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October 2007

 

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Wednesday ...31 Oct. 2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 Scroll Down For More Halloween Pictures 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

 

 

Picture of the Day

 

Full Moon

 and the Mississippi Queen

 

 

  

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day..........  Is from John Payne.  He snapped a shot of the Mississippi Queen heading into a full moon Saturday night as it was passing Kinder's Restaurant.  

 

Hi Bill, 

Here is a picture of the Mississippi Queen. It is just West of Kinder's. (Saturday night)

 

John Payne

 

RiverBill says...John also sent us a picture of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman that is further down the page.

 

Scroll down for more Halloween pictures ! 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 -------- were from Robert, Slow Ride, Cope.

 

 

Bill, 
   Was out on the river Saturday and Sunday to take in the Fall colors. Got a few good Panorama pics you may want to share with the group. 

The Mi.Queen was at Grafton Sunday and I took a few up close pics. I'll send you those tonight when I get home. 

Robert Cope


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Two Rivers Marina....On the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Mo. 

 Your River Destination...a convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis.  Click here

Boat Burning Halloween Tradition......   The Long Island Maritime Museum hosts a boat burning party around this time of year for local residents . 

Click here and check it out !

Pumpkin Boat Races......  We might make cardboard boats and race them in the St. Louis area.....but for something a little different  click here for a picture from the MainePumpkins.com website of a "pumpkin boat" equipped with an outboard motor and ready to race! 

For more pumpkin boat pic's  click here.

Palisades Yacht Club Presents ! 

"Neon Cadilac"  

Saturday, November 10th at 8 PM

 

Classic Rock, Motown, Disco, Blues, Country

 

Click here for flyer or got to Upcoming Events page

Islands To Be Built in Illinois River At East Peoria  ............  According to a news article in yesterday's on-line PJStar.com.........  If and when President Bush signs the Water Resources Development Act it will clear the way for construction of three large islands in Lower Peoria Lake (Illinois River).

    In the short term..... the islands are designed to fight the sediment that is choking the Illinois River by increasing the speed of the current through the lower lake.   1 1/2 million cubic yards of mud will be dredged from the Illinois River to construct the islands and at the same time, create a deep-water basin.

    In the long run, the islands will be the foundation for a series of projects to build a new diversionary channel along the east bank of the Illinois River.

   The combination of the new islands and the new river channel will speed sediment downriver, improve boating prospects in the area while enhancing river ecology. 

  Click here to read the on-line article.

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636-250-4187  Click here

Jameson Island Hydraulic Sediment Response (HSR) Model Study..........   

 

Flow visualization technique used to analyze flow exiting Jameson Chute (red), indicates that there is no impact to the adjacent agricultural levee.

 

 

St. Louis, Mo. - The Jameson Island HSR Model Study was initiated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, utilizing the St. Louis District's Applied River Engineering Center, located at its Service Base at the foot of Arsenal Street. The St. Louis District's expertise in physical modeling was used to determine the potential effects of flow exiting the newly formed Jameson Chute and its impacts on the nearby agricultural levee. Additional tests were run to determine the effect of placing dredge material in the main channel.

The Jameson Island Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is located on the right descending bank of the Missouri River at river miles 215 to 211. The site encompasses nearly the entire floodplain bend of the river. 

In late 2006, the Corps began construction of a side channel chute at the Jameson Island site under the Biological Opinion Program. The chute is designed to be over 9800 feet long and 100 feet wide at construction; it is designed to erode to a maximum width of 200 feet. The project will create more than 20 acres of shallow water habitat immediately following construction and more than 40 acres of habitat after the chute erodes to design width. The habitats created are thought to be critical to the endangered pallid sturgeon.

 

The model study began in the spring of 2007 and was just recently completed. Once calibrated bathymetrically, a technique called “flow visualization” was used to determine flow patterns in the model. Flow visualization is accomplished by dying the model water and placing confetti on the water surface. Time-elapse photos are then taken to determine surface flow patters. 

 

Steven Spaulding, Kansas City District and Mike Rodgers, St. Louis District, present the model study data to congressional aides, agricultural, fish and wildlife representatives.

 



Prior to running flow visualization tests, we compared flow patterns of the calibrated model with Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler data collected by St. Louis District Corps of Engineers, Geospatial Branch. The ADCP collects velocities from the water column and we convert the data to a GIS form to visually compare prototype data with the model flow.

Once bathymetric and flow data were calibrated in the model, we began the alternative tests. During each set of alternatives, a base flow (low flow) and a high flow were run to simulate the constant variance in the prototype and to obtain the channel forming properties of the prototype. Several tests were run including; the impact of the chute alignment, the change of chute from minimum and maximum design widths, and impact of the flow exiting the chute on the neighboring agricultural levee. Additional tests were run to determine if any sedimentation problems would occur due to the dredge spoil placement in the system.

Due to the sensitivity of the Jameson Island Chute Project, several meetings with various interest groups have taken place with several more to come.

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/mvs-news/Jameson.html

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The above news article was reprinted from the US Army Corps Of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

Memorial Service For Lynn Tighe:

 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Sunset Hill Funeral Home located at 50 Fountain Drive at Route 157, Glenn Carbon Il. 62034 ( 618-656-3220 ). The family will begin receiving friends at 4:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 2, 2007 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 325 East Vandalia, Edwardsville, Il. 62025.( 618-656-6420 ). The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Lynn A. Tighe Gardens at SIU-E, c/o The SIU-E Foundation, Campus Box 1082, Edwardsville, Il. 62026.

 

ITCS Memo 2597......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From:      itcs@ribb.com 
To:          riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject:  Amendment: Lock and Dam No. 11, UMR Mile 583 now closed 19 & 20 November 2007 
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 13:29:29 -0600 


ITCS MEMO # 2605


AMENDMENT 

Lock and Dam No. 11, UMR Mile 583.0, will be closed to all navigation
from 0800 to 1600 on Monday, 19 November 2007 and Tuesday, 20
November 2007. The purpose of these closures is for divers to clean and
inspect the downstream lock sill area. Also, the downstream sill beam
will be set in place along with one lock chamber bulkhead. This work is
necessary prior to the dewatering closure this winter.
Towboat operators are requested NOT to tie up on the guidewalls during
this closure period.



Click here to read the ITCS Memo # 2605

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

       

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  

Name:       Fleet Captain (glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:         Sun 28 Oct 2007 07:23:35 PM EDT 
Subject:     Con Trios First Lady - Lynn Tighe 


Our thoughts and prayers are with our Commodore, Tim Tighe, for the passing of his wonderful wife and our First Lady of Con Trios. She was a gem of a lady, and will be sorely missed by all. God Bless the Tighe family. 

 

Gary and Judy Meinershagen 

 

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More Pictures From 

Kinder's Halloween Party

 

 

 

 

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More Halloween pictures tomorrow !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday ...30 Oct. 2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 Scroll Down For More Halloween Pictures 

 

Pictures of the Day

 

Palisades Yacht Club's 

Car Show Benefit

  

Palisades Yacht Club's Car Show Benefit Update..........  We received the following Car Show update below and the above pictures from Amy Spenser of Palisades Yacht Club.   

 

Hi River Bill,

The car show went great and the weather was perfect! We had about 50 cars of all kinds. Palisades Yacht Club donated their share of the proceeds to the Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine in the amount of $223.50. The GTO Club donated their share which was also $223.50 to the Children's Cancer Fund. Thanks for your help in advertising the event! The GTO Club is forwarding me pictures which I will get to you asap. Next Saturday is the free chili cook off with a 50/50 raffle going to St. Francis of Assisi Church. Attached is the flyer.

Thanks again,

Amy@ PYC

 

Scroll down for more Halloween pictures ! 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 -------- 

 

 

Hi Bill, 
   Here are a few pics of the recovery team loading the boat that burned in Grafton on Oct 2nd...I was just returning from the trip to Mels Dockside a few of us made and got back in time to get a few shots of their effort...

Jeff Easley


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Memorial Service For Lynn Tighe:

 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Sunset Hill Funeral Home located at 50 Fountain Drive at Route 157, Glenn Carbon Il. 62034 ( 618-656-3220 ). The family will begin receiving friends at 4:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 2, 2007 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 325 East Vandalia, Edwardsville, Il. 62025.( 618-656-6420 ). The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Lynn A. Tighe Gardens at SIU-E, c/o The SIU-E Foundation, Campus Box 1082, Edwardsville, Il. 62026.

 

The Rotten Apple, Grafton, IL .... Gabie McGarrah, the flamenco guitarist, will be playing at the Rotten Apple the following dates and times : 


November 2,9,10& 30 from 6-10 pm

November 11 from 2-6 pm     

Fall Colors Predictions......Missouri Department of Conservation foresters update "Fall Color" reports weekly from mid-September through early-November.  

 

   According to this weeks report........Fall colors are in full bloom now ! 

 

   This is the peak for almost all of the early-turning species. The reds, vivid oranges, reds, purples and yellows will disappear very quickly.   Should start seeing some brilliant reds and reddish-purples very soon.  

 

  They are predicting peak colors around the 1st weekend of November.

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

 

Sketch of Drowning Victim  ............  A news article in yesterday's on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch contained a sketch of the unidentified drowning victim that was  found floating in the Mississippi River in May of 2007.

  A worker on a towboat spotted the man's body in the water on May 23 about two miles north of the Mel Price Lock and Dam

  The Illinois State Police did a facial reconstruction in hope that someone will recognize him.

 

  Click here to read the on-line news story

Thanksgiving Turkey...River Style..........  We received the following e-mail from Marian Rubel, who hails out of Two Branch Marina.  She sent us a new turkey recipe !

 

Bill, 

Thought this would be good for the river crowd! 

Marian Rubel 

NEW TURKEY RECIPE

Your dinner will be the talk of the TOWN!!
You should try this!
Sure to bring smiles from your guests!
Here is a new way to prepare your Thanksgiving Turkey.

1. Cut out aluminum foil in desired shapes. 

2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully. (see attached picture for details) 


3. Roast according to your own recipe and serve. 


4. Watch your guests' faces... 

 

 

 

 

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From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  

Name:       Fleet Captain (glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:         Sun 28 Oct 2007 07:23:35 PM EDT 
Subject:     Con Trios First Lady - Lynn Tighe 


Our thoughts and prayers are with our Commodore, Tim Tighe, for the passing of his wonderful wife and our First Lady of Con Trios. She was a gem of a lady, and will be sorely missed by all. God Bless the Tighe family. 

 

Gary and Judy Meinershagen 

 

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More Pictures From 

Kinder's Halloween Party

 

 

 

 

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More Halloween pictures tomorrow !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday ...29 Oct. 2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 

 

Pictures of the Day

 

Winners of

Kinder's Halloween Contest

1st Place

 

2nd Place

 

3rd Place

 

4th Place

 

5th Place

 

Our River Pictures of the Day ....... are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners at Kinder's Halloween Contest last Saturday night.  

  I think there were a few more winners on Saturday night that I didn't get pictures of ....... and there were a lot of really good costumes in the crowd, including a few of my favorites.... "Kidd Rock and Pamela" and "The Asian Carp Busters."  

 

   Keep your anchor right where it is .....more of Kinder's Halloween pictures tomorrow !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2004 -------- was of some of the  Fall Colors --- on the bluffs along the Illinois side of the Mississippi River around Mississippi River Mile Marker 233.5 .


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Post from Con Trios Website

Lynn A. Tighe

 

Lynn Tighe, beloved wife of Commodore Tim Tighe has died at her home after a brave and private battle with pancreatic cancer. Lynn was an avid and accomplished boater that loved being on the rivers with friends and family aboard her yacht " Patience ". She was an active and strong supporter of CTYC and played a major role with Tim as Fleet Captain and this year as Commodore.

 

Lynn was also a very active officer of the Blessing Of The Fleet, Inc. and help guide that organization to it's 50th anniversary celebration this year.

 

Lynn was a friend to many, always warm, welcoming and funloving.

 

Lynn A. Tighe, the First Lady of Con Trios Yacht Club will be missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim and  the Tighe family. Arrangements are pending.

 

 

 

Memorial Service For Lynn Tighe:

 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Sunset Hill Funeral Home located at 50 Fountain Drive at Route 157, Glenn Carbon Il. 62034 ( 618-656-3220 ). The family will begin receiving friends at 4:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 2, 2007 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 325 East Vandalia, Edwardsville, Il. 62025.( 618-656-6420 ). The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Lynn A. Tighe Gardens at SIU-E, c/o The SIU-E Foundation, Campus Box 1082, Edwardsville, Il. 62026.

 

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Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

Grafton Light House...... The Grafton Lighthouse was dedicated this past Saturday with current and former City Council members and community leaders on hand. The 47 foot structure is a symbol of hope, gratitude, perseverance and community.

 

Click here to read the news story in the on-line Alton Telegraph.....with a good picture of the structure.

Click here to read the news story in the AltonDailyNews.com

 

The lighthouse is located at the foot of Vine Street by the public boat launching ramp 

 Click here for map from MapQuest

 

Lock and Dam 21 ............  According to a news article on www.khqa.com congressman Phil Hare was in Quincy, IL this past Saturday to tour the Lock and Dam 21.    He discussed the importance of strengthening transportation infrastructure along the Mississippi River with Quincy city officials and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers . 

  The lock and dam is reportedly already in bad shape, and  there could be trouble ahead if something isn't done soon.  The structure needs a lot of work structurally mechanically and electrically.

 

  Click here to read the news article on KHQA7on-line....Keokuk, Hannibal, Quincy

River Destinations 

    Alton Haunted Tours..... There is an article in on-line Alton Telegraph Calendar Of Events about the Haunted History Tours in the river-city.   

  

   One that caught my attention is Antoinette’s Haunted History Tours.  It includes a trip to the old Milton School where legend has it ..... a young girl was murdered.  The tour's psychic investigators think that the spirits of both the young girl and her murderer still roam within the walls of the building.

   The tour also includes stops at the Alton Cemetery and the McPike Mansion.

  

   Click here and check it out.

FYI........

    RiverBarge Excursions Lines........ is offering a special prices on a round-trip excursion from New Orleans....December 4th -8th.. Includes the lower Mississippi River and the Delta South with visits to Oak Alley Plantation, Myrtles Plantation and Baton Rouge.

  

   Go to www.riverbarge.com for more info.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  

Name:       Fleet Captain (glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:         Sun 28 Oct 2007 07:23:35 PM EDT 
Subject:     Con Trios First Lady - Lynn Tighe 


Our thoughts and prayers are with our Commodore, Tim Tighe, for the passing of his wonderful wife and our First Lady of Con Trios. She was a gem of a lady, and will be sorely missed by all. God Bless the Tighe family. 

 

Gary and Judy Meinershagen 

 

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The Weekend Report ...26,27,28 Oct. 2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 Updated Sunday At 6:30 PM 

Updated Sunday At 6:30 PM

Post from Con Trios Website

Lynn A. Tighe

 

Lynn Tighe, beloved wife of Commodore Tim Tighe has died at her home after a brave and private battle with pancreatic cancer. Lynn was an avid and accomplished boater that loved being on the rivers with friends and family aboard her yacht " Patience ". She was an active and strong supporter of CTYC and played a major role with Tim as Fleet Captain and this year as Commodore.

 

Lynn was also a very active officer of the Blessing Of The Fleet, Inc. and help guide that organization to it's 50th anniversary celebration this year.

 

Lynn was a friend to many, always warm, welcoming and funloving.

 

Lynn A. Tighe, the First Lady of Con Trios Yacht Club will be missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim and  the Tighe family. Arrangements are pending.

