This is along the St. John River on the Mactaquac Head Pond just above the Mactaquac Dam at Keswick Ridge.
Well, here it is into May already! Time is flying by and I didn't even look at my blog or anyone else's for a whole week for some reason, so I have some catching up to do!
The weather has not been very nice and there hasn't been much to take photos of unless it's rain.
It is definitely greening up and the trees are budding, the tulips are about to open and the daffodils are still blooming for a few more days.
We had about 90mm of rain all day Saturday that has caused some flooding of properties along the rivers but not the major flooding that would have been expected. There are many wet basements I'm sure and some flooded roads. Parts of BC, Ontario and Quebec have had some much more serious flooding though and my heart goes out to those affected as their homes are full of water and so much property is destroyed. We are on a high ridge so are safe. Our yard is like a sopping wet sponge in spots as the ground is so saturated. Hopefully this will give lots of moisture to the woods so there won't be any forest fires.
Sunday afternoon was glorious with blue skies, puffy white clouds, sunshine and warm temperatures. Late afternoon we went for a little drive to the river and the dam so I could take some photos. The top opening photo is down by the river. I've written many blog posts about the river, dam and head pond.
There was a stiff southwest wind so there were waves and whitecaps on the water and it was all muddy from sediment and the fast flow of the water. In the distance at the centre of the photo is where the St. John River is. The body of water right here is called the Mactaquac Arm. When the Mactaquac Dam was built across the St. John River over 40 years ago the flood waters backed up the river and the Mactaquac Stream (now the Arm) and it is very deep and wide.
In the cove of the very first photo is this beaver lodge which has been there for a long time. Normally the water is much higher and only the top half of the pile of wood is showing. It is unusual to see a shoreline along the river unless the water is being lowered during spring runoff or if there has been a heavy rain all along the St. John River and they have to open the dam gates.
Looking up the Mactaquac Arm toward Crabbe Mountain. Yes, that is a 'mountain'. 😁 And it is a ski hill too.
The land on the right side of this photo is all Mactaquac Provincial Park which has many hiking trails, two boat marinas, a golf course, campgrounds, a public beach and picnic areas. Treego - a zip line outfit - is also located in the park.
It is a very busy spot from May through September and many boaters take advantage of the river where there are bass fishing tournaments twice in the summer. There are also houseboat rentals at the marina.
Tons of old trees and wood etc. come down river every year with the high water. It is scooped out with a large excavator and put into dump trucks then piled up on NB Power property near the dam. You can see a log or two in this photo and I took a photo of the pile as well.
Next we drove across the dam from the other side (Keswick Ridge) to the Kingsclear side in this photo to take pics of the water coming through. The gates had been closed more than they have been so less was being expelled but it is amazing to see the force of the water as it comes down the spillways and crashes at the base into a white roiling foam. It then flows down the St. John River to the Bay of Fundy - about 105 km or 65 miles away. It's along the area below Fredericton that the water has breached the highway in spots and flooded some basements, yards and farms and this happens almost every year. The most recent bad flood was 2008 when it flooded parts of downtown Fredericton. It's quite a science to adjust the water flow at the dam with the amount of influx along the river above it from snow melt and rain. The St. John River starts in Northern Maine and flows through the province of New Brunswick.
A closer shot of the action.
We left there and I took this photo as we crossed back over the dam. We're heading to that spit of green grass jutting out in the river below the generating part of the dam.
Here are the trucks I mentioned that haul the logs and debris away that is collected from next to the dam.
And this is some of the pile of logs and debris that has been collected the past few years. Some of it is hauled off to landfill sites I think.
The road down to the generating station below the dam has some great views of the St. John River, Kingsclear and Islandview.
This is taken from the parking lot on the green spit of land I mentioned you could see from the dam and looking back at the dam. You can't see the spillways as they are around a bit of a corner on the right.
There are two sets of spillways and you can see the roiling foam from them here. One set is behind that jut-out and one it to the immediate right where the spray is. Note the vehicles driving across the dam.
That's it for our tour of the St. John River at the Mactaquac Dam.
Maple tree blossoms.
Back at home at suppertime, almost 6:00, and the sun is still high and the grass is so green. I love this time of year but just wish it would warm up about 5-10 degrees more as we're barely into the teens yet most days. I'm still not barefoot in sandals! haha.
I hope you had a good weekend and wish you a great week ahead. And a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!