Yesterday I tried to row in Pitt Marsh. The water level was too low. I then went to Grant Narrows to check the water level in the Pitt River. It was very high. Today I will see how far up I can row in Widgeon Creek.
Water level chart for The Fenton gauge on the Pitt. The gauge is located on the river near Sheridan Hill, South of Addington Point.
The water is very high on the ramp. The tide will drop about 60cm to a low at 6:00pm. Lots of deep water time for rowing.
A nine minute crossing. I have never seen the water this high up on the No Power-Driven Vessels sign. Compare this photo to the one I took at the Widgeon Creek High Tide Row:I thought that the water was high on that trip! It is 3′ or 4′ higher on this trip. I should be able to row anywhere.
This stump is usually much more visable. Compare this photo to the one took on my third visit (The Widgeon Creek Ice Row, Both Forks. December 7th, 2013. In the Oarstrokes of Shackleton) to Widgeon Creek:
I think this is the Gauge piling with a bit of weed stuck on it, completely covered. I have never seen so much water here.
This is where the “No-Tresspassing” cabin used to be until three young men burnt it down July 7th, 2014. They were charged with arson. I do not know what final result was.
I spotted this young black bear on the shore. He/She looked at me for a bit then ambled into the woods.
The channel goes North-East for a bit, then splits into two main fingers, one going South-East, the other continuing North-East. Are these posts the remains of a fence? There is a rock wall across the channel between them.
Passing over the barrier. The water was not as deep as I expected. Does the bog swell with the influx of water? Here is a photo of what the barrier looked like during The High Water Row:
I take the Right Fork (Not the Left Fork that leads to the campground). I go around the two bends, and take the channel to the Starboard.
The end of the channel. It is a small creek. Acording to the maps, it drains from a lake up the unnamed mountain between the Widgeon Creek drainage basin and Pitt River.
What would Allan Quatermain name these mountains? They are always in the background of photographs taken in Widgeon Creek looking North.
Back to the main fork. Acording to Glen Stedham , author of the Vancouver Paddler, The right fork used to be the main fork of Widgeon Creek.
A fallen tree blocks the way. It does look as if there is navagatable water upstream of the tree. I try to work my way around the root base, but there is notenough room to do so.
I row past the entrance to the North-East channel. The wind has picked up and is comming from the South.
I spot this toad near the shore. I would like to have a closer look, I have never seen a toad (or a bear) here before.
The toad is not very active, it must be quite cold from the creek and the wind. I put it back, out of the water and in in the sun.
I leave the estuary behind. It has been a good row. I have gone upstream further than ever before. The highest water levels are in June when the Fraser River floods.
It is a quick ten minute row to Grant Narrows. I pack up Gwragedd Annwn and drive home. Good Rowing to you.