Announcement: 09/05 - 09/08 - 2019 Mississippi River Gathering
Posted: texasair @ Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:05 pm
Save the date,
The 10th Annual Mississippi River Gathering will be held as usual the weekend following Labor Day, September 5-8th. This year we are returning to Alton, Illinois, on the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.
If you have not visited the Alton Marina, you must do so just to see what a first class marina is all about. All of our slips are covered so it is truly a rain or shine event. The marina has a swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, and the nicest restrooms and showers on the river.
For the gathering, the marina gives us the use of the bar-b-que grills and the pavilion.
There is a very nice casino in walking distance of the marina.
The boat ramp is on site with plenty of parking for trucks and trailers.
There is also RV parking allowed on site (no hookups).
You do not need a boat to join us, there are good accommodations in Alton.
C-Brats and Wanna-bees are welcome.
The core group of Mississippi River Gathering regulars have a huge knowledge of the major rivers and cruising the major lakes of North American. There will be many interesting stories told and much wisdom shared.
Launch at Minneapolis and have a great 2-3 week cruise down river to meet us in Alton, or plan an after gathering trip on one of the many rivers and lakes in middle America.
Although the schedule is flexible, folks usually start arriving on Thursday and most depart on Sunday.
We usually go with the flow on activities. In past years we have toured the Mel Price super lock and Mississippi River museum south of Alton and boated down through the chain of rocks canal to the gateway arch in St Louis. If the river levels cooperate we may have another hot dog and ice cream sand bar picnic. In the past both Mark Twain and Elvis have made appearances at the Gathering.
Ken is currently working on some special activities and will fill us in in the coming weeks.