Details for Logsdon Tug Service, MM88.2

Logsdon Tug Service, MM88.2

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Average rating 2.7 stars from 21 reviews

Address Beardstown, IL


After hours contact

Will answer on Ch. 16, 13, 10

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Barge company that lets you tie up.

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Direct, call on phone first. Sign with phone number is on river.





Tide & current additional info

Strong at high pool.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - YES

Additional info: Working barge. Not pretty but functional. Their equipment is usually on the barge dock. Not a regular floating dock.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2011-09-16)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: One 30 amp power connection is available. Not accessible to transient

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out


Yes - At the office.













Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

No - No WiFi.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Logsdon Tug Service, MM88.2
Beardstown docking, 2017-05-14
Captain: , jacksonville fl (10)

Stayed here 5/12/17 and elected to anchor as we had a dog and didn't want to tie up along the barge with cumbersome access to shore. Felt intimidated by the tug boat crewman who said it was too dangerous to anchor near the wall behind the tugs and he wouldn't be responsible for any damage, acting surly about our decision. We pulled in just south of the Burlington railroad bridge close to shore in 20 ft of water( flood conditions, 6-12 ft above pool) Comfortable night meeting several locals who came by to visit and agreed we were in a safe position. They also told us about a dog park accessed right next to the RR bridge on the LDB

A fun stop with good food nearby(Rivertown Coffee and Wine shop), 2016-11-01
Captain: , Ft. Collins, CO (331)

Logsdon Tug Service is just that, a tug service. They allow you to tie up to a barge and cross them to get to town. Very friendly staff. There are no aminities but the town has a couple good restaurants and a court house where Linclon practiced law.
We ate at the Rivertown Coffee and Wine shop and the food was amazing. Good soups, salads, and sandwhiches as well as coffee and wine. An unusual stop and worth the experience.

Interesting stay, 2016-09-27
Captain: , Bedford, NH (775)

Stayed Sept. 10. Barge crewman was there to help us tie up. Very friendly and we learned a lot about the tow business. There were no extra barges tied up so we were on the permanent barge. No services but none advertised so you know what you are getting. Ended up with only 2 boats tied up for the night. Not much of a town. I never left the boat, husband went to store in town. Stairs are a problem for me and there are a lot to get off the barge. Very quiet night. Don't think I would like it if we were tied to a barge that was 3 or 4 deep. Would put you close to the main channel. Watching the tows with barges come down the river is a little scary at first, looks like they will head right for you. For me, better than anchoring out.

OK if you need to stop, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Wicomico Church (610)

No services; but a point to stop if you do not want to anchor

A place to stop, but that's about it, 2015-09-28
Captain: , Atlanta (770)

Stayed the night of 9/23/15 with 7 other boats - rafted to one of the Looper Boats. No services, $1.00/foot. Have to scramble over barges, equipment, steep stair to get to shore. Town is OK.

Interesting tie up and town, 2015-09-25
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (300)

Logsdon says they always have room...but we actually exceeded their limit...nine loopers were looking for space. We rafted two boats and got seven total on the barges. Two boats had to divert to their have a back up plan if you are traveling with a gaggle! Barge crewmen were on hand to grab a line for most of the loopers, but they do get called away occasionally to do other work. The barges have a few very large cleats spaced at wide intervals. If you have mobility issues or have pets, you may find that clambering over barge cables, cleats and dock lines and then climbing up the steep stairs to the shore rather challenging. Charge was a dollar a easy way to get electric or water. Since there is little space to get together for cocktails, what loopers need to know is that the Annie Sazarac Bar has $.75 drafts 1630-1830, plenty of indoor and outdoor covered seating and lots of local color. Dinner at Fiesta Grande was superb!

Memorable stop, 2015-09-19
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1804)

Good stop we recommend it. Interesting to meet the tow boat crews. Office closes at 5 but crew stays aboard one tow boat at night. We paid the office with a check, they also take cash! They were very helpful with town directions. Several bars and ElKS Club walking distance.
Have a crew bathroom and showroom and water hose u can use. All the free Ice u want in crew room which is open all night. Easy tie up to their moored barges, was quiet all night.
The highlight was meeting the locals at the authentic Mexican restaurant in town. Great food, real place and people.
Bank with ATM in town. Town is for farmers and local pork producing plant that is big employer along with a nearby prison.

Very secure tie up, 2015-09-17
Captain: , Fort Worth, TX (450)

Very secure tie up and unique stay. When hailing after 5 p.m. be prepared for a different Name to answer as whichever tow boat is working that day will be the company who answers your hail. Kind tug boat captain assisted with tie up. Simply pay him CASH for dockage if you arrive after 5 pm. You have access to land to walk dog. Strong ATT phone signal. $1/ft.

Very helpful and friendly folks; not a marina, but not pretending to be, 2015-08-29
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

Got to see the working tugs up close & personal at this tug service company along the Illinois River. Secure mooring with good depth, mild current, and very little barge wake during the night. A good place to stage before LaGrange L&D if you want to go into town rather than anchor at Bar Island.

