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This event will offer kayaking for both less and more experienced paddlers. Trips will include mild flat-water, gently moving rivers, and ocean waves.  Jessie M.Honeyman State Park sits among the dunes and has two paddleable lakes within its borders. The “main event” will be kayaking the Siltcoos Canoe Trail through forest, dunes, and to the beach.

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  • Event Manager:  Stacy Ozer
  • Trip Czar:  Dave Smith

What: A camping and kayaking trip on our own Oregon coast. Socially distanced evening campfires and camaraderie. For 2021, paddle trips will occur on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and possibly on Thursday and/or Monday.

When: Thursday-Monday, July 8-12, 2021

Trips: Level 1 through Level 2 trips on estuary and flatwater.  Ocean trips, if any, would be minimum Level 3. All trips will require some driving. All trip sign-ups will be done on-site unless otherwise announced.

Clothing on the water: A wet suit or dry suit is recommended for ocean paddling. Lake and river trip requirements will vary, but clothing requirements will follow the OOPS Cold Water Policy. Wet exit certification is required, unless you participate in only Level 1 trips while 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.  We will likely not have potluck meals in 2021.  For those who are interested, we might bring our own food to a communal picnic. Registrants will receive more information from event staff. 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 7 sites at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park. Walking to the ocean is not advised, but you can explore the dunes adjacent to the park. 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 3-3.5 hours.

How to sign up or get more info: Go to the OOPS website Calendar and click on Florence.

Camping Details: We have 7 tent sites in the C-Loop of Jessie M. Honeyman State Park. Three of the sites have electricity. The others are tent only.  Water is nearby. Walking to the ocean is not advised, but you can explore the dunes adjacent to the park. Bathrooms with free showers are nearby. Check-in begins Thursday at 4 p.m. Check-out is 1 p.m. Monday. Campsites will be shared. We have planned for approximately two-four people and 2 vehicles per site. 

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.”

General Information about Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Map and brochure

Directions: 2-1/4 miles south of the Florence bridge. Turn right off US-101 to the campground.

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