 

 

Updated 10-28-07 At 7:10PM

Memorial Service For Lynn Tighe:

 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Sunset Hill Funeral Home located at 50 Fountain Drive at Route 157, Glenn Carbon Il. 62034 ( 618-656-3220 ). The family will begin receiving friends at 4:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 2, 2007 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 325 East Vandalia, Edwardsville, Il. 62025.( 618-656-6420 ). The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Lynn A. Tighe Gardens at SIU-E, c/o The SIU-E Foundation, Campus Box 1082, Edwardsville, Il. 62026.

 

Updated Sunday At 6:00 PM

  From RiverBIll's Message Board

 

Name:       Fleet Captain (glmeinershagen@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:         Sun 28 Oct 2007 07:23:35 PM EDT 
Subject:     Con Trios First Lady - Lynn Tighe 


Our thoughts and prayers are with our Commodore, Tim Tighe, for the passing of his wonderful wife and our First Lady of Con Trios. She was a gem of a lady, and will be sorely missed by all. God Bless the Tighe family. Gary and Judy Meinershagen 

 

Sunday's Picture

 Updated Sunday At 6:00 PM

Our River Picture of the Day ....Sunday... is a shot looking at a golden river-sunset through a window of one of the rooms at Kinder's No-Wake Inn Saturday evening.  

 

Open house this coming weekend

 

More pictures later in the week !

 

Saturday's Picture

 

 Updated Saturday At 10:00 PM

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ....Saturday.... is from Island Dave

 

Hi Bill

Here is a photo of us sailing last weekend in 20 mph winds. The photo was taken from a kite. 

Island Dave


 

Friday's Picture

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ...... is from Andy Satterfield, know in some river-circles as "Blue Marlin".

 

Hi Bill!

We sure have been enjoying the fall boating this year!
It was nice of Al Gore to extend the season!

Here's a pic of Buddy, a 10 year old veteran of the River.
He doesn't like to spend the day on the sand till the
weather cools down. That sand gets HOT!

take care,

blue marlin

 

Check out Andy's Blog Site:

Pics and short videos of pool 26 outings.

http://360.yahoo.com/bluemarlin314

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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 Updated Sunday 6:00 PM

The River Pictures on this Day In 2004 ---- Sunday ---- was 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.


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 Updated Friday At 9:30 PM

The River Pictures on this Day In 2004 ---- Saturday ---- were sent in by Steve Schulte

 

Hello Bill,

I was doing a helicopter photo job last Friday afternoon down town and we had a few minutes to make a quick detour to the river front for a few pics!

Enjoy Steve


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The River Pictures on this Day In 2004 ---- Friday ---- is of a helicopter --- flying under Eads Bridge on 27 July 1983. 

    This picture was sent in by Capt'n Greg Moore who used to live in Springfield, IL.  and boated on the Mississippi & Illinois Rives with us, but has moved to northern Indiana a few years ago because of his job and boats on the Great Lakes now.


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The Grafton Ferry.......  is one of the best places in the area to watch the eagles as it motors you across the river.   Check it out...Enjoy the ride ...Take your camera .....And  send RiverBill's some pics !      Click here

Sue Houston Benefit Update...... 

 

Bill

The benefit was a huge success we had a beautiful day couldn't be better. I bet we had between 400 & 500 people there. It was hard to say they were coming in all day. I want to thank everybody who supported our event Sue was very overwhelmed. Elvis put on a awesome show and One Eye Fly was wonderful as always. The Rams cheerleaders were kept busy with photo opts. The food bar also was a very popular place. Sue's family and friends helping the event were kept busy all day. The silent auction also did very well. Everybody deserves a medal for making this a very successful day thanks again for supporting Sue.

Renee Yates

 

The 2007 ....River Halloween Party Report.... 

 

Capt’n Jack’s    ….....Friday, 26 Oct …Prizes

Kinder’s ...............….Saturday, 27 Oct 

The Rotten Apple..... Saturday, 27 Oct   

 

Pallisades….No Party

Cedar Hill….No Party 

 

Keep your anchor right here !

 We will have more Halloween Party Info as it becomes available 

Sunday's Car Show Benefiting the Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine....... 

 

   Sunday's Car Show benefiting the Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine. The entry fee is $10.00 and we will also do a 50/50 drawing. So far we are expecting a good turn out. 
Please pass this on to your family and friends who may be interested in coming. Thanks and hope to see you there!

Amy Spenser

Palisades Yacht Club

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Grafton Light House...... Today's edition of the Belleville News-Democrat has an update and more information about the new Grafton lighthouse.  The dedication is this upcoming Saturday at 2: 00 PM at the new Lighthouse Park.

  

Click here to read the on-line article.

 

The lighthouse is located at the foot of Vine Street by the public boat launching ramp 

 Click here for map from MapQuest

 

USGS Missouri Water Science Center ............ Added a link in the left hand column to the...... U.S. Geological Survey Missouri Water Science Center.  

   

     The website contains all kinds of information about the State of Missouir's water, including such things as....Water Quality, Ground Water, Surface Water, Daily Streamflow Conditions Map, etc.

  The website contains all kinds of information about the State of Missouri's water.

Click here and check it out.

USGS Missouri Water Science Center ............ Added a link in the left hand column to the...... 

 U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center.....Water Resources For Illinois  

 

  The website contains all kinds of information about the State of Illinois' water, including such things as...Illinois Flooding Resources, Ground-Water Levels, stream flow conditions, etc.

  

   Click here and check it out..

October 26 & 27 in River History....

  
   
The Grafton Ferry Grand Opening Weekend was October 26 & 27, 2002.  The ferry began regular operation the following week.

    

    Click here for more information

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured in the October 12th, 2007edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture the town of Elsah, IL. from a 1911 postcard.

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

St. Louis Riverfront Trail.....  

    For the Biking, Running and Walking Boaters.......The Riverfront Trail follows the Mississippi River's west bank from the Gateway Arch to North Riverfront Park. It tucks between the Mississippi River on the east side and the railroad tracks on the west side.

  

  Click here for more information from the on-line St Louis Post Dispatch.

  Click here for map.

John's Boat Harbor.....30 years experience...slips, well-lighted ramping & storage areas, security gate,  maintenance/ repairs .24/7 fuel station .Click here

Found .....   


Large custom boat cover for large boat or cruiser. looks like it might be a cover for the stern area. Found floating in Dardenne Slough by Lake Center Marina on  Saturday, Oct. 6 th.

bschaffer@crescentparts.com

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Click here

With Deepest Sympathy........ We report the loss of one of our River Family

David A. Simon  

Simon, David A. suddenly while boating on the river on Sunday, October 21, 2007. Dave was loved and cherished by family, friends and pets. He also loved boating and was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary .Services: Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at SHEPARD Funeral Chapel, 9255 Natural Bridge at I-170 from 9:30 until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Family request Memorial Contributions to Humane Society, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or Blessing of the Fleet, 853 Brentford Drive, St. Louis, MO 63125

 

See Obituaries

 

 

 

 

Thirsty Thursday ...... 10-25-07

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 

 

Catch Of The Day

 

 

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ...... is from Gary & Judy Meinershagen 

 

Hi River Bill. 

   All is fun in Key West. Gary, myself and Papa John went Deep Sea Fishing today. I've attached some pics of the fish we caught (Wahoo). Mine was the biggest fish, which was 57 inches long, and approximately 40+ pounds. Gary's fish was 53 inches long, and approximately 35+ pounds. I also caught a Barracuda, which was about the size of my Wahoo. The Barracuda is a catch and release fish. Once I got the Barracuda reeled in so we could pull him up to take a picture, he broke the line. Needless to say, we had fresh, grilled fish today for lunch. We have a lot of fish left for the duration of our stay.

See you when we return.

Judy & Gary


Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2005 ---- was a Golden Sunset taken from the Grafton Ferry by Debbie House, of John's Boat Harbor Fame, while on a motorcycle ride.
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Longshot Saloon....1545 Riverview Dr, Portage Des Sioux, Mo... 636- 899- 1104 ...              Cold Drinks, Good Food, Live Entertainment.....   Click here

 

Con Trios Yacht Club's Website Updated..............

 

   Bob from Luttrell Marine / Yacht Club of St. Louis sent some pictures of the Spirit of LaSalle docked at and departing from Yacht Club of St. Louis for the Con Trios Yacht Club's Fall Color Cruise October 20th, 2007. 

 

   Go to www.contriosyachtclub.org and click on the "Photo Galleries" link to see all the pictures. 

 

Darryll Weil

Web Master for Con Trios Yacht Club

 

The 2007 ....River Halloween Party Report.... 

 

Capt’n Jack’s    ….....Friday, 26 Oct …Prizes

Kinder’s ...............….Saturday, 27 Oct 

The Rotten Apple..... Saturday, 27 Oct    Click here

 

Pallisades….No Party

Cedar Hill….No Party 

 

Keep your anchor right here !

 We will have more Halloween Party Info as it becomes available 

River Destinations...... 

    Peoria, IL....A Room With A View

   According to a news article on the PJStar.com, the Embassy Suites and RiverFront Conference Center in East Peoria is near completion.  The facility at the foot of Camp Street is scheduled to open at the beginning of January 2008.  

  A place to consider staying on your next trip in that direction.

  Click here to read news article

More on the LST 325............

More information and a story on the LST 325 in the PJStar.com.

Links, Info about Summer Tour and Facts about the ship.

Click here

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured in the August 22th, 2007edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture of the excursion steamer The St. Paul on an early 20th century postcard.

  Click here and take-a-look-back-in-river-time.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  

Name:      rvrrunner (rvr@bum.com) 
Date:        Wed 24 Oct 2007 11:14:50 PM EDT 
Subject:   fri. nite 


 Full moon must have bonfire 

 

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 Click here to read the River Rage news article in the Riverfront Times

 

 

Palisades Yacht Club .....1540 Riverview Dr, Portage Des Sioux, Mo 

636- 899 - 1093 ...Cold Drinks, Good Food, Great View.....   Click here

Found .....   


Large custom boat cover for large boat or cruiser. looks like it might be a cover for the stern area. Found floating in Dardenne Slough by Lake Center Marina on  Saturday, Oct. 6 th.

bschaffer@crescentparts.com

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

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With Deepest Sympathy........ We report the loss of one of our River Family

David A. Simon  

Simon, David A. suddenly while boating on the river on Sunday, October 21, 2007. Dave was loved and cherished by family, friends and pets. He also loved boating and was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary .Services: Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at SHEPARD Funeral Chapel, 9255 Natural Bridge at I-170 from 9:30 until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Family request Memorial Contributions to Humane Society, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or Blessing of the Fleet, 853 Brentford Drive, St. Louis, MO 63125

 

See Obituaries

Dave Simon......  was also a "Blessing of the Fleet" member. 

 

   Darryll Weil has posted information on the services on the Blessing of the Fleet website also....... www.blessingofthefleetstl.com

 

 

 

 

Wednesday... 24 Boatober  2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

 

 

 

 

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ...... is from Capt'n Harry Ragland, who hails out of Palisades Yacht Club in the sailboat....Tapacolo.

   

Bill,

    This past weekend was really breezy and there were a number of sailboats out.    Here a catamaran and a sloop prepare to pass one another along the bluffs near Elsah.

 

Harry Ragland

RiverBill says...Thanks for the picture Harry !  Nice shot .......... the changing colors, the Great River Road and two sailboats !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 ----  were from Captain Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride". 

 

 

Bill,

    It was cold, and it was windy, but I had to see the bluffs. Even had whitecaps on the way out, but the wind died down a little as the day wore on. Wandered up to Grafton Harbor and saw the Classic Cruisers getting ready for their trip down the bluffs. there were some pretty boats there, but, I chose to stop on an Island , build a fire and cook some hot dogs with my daughter instead of making the run down to Alton. 

A couple of barges and a bright red sailboat were waiting for me while I was on the way back to the harbor, so I had to take a few pics. 

 

Robert Cope


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With Deepest Sympathy........ We report the loss of one of our River Family

 

David A. Simon  

 

Simon, David A. suddenly while boating on the river on Sunday, October 21, 2007. Dave was loved and cherished by family, friends and pets. He also loved boating and was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary .Services: Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at SHEPARD Funeral Chapel, 9255 Natural Bridge at I-170 from 9:30 until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Family request Memorial Contributions to Humane Society, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or Blessing of the Fleet, 853 Brentford Drive, St. Louis, MO 63125

 

Dave Simon......  was also a "Blessing of the Fleet" member. 

 

   Darryll Weil has posted information on the services on the Blessing of the Fleet website also....... www.blessingofthefleetstl.com

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The New Issue of Heartland Boating is Out........The October edition of Heartland Boating is on the shelf at your local boat store.  Check it out!

 

This issue has: 

 ~  an article on Tara Point Bed and Breakfast in Grafton, IL.. 

 ~  an article about Milton Schaefer's 2002 pontoon boat trip down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to Memphis with a couple of stops in our area.  One at Two Rivers Marina and then one at Timberline Marina near Elsberry, Mo for some repairs after hitting a wing dike.  It's an interesting article and he lots of good things to say about the river people he met at both places..

Illinois River Mud to Parks Project......  according to an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Press Release dated 22 October, 2007 .......  tons of mud dredged from the Illinois River will be used as "final cover" for the Pekin Landfill site in Peoria, IL. 

   

    Instead of having the river mud clog Peoria’s East Port Marina channel, it will be used to make a former landfill into a safer place !    The Illinois River and it's backwater lakes are filling with sediments from the soil erosion and many areas that were six to eight feet deep a century ago are now as shallow as 18 inches.

     

    The mud, that has been tested for pollutants and approved by the Illinois EPA,  is dredged from the Peoria Lakes area of the Mississippi River to create a 9 foot channel. It is loaded on barges,  transported to the ADM dock, unloaded into trucks and hauled to the Pekin landfill site were it is used as a "final cover".  

 

   The Council of State Governments presented the Mud to Parks program a national Innovations Award in 2006. 

 

Click here to read the press release..

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured in the August 30th, 2007edition of the Alton Telegraph was a picture from the 1940's showing the steamboat "Capital"  docking at the Alton levee.  This was one of the largest and most popular steamboats on the river.

  Click here and take-a-look .."back in river time."

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  In Response To Message 655

 

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 Name:        Bob M (RFMIR@SBCGLOBAL.NET) 

Date:         Sat 20 Oct 2007 11:20:12 PM EDT 
Subject:     Fight in Mason's Chute 


Anyone who boats on the river needs to watch that video. Doesn't look like justice was served if the woman on the Larson Cruiser was charged. Hopefully the Water Patrol did a follow up investigation and charged those guys with assault. 


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 Click here to read the River Rage news article in the Riverfront Times

 

 

Two Rivers Marina....On the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Mo. 

 Your River Destination...a convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis.  Click here

Found .....   


Large custom boat cover for large boat or cruiser. looks like it might be a cover for the stern area. Found floating in Dardenne Slough by Lake Center Marina on  Saturday, Oct. 6 th.

bschaffer@crescentparts.com

 

 

 

Tuesday... 23 Boatober  2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 Updated At 5:00PM...Add picture of D Simon 

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

Melvin Price Lock and Dam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day ...... are from Capt'n Rick Flier, who hails out of Two Branch Marina in the cruiser Miss Sippy. 