Just A Tie UP, 2014-10-10
Captain: , Green Cove Springs FL (1394)

After a 75.3 Mile day we had planned to stop at LOGSDON Towing. They wanted to tie our MT50 up to one of their tugs in a short, tight, swift current location with lots of river debri in the location. We finally convinced them to let us up to a tug being re-conditioned on the river. Our bow was up current their tug stern to the current. We did not want debri drifting down river under our swim platform in the props and rudders. Good Decision. With in a few hours a 30 foot tree, Huge, was across the stern of their tug and within inches of our bow. They started up a Tug at 830 P.M. and pulled the tree clear. 3RD Star. Friendly people and very helpful employees. They helped us off the dock in the fast current in the morning. $50.

Better than Nothing, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (165)

We were beat up all night by the tugs working the area. They tied us up to loaded barges with the understanding they might have to move us if they needed the barges. Took showers in the crew room. Town is a bust and nothing there worth seeing. Office staff was nice and gave us a ride to do laundry. But the tug traffic kept us up all night.

Safe, Secure tie up, 2013-07-28
Captain: , Absarokee Mt (1228)

Barge tie up as has been written before. In low water, this is a great fallback when anchorages are too shallow as this year, (july 2013). Earl helped tie up, collected the $1.00 per ft and told us briefly about the town. Patty went up the ladder with Maggie for a doggie walk and reported not much in town.

Noisy Noisy Noisy, 2012-10-20
Captain: , Mobile, AL. (151)

This is a working barge operation. We tied to a tug boat that was being renovated. The railroad lift bridge was very active going up and down several times that night. The siren is as loud as we ever heard. As the train travels over the bridge it sounds like it is traveling through the cabin. In the middle of the night we had a small tug with the crew come in and tie off in front of us. Lots of noise. Then it left again before daylight. Walking the dog turned out to be the biggest challenge in that you had to cross over deck of the tug, over a barge to a set of very steep cement stairs which you had to climb up one side and then climb down the other to reach the grass. With the river levels so low, anchoring was not an option so we paid the dollar a foot to spend a sleepless night with no servies.

Any port in a storm, 2012-09-21
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

As already noted we tied up on the side of one of their tugs and barge. $1 per foot but worth having a place to tie up. Nothing in Beardstown. A good overnight stop but thats all. No probs for us our boating buddy. Very secure. No complaints. We got what we expected. It is what it is. Jeff and the young lady in the office were very friendly. Got a cool tour of one of there newest boat.

Pirates and the only game in town!, 2012-09-09
Captain: , Louisiana, MO (391)

Upon arrival, a group of 5 Loopers arriving at Logston Tug Service were met by couple Logston hands who directed each of us to a mooring location and secured our craft to the side of a barge. We were charged $1/ft. for which we got NO services (electricity, trash, water, etc.), simply what we thought was a secure place to tie up for a good night's sleep. This rate for these accomodations is WAY OVER PRICED. This year, for a trawler, this is the only overngith option besides anchoring from Peoria to Harden or Grafton. This has to be among the highest prices for this level of service anywhere on the loop!

This is a working tug operation with nothing in the way of creature comfort for the cruiser--walking the docks and accessing the town is a challenge taking care and agility.

At midnight all 5 cruisers were rousted from our sleep and told we had to move to a different barge because the barge to which we were told to moor had to be moved. This was my first time operating my new boat at night--and after being rousted from a deep sleep at midnight this was a bit unnerving. I was able to safely reposition and was back in bed by 12:35 although I didn't sleep much the rest of the night. This was NOT a pleasant experience.

Consider one of several anchoring options in the area in lieu of Logston's barges.

Strategic location, 2012-08-16
Captain: , punta gorda, fl (1448)

Three stars for location and friendly staff. You tie to a work barge and have a long climb up stairs to get over the flood wall. No electricity or water. no heads or showers. $1/foot. Not a lot of frills but a good safe place to tie up, Not a lot to the town but we had a great and inexpensive meal at Cafe From Yesterday.

Barley 3 stars but, 2011-10-09
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

It's the only other alternative in Beardstown. IT's a working barge service. $1 ft in 08. right downtown water and electric, but not close to shoping. Nothing much in town at all.
There is an elks club,and the 88 bar has cheap drinks, and free happy hour food. Walkable to groceries.
Just another unique looper experience!

Convenient place to dock, 2011-10-04
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Two stars only due to lack of usual marina services. Very helpful in securing spot on their barge, handled by one of the tow captains. Difficult steps over the levee wall if you have a dog to walk, steel grate. For the amount of barge traffic going by at night, was not very rough.

Much needed, safe tie up on side of a barge!, 2011-09-16
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

For now, the best it gets on low water! Walk to town, several bars are available. Scenic to watch the tows traveling by. Secure tie up. Owner will build a marina in 2 for news in 2014.

A port in a Storm, 2010-09-07
Captain: , Collierville TN (977)

It is a barge and tug service. You tie up directly to a barge. No elec, no water, just tie up at $1.00/ft. They are very friendly, gave us a tour of a working towboat. It is a safe harbor when you need it. We were there on Labor Day and the only thing open in town was the 88 bar. Good frozen pizza and well priced beer.

Nice people....., 2009-10-27
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

This is as good as it gets on the river. Peaple are great and don't miss the Ribs in town on Mondays.

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