The Urban Oarsman Circumnavigates Siwash Island.
Chart image of the Row.
Tide notes for the trip. I am still trying to figure out the tides here. They are very effected by the flow of the Fraser and the Pitt Rivers.
This water level chart for Pitt Lake was taken from the Pitt River and/et Pitt Lake chart #3062.
Some of the lowest water levels for the lake are in the winter. I need to have a high tide to go here.
Crossing the Pitt River Bridge at 9:30am, January 18th, 2014. A little foggy this morning.
The route I took rowing around Siwash Island.
Gwragedd Annwn at the Grant Narrows boat launch dock.
The wind flag shows almost no wind.
10:23am, leaving the Grant Narrows dock. The tide is flowing 1.5 knots upstream.
The point North of Grant Narrows is shrouded with fog.
Until this row, I had never noticed this depth gauge at Grant Narrows. I wonder what the scale is.
Artsy picture of the East shore with the sun peeking through the fog and trees.
A piling on the East side of Pitt River, showing the tide current flowing upstream. The entrance to Widgeon Creek is in the fog behind. The low shore line is Siwash Island.
I stitched together this panorama view of the entrance to Widgeon Creek on the West shore.
I row across Grant Narrows to Siwash Island. The Island does not rise very high.
The upstream tidal current is not flowing as fast on this side of Grant Narrows.
Rowing down river against the current.
Downstream Pitt River. The way is quite foggy.
Looking North towards Widgeon Creek Point.
Dead overturned boat on Siwash Island.
I stop rowing and let Gwragedd Annwn drift with the current. .7 knots upriver.
The morning fog begins to burn off.
Open sky to the West.
The entrance to Widgeon Slough.
Google Earth picture of my route
Rowing into Widgeon Slough
Unlike Widgeon Creek, Widgeon Slough has a speed limit.
The dock just inside the entrance.
A power boat goes in for a look, the dock is in the background.
The first side channel heading to the South-West.
The second side channel heads to the South-West as well.
Looking North up Widgeon Slough.
The power boat heads back to Pitt River.
A floating camp. It is in the Google Earth Picture below:
I continue North up Widgeon Slough.
I startle a flock of Trumpeter Swans. They fly away up channel.
The sky is clearing from the North. I am rowing into sunshine!
A side channel to the West.
The Google Earth picture shows a structure should be here. Now there only pilings.
Google Earth image of the structure that is no longer there.
All that is left of the building.
Bird boxes up a side channel on the West side of Widgeon Slough.