The Eel River at Rio Dell, California (southern Humboldt County)
The river is low and stagnant near the banks here in October. Winter rains will soon have this river surging and exploding with power as it pushes towards The Pacific - about 8 miles (12.9 km) downstream. The Eel flows north - draining the leeward side of the King Mountain Range and many of the highest peaks of the Coastal Range to the east.
A trestle of the abandoned Pacific Northwestern Railroad supports the tracks that cling to the rock cliffs as the river bends around the old lumber town of Rio Dell.
[Tomorrow]: In the redwood forest - about 12 miles south of here.
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