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I'm planning on spending July in the Broughton's and would like to anchor at explore the river at the head of Knights Inlet. Any advice?
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Anchoring on a delta drop off can be tricky. I usually drop bow anchor out as deep as i can and set one or two stern hooks on the drying shelf. by skiff.These have to hold the whole show come big out flow wind so don't think lunch hook. Getting away is just as much work. pay attention to the tide.Lots of bears and it's their turf. Kiingcome is first nations Without an invitation I doubt you'd be welcomed. there's a small float at the head, before the river for their use. Going up rivers can easily cost a prop but worth it. Take sustenance.s and drift back in the sun. I take a couple of tires along for fenders on log booms. Cut drain holes in the side walls so they fill and sink/drain easily. A tug often comes for a boom at 3 am. If they are nice they'll wake you. That's what GPS alarms are for. Anchoring in reasonable depths needs a retrieval line and float because of cables, boom chains etc. And for your next adventure , check out Roaring Hole Rapids.
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Originally Posted by seayalatermoonglow View Post
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I've been up Knight Inlet a few times but have not explored the rivers. I have explored the rivers at the head of some of the other inlets up here over the years. By the way, exploring the Klinaklini River has been on my radar for quite some time and I may do it this summer as well. Knight Inlet is about a 50 nm trip so you need to leave early, it's better to have daylight to anchor back there.

Not sure how much you know about the inlets up here but here goes. Generally you can get some pretty nasty winds funnelling through the inlets but managable if you have lots of chain and don't mind heavy air sailing. They usually pick up in the afternoon. From my experience, sounders don't work very well way back in the inlets because of the runoff, so I usually use a lead line near the head. I try to arrive near low tide so I can spot most of the stumps/trees/old pilings etc. If I get there on a high tide I slow way down and usually shoot for a bit deeper water to set the hook. Looking at the chart it looks that you would be pretty exposed to the outflow winds pretty much anywhere but the holding should be pretty good.

Exploring the rivers... In July, the rivers are usually still running pretty strong. you won't be able to see the bottom even at 6 inches due to the milky colour of the water. Kayaking would be quite a workout and if your using a skiff/motor, generally swing wide at the turns but you can get a good indication of the depth by the look of the water surface. You could expect to hit bottom a few times, I've always drifted back down (that's the best part). I have been up rivers with no indication of any winds only to look up at the tree tops, to see them laid right out. This makes it difficult on your way back at the mouth of the river and it will generally be quite rough getting back to your sailboat and into your sailboat so be prepared for that. You will see grizzlies up there for sure. You won't see anyone back there so your basically on your own. As I say, I haven't been up that river but it should be spectacular and definately a must do. Kingcome Inlet would be another good one to try. Your up for a great adventure for sure and have fun.

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We fished that area one year, didn't go back. Went way up ihe inlet but not all the way. Some beautiful scenery including some old abandoned First Nations villages. Steve's post really cover it well. Seems like the wnds just seem to follow the water down the passages regardless of the directions, and fast.

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Great area to be and see.

Faster said it well. I would suggest day anchoring and move to a solid anchorage for overnight. Peace of mind trumps anxiety.
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