A group of 14 OOPSters ready for a speedy paddle from Newberg to Wilsonville meet at Rogers Landing in Newberg Saturday morning, February 11. The river conditions had changed dramatically from Friday to Saturday with the CFS going from 85,000 to 110,000 overnight, that is a lot of water moving downstream. The river height and velocity also increased quite a bit. As we looked at the river we would see quite a bit of debris coming down the river including some big trees. That was the first sign this might turn out to be more interesting that we anticipated. The ideal of playing keep away from all the debris was not enticing. The current was about 6FPS or about 4.2 MPH. We also realized that at the planned take out in Wilsonville, the river narrows at that spot which would have even faster current and potential problems. Better judgement took hold of the group and the suggestion was made to switch to Hagg Lake. The entire group at the Newberg launch got back into our cars and headed off to Hagg Lake. Perhaps the paddle was not quite as exciting as the Willamette would have been, but we had the entire lake almost to ourselves, calm water and mostly sunny skies, not too bad of a tradeoff. We added a stop at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forrest Grove for food and beverages post paddle to round off a nice day.
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon