen out of the mouth of the slough. This is a popular hangout for a lot of boaters in the Spring when the river is flooding and the water in the slough is deep enough to navigate. In the summer months it pretty much dries up.
Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen ------ will visit Alton 9 times this coming season according to an article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch.     For more information go to Stltoday.com .
02-17-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Andrea, of the cruiser named "River Diva".   The pic is of the Clarksville Boat Club with the Lock and Dam 24 in the background. The club is located right below the Dam at the UMR 273 mile marker. I remember when a bunch of us tied up at their courtesey dock one hot summer day a few years ago while waiting for a tow to lock through. After a short while one of the members from the club came down to the dock and invited us all in to cool off and have a drink.     That is what I call "River Hospitality"!    Thanks for the picture Andrea.
02-16-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ was taken by Mike D yesterday from the up-river side of   Winfield Lock and Dam when the river was within 4 feet of Flood Stage. Notice that all of the gates are raised except for the 3 center ones. This is about the same view that the tow operator would have seen in yesterday's pic.
Yesterday's Picture of the Day ------ I omitted the link to the full size photo of the southbound tow heading towards Winfield Dam.   It is there now so take a look !   Click here or on the blue link "southbound tow" below.
SandBar Restaurant ------ I talked to Scott Wolf today and he told me that the gates on the road to the restaurant will always be open when the restaurant is open . The SandBar's Grand Opening is scheduled for April 29th and that info has been added to "Upcoming River Events" in the upper left hand column of this webpage.
Kinders ------ I talked to Amanda (of Kinder's fame) yesterday and she told me that the restaurant will open for the season starting the first weekend in March. ( If the weather permits.) They will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday's. for now. This info has also been added to "Upcoming River Events" in the upper left hand column of this webpage.
02-15-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial view of a southbound tow heading towards the locks on the up-river side of Winfield Dam.   What a view of the river and the surrounding terrain.   This is another one of those wonderful pictures taken by Steve Schulte. Check out his website http://www.steveschulte.com.     Thanks Steve !
Grafton Harbor and Pere Marquette Harbor ------ I received an e-mail this weekend from Joe DeSherlia containing update information about the new Grafton Harbor and some information about dredging at the Pere Marquette Harbor.   Click here to view a copy of Joe's email. Thanks for the update Joe.
Editorial on "Our economy relies on improved waterways" ------ There was an editorial in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about how "Our economy relies on improved waterways" written by Jo Ann Emerson and Kenny Hulshof that might be of interest to you.     For more information go to Stltoday.com .
02-14-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of an eagle looking right at the camera as Pat took this picture. Yes, another great eagle picture by Mr. Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography". Check out his website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks Pat.
02-13-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the new construction going on at the Wind River's Condos that are being built just down-river from the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers near Grafton, IL. This picture was taken a few weeks ago from a spot near the Grafton Ferry Landing on the Missouri side of the river.
02-12-05 -- Late Edition
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a band named Stripper Named Phoebe. These guys have a floating stage that is made from a houseboat hull and they can pull up to your clubhouse or favorite sandbar and put on a show !   "Stripper Named Phoebe" really belts out some good tunes. They had the house really rocking last night, playing everything from rock to blues and a bit of country. My favorites were "Me and Bobby McGee", "Knocking on Heavens Door" and of course "Rollin on the River". Good job !   Contact Dale Williams, the guy in the cowboy hat on the left, at 636-250-3222 for more information.
Luttrell Marine Services is Moving ! ------ Rich Luttrell told me yesterday that his business is moving from it's present location on Highway 94 North of St. Charles to the "St. Louis Yacht Club." The move should be complete by April 1st. As most of you know Luttrell Marine has provided us with full boat brokerage and boat transporting services for the last 9 years. They also have over 30 years of marine and harbor experience. Give Rich or Bob a call at 636-940-8555 or 636-250-3844. You can also check out their website at http://www.luttrellmarine.com.     Stay tuned to RiverBill's for more information.
02-11-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ was taken this week in New Orleans near the French Quarter. It is of the some of the river crew at the Mississippi Riverfront. From left to right - Bill, Judy, Gary and Laura. The riverfront is a very appealing with walkways for pedestrians and many attractions. A good place to spend a few hours relaxing while doing some river watching and people watching. The river was very busy that day. Some of the things we seen include the Riverboat Natchez leaving the dock as it headed down-river for a cruise and another ship heading up-river.     "Oh Buoy" - then there are the buoys ! Much, much larger than those used in our area of the river.
02-10-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of an eagle sitting in a dead tree on the Missouri side of the river near Alton, IL. with the Clark Bridge in the background. This picture was also taken by Mr. Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography". Check out his website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks Pat.
02-09-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Clark Bridge that crosses the river from Alton, IL to Missouri at the UMR 202.5 mile marker. The blue roofs of the boat docks at the Alton Marina can be seen protruding above the rock breakwater on the far side of the river.
02-08-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a view looking up-river from the top of the one remaining section of the old dam at the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area on the Missouri side of the river near Alton IL. This picture was taken a few weeks ago when there was just a small amount of ice floating on the river.
02-07-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of bench with a good view at the St. Charles County Hide Away Harbor Park that is about half way between the Grafton Ferry Landing and the town of Portage Des Sioux on the Missouri side of the river. Looks like a good place for a picnic. The park has 2 launch ramps. One ramp is on the slough side and other is in a protected area. There is also a fishing dock next to one of the ramps. Hide Away Harbor Park is near the UMR 214.5 mile marker.
New Logo ! ------ RiverBill's has a new logo that can seen at the top of this page. It is "~~~~~ THE PLACE WHERE ALTON POOL CONNECTS TO THE INTERNET ~~~~~".     Let me know what you think of it.
02-06-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Our Lady Of the Rivers, a 25-foot fiberglass statue of Mary, watching over the Mississippi River near Portage Des Sioux, Mo. The statue was erected in 1957 and it is where the annual "Blessing of the Fleet " takes place. It is also a darn good place to take a look at the river and the bluffs.
02-05-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of gulls and bluffs. These gulls were all sitting in a row on a rock dike a few weeks ago around the UMR 213 mile marker. The Bluffs and the Great River Road are in the background.
Sandbar Restaurant link ------ The information on the Sandbar Restaurant link has been updated. Just click on their AD in upper right hand corner of this webpage to take a look. .
02-04-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial view of the Towboat America when it was still setting on the Illinois side of the river right below Winfield Dam. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte. Check out his website http://www.steveschulte.com.     Thanks for the terrific picture Steve.
02-03-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a series of 3 pictures of an eagle catching lunch on the Mississippi River near Alton, IL. The first picture is of the eagle right after grabbing a fish out of the river. He has one leg down and is holding the fish with the other leg sort of behind his body. In the next one he has his head down checking out the catch. (He is flying towards us.) The 3rd picture is an excellent shot of the eagle and his prey. Mr. Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography" also took this set of pictures. Check out his website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks for the pictures Pat.
Piasa Bird ------ There was an article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about the recreational and tourism project at Piasa Park. The park is nestled in the bluffs along the Great River Road near Alton, IL and the one improvement that should be real noticeable to us boaters is that the Piasa Bird will be light up at night. The next time you are on one of those after dark cruises this coming boating season, make sure to head that way and take a look.   For more information go to Stltoday.com .
02-02-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ was taken by Mr. Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography". What a great shot of that eagle cruising along, with his wing tips "up", right above the surface of the Mississippi River. Pat told me he took this picture from the Missouri side of the river the near Alton Lock and Dam last weekend when him and a friend were trying out a new lens.   What a shot !   Pat does all types of photography. Contact him if you need some professional work done.  Phone: 636-356-4546     email:   cphoto@alwayson-line.net.   Stay tuned for more great eagle pictures.     Thanks Pat !
Wintertime boaters ------ I got a few e-mails about the boat shown in the 1-30-05 and the 01-31-05 picture of the day. Everyone agreed it was the same boat, but the proof comes from the "rvrrunner" on the "Message Board". He was also out for a boat ride on Sunday and passed the "Scoundel" near the Duck Club.     Keep on boating guys!
02-01-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the River Crew at Jimmy Buffett's in Negril, Jamaica after watching a RAMS game. Laura, myself and Mike D just happened to run in to these folks from St. Louis at Jimmy Buffett's this January when we all went to see the RAMS play. A big thanks to Jackie Patrick for sending us this photo.
01-31-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Grafton Ferry and a Wintertime Boater. It was taken yesterday from the Grafton Ferry landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. The cruiser heading up-river sure looks like the same one that was featured in yesterdays "Picture of the Day". Take a look and let me know what you think. The houses in the distance are on the bluffs along the Illinois River.
01-30-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the boat named Scoundrel that was tied up at Sharkey's yesterday. Yes, Yesterday !   January 29 !   Boating season never ends for some folks. Dutch, who is the captain of the vessel, told me he keeps it toasty warm inside and that he uses the boat all year long. Hats off to you Dutch !     It was good to see all of our "River Friends" that were at Sharkeys yesterday. It was especially good to see two of my longtime friends Shirley and her son Kevin of the houseboat named "Love Boo".
