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May, 2011

Greetings Louisville Boaters!

High Water Pictures and Video

We thought we captured the Ohio at its peak in mid-April. The levels continued to rise, and we have more pictures and videos for you to check out. Here are some links:

April 27th Aerial Views & Harrods Creek: link

Limestone Bay and other local video, courtesy of Mark Windhorst:

4/26: link
4/27: link
4/28: link

Previous: April 16th Flooding : link

Above, the Limestone Bay Marina. Photo courtesy of Gary Katz

Looking for Trip Ideas?

Are you looking at your summer calendar and making plans to do some traveling? We currently have six articles featuring trips our boaters have taken, covering the river from Pittsburgh to Lake Barkley. Be sure to check them out here: link

If you have a write-up you'd like to share from last year, please send it in, as we love getting more material to share with our fellow boaters.

Speaking of Lock Closures...

Are you up do date on lock closures and significant construction that could affect navigation? You can get on the Louisville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' e-mail list for updates by sending a request to Sherry Marion of the Technical Support Branch. e-mail

You can copy this text into your e-mail to make it easy:

"Dear Sherry, Could you please add me to the list of recipients for lock closures and significant construction. I am a recreational boater in Louisville and heard about your list through the PortKY website. Thank you for your assistance."

Thanks to Capt. Skip Davidson (ret., USACE) for sending the information. Here's on online report of navigation conditions: link

Belle of Louisville, by Invitation!

Would you like to spend the evening on the water with a bunch of mariners? Better yet, why not let somebody else be the captain for the night so you can enjoy a nice dinner and beverages with your significant other and friends.

The Propellor Club of Lousville is celebrating 200 years of steamboat history by chartering the Belle of Louisville, and you are invited.

The cruise is scheduled for May 18th, with boarding at 6:00 p.m. For information on the cruise, pricing and reservations, click here! (.pdf, 356K)

If you are unfamiliar with the Propeller Club of the United States, here's a little history from their website: They were formed as a national and international organization, with individual member clubs designated as "Ports". The Port of Louisville Chapter was founded in 1947, and membership comprises a cross section of the marine and maritime industry and those interested in the preservation, development, and safety on the Ohio River. You can visit their site for more information: link

What's New on the River?

Are you up to date on the information that affects you as a boater? Check out the "Local Knowledge" page for a review of information pertinent to your boating (link). Also on the site is "Ask the Captains" (link), where you can submit your questions and see the answers to what others are asking.

During the off-season, there were some new developments for the permitting associated with "Utica Cove." This topic deserves its own page, so I did my best to factually report a timeline of history and government process that surround the area. While some boaters may not agree with my commentary, I feel that the detail surrounding the issue has been accurately summarized. Read more here: link

Great Steamboat Race

Due to the river conditions, the Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race has been rescheduled for June 29th, 2011.

Above, the view of the BB Riverboats Belle of Cincinnati, viewed from our flybridge in a previous race.

Waterfront Wednesdays

This marks the 10th year for "Waterfront Wednesdays" at the downtown waterfront. Here is the next set of concert dates: May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31 and concluding a week early on September 21. link

Let's Get Ready to Cruise

Capt. George East has a checklist of items that you can use to prep your boat for springtime. Here is the Featured Article: link

"Interesting Boat People"

Know of a special person on the water? We're still accepting nominations for "Interesting Boat People". My goal is to feature somebody from time to time in this newsletter. Send in your votes, and I'll let you folks decide who the rest of us should know about out there! link

River Podcasts

If you missed it in the last note: Remember the Legget's home-built center console boat project? You wouldn't believe the progress! link

Captian Joe has a list of ideas for future podcasts, and is waiting for our river to cooperate so he can get back to production.

Port KY E-Mail

With our e-mail list continuing to grow, I have decided to improve our service to you by having the list professionally maintained. Guests will now be able to sign-up for this newsletter via the website, and you will now have the added benefit of being able to change your e-mail options by clicking on the links at the bottom of your e-mails.

Want to get added to the list? If you're not already on it, you can sign up from the website (link) or using the link at the bottom of this page (depending on how you got here). Forum members are also added through a manual process. In either case, new subscribers will receive a confirmation e-mail as an anti-spam measure.

Speaking of growth, the site had a record 147,000 hits in March. That represents a significant increase from this time last year. Thanks, and keep telling your friends!

Concerned about the Price of Fuel?

With street prices at $3.999 and up, who wouldn't be! Capt. George East of Paradigm Yacht Sales* recommends taking a look at the big picture. Figure out how many gallons of fuel you burned last season, then get out your total boating budget. For each gallon used, add a dollar or so, and that's the increase in your 2011 boating budget.

If you're like my family, the price of fuel represents only a portion of the total budget. Another idea is to find a bigger boat. I've said it before: with a bigger boat, you can spend more leisure time at the dock or at anchor. With prices still lowered and interest rates still affordable, this is a good time to make a move.


"Riverfest at Shady Glen"

Yes, it's almost that time of year! See below for details and a link.

Other Future Events

A Victorian Chautauqua
19th Annual Arts, Crafts & Antique Fair
Howard Steamboat Museum
May 21-22, 2011
Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4

River Convoy
Organized by Jerry Hay*
June 11-12, 2011

Benefit for Edge Outreach
Shady Glen Club
June 24-25, 2011
Facebook Page (link)

River Convoy to Carrolton

Just another reminder that Jerry Hay*, Riverlorian and publisher of the Ohio River Guide Book, is organizing a trip to the Kentucky River on the 2nd weekend in June. He plans to start at Six Mile Island and overnight by Lock 1 on the KY River, which is near Carrolton. There are too many details to include here, so for information on Jerry's convoy visit our forum or Jerry's website. link

Would you like a preview of the scenery? Visit our "Featured Articles" for a look at a trip I took up there in 2010. link

Have anything for the next newsletter? Be sure to send it in using the Feedback link below. See you next month!

Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
Webmaster, PortKY.com

P.O. Box 447
Crestwood, KY 40014-0447

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