The river side of Goat Island is across from Martin and Burke Islands. I've often wanted to anchor along this stretch of the river. So, do so, about 1100 hrs. I have run along close to shore and the water is deep 20-30 feet, and farther upriver I find some 10-13 ft of water and anchor, but after paying out some line I find myself in 6-8 ft of water. I watch a while and decide all is well and shut off the engine.
I see numerous sturgeon rolling along the 8 foot line. After lunch, a tug and barge come by, so I am interested in how I weather their wake. First comes the bow wake of the barge, then the bow wake of the tug, then the stern wake of the tug and finally the reflected waves from shore. It pails in comparison of what we went through with that British Ship yesterday. Her name, by the way, was Morning Midas. This was nothing but 1-2 footers. A piece of cake for this salty crew or should I say, brackish bunch of three.
At 1400hrs I decide it is time to get out of dodge, weighing anchor and not a moment to spare as the wind kicks up at 1410 hrs. In no time it, is blustery, but all on my stern and we ride it well to St Helens. I stop at the fuel dock and get some Fritos and run into Toni, who used to work with Mike of Mayday Marine. She is still working on boats in the area, so I get her card for future reference.
After slipping my lines I head upriver to the Multnomah Channel where it is nice and smooth. Several logs drifting downriver get my attention and so does a Bald Eagle high in a tree.
Total miles: 52.5nm