Mississippi River Caution

dweller - August 21, 2008

 From: Sandy Baxter

Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 4:09 PM
Subject: Mississippi River

As new members of your club, we would like to pass on a bit of information for any members heading down the Mississippi this fall.  We recently purchased a boat in the Nashville area and came north toChicago and on into the Great Lakes.  It would be wise to avoid “Alton Marina”.  It is apparently under new management, and the knowledge of staff and service offered is non existent.  We called them on the radio, advised we drew 3.9 ft. and required fuel and overnight dockage.  They responded that they had 6 ft. of water and instructed us to proceed to the fuel dock.

The marina at that point had 2 ft. of water, and we experienced considerable damage to our intake lines, etc.  They accepted no responsibility and in fact acted in a very unprofessional manner.  We spent the next 3 hours anchored in the Mississippi attempting to get one engine running, and then proceeded to Port Charles marina for service.  The service received in Port Charles was superior.  Don’t take any chances avoid “Alton”.


John and Sandy Baxter