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It's Friday

 19 December 2014



Over 6.87 Million Boater Visits

To The Always Changing

 e-Waters of



Illinois River at Hardin


The Calhoun County

Community Foundation

stl250 Birthday Cake



The stl250 Birthday Cake in Harman Park

on Hardin's Riverfront


The stl250 Birthday Cake with

the Illinois River and the Hardin Draw Bridge in the distance


Harman park is located along Hardin's

 riverfront at Water Street and Main


A good place to "Watch the River Flow."

Click pic to enlarge



The Picture of the Day.... was taken yesterday afternoon by RiverBill at Hardin, IL.



It's another of the stl250 Birthday Cakes that is located on one of our area's rivers.  We omitted it from the list below yesterday. This one is located along the Illinois River at Harman Park in Hardin, IL.


This cake commemorates Calhoun County being named for John Calhoun, Vice President of the United States under President John Quincy Adams and President Andrew Jackson.

Artist: Lindsay Harmon.

More information on this cake  click here






St. Louis Turned 250 in 2014!


There are currently 252 stlCakes in the St. Louis area marking important and historic spots to help celebrate the city of St. Louis turnning 250 years old in 2014.



Tracking them all down is very interesting and its a history lesson in St. Louis and the surrounding area 


"STL Cake Hunter", Mary Tiemann who hails out of Woodland Marina in the cruiser Krystal Lady has located and personally photographed 237 the stlCakes.  She is on a quest to photograph them all before the year ends.  Go Mary !



The area rivers are one of the reasons early settlers chose this area to build a settlement.  Below are a few more of the "stl250 Birthday Cakes" that are located at "river and lake locations" around the St. Louis area.  The cakes may be removed soon, but you can still check out these sites.


Site City ST Short Description
Aerie's Riverview Winery Grafton IL In the early 1800s, James Mason purchased the land that is now Grafton. 
Ashley Street Power House / Riverfront Trail  St. Louis MO Built in 1902 by engineer/architect Charles Ledlic. 
Calhoun County Community Foundation Hardin IL County named for John Calhoun, VP of the US under Presidents John Quincy Adams & Andrew  
Confluence Tower HARTFORD IL Commemorates Lewis & Clark's historic expedition.  
Creve Coeur Lake Maryland Heights MO At 320 acres is largest natural lake in MO. 
Eads Bridge (Arch-Laclede's Landing MetroLink Station) St. Louis MO Opened in 1874 as the longest arch bridge in the world. 
Fort Belle Fontaine St. Louis MO From 1809-1826 was a U.S. military fort and the regional Army HQ during the War of1812. 
Gateway Arch St. Louis MO Monument to Thomas Jefferson all pioneers for whom St. Louis was the Gateway to the West.  Public vote winner. 
Jefferson Barracks Historic Site Visitor's Center St. Louis MO Is the army’s first permanent base west of the Mississippi River. 
Laclede's Landing St. Louis MO 9-block area settled in 1764 by fur traders  Laclede and Chouteau. 
Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial St. Louis MO Once site of largest Mississippian Culture Indian mounds in St. Louis - dismantled in 1868.  
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site Hartford IL Lewis & Clark State Historic Site -
Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center St. Charles MO Lewis & Clark launched from St. Charles on May 21, 1804. 
Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing St. Louis MO Part of the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. 
Mississippi River Greenway - Trailhead in Jefferson Barracks Park St. Louis MO Named for the third president, est in 1826.t
National Great Rivers Museum Alton IL Est. in 2003 as a learning center for the Mississippi River and its role as a working river.
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge St. Louis MO 5,353 feet long and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Our Lady of the Rivers at Portage des Sioux   Portage Des Sioux MO The Shrine commemorates the devastating flood of 1951.
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center Grafton IL Named for Pere (Father) Jacques Marquette who was one of the first missionaries to visit the region.
Piasa Bird Alton IL Recognized in the travels of Marquette and Joliet before St. Louis was founded.




