Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dumping Logs

We just took a ride to the head of Powell Lake in our new boat.  Here she is next to one of the crew boats at the logging dock. She looks like she really belongs with the working guys.  At home in our cabin, we can hear the crew boats heading up the lake at about 6:30 am. Then around 5:00 pm, we see them heading back home.

We found five boats up at the head of the lake. It was close to quitting time, but after we arrived, we saw four logging trucks dump their loads into the log pond. We passed the tug hauling a boom of logs to the south end of the lake.  He left the head at about 2:00 pm and didn't pass our cabin until 9:30 am the next morning, and he still had another 10 miles to go. That's one long run!

Have you ever seen a log dump? Here's a short video.

Those bundles sure make a huge splash! -- Margy


  1. I used to love watching them dump logs up at Zeballos on the West Coast, long ago. The trucks rolled up to the edge of the wharf, then tipped the logs over. No slide, just a long, straight drop, then the splash. And the rumbling of the logs as they fought for space on the surface after they landed.

  2. I always wondered where those big trucks go with all those logs.

  3. Great video - I love the clanking sounds of logging.

  4. Susannah - That must have made a tremendous splash. Now that the logs are bundled and not loose, they don't escape the booms and become lake floaters. I wonder what will happen when all of the old stuff sinks or is gathered by the salvage guy to sell to the mill to be chipped?

    Stephanie - Over here it is quite a process. First the logs are loaded in the forest and then dumped into the lake. Then they are towed to the south end, reloaded on truck, and then dumped in the ocean to be towed to Vancouver. It is just too expensive to tow them to the city because of our high ferry costs, if you know what I mean!



We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy