2/4/17 : Santiam River - Jefferson to Buena Vista

  • January 30, 2017 3:07 PM
    Reply # 4576676 on 4482808

    My first Paddle Oregon ran this section of the river.  There is an island a little west of the I5 rest area.  It is important to go right.  One of our pods went left and dumped everybody but the pod leader.  Unfortunately I have a conflict this weekend and did not sign up.

  • January 14, 2017 1:23 AM
    Reply # 4547861 on 4482808

    Hi, I have decided to take my self off the wait list but cannot figure out to do so.  Please be so kind to unregister me. Thanks. Margaret


  • December 30, 2016 9:20 AM
    Reply # 4483759 on 4482808

    I've done part of this trip from the where the Santiam joins the Willamette several times before, but of course water flows can change things significantly.  There is an invasive Japanese Knotweed plant at the junction that I will want to stop an inspect as I gave it some unloving care on my last trip by and want to see how effective the treatment was, and then report back to the local Soil & Water Conservation district. 

    Gena Dwyer has lead this same trip before (for KP), so you might want to check with her and maybe even get her to sign up.

    Rich Becker

  • December 30, 2016 12:02 AM
    Message # 4482808
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Narrative: Exploratory trip on the lower section of the Santiam River, onto the Willamette River, and down to the Buena Vista ferry.

    Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM

    Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM

    Type of activity: Paddle Trip

    Put in: Jefferson, Oregon

    Take out: Buena Vista Ferry, Willamette River SHUTTLE IS REQUIRED

    