Again…thanks to forum poster and staff member, Aug E Dogg for the following info:
“Stopped in at Lakeside today and talked to the marina. Sounds like Jeff needs his impeller replaced yet, and the boat is repaired. All Jeff needs yet is to get the backing to get his boat moved to Dubuque, IA and he will be good to go.”
If there is anyone out there that would like to make a donation to Jeff “The house boat guy,” to help him out you can probably stop down at Lakeside Marina in Oshkosh and ask to talk to Jeff, or shoot an email to Webmaster@BoatingWinnebago.com and we”ll organize somethiing if we get enough interested parties.
We here at BoatingWinnebago.com are officially declaring today, March 30th, 2010 the Ice Out date for the big lake. (at least as far as we’re concerned…the DNR may declare a different date.)
We have confirmation that the ice that was in Oshkosh yesterday has moved out, and I took a drive to the N. shore by Menasha Municipal Beach and Jefferson Park and there is not any sign of any ice. The wind is blowing about 15mph from the SSE so if the ice was going to shift and move to any section of the lake from yesterday, this would be the area.
Everyone rejoice…boating season is here!
Menasha Municipal Beach Photos (click on the photos to get full size images):
Nauts Landing is located on Main Street, across from the Menasha marina, on the site of the old City Hall and Menasha Fire Department. The restaurant was designed in a nautical theme with knotty pine interior, hardwood flooring, and a fantastic outdoor deck. Rick and Renee purchased the restaurant after managing it for a couple of years.
Nauts’ Service Philosophy
Your Nauts server takes complete responsibility for your satisfaction. From drinks to appetizers to dessert, you’ll be served by a single member of the Nauts Crew – not a series of people. Its Nauts’ commitment to personalized, attentive service – each and every time you dine.
When customers come to Nauts, they get home cooked, hand prepared meals. “We never skimp,” says Renee, “We make our own pizza dough and sausage, we bake and slice our own roast beef, and we make Nauts soups and stews from scratch.
Rick and Renee are both natives of the Neenah – Menasha area. Together, they have close to 60 years of restaurant, bar, and service management experience. They are hands-on owners who
will greet you every time.
We are very excited to announce that JBS Racing is now a site sponsor.
For those that are not familiar with JBS Racing, they are a world class powerboat team, racing in the unlimited class. Owner and driver Jeff Stevenson, his wife Jamie and their family are residents of Winneconne, WI.
Currently they are racing with a 50ft 2010 Mystic C5000-R that has been specifically built for them and reinforced for the brutal race conditions. The boat is powered by a pair of helicopter engines from Turbine Marine in Pompano Beach, Fl, which together produce about 3700 hp.
They are known for being the “bad boys,” of the sport because of their keen ability to beat the much more flashy and corporate sponsored competition.
JBS Racing has generously donated a bunch of their team “swag,” that we will be handing out at various events and while we on the waterways.
BoatingWinnebago.com will be keeping up with JBS Racings season for you. We will be posting results and awards as often as we can.
To give a little history on who Jeff Stevenson is, below is a excerpt from an article that ran in the April 2010 “Poker Runs of America,” magazine that we’ve been given permission to re-post.
“While growing up, Stevenson was a typical New England kid, playing football at Hanover High School in New Hampshire and he was skilled enough on skis to make it to the Junior Winter Olympics in the combined event. He said his favorite ski areas were Killington and Pico Peak in Vermont because they had the biggest moguls and when he skis now, Stevenson still seeks out the biggest bumps and jumps. “We used to always ski off the runs and go off cliffs right now,” he laughed. But the competitor in him still wonders, “What if..” on occasion. “I love skiing and sitting there watching the Olympics, I think I could be skiing competitively,” said Stevenson.
He also satisfies his need for speed on snowmobiles, four-wheelers and motocross bikes. The first JBS Racing team was actually in motocross.
In addition to skiing throughout the winter, Stevenson and his family spent summers on the water, sailing and powerboating. “My dad had me drive when I was a kid because he didn’t know how to do it,” said Stevenson. He bought his first boat, a 22’ Baja with a blown 540-cid engine in it, from his divorced boss. “It was ridiculous, ran over 100 mph and it was my first insane boat,” chuckled Stevenson. “Luckily it overheated the first time I ran it.”
