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The Complete Listing of Marinas and Locks on the Inland and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways

Dardenne Slough: Hiding in Plain Sight

  It’s a great irony that the city of St. Louis, known for over two centuries as a center of riverfront commerce and culture, today has no marinas or docks for pleasure boaters. In fact, if someone described a 6.8-mile stretch of waterway with 10 marinas and 1,167 slips, rack storage for hundreds of boats, […] Read More

Boating Beyond Chicago: Joliet to Ottawa

The bright city lights of Chicago have attracted boaters to its waterfront docks and activities for decades. But for boaters looking to escape city surroundings and enjoy the great natural beauty of the Illinois River, there are nearby options on a portion of the Illinois Waterway flowing from Joliet to Ottawa (and beyond). Starting roughly […] Read More

The Complete Listing of Marinas and Locks on the Inland and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways

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Making the Great Lakes Greater

Here’s a recipe to consider: Take several thousand square miles of rugged Canadian forest, remove trees and people, relocate untold numbers of moose, bears and the like, add water and stir. Voila, a sixth Great Lake. Serves 50 million people. Imagine if it were possible to cook up in short order what Mother Nature took […] Read More

Quimby’s Cruising Guide, Through the Years

Mildred Quimby was driven by curiosity and a unique appreciation for rivers and boating. It started with family canoe trips on the Baraboo River in Wisconsin and resulted in a legacy that continues today in the pages of Quimby’s Cruising Guide, which she produced single-handedly for 20 years. Born in 1913 in Reedsburg, Wis., Quimby […] Read More

New Fish Barrier Proposed on Illinois Waterway

As a next step in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) has directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with a formal evaluation of potential aquatic nuisance species (ANS) control technologies. The focus of this analysis will be to reduce the risk of […] Read More

For Those About to Rock

There’s more to boating in the Chicago area than negotiating congested harbors or venturing out onto the open expanses of Lake Michigan. Just 60 miles from many Windy City suburbs is the No. 1 attraction in the state, Starved Rock State Park, an oasis on the Illinois River that beckons to those in search […] Read More

Lovin' the Loop, Part 6

It’s 4 a.m. when we wake to a nightmarish sound of grinding metal and straining diesel engines. Suddenly, we’re blinded by a powerful searchlight. Anchored 200 yards off the mighty Mississippi, we’re tucked into the mouth of Little River Diversion Channel, 130 miles south of St. Louis. The huge towboat pushing a long, wide […] Read More

Lovin’ The Loop, Part 5

The rhythmic clatter of horse hooves and wagon wheels on cobblestone streets and the sweet smells of chocolate fudge escaping from open doors along Main Street are signs of a golden past. But we are in the present on Mackinac Island, Mich., where every effort has been made to slow things down, if not […] Read More