 

   

Bill,

            My cousin works for the Corps of Engineers, based out of San Francisco , and was in town with 350 other Corps associates, last week. I was fortunate enough to be invited to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dam with the group on Friday, 7/20/07. I took some pictures of the Dam and some of the group, from Washington DC to San Francisco , as well as “Jim” and officer Cargill, in the Control Tower. What a spectacular view!!! For those of us that have not made the tour of the Lock and Dam, I would highly suggest stopping by and seeing the operation. The folks there are great to talk with and the statistics are staggering. I told Jim and my cousin that I was going to send this in to you and to make sure they keep an eye on Riverbills.com. I think both will be frequent visitors to your site. If you get a chance to throw this on the site, I’d really appreciate it.

 thanks,

 Rick Flier

Motor vessel MISS SIPPY” 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Rick.  Looks like a real interesting tour. I hope to take it myself soon.......     Sorry it took me so long to post these pictures.  My in basket was "above flood stage" all Summer long and I was "locking things through" as fast as I could.. 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 ----  was of the colors on the bluffs along the Great River Road last year.  We did notice that the colors were better on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River !


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With Deepest Sympathy........ We report the loss of one of our River Family

 

David A. Simon  

 

Simon, David A. suddenly while boating on the river on Sunday, October 21, 2007. Dave was loved and cherished by family, friends and pets. He also loved boating and was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary .Services: Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at SHEPARD Funeral Chapel, 9255 Natural Bridge at I-170 from 9:30 until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Family request Memorial Contributions to Humane Society, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or Blessing of the Fleet, 853 Brentford Drive, St. Louis, MO 63125

 

Alton's Halloween Poster......  Its a cool looking picture of a witch flying past a very large full moon centered between the two towers of the Clark Bridge.  A line of spooky looking “eyes” are peering out through the thick fog rising up off of the river near the bottom of the picture.  

  It symbolizes Halloween, the river and the city of Alton

 

  Click here and take a look at the Halloween Picture and read the news article in The Telegraph.com.  

River Destination.....

    Alton's Halloween Parade......  

Downtown Alton, IL
Parade begins at Washington Ave. and Broadway
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at  7:30PM
For more information, call 618-462-7527

Shamel Auto & Tire..... 10% Discount for boaters on parts, labor and all trailer , auto and truck tires in stock.  ....Phone 314.770. 0800.......Click here 

Dedication of Grafton Lighthouse   .......  According to a news article in the AltonDailyNews.com..........Grafton's new lighthouse, which stands almost 50 feet tall,  will be dedicated this Saturday as a sign of Grafton's recovery from the 1993 Flood.    Dedication at 2:00 PM

 

  Click here to read the on-line news story.

 

 

Note:  the lighthouse is located at the foot of Vine Street by the public boat launching ramp.     Click here for map from MapQuest

Con Trios Yacht Club's Fall Color Cruise.....  

 

Con Trios Yacht Club website, www.contriosyachtclub.org, updated on Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Fall Color Cruise aboard the "Spirit of La Salle" pictures are up.  Click on the "Photo Galleries" link.  Thanks to Fleet Captain Gary and his wife Judy for all their hard work putting this together.  Rich Luttrell and his staff at Yacht Club of St. Louis did an outstanding job of setting up a temporary dock in front of the club so we could board, preparing the appetizers onboard and had the Sharks Band playing that evening after we returned from our "3 hour cruise".  Over 130 guests enjoyed the beautiful weather and a leisurely cruise down the Mississippi.  If you have any pictures you would like to contribute email the webmaster@contriosyachtclub.org

 

Darryll Weil

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

 

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Congrats to Michael Lee Smith and Darrren Emery.....  

 

    CONGRATS TO MICHAEL LEE SMITH AND DARREN EMERY, ON THERE WIN LAST WEEKEND AT LAKE SHELBYVILLE IN ILL. THIS WAS THE THE SAINT CHARLES COUNTY HAWG HUNTERS BASS FISHING CLASSIC, AND LAST TOURNY OF THE YEAR.THEY WON THE TOURNAMENT WITH 15.09 POUNDS OF LARGE MOUTH BASS. WAY TO GO GUYS LEWIS ENGINES

GREG LEWIS

LEWIS ENGINES

The City of Hannibal and the Mark Twain Museum......  Was featured in an article in a far-away on-line newspaper......the  MiamiHerald.com.  

 

   It's a cute little news article about the author's visit to Hannibal Missouri and the realism of what's there compared to the perception that the author had in his mind.  The Mark Twain Museum, the muddy Mississippi, Hill Street and bluff-top vistas. All part of Hannibal today as they were when Samuel Clemens lived there.

 

  Click here to read the on-line news article.

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured on October 4th, 2007edition was a picture from 1938 showing firefighters on the Alton riverfront testing out a new fire engine.  They used the Mighty Mississippi as as a water source to check out the pumper.

  Click here and take-a-look .."back in river time."

Oct. 1993 in River History

   I ran across a panoramic picture of the Clark Bridge while it was under construction in 1993.  Looks like the old lock might still be in place, the Melvin Price Lock and Dam can be seen in the distance....And..... it was before the Alton Marina was built.

 

  Click here go to the Altonweb and to take-a-look back in river history.

 

  Click here to read more about both of the "Clark Bridges" on the altonweb.com

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  In Response To Message 655

 

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 Name:        Bob M (RFMIR@SBCGLOBAL.NET) 

Date:         Sat 20 Oct 2007 11:20:12 PM EDT 
Subject:     Fight in Mason's Chute 


Anyone who boats on the river needs to watch that video. Doesn't look like justice was served if the woman on the Larson Cruiser was charged. Hopefully the Water Patrol did a follow up investigation and charged those guys with assault. 


Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 Click here to read the River Rage news article in the Riverfront Times

 

 

Found .....   


Large custom boat cover for large boat or cruiser. looks like it might be a cover for the stern area. Found floating in Dardenne Slough by Lake Center Marina on  Saturday, Oct. 6 th.

bschaffer@crescentparts.com

 

 

 

 

Monday... 22 Boatober  2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

 

 

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Our River Picture Day ...... is of the some of the beautiful women we have here on Alton Lake. 

 

   We were anchored out in Sun Tan Slough one hot lazy afternoon during the 1st weekend in August when I persuaded these beauties to pose for a picture for RiverBills.com.

 

The Girls of Sun Tan Slough !

 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Pictures on this Day In 2004 ----  was of a very picturesque house with a very white fence --- on Dardeene Slough. 

  I think this place really grabs your attention when you pass by. Another house with a view !


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River Rage .....  This week's edition of the Riverfront Times contained a news article titled River Rage. It's about a trial set to begin in November over an incident that happened in Mason Chute in August 2006. An angry crowd, racial slurs, a fight and a handgun gun.  Take time to read this one !


Click here to read the River Rage news article.

 

The article above was in the weekend edition.  Thought I would leave it in today's edition too.

Bill

Fall Colors Predictions......Missouri Department of Conservation foresters update "Fall Color" reports weekly from mid-September through early-November.  

 

  According to this weeks report for the St. Louis area........A couple of weeks of cooler evenings and bright sunny days have started to bring the fall colors out in the St. Louis Region. 

  Sugar maples and hickories are in peak colors. The sugar maples are showing off their brilliant orange and yellow colors and the hickories displaying bright sulfur yellows. The oak trees have begun to show some signs of fall color too. Especially those along the edge of a forest. 

 

 Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

Parking Lot Closing At Old Chain of Rocks Bridge .....  According to a news article in the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch.....the parking lot on the Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge will be closing for the foreseeable future on October 28th. 

   A lot car break-ins took place on the lot early in 2007 and then it was closed for a time.  After a while Trailnet put a guard on duty during the weekends and charged motorists $3.00 to park.  That program ends on the 28th of this month and the lot will be closed again, except for special events on the bridge.  

  Trailnet is not sure what will happen next year.  It's a funding issue. 


Click here to read the news article on STLtoday.com.

Waterfowl Season Outlook .....  The Friday edition of the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch had an update on the waterfowl season in Illinois and Missouri.....

 

   According to the article  this should be a good season for duck hunters because the breeding ground production for mallards and gadwalls was slightly higher this year.

 

   Goose reproduction was a little higher than last year also and local numbers are plentiful, but they are not easy to kill because they know where to go to avoid being killed.

 

   Click here to read the news article on STLtoday.com.

Eagles Landing Marina....... Welcome boaters !  Public ramp, ice, plenty of parking...800 Wilson Road, St. Charles  636- 250- 4480 ......  Click here

E-10 Ethanol Fuel and Winter Boat Layup .......  Captain Darryll Weil has updated the Con Trios Yacht Club's website with  some information about E-10 ethanol fuel and Winter boat layup.  

    The new fuel has a 10% ethanol content and attracts greater amounts of water.  Also, when the fuel remains in the gas tank over a long period of time it "phase separates."   That means the E-10 ethanol forms into two separate solutions that will cause the engine not to run and internal engine damage can occur.

 

Click here to go to the Con Trios website and read the article.

Down Home Fishing..... Capt'n George Shindel sent us a link to a down home fishing video of a couple of guys hogging some big catfish with their bare hands.  

  

   Click here and check it out on myspacetv.com

Extremely Tropical..... The source for all of your outdoor & indoor artificial palm tree needs....... ....Phone 314.785.1700.......Click here 

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured on October 17th, 2007edition was a picture from 1968 of workers at the Grafton Boat Works launching a jet powered patrol boat headed for Vietnam.

  Click here and take-a-look .."back in river time."

Oct. 21, 1974 in River History


    The Eads Bridge, that crosses the Mississippi River at St. Louis, was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

 

Click here for more information from the Historic Bridges Of The US website

Marine Fuel Refund --- It's time to think about sending in that State of Missouri "Motor Fuel Refund Claim" ..........  Click here to get a copy.

  

   For more information go to the Missouri Department of Revenue - Motor Fuel Tax website at http://www.dor.mo.gov/tax/business/fuel/

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  In Response To Message 655

 

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 Name:        Bob M (RFMIR@SBCGLOBAL.NET) 

Date:         Sat 20 Oct 2007 11:20:12 PM EDT 
Subject:     Fight in Mason's Chute 


Anyone who boats on the river needs to watch that video. Doesn't look like justice was served if the woman on the Larson Cruiser was charged. Hopefully the Water Patrol did a follow up investigation and charged those guys with assault. 


Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 Click here to read the River Rage news article in the Riverfront Times

 

 

Found .....   


Large custom boat cover for large boat or cruiser. looks like it might be a cover for the stern area. Found floating in Dardenne Slough by Lake Center Marina on  Saturday, Oct. 6 th.

bschaffer@crescentparts.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report... 19, 20, 21 Boatober  2007

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 Updated Sunday at 12:01 AM 

 

River Picture Of The Day
Sunday

 

 

 Updated Sunday at 12:01 AM 

Our River Picture Day ....Sunday... is of a neat looking sunset taken a couple of months ago up near Two Branch Island.

 

 

 

River Picture Of The Day
Saturday

 

 

Updated Saturday At 9:15 AM

Our River Picture Day ....Saturday... is a shot of the fog in the hills above Grafton one evening back in early September. It's taken from the Mississippi River looking through one the chutes that connect the two rivers near the confluence.

 

 

 

River Pictures Of The Day
Friday

 

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day ....... are from Paul and Joan Barbary. 

  

Hi Bill,
What more could you ask for in a weekend. October, and it was still as beautiful and a summer's day. I took these pictures Sunday afternoon on the Illinois river. 

 

"If you are lucky enough to be on the river, your lucky enough."

Paul & Joan Barbary

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for sharing your pictures !   We have certainly enjoyed an extended Summer this year.

 

Your "Riverism" 

 

"If you are lucky enough to be on the river,

 your lucky enough."

 

will grace the top of RiverBill's web page for a while !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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 Updated Sunday at 12:01 AM 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2005 ---Sunday- was of the the start of the  changing of the colors in 2005 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.


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Updated Friday at 5:30

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 ---Saturday-  were sent in by John Payne.  He took these pictures of the sunset through the clouds on October 6, 2006 

 

RiverBill says........Incredible pictures !


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The River Pictures on this Day In 2005 ---Friday--   were from the 2nd annual Chili Contest at Two Branch Marina...... 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. 


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 Updated Sunday At 12:01 AM 

River Rage .....  This week's edition of the Riverfront Times contained a news article titled River Rage. It's about a trial set to begin in November over an incident that happened in Mason Chute in August 2006. An angry crowd, racial slurs, a fight and a handgun gun.  Take time to read this one !


Click here to read the River Rage news article.

 Updated Sunday At 12:10 AM 

An E-mail Updated from Milt Ohlsen  ..... 

 

Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 23:11:54 -0400 
From: "Milton Ohlsen" 
To:     "River Bill" 
Subject: Re: a picture for you 
Bill,

 Thanks!   It really was an interesting shot and that y'all would appreciate it. I'll keep an eye out for more. Yep, you were right on about us and Sea Fox; we are in Oriental, NC tonight (35 degrees North) and the Insurance co dictates that we stay above it till Nov 1. We were in a long line of some 20 vessels today, some 18 of them were sailboats strung out like wagons across the prarie--a really remarkable sight! 
Milt

 Updated Friday At 4:45 PM 

Happy Birthday Sue .....   


HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUE.....KEEP UP THE GOOD OUTLOOK ....(MAYBE NOT GOOD FOR THE RAMS) BUT YOU HAVE ALL OF OUR THOUGHTS BEHIND YOU.

BETTE & DARRYL VAN KIRK

 

Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday....Happy Birthday

 Updated Friday At 2:00 PM 

Found .....   


Large custom boat cover for large boat or cruiser. looks like it might be a cover for the stern area. Found floating in Dardenne Slough by Lake Center Marina on  Saturday, Oct. 6 th.

bschaffer@crescentparts.com

Riverboats   .....  Added links to 3 Riverboats in the left hand column.

 

The Heron

The Spirit of LaSalle

The Mark Twain Riverboat out of Hannibal, Mo

 

Fiberglass By Lehman ......   

   If you dream it, I can build it.  If you break it, I can fix it......Click here

October 18, 1847 in River History........ 

  Boatmen’s Bank, the oldest bank west of the Mississippi River, was established.

 

   The founder , George Knight Budd, arrived in St. Louis by the river aboard a steamer in 1835.  After seeing the thriving commerce on Mississippi riverfront, he decided to settle in St. Louis ! 

 

  In 1850 the river was the source of a disaster that spared the bank.  Not a flood ! A fire that aboard a steamer on the St. Louis riverfront started a blaze that destroyed much of the city. The fire took more than 400 buildings and 23 steamers, but it spared the Boatmen's building !  It was left standing in the middle of the ashes of the structures around it. 

 

Click here to go to the Missouri History website. 

Click here to read more about the history of Boatman's  

The Grafton Ferry.......  is one of the best places in the area to watch the eagles as it motors you across the river.   Check it out...Enjoy the ride ...Take your camera .....And  send RiverBill's some pics !      Click here

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured on October 3rd, 2007 was a postcard from the early 1900's with an aerial picture of small summer resort named Chautauqua. The resort was located on the banks of the Mississippi River and featured a spring-fed pool, a great view and swimming and boating in the Mississippi River. Visitors got there by train or steamboat.

  Click here and take-a-look .."back in river time."

Updated Sat at 11:45 PM

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

  In Response To Message 655

 

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 Name:        Bob M (RFMIR@SBCGLOBAL.NET) 

Date:         Sat 20 Oct 2007 11:20:12 PM EDT 
Subject:     Fight in Mason's Chute 


Anyone who boats on the river needs to watch that video. Doesn't look like justice was served if the woman on the Larson Cruiser was charged. Hopefully the Water Patrol did a follow up investigation and charged those guys with assault. 