He bought a Donzi 28 ZX. “That was my first taste of a real boat. “I loved Donzis when I was a kid,” explained Stevenson. “I started doing poker runs with it and I was hooked.” He has since owned a Donzi 38 ZX, two Donzi 38 ZRCs, a pair of Donzi 38 ZSF center consoles, a Donzi 38 ZR and his current boat is a Donzi 43 ZR powered by twin Mercury Racing HP1075 SCis with Dry Sump Six drives. It’s named Beaver Fever. Even his pet lynx is named Donzi. And whether it’s been a car, boat, truck or other motorized vehicle, if Stevenson owns it, the machine doesn’t stay stock for long. “If it’s stock, it’s boring,” said.
After he and Jaimee moved the family to Wisconsin, Stevenson went to his first offshore race in 2002 in Milwaukee, following that up with visits to events in Marathon and Key West, both in Florida.
Then Skrocki, who had been racing in Factory II in a Donzi 38 ZR Competition Series, put his boat up for sale before the 2004 season. Stevenson bought the boat and immediately the two struck up a friendship, sharing a bond as former motocross racers who still enjoy riding. Skrocki wanted to stay involved in the sport, so he assumed the role of throttleman on the new JBS Racing team.
The duo didn’t take long to make a statement. In their first race, Stevenson and Skrocki beat the defending national champions, Snap-On Tools, in another 38 ZRC. They went on to win all but one race that season, claiming the national and world championship and earning an induction into the celebrated American Power Boat Association Hall of Champions.
“We got second one time when we overheated,” said Stevenson who knew when he bought the boat that it was fast, but its maintenance and testing programs needed to be re-vamped. “The testing sometimes was weeks at a time and rebuilding drives and doing spacers and props,” explained Stevenson. “When Joey had the boat, he was living in the parking lot at Lake X for months at a time.”
Stevenson remained loyal to Donzi and asked the Sarasota, Fla.-based company to build him a boat for the new Super Vee class. Immediately the team’s resolve was tested when the boat sank in Pickwick, Tenn., and in the next race another 38 Donzi raceboat, Lightning Strikes, ran over JBS during competition. He called that the worst point of his offshore racing career.
While he still remains a Donzi loyalist, it didn’t take Stevenson long to get rid of that boat and take his first ride in a big catamaran. He was getting ready to head down from his home in Key Largo to watch the worlds in Key West when Skrocki called. “It just happened out of the blue that Joey was working with Hidden Agenda in Key West in 2005. He called and said do you want to race and I was hooked.”
John Arruda, the owner of Turbine Marine in Pompano Beach, Fla., had bought a canopied 50’ Mystic cat and put in some of his turbine engines. Mystic was an up-and-coming name because everyone in the sport knew that John Tomlinson and Dave Scott were building a new one for their Budweiser Select racing team.
Stevenson bought the boat from Arruda because it was lighter, less expensive and easier to rig. Much like Haggin, Stevenson was intrigued by the turbines for two reasons. The first is that, even though he has plenty of money to support his racing thanks to an inheritance from his grandmother who was a founder of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the turbines cost less to own. “The blower motors that Budweiser Select had, you were just popping engines left and right,” explained Stevenson. “If you stick to the maintenance schedule with turbines, they’ll last forever.”
JBS Racing missed most of the 2008 season while the boat was finished and ran a limited campaign in 2009. After the big win against Miss GEICO in Biloxi, the boat started having structural problems throughout the balance of the year. “I don’t think the boat was ever really designed to be turning like we are,” said Stevenson. “We had some structural issues.”
In August of 2009 the Town of Hortonia passed a new ordinance for a Slow No Wake zone between the Town of Hortonia and the Town of Liberty within Outagamie County at the Volz boat landing. For those not familiar with this area it is up river from the city of New London.
It may not affect some of the boater that venture to the lower Wolf River from the lake Winnebago area, it will certainly be of interest to those who prefer to spend more of their time on the upper Wolf River sections of the Winnebago Pool.
We are including a news story of this new zone as we are keenly aware there are boaters who frequent that area, who are active members of the forums and some that are more casual viewers. The spring Walleye season is also in full swing, and if we can get this news out to those individuals we wanted to take the opportunity to. Navigation changes affect us all.
We’re showing some love and letting you guys know that we’re thinking of you fine folks also.
Thanks to forum member “Presentation,” BoatingWinnebago.com has received news that the Army Corps of Engineers 2010 conference call for the lake Winnebago refill strategy will be April 13th, at 1:00PM
Anyone is allowed to join the conference call as a participant, you can do so by dialing (877) 807-5706, and using the access code 575060
The refill conference discusses the water levels the ACoE intends to increase to during the spring months when they raise the levels of the lake Winnebago pool to “navigation levels.” The ACoE plays a balancing act between raising the levels for safe navigation for boats, while minimizing the risk of flooding due to winter snow runoff and spring rains.
