Checking Out the Just Opened River’s Mouth Area

Tuesday January 12, 2021 Jenner CA.

Paddle day

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.overlook


Seal Lady

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.andy


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


The day was light fog with almost no wind, perfect for a mystical day.

The water was mostly flat as I headed down river along the side of the island.river


I paddled by this harbor seal resting on the logs. It watched me closely as I passed by.seal


I was headed down to the river’s mouth area to check things out, just up ahead.mouthopen


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


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.sand


Another picture of that same spot as a big wave comes in. They were pounding the shoreline making a lot of noise.mouthwaves


Flooded island

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.isalnd


Much larger mouth

I paddled on back to the mouth and got there about four.. Note the sand piles on the left are gone and most of the ones on the right too. The sun is going down but didn’t put on much of a


I paddled a bit closer but couldn’t get very close as the current had picked up a lot by now so I had to be extra careful.mouthsand


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.

Headed home

Once last look out the mouth and I turned and headed on back as the day was starting to dim.waves


This merganser duck and I went past each other on the way


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.jenner


Just a little ways to go to the boat ramp.ramp


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.

Nice day.

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2 Responses to Checking Out the Just Opened River’s Mouth Area

  1. don striepeke says:

    in the late 1950,s, i helped my father and other fishermen open the mouth with shovels and oars

  2. Nancy K says:

    It’s amazing how the waters work the landscape. Love how the seals always lay with their tails up in the air. Cute little guys, but I imagine they can be a handful. What kind of fish are heading up the river? Salmon??

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