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 Click here to read the River Rage news article in the Riverfront Times

 

 

John Biando & The Sharks At The Yacht Club Saturday Night ....... 

   

The Sharks Band is playing the tunes Saturday night at the Yacht Club of St. Louis after the Con Trios Yacht Club's Fall Cruise !

 John Biando, of Sharkey's fame,  will be there with the band. A little re-union.

Music starts at 8pm Saturday, October 20th

Palisades Yacht Club Update ....... 

   

Trivia is now on the third Thursday of each month only. 10/18/07
Live Music this Saturday Night 

WINTER HOURS

WILL BE OPEN WEDNESDAY THRU SUNDAY

UNTIL APRIL 1ST

 

 

 

Thirsty Thursday

18th Day of Boatober 2007

 

 

 

One Million Visitors Strong!

 

River Picture Of The Day

 

Our River Picture of the Day ....... is from Milton and Fran Ohlsen, formerly of the Duck Club in St. Louis...now living aboard the 49' Krogen Express  named  "Sea Fox".  They are cruising America's inland waterways, the eastern seaboard and beyond. 

 

RiverBill,

  Quite a study in contrasts in Norfolk Harbor. We are starting our trek South, headed back to the Bahamas.

 

  Very impressive Battleship Row that has more carriers than I thought we had !!


Milt Ohlsen

 

RiverBill says...Good to hear from you Milt.  Thanks for the picture and have a safe trip.  Enjoy !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 -----   

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry

81 years old today ! (2007)

 

 

Thanks for all the great music!

And
Keep On Rockin !

 

 

Click here to go to the ChuckBerry.com website for a picture of Ol' Chuck in his River Captain's Hat playing the guitar and singing his rock and roll. 


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Photo By Jay Haefele       

 

Nina Replica At Alton Marina   .....  The on-line Alton Telegraph had a news article about the Nina, a replica of the ship that Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.  A lot of visitors are amazed at how small of a ship it is.

 

  The replica ship arrived at the Alton Marina on Tuesday and will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Oct. 29.   Go to the check-in tent at the east end of the main marina parking to board the Nina..


   Click here to read the on-line news story dated 10-17-07.

   Click here for another news story from the on-line Alton Telegraph dated 10-16-07 with a good picture of the Nina on the river with the Melvin Price Dam in the background.

Nina's Visit To Alton Made the News in Terre Haute, Ind .....  I was cruising the internet again in the weee hours of the morning with the spotlight on dim.....and I ran across a news item from wthitv.com out of Terra Haute, Indiana. They covered the Nina's visit to Alton, IL .

  Just a short news article, but I was surprised to see it in covered in a Terra Haute news publication.    Click here to read the on-line news story. 

Eagles Landing Marina....... Welcome boaters !  Public ramp, ice, plenty of parking...800 Wilson Road, St. Charles  636- 250- 4480 ......  Click here

Palisades Yacht Club Update ....... 

   

Trivia is now on the third Thursday of each month only. 10/18/07
Live Music this Saturday Night 

 

WINTER HOURS

WILL BE OPEN WEDNESDAY THRU SUNDAY

UNTIL APRIL 1ST

 

New Link Added.... in the left hand column to the...... Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park .

 

1000 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO 63386
(636) 899-1135 

 

Click here and Take-A-Look !

Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm.......We don't just sell any boat, we sell your boat !
   
Ed & Nancee Shahan          Phone:217 - 854- 6226...........  Click here

35th Anniversary of the 1972 Clean Water Act.... This week is the 35th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.  It's the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. The act established the symbolic goals of eliminating releases to water of high amounts of toxic substances.

 

Click here for more information form the  Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

 IN RESPONSE TO MESSAGE # 647

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Name:      Mark Roebke (meroebke@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:        Mon 15 Oct 2007 05:35:30 PM EDT 
Subject:    rock dyke 


I hit the rock dyke by capn jacks in july. State Farm covered replacing the lower unit and repairing the gelcoat damage on the boat. $6600 all together. My share was a $500 deductable. Your insurance company should pay. They should cover you against "all perils".

 

Mark 


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Old River News

     A Commentary--------- Dated 10-04-07 about the 175-square-mile American Bottom area in the Metro East.  It was an ancient riverbed and the commentary is about the problems with the aging levee system that protects its principal cities of East St. Louis, Granite City and Cahokia from the flood waters of the Mississippi River. 

  There is also an interesting bit of information about a stolen flood gate.  Yes! ... someone stole a floodgate........ it had to be replaced with rocks and sand during the 1993 flood.  

 

Click here and read this news commentary on STLtoday.com

John Biando & The Sharks At The Yacht Club Saturday Night ....... 

   

The Sharks Band is playing the tunes Saturday night at the Yacht Club of St. Louis after the Con Trios Yacht Club's Fall Cruise !

 John Biando, of Sharkey's fame,  will be there with the band. A little re-union.

Music starts at 8pm Saturday, October 20th

 

 

 

 

Wednesday.. 17th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated At 10:20AM 

 

River Picture Of The Day

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Our River Pictures of the Day ....... 

 

Are from Suzy Stolle of the boat "Workin Overtime"

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2005 -----  was sent in by, 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.


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Palisades Yacht Club Update ....... 

   

Trivia is now on the third Thursday of each month only. 10/18/07
Live Music this Saturday Night 

John Biando & The Sharks At The Yacht Club Saturday Night ....... 

   

The Sharks Band is playing the tunes Saturday night at the Yacht Club of St. Louis after the Con Trios Yacht Club's Fall Cruise !

 John Biando, of Sharkey's fame,  will be there with the band. A little re-union.

Music starts at 8pm Saturday, October 20th

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out the  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance rate quote for your boat..

Eagle Eye Thomas Morhaus..... Received the following e-mail from Tom Morhaus about yesterday's picture from the past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph. ...Tom has a sharp eye for detail ...read on !

 

Bill,

Take a look at the picture on the link for the Golden Eagle packet boat. 


The caption claims the people are on the Alton waterfront.


It also states the packet is headed upstream. 


If you are in Alton and a vessel is moving to your left it has to be going down stream.

So one of three things: The boat is headed downstream. The picture was taken from the Missouri side and the boat is headed upstream. Or the picture was reversed when printed.

You have a great site.

Thomas Morhaus
Vice President of Operations
Metro Contract Services

 

RiverBill says...I agree with Tom !

New Link Added.... in the left hand column to the Hannibal, Mo message board.......HannibalRivertalk.com .    

 

Chat with boaters from Hannibal, Mo. ........Find out what's going on up-river.

More Info About Bangert Island.... The on-line St. Charles County Journal featured a news article about the plans for Bangert Island in it's Oct 11th edition. 

   The island is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation and is located on the Missouri River just south of the I-70 bridge. The plans include adding 3 miles of trails to the island for public use.  To make access easier for the public..... a parking lot will be built near the Juvenile Justice Center and a path will be built off of the Katy Trail to the island.

  The news article also mentions a project in the works to build housing, restaurants, shops and a marina along the Missouri riverfront.

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Click here to read the on-line news article.

The Rotten Apple .... Just a few steps from Grafton Harbor.  Hard ciders, bottled cider, ice-cold cider on tap. Top-notch selection of beers & the meanest cocktail this side of the Mississippi.  Authentic Cajun menu both mild & spicy mixed with some American favorites.  Click here

Mississippi River's Health .....  Today's on-line Post Dispatch has an article about the National Research Council's recent report on the federal government's management of the Mississippi River.

   The report faults the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to coordinate efforts among the states to manage the water quality of the river and for a "patchwork monitoring" system that makes it difficult to evaluate the health of the river.

   The article describes a significant problem for the Mississippi River....farm fertilizer runoff that is choking this great river and its tributaries with nitrate pollutents as it flows to the Gulf of Mexico where it feeds a  "dead zone" of oxygen-impaired water the size of New Jersey. 

  The panel recommends that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency speed up efforts to promote cooperation among the states and push for limits on nutrient pollution.

   Click here to go to STLtoday.com and read the article.

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured on October 6 , 2007 was a picture of the River Packet  "Spread Eagle"  a sister ship to yesterdays picture of the excursion steamer ....Golden Eagle

.Click here to go to the on-line Alton Telegraph for a look !

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

 IN RESPONSE TO MESSAGE # 647

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Name:      Mark Roebke (meroebke@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:        Mon 15 Oct 2007 05:35:30 PM EDT 
Subject:    rock dyke 


I hit the rock dyke by capn jacks in july. State Farm covered replacing the lower unit and repairing the gelcoat damage on the boat. $6600 all together. My share was a $500 deductable. Your insurance company should pay. They should cover you against "all perils".

 

Mark 


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Picture of the Nina Docked At Alton Marina ------  KSDK News Channel 5 has a picture in their Photo Galary  of the Nina docked at Alton Marina.

 

Click here and take-a-look !

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday.. 16th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day .......

Bill, 

  This is a picture of Alton, the Clark bridge and the Melvin Price lock and dam. 

  I snapped this last Tuesday as I flew to Richmond Virginia.

 

Ragland, Harry

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ----- was was sent in by Robert (Slow Ride) Cope.  It's a shot of a sailboat tacking back and forth across the river with Great River Road and  those white chalky bluffs in the background..

 

Robert wrote:

 

Bill:

  It's that time of year again when the north winds, the sailboats, and the fall leaves come out. For the same reasons, I start putting in my boat down at Hideaway this time of year. 

   This last Sat, there were 2 larger sailboats zig zaging their way up river and up wind. The whole concept of driving a boat into the wind and the current without a throttle has always intrigued me, but, i guess that's how it all started. One of these days, I may learn true seamanship.

This pic was taken with the sailboat just down river from Raging Rivers Water park and the confluence of the MI/IL rivers.

 

Robert Cope


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Delta Queen

Delta Queen Will Stop Traveling America's Rivers After Nov 2008 ....... 

   According to a news article in the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch,  the 80 year old Delta Queen will stop traveling America's rivers with overnight passengers after November 2008.    

   

   She was built in 1926 with a wooden superstructure built on a steel hull. Due to safety issues the United States Coast Guard has prohibited ships with wooden superstructures from sailing the high seas.  Congress has always granted the Delta Queen an exception to the law, but this past Summer they declined to extend it.  The Queen's current exception to the law is due to expire in November of 2008 and after that the steamship will no longer be allowed to carry overnight passengers.    

   

   So.... say good by to this true piece of American history the next time you see her pass through the St. Louis area.....Say good by to the last original steamboat still offering overnight cruises in America !  

  

    Click here to go to the STLtoday.com and read the news article.

Safe Harbor Yacht Sales..... The only national yacht brokerage serving the mid-west & the west Florida coast.  To buy or sell a boat ...click here

E-mail from Clayton Murphy..... Received the following e-mail from Clayton Murphy about yesterday's picture from years past.

 

Dear Bill,

Thank you for the wonderful fall picture. It brings together two of my favorite things. The river and the changing of the leaves. 
Living in Florida I don't get enough of either one.

Keep them coming.

Kelley Murphy

Con Trios Website Updated..... Received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryll Weil, Webmaster of the Con Trios Yacht Club's website:

 

A friend of mine, Ron Hering, who boats out of Woodland sent me an email about the coming change in rules for discharging grey water.  Many of us are already aware of this but I noticed there are no Representatives from Missouri or Illinois listed as co-sponsors of the bill to exempt recreational boats.  Posted an update on our website as follows:

 
 Following is from  Boat U.S. website on Government Affairs:

"For the last several months, BoatUS has been working to fight the developing EPA discharge permit for “normal operational discharges”, including grey water, deck wash, and engine cooling water from all vessels. Unless there is a change in the court decision, or legislation is passed, this permit system will require that boaters in the U.S. apply and pay for a discharge permit for each of their boats to operate after September 30, 2007."

Here is a link to the latest information on the Boat U. S. website:  http://www.boatus.com/gov/

Darryll

 

 

Click here to go to Con Trios Yacht Club's website

 

More on The Spirit of LaSalle.... The on-line Post Dispatch featured the excursion boat in it's October 11 edition.  

 

  Click here to read more about the Spirit of LaSalle in STLtoday.com.

 

  Click here to go to the Spirit of LaSalle website.

 

   The excursion boat will be in the Grafton / Alton, IL area from October 4th through October 28th.  

Luttrell Marine.....Brokerage & Consignment....Boat Transporting Service   .....At Yacht Club Of St. Louis...  636.250.3844   Click Here

River History...... Past Archives from the On-line Alton Telegraph

 Featured on Aug 10, 2007 was a picture of some fisherman relaxing under a shade tree on the Alton Riverfront in June 1946 while the excursion steamer Golden Eagle heads up-river.  Click here and take a look back in time.  

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A bit of info on the Golden Eagle Excursion boat

The Golden Eagle Club was founded in St. Louis in 1942 and it's members were required to have taken a ride on the “Golden Eagle.”  Oddly enough the packet boat hit an obstacle and sank during a Golden Eagle Club excursion on May 18, 1947. 

   The club continued to meet after the boat sank and it's members went on to form the Golden Eagle Museum,  dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of river transportation. 

Source .....http://www.semo.edu/news/index_6127.htm

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

 IN RESPONSE TO MESSAGE # 647

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Name:      Mark Roebke (meroebke@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:        Mon 15 Oct 2007 05:35:30 PM EDT 
Subject:    rock dyke 


I hit the rock dyke by capn jacks in july. State Farm covered replacing the lower unit and repairing the gelcoat damage on the boat. $6600 all together. My share was a $500 deductable. Your insurance company should pay. They should cover you against "all perils".

 

Mark 


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Nina Arrived At Alton Marina on Monday ------  According to an article in the Telegraph.com the Nina was scheduled to arrive in Alton Marina on Monday, the 15 of October and will be open to public display on Wednesday, the 17th of October.  The ship was built by hand without the use of any power tools...... Archaeology magazine called it  “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”

  Click here to read the news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday.. 15th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day .......was sent in a few years back by Capt'n Tony Trice.  It's a shot of the Nina replica ship docked at Alton Marina.   Thought I would show it now because the ship is scheduled to be there again this week.

  It wil be in the harbor at Grafton Marina starting on Wednesday, October 17th and is scheduled to stay through Sunday, October 28.  The Nina replica ship is coming to the Alton Marina down the Illinois River from Peoria.

   Admission to the sailing museum is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students age 5 through 18. Children aged 4 and under are free. The ship will open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Click here to read a news article in the Alton Telegraph about the history of the ship.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2004 ----- was of the changing colors along the bluffs ----- just down stream from where the Illinois River meets the Mississippi River. These photos were sent in by Greg Moore of Springfield, IL.

    Look at the blue sky and the blue River contrasting the oranges and yellows of the changing leaves around the bluffs that seem to go forever. Greg also sent another very good pic of the bluffs and a piture of the Teepees at Kampsville. Greg put his boat, the "Getnby IIII" (270 Fiesta Vee RInker), in the Illinois River at Meredosia, IL. The crew consisted of Greg , his girlfriend Karen Trueblood and their good friends Connie and Gary Bergschneider from Farmersville, IL.


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Timber Ridge Condo's Environmental Regulations Violations.......... According to a new article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the developer of the Timber Ridge Condo's in Grafton Illinois will pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged several environmental regulations violations at the condominiums.  Two of the  violations are based around the discharge of contaminants into waters of the State of Illinois and the third is based upon allowing "contaminates to be deposited upon the land in such a place and manner as to create a water pollution hazard to its proximity to the Illinois River."

 

  Click here to read the on-line news article.
   

Aqua Scooter.....Call Dennis Carroll...314-541-3698..........Click here

Fall Colors Predictions......Missouri Department of Conservation foresters update "Fall Color" reports weekly from mid-September through early-November.  

 

   According to the MDC website,  the trees in the in the St. Louis area are showing a little more color now, but are still "lagging behind" compared to past seasons.  Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

Mississippi River Chevrons Next to North St. Louis...... Ran across a news article in the STL Construction Net dated Sept 24, 2007 about the chevrons they are constructing in the Mississippi River near North St. Louis.

  Click here to read the news article.  

The Spirit of Lasalle.... will be in the Grafton / Alton, IL area from October 4th through October 28th.  

  Cruises will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The cost is $29 per person. Advanced reservations are required. To make reservations call (618) 465-6676.

  Click here to go to their website

The 2007 ....River Halloween Party Report.... 

 

Capt’n Jack’s    ….....Friday, 26 Oct …Prizes

Kinder’s ...............….Saturday, 27 Oct 

The Rotten Apple..... Saturday, 27 Oct    Click here

 

Pallisades….No Party

Cedar Hill….No Party 

 

Keep your anchor right here !

 We will have more Halloween Party Info as it becomes available 

 

Cedar Hill Resort...  Located on the Mississippi River... 1 mile below Winfield Dam in Calhoun County, IL .... Good food & million dollar sunsets....Click here

River History.........

     Click here to view a  picture from the On-line Alton Telegraph taken July 22 during the flood of 1993 of a house in the City of Grafton, IL. 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     John DiFatta and Pat DiFatta (jdifatta2@yahoo.com) 
Date:       Fri 12 Oct 2007 02:30:14 PM EDT 
Subject:   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 
Happy Birthday Kellie Eisele - Let's celebrate all weekend!!! 

 

Love, 

John and Pat 

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More River History

     The Strange, Strange Tale of the The U.S.S. Inaugural ------  Published March 7, 2007 in the Riverfront Times.  It's an interesting story written around the 40 millimeter gun that once graced the deck on the minesweeper.  

   This historical article contains a lot of interesting information about the about the life and times of the USS Inaugural....... from it's start as a mine sweeper in World War II,  it's life as a tourist attraction on the St. Louis riverfront...and it's after-life as it lays on it's side in a muddy grave on the banks of the Mississippi River.        

 

  The USS Inaugural now rests on the bottom of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. The ship broke loose from it's moorings in downtown St. Louis during the 93 flood, crashed into the Popular Street Bridge and ended up about setting about 20 yards off the Missouri bank of the Mississippi River.  Several weeks later it sank into the muddy water.  The rusting hull of the ship is still visible today when the river gets low.   

 

   Click here for a photo of the Inaugural, from the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia, as it rusts away today on the banks of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis.

    

  That is not the end of the story......A 70-year-old salvage operator now holds title to the USS Inaugural and he wants to raise the warship and float it north of downtown St. Louis, where it could become part of an amusement park !  

 

    Click here to go to the on-line Riverfront Times and take a few minutes and read the news article.........It's interesting real life River History.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome To The Weekend !

 

Fri, Sat & Sun.. 12th, 13th & 14th Day of 

 

Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated Sun at 11:20 AM 

 New Classifieds      10,000lb polylift              1986  22' Larson Cruiser   

                                  1989 Cobalt Condurre 24'          1986 Boston Whaler

 

River Picture Of The Day

Sunday

 

 Updated Sunday At 5:45 AM 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ....Sunday....are from Little John's Motor Sports.

   

HI

Its been a while since we have reported in.
If you notice in the picture, Ashly has managed to get a piston upside down in the motor.
A closer look will show that there is no cylinder wall around it.
A REALLY BAD DAY.
But that is racing.
We have another engine about ready, and we are gearing up for The World Finals.
On Nov. 10th, we are leaving for Phoenix Arizona with both rigs.
Ashly's mom Teri will also be with us for the entire trip.

To give people an idea of the importance of this trip.
Our team is High Points Champion In KDBA
Our team is 3rd place in SLDBA due to engine explosion
Our team is #2 in IHBA with less than 100 point spread.
We do not have to win, But if we place well in The World Finals
WE WILL BE #1 IN THE NATION in our first real season together

We have had some real setbacks this year, BUT have been so fortunate in so many ways.
We have a lot to do, but we will be ready.
Any support we can get will be appreciated.

The Family And Team Of Little Johns Motorsports




RiverBill says......The River Community wishes you and your team the best of luck in the upcoming race.  Show them what your made of and be safe.

 

River Pictures Of The Day

Saturday

 

 

Click on pictures to enlarge

 

Updated Friday AT 4:45PM

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day ....Saturday....are from Amy of Palisades Yacht Club Fame.

Palisades Yacht Club's 

Asian Carp Fishing Contest

 

   

Hi River Bill,

   Attached are the pictures of the winners of the Palisades Yacht Club Red Neck Fishing Tournament held last Saturday on October 6th. The winners Mike Schrader, Les with River Point Fire Department and Les' son won with 104 fish and received a $200.00 cash prize. Check out the picture of the winner 
of the largest fish at over 15 lbs......... who is kissing the fish! He
won a T shirt and $50.00 gift Certificate to Palisades Yacht Club.

Thanks,
Amy @ PYC


 

River Pictures Of The Day

Friday

 

 

     

 

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day .....Friday...are from Mark Cutler of the boat "Cutty's Ark"

Palisades Yacht Club's 

Asian Carp Fishing Contest

 

   

Hi Bill,

Here are a few pics of the fish caught at Palisades Asian Carp Catching contest last Saturday. My son Zac, Nick Vomand, and their friend Caroline entered the contest, and I think there were eight other entries. Our intrepid Asian Carp catchers only caught the plastic dog proudly displayed atop the carp in one of the pictures! The winning entry brought back 104 carp! The second place boat had 73!

I think maybe it's time for our entry to go to Asian Carp catching school. It seems after the contest they took us for a ride in the john boat and one jumped in the boat!

Just another day on the river!

Mark Cutler
Cutty's Ark

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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 Updated Saturday aT 8:30 PM 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 ---Sunday--  was of the Old Settlers Days at Kampsville, IL -----sent in by Debbie House . Debbie and her husband Jeff made the trip by boat from John's Harbor to Kampsville last Saturday with a group of about 5 boats. Debbie said they have been making this trip for years. On the way they saw about 100 white pelicans somewhere around Mason Chute and a whole lot of seagulls gathered around them on the Illinois River somewhere around Hardin, IL for a feeding session. Some of the other pics she sent in show Jeff standing in front of some of the teepees in the Old Settlers camp and Jessie Behnke with her funnel cake piled with sugar. Sounds like all had a good trip -- I will post some more River scenery pics and a terrific River sunset pic from their trip later in the week.


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 Updated Friday AT 4:45PM 

The River Pictures on this Day In 2006 ---Saturday--  were from Mike Vitale, who hails out of the Duck Club in the cruiser "INXS".  It's some pictures of their boat trip to Aries Winery.

 

Hi Bill,

    A group of us got together last weekend, piled on "Oh Tina" & "Swing Set" and headed to Grafton Marina, and up to Aerie's Winery. If you have not seen the view from the winery it is amazing. I feel sorry for the people who put their boats away early. The River is at its scenic best in the fall.

   Here are a few Pix of the "scenic best". There may be a candidate for "Girls of Alton Lake".

Good Boating, Mike

Michael Vitale


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The River Picture on this Day In 2005 ---Friday-- 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."

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Updated Saturday AT 8:30PM

October 13, 1957 River in History
   

    Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine was dedicated at Portage Des Sioux, Mo

 

Another Great River Story... by Rick Sievers

 

 

 

Kampville and the porta potties

 



     With fall almost upon us, I'm reminded of an annual event that happens at Kampville, Ill. To the uninitiated, Kampville is a typical Calhoun county hamlet 35 miles up the Illinois river. Every year on the second weekend in October they have what they call "Old Settlers Days" where they set up the town's riverfront park with a variety of crafts and outdoor cooking, and a group of tepees and era-clothed people milling about the grounds; a simple but adequate affair. With mother nature just about at her resplendid best, and the spicy crisp autumn air a pleasure for the senses Kampville makes a great late season excuse for a boat trip.

 
   I wanted to offer a much belated apology to someone there that I never even got to meet on behalf of my wife. A few years back we had other obligations and didn't have the time to make the journey by boat but wanted to enjoy some of the day there. Some friends of ours were also interested in going and offered to drive their van. After taking in our fill of what there was to see and do we prepared to leave. It was decided though that before embarking for home a pit-stop at the porta potties would be a good idea. As Jim pulled up to the row of them lined up with military precision perched on a small berm by the sidewalk, my wife bounded out of the van and into an empty one. Jim, feeling a touch playful, gave the one my wife was busy in a bit of a shake and told her to "hurry it up in there!!" and disappeared into the next one. Now, anyone who knows my wife knows it doesn't take much to provoke her into the demeanor of a hornet who's nest has just been used for a pińata. When finished, she came stomping out of the door and right down to first porta potty, which Jim's girlfriend and I were standing next to, and starting shaking it with all her might. I thought it was going to come off the berm! Of course, from the inside of this polyethylene potty shack came the expected "HEYYYYYY!!!" With my wife now exclaiming "TAKE THAT YOU S.O.B., LET'S SEE HOW YOU LIKE IT BUSTER, I'LL RATTLE YOUR CAGE MISTER, I'LL SHAKE YOU INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK!   In the middle of my wife's playful diatribe, Jim steps out of..... door number three and starts grinning like a mule eating briars. My wife's shack shaking ground to a halt and her countenance morphed from "mad as a wet hen" to "sinner at confession" With Joyce and I now chuckling at the faux pas in progress, my wife exclaimed "Umm, what are you doing down there?" "Well I was going pee, what are you doing?" " "Well if your down there, who's in here?" "You don't know?" (A quick head count and roll call ensured we were all accounted for) "I think we should leave now" was my wife's final weakly spoken offering on the situation. We piled back into Jim's van and I suggested that he apply the whip to his chariot like Ben-Hur on a hot date. As we barreled out of town I kept watching the door to see who would be stepping out to find out of the coast was clear. I never saw the door open and to this day wonder what happened to poor fellow inside. Was he busy cleaning "blue water" off his skivvies. Was he clinging to the vent pipe in sheer terror, waiting for the next salvo from "The mad woman of Jersey County". Or did the poor bloke simply sift through the hole and was never heard from again! In any case, whomever you were, Sorry about that, and rest assured my wife has learned her lesson. -Make sure your shakin' the right thing after you go pee!

Rick Sievers

 

 

RiverBill says....Another great story Rick !   

The Grafton Ferry.......  is one of the best places in the area to watch the eagles as it motors you across the river.   Check it out...Enjoy the ride ...Take your camera .....And  send RiverBill's some pics !      Click here

12 October 1861 in River in History ...... 

   The first  "City Class" iron clad ship, the "USS St. Louis", was completed and launched from Eads' shipyard of Carondelet, (St. Louis) Missouri.  The ship patrolled the Mississippi River during the Civil War and saw action at the Battle of Mobile Bay. She was sunk July 13, 1863 by a Confederate torpedo.

Source:   St. Louis' Ships of Iron   website

              http://www.missouricivilwarmuseum.org/1ironclads.htm

 

  Above photo link is to St. Louis' Ships of Iron  website

Kinder's ...No Wake Inn Apartments 

   

  Open House

Sunday,  Nov 4th........ Noon - 4:00 PM

 

The 2007 ....River Halloween Party Report.... 

 

Capt’n Jack’s    ….....Friday, 26 Oct …Prizes

Kinder’s ...............….Saturday, 27 Oct 

The Rotten Apple..... Saturday, 27 Oct    Click here

Pallisades….No Party

Cedar Hill….No Party 

 

Keep your anchor right here !

 We will have more Halloween Party Info as it becomes available 

 

Two Rivers Marina....On the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Mo. 

 Your River Destination...a convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis.  Click here

River Destinations

    Fast Edies, Alton IL.........  The Aldermen of the City Of Alton passed an ordinance to vacate Pearl Street between Bozza and East Broadway in a swap with Fast Eddie’s Bon-Air Tavern.  Fast Eddie’s plans to construct a new outdoor smoking area...."the Pearl Street section" on the old city street.

Click here to read the news story in the on-line Alton Telegraph. 

Updated Fri AT 12:20 PM

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     Pat and John DiFatta (pdifatta2@yahoo.com) 
Date:      Fri 12 Oct 2007 12:36:16 PM EDT 
Subject:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 
Happy Birthday to Linda Stevens!!! Let's celebrate and party the night away. 

 

Love, 

John and Pat 

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Video....Working On Scour Holes ------  

 

    The on-line Alton Telegraph has a video showing the construction crew on a work barge filling the scour holes at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.

Click here to view the news video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday.. 11th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

River Pictures Of The Day

Anchored for a while in '07

 

 

Illinois Sunset in July

 

 

Phoebe's' first day on the water

 

Click on pictures to enlarge

 

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day ........are from Kim Baalman

 

   

Hi!

Attached are some summer 2007 boating pictures that you may be interested in posting. What a great year!

By the way, thanks to whomever agreed to post the St. Patrick’s Picnic information. We had a great turnout!

Kim Baalman

Director of Store Service

HDA Inc.

There’s very little difference in people. But that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The BIG DIFFERENCE is whether it is positive or negative

Bangert Island on the Missouri River at St. Charles ...... Yesterday's edition of the on-line Post Dispatch contained a news article about Bangert Island.

   

   The island, located just south of the I-70 bridge on the Missouri River, may soon get a three-mile loop trail. Users would get to the 160-acre island by crossing a usually dry slough that runs along it's backside.. 

   A tentative agreement calls for St. Charles County to build and maintain the trail on the island and a parking lot off of the Old South River Road . It is also proposed that the slough behind the island be dredged from near I-70 to a circular marina near the Family Arena. If that happens a pedestrian bridge would be needed to cross the slough. Some of the Katy Trail could even get relocated to the island.

   

   Approval by state, federal and local officials is being sought. The Missouri Department of Conservation owns the island and some of the Katy Trail could even get relocated to it. 

   Click here to read the on-line news article.

Port Charles Harbor...A Great Reason To Boat The Mississippi River Click here

                                     Phone.....636.250.2628 

Alton's New Amphitheater Update ...... There was an short news article in yesterday's edition of Alton's on-line Telegraph with a photo of the towers they are pouring for the new amphitheater in Riverfront Park.   The towers will support a fabric-covered roof for the 7,000 square foot stage at the new amphitheater they are building on the banks of the Mississippi River. 

  The amphitheater is scheduled to be completed next Spring. ....Another river destination for us boaters !

Click here to read the on-line news article.

Kinder's ...No Wake Inn Apartments 

   

  Open House

Sunday,  Nov 4th........ Noon - 4:00 PM

 

Kinder's ...New Hours....

   

   Kitchen hours....Sun - Thur.....11:00AM -  8:00PM

                           Fri & Sat........11:00AM - 9:00PM

                           Sun.................9:00AM - 9:00 PM

 

Yacht Club Of St. Louis Update.... We received the following e-mail from Rich Luttrell: 

 

River Bill:


    We wanted to notify you of the Saturday night itinerary at the Yacht Club of Saint Louis.   


    Ray the DJ will be mixing music for your listening and dancing pleasure starting at 8 pm.