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Dredge Potter- -

Mississippi River

Eads Bride; The containment system hanging below the bridge in all three spans remains suspended 3 feet below low steel. Work barges may be spudded down in the Missouri and Illnois spans. At times a work barge may be in the center span located next to the piers with no encroachment inside the 300-foot navigational openining. Barges will be properly lit at night.


Missouri River


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



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     Missouri River Near Bridgeton, Missouri

     EPA Reviewing Report On Radium In Groundwater........


The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing the findings in a report conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey on radium levels in the groundwater under the West Lake Landfill. 


The report found that the radium levels were higher than normal.  29% of the water samples collected tested in excess of federal standards. 


What is not certain is whether the radium samples leached from the landfill, or if they are naturally occurring........


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                With Photo and a Link To The USGS Report.



 Sad News

   Dave Zerweck Passed Away


Dave Zerweck suddenly passed away on Sunday Dec 14,2014..


Services will be December 21 at Memorial Hall, 1900 W Randolph St., St. Charles, MO 63301 from 12-3. Click here for map.

The family would like donations in lieu of flowers. Dave had no insurance and he was the provider for family.

Raye Anne.


Dave kept his boat, The River Queen, at North Shore Marina. He was the restaurant manager of Captain Jacks Bar and Grill when it was open, then the Harbor Master of North Shore Marina.......


Click here for obituary




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Boat Security

     Security Systems Offers Boaters Piece Of Mind........


As a rule, most boats are not very secure.  Absentee owners, open hatches, and pricy electronics are quite tempting to thieves.  Thankfully, there are a wide variety of security systems available to help deter trespassers.


There are three types of alarm systems:


○  A local alarm, which alerts people in the vicinity when tripped.

○  An alarm that offers remote communication, via cell or satellite phone, voice, text, or email.

○  An interactive alarm, which allows the owner to respond........


Click here to read more from

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     Coast Guard Video Of The Year Nominees Announced........


The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the 2014 nominees for the Coast Guard Video of the Year.  The Coast Guard has picked out the Top 10 videos, and they are looking for help from the public in deciding the top Coast Guard video from 2014. 


The contest begins on Monday, December 22, 2014, and will wrap up on Sunday, January 4, 2015.   One new video will be released each day between December 22 and December 31 on the Coast Guard Compass, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.


Participants can vote for their favorites, and the winner will be announced on Monday, January 5, 2014 on the Coast Guard Compass and on Facebook........


Click here to read more from the Coast Guard Compass.  With Video.


Today.....Palisades Yacht Club

    Last Day Open for 2014....  Friday 12-19-14

     12-19-14 Last Day Open for 2014, Music by Tim Mauldin


St. Charles Boat and Motor

    Closed Dec 21, 2014 , Returning Jan 6, 2015


In observation of the Holidays, St. Charles Boat and Motor The Complete Marine  will be closed from December 21, 2014 to January 6, 2015.


Will reopen on January 6, 2015


Froge's Bar and Grill

    Portage des Sioux, Mo

Live Music by Roger Hatfield.......... December 20 at 8:00pm

Live Music by Sonic Tonic.............Wednesday, December 31 at 9:00pm

Reprinted from Facebook

December 20, 2014

    Goldenrod Showboat Krispy Kreme Fundraising

Krispy Kreme Sale
     Saturday, December 20 at 7:00am
     Southwestern High School in Piasa, Illinois

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    Chris-Craft Launch 36 Crowned Boat Of The Year........


Recently, Chris-Craft announced that Boating Magazine named their Launch 36 the Boat of the Year.  In order to qualify for this honor, the vessel has to be tested by the Boating Tech Team, and it must exceed industry standards.


The Launch 36 was unveiled at the Miami International Boat Show, and it is the largest edition of the Launch line.  The vessel is mainly a large day boat, with overnight accommodations.


Stephen Julius, Chairman of Chris-Craft Corporation says that the Launch 36 is the boat he always wanted to build for his family.  Julius adds that people have forgotten what playing on the water is all about........


Click here to read this news report from


Boat Manufacturer

    CEO:  Ranger Boats A Good Fit With Bass Pro........


While it is expected that the Ranger Boats line will continue to grow after being acquired by Bass Pro Group, the manufacturer says that there are no plans for expanding the manufacturing facility or relocating operations.


Randy Hopper, CEO and president of Ranger Boats says that Bass Pro Group's purchase of Fishing Holdings LLC may be a definitive agreement, the deal has not been finalized.  Fishing Holdings LLC is the parent company of Ranger, Stratos and Triton.


Hopper added that they are quite excited about the acquisition, noting that it is a strategic fit........


Click here to read this news article from


Trade Only today e-newsletter


End to Cuban trade embargo could benefit boating industry
U.S. companies applauded the White House announcement Wednesday of plans to lift the 54-year-old trade embargo with Cuba. here to go to Trade Only today

Ranger Boats CEO sees ‘strategic fit’ with Bass Pro Group
Ranger Boats will continue to grow after the Bass Pro Group acquires the company, but there are no plans to expand the plant or relocate operations. here to go to Trade Only today


Reprinted from Trade Only today emailing

SAIL Magazine.....

     Holiday Gift Guide


SAIL Magazine's 2014 Gift Guide
Once again, the editorial staff at SAIL magazine has been keeping watch all year long for products that would make great gifts this holiday season. Happy holidays from everyone here at SAIL, and best of luck in 2015!  
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While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in a video from Boating Magazine's Boating Fail series, which illustrates how not to dock a boat in Antigua....  Or anywhere else....


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We have a few boats from last year that never got posted....  Look for them soon !


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Dredging Video


While Trolling The Internet........  We reeled in an interesting video of the Swire Seabed Excavator working.  The vessel is a multipurpose undersea tool carrier and dredging vehicle.  It is capable of operating in 2,500 meters of water depth........


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


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Golden Eagle Ferry ......618-535-5759

Winfield Ferry...............618 - 396-2535


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

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Who's Open.. Who's Closed


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

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

Boathouse Food & Deck....  Closed                                   

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

Duck Club Yacht Club .......  Closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    December Boat Parades


Are you headed to Florida soon ?   You might want to check out one of the following boat parades while you are there......


Dec. 6: Riverfront Festival of the Season, Port Orange
Dec. 6: New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade, New Smyrna Beach
Dec. 6: Christmas Boat Parade, Venice.
Dec. 6: Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade, Fort Myers Beach
Dec. 13: Schooner Wharf Bar 24th Annual Lighted Boat Parade, Key West
Dec. 13: Boynton and Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade, Boynton Beach.
Dec. 13: Winter Park Boat Parade & Water Ski Show, Winter Park
Dec. 13: Holiday Boat Parade, Key Largo
Dec. 13: Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale
Dec. 14: 25th Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade, Punta Gorda
Dec. 14: 28th Annual Holiday on the Harbor, Destin



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December 15, 2014

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Lock Closures


Lock 12 will be closed to all navigation from 0730 on Monday, 15 Dec 2014 to 1100 on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 for contractor installation of downstream lock bulkhead slots.

Lock 13 will be closed to all navigation from 0730 on Monday, 15 Dec 2014 to 1100 on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 for contractor installation of downstream lock bulkhead slots.


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

December 16, 2014

    Illinois River

    Joliet, IL Harbor Drawbridges


Joliet Harbor Drawbridges; A public meeting will be held in response to comments received from the notice of proposed rulemaking to remotely operate the Joliet Harbor Drawbridges. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., in the City of Joliet, City Hall, 150 West Jefferson Street, Planning Conference Room, Joliet, IL 60432.


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  December 19, 22, 2014

     Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette.


A site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles this winter. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more.


Click here for more information on All Around Alton website..


Reprinted from All Around Alton website


December 20, 2014

    Goldenrod Showboat

    Krispy Kreme Fundraising

Krispy Kreme Sale

Saturday, December 20 at 7:00am
Southwestern High School in Piasa, Illinois

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until Spring


No Wake Inn

Rooms Available Year Round

  Call 314-620-1971 or    

     618- 883- 2356 


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100 Bob Michael St.

Naples, IL  62665


Open 7 Days a Week


A unique dining experience set on the banks of the Illinois River.  Great food, exceptional service, and scenic views.  Visit our website to view our menu and summer band schedule...  Click Here



Evandy's Boatel Jingle

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LED boat lights








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Golden Eagle Ferry

 Mon - Thu.. 5AM- 9PM

 Fri - Sat .... 5AM- 2AM

 Sun .......... 8AM- 9PM

 Holidays ... 8AM- 9PM

On Board Phone

618- 535-5759

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Winfield Ferry



My River Home website



Closed Until Spring






Call Kirk Blomgren for all your Private Aircraft Needs

Meisinger Aviation

 Spirit of St. Louis Airport


Aircraft Sales




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Click here for map



Click here

for race schedule


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


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for 2014 price Schedule


E-mail Liberty Harbor..


6257 Highway V

St. Charles, Mo

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Club 636-250-4333

Marina 636-250-4321




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Buy 4 Ramps

Get 1 Free


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2014 Price Sheet

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Close to where you are on the river

STORAGE short & long term

4 BOAT LIFTS- up to 60 tons


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Auto Repair

Trailer Repair

Trailer Parts

Trailer Hitchers & Accessories


N County

(314) 972- 9700


Maryland Heights

(314) 739- 5110



(636) 532- 1532


Valley Park

(636) 225- 3621


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Landmap from Alton IL
Landmap from St.Charles.Mo



 The Big Kahuna

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Grafton Harbor Winery

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UMR 222.2

Marine Gas,

Diesel Fuel,  Ice


Docks, Rack Storage

 2 Lifts

Repairs all makes & models




Map.. click here


Woodland Marina

website click here




4030 N. Service Road

St. Peters, Mo


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Queen Pillow Top Mattress Set ....$499

Boater Owned / Operated


River Road Renegades Show Team

Sponsor Info...Click here   




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See class schedule for East Coast, Great Lakes & Midwest locations.



If you dream it,

I can build it. 

If you break it,

I can fix it








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


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

Ramp Passes & Storage


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email RiverBill

RiverBill hails out of

Woodland  Marina

UMR 222.2


River Website




Alphabetical Listing


By Service



  Alton Ski Club

  The Gypsy Rose

  The Shark




  Alarm 24

  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor


  Verlo Mattress

      Factory Stores




  Lewis Boats

  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor



  Fiberblass By Lehman



  The Gypsy Rose

  The Shark



  St. Louis River




  Golden Eagle Ferry


Jet Ski

  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor



  Mixon Insurance




  The Alton Marina

  Duck Club Y.C. St.Louis

  Grafton Harbor

  John's Boat Harbor

  Eagles Landing

  Lake Center Marina

  My River Home

  North Shore Marina

  Palisades Yacht Club

  Polestar Boating Center

  Port Charles Harbor

  Two Rivers Marina

  Woodland Marina

  Yacht Club of St. Louis




  Bloch Marine


  Lewis Boats

  Little Johns Marine


  St. Charles

      Boat & Motor



  Crystal Photography



  The Big Kahuna

  Boathouse Food &


  Cedar Hill Resort

  Evendy's Boatel


  Longshot Saloon

  Palisades Yacht Club



  Bloch Marine


     Towboat US

  Port Charles Harbor






  Grafton Harbor Winery





RiverBills Picture Gallery




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

Crystal Photography

© Crystal Photography

2013 Boat Show Albums




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

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

Crystal Photography




RiverBills Photo Gallery.....

2013 St. Louis Boat and Sportshow
Photos by Mary Tiemann




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


Boat Show Pictures from

Thursday Night !

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STL Boat & Sports Show Pics


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

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 Boat Show Picture Video !

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Hi Bill,

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

We will be getting more over the weekend.
Darryll Weil


CaptainWeil Computer Services LLC, Telephone 314.303.2819


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

Setting up for the

St. Louis Boat and Sport Show

is on YouTube


click on pic to view Video on YouTube


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



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

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


Live pictures will go up on riverwebcams Thursday morning.

Enjoy, Darryll


CaptainWeil Computer Services LLC, Telephone 314.303.2819

Slideshow from Eagle Watch Party


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



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

More pictures added recently








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