Baking in the Summer Sun… The Pitt River Row, July 14th, 2014.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The Pitt River Row.  The tide at New Westminister is going to be high at 6:36am at 3.0 meters or 9.8 feet.  The low tide is at 2:47pm, at 1.0 meters or 3.3 feet.  The Pitt River water level gauge is near Port Coquitlam BC, located at Latitude:49° 14′ 40” N,  Longitude:122° 44′ 00” W, near the Railroad Bridge.  Here is a graph of the water level at the gauge for July 14th, 2014:

Pitt River Water Level graph

The “Low-high” water was at approximately 7am, PST.  The “Low-low” water is around 4pm PST.  Widgeon Creek is about two and a half hours behind the gauge.  I am expecting high water around 9:30 am PST (10:30 local or daylight savings time), with the water level falling until 4 or 5pm.  The link to the river level site is:   http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/index_e.html .

The New Westminster tides are:

2014-07-14  Monday

Time             Height
PST           (m)      (ft)
01:54         2.1        6.9
06:36        3.0       9.8
14:47         1.0        3.3
20:38        3.1      10.2

 

The Rowing Plan:

Gwragedd Annwn and I are being dropped off at the Grant Narrows Boat launch.  My son will pick me up at the end of the row.  I will row across Grant Narrows to Widgeon Creek to check the depth gauge in front of the “No-trespassing” cabin, then over to see if the float I put on to mark the pipe that I had run into is still there.  I will then row down Widgeon Slough, (the channel between Siwash Island and the west bank), re-enter the Pitt and row down to the boat launch under the Port Mann Bridge for pick-up.

 

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Launching Gwragedd Annwn.  Paul is driving away and will pick me up at the end of the Row. I will phone him and tell him where and when to pick me up.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Entering Widgeon Creek Estuary.  The “No power boats” sign.  There is almost no wind and the water is flat, flat, flat.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Two kayaks are ahead of me.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Two kayaks are astern of me. I continue rowing upstream toward the depth gauge.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The depth marker gauge.  I have never see the water this high here.  Well over the 7 foot mark.  I row over the gauge.  Probably 8 feet of water.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The “No-trespassing” cabin is gone…Burnt.  The trees show signs of the fire.  The dock is still intact.  The cabin was here on June 23rd, 2014,  when I put the orange float on the pipe that I had run into on my April 1st, 2014 row.  When did it burn down?

  I found this story on July 21st, 2014:

There is a news story on the CKNW site about the cabin burning.  Check out this link:   http://www.cknw.com/2014/07/21/suspected-arsonists-caught-on-camera-in-coquitlam/

There was another story on July 22nd, 2014:

http://www.cknw.com/2014/07/22/three-people-surrender-in-alleged-cabin-arson/

Here is a copy of an article in the Vancouver Province on July 23rd, 2014:

Widgeon Creek Cabin Arson article

 All of the Kayakers are as surprised as I am that the cabin is gone.  I row toward Widgeon Slough, the channel between Siwash Island and the west bank.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

I find the orange float on the end of the pipe.  I hammered it onto the pipe on June 23rd, 2014.  Good to see that it is still there on the business end of the pipe.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Another look at the float.  At least if you run into it now, the float will prevent the pipe from scratching or penetrating your hull.

Widgeon Creek High Fraser Runoff water level.

The pipe before I hammered the float on to it’s end.

Widgeon Creek High Fraser Runoff water level.

The pipe after it I  ”Belled” it with the float.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

I row past the pipe hazard now marked with an orange float, South into Widgeon Slough, the channel between Siwash Island and the Western shore.  The reeds in the channel point into the channel, indicating that the tide is still coming in at this point (9:21am).

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The wind begins to pick up.  The weather prediction is for light winds from the south, up to 3 meters per second, or 11 km/hr. Here is the Widgeon Creek link:

(http://www.yr.no/place/Canada/British_Columbia/Widgeon_Creek/hour_by_hour_detailed.html)

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Google Earth image of the first leg of the row.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The Pilings.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

A dragonfly hitching a ride away from the wind.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

There are a lot of Indian pond lilies (Nymphaeaceae) in the channel.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

More hitch-hikers.  The wind is blowing more than 10km/hr now.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Rowing into the wind.  I am making about 2km/hr headway here.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The view North, rowing South into the wind.  Siwash Island to the East (right).

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

A floating Dock on the West bank, in Widgeon Slough, the channel between Siwash Island and the west bank of Pitt River.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The water is so high that the speed limit sign is submerged.

Siwash Island Circumnavigation Row

This is what the sign looked like when I was here on January 18th, 2014.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

I row out into the middle of Fox Reach.  Rowing plan “B”: If the wind is too strong it will push Gwragedd Annwn back towards Grant Narrows, and I will row back up river, circumnavigate Siwash Island and explore more of Widgeon Creek with the high water.  Rowing “Plan “A”:  If the current flowing downstream has a stronger effect on Gwragedd Annwn and she goes downstream with the current, I will continue on and row to the Port Mann boat launch.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Even with the 10+ km/hr breeze, Gwragedd Annwn is moving with the current downstream between 2 and 3 km/hr.  With rowing, I can make a boat speed of 2 to 3 km/hr through the water, giving me an over the ground speed of between 5 and 6 km/hr.  I opt for plan “A” and row down river.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Private docks on the west bank of the Pitt River by Munro Creek.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The second leg of the Row.  The chart shows the unnamed islet is 14 meters high.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

