Capt. "Even Keel" Jim Willis
(Expert historian in
river lore and fun)
6 Mile Island is a National Preserve
The Kentucky State Nature Preserves
Commission is the project manager over the preserve
and was dedicated June 24, 1979. The reserve is an
undeveloped, river surrounded island known for its
extensive variety of waterbirds. Even though the preserve
has a variety of birds, not many people visit the island
as the only access is by boat. 6 Mile Island remains
a popular beaching spot for overnighters and the island
often explored by the boating community.
14 Mile Creek was formed when
glaciated water flowed through the unglaciated stream
It is lined by limestone cliffs, the area of 14-mile
creek is noted for its karst sinkholes, hidden waterfalls,
and small caves. Due to the damming of the Ohio River,
much of the creek is of the same elevation as the river.
In fact, the creek sometimes appears to be flowing
upstream when in fact rising waters from the Ohio push
into the creek.
Further upstream from the river, the
creek is sometimes only a foot or two deep, which
is why historically mills that used the creek had to
use dams to keep a constant flow to run them. Bass,
Bluegill and Catfish are the most common fish on the
The creek has seen much history. It is known that
the Talligewi Indian tribe resided here. Many local
mills used Fourteen Mile Creek for power, most especially
Tunnel Mill. The 1920-30's popular Rose Island Amusement
was situated where the creek and the Ohio River meet.
In the 1700' the Talligewi Indians claimed the forks
of the Ohio River Valley area who later formed into
Alligewi and the river to Alligewi Sipu, or River of
the Alligewi. The Allegewi Indians are sometimes said
to have occupied the territory east of the Mississippi
encompassing the Ohio River Valley and the area of
many of its tributaries. Early maps of western PA sometimes
are shown with the present day Allegheny River as the
Ohio River-as the Indians and French often referred
to the two as one continuous river.
Enjoying the Tiki Bar at Siegs Restaurant at Heathers
on the River fuel dock, and looking across to the Indiana
shore, one must wonder about the sights and sounds
of 14 mile creek 300 year ago.
James Wood founded Utica Indiana
Between 1794-1825, Utica was
a popular ferry crossing, as ferry crossings were
considered too dangerous at Jeffersonville, due to
inexperienced ferry operators and the Falls of the
Ohio. James Noble Wood, the founder of Utica, was
the first ferryman in the area, and he served as
one of only a handful of territorial judges in "Indian Territory" during
In recent years, Utica has experienced
a rebirth of beautiful waterfront homes with amazing
views overlooking the river.
Capt. Jim Willis
Paradigm Yacht Sales
Willis has over 35 years of inland waterway boating
experience having owned and operated a variety
of cruisers and houseboats.
Jim brings 30+ years
of corporate management and customer service
expertise to Paradigm Yacht Sales, along with
his passion for life on the water and boating.
He and his wife Mary Pat have lived aboard and
served as an inland waterway delivery captain,
bringing a unique understanding of the needs
and issues of recreational boaters.
Having owned and operated
boats up to 70', Jim enjoys sharing his experiences
and guidance to the boating community. His credentials
include the USCG Captains License (Master 100
GRT), a BS in Economics from Indiana University
and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.
and his family live along the banks of the
Ohio River and he works primarily from the Paradigm
was contributed to this site by Paradigm Yacht
Sales, Louisville's largest brokerage.
looking to buy or sell a boat, you can reach
P.O. Box 1043
US Highway 42
Prospect, KY 40059