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Picture of the Day.....  was taken last Sunday at the 3rd Chute



(L to R) It's Wayne, Cory and RiverBill.

Cory is the new owner

of the Hawg Pit Restaurant.





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First Mate is a boat brokerage located on the beautiful upper Mississippi.

We sell boats and will find you the perfect boat!


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White Pelicans hanging out on Party Island.




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Grafton Oyster Bar will be offering the following weekly specials

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Wednesdays - Fifty Cent Chicken wings with your choice of 4 different sauces and $10.00 buckets of domestic beer

Every Friday & Saturday - Free Juke Box from 10pm until close
Every Sunday- Breakfast from 8am until 11am to include fresh fruit, assorted muffins, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, omelet station, waffle station and more.

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1st Day of Spring, Wednesday, March 20

Pool 26 Burning Of The Socks at Woodland, Marina........


A Mariner's Tradition




Come on out !

We will be hosting a bonfire to burn our socks

in celebration of Spring

and the start of boating season.


Bring your cooler and something to throw on the grill.

Capt Carl is cooking and playing the tunes


Anytime after 4:00PM


Join in the celebration





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UPDATED Mar 13, 2019    


The following area is in the high water watch phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex: Zone 28 (Mile 185.4 – Mile 109.9). High water and drift potential may be encountered in the area. Mariners are advised to minimize their wake and exercise caution and avoid laying up on levees. Recreational traffic is not recommended. Mariners should be experienced in high water conditions and avoid downstreaming operations if possible. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris in fleeting areas and take appropriate actions to prevent breakaways. Navigational buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain cautious while transiting


The following zone is in the high water watch phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex: Zone 3-6 (Mile 145.5 – Mile 50.0). High water and drift could be encountered in this area. Mariners are advised to minimize their wake and exercise caution. Mariners should avoid laying up on levees and recreational vessel traffic is not recommended. Mariners should be experienced in high water conditions and avoid down-streaming operations if possible. Mariners should remain vigilant to an increase in debris and maneuver appropriately. Be aware that a buildup of debris in fleeting areas may have occurred and take appropriate action to prevent any breakaways from occurring. Navigational buoys may have been dragged off station, so remain cautious while transiting.


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Flooding In Missouri

Missouri Governor Parsons Issues Flood Warnings........


While heavy rainfall and snowmelt have forced rivers and creeks out of their banks across Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa, Missouri Governor Mike Parson is warning residents to be cautious around floodwaters as they approach major flood stage.


Parson says that Missourians must stay alert and exercise caution around flooded areas, and advises residents to stay off flooded roadways, no matter how low the water appears to be.


The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are expected to crest this week, however, Parson warns that the flooding may remain a danger well into the spring........


Click here to read this news article from  With Photo.


Upcoming Events.... May 16, 2019

Mississippi River at Downtown St. Louis

Riverboats at Gateway Arch

Billy Peek Blues Cruise........
(Always sells out early, get your tickets early!)
Always a great time cruising up/down the river for the "Blues Cruise"! Cash bar, concessions available. Boarding time 8:00pm. Info, tickets call (877) 982-1410 or online ticket booking at (Events link below):


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We offer full fiberglass repair, high performance upgrades, transom & stringer rebuilds, service on older products, new & used parts department, an accessories department, as well as many other services to suit everyone's boating needs.

We continue to display our Yamaha Sport Boats + Crest, Mercury + Yamaha Outboards and Heritage & Haul Rite trailers


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Missouri River Flooding

Midwestern States........


Officials report that several hundreds of homes have flooded across several Midwestern states, as rivers have breached at least a dozen levees after snowmelt and heavy rainfall inundate the region.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated that approximately 200 miles of levees have been either breached or overtopped across four states.


The current was so fast and so high, even in places where the Missouri River had crested, that damage continued to accumulate.  So far, the flooding has caused at least three deaths........


Click here to read this news report from  With Photos.


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Duck Club Yacht Club

So far, Yes, we will be open this weekend! Please check back toward the end of the week! Besides the items on this menu “off menu items” will also be available. Ask your server for such items.

Click here for weekend menu


Friday Food 4-10 Bar till 1

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Sat and Sun- Food 2-10
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Froge's Bar and Grill

Portage des Sioux, MO


Starting Spring, March 20th, kitchen hours will extend to 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, Friday & Saturday stay the same til 10pm



3502 North 94

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Mississippi River

Looking Upriver at the Forecasted River Levels........