River side view of the Quarry.  It is still active.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The islet appears. There is 22 meters of clearance under the power lines.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Cliff face at MacIntyre Creek, North side.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Leaving the islet astern.  I saw a camp-fire pit on the islet as I passed.  Could be an interesting place to camp for the night.  It is getting hotter. One liter of water drunk.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club as seen from the river.  As you are driving to Grant Narrows Boat Launch, the good pavement ends just past the entrance to the club.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Just past Addington Point on the west shore, Pitt River Quarries as seen from Pitt River.  The Quarry is very noisy when the machinery is running.  I feel sorry for the Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club members.  Such nice pavement to the club and then all of this noise.  Maybe the quarry does not run on the weekends.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

  Third leg of the Row and time for lunch.  I have a sandwich and a bottle of iced tea as I drift down river past Addington Point.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Looking North at  Addington marsh.  The breeze up river is dying off and I am making better time with my through the water boat speed.  I finish off my second liter of water.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

I am in Chatham Reach.  There are a lot of old pilings here.  Many of them have vegetation growing on them.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Fourth leg of row, showing Pitt River Marina, Alouette River, Pitt River Bridge and the Railway Bridge.  The pilings and dolphins do not show in this image.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

More pilings.  You can see these pilings from the Pitt River Bridge.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Pitt Meadows Marina in the distance.  It is on the South-East shore where Alouette River enters the Pitt River.  I am in Chatham Reach staying river right.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The Pitt River Bridge in the distance.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

I am rowing backwards for visibility, keeping river right as I pass under the bridge.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Almost under…….

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Under the Pitt River Bridge.  Current speed is 3 kh/hr.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

On the South side of the Bridge.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Fifth leg of row.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Looking North, up river at the Pitt River Marina.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Going under the Railway Bridge.  The Pitt River water level gauge is in the long footing in the background on the south end.  I am still staying river right.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Looking at the underside of the railway bridge.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Where the water gauge station is located.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Leaving the bridges behind.  There is almost 4 km/hr of current and the wind has stopped.  It sure is hot with no cooling breeze.  I have another iced tea.  I brought with me two liters of water and nine 710 ml bottles of iced tea.  Only four bottles of the iced tea were in the cooler.  Well better warm iced tea that no iced tea.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

A train starts to cross the railway bridge.  Glad that I am not under it now.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Log booms to river right.  I must be careful not to get stuck by the current against them.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Strange looking building on the East shore.  Looks like a traffic-control tower.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Barges moored to river left.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Not all of the barges look derelict.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Leaving the “traffic-control” building behind.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Passing by the Marina by the Gillnetter Pub.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The Gillnetter Pub dock.  Next row I will stop here for lunch.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Sad ending for a clinker putt-putt boat.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Two mothballed Albion ferries, the Kulleet and the Klatawa at Tidal (Harken)Towing.  Their route used to be between Albion to Fort Langley.  It was discontinued when the Golden Ears Bridge was opened on July 31st, 2009. They were transit ferries.

MV Kulleet
Built: 1972, Vancouver BC. Length: 47.46 m (155’8″)
Power: 650 hp Service Speed: 10 knots
Gross Tonnage: 355.04 Car Capacity: 26
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 150
Route: Albion to Fort Langley.  Discontinued.
MV Klatawa
Built: 1972, Vancouver BC.  Length: 47.46 m (155’8″)
Power: 650 hp Service Speed: 10 knots
Gross Tonnage: 347.58
Car Capacity: 26
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 150
Route: Albion to Fort Langley.  Discontinued.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Now this is what should happen to old clinker boats.  this double-ender is probably getting better treatment than my pampered clinker putt-putt boat, “Snowdrop”.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Final leg of the Row.  Ending at the Port Mann Bridge Boat Launch at Maquabeak Park.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The Pitt enters the Fraser River.  The current was flowing at 8 km/hr at the point.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The walkway out from Traboulay Po Co trail, South of Argue Street.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The new and old Port Mann Bridges.  I am rowing backwards here as there are many logs stuck in the mud near the Fraser’s shore.  I have to keep to river right so I do not get taken past the boat launch by the current.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Missed that hazard!!

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Missed that one too!!

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The current is running at 8 km/hr as I pass this still-growing tree.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

View of the two bridges as I pass by Tree Island.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

The bridge removal guys have built a bridge to the old Port Mann Bridge footings.  It is being used to remove the old bridge structure.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Another view of the temporary bridge structure.  It will be nice when all of this stuff is removed.  It is cluttering up the river here.  It will be nice when the boat launch is put back to normal and not being used as a bridge removal/water main installation site.

Baking in the Summer Sun, The Pitt River Row.

Gwragedd Annwn at the beach, Maquabeak Park (Port Mann) boat launch. The river current is flowing at 5 km/hr past the pilings in the background. The end of the row.  It has been a six hour trip.  My son, Paul will be arriving soon to pick Gwragedd Annwn and I up for the trip home.

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Happy Rowing,

Mike

One Response to Baking in the Summer Sun… The Pitt River Row, July 14th, 2014.

  1. Roy Morford says:

    I love reading of your exploits. One day, with practice maybe I can do the same. Great photos too. Thanks for sharing.

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