The Alton Motorboat Club, located along Piasa Creek and one of the area’s best-kept secrets, has been in existence since the 1940s and will be open to the public Saturday, June 13, for the second annual Membership Event and Wild Game Feed and Fish Fry.
Festivities begin at noon with a Nautical Swap and Flea Market until 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a performance by the live band Max Cheery from St. Louis.
“Last year, the membership event was very successful,” Linda Johnson, membership director for the club, said. “Many people came to visit and we ended up with 15 new memberships.”
The membership drive has been combined with an annual dinner event featuring wild game caught and hunted by the members.
“Last year we had wild boar, pheasant and noodles and spiced duck breast, to name a few, and of course lots of fish,” Johnson said. “It gives our members a chance to share their bounty and favorite game recipes and share stories. There will also be access to the restaurant’s full kitchen, run by Chef Geo, if anyone wants to purchase other dining options that evening.”
This sneak peek into the Alton Motorboat Club, 11134 Harbor Dell in Godfrey (just off the River Road), allows the public a glimpse into the clubhouse, restaurant and the surrounding grounds featuring a playground, basketball court and harbor. There is a park and ramp option as well for members wanting to put boats in and out at the club.
Currently there are 200 full members and 150 social members.
“The boating club is all family-friendly and a great way for families to spend time together,” Johnson said. “There is access to a full kitchen on the weekends, and a band comes in about once a month. There are special events at the holidays with visits from Santa and the Easter Bunny ... and it is a private club. Members have keys so it is a safe place for kids to be.”
The club has been at its current location since 1959, when construction was completed by member volunteers. Today, the club still operates primarily based on the work done by its volunteers, many of whom are second- and third-generation family members.
“It is nice to see such strong ties and loyalty in the families to the club, and we have a strong base of members aging from 20 to 90,” Johnson said.
Call (618) 466-9914 for information.