Currently the water levels on the lake are down about 1-2ft compared to what they are during the summer navigation season.
They also discuss the levels that will be maintained throughout the summer months so that safe navigation can be maintained for boat of all sizes.
They maintain the levels by manipulating the amount of water that is allowed to flow through various dams and waterways on the wolf river up to lake Shawano, the fox river up to Omro and all the dams and locks to the bay of Green Bay on lake Michigan.
The Thirsty Sturgeon Pizzeria is a fairly new business to downtown Stockbridge. They have just extensively remodeled the interior of their location.
They offer a full menu of dinner items and a full bar, but they specialize in home made pizza. They will be adding a bakery that should be open for business by the early part of June.
The Thirsty Sturgeon makes all their pizza to order by hand. They have over 20 years of experiance in the home made pizza business from local Fox Valley pizzerias that you would know by name. They make their own sausage and only use fresh ingredients for the best pizza on the east shore of lake Winnebago.
If you call them they will pick you up in their shuttle at any of the following harbors:
Stockbridge public harbor
Calumet County park
Columbia park in Pipe, WI.
They also run the shuttle on a limited weekend and holiday schedule making hourly stops at each of the above locations, but it’s best to call ahead for speedy pickup.
The Thirsty Sturgeon Pizzeria
101 South Military Road
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Established in 2005, Aspen Coffee & Tea stemmed from the desire to do more for our printing and shipping customers by providing updated equipped, expanded services and a very good cup of coffee.
Sit next to the fireplace on a leather couch with a mug of coffee or enjoy checking your email with our free wireless internet service. Much like the Aspen tree, our coffee house will continue to grow with new products and menu additions. Check back with us often or even better, visit us in person. We’ll have the coffee pot on for you.
Aspen Coffee and Tea
124 W. Wisconsin Ave
Neenah, WI 54957
The Members of BoatingWinnebago.com will all agree, Wolf River House Resort in Winneconne consistently has the cheapest fuel prices available on the water just about anywhere on the entire Lake Winnebago Pool.
Now, in addition to that, they have given a coupon for a half priced 6pk of your favorite beverage and 2 free 10lb bags of ice whenever you fill up your boat at their fuel docks!
“Wolf River Resorts consists of five family businesses working together to accommodate fishermen from near and far. We are located in the midst of five fishing lakes which are all adjoined by the famous Wolf and Fox Rivers. This unique water chain forms one of the nations largest natural fish hatcheries and provides enjoyable year ’round fishing.
Spring walleyes runs, during March and April, signal the beginning of the fishing season. May white bass runs offer excellent family fishing. Black bass, northern pike, pan fish, catfish and occasionally musky and sturgeon provide enjoyable summer fishing. Returning walleye and white bass heat up the fall fishing and offer good ice fishing as well.
All three resorts are situated on the southeast shore of Lake Winneconne where it narrows into the placid Wolf River in the Village of Winneconne”
Wolf River House Resorts
17 N. First Ave – P.O. Box 188
Winneconne, WI 54986
Phone (920) 582-4555
Talk of the Town Saloon, located in downtown Winneconne, WI about 2 blocks from the public boat docks, has graciously given BoatingWinnebago.com the following coupon good for a pizza and pitcher of your favorite beverage for $5.00!
Stop by the Talk of the Town Archery Range and Saloon to catch up on the latest fishing action, enjoy a frosty cold beverage and a game of pool or darts. Check out our beautiful glass trophy case laid out in a totally unique setting. Frozen pizza and snacks are available anytime. Stop just once and you’ll be back.
Talk of the Town Archery Range and Tavern provides a great place for practice and league archery play. Two top of the line TECHNO-HUNT ranges provide shooting for up to 8 archers at a time. Closed circuit TV monitors lets those in the tavern watch their teammates and competition score. Just a couple of doors west of Critters Wolf River Sports Shop, the Talk of the Town Archery Range and Tavern is a great place to try out that new bow. Stop in and see for yourself what we have to offer you here for your enjoyment.
Talk of the Town Saloon
143 W. Main St. Winneconne, WI 54986.
Boating Winnebago was able to obtain the following information from forum poster and staff member Aug E Dogg.
I have a update on Jeff… He is currently at Lakeside. A gentleman from our church is working on getting him underway… Here is the miracle: His motor and outdrive are not shot! I know its hard to believe, but what was wrong is his coupler went out and that’s why it wouldn’t work. He is currently in the process of trying to repair it, but with the boat in the water it makes things difficult. I am very happy for him…looks like God was watching out for him!
Thanks to Aug E Dogg for the info, if / when we get more, we will update our site!
Motorists traveling the Oshkosh Avenue bridge Friday morning might have done a double take. Jeff Jacobs houseboat, a familiar sight docked at Riverside Park for nearly three months, was gone.
But, Jacobs didn’t go far. Late Thursday, he and a friend moved the boat just to the other side of the bridge. The words he had uttered to a newspaper reporter on Wednesday proved prophetic.
“I’ve got to get out of here. I don’t care where, just not here,” he said that day.
Jacobs had been at Rainbow Park since Christmastime when his 1968-model 35-foot steel hull Whit Craft became stuck in the ice.
Photos: Man set to spend winter on houseboat in ice on Fox River
Although staying in the park violated city rules, Jacobs was allowed to stay until the ice melted.
With the river now open, the pressure was mounting for Jacobs. People had begun to ask when he would leaving. Police told him on Thursday they would begin enforcing the 48-hour docking ordinance, said Chief Scott Greuel.
A series of setbacks that included the loss of a home care business, health problems and a divorce resulted in Jacobs being left with just his boat. It holds nearly all his earthly goods including three cats.
Before coming to Oshkosh Jacobs had been living on his houseboat on a small island he owned in Omro, property he lost due to financial problems.
A shy man, Jacobs has not enjoyed being in the public eye. The 54-year-old former Omro man became something of a celebrity when he was forced to take refuge at a dock late last year. Temperatures dropped , the ice formed, and there he was. Stuck fast.
At that time he asked to be left alone until spring when he’d head to the Mississippi River. He was violating city mooring laws by staying at the dock for more than 48 hours. Police urged him to move along but backed off when a groundswell of support materialized for Jacobs and his predicament.
He had hoped to be on his way once the ice went out but mechanical difficulties made that difficult, he said. He wanted to be away from the prying eyes of his adoring and sometimes not-so-adoring public.
Alternately, he has been pariah and prince, accepting gifts of food, fuel and warm clothing from kind-hearted strangers one day and cringing under a torrent of harsh words the next. It is clear to Jacobs that some people want him to leave.
“Some people have been good. Don’t get me wrong. But I just want to be gone,” Jacobs said Wednesday. “I’ve had people come shaking their fists at me and threatening me.”
Jacobs had hoped to make his way to a marina this week but with his motor torn apart that was going to be a challenge, he said.
Oshkosh Police Sgt. David Gomoll early Friday said he’d talked to Jacobs about his plans earlier in the week but was surprised to find he’d left during the night.
Gomoll planned to track him down to talk to him about his plans. Jacobs was not at his boat Friday morning. He has a cell phone for emergency use but can not receive calls on it.
“Hopefully he’ll be able to move along and successfully complete his adventure,” Gomoll said.
Police are somewhat satisfied by Jacobs progress but not completely satisfied.
“We accomplished one item but not everything,” Greuel said.
Jacobs told police his plan was to move his boat to a place where it can be removed from the water and placed on a trailer so that he can transport it to LaCrosse, Greuel said.
Perhaps Jacobs Thursday night maneuverings met the letter of the city’s mooring laws. His houseboat was tied to the branches of two large trees a good 10 feet off shore near the Abe Rochlin Park. By parking his boat in this manner he may have circumvented the city’s mooring laws.
As long as he is not impeding boat traffic or safety and as long as he is not docked at a city park dock for more than 48 hours, Jacobs is complying with the laws, Greuel said.
Conveniently located in downtown Oshkosh’s City Center, Becket’s offers contemporary dining in a casual setting. Whether you join us in our beautiful dining room overlooking the Fox River or reserve our private dining room for your next special event, we provide the perfect gathering place for friends, family and visitors. You can be sure the items on our menu are made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. At Becket’s, we are committed to providing you with an exceptional dining experience.
Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Sunday Brunch at 10:00.
Monday-1/2 price burgers
Tuesday-$1 fish tacos
Wednesday-jazz orgy wine wed. w/ $13 bottles of wine
Thursday-all night happy hour
1 City Center
(Jackson St. and the Fox river)
Established in 1985, Merten Marine is now a second generation family business. The business has always focused on marine maintenance & repairs as our primary business. Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Merten Marine LTD offers convenient solutions to your boat maintenance and repair needs. We have over 50 years in the marine business serving boaters in Northeast Wisconsin with the quality service they deserve & expect. We value our customers and find satisfaction in witnessing their enjoyment of boating. Our factory-trained, expert team possesses the experience and technology to professionally serve the Northeast Wisconsin boating community. Merten Marine annually invests in employee education & certification to ensure our customers receive the quality and cost benefits that the latest technological advances provide.