2023 Race Barge Report

Updated: 7/29/23

This list is up to date to the best of our ability. Scroll down to see full list. Plans are likely to change throughout the week. We will attempt to update this list as new information arrives, but it’s common for surprises to happen throughout the race. We may send mass texts to racers, ground crews and volunteers if there is a confirmed barge moving through the whole race course. We won't text updates on locally moving barges.

We DEEPLY appreciate the cooperation we receive from the navigation industry during this race. 

RACERS - please respect our towboat pilot friends by getting out of the channel when passing moving barges. If you can't see the pilot house, they can't see you. Give lots of space between you and ANY barge or dredge whether they are moving or tied up. For more on barge safety see our Resource page. 

TLDR Version – There are possibilities of four or more long-haul transiting towboats with barges moving through the race course. Many other tows working locally (sand dredges with work tows or towboats with barges placing rock) will continue as normal during daylight hours.


Possible Transiting Barges

These are towboats with barges hauling freight long distances, i.e. from Kansas City to St. Louis. Moving products such as cement, oil, fertilizer or grain.


  • MV Mister Lampton – Will be loading at RM 361, then on Wednesday, Aug. 2, will head downstream at 9-10 mph all the way to St. Louis. Will tie up at night but will likely catch up with the race on Thursday.
  • MV Margaret Ann – Probably headed upstream from St. Louis through the race on Wednesday or Thursday.  


  • MV Melba Engemann – In St. Louis. Plans to pick up tows 8/2 and head upstream through race. Unclear if it will operate at night.  


  • MV Capt. Strief – planning on leaving RM 219 headed upstream with two loads of rock on Tuesday 8/1. Will tie up at night. Headed to RM 355ish.  You may see this barge on DAY 1.

Work and Sand Barges moving locally

Most of these boats tending to sand dredges or placing rock are only moving during the day. Most of these boats are moving from a sand dredge in the river to a sand plant on land, or from a rock loading site to a rock placement site. Their exact locations will likely change during the week as they complete work and move to another site. Some will have big wakes, others may have minimal wakes. It depends!

There are more of these locally moving barges this year than any other year. The Corps of Engineers has a huge pot of funding to repair and replace wing dikes and revetment on the Lower Missouri River. You’ll see that work throughout the race course.  

RM = Rivermile 

RM 367 – Massmann Construction. Many work barges at Broadway/Buck O’Neal Bridge on the left side. Will not move until race is past. RACERS MUST STAY TO THE RIGHT AFTER LEAVING KANSAS RIVER AT RACE START! Pass through the first set of bridges on the right/south side.  

RM 362 – Newt Marine – MV Capt. Ries plans to tie up at RM 362 until race passes.  

RM 360 – Holliday Sand – MV Fairfax and MV Janet Elaine tied up until race passes.  

RM 358 – Missouri River Towing – Two towboats planning on being tied up. Gerald Engemann and Ava Hadley. Should not be moving during race.  

RM 354 – Holliday Sand – Dredge Riverside. Not in operation 8/1 until race passes. 

MM 345.3 Capital Sand – will be tied up on dock until race passes Aug. 1. MV Hannah Nicole.  

RM 342 to RM 322 – Michels Construction – 3 boats planning on tying up until race passes. MV Terry Bangert, MV Miss Elizabeth and MV Connie L.  

MM 334.4 Capital Sand - Dredge Sandy Kay – will not be operational Aug. 1 until race passes.

There will be a lot of boats working locally in the Glasgow (RM 226) area: 

RM 226.2 to 224.5 - Capital Sand – MV Allison Marie will be moving barges between sand plant at 226.2, just upstream of Glasgow Checkpoint, and Dredge Rae Marie near RM 225, just downstream of the boat ramp.  

RM 196 to 223 (and above) Budrovich Marine and Midwest Construction. Four barges moving rock between 196 to 223 or between 223 and 245.  

RM 191 to 186 – Capital Sand – MV Allison Marie moving between Dredge Rae Marie at RM 191 and sand plant at RM 186 (Rocheport) 

RM 185 – Lunda Construction – Several tows and barges at I-70 Rocheport Bridge construction. Will be out of the channel. Pass through the main channel span in center (lit with green at night). Stay away from bridge pilings. Towboats: Emery Jaxon and Gracie M.  

RM 143.4 to 138.7 - Capital Sand - MV Marge 1 will be moving barges from Dredge Kathy Lee near RM 138.7 to the sand plant at 143.4, just downstream of Jefferson City checkpoint. MV Jamie Leigh and MV Elizabeth Anne tied up at 143.3.   

MM 138 to 134 – Newt Marine – MV Cleva Lee and MV Tigre moving rock between loading facility at 138 upstream to 160, passing by Jefferson City checkpoint.  

RM 98.6 to 97 – Hermann Sand & Gravel – MV Kathryn Ann moving between Dredge 501 at RM 98.6 and sand plant at RM 97. and sand plant.   

RM 67 to 65.4 – Gateway Dredging – MV Atlas moving between Dredge Crystal City at RM 67, right side just downstream of Washington ramp, and sand plant at RM 65.4.  

RM 56.3 to 50- Miss Augusta Tourboat – Commercial tours from dock just upstream of Klondike checkpoint downstream to about RM 50 then back up.  

RM 31 to 28 – Gateway Dredging – MV Patricia Lynn moving between Dredge St. Charles at RM 31 above the I-70 Bridge and sand plant at RM 28, just downstream of finish line.  

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