01-29-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the river crew that took a train ride to the Windy City last weekend to see the Chicago Boat Show. These boaters are a step ahead of the rest of us since they have already seen everything that is new in "05"!!   Our show won't be here for a few weeks yet. Ron and Darlene Skeen sent in this picture and they said everyone had a great time !!!!! I can put names on 4 out of the 5 couples. From left to right: Gary (in hat) and Jan (in red), Colon (in hat) and Linda, Ron and Darlene (both in white) and Ron (red shirt) and Linda.    Thanks for the picture..
More about the towboat in yesterday's edition ---Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin seen yesterday's picture of the eagle watching the retractable pilothouse towboat pushing a load up-river and sent me the following information about the towboat and where it is as of Friday night. Kathy says
    "That is a great pic of the tow and the eagle....some more information. That is the M/v Reggie G that Alter Barge Line bought a couple years ago from Magnolia Marine. Currently Inland Marine is running it for Alter but the paint job is still Alter colors. This boat was built in 1975, is 155'x48'and has two GM's, 5,600 hp. And yes......she is a retractable pilothouse. I see in the "Corps Vessel Locator" that she has come southbound through Lock #22 with six barges at 14:55 today, Jan. 28. Bet she's been up to Quincy."
01-28-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of an eagle and a tow. A retractable wheelhouse towboat is pushing a load up-river while an eagle sits in a tree and watches.     What a shot ! This picture was taken from Mike D's house yesterday morning. Mike told me he never sees tows pass his house time of the year, especially heading north. Thanks for the great picture Mike !!!
Retractable Wheelhouse Towboats ---I think they are sort of weird looking and I didn't know why they built these things. A couple weeks ago my question was answered. Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin had some info about these towboats in her weekly column, dated 10 January, 2005. I thought I would share it with everyone. Kathy says: "The retractable pilothouse boats were created especially for working the Illinois River in the Chicago area. With a bridge crossing the river at practically every street, it is a real pain to towboat pilots and bridge operators to say nothing about the traffic halted while the bridge is up. The retractables can scoot right under. Now that is progress!"     Thanks for the info Kathy.
Grafton Harbor ------ There was an article in the Alton Telegraph yesterday about the Grafton Harbor. It was written that the Grafton City Council approved an ordinance to allow the developer to move forward with the new marina. It also stated that the developer hopes to have it complete by this summer. For more information see a "paper" edition of yesterdays Alton Telegraph.
01-27-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the one original section that remains from the old Alton Lock and Dam. It is on the Missouri side of the river in the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area off of Highway 367. Alton and the bluffs along the Great River Road can be seen in the distance.
01-26-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a lone white pelican floating past the Alton River Front last weekend.
How far can the tows that are passing through St. Louis go up River this time of the year ? ---I was asked this question and I didn't have the slightest clue, so I sent the question on to Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin. She was kind enough to e-mail me the following reply:
    "They can run all the way up the Illinois River, and they are running up to Meyer Elevator on the upstream side of Lock and Dam #20. Quincy, above Lock and Dam #21 is a normal run in winters when the locks below that aren't down for repairs. The big pool above Lock and Dam #19 runs from Keokuk up to Ft. Madison and it gets pretty heavy ice eventually during the winter."
Pick here to see the current location of all vessels on the upper Mississippi River.
THANKS Kathy !
01-25-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of more gulls. This time they are on the ice that was on the up-river side of Alton Dam this past weekend when the temperatures where still below freezing. Some of the gulls were always diving into the cold water for food and the rest seemed to be waiting to fight over and hopefully share part of the new catch. One of the gulls on the ice has some food in front of him that he is trying to keep the others away from. The river channel is on the other side of the island that is in the background.
01-24-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of gulls flying around on the down-river side of Alton Dam yesterday. Must have been lot of food for them there. This picture does not really represent all of the birds that were in the area. It seemed like thousands and thousands of them flying around, all diving into the cold water for food. When one gull got something the rest chased him trying to get it away. Quite the site !
01-23-05
Our River Picture of the Weekend ------ is of the Highway 54 Bridge that spans the Mississippi River from Louisiana, Mo to Illinois around the UMR 283 mile marker. Two Rivers Marina is on the far side of the river. A lot of boaters from Alton Pool have made the trip to Two Rivers many times.
Wood River Levee ---There was an article in the Saturday's "Alton Telegraph" about needed repairs on the Wood River Levee. The levee protects Alton and East Alton and other cities along the Mississippi River from flooding. For more information go to On-line Telegraph .
