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June, 2011

Greetings Louisville Boaters! As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, it looks like we'll be blessed with sunny, warm weather and decreasing river levels. Here are some notes pertaining to both this weekend and your June schedule:

Local Vessel Traffic - Now on the site!

You now have the ability to see commercial traffic and other AIS-equipped vessels in the Louisville area by going directly to the Port KY website. As I write this, the Glenn R and Debi Sharp are heading down the river across from JeffBoat. Like my daughter would say, "How cool is that?"

Within the map, you can scroll around the area to see the name, position, course and speed of other vessels. Check it out here! link

Cox Park Report

Lawrence Glaser sends the following report via the Port KY River Forum:

"Went to Cox's park at 1930 hrs on May 26th. The gates are open and the parking lot is clear. Note I say clear, not clean. Metro works got the muck off the lot and ramp but it somewhat nasty. I AM NOT COMPLAINING!!!! The ramp is available for the weekend!!! Thank you Metro Works."

Harrods Creek

You may recall that we sent information recently about efforts to get government action behind the clearing of the log jam at the Highway 42 bridge. Following is an update reported via the forum:

"Federal funding is available and the only hangup is that Metro Public Works is treating this like a sidewalk repair. Rather than accept the existing proposal from a qualified contractor to have it safely removed, they plan to put it up for bids and this could take a month or more....... if it doesn't sink or break loose and wreck everything on the creek in the mean time. This is a public safety issue. If you have a vessel, business, or dock on the creek, please let our elected officials know that this is unacceptable."

It has since been reported that there has been some progress in shortening the timeframe--only time will tell. Below are the local representatives if you would like to have an input:

Lou Metro Councilman Kelly Downard link

State Representative DeWeese (R) link
Annex: (502) 564-4334
Capitol: (502) 564-5391

State Senator Ernie Harris (R) link
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 605

Also on Harrods Creek

From another member of the Port KY River Forum:

"(I) went down this morning to measure the bridge clearance and check creek conditions. The creek looks good up to Marina Village with one major exception. Apparently Monday night's storm brought down a large tree. It's located between Cunningham's and CQ, and fell from the opposite bank. I've not seen it up close, but will try to in the morning."

Be sure to visit the forum for updates on these and other boating news!

Riverfest Music Festival 2011

Full two-day line up:

Friday June 24
7:00 – 8:30 pm Rock Candy - Classic Rock.
9:00 – 11:30 The Unlimited Show Band - R&B, Funk, Soul, Motown.

Saturday June 25
4:00 pm Logan Street Band - Classic Rock and Blues From Paul McCartney to Led Zeppelin - Travis Tritt to the Stevie Ray Vaughan.
5:00 pm Trick Nickel - Contemporary Country - Country Rock. A big hit last year!
7:00 Josh and Holly - Country and Country Rock. Holly has appeared and competed in talent competition on CMT. Male/Female duo - with full band back-up.
9:00 Maurice John Vaughn Blues Revue wth special guest Anthony Buckner. Finalist in the "Best Blues Band" in Chicago - Alligator Records recording artists.
10:45 The Slyk Band - Riverfest tradition of high-output rock and fun.
(times subject to change.)

Shady Glen Club
1504 Riverside Drive, Prospect, KY 40059
Take Rose Island Road 2.8 miles/Turn left on Oldham Acres/Then turn right on Riverside Drive (Valet parking)

Field chair and cooler friendly!
Food offered by Butchers Best Meats and Deli

Advance tickets online: link

Only $10 for both days! Order today!
Same day: 2-day pass $20; 1-day $10.
Advance tickets also available at Ear-X-tacy.

Riverfest Music Festival Facebook Page: link

Also that weekend--Operation Dry Water

Operation Dry Water is scheduled for the weekend of June 24-26, 2011. Targeted BUI/BWI by law enforcement will be the order of the day. LMPD, KDFW, USCG and DNR will be out "trolling." 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

Remember "Smoke'n on the River" in Jeffersonville last year?

This year, it's going to be "BBQ, Blues and Brew" in Jeffersonville. Unfortunately, the event will not include special access for boaters. This is reportedly due to a city decision not to fund the costs of the barge insurance for the event. Please don't shoot the messanger!

(Repost) Stay up-to-date on Lock Closures...

Are you informed about 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

(Repost) 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

Abbey Road on the River

This weekend at the Louisville Waterfront! link

Be Social

Looking to meet more boaters? The Harrod's Creek Boat Owners Association (HCBOA) sent me a copy of their membership application that is available for download. Last year's President Mark Windhorst reports, "New boaters would find it a great help to become part of a boating group and attend boating events." They have several annual events to include a Poker Run, Dinghy Run and Christmas Party.

See the Captain's Blog for more information: link

Waterfront Wednesdays

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

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River Runners

Just in time for the Summer! River Runners LLC is available 24/7 on the water to help you with Recreational Boating Support, Towing, Recovery and Scuba Diving.

Tom Fitzgerald and Lawrence Glaser, both retired from the Louisville Metro Police Department, have over twenty years of experience working on the Ohio River. Both are certified public safety divers. Both served on the river patrol providing water born law enforcement. Tom holds a Master Captain license with a towing endorsement. Both have unequaled experience towing and recovering recreational vessels of all sizes in all kinds of weather, day or night. Both have investigated boating accidents, drownings, and many other boating mishaps. Tom is a certified boat accident investigator. In the Louisville area, on the Ohio River, they are unequaled for their training and experience in recreation boating service and assistance.

Visit the website for more information: link

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Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
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