This five-day event might be a mini-vacation! It will offer kayaking for both our less and more experienced paddlers. Trips will include gently and not-so-gently moving rivers, tidal estuaries, and ocean waves. We will camp at Fort Stevens State Park, which offers history, nature, and recreational opportunities. “Camping, beach-combing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, a historic shipwreck, and a historic military fort make Fort Stevens a uniquely diverse park. The park also has a network of nine miles of paved bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails that allow for exploring a variety of habitats including spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine areas. Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp.”
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What: A camping and kayaking trip on our own Oregon coast and the Columbia River. Evening campfires and camaraderie. For 2018, paddle trips will occur on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and possibly Wednesday and Sunday.
When: Thursday-Sunday, August 8-12 2017 (Four days & three nights)
Trips: Level 1 through Level 3 trips on estuaries, tidal rivers, and the ocean. Level 1 trips may be limited due to the potential for wind. All trips will require driving, perhaps as far as Ilwaco, WA, with the exception of classes or an evening paddle on Coffenbury Lake. All trip sign-ups will be done on-site unless otherwise announced.
Clothing on the water: A wet suit or dry suit is recommended, but clothing requirements will follow the OOPS Cold Water Policy. Wet exit certification is required, unless you participate in only Level 1 trips while you are not wearing a sprayskirt, as is compliance with all other OOPS safety policies. Bring layers and wind protection. Organizer will communicate requirements.
Meals and Gatherings: Bring your own food, stove etc., and plan on at least one potluck evening. Registrants will receive more information from the Event Concierge. Please do not bring firewood. Your event fee covers the cost of firewood that we will purchase locally. Please plan to join us for group campfires!
Accommodations and Cost: We have reserved 14 sites on Loop N at Fort Stevens State Park. Walk to the ocean! Ride your bicycle on miles of paths. Bathrooms with free showers are steps away. Registration fees are found on the calendar. See detailed campground information below.
Parking: If you stay outside the park, you will need to purchase a day pass at the entrance booth to launch from sites within the park.
Time from Portland: About 2 hours.
How to sign up or get more info: Go to the OOPS website Calendar and click on Astoria.
Camping Details: We have reserved 14 sites on Loop N at Fort Stevens State Park; they are large and flat. All have electricity, water, and are suitable for RV-hookup. Check-in begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. Check-out is 1 p.m. Sunday. Campsites will be shared. We have planned for approximately three-four people and 2 vehicles per site. When you register, you will have a chance to identify who you would like to share a campsite with, however, we may not be able to honor all requests.
What if you don’t know anybody to share a campsite with? This is your chance to meet some new paddle buddies! We are a friendly group! OOPS will assign the campsites based on your vehicle/equipment needs and the size of the campsites.
Your event registration fee for camping is for the complete event. This includes four nights of camping and additional vehicle fees. DO NOT pay the extra vehicle fee until you have visited your campsite or OOPS HQ and you are sure that you are the “extra” vehicle, not the first vehicle. The Event Manager will either pay for or refund any extra vehicle fees on site.
State Park firewood advice: “Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground, or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference.”