Thanks,
Richard Luttrell

Shamel Auto & Tire..... 10% Discount for boaters on parts, labor and all trailer , auto and truck tires in stock.  ....Phone 314.770. 0800.......Click here 

           LITTLE JOHN'S MARINE SERVICE           

636-250-4187  Click here

Con Trios Yacht Club Update.........  we received the following e-mail from Capt'n Darryll Weil, Webmaster fort he Con Trios Yacht Club.

   Con Trios Yacht Club's website, www.contriosyachtclub.org, has been updated. A few Fall Color Cruise reservations are still available for the October 20th cruise. Go to the website to download the reservation form. 

  The Hailer Newsletter October 2007 edition is now posted. This is the last edition for our editor of the past three years, Judy Meinershagen. A great big "Thank You" to Judy for doing such an excellent job!

Darryll

 

RiverBill says...A Big Muddy Thanks goes out to Judy ! 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON DRI-PORT MARINE

 

 

 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      john nagel (poolboypoolboy@yahoo.com) 
Date:       Mon 08 Oct 2007 12:37:23 PM EDT 
Subject:   TRAILER WANTED 


Hi Everyone, I love river bills I found a great deal on a boat down at the lake but like alot of boats down there it has no trailer.It is a 30ft SCAARB soooo if anyone knows of a old trailer laying around please ley me know. 

 

THANKS

 john 

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River Destinations ------  

 

    Autumn Historic Folklife Festival ....Downtown Hannibal, Mo

    Saturday and Sunday.......October 20 & 21, 2007

  Folklife Festival will feature over 100 exhibitors.    Artists, artisans, and craftsmen demonstrating and selling their wares   Street musicians, food cooked on wood stoves, fresh apple cider and a children's area.

   This 1800s-themed festival has been voted "Favorite Festival".

 

    Consistently draws thousands of visitors and . 

 

Source...www.hannibal.net

Click on Ad above 

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Click here

We've Moved Up-River 

To

Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois

 

Latest Image from the RiverCam  At Lock and Dam 15

 

Rock Island District, US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District is part of the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Army

 

Switched to River Cam 1 today

Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam 15 Eagle camera photo

River Cam 1

Image is refreshed every 60 seconds

 

Lock and Dam 15 spans the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois.  It's 1,203 feet long......and the largest roller dam in the world  with eleven roller gates.

   

 Lock and Dam 15 is unusual because it:

  • Is made up of only roller gates

  • It has different sizes and types of roller gates

  • It is not perpendicular to the flow of the river

  • it is one of the few facilities that has a completed auxiliary lock.  

  Click here for more  information about Lock and Dam 15 from the on-line  Wikipedia Encyclopedia  

Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

 

 

Wednesday.. 10th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

River Picture Of The Day

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........is from Tyler Mitchell

 

   

Hey Bill, 

 

   Instead of a sundown pic, how about a sunup pic. taken Sunday morning 10/07/07 at Palisades Yacht Club. I'm calling it

 

 Sunday Morning Coming Up

 

Keep up all the good work-

 

Tyler

RiverBill says....What A great SunUp picture Tyler !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2005 ----- was sent in by Barbara Rhoades who hails out of  out of Two Branch Marina.    

 

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.

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Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm..We don't just sell any boat, we sell your boat !
   
Ed & Nancee Shahan          Phone:217 - 854- 6226...........  Click here

St. Louis Riverfront Development Update ...... There was an article in last Sunday's edition of the on-line Post Dispatch about some of the proposed  St. Louis riverfront developments:

 ~ The Floating Islands Master Plan scheme

 ~ The lid over Interstate 70

~  Museums and amenities on Arch grounds

Click here to read the article o STLtoday.com

October 10, 1989 in River History....

    The first day of operation at Melvin Price Lock & Dam located on the Mississippi River at Alton, IL.  The construction of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam constituted the first replacement of an original installation of the 9-Foot Channel Project.

Source: US Army Corps of Engineers website

  

 Click here for more information. 

Broken Links  .....in left hand column of this page fixed for

 ...Melvin Price Lock and Dam 26 ..... & ......Winfield Lock and Dam 25

Scour Hole Repair Progresses at Melvin Price Locks and Dam

Photo from US Army Corps of Engineers website

 

St. Louis, Mo. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District commenced scour hole repair at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill., Tuesday, October 2. The contractor Luhr Brothers Inc., of Columbia, Ill., has already successfully filled two holes and placed 4,100 tons of stone of varying sizes.

The $1.6 million repair involves placing about 16,000 tons, or about 16 barge loads, of rock into eight scour holes at varying locations along the concrete dam. Repairs will be finished by mid-November.

The scour holes, discovered in April during a special periodic inspection of the stilling basin using sonar equipment, do not pose a threat to the Melvin Price Dam or the public but the Corps has moved quickly to repair them to prevent the possibility of them enlarging and deepening, thus leading to more costly repairs in the future.

Click here for more photos on the US Army Corps Of Engineers website.

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Source:

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil

The above news article was reprinted from the US Army Corps Of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Eagles Landing Marina....... Welcome boaters !  Public ramp, ice, plenty of parking...800 Wilson Road, St. Charles  636- 250- 4480 ......  Click here

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:       Nick (nj2253@hotmail.com) 
Date:         Tue 09 Oct 2007 11:37:25 AM EDT 
Subject:     Hit a dike 


Last Friday (Oct 5), I clipped a rock dike in the dardene slough and ripped my out-drive almost all the way off my boat. My insurance company is telling me it's a "collision" even though they cover deer/car incidents under "comprehensive." My argument is that a dike is an unseen invisible threat, just as a deer is for the most part. Have any of you had experience damaging your boats on submerged objects...and having success getting it covered under comprehensive? 

 

Nick 

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A Bit O' River History ------  In 1881 the Mississippi River severed the land that the town of Kaskaskia stood on from the mainland of the State of Illinois and turned it into an island....And...By 1909 the Mississippi had washed the island away too.  

   Today the town of Kaskaskia, IL is connected to the mainland of the State of Missouri and is separated from the State of Illinois by the Mighty Mississippi River. 

 

Note: According to the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia there were  9 people, 4 households, and 3 families still residing in the village of Kaskaskia, IL in the year 2000.

 

Source Chicago Tribune & Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday.. 9th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

River Picture Of The Day

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........is from Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the Cruiser "After You".

 

Darryll wrote:

   

   A couple of boaters from the Yacht Club of St. Louis, where we keep our boat,  decided to put together a "Dock Hop".   Angie Tredway & Debbie Hansen started out putting out a few flyers at the club and the idea took off. They had hay wagons to take us from dock to dock where each of the participating boats had food and drink specialties. The party went from about 3 to 9 and then we headed into the club to listen to the Sharks band. The 1st Annual "Dock Hop" was a great success and everyone is already looking forward to the next one.

To see some pictures of the event go to:
http://captainweil.com/2007DockHop/index.html

Enjoy, Darryll
www.captainweil.com


Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2005 -----  was 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

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

More Lake Ozarks boating incidents reported this past weekend :

( For those interested )  


News Release N07070213

 Waterskiing accident / Lake of the Ozarks - 10/07/2007

Location:

     Lake Ozark 
Summary : 

The victim was wakeboarding behind a  Malibu runabout. When the operator made a turn the boat accelerated. Witnesses aboard heard the wake-boarder scream and saw her fall off. The wake-boarder struck her face on the board during the fall.  She was transported to the hospital,  treated and released.


News Release N07070214

Collision/objects / Lake of the Ozarks - 10/07/2007

Location:

     Lake Ozark 
Summary : 

As a pontoon boat attempted to cross the wake of a cruiser it collided with the 2nd wake causing major damage to the port side of the pontoon boat.....No injuries. 

 

News Release N07070215

2 boat collision / Lake of the Ozarks - 10/07/2007

Location:

     Lake Ozark 
Summary : 

A personal water craft turned into the side of a bass boat.  The bass boat sustained minor damages.......no injuries.

 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

The Rotten Apple, Grafton, IL .... Gabie McGarrah, the flamenco guitarist, will be playing at the Rotten Apple the following dates and times : 


October 12,13,19,26 from 6-10pm

October 14,21,28 from 1-5 pm 

Water Resources Development Act ...... The Senate approved it on September 24th.....And... it's is on the Presidents desk, awaiting his signature to make it into law. 

   The President has threatened to veto the Act, but some are predicting that he will sign it because of the possibility of a veto override by the Congress.  Guess we will have to throw out an anchor and .......wait and see.

 

   The Water Resources Act will fund the construction of new locks on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in this area. 

 

   Information obtained from various news sources. 

 

St. Peters' Business Park Levee Update.... According to an article in the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch, the City of St. Peters has voted to spend $500,000 for improving the levee at the controversial 370 Business Park.  

   The improvements will be made where the levee meets the railroad embankment in hope that Federal Emergency Management Agency will revise its flood maps to show the levee outside the Mississippi River's floodway and make the area eligible for federal flood insurance.

  Some environmental  groups and some Illinois officials are opposed to the development of the business park because it could make flooding worse.  

 

Click here to read the on-line news article.

   

Sue Houston Cancer Benefit

Yacht Club of St. Louis

105 Lake Village Drive

St. Charles, MO 63301

 

Sunday, October 21, 2007

(Sue’s birthday is October 19th)

10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Elvis (Steven Davis) 11 – 11:45 am

Music by One Eye Fly

Silent Auction

50/50 Raffle

Widescreen Football

Football Pool

Tickets may be purchased for wine tasting, wine, food, & beer.

Minimum $10.00 donation per adult at the door.

All proceeds to benefit Sue Houston

For more information contact Laura at 636-734-7334 or Beth at 636-498-6536

Two Rivers Marina....On the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Mo. 

 Your River Destination...a convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis.  Click here

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     john nagel (poolboypoolboy@yahoo.com) 
Date:       Mon 08 Oct 2007 12:37:23 PM EDT 
Subject:  TRAILER WANTED

 
Hi Everyone, I love river bills I found a great deal on a boat down at the lake but like alot of boats down there it has no trailer.It is a 30ft SCAARB soooo if anyone knows of a old trailer laying around please ley me know. 

 

THANKS john 

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For you Baking Boaters........Mississippi Mud Cake 

   I was cruising around on the internet in the weee, hours of the morning.  The spotlight was on dim, very dim..... I was sort of searching for river stuff and I ran a-ground on a recipe for a Mississippi Mud Cake that caught my attention.  

  It has an extra special ingredient...Rum !   You'll also need to throw some strong brewed coffee and unsweetened chocolate in the  bowl when mixing up this cake. 

    One reviewer even suggested topping it off with dried cherries soaked in.....you guessed it....Rum.

   Click here and check out this Mississippi Mud Cake recipe.

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Click here

 

 

Monday.. 8th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

 

River Picture Of The Day

Click on picture above to enlarge

 

Our Picture of the Day ........ is from Sherri Stanczak.  It's a full moon shot with a great reflection on the river.

A Full Moon-A-Rising

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Reflections !

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2004 -----   was a  nighttime photo by Steve Schulte. This one is of Clark Bridge spanning the Mississippi river from Alton, IL to Missouri --- 

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

A couple of boating incidents reported this past weekend.  


News Release N07070210

 Collision/objects / Mississippi River - 10/05/2007

Location:

     Dardenne Slough,  ST. Charles, Mo....223 UMR Mile Marker  
Summary : 

Boat was traveling down-river when it hit a submerged rock dike and took on water.


News Release N07070212

Capsizing / Lake of the Ozarks - 10/07/2007

Location:

     Lake Ozark 
Summary : 

Subjects were fishing in a bass boat when the boat started taking on water causing it to become unstable and capsize.

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Photo by Fred Catcott

Click on photo to enlarge

 

From The Weekend Edition........ Included this photo in today's edition because I think it is classic !    

 

  Four amphibious cars in 2 X 2 formation motoring past two large lake boats on anchor.  Great colors ...And ....such a contrast in size.

   

Click here to check out last weekend's edition of RiverBills.com.

Fall Colors Predictions...... From the Missouri Department of Conservation Fall Color's website:

 

St. Louis Region:

Week four of the fall color season finds the St. Louis Region in much the same status as last week. Nighttime temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and no rain has done little to enhance fall color. The white ash, sassafras, dogwood and sumacs have gained very little of their beautiful red, purple and orange colors that began to appear last week. We are just beginning to see some yellow fall colors beginning to show in green ash, redbud and river birch. Unfortunately, I think most of this change is due to drought rather then natural fall color change. Weather forecasts, however, indicate rain and cooler temperatures, so look for a better report next week.

 

Click here to go to the Missouri Department of Conservation Fall Color's website.

Missouri Department of Conservation foresters update "Fall Color" reports weekly from mid-September through early-November.  

River Destinations...... Alton, IL

   

   Club Midtown....... 1026 E. Seventh St.......A short cab ride from the marina

   A re-born landmark restaurant now named Club Midtown will re-open next week as a modern bar and grill with a dance floor. 

   Old photographs of the city and “Alton Giant” Robert Wadlow, flat-panel televisions, a pool table, internet jukebox, Bose sound system, dart machines and live bands. 

Food
  A few of the items include fried chicken made to the Midtown recipe and the Midtown Two-Pounder.....a 9-inch burger with eight slices of bacon and six slices of cheese with a 1-pound heap of fries....... $14.99 with a free T-shirt that proclaims: “Midtown Two-pounder, Can you eat it all? I did".....to all who finish the feast....

  $1 burgers, $1 bratwurst, $1 appetizers, $1 draft beer and $2 bottles of beer and a half-chicken for $5.50. The menu has 25 sandwiches, 15 appetizers, chili and pizzas. 

 

Source on-line Alton Telegrapgh.

 

Click here for map from MapQuest.

River Destinations...... Louisiana, Mo

   

   Home Tour in Saturday & Sunday....October 20 &21...11AM - 4PM


The eight houses included in this river town home tour include:

  A Dutch Colonial, built in the 1890s by a woman who was very particular about the materials used in it's construction....She rejected every board with even a knothole in it. The home was leased in 1946 to Lloyd C. Stark who later became governor of the State of Missouri.

A Victorian Gothic built circa 1894.

The Federalist brick home,  built in 1868, has many unique features

A "dry goods" store constructed in 1895 

A little white building, built in the 1840s. This was the home of the earliest owner of the hotel across the street. He lived in it during the hotel's construction.

An1854 home, built as a copy of an Italianate mansion on the Natchez Bluffs. It was built for a steamboat company captain and owner. One of the most elaborate and highly-intact Italianate houses in Louisiana.

A "river view house" originally of Gothic design.  Improvements made from turn of the century to the 1930s added details popular and modern from that time span. 

A unique home at on S. Water St. that has been renovated inside and out..

 

Source: www.Hannibal.net

Con Trios Yacht Club Fall Color Cruise

    

The reservation form for the Fall Color Cruise on the Spirit of LaSalle is now available on the Con Trios Yacht Club website. This year we will depart from Yacht Club of St. Louis about 3 PM and return about 6 PM on Saturday, October 20th. Yacht Club of St. Louis will have live entertainment for a post cruise party when we return. Capacity is limited so get your reservations in as soon as possible to guarantee your boarding passes for this fun trip.

 
Go to www.contriosyachtclub.org for more information

R E S P E C T ------     those tows going up and down the river and use good judgment when you are near them  

 

A good reminder for everyone on the river.

   

Note: The above was the subject and lead-in of an article that Kathy Flippo of  Tow Talkin'  wrote a few years back.  

October 07, 2005 in River History
   Dedication of the completion of the 1st phase of new Piasa Park.