The forecasts have been lowered. The following Mississippi River gages are predicted to reach "Major Flood Stage" this week and /or next:


   Saverton, Mo

   Keokuk, Iowa

   Burlington, Iowa
   Gladstone, IL
   Keithsburg, IL
   New Boston, IL

Check out the latest Mississippi River here


Marine Jobs

Surroundings Trade Only....


A few of the jobs listed include:

~ Marine Mechanic/Technicians-Hyannis Marina
~ Yacht Broker and Marine Mechanic / Service Technician positions - Clarks Landing NJ & MD
~ Dockmaster - Great Harbor Yacht Club, Nantucket, MA
~ Structural/Mechanical Engineer - Wahoo Docks


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River History....


March 19, 1687 in River History


French explorer Robert Cavelier - the first European to navigate the length of the Mississippi River - was murdered by mutineers in present-day Texas.



Mississippi River At Clarksville, Missouri

Clarksville Mayor Hopeful Temp Floodwall Will Protect City........


As of Monday evening, there is historic flooding across the Midwest, and governors in Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency.


Cities along the Mississippi River have been alerted that there may be potentially devastating flooding occurring over the next three months.


Residents of Clarksville, Missouri have been constructing a temporary floodwall intended to protect the city.  Jo Anne Smiley, Mayor of Clarksville, notes that flooding has been hard on the city over the years.  Over half of the businesses have left the city after owners grew tired of frequent flooding........


Click here to read this news story from  With Video.







The wake from your boat


the wake from your car

if your driving on a flooded road.

Both do damage !


Remember... Turn around, don't drown         


Mississippi River Near Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

City Prepping For Coming Floods........


As the rivers rise across the Heartland, cities are preparing for the worst.  Currently, the Mississippi River at the Chester Bridge has risen above 33 feet, and is forecast to peak at 35.9 feet.


Cape Girardeau's two main floodgates are already closed, and Stan Polivick, the Public Works Director, expects that they will be closing the railroad floodgate close to the Red Star Boat Ramp on Wednesday.


The Ste. Genevieve City officials are planning on closing the city's four floodgates sometime Wednesday as well.  According to Public Works Director Gary Roth, the flooding forecast could get worse if warmer spring weather arrives in the North........


Click here to read this news report from  With Video.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Carlyle Lake

Christmas Tree Recycling Project Rescheduled........


Thanks to poor weather conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake have rescheduled their annual spring Christmas tree recycling/fish habitat improvement project to Saturday, March 23, 2019, starting at 8:30 am.


The Corps has amassed more than 500 Christmas trees that were discarded after the holiday season.  They will be used to create fish reef structures in Carlyle Lake, which will give fish breeding areas and cover for juvenile fish.


The structures will encourage the growth of algae and zooplankton, which are two major sources of food for young fish. The recycled Christmas trees are a cheap and effective means of creating fish habitat........


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


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News Release From BoatUS

SAVANNAH, Ga., March 18, 2019 – Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Savannah offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, at the club’s location at 2812 River Drive, Savannah.
Both the Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves courses are three hours long and affordably priced at $149 per person. Intro to Boating covers shifting and steering, basic docking, open-water handling and basic navigation, and is offered both days at 9 a.m.
The ladies-only course, Women Making Waves, offers the same curriculum and is the perfect opportunity to spend a half-day learning boat-handling techniques in a supportive environment. It’s offered both days at 9:30 a.m.
Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor.
The goal of the BoatUS Foundation and Freedom Boat Club Savannah courses is to address the high costs typically associated with at-the-helm training, making hands-on boating education more accessible. The courses also offer area residents the chance to try out recreational boating and give boaters the opportunity to brush up on their boat-handling skills.
Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older. To sign up for a course or seek out others, go to



This press release reprinted by permission of Scott Croft of BoatUS.

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



Just a short walk from Grafton Harbor
Breakfast available every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am till 12pm

$5.00 lunch specials from 11am till 2pm



3rd Chute Upcoming Events.. click here

Alton Marina

Mississippi River at Alton, IL



The Deli at the Alton Marina is closed for the season


The Boathouse

Northshore Marina


Open Thur thru Sun in March

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Fri, Sat... 11am -12 am

Sun........ 11am -10pm

Cedar Hill Resort

Mississippi River

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Closed for the season

Con Trios Yacht Club


Fri - Sat...March 29-30, 2019
  Con Trios Yacht Club Ice Breaker

    Alton Premier Best Western

    3559 College Ave, Alton, IL 62002

Duck Club Yacht Club

So far, Yes, we will be open this weekend! Please check back toward the end of the week! Besides the items on this menu “off menu items” will also be available. Ask your server for such items.

