Klamath Estuary June 2013

2 07 2013

An unseasonal rainy spell affected the turnout for this mellow paddle but eight dedicated explorers showed up at the put-in at the mouth of the Klamath river. The water level was much lower than expected but the tide was on the rise.

Gathering at the put-in

Gathering at the put-in

We began by making our way up the first channel, poking through weeds and shallows as far as we could. Quite a few Osprey were screaming and flying overhead. Also lots of birdsong could be heard in the riparian area.

Heading up-channel

Heading up-channel

We retreated and headed up the next navigable arm.

Michael and Georgianna

Michael and Georgianna

Brent and Bruce

Brent and Bruce

By the time we’d explored this area the tide was up and we headed along the sandspit.

Heading up the next arm

Heading up the next arm

The mouth of the river had shifted from our last visit; the river now exiting in the middle of the spit.

Greg crossing the river mouth

Greg crossing the river mouth

The river flow was quite low so there was no issue of being swept out to sea. Rather, the ocean was sending water into the estuary and filling it up. We paddled across to the north end of the beach where the old mouth had been and landed for a picnic on the ocean side.

Landing at the location of the old mouth

Landing at the location of the old mouth

Picnic on the beach

Picnic on the beach

Probably an hour or so into lunch the rain began to come on in earnest so we packed up and headed back to the put-in to call it a day.

Jen heading back through the downpour

Jen heading back through the downpour

Take it home

Take it home

In spite of the weather another enjoyable adventure on a (for me) rarely visited stretch of water. Thank you to all who attended:Brent, Scott and Jen, Scott Harrison (who took the photos), Greg, Georgianna, and Bruce. The theme for this paddle was apparently “Funny Hats.” Georgianna and Bruce won.

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