  

   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. 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     RiverGirl (Rivergirl_911@yahoo.com) 
Date:       Fri 05 Oct 2007 10:40:25 AM EDT 
Subject:   Golden Eagle 


Anyone know if you can take a bus on the Golden Eagle Ferry and how much it is?

 

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Posted Reply

 

Name:     RiverBill (RiverBill@prodigy.net) 
Date:       Fri 05 Oct 2007 12:41:58 PM EDT 
Subject:   Phone Number for Golden Eagle Ferry Company 


I have seen tractor trailers on the Golden Eagle before. Call the Golden Eagle Ferry Company and ask them.....618 -396-2535 .....

Bill 
 

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Old ......River News From A Far 

   

   Missouri Rafters Ordered Off The Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Tenn

 

     In a news story dated 26 Sept. 2007......three river rafters, two from Kansas City, Mo and one from California, were stopped U.S. Coast Guard in Vicksburg, Mississippi from continuing their journey down the Mississippi River in late September.

    
   The three were traveling in a home-made raft that was powered a paddle wheel driven by two bicycles when they were ordered off the river.   

   They say they get out of the way of all barge tows on the river, didn't travel at night and can't understand why the Coast Guard feels they had to be taken off their river.

At the time of the writing a Vicksburg was trying to help them out. 

Click here to read the news story on firstcoastnews.com

 

River News From A Far....... 

   

   Girl Swims Xiang River With Hands and Feet Tied

 

    According to a news story on www.FirstCoastNews.com   A young girl with hands and feet tied...... swam in a  chilly river in southern China for three hours. She swam more than a mile in the Xiang River, traveling with the current, as her father watched.   The girl swam the distance by moving like a dolphin and sometimes would paddle with her bound hands.  

 

    The girl started swimming as a sport when she was six years old and her goal is to swim across the English Channel one day.


 Click here to read the news story

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

 

 5, 6, 7 of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Pictures Of The Day

Sunday

 Updated Sat AT 5:00 PM 

 

 

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 Updated Sat AT 5:00 PM 

Our Picture and River e-mail of the Day .....Sunday... are from Mark and Jennie Foppe

What-A-Sunset !

 

Hi Bill,
We took a ride up to Mel’s on Saturday and spent a little time cruising around and caught this sunset just thought we would share it


Mark & Jennie

“Here For The Party

 

River Pictures Of The Day

Saturday

 Updated Sat AT 5:10 AM 

 

 

 

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 Updated Sat AT 5:10 AM 

Our Picture and River e-mail of the Day .....Saturday.... 

 

Hi Bill,
Good morning from the Lake of the Ozarks. A couple of great pics of
boaters driving to the see the boat races last weekend. Not your typical
roadway. Photos taken by Marina Freeman.
Fred Catcott

Fred Catcott
U.S. Navy (Retired)
Prudential Lake Ozark Realty 

 

River Picture Of The Day

Friday

 

 

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Our Picture and River e-mail of the Day ....Friday..... 

 

Bill,
This was taken just below Two Branch (Island) thought it would make a good picture for you to post on your web site.

 

 Donny&Jessie

 of the boat SUN DAZED 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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   First Light    

 

The River Picture on this Day In 2005 ---Sunday-  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 a couple of years ago.   Jeff is a carpenter and was working on a house on the bluffs behind Two Branch Island over looking the sandbar where Jamaica Daze was held.  Jeff wrote that the view from atop the house is amazing.

 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---Saturday---   was sent in by Captain George Shindel.  He drove his land yacht to the Golden Eagle Ferry landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River and snapped this shot of The Golden Eagle Ferry and Kinder's Restaurant on the Illinois side of the river.

  Lots of lights...headlights, street lights, restaurant lights, ferry lights...And it's all topped off by those light reflections on the Mighty Mississippi.

 

RiverBill says...Great shot George !  

 

 

RiverBill says.....you can find this same picture on Kinder's dinning room menu !

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ---Friday---   was sent in by  Little John It was a picture of one of their boats, KWITCHABICHEN, at the 2006 "New Athens Drag Boat Classic" that was run on the Kaskaskia River at New Athens, Illinois.. 

 

Click here for more pictures from the 2006  New Athens Drag Boat Classic 

 

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Wedding Announcement !

 

 Ken & Tracey Harting

October 5, 2007

  

Of the boat

 "Never Say Never"

 

Congrats Go Out To Ken & Tracey

From The Entire River Crowd

May you have many years of happy boating together !

Dos Rios Mexican Restaurant....... Welcome all boaters !   Stop in for a cold drink and the best Mexican food around.........618.786.8226

Updated Saturday At 9:15 AM

Saturday   October 27 

The Rotten Apple Cider House

Grafton, IL

 

Mark your calendar for the Second Annual Halloween Haunt - Saturday October 27!!!
We had a blast last year - so don't miss round 2!
Here's what's in store:
 
Jack-o-Lantern Contest
Carve yourself up a masterpiece and come on down.
Entries for this contest will be accepted beginning on Wednesday 10/24.
Judging is at 4:00pm (and you do not have to be present to win).

Candy Buffet in the Dining Room
A delightful selection of treats to rot your teeth.
Including candy & sweets & SweetPea's homemade cookies.

Live Music in the Bar
Enjoy the musical talents of Chris Voelker as he entertains inside.
Music starts at 6:00pm

'Classic' Movies on the Patio
The folks at Riverbender.com will join us again this year with their GIANT screen.
Bring somebody's hand to hold, the scary movies start at 7:30pm!

Costume Contest
Get your thinking cap on & come up with a good one.
Judging is at 10:00pm and you must be present to win.
Prizes will be awarded for Funniest, Scariest, Best Individual, Best Group & Best Overall costumes!

There's always a good time to be had at the Rotten Apple - so come see us whenever you're in our neighborhood! 
 Check out the event calendar at www.amalgamatedbrewing.com!


Rotten Apple Ciderhouse & Microbrewery
220 West Main Street
Grafton, Illinois 62037

618/786-2798

www.amalgamatedbrewing.com

Updated Friday At 3:45 PM

Deadly Naegleria Fowleri Amoeba........... Capt'n Ed Drayton sent us an e-mail and link to a news article on CNN.com. about Naegleria Fowleri Amoeba. 

 

    Never heard of it you say.  That's because it is very rare, but deadly.... if it gets inside your body.  It usually enters the body through the nose or ears while a person is swimming in freshwater lakes and rivers that are above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once in the body it heads for the brain where it begins to feed !
  

   This year 6 people died from the amoeba.  The good news is that there is cocktail of drugs can that can fight it........if it's identified in time.  So people need to consider this if  flu-like symptoms or a bad headache occurs after being in a freshwater river or lake with a water temperature over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

   

   Click here to go to CNN.com and read the news article.

Lost ....White Vinyl Bag With Life Jackets 

 

Lost white vinyl bag with life jackets on Sunday, Sept 30 in front of the Yacht Club.
Call Ron Krick or Ronkrick@hotmail.com 

ITCS Memo 2604......

   

Received the following e-mail from the River Industry Bulletin Board website:


From:       itcs@ribb.com 
To:           riverbill@prodigy.net 
Subject:  Tow Size advisory Lower Mississippi River 
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 14:55:28 -0500 

ITCS MEMO # 2604


SAFETY AND ALL SCHEDULED BROADCASTS THENCE DAILY UNTIL CANCELLED USCG EIGHTH DISTRICT NOTICE TO MARINERS NR 0312-07 LM LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER UNDER THE GUIDELINES ESTABLISHED FOR THE LOW WATER EMERGENCY PHASE OF RIVER CRISIS ACTION PLAN, THE COAST GUARD, IN CONJUCTION WITH LOMRC AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY: DOWN BOUND TOWS ARE ADVISED TO LIMIT TOW CONFIGURATIONS TO SIX (6) BARGES WIDE BY FIVE (5) BARGES IN LENGTH. UP BOUND TOWS ARE ADVISED TO LIMIT LOADED TOW CONFIGURATIONS TO FIVE (5) BARGES WIDE BY FIVE (5) BARGE IN LENGTH. ADDITIONALLY, UP BOUND TOWS ARE ADVISED TO LIMIT A SIXTH OUTBOARD STRING AND UP TO TWO LENGTHS AT THE HEAD OF A TOW TO EMPTY BARGES ONLY FOR A TOTAL CONFIGURATION NOT TO EXCEED SIX (6) BARGES WIDE BY SEVEN (7) BARGES IN LENGTH. MAXIMUM BARGE DRAFT MAY NOT EXCEED 10.5 FEET. ALL MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE 
EXTREME CAUTION WHILE NAVIGATING ON THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND REPORT ANY NAVIGATIONAL CONCERNS TO SECTOR LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. 
BT 


Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2604  

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

       

Con Trios Yacht Club Fall Color Cruise

    

 

The reservation form for the Fall Color Cruise on the Spirit of LaSalle is now available on the Con Trios Yacht Club website. This year we will depart from Yacht Club of St. Louis about 3 PM and return about 6 PM on Saturday, October 20th. Yacht Club of St. Louis will have live entertainment for a post cruise party when we return. Capacity is limited so get your reservations in as soon as possible to guarantee your boarding passes for this fun trip.

 


Go to www.contriosyachtclub.org for more information

River Related News  From A Far.......

   

    Mark Twain Dig Closes For 2006......... According to a news story in the on-line Hannibal.net,  the archaeological dig on Mark Twain's Uncle John Quarles' home site, near Florida, Mo,  has closed for this year. 

   This year's findings provided more proof that there was another earlier house on the site.   Another "Dig" is planned for next year on "Memorial Day week" and for "next September" pending on funds.

 

Click here to read the news story.

Kinder's Restaurant.....On and Sometimes In The River ......618- 883- 2586

Click here   

Josh Freeman Memorial Service Update......

   

    Capt'n Darryll sent us the following email  from Ron and Jane Freeman regarding a change in their son Josh's memorial service.



"To All: 

Because of the length of travel and the time it will take for our daughter Michele to return from Iraq, the memorial service for our son has been changed. It will now be held on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon. It will still be held at Collier's on Lindbergh and we will then go to Lehman's Landing. 

Once again, thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support.

Ron and Jane Freeman"


Updated the Con Trios Yacht Club (www.contriosyachtclub.org) accordingly and added an "Obituaries" page.
Darryll Weil

Web Master Con Trios Yacht Club

 Updated Fri At 11:45 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:     RiverGirl (Rivergirl_911@yahoo.com) 
Date:       Fri 05 Oct 2007 10:40:25 AM EDT 
Subject:   Golden Eagle 


Anyone know if you can take a bus on the Golden Eagle Ferry and how much it is?

 

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Posted Reply

 

Name:     RiverBill (RiverBill@prodigy.net) 
Date:       Fri 05 Oct 2007 12:41:58 PM EDT 
Subject:   Phone Number for Golden Eagle Ferry Company 


I have seen tractor trailers on the Golden Eagle before. Call the Golden Eagle Ferry Company and ask them.....618 -396-2535 .....

Bill 
 

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 

 

 

 

 

Thirsty Thursday.....  4th Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Pictures and River e-mail of the Day ......... 

 

Bill,
Jim & I attended the Offshore races at Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend to celebrate Jim's birthday. It was awesome! We were able to get up close and personal to all of the boats, drivers, and crew. It was quite an experience-- definately fills the need for speed. We posted all of the pics on our "Events" tab on our website, please, feel free to share with everyone. 
Thank you!

-- 
Michelle Jones
Classic Marine

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ------   was sent in by Bill Majors for his  son, Brandt.   What a shot ....you can can see Dardenne Slough, Bolter Chute, Snake Chute, the channel, Dardenne Island, Bolter Island, Iowa Island, Enterprise Island and the bluffs in the far distance !

 

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River Navigator Hosted Listening Session in Clarksville........ According to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.....the Upper Mississippi River Navigator, Deanne Strauser, hosted a public listening session at the Clarksville Visitor Center on September 28 with particular emphasis on the river communities of Clarksville and Louisiana.

    It was an information gathering session with emphasis on ways that the federal government can support local efforts to restore and protect America’s rivers and revitalize river communities and waterfronts.

 

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website to read the article

 

Aqua Scooter.....Call Dennis Carroll...314-541-3698..........Click here

James  Wigger  ----

   

Con Trio member James "Jim" Wigger passed away on Monday October 1st, 2007 at the age of 78.  Jim boated out of South Shore Marina and has been a member since 2006.  Services will be at BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center,3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO where visitation will be held Thursday, October 4, 2007 4:00-8:00 pm. A Masonic Service will be held on Thursday 6:30 pm. Graveside Service 1:00 pm Friday at St. Francois Memorial Park Cemetery, Bonne Terre, MO.  Our condolences go out to Jim's family and to his companion of the last twenty years, Joyce Jackson.  Click here to read Jim's obituary on STLToday.com



Information also posted on the Con Trios Yacht Club website www.contriosyachtclub.org


Darryll Weil,

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

Kim's Son  ----

   

Bill,

So more sad news to pass along, there has been way too much of it recently.
Kim's son, Randolph Michael Jones ,passed away last week. She has many friends on the river and I wanted to pass along the information of the services this weekend if anyone wants to attend.
Its a tragedy to lose a child I can't even imagine the loss she must be feeling. Thankfully, Kim has her family an friends to help her through this very difficult time.

Services will be held at Baue Funeral Home at Cave Springs and I-70 in St Charles. There will be a gathering of family an friends from Noon until 2:00 pm in the Chapel Room, Sunday October 7th, 2007. At 2:00 there will be a service followed by a procession to the Garden Of Love in the cemetery for a prayer.

My heart goes out to Kim and her family in this very difficult time.

Sincerely,

Tauni      

Corps of Engineers to fix scour holes at Melvin Price Locks and Dam

St. Louis, Mo – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start to repair several scour holes on the upstream side of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam near Alton, Ill., during the first week of October.

In April the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District discovered the holes during a special periodic inspection of the stilling basin using sonar equipment.

The scour holes were found in the bed of the river upstream of the locks and dam structure by the Corps survey vessel MV Boyer. A more detailed investigation was subsequently conducted by divers using sound imaging equipment from the Corps Engineering Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss. The scour holes of various depths were confirmed and the sheet pile cutoff under the dam was deemed to be intact.

The Army Corps awarded the Melvin Price Locks and Dam Upstream Protection Scour Rehabilitation Contract to Luhr Brothers Inc. of Columbia, Ill., on September 7. Luhr Bros. Inc. plans to mobilize its equipment on October 1 and begin rock placement that same week. The $1.6 million repair involves the placement of about 16,000 tons, or about 16 barge loads, of rock into eight scour holes at varying locations along the concrete dam. Repairs will conclude in mid-November.

During repairs parallel gates to each work site will have to be closed. Work crews need calm water conditions when placing the rock. District engineers and construction staff are working closely with water control managers and the navigation industry to coordinate these efforts.

To assist tow operators, the Motor Vessel Miranda Paige has been contracted to serve as a helper boat, assisting commercial tows entering and exiting the upstream end of the locks. A helper boat is needed because flow conditions will be altered by the closed dam gates when repairs are taking place near the lock chambers. Corps officials are working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard
and the navigation industry and expect minimal, periodic impacts to navigation.

While dams such as the Melvin Price structure do not pose a threat to public safety because they hold back only the relatively shallow navigation pools between dams, they do play a significant role in the nation’s economy. Hence, the Corps expedited design work and the contract award.

District experts report that the scoured areas pose no immediate threat to the dam, but if left unattended they could possibly enlarge or deepen which could lead to more costly repairs in the future.

