I put in just upstream from Whalebone Cove near the ferry slip. I often start on the other side of the river but try not to make crossings like that during the winter. But caution aside, it is dead calm and the big river is near glassy smooth. I head down with a comfortable following current.
It is an easy paddle down to the entrance to the channel that takes one behind Selden Island with little to note other than a long steady set of probable deer tracks that have been washed once by the river, and that I have forgotten my notebook.
Besides the birds, I keep my eye out for sign. By the half way cliffs I find the first beaver sign. It's not much, just one downed tree, and there are none of the other markers - scent mounds, lodges or obvious drags, but they are around.
I head up into the Elf Forest, a place I've not been into at low tide. I find more than enough water to get most of the way in. I find fresh beaver sign along the bank...very fresh. But again, no scent mounds or lodges, no tracks or drags. They're probably using the side channels that are dry at this tide level for drags...at higher tide they can just float their cuttings.
Connecticut River and Selden Channel