Kayaking Monte Rio to Jenner In the High Muddy Water With Ray and John

Thursday January 10, 2019 Russian River CA.

Drifting down the Russian River

With the recent rains the Russian River was up and running fairly good.

I’d made plans to kayak from Monte Rio to Jenner today with Ray and his brother John.

We met at Monte Rio at ten and Ray and I drove down to Jenner to leave his truck for when we got there later to bring us back and we drove back to Monte Rio in my car where John was watching our boats at the boat ramp.

Starting at the Monte Rio boat ramp

Here we are at the boat ramp. You can see the river is up about fifteen feet or so and a bit muddy. We are all experienced paddlers on the Russian River so we know what to expect and how to deal with it.ramp


We put into a nice down river current and started our float down the river.

Here we are just above the Villa Grande pool about a mile down the river from where we put in. John’s on the left and Ray is on the right.villa


Salvage rights

We continued on and saw some kind of boat up ahead. None of us wanted it so we left it there to continue it’s trip down toward the ocean.salvage3


Some sunshine

The sun came out off and on which made the day even nicer.moscow4


Austin Creek

Ray said he wanted to paddle up Austin Creek a bit so we entered it here and paddled up a bit. We could of gone a lot further up the creek but after a half mile or so we decided to return to the river.austin5


This is on the lower side of Casini’s Ranch RV park, which is just below Brown’s hole.browns6


Lunch break

We were thinking of a stop for lunch in this area so we pulled into shore just up ahead a bit.river8


Here’s where we stopped and shot the bull even more.lunch9


After a good break we put back in the water and headed on down the river again.river10


More sun as we approached Marcum pool just up ahead, the deepest hole in the river at about fifty feet. When the water really comes up higher it turns into a huge whorl pool, but not today lucky for us.sheephead11


Checked out Willow Creek and a Bobcat

We decided to pull into the Willow creek area so we did.

Ray says there’s a bobcat over there by that clump  of grasses. Sure, which clump. I finally spotted it by looking which way Ray was looking just as it crouched down in the grass to hide as there wasn’t  much it could do to hide where it was.bobcat12


We got a bit closer to see what it would do and it finally bolted to hide in some brush off to the right so we continued on into Willow Creek.

Here we are going under the bridge at Willow Creek. You can paddle up the creek about a quarter of a mile or so before tree’s block the way.willow13


Green grass looks nice

We paddled on back to the river which looked like this as we drifted down in the current.green13


It wasn’t long before we were almost at Jenner.jenner14


Pullout at the Jenner boat ramp

We made it to the Jenner boat ramp and pulled our boats out and loaded them in Ray’s truck and drove back to Monte Rio where John and I reloaded the boats onto our rigs and we all went on home for the day.ramp15


We put in about ten thirty and arrived at Jenner just before four. We were taking our time as much as possible or we could have been there a bit sooner with the current moving as fast as it was. This trip usually takes about 5 or 5 and a half hours if you take your time.

Days getting longer

I went on home and let the chickens out to graze a little on the late side. But with the days getting a bit longer they stayed out a bit longer so it all worked out.

After I put the chickens away for the day I came back in the house and it was nap time and that was my day.

Nice day kayaking the Russian River with Ray and John.

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