Post election celebration or blahs? Either way, paddling with OOPS friends was a great way to spend the day after the election. A cool fall day meant we had the lake to ourselves. We watched a pair of bald eagles for quite awhile, while they splashed at the lake's edge, went in and out of their nest, and one picked up a fish carcass and flew off with it. We made it up the creek at the north end of the lake until the current and shallow waters stopped us. The water level was too low to poke around the islands near the launch, but we'll save that for a spring day when the ducklings and goslings will be out.
This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification (paddlers that are not using a spray skirt, or paddling a canoe or SUP). 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: "Let’s wind around the small islands, paddle under the bridge to little Round Lake, and head up to the stream that feeds Lacamas Lake. This will be a relaxed pace trip. SUPs or canoes welcome. For those folks who generally paddle faster, use this opportunity to practice your skills while going circles around the group or see if you can get any volunteers for towing practice. We’ll be on the water about 3 hours, traveling six miles, with a couple opportunities so get out of our boats and stretch our legs or have a snack or lunch. Lacamas Lake Regional Park has great hiking trails and a nice park, in case you want to add that to your trip or you have a non-paddling friend who would like some dry land activity while you’re on the water. Be sure to take the trail across the dam and go see the waterfall. Learn more about the park here (scroll down the page): https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/lacamas-lake-regional-park
Parking is free and there is a bathroom. We’ll launch at 10:30, so please arrive by 10:00 a.m. or whatever time you need to get ready. My plan is to be off the water by 1:30 p.m.
Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Lacamas Lake Regional Park boat ramp
Take out: Lacamas Lake Regional Park boat ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: None.
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person:
Maximum number of paddlers: 7; more if another trip
organizer signs up
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Time: 3 hours
Tide times & heights:
Hazards: Submerged rocks, trees
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 1: Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled, no whitecaps
Landing types: Level 1: Frequent easy landing opportunities including gently sloping, sand, gravel or grass
Currents: Level 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 1
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon