The last Row of 2014. It has been a good year for Rowing. Today I am going to Row up the Coquitlam River as far as I can. The tide at New Westminster will be high at 1:49 at 2.9 meters. The Coquitlam River is about 8.5 kilometers up the Fraser River from the New Westminster tide station. I expect the high tide will be a little later arriving at the Coquitlam.
Gwragedd Annwn on the beach at the Maquabeak Park boat launch. This launch is just down river from the New Port Mann Bridge. The boat launch is a bit of a mess. There is another project centred here…The Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel Fraser River Crossing.
Metro Vancouver is constructing a new water supply main under the Fraser River, downstream (west) of the new Port Mann Bridge.
It will cross between Maquabeak Park in Coquitlam on the north side of the river, and Surrey on the south side of the river.
The tunnel hole is centred where the boat launch parking used to be. Luckly I am the only truck & trailer here today.
The boat launch float. The water is very still. It is about 800 meters to the mouth of the Coquitlam.
The bridge suppoerts for the new Port Mann. In the background is the temporary jetty for removing the old Port Mann.
The canoe looks abandoned. The Starboard gunnel is broken. It is full of leaves. Otherwise, she looks to be in reasonable shape. Just a little work would be needed.
Just before the bridge, on the East shore, a side channel beckons. I check it out…narrow, shallow and blocked.
A side channel on the upstream side of the bridge. It is on the north side of the Mary Hill By-Pass. Not as narrow as the first channel, but, still impassable for Gwragedd Annwn.
NO POWER BOATS ALLOWED
BEYOND THIS POINT
I do not see any debris as I row Gwragedd Annwn past the four signed pilings.
The upstream piling on the East side has bird houses on it as well as the warning sign.
The pump house has a small bay next to it. The water is frozen on the West side of the inlet, in the shadows. I Row in to explore.
Gwragedd Annwn’s Depth-Sounder Oar resting on the ice.
Rowing out through the now broken ice. Gwragedd Annwn’s Strip/epoxy hull is ice proof. The hardest part about rowing through the ice is trying to get the oars to break through the ice.
A drainage canal on the West bank. It leads to an inaccessible oxbow between the river and Lougheed Highway. From now on, I could hear the roar-whoosh of the highway on the West.
Pitt River Road crosses the Coquitlam River on the Red Bridge. This is a far as I got. The current here was too strong for me to Row against. End of the Row.
Just downriver from the bridge, there was a fellow fly fishing. Despite the puzzled look on his face, as I rowed past, we had a nice conversation about the river, rowing and fishing. I think that I am the first rowboat that he has ever seen here.
Speed of the River current as I pass the fisherman. The 7.2 reading was the current speed at the Red Bridge.
This spot where the tide has reached is shown by a red star on the chart at the beginning of this Row.
This is the bow of a submerged boat. The boat is upside-down, bow facing to the left in this photograph.
Leaving the mouth of the Coquitlam, following the Western shore. The green canoe that was on the East shore is gone.
It is about 2:10pm. The ripples around the snag show that the tide is still going upstream. Not high tide yet.
River level heights for the Row:
Coquitlam River Row stats:
Length of Row: 10.3km.
Time at the thwart: 3½ hours
Average speed: 3km/hr.
Rowing the Coquitlam River. A fine Row.