Some scouring is expected with permanent structures in the river, such as bridge piers and dams. The design and construction of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam structure accounted for this and incorporated a layer of rock upstream of the edge of the concrete foundation to prevent scouring.

It appears that over the last 20 years this rock layer in some areas was eroded by the river’s natural forces. The repair work will not only place rock in the holes but will also fix the top layer with larger rock for added scour resistance. The Corps is also examining options for further enhancing the rock scour protection field upstream to prevent future recurrences. The District is also inspecting for similar problems at other structures on the river.

The Melvin Price’s main lock chamber was put into operation October 10, 1989. The lock site is the second busiest on the Mississippi River. It normally conducts about 6,500 lockages each year, moving mover than 70 million tons of commodities up and down the Mississippi River.

Editor’s Note: After hours, contact Alan Dooley at 618-719-9039 (cell) or 618-939-5985 (home). The scour holes are not visible but repair operations will be. Please call the Public Affairs Office to arrange visits to the site.

Source:

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/mvs-news/M-PScours.html

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The above news article was reprinted from the US Army Corps Of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

"Lake News"  From A Far........ The on-line CentralOhio.com had an interesting news story about the Lake Erie sea monster known as  South Bass Bessie, Lake Erie Bessie or Lake Erie Larry.   

   It's a lake legend and could even possibly be a cousin to the Loch Ness Monster !  And like the Loch Ness Monster, there is no scientific evidence of  the existence  of the creature, but the sightings continue ! 

 

Click here to go to CentralOhio.com and read the news story.

Click here to go to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia  for more info on Bessie.

RiverBill says...You know the Great Lakes are connected to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.... (hah)

Cedar Hill Resort...  Located on the Mississippi River... 1 mile below Winfield Dam in Calhoun County, IL .... Good food & million dollar sunsets....Click here  

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:       Stephanie Huebner (steph_huebner@hotmail.com)
Date:         Wed 03 Oct 2007 01:56:33 PM EDT
Subject:     Uncle Dave's Memorial Party


I'm just letting everyone know that Steve Huebner's Uncle Dave past away on September 27th. There will not be a funeral but here is the obituary and at the bottom are the details for the Memorial Party: David “The Ledge” Miller, 76, of Waterloo, died Sept. 27. He was the former owner of The Ornamental Iron Shop in Waterloo, member of the Southside Imperial Dance Club and St. Louis Ski Club and an avid bicyclist. Survivors include children Julie Sinn, Daniel (Anita) Miller and John (Susan) Miller; grandchildren Crystal, Danielle, Joe, Eric and Ryan, and Kelsey Sinn; sisters Claudia White and Betty Curran; and brother, Tom (Candy) Miller. He was preceded in death by wife, Betty Ann Miller nee Huebner. There was no visitation. According to Dave’s wishes, his body was donated to the St. Louis University School of Medicine. Relatives and friends are invited to a reception Oct. 13, 3 p.m., at 209 North Library in Waterloo, Illinois.

Click here to go to RiverBill's Message Board

 

 

 

 

Wednesday.....  3rd Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

 

 

 

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Our Pictures and River e-mail of the Day ......... were sent in by Laurel and Jim Anderson....They snapped a couple of pictures of the American Queen when it was in Pool 26 last weekend.

 

Hi Bill,

What a gorgeous day on the river the first day of October. It seemed we had the river all to ourselves - until the American Queen came by. It was a thrill to see -

Laurel and Jim Anderson

 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ------   was a picture of the  Mississippi Queen   between locks 10 and 11 on the upper Mississippi River.  Captain Greg Sadowski, out of Woodland Marina,  took this picture just after sunset on one of his many trips up and down the river.

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The New Issue Of Missouri Conservationist Magazine Is Out........The paper and on-line edition of  the October .....Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine is out..      

 

You can order a:

    ~ "Fishes Of Missouri"  book from this edition.

    ~  A Department of Conservation .."Natural Events Calendar"

    ~  A "Where Eagles Soar" video  ( For when Larry Demco drops by...hah ! )

 

There is also a Missouri Hunting and Fishing Calendar in the back of the magazine.

 

  Click here to view the on-line version.  

 

Velro Mattress.....Mattresses and Cushions for your Boat and RV 
                               A Complete Bedding Line for your Home...Click here

More Sad News  ----

   

Former Con Trios Yacht Club members Ron and Jane Freeman's son, Joshua, passed away on Monday, October 1st. He was working with a company installing a security system at Fort Knox, Tennessee and was found deceased in his bed in his hotel room. Ron and Jane currently live in Springfield, MO but the memorial service for Joshua will be this coming Friday, October 5th, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon at Collier's Funeral Home, 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd. In Bridgeton (St. Louis), Missouri. After the memorial service - around 1:00 or so, family and friends will gather at one of Josh's favorite spots, Lehmann's Landing, 12314 Natural Bridge Rd, St. Louis, 314.739.2344, to celebrate Josh's life.
Our condolences go out to Ron, Jane and their family.

Information also posted on the Con Trios Yacht Club website www.contriosyachtclub.org


Darryll Weil,

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

Yacht Club Of St. Louis Update....   We received the following update from Rich Luttrell, Harbor Master, Yacht Club of St. Louis

 

1. Monday Night Football is being cancelled.


2. Closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.


3. Open Thursday & Friday from 5pm till Midnight. Dining Hours are from 5pm to 10pm.


4. Saturday & Sunday ....open  Noon till Midnight. Dining Hours will be till 10pm.

5. Thursday night Trivia Starting at 7pm.      

 

6. Friday night: Karaoke starting at 8pm.

7. All Happy Hours still the same which are from 5pm to 7pm Thursday and Friday.

8. Special Note: 

Saturday October the 6th, the Sharks Band will be playing starting at 9pm after the Harbor Dock Hop.


9. Sunday Fried Chicken is available all day; from Noon to Dining Close at 10pm.

 

More information forthcoming

Saturday   October 27 

Grafton Lighthouse Dedication

Grafton, IL

2:00 PM

 

A Grafton Lighthouse dedication will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the new Lighthouse Park

 

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   According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph the lighthouse’s location has changed.  Instead of building it on top of the breakwater rock dike at the Marina, it is being constructed at the foot of Vine Street by the public boat launching ramp.

 

Click here to read the news story in the Alton Telegraph about the Grafton Lighthouse.

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Call Allen at (618) 786-8210To donate money to the Grafton Lighthouse Fund. 

 

Click here for map from MapQuest

Shamel Auto & Tire..... 10% Discount for boaters on parts, labor and all trailer , auto and truck tires in stock.  ....Phone 314.770. 0800.......Click here 

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:       PAT and JOHN DIFATTA (pdifatta2@yahoo.com) 
Date:        Sun 30 Sep 2007 10:35:55 PM EDT 
Subject:    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 


Mary, Hope you had a great birthday. We were toasting to you. You are a very special person and we love you!!!

 

John and Pat 


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Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broken !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Friday, Sept 7.

  It's a northbound tow leaving the lock pushing barges up-river !

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

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Did You Know !

  Take a look at the picture above....And you can tell that the towboat is "pushing" barges by the two masthead lights in a vertical line at the stern of the towboat as described by Rule 24 of the United States Coast Guard's Navigation Rules

 

RULE 24:
TOWING AND PUSHING

A power-driven vessel when pushing ahead or towing alongside, except [in the case of a composite unit / as required by paragraphs (b) and (i) of this Rule], shall exhibit: 

  • instead of the light prescribed in Rule 23(a)(i) or 23(a)(ii), two masthead lights in a vertical line; 

 

Source:  Navigation Center, US Coast Guard website

             http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/rules/Rule24.htm

 

US Coast Guard Navigation Rules....   There is an existing link in the left hand column under the   US Coast  Guard  heading named  "Navigation Rules." 

 

Click on it or the link below.  The site contains everything you need to know about the rules of navigation:

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/rotr_online.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday.....  2nd Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day ......... were sent in by Dave Michalik. They are from an evening cruise he tool back in August.

 

RiverBIll says....Great pictures Dave ! 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2006 ------   was from Robert "Slow Ride" Cope. 

 

Robert wrote: 

Bill,

   I was on the way into the harbor last weekend, and managed to get real close to a blue heron. It just stood there for a good 5 minutes and looked at us looking at him. 

 

Robert Cope

 

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The New Issue of Heartland Boating is Out........The October edition of Heartland Boating is on the shelf at your local boat store.  Check it out

This issue has: 

 ~ A 2008 Boat Show Calendar . 

         The St. Charles Boat Show is scheduled for Jan 18 - 20 in 2008.

 ~  An article about "Staying Connected" to the internet while on your boat.

 ~  A good article on Fire Prevention.

 

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

Sad news to report: ----

   

Con Trios Yacht Club member Scott Hickey's son, Dan Hickey, passed away recently. Services will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd only, at the Jay B. Smith Funeral Home ( www.jaybsmith.com ), 777 Oakwood Drive (at Hwy. 141), Fenton, MO 63026. Telephone # 636-343-0400
Visitation will from 4 to 7 PM with services at 6 PM, Tuesday.

Our condolences go out to Scott and his family.

Updated the Con Trios Yacht Club website www.contriosyachtclub.org with this notice.

Thanks to Judy Meinershagen for the information.

Darryll Weil,

Webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

President Likely To Veto Lock and Dam Bill.....  According to a news article in the on-line Post Dispatch....The President of the United States is likely to Veto the Water Resources Development Act.  The White House describes the bill as "undisciplined",  given the steadily declining barge traffic.

 

  Senator  "Kit" Bond was quoted as saying......."We have the votes to override."

 

Click here to read the news article on STLtoday.com

Scour Holes To Be Repaired At Alton Dam..... According to an article in the on-line Post Dispatch .....Work to fill scour holes on the upstream side of the Mel Price Locks and Dam is planned to begin next week.   About 16,000 tons of rock will be needed to fill the holes in the floor of the river along the dam.  The work is planned to go through mid-November.

Click here to read the news article on STLtoday.com  

 

Click here for more information about scour holes from the USGS website  

The Rotten Apple .... Just a few steps from Grafton Harbor.  Hard ciders, bottled cider, ice-cold cider on tap. Top-notch selection of beers & the meanest cocktail this side of the Mississippi.  Authentic Cajun menu both mild & spicy mixed with some American favorites.  Click here

Zebra Mussels.........  According to a news story in the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch........The State of Missouri has become home to the Zebra Mussel.

 

   The Missouri Department of Conservation has reported an organized colony of  Zebra Mussels has been found in Lake Taneycomo. It's the second colony to be found in Missouri.  The first organized colony of was found in the Lake of the Ozarks last year
 
Click here to read the news article on STLtoday.com

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:       PAT and JOHN DIFATTA (pdifatta2@yahoo.com) 
Date:        Sun 30 Sep 2007 10:35:55 PM EDT 
Subject:    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 


Mary, Hope you had a great birthday. We were toasting to you. You are a very special person and we love you!!!

 

John and Pat 


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Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broken !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Saturday, Sept 8.

  It's raining ...There is a southbound tow in the lock, a couple of guys in a fishing boat waiting to lock through and another southbound tow trying to get lined up !

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

What Happens On The River

Stays On The River

 

 

Unless You see It on RiverBill's !  

 

Oh my...It's Monday Already

 

 

Monday.....  1st Day of Boatober 2007

 

One Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

River Pictures Of The Day

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ......... was sent in by Capt'n Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".  It's a 

 

Magnificent Sunset

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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The River Picture on this Day In 2005 ------   was from Frank and Cindy. 

 

Frank and Cindy wrote: 

Ahoy River Bill,

   Sunday morning my wife and I woke up to a cool and windy day. It just didn't seem like a good day to hit the water, but we said what the hell let's bundle up and go for a boat ride.  It turned out to be a very interesting day on the water.  

    We pulled up to Enterprise island and was amazed by the new sand bar formed by the dredging of the channel. As we walked the sand bar we could see the America pumping sand and water up onto Iowa Island.   Quite an operation!! 

   As we headed down river to Grafton we seen a paddle wheeler docking at the Loading Dock.  It was a wonderful looking old boat named The Spirit of Peoria

    So even though the weather wasn't that great the river still provided us with a great day.....Ain't she great !!! 

Attached are pics from our day 9-24-06.

Keep up the good work.

Frank, Cindy
and our River Dawg B.J.

 

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Nautical Version of RAMS Report

Fall Colors Predictions......Missouri Department of Conservation foresters update "Fall Color" reports weekly from mid-September through early-November.  

 

  According to the MDC website this has been a tough year for trees and will likely be reflected in the fall colors we see.  A January ice storm, an April freeze and summer drought conditions will mean patchy color across the state. 

 

Click here for this week's "Fall Colors" forecast. 

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FYI...

State Lines At The Confluence And At Iowa & Enterprise Islands ------ 

 

   We showed a map in the weekend edition of the state boundary lines at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  According to MapQuest, they run through the first chute where the Illinois River flows into the Mississippi River.  That means the "Third Chute" or "Mason Chute" is located in Missouri !  See map above.

 

More FYI....

  I got a lot of e-mails about the weekend map so I thought I would expanded it to show Iowa Island and Enterprise Island too. The state line runs on the eastern side of these islands putting them in Calhoun County and the great state of the state of Illinois !  

 

Source: www.mapquest.com

Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm...... We don't just sell any boat, we sell your boat !
   
Ed & Nancee Shahan          Phone:217 - 854- 6226...........  Click here

Nautical Nauti ----

   Need a Stripper Pole For Your Boat ? 

 

If you are gonna be nauti, you might as well go all the way..............................

Check it out......Capt'n Johnny Hornung  sent us the following link:


http://www.lilmynx.com/lilmynxwakepole.php

September 30, 1993 In River History.....Flood Of 93'

   The Mississippi River at St. Louis was above flood stage for 144 days.... between April 1 and September 30, 1993.   It was one of the most significant and damaging natural disasters ever to hit the United States. 

 

Source: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/floods/papers/oh_2/great.htm

 

Caution !   .........Jet Skis Aren't for Everyone !

   

Cindy Blaylock sent us an e-mail about this picture of guy on a jet ski !   

  

I think he is wearing a thong !

 

 

Picture linked from the ForwardedFunnies.com website

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

   A couple of boating incidents reported this past weekend in the St. Louis area.

 

News Release N07070206

Collision/objects / Missouri River -- 09/29/2007

 

News Release N07070204

Collision/objects / Meramec River- 09/22/2007


Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Eagles Landing Marina....... Welcome boaters !  Public ramp, ice, plenty of parking...800 Wilson Road, St. Charles  636- 250- 4480 ......  Click here

Metro East Levee Problems.........  According to a news story in the on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch........Government officials in Metro East are planning an effort to repair and update the aging levee systems that protect the flood plains in Metro East from Alton to south of Columbia. 

    They want to avoid flood insurance requirements and possible restrictions on development.. Anticipated changes to the flood map would affect more than 59,000 households and an estimated 4,000 businesses.

   Local officials have been told by the US Army Corps of Engineers' that their levee systems are considered deficient.  Problems include underseepage and aging infrastructure.

   Click here to read the news story non STLtoday.com

From RiverBill's Message Board.....  

 

Name:      Darryll and Maureen (captainweil@sbcglobal.net) 
Date:        Sun 30 Sep 2007 11:09:13 AM EDT 
Subject:    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY! 


Hope you enjoyed your special day 


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St. Louis Post Dispatch Fishing Report..... Dated 9-28-07....Click here

 

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam River Cam ....

It's still broken !

Below is a picture from the RiverCam on Saturday, Sept 8.

  It's a southbound tow in the lock with the  lock tug in the background

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

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