Announcement: 09/04 - 09/07 - Mississippi River Gathering
Posted: texasair @ Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:35 am
Wow, The 5th annual 2014 Mississippi River Gathering is going to be the best ever.
It is all happening the weekend following Labor Day weekend, Thursday Sept. 4th thru Sunday Sept. 7th
Ken of the Pelican has just returned from making the arrangements with the Alton, Illinois marina and they are excited to host us for 2014. The Alton marina is north of St. Louis just above the Melvin Price Lock and dam at mile 202.9 altonmarina.com
The Alton marina is Sharon’s favorite marina, because it has 2 hot tubs. They have agreed to have the pool and both hot tubs up and running for our gathering. This is the premier marina on the entire Mississippi River with a ship store, snack bar, Bar-B-Q Pits, marine gas and 4 star rest rooms and showers.
The marina has restricted access and secure parking. There is a nice boat ramp and room to park RV’s, trucks and boat trailers. (Jay, Terry and Bob, there will be plenty of room for your RV, hope to see you guys in 2014.)
We will be in slips at a fully covered dock (Shade) with all hook ups available and thanks to Ken we have a discounted rate for the gathering. Just mention C-Brats when you make your reservation.
There is a lot to see and do. Plan on more than a few days. You can cruise your C-Dory upriver to the winery and ride the zip lines at the Grafton marina located at the confluence of the Illinois River at Mile 218.
Stop at the confluence of the Missouri River and view the Lewis and Clark historical marker Mile 195.6.
Take your boat through the chain of rocks canal Mile 194.2 to downtown St Louis and view the Arch from the river at Mile 179.3 . Continue just south of St louis to Kimmswick and meet living legends Fern and Hoppie at Hoppie’s marina Mile 158.5. It is an easy walk to the shops and restaurants in Kimmswick. Also in Kimmswick is the historic Anheuser Estate and Museum
Of course, there are all the usual attractions in St. Louis, brewerys, ballparks, etc.
The Alton Belle casino is on the river just a couple of blocks away.
The #1 attraction in Alton is Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, owned by the Anheuser Busch company in the 1920’s, Only 7 items on the menu, featuring a 1/2 pound hamburger for 99 cents and the most expensive item is the famous “Big Elwood” tenderloin for $2.99
I like the 29 cent jumbo shrimp. There is always live music and cold beer at Fast Eddie’s. fasteddiesbonair.com
This can be the starting point of an extended cruise or the destination. In May we left our trucks and trailers in secure storage at the Alton marina while we traveled the Missouri River for 2 weeks. Take a bit of extra time and cruise this part of the Mississippi River or explore the nearby Missouri or Illinois Rivers.
Make reservations at the Alton Marina at 618 462-9860