Wednesday November 12, 2014 Jenner CA.
Ray already had his boat in the water when I arrived at Jenner today. I put my boat in the water and joined him over by Penny Island. We decided to go down and see what was going on at the closed river mouth, so we headed on down that way.
Mouth is still closed up tight
The Pacific Ocean
Old man otter
A couple days ago, we spied a couple otters on this redwood log and today there was another one on the log as we entered the flooded Penny Island. This one was more relaxed than the two we saw the other day and didn’t seem to mind us much. I think this is an old man that I’ve seen several times before and I’ve taken some good pictures of it as it doesn’t seem to mind our presence.
Paddling into the the flooded Penny Island
When we left, we looked for the otter on the log, but it was gone, so we headed around to the back channel of the island and headed up the river.
The estuary water level is almost static right now
We took our time rounding the island and headed on in for the day. I checked the water level gauge at the visitor center. It read about 7.4 feet, which was about what it read a couple days ago. This means the level of the water has reached an almost static level, which isn’t going to rise much more, unless it rains hard or the ocean gets rough enough to put water over the sandbar. It’s almost a neutral state.
Nice day paddling around the estuary.