Tuesday January 12, 2021 Jenner CA.
I thought about going shopping today but it seemed like a better idea to go down to Jenner and kayak for the day especially since most of the stuff I needed to shop for wasn’t really needed right away.
And I thought maybe the Water Agency might have opened up the mouth as the water level was getting high from the closed up mouth.
So instead of going to the boat ramp I drove on down to the overlook off the highway which looks to the ocean over the river’s mouth with the river in the front, here. You can see a channel from the river to the ocean so the guys were here earlier in the day with machinery to open up the mouth. Lots of debrie flouting around on the flooded river.
I was hopping to have a talk with one of the County’s seal people as I knew they were usually down at the overlook during a mouth breach so I looked around the overlook and spotted this truck with the scope set up in front so I went over to have a talk.
It turned out to be Andy, a seal lady I knew as she’s been working here for a long time. We exchanged information and had a nice chat.
I also talked with Terry a fisherman who fishes the river and then drove to the boat ramp where I talked with Terry some more as he was there too.
Get the boat in the water
I put my boat in the water and looked at the water level gauge on the visitor center deck on the right. The deck is flooded and the gauge reads about 9.5 feet, that’s why they opened the mouth this morning. Even though they opened the mouth the water level hasn’t dropped much yet.
The day was light fog with almost no wind, perfect for a mystical day.
Open river’s mouth
I approached the open mouth cautiously as sometimes there’s a lot of current and I sure don’t want to go out in the ocean. Note the big piles of sand put there from the excavator that carved the channel earlier. The one on the left will soon be gone and washed out to sea before I leave today.
Channel grows with time
They cut a small channel in the sand and the river water flowing through it slowly takes all the sand out and the channel gets much bigger and eventually washes out the channel much larger and the river than drains much faster.
See the sandy water in front, that’s river water going down the channel picking up sand and making the channel larger. I’m down in the channel a bit and have to be careful as the channel sand washes out more the current will pick up and I can’t be in this spot and have to move way back into the river to keep from being washed out to sea. This is looking down the open mouth channel and out into the Pacific ocean showing the sand washing out into the sea.
Low tide was at 4:30 and it was just 3 so I thought I’d leave and come back around 4 to see how much of the sand had washed out so I paddled on over to where the water had flooded Penny Island and paddled on in to this spot where I sat and enjoyed the day. This is looking out from the middle of the flooded island down towards the mouth area in the fog.
Much larger mouth
Waiting for big fish
I was hoping to see some spawning big fish come in so I waited around as long as I could but the mouth was taking a long time to blow out which let’s the river level down then the big fish start coming in from the ocean and the seals usually work them over but I had to leave before that happened.
Living life to the fullest
Lights were coming on but I saw a lady I knew in the house on the left so stopped and chatted with her for awhile. Since I know a lot of people on the river it seems I have to stop and shoot the bull a lot but that’s all part of the enjoyment of living here and living life to the fullest.
Dropped a foot
I checked the water level gauge at the boat ramp and it showed the river had dropped about a foot so far. It should be down all the way by tomorrow morning.
With the mouth opening up there should be a lot of fishermen on the river tomorrow so maybe that’s a good excuse to go again tomorrow.
I drove on home and since it was dark the chickens where all in and on the roost so I shut them up and went on in for the day.