Friday February 2, 2018 Port Orford Oregon
The mouth of the Sixes River
It looked like the Sixes River was fogged in this morning as I drove to the Hughes House launch area. It was also high tide so the water was backed up and more like a lake.
Shallow gravel bar
I put the boat in and headed up the river to get out through the shallows and then turned down towards the mouth as I wanted to see what it looked like.
This is looking up the river from the launch area. The water is too shallow on the left to paddle so I have to go up along here until I get to some deeper water to get out into the main river which is way over on the left side.
I paddled down along here. The fog was light and I was hoping it would soon clear off.
There were a lot of geese in the area, honking away as I approached. Here’s some of the geese.
I continued on down the river. I could hear the ocean waves breaking on the beach up ahead in the fog.
These two geese up on top of this big rock were honking a lot as I approached and eventually flew off.
River’s open mouth
This was my view of the open mouth and into the ocean.
I wanted to land and and have a walk around, but the waves coming into the mouth were breaking on the beach so I retreated back up the river a little ways to find a calmer beach and landed here.
I walked down around the mouth area going through here and then back to my boat.
Paddling back up the river
Once I was back in my boat I paddled across the river and went up this side.
I made it back to the launch area and decided to continue up the river to the first turn about a half mile of so.
At the turn I stopped and sat in my boat and watched from this spot looking back down the river. The fog is starting to lift.
I watched this female merganser duck drift down the river in front of me.
And a few minutes later this male merganser drifted by.
I moved down river just a bit and sat here and watched. Most of the fog has burned off by now.
The fog was gone and the wind was down as I paddled on back down the river.
Here I’m just pulling into the boat launch area below the Hughes House.
I loaded my boat and then pulled on down the road about a quarter mile and pulled off and ate and rested up for a few hours.
Around 4, I headed to Port Orford and drove on down to the harbor to have a look. I spent about an hour at the harbor and then drove on back to Steve’s place for the night.
The plan tomorrow is to go up to the road a ways and put in at another river and do some crabbing. It’s a new area I haven’t been in before so it should be an interesting day.