Click here for weekend menu


Friday Food 4-10 Bar till 1

(crowd determining)

Sat and Sun- Food 2-10
Bar till 1 (crowd determining)


The Duck Club Yacht Club restaurant is Under New Management and will open on March 15th to members.

The new management is Padavans NY dba Padavan & Haacke On the Water at the Duck Club



Sat, Apr 6...Open House/ Chilli Blast

Froge's Bar and Grill

Portage des Sioux, MO


Starting Spring, March 20th, kitchen hours will extend to 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, Friday & Saturday stay the same til 10pm

Every Friday throughout the year we serve whole catfish, catfish nuggets, Alaskan Pollock and salmon served with 2 sides and a soft drink for $8.99 from 11am until gone or 10pm

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  Calendar Mar.18 thru Apr 01 .... click here


Grafton Harbor

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Grafton Harbor River Adventures

Closed for the season


The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest

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Grafton Oyster Bar

Grafton Harbor

Sat, Sun..Mar 23-24..

Scallops Festival



THURS...11AM - 4PM

FRI-SUN... 11AM - 10PM




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John's Boat Harbor

Mississippi River at UMR 231.8


Hey guys, Any one interested in a ramp pass for 2019, need to let us know by March 15th if possible.
We will take all of the passes from 2018. After March 15th we will take any new passes that we have available.

Kinder's Restaurant

Mississippi River at Golden Eagle, IL


Closed for the season

Hi everyone! It's getting to be that time of year again! We are looking for fun, energetic, and friendly servers, bartenders, and cooks who can work on their feet. Servers must be 18 years of age, bartenders 21 years of age, and cooks 16 years of age. If anyone is interested, please contact Jeni Kiel at 618-799-9670.
Thank you, Kinder's Management.


Lake Center Marina

MM224.4 UMR


We’re excited to announce 40% OFF all annual docks & slips to new members!


Sat, May 18 Spring Fling with Jambone

Longshot Saloon

My River Home Marina and Resort

Mississippi River at Portage des Sioux...


Closed for the season


My River Home- Memorial Day Celebration- Crabfest, live music all weekend-specials May 25-26-27

Mike's La Rosa at My River Home

Mississippi River at

Portage des Sioux, Mo


Closed for the season


My River Home- Memorial Day Celebration- Crabfest, live music all weekend-specials May 25-26-27


Yacht Club of St. Louis Restaurant

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


Opening For The Season

Sat, March 16.. T-Maul Live


Sun, March 17, 2019 at Noon

St. Patrick's Day Party


Sun..May 26..Tony Campanella ..2pm


Hours of operation


   Friday open at 5pm Saturday and Sunday open at 12pm.


   Thursdays open at 5pm Friday -Sunday open at 12pm

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River Ferries


Illinois River

Brussels Ferry............618 - 786-3636


Mississippi River

Golden Eagle Ferry ....618-  535-5759

Winfield Ferry.............618-  535-5759

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

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBills....


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Who's Open.. Who's Closed

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

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Mississippi River on Dardenne Slough UMR 222.2

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Marina dredged to 8ft

Docks are now set

 One of the best views on the River!

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for pricing and to reserve for the 2019 Season

My River Home website


Longshot Saloon Facebook




Kitchen open til 9PM

Tue, Wed, Thurs & Sun!



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Phone 314-517-6079


SCHNEIDER Real Estate, Inc
1551 Wall Street, Suite 140
St. Charles, Mo 63303



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Little John's Moptorsports website
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The Duck Club Yacht Club restaurant is Under New Management and will open on March 15th to members.

The new management is Padavans NY dba Padavan & Haacke On the Water at the Duck Club

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Now accepting social membership applications

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6257 Hwy V, St. Charles, Mo

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

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

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Call 636.723.0005 when your headed to the river and they will have your food ready when you arrive at the store !





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Grafton Harbor Winery
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UMR 222.2
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Repairs all makes

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Let's Plan a

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Fun, friendly atmosphere

Five Anchor Marina

Beautiful area of the

Mississippi River

Restaurants & wineries


Explore the historic

town of Louisiana, MO


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Docks-Dry Storage-Ramp-Repairs-Gas 24/7 Transients welcome

We have Pump Out

Ramp Passes & Storage

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No Wake Inn


Rooms Available Year Round


Call 314-620-1971




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Golden Eagle Ferry

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

 Sun .......... 8AM- 9PM

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Winfield Ferry






Call Kirk Blomgren for all your Private Aircraft Needs

Meisinger Aviation 

Spirit of St. Louis Airport


Aircraft Sales




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211 W. Main St.  Grafton, IL


Breakfast Buffet
Sun & Sun 8-12


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