Thanks to Rick West for the following report…looks like we have some work ahead. D
Moved in 17 April and raining…
The route from marina was clear of offending vegetation. Cut in levee on Bean Patch at Cross Channel still disgorging lots of water coming down from Stone Lakes. Second island if half gone and the north side passage is wider with a large sand bar on the north shore. There is a tree half down across from Aides Slough entry; minor restriction and narrow’s water is all clear.
After the turn from the second island just before Doctor John’s old landing, we hit something large underwater in the center with the floats. Moved Cloud 9 more to port and hit something again. Both hits rocked the tow. Please note this may become more prevalent as to water recedes and is likely to become a significant problem.
The Meadows Anchorage’s water is clear of offending vegetation. All landings are visible with lots of debris on the shoreline. There is a large tree down in the water on the east side of the Central Park landing. It will be an issue for the Gero’s. The cliff-like landing for C9 has eroded, which will require the use of a new landing to the side. No other boats are here and no fishermen in sight.
The land-side is a disaster. This is our 44th year here and I have never seen it this bad. Deadfall and remains of floating debris litters all areas along the shoreline trail. The trail is also blocked from falling trees up to 30” in diameter and mud covers everything. The number of chainsaw stops to clear this trail will hit about 30 and some of the large stuff will require a new trail cut around to pass. The fruit orchard is 30% of what it was.
All landings have major debris ashore and at the shoreline. There are signs of encampments on the levee at the Point, in the Point, The Beach, Central Park and C9’s park. Lots of trash litter and camping remains were observed. Both bocce ball courts have been cannibalized and nothing is usable at the Beach but the horseshoe pits. The was 20’ high burn pile at C9 is now gone and strewn for hundreds of feet around. There is standing water near most landings or mud sinks which are not drying as the water table is at the surface or above.
The levee is the only clear walking area and there are signs the county has been here clearing trees and deadfall to make it passable. I have not been past the Point to the bridge or west beyond the green gate.
I cannot visualize all this being fixed in one summer–it’s going to be a day at a time. The tractor range of operation is measured in yards and not likely to grow for a week. Ranger work will have to be metered to enjoy the other pleasures of our boating getaway.
There is supposed to be sun this coming weekend; it has been a long winter.
Cloud 9, Meadows Anchorage