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The Gualala River, closed to the Pacific Ocean by a big sandbar for months, finally opened last Sunday night or early Monday morning. Bob Rutemoeller found it open at the north end when he checked mid-morning on Monday.

Steelhead, trapped in luxury during the summer and early autumn months, were swept out to sea to begin the next stage of their lives. The Gualala River didn't stay open long, though. It filled once again, and then reopened. And as of Saturday, it was closed again. With the high tides, King Tides, the river might be closed for a while. We will be watching!

Thanks to Bob for allowing me to share his photos with you here.

Robert Scarola recently photographed the action off of The Sea Ranch.
King Tide and Waves from Storm by Robert ScarolaJPG

You can almost hear the crash of the waves by looking at Robert's photo.

Janet Burch was also out photographing the big swells.

Magnificent waves by Janet Tervo

Note that the waves are crashing bluff high - amazing!

Thanks to Robert and Janet for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

During the recent high tides, Rozann Grunig went to the Gualala Bluff Trail to photograph the big surf. She found this Great Blue Heron seemingly watching the surf. It took flight and Rozann got this photo.

Great Blue Heron by Rozann Grunig

She also got this dramatic photo of the King Tides washing over the sandbar of the Gualala River.

King Tides wash over sandbar of the Gualala River by Rozann Grunig

Thanks to Rozann for allowing me to share her photos with you here. To see more of Rozann's photography, here is her website: http://highway1designs.com/

Paul Kozal has trained his camera on high and low tides on the Mendonoma Coast. The contrast is amazing. The top photo shows a King Tide, a very high tide at Shell Beach on The Sea Ranch.

King Tide at Shell Beach by Paul Kozal

And the bottom photo shows the exact same place at low tide. Paul also photographed Iversen Cove's high and low tide. I will share them with you here tomorrow.

To see much more of Paul's photography, here is his website: http://paulkozal.com/


Yesterday, January 20th, there was a 7.2 high tide, a King Tide. King Tides are the highest of high tides. Watching the waves breaking over the sandbar of the Gualala River is exciting. And the Gualala Bluff Trail is the perfect place to be. When we first arrived there wasn't too much action but all of a sudden the waves were closer together. All at once the Pacific Ocean surged over the sandbar in multiple places. Wow!

King Tides washing over the Gualala River Sandbar 1.20.15 by Jeanne Jackson (Large)

The Gualala River is full because it is currently closed off from the ocean by the sandbar. It might take more storms to reopen it. Rain is in our forecast for next week. Here are some other photos of the event.

King Tides brought saltwater into the Gualala River by Jeanne Jackson (Large) King Tides by Jeanne Jackson (Large) Sandbar disappears under water during King Tides by Jeanne Jackson (Large) The Gulls were disturbed by the King Tides by Jeanne Jackson (Large)

In the final photo, which is washed out from the sun, you can see all the Gulls who were suddenly disturbed by the surging water.

To get to the Gualala Bluff Trail, there are two public access points. Between the Sandbar Restaurant and the Breaker's Inn there is a staircase access. And there is an access down the parking area of the Surf Motel. It seems like there is always something to see from this popular trail.