Day 10, Aug 20th, RM357 to Rm 319 behind Goose Island

Flying Carp in Canoe

We left little earlier this morning , about 7:00am, thru L&D 20 , and stopped in Canton for gas and milk, little windy again but not as bad as yesterday, A barge, Dennis Collins, caught up to us below Canton and we stopped a while to let him pass.Early this morning, we had our first experience with the flying Carp, this is an invasive species from Asia which jumps when disturbed. we had one land in the front of boat and another on our front platform.

Fish, about 10-12 lbs jumped right into canoe

Fish, about 10-12 lbs jumped right into canoe

 We also caught up with a young man in a canoe, Alex Shoemker, who started from the headwaters of Mississippi river, Lake Itasca, on July 1st. We also saw him again at L&D 21 and he locked trru with us.    He had passed us while we were stopped at a marina

Canoer on lake, having a tough time into wind and waves, but he is making headway.

Canoer on lake, having a tough time into wind and waves, but he is making headway.

Another mississippi traveler, Alex Shumaker, Lake Itasca to New orleans

Another mississippi traveler, Alex Shumaker, Lake Itasca to New orleans

Also saw his campsite the next morning where he had camped a mile or two from our campsite.
We stopped at Art Kellers Marina to get a little gas, and had a little trouble getting in there.   Quigley’s book described it haveing the channel buoyed and well marked.   — wrong– no buoys, poor signage, etc,– and we ran into some very shallow water,  had to raise the big motor, get out and push off, and then use the little 3hp motor to get us to some deeper water.   Then when we got there, there was no one around,  and they did not answer the radio,   finally a city park ranger saw us and called them.   The attendant said best not to come in unless you are already familiar with area.    Thus, notice to boating travelers,  forget Art Kellers Marina.

sunken house boat

sunken house boat

Stan washing clothes in little washing machine

Stan washing clothes in little washing machine

 We travel some more, and quit about 4:30PM, pulled behind an island at River Mile 319, Goose Island on Illinois side. and anchored in some shallow water about 50 feet from shore. very few bugs, but enough that no lights afer dark, had some scrambled eggs and bratworst for supper. Stan washed his clothes after anchoring. Little wash machine worked well as long as you did not put to many clothes in it.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dick Jackson
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 02:10:32

    Very interesting reading your reports Stan.Water looks very muddy .Is it?

    Reply

  2. lkstan
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 00:29:05

    No water was not to bad, our filter produced nice clean water so far, but now are past Missouri River , and is pretty muddy. so do not think will try to use river water for anything.

    Reply

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