Coots, Seals, and a Closed River Mouth Kayaking Jenner

Monday December 16, 2013 Jenner CA.

The river’s mouth has closed again

It was high tide when I put my boat in the water at Jenner this morning, so I didn’t think the mouth was closed.

The sun was out and the wind was down when I first got  there.

I paddled over to Penny Island and entered the little channel on the east end were I sat around for a bit. As I was sitting there, the wind came up just a bit, so I stayed there longer in the bright sunshine and out of the


After awhile I went back out in the main river channel and this is my view towards Jenner. A little windy but not too bad.Jenner


I headed on up the river on the south side and as I approached the eagle’s landing area, the wind died down to almost nothing.

I paddled over to Paddy’s rock.

This is Paddy’s Rock in the calm water were I sat around some more enjoying the river.paddysrock

Still lots of mud hens in the area

There were a bunch of mud hens feeding on the shore just beyond Paddy’s rock. They seem to be getting used to me and didn’t fly off like they usually do.coots

The ocean is real rough today

I was thinking of going for a little walk on Penny Island so I worked my way back down that way. As I approached the area where I was going to land, I heard the ocean pounding away on the sandy beach. Funny I hadn’t noticed the rough ocean when I first put in, but it must have been making a lot of noise just the same.

As rough as the ocean was, I was thinking maybe it closed the river’s mouth again, so skipped my island walk and headed down to the river’s mouth area to check it out.

This is my view as I headed down to the mouth area. Lot’s of seagulls and waves breaking over the jetty.moutharea


The river’s mouth is closed with sand

My view as I approached the closed river mouth. There is at least a foot of sand above the river’s water level, so it is closed, except it may flow over this at high tide a little, but not much. Notice the ocean is a bit on the rough side, but the river is real nice.mouth2


Some harbor seals leaving the river and headed over to the ocean.seals


There were a few sea lions hunting around in the river just inside the closed mouth. And there were some more harbor seals on the beach taking it easy.seals2


The wind was up a little, then down again and it finally just calmed down for the rest of the day as I headed back to the launch ramp area. As I passed Penny Island I thought again about a walk on the island but was just too lazy and just sat in my boat near the north side of the island instead. The sea lions came by a couple of times, but I didn’t see them get any big fish. One of them barked across the river from me and I was surprised just  how load they could bark, louder than I’d ever heard them before.

I put in around three and headed back to Guerneville to do a little shopping then I went to the local parts store to get a Helicoil kit. Of course, they didn’t have my size so I ordered one that will be in tomorrow.

That’s it for another nice day.

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