Thanks Monte! Sounds like a lovely trip - wish I had been with you.
On sunday 11-13-16 we paddled around Bachelor Island, out of Ridgefield, Wa. There were only 3 of us, all with about equal paddling skills so it was easy to stay together and we did the 10 mile trip in about 3 1/2 hrs including a rest stop and a lunch break.
The weather was beautiful, no wind, and no rain. The river was glass smooth most of the way and we never encountered any power boats.
We did see 4 eagles, an otter, an egret and several herons. There were no wet exits or safety issues.
This was a great relaxed paddle.
This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification. To successfully register you will need to sign into your OOPS member account, and your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.
Narrative: We will circumnavigate Bachelor Island. We will be on a flood tide around noon. Depending on wind and river flows we can decide later if we go clockwise or counter clockwise. There are several natural locations for taking breaks and having lunch, hope you bring your lunch. We can expect the weather to be typical for November so full emersion gear is needed.
Start Point: Ridgefield marina boat launch, there is an $8 launch fee. I will check out the "kayak" launch area to see if they charge for it.
End Point: same
Route Alternative for bad weather: we could paddle Bachelor slough and lake river.
Minimum Immersion Protection: Dry suit
Primary Organizer: Monte Johnston
Secondary Organizer: Rich Becker (mentor)
Has organizer been on this paddle before?: Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS activity here before?: No
Organizer's first aid & CPR certification current?: Yes
First Aid / CPR person: Rich Beckr
Max # of participants: 6
OOPS members only?: Yes
I certify that I have read, understand, and will conduct this Activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy.: Yes
Estimated air temperature: low 50's
Estimated water temperature: low 60's
Estimated water time: about 4 hrs
Tide times & heights: Low at 10:16 am. High at 3:15 pm.
Current information: speed of the Columbia should be less than 3
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: 1. 0-7 knot (8mph)
Swell/Surf size: 1. < 1', no breaking waves
Sea state: 1. small wavelets, no whitecaps
Landing types: 1. gently sloping sand gravel or grass
Currents: 2. up to 2 knot
Total distance: 2. 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: 1. no open crossings
Overall rating: 2. level two
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon