Saturday June 20, 2015 Camped just below the Willow Creek Reservoir dam, Nevada
I broke camp around eight this morning and drove on up to the Willow Creek Reservoir Dam overlook where there was a pickup and cattle trailer parked. A guy came up the hill from the dam area and waited by his truck for me to park. It turned out to be a guy off the local ranch who had been sitting on the corral fence the other day when I when by wondering what kind of rig I was driving.
We had a nice chat and he took off to get back to work.
So I drove down there and it looked good so I took a short walk down the creek at it looked like enough water to put my kayak in. I walked about a half mile down the creek on cow trails through the sage brush keeping my eye on the creek as I know someplace there must be a beaver dam to back this water up like that and I was wondering how far it was as I was thinking of putting my kayak in the creek.
I decided to stay here, so parked my van in a good spot to view the creek. I sat around my van watching the creek and taking it easy. I decided to go for a paddle later in the day to let the sun sink in the sky a little. There was a good breeze blowing with some overcast most of the day, it wasn’t real hot, but it’s not a place to stay out in the sun.
Shorty after I arrived I heard some bullfrogs across the creek from me. I was thinking I hope they don’t get too noisy and drive me crazy later on?
Around three PM, I decided to walk further down the river to see if it was worth taking my boat over the first beaver dam or not. I walked past the first dam and it wasn’t long before I got to the next one, only a couple hundred feet from the first one. So it wasn’t worth portaging over the first dam.
I could see the sun was still too high in the sky and no critters were out yet and it was hot in the boat with no shade. I paddled on down to the lower beaver dam here and sat for a bit, before working my way back to my van.
I went back to my van and took it easy. I wanted to wait until almost dark to go out in my kayak again.
It was about 7:30PM when I put my boat back into the water and headed on down to the lower beaver dam where I knew there were some beaver dens.
I sat in my boat near where I knew there was a beaver lodge and waited. I could hear the beaver chatting in there lodge. I saw one go into a hole close by and kept watching. Suddenly there was a big splash right to my right. A big beaver had swam up from that side and saw me and sounded the alarm. After a bit the other beaver I had seen go into a hole popped up and started swimming right towards me. I swam up to about twenty feet, then dove giving the alarm. It came up again back near it’s hole. Swam around a bit, the dove again with a big splash giving the alarm and that was all the beaver I saw.
That was my day and so far the bullfrogs have been quiet.
Tomorrow I’m planning to head to another spot somewhere up the road.