I should have a boat ready to fish from next year so im asking around for info. I havent had a big boat on a big river so it should be a neet experance. ive had my oar powered john boat on smaller rivers and the big boat on a few lakes so i got some time on the water. the conserns and ???? i have are how safe are the boat ramps around...er not shure were i was thinking edwardsville and kaw point. and what would be the chances of traveling upstream from edwardsville ramp i hear its awefull shallow but their are some spots id like to check out. what do i need to keep my boat still would a concrete ancor work or am i gonna need something that will dig in.