We traveled about 75 miles from the town and marina of Sorel downstream (Meaning east) on the St. Lawrence River to the town and Marina of Portneuf. It has rained all day. Part of today’s journey took us across Lake St. Peter, where the St Lawrence River widens for 20 to 30 miles. The wind was strong and the waves were big for a lake. We made it just fine to Portneuf, our next stop for the night.
Making it to Portneuf Harbor was the easy part of our challenges today. Now we are dealing with a 15 foot tide. For most boaters, even in the ocean, they will never face a 15 foot tide. Most tides are just a few feet, or less. And there is no tide on fresh water lakes and rivers.
As we head further east we will encounter tides in the 20 to 35 foot range. Those can make anchoring or tying to a stationary dock very challenging. Imagine having to plan for your boat to go up and down some 20 or 30 feet while tied at a dock.
Some additional thoughts on the effects of the ocean tides and the St Lawrence River: When the Ocean’s Tide and River’s Current Meet
For more information about tides, go to Tides – Wikipedia.