This is the water-level view one has as one approaches the entrance to the Mabou River. The reddish cliffs so visible from the West Mabou Beach photo here line the northern bank of the river while the breakwater lines the southern bank with the surprisingly tall sand dunes behind it. West Mabou Beach can be seen at the far right of the photo. The lighthouse at Mabou Harbour Mouth, which now houses a museum that is open in the summer, stands just left of centre in the photograph; the piers that the local fishing fleet uses for mooring lie beside it. The hills across the middle and right of the photograph are well beyond Mabou Village, with Southwest Ridge rising at the far right of the photo.
The currents at the river entrance are swift and often, as on this day, affected by significant off-shore wave action from the Gulf of St Lawrence—observe the waves crashing into the cliffs at the left of the photo. This would not be a good spot to be caught without power!