01-22-05
Our River Picture of the Weekend ------ Oh Buoy! The channel is getting narrow !     I think that it might be tough navigating your boat through these buoys. This is another one of those great River pictures taken by Steve Schulte. Take a look at his website http://www.steveschulte.com .     Thanks Steve !
01-21-05   (Updated 11:30 AM )
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Clark Bridge that connects Alton, IL with Missouri. The Melvin Price Lock and Dam can be seen in the background. The Clark Bridge is at UMR 202.5 and Dam is at UMR 201.
Chicago Boat Show ---If you are looking for something to do this weekend, consider going to the Chicago Boat Show. It is not that far of a drive   "or"   you take the train like some of my friends are doing. For more information go to http://www.discoverboating.com/chicago/ .
Belleville Boat Show ---Looking for something closer to home ?   The Belleville Boat Show is this weekend, Jan 21 - 23.     618-233-0052
Jefferson City Boat Show ---Another Boat Show close to home !   The Jefferson City Boat Show is this weekend, Jan 21 - 23     573-636-7774
More Boat Shows ---Check "Upcoming River Events" in the upper left hand column for more Boat Shows near St. Louis !
01-20-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a real River Pirate.     Yes!   He is a Pirate, about 200 years too late.  He is a River Dog - our River Dog. He was named after Jimmy Buffet's Pirate song and he loves going boating.     Not to worry !  The boat is just idling, so he is safe standing on the sun deck and he knows to stay down inside when we speed things up. I think the boat is heading up-river and that is Two Branch Island in the background. Send a pic of your River Dog to RiverBill's.
Alton OK's contract for design of Riverfront Amphitheater ---There was an article in the Wednesday's Post Dispatch about plans for a new riverfront amphitheater in Alton, IL. For more information go to STLtoday.com.
Bald Eagle Program in Godfrey---There was an article in the Wednesday's Post Dispatch about the Nature Institute holding a Bald Eagle Program on Wednesday and Saturday in Godfrey. For more information go to STLtoday.com.
01-19-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Greg Moore. It is of the old lock at Dam 26 in Alton, IL. This pic was taken on a cold winter day in 1986 when the frozen sludge was piling up inside the lock chamber. The old Alton Bridge and railroad bridge can be seen in the background. Thanks for the picture Greg !
Eagle Watching ------ A hotlink to the "2005 Eagle Watching Events" has been added to the "Upcoming River Events" in the left hand column of this page. Take a look !
01-18-05
Our River Pictures of the Day ------ show that the tows are still moving the goods down the icy River. The 1st pic shows the ice in the River above the lock at Winfield Dam. The 2nd pic shows a harbor tug clearing the ice away from the lock wall on up-river side of the Dam for the on coming tows. The 3rd pic shows the harbor tug breaking up more ice. Sort of looks like it could be making sharp turns by the angle of the vessel. The 4th pic shows some open water as the harbor tug starts to head up-river towards the oncoming tow. The pic of the day has the tow aligned to enter the lock. The pictures are from the Winfield Live Cam on Monday.
New e-mail address ------ I have setup a new e-mail account for RiverBill's so I can receive larger files. My new address is "riverbill@prodigy.net" and the "floating bottle" link on this page has been updated so just click on that and send me an e-mail   "or"   some of those River Pictures. Thanks - Bill.
01-17-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a wooden boat with very classic lines moored in front of the Lighthouse at the entrance to the Duck Club. This is another one of those great pictures taken by Steve Schulte. Make sure to take a look at his website http://www.steveschulte.com . He has a lot of great pictures on it.     Thanks for sending in the great River picture Steve !
PWC Whoops ------ Brian Schaffer sent me a url to a good picture of a Personal Water Craft and a boat that collided. It looks to me that the PWC collided with the boat - but I am only guessing. Ha ! Take a close look at the registration numbers on the boat and you can only guess where this might have happened. Pick here and take a look..     "Thanks Captain" for finding this picture for us !
Eagle in Flight ------ Debbie House sent me this picture of an eagle in flight that she took near John's Boat Harbor. Thanks for the great picture Debbie.
01-16-05 (6:30 PM update)
Our River Picture of the Day (another late edition) ------ is a shot of the fresh snow that covered the Riverbanks this morning. This picture is looking up-river near UMR 233. That is the upper end of Two Branch Island on the right hand side of the picture. There were a few sheets of ice floating in the River, but it is mostly open.
Internet connection problems ------ I have had major internet connection problems the last few days, but they seem to be fixed now so stayed tuned for pictures, changes and river info .
New Link ------ I just added a new link to RiverBill's. It is an "All in One"   River Stage and Weather Map page. It contains a Doppler Radar weather map from the Weather Channel and "ALL" of the river stage charts for Alton Pool in one place ------ Alton Dam, Grafton and Winfield Dam.     Take a look ! The link is in the upper left hand column of this page under "River Stages - Weather".     Captain Gary Bowers out of Woodland Marina developed the software to display this page. Thanks Gary !
St. Louis Boat & Sports Show ------ I also added a link to the upcoming "St. Louis Boat & Sports Show" on the right hand side of this webpage. Take a look !
New Years Day "Toast To The River Gods" ------ Darlene Skeen sent me some pictures from New Years Day when some of the folks from Two Branch Marina gathered at the harbor for their annual "Toast to the River Gods". Check out the pictures on RIverBill's Harbor page in the left hand column of this page. Thanks for the pictures Darlene!
01-15-05
Our River Picture of the Day (late edition) ------ is of some of the River crowd at Syberg's last night helping Sharon celebrate her 29th birthday. The "Birthday Girl" is in front of the table on the left in the black and white outfit. Next to her is Teri whose birthday we celebrated Thursday night!    I think everyone had a great time last night - I know I did.   Happy Birthday Sharon and Teri !
Stay tuned today ------ for more pictures, river info and changes to RiverBill's.
01-14-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Grafton Ferry in a snowy and partially frozen river. The "Hackermax" sent me this picture right after Christmas and I didn't get a chance to post it. It seems fitting to post today considering all of this snow and cold weather we have again. Thanks for the great pic "Hackermax" !
01-13-05 (3:30PM update)
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is looking down river near the end of Highway C in St. Charles County at UMR 231. There are two eagles in the picture. One is in the air after taking to flight from a lower branch of the tree in the foreground and the other is sitting in the higher branches of the same tree.
Water on Highway C ------ I just got the following info from Mike D. "There is still water on Highway C.(in St.Charles County) They still have the sign on the road that says "Road Closed". You can get thru in a truck but I would not go thru in a car."
01-12-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another great shot from Steve Schulte. I thought this pic might help cheer everyone up considering all of the dreary weather we have been having lately. Make sure to take a look at Steve's website http://www.steveschulte.com . He has a lot of great pictures on it.     Thanks for sending in the great River picture Steve !
01-11-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the old houseboat Ma Belle setting on the Missouri bank of the Mississippi River near South Shore Marina around UMR 226. This old rusting hull has caught my attention quite over the past years as we motored up and down Dardene Slough. I took this picture yesterday when I spotted it for the first time from the landside of the River. Looks like it might have been "some boat" in its day.
01-10-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Old Glory flying proud with the bluffs on the Illinois side of the River at UMR 233.5 in the background. This picture was taken on one of our last boat rides in December.
01-09-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the houses near the entrance to Two Branch Harbor at UMR 231.5. This picture was taken on a cold December day when we were still boating
01-08-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Golden Eagle Ferry heading towards the Missouri ferry landing on a bright winter day. This picture was taken from Calhoun County just down-river from Kinders.
01-07-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the bluffs along the Great River Road taken while driving from Grafton towards Alton, IL. You can see the power plant is in the distance.
01-06-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is looking at Kinders across the Mississippi River from the Golden Eagle ferry landing at the head of Dardeene Slough. The docks that float in front of the restaurant in the summer up on the bank in front of the parking lot. This time of the year really makes the "blues" stand out in a photograph.
01-05-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of another one of those spectacular fall sunsets taken a couple of weeks ago looking up-river towards the power plant.
01-04-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is common sight for a lot of us Missouri boaters. It is the cluster of river related signs at the intersection of Hyway 94 and Highway B right outside of St. Charles.
01-03-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a sunrise taken from the deck of Mike D's house right before the end of 2004. The ice was floating down river in sheets that day. Thanks for the picture Mike.
01-02-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the sign at the entrance to the Wind Rivers Condos that are being built along the bank of the river right out side of Grafton, IL. The units are between the river and the River Road. They were just starting the first unit when I stopped there. You can see Grafton in the background.
Happy New Year !
12-31-04
As the sun sets on 2004 we should count our "River Blessings" and look forward to a new beginning in 2005. This year has been real good for me. The weather and the river in the Spring allowed us to get an early start on the boating year. The flooding came but did not cause a lot of problems and we had a lot of good weekend weather during the summer. We boated real late into the fall of the year thanks to friends with cruisers. Most important I had no boat problems and I made a lot of new "River Friends" this year. I take my captain's hat off and raise it high to the year 2004. May next year be even better.
12-30-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Grafton Ferry heading across the Illinois River towards the cut-through on the lower end of the island in the background. Then it crossed the Mississippi River to the ferry landing in Missouri. The sun was just about ready to disappear for the day when this picture was taken creating an orange glow in the sky that sort of outlines the trees on the island.
12-29-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Brussels Ferry heading across the Illinois River towards the ferry landing in Calhoun County. The sun was staring to get low in sky the day this picture was taken creating a lot of reflection off the water and the wheelhouse of the ferry.
12-28-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Golden Eagle Ferry that was taken on a bright cold day a couple of weeks ago. The ferry is heading towards the Missouri side of the Mississippi River to unload some vehicles coming from Illinois.
12-27-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ was sent in by Brad and is of some of the bluffs along the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. I happened to see Brad the other night and he told me this pic was taken in late October on one of his October river outings. Thanks for the great pic Brad.
12-26-04
Oooh Oooh Oooh Lookin Out My Back Door ------ A few weeks ago Mike D was talking to us on the phone. He stops in the middle of a sentence and says "OH MY GOD ~~~~ I got to go !"    Later he called back and told us what happened. A towboat pulled right up in front of his house. He said it was very close to the house and parallel to his seawall. After that it backed out into the river channel turning until it was 90 degrees to the riverbank. Then it pulled up on the rock bank right outside of Mike's backdoor. Wow - What a picture !    It was between Mikes house and the pavilion at the entrance to the harbor at Two Branch Marina. A couple of guys got out and loaded boxes from a waiting pickup truck on to the towboat. Then the towboat backed out away from the bank and headed back up-river. All in a day of living next to the River.     Thanks Mike for the story and the "one of a kind" pictures.
Bitts & Bytes ------ Thought you might be interested in a free weekly e-mail newsletter named "Bitts & Bytes". It contains a lot of interesting information about the inland waterways of our great country and it is written by a guy named Jack Simpsom that is right here in St. Louis. It contains a lot of info about commercial navigation but as a pleasure boater I think it is very interesting. Take a look.
RiverBill's Archive ------ I have added an "Archive" in the upper left hand side of this webpage for storing older information. The info in this page goes back to Dec. 1. Look in the "Archive for the older stuff.
12-25-04
May The Spirit Of Christmas Brighten This Special Day With Merriment And Good Cheer.
Merry Christmas To All Of Our Boating Friends!
Bill and Laura
Send your Christmas picture to RiverBill's today and I will post it. Make sure to include names. (Send medium resolution pics only).
Heading South ------ This is a picture of southbound tow getting ready to lock through Winfield Dam on Thursday the 23rd of December. It has got to be cold and dangerous out there. Hurry home for Christmas guys! This picture is from the Winfield-Live Cam.
12-24-04
Merry Christmas to all my River Friends.
River is Froze ------ I got a "River Report" from Mike D again this morning. The the River is froze solid all the way across in front of Two Branch Island and is no longer moving. Thanks for the update Mike.
12-23-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Loading Dock in Grafton, IL. located at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers with the bluffs along the Great River Road in the background. This picture was taken earlier this week near the end of the day and you can see the reflection of the glowing winter sunset in the windows of the building. Looks like they are closed for the winter.
River is Icing-up ------ I got a "River Report" from Mike D that there are sheets of ice floating down the river this morning. He said the last tow that came through sounded like a freight train as it broke up the ice. Thanks for the info and pictures Mike.
SandBar Restaurant AD ------ Take a look at the revised "SandBar Restaurant" AD. Pick their hot-link in the upper right hand side of this webpage .
12-22-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a great October River Sunset sent in by Brad. The next picture was taken a bit later as the sun dips below the tree line and the sky seems to come alive with hues of yellow and red . Thanks for the great pics Brad.
RiverBill's welcomes the SandBar Restaurant at Lake Center as a sponsor ! ------     Scott Wolf and Robbin Quinlisk will take over the operation of the bar and restaurant next year with the "Grand Opening" scheduled for April. The SandBar is located on Dardeene Slough at UMR 224.4. So, when motoring in that area next summer make sure you "stop-in" at the new hot spot on the river.     Stay tuned to RiverBill's for more pictures and regular updates as things take shape for opening day. Click on their AD in the upper right hand corner of this webpage for their logo and phone number.
12-21-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of River Santa riding outside the wheelhouse on the Brussels Ferry yesterday afternoon as they ferried cars and trucks across the Illinois River. It tis the season to see Santa everywhere.
12-20-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is lookng down-river through the Gazebo on the deck at Mike D's house at UMR 231.5 Thanks for the picture Mike.
12-19-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a bright and sunny pic looking up river yesterday from the deck of Mike D's house. The upper end of Two Branch Island is on the right and you can see the cliffs in the distance where the Poppleton Navigation Light is located at UMR 233.5 . Thanks for the picture Mike !
Alton Pool Boating Community ------ I changed the website description again yesterday after Mark Sweetnam e-mailed me a few suggestions for improving what I had. I decided that his descriptions were much better than what I had so I used one of his.     Thanks Mark!     ( By the way Mark is in the band 2nd Nature that is going to start playing at the SandBar Restaurant at Lake Center this summer.)
12-18-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ of the Piasa Bird was taken by Tony Trice. The Piasa Bird is painted on a cliff along the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton, IL.     For an up-close view, pick on the link to greatriverroad.com website. Anyone have a picture of the Piasa Bird when it was painted on a different cliff down the road from this one and it was much larger ?     Thanks for the picture Tony.
The Towboat America ------ I received a report this morning that the towboat "America" is moored at Kampsville, on the Illinois River.
Melvin Price Lock Closure ------ According to an ITCS memo dated 12/16/04 the Melvin Price main lock chamber will be closed on the 21st of December for repairs. To view the ITCS memo pick this link .
Can't you see ? ------ Brian Schaffer sent me a link to a very interesting picture that he found on the web of a retractable wheelhouse towboat from the Alter Bargeline website pushing the President Casino on the River. Seems to me that they need to raise the wheelhouse a bit higher so they could see over the top of the President and that is probably not possible. I am sure they had a safe method worked out so they could see where they where going. This towboat sure looks like the same one that I had on RiverBill's on 12-12-04.     Thanks Brian !
Alton Pool Boating Community ------ I made a change to the webpage header. I think "Boating Community" is more descriptive of who we are. Most of us live in our own communities all around the St. Louis and Illinois area and some of us even live in boats on the River, but as boaters we are our own community. We are neighbors at the boat dock, neighbors at the sandbar, neighbors at the clubhouses, we attend social gatherings together and on and on. I get e-mail from all kinds of boaters, some with johnboats, big and small pleasure craft, some sail boaters and even people related to the towboat industry. When on Alton Pool we are a Community !
12-17-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is some of the River Crowd at Stevies Rays on Main Street in St. Charles last night. While we were there I got to chat with Jim of "Whats up on the river.com" for a while about all kinds of stuff. I think a good time was had by all. Thanks Annie for setting this all up. Look for the next get together in January of 2005.
12-16-04
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of boat heading home for the winter on a cold dreary day last week. The road and the house shown here are at the end of highway "C" on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River at about UMR 231.5.
12-15-04
Our River Picture of the Day ----- is of a towboat pushing a barge full of mulch. I took this picture back around the end of October because of the contents of the barge caught my eye. The picture got lost in my archives and I never thought much more about it. I was reading Kathy Flippo's latest edition of Tow Talkin today where she wrote about seeing pine bark being shipped by barge for use as mulch so I thought I would dig this picture out and post it as the pic of the day.
12-14-04
Our River Picture of the Day ----- is of a 2 story house with a red barn on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi River near UMR 234.
12-13-04
Our River Picture of the Day ----- is of the cliffs and Popleton navigational light at UMR 233.5 on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River on a cold dreary day last week. Since the leaves are off the trees this cliff and the reddish colored layer of rock at the top is more noticeable this time of the year.
Holiday lights ----- I got an e-mail from Dan Owens of the Boat Photo Museum yesterday with a link to a picture the towboat "City Of Louisville" all decked out in holiday lights. Thanks Dan !
12-12-04
Our River Picture of the Weekend (Sunday) ----- is a "set of two" of a southbound tow being pushed by a Retractable Wheelhouse Towboat. The first one is from the Winfield Live-Cam of the Tow locking through the Dam at 8:15 yesterday morning and the 2nd picture is of the same tow heading down-river past Mike D's place at UMR 231.5. Thanks for the picture Mike ! I also found a picture of retractable wheelhouse towboat (that is for sale) with the wheelhouse retracted all the way down. Really looks different !   Take a look.
12-11-04
Our River Picture of the Weekend (Saturday) ----- is of a great looking house on Cuivre Slough around UMR 234. This pic was taken last Wednesday on one of our last boat rides on the River for this year.
12-10-04
Our River Picture of the Weekend -----(Yes the weekend starts on Friday) is actually a "Set of Four Sunrise Pictures" taken about 5 minutes apart earlier this week by Mike D from his house on the banks of the Mississippi River.   Again, I think these pics might be suitable for framing.   So scroll down and take a look at how a "River Sunrise" looks this time of the year.   At first you can see the first few rays of light peeking through the clouds as a dim glow.   Then, little by little, the entire sky and River turn into this yellow and orange light show. Thanks for the great pictures Mike !
If anyone wants a copy of these pics, drop me an e-mail and I will send you a high quality file that you can get an 8 X 10 (or larger) print at your favorite photo processor.
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12-09-04
Our River Picture of the Day is of towboat pushing a couple of barges up river around UMR 231.5. This pic was taken last night around sunset. Looks cold and dreary, but pictures can be deceiving. It was nice and warm inside looking out . This is a common site from a house with a great "River View". Thanks Mike D for letting us warm up after the boat ride last night.
12-08-04
Our River Picture of the Day is of ----- Winfield Dam with all of the gates open because of the high water. This pic was taken by Tony Trice in June of this year. Thanks Tony.
The towboat "America" ----- I got an e-mail from Dan Owens of the Boat Photo Museum about the towboat "America". Dan found out that Alter sold the towboat on Nov. 1st to a private individual from Whitehall, Ill. Dan said he is going to try to contact the individual to see what he intends to do with it. Maybe a restaurant or a bar ?
Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center ----- I got an e-mail from Scott Wolf yesterday. He wrote "The Sand Bar at Lake Center Marina, is going to be operated in the 2005 boating season by Robbin Quinlisk, who has tended bar there for several seasons,   and Scott Wolf who boats out of lake center." Scott also wrote that they booked the band 2nd Nature for Memorial Day and have some tentative plans to book them on the last Saturday of every month until the end of the season. Good luck with your new venture Scott. I know that I will be stopping in.
12-07-04
Our River Picture of the Day ----- is another from the lock at Winfield Dam. The southbound tow entering the lock is almost hidden from view because of the brightness of the spotlight. That is a harbor tug on the port side supplying some help to get it into the lock. This pic was taken Monday morning about 8:00 AM by the Winfield live-cam.
Rivers Research Center ----- There was an article in last Saturday's Alton Telegraph about U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello getting federal money for the Lewis and Clark Community College's National Great rivers Research Center that may be of interest you. Research done through the Center includes big river ecology, watersheds and river communities. For more information go to The Telegraph on-line newspaper.
Golden Eagle River Museum Shuts Down ----- The Museum located in South St. Louis County shut down in October according to the "Bitts & Bytes" newsletter written by Jack R. Simpson. For a link to the newsletter and more information click here.
12-06-04
Our River Picture of the Day ----- is of the Party Pavilion at South Shore Harbor on Dardeene Slough at about UMR 226.5.
Con Trios Yacht Club ----- Laura and got to attend the Con Trios Yacht Club Christmas Party Saturday night as guests. Thank you Carl and Mary, Gary and Judy for the invitation and the good time !     I seen a lot of familiar faces from the River and it was good to chat with everyone. Great food, good friends, an outstanding band and a good time by all.
What is Con Trios Yacht Club ?   Their "Purpose" as stated on their website is as follows: "To promote safe boating and fellowship between boaters".       I think that pretty much sums it up.
I added a link to their website on the toolbar on the left hand side of this webpage. Take a look!
12-05-04
Our River Picture of the Weekend ----- is of a tow leaving the lock at Winfield Dam heading up-river yesterday (Saturday) at 2:05 PM. This picture is from the Winfield live-cam, "Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25".
Tows ----- We share the River with all kinds of boats. Johnboats, sail boats, large and small pleasure boats and then these big guys, the Tows. Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin sent me a river update that I think is very interesting .
Kathy Flippo says ----- "This in from my spy in Minneapolis/St. Paul...........
Mississippi shipping ends.
The 2004 shipping season on the Mississippi ended Monday as the last towboat headed down the river, pushing four barges of petroleum products. The shipment of most commodities remained about the same as last year, but grain shipments dropped by nearly half, according to Dick Lambert, director of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Ports and Waterways Section. Many shippers to Asian markets used rail transportation to Pacific Northwest seaports rather than barge shipments to the Port of New Orleans, Lambert said.
Meanwhile, the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin repairs on two Minnesota locks and dams. Lock and Dam 2 in Hastings and Lock and Dam 5 in Minnesota City need repairs on their 70-year-old bulkheads that cannot be completed while they are in use.
The repairs cost about $2 million for each site and will be completed in time for the river to reopen in March. The corps fixed the bulkhead at Lock and Dam 3 in Red Wing last year and plans to repair two bulkheads each year until it finishes repairs on all 13 locks and dams in the St. Paul district, Shannon Bauer, a corps official, said."