Monday November 17, 2014 Jenner CA.
When I arrived at Jenner this morning, I checked the door on the visitor center to see if a posting was there announcing that they were going to open the river’s mouth. To my surprise, it was posted that they would breach the mouth on the seventeenth, which was today.
I put my boat in the water and headed on down to the mouth area to see what was going on.
Excavator at work
I joined Ray and Steve
I could see Ray and Steve sitting in their boats by the shoreline across the river, so I went on over and joined them.
We stayed and watched for about an hour, then headed on up to the flooded Penny island which we boated onto and sat around for a good spell.
The excavator has done it’s job
Eventually, we could see the excavator starting to leave, so we knew they had breached the river’s mouth.
Any fish coming in yet?
We decided to go back down to the mouth and see if there were any spawning salmon or steelhead coming into the river?
I went ashore too, to check it out
I went ashore and joined them to see what was going on.
Back up the river
We got back in our boats and headed up to the east end of Penny Island, dropping Ray off at the boat ramp as he headed on home.
Steve and I decided to wait around for the sunset, which was about five PM. To kill some time we headed up the river to otter’s log. About an hour and a half before sunset, we headed back down to the mouth area, taking the Penny Island back channel.
Deer on the hillside
As we were coming out of the channel, we could see a couple deer grazing on the hill in front of us.
It turned out all the splashing was being caused by the deer being chased by some dogs. All the noise was being made by the deer and the dogs jumping and splashing through all the brush in the water.
The dogs lost or the deer won.
It was about an hour and a half before the sun would set about five PM as we headed back down to the opened up mouth area.
Sunset is starting
Steve and I sat around and watched as the sun started to set for the day.
We headed on in shortly after the sun set. The boat ramp was empty, no ramp rage today. :O)
Opening the river’s mouth drops the water level to keep it from flooding Jenner and it lets any big fish that want to spawn come into the river to do their thing.
It was a real nice day paddling around in the Russian River Estuary.