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 Alton Pool and the Mississippi River

"For the first year, this will be my home cruising grounds.  For those not familiar with the area, the impounded waters behind Lock and Dam 26 on the Mississippi River is locally referred to as Alton Pool, named such for the nearby towns of Alton, Illinois and West Alton, Missouri.  This area covers a 40 mile long section that extends up the Mississippi river to the next Lock and Dam complex near Winfield, Missouri. This area also includes the lower Illinois river which would allow access to additional sailing grounds for about 80 miles northwards before encountering another lock and dam complex.  Ultimately, the Illinois river leads towards Peoria, Chicago, and finally on to Lake Michigan via the Chicago River."
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 (Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 19, 2004 )
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