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2016 Flag Raising

on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 01:12

Boat Registration Renewals

on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 05:44
Watercraft Stickers Expire June 30

The state is no longer sending out watercraft renewal notices.  Check your sticker expiration date, and renew at the address below.   Scroll down and click on Boating

Starved Rock Marina

on Sun, 03/29/2015 - 06:15

Check out Starved Rock Marinas new Web Page

Boating News and Links - April 11

on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 01:28

Reminder: The April Bridge and Board meeting is Saturday. April 11th at Starvrd Rock Yacht Club, Meeting will begin at 11:00 am

The Marseilles lock needed emergency repairs, holding up river traffic for a week in March. This is evidence, according to USACE, of too-little spent on waterway maintenance over the years, allowing the lock and dam system's condition to slowly deteriorate. Law makers are proposing a private/public partnership to infuse cash into the aging system at a faster pace.

The pelicans are back! Here is some background on the big birds from our friends at Starved Rock State

IRBBA 2013 Calendar

on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 00:05

The IRBBA's 2013 calendar is set. From local fish-frys to Miss Riverbottom, here are all the important dates.

2013 Season Calendar Announced

on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 14:35


Your Wide Waters 2013 calendar of events has been announced!
May 4 -  Derby Party
May 18 - Launch Party
May 26 - Flag Raising and Blessing of the Fleet
June 1 - Special Peoples Cruise, SRYC
June 27-30 - IRBBA Miss Riverbottom weekend, Spring Valley
July 20 - Bill Jones Memorial Draw Down/Pig Roast
September 14 - Lobster Boil with live band
September 28 - Kid's Day
October 5 - Annual Meeting/Haul Out Party
Many more details to come in the near future.

Boating News and Links - Feb 24

on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 01:05


The trees are bare, the docks are empty ... but in less than two months, we'll be back. Hang in there!
The editors of BoatUS once again bring you their video highlights from the Miami Boat Show. Check out the cool propane-powered outboards.
Speaking of alternative power, a Boating World story features a 180-hp electric outboard that will push an 18-ft bowrider up to 45 mph for 2 hours between charges. They don't say what the optimal cruising speed is or how far you could go at that speed. As you would expect, the boat is quiet and peppy.

Alton Motor Boat Club Asks for Support

on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 13:40

The Alton Motor Boat Club, IRBBA member, has asked for our help. Here is what they sent:


Please send e-mail messages to before the end of February.

A sample message might read: As a boater (or fisherman or hunter), I am concerned about the siltation in the Mississippi River in the area of Piasa Creek. This siltation is cutting off our access from the creek to the river.

After changes to some upstream underwater structures, the Piasa Slough has been silting in.

Boating News and Links - Jan 27

on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 22:09

The Penguin Plunge at Heritage Harbor last weekend raised thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation last weekend. Meanwhile, a bald eagle was spotted at Starved Rock Marina.

The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway organization has moved its headquarters office to LaFayette Street in Ottawa. These are the folks who run the Illinois River Road program. Their website has lots of resources for visitors, including a nifty interactive map of the Illinois River valley.

It's been a year since the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground on the Italian coast, stopping at a precarious

Board Member Larry Radochonski Helps with Recovery

on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 02:13

Board Member Larry Radochonski served on a team from Peru Rescue Station that assisted in the recovery of the body of a fisherman who fell through the ice on a pond near Henry. Two died in the tragic accident. The two men, both in their sixties, were from Lacon and Toluca.

The Peru Rescue Station, established in 1949 by WWII vets, has more than 30 volunteer members. The squad is equipped with several boats, including inflatibles, flat-bottom boats and v-hulls. One recent addition to their equipment list is a side-scan SONAR unit, used to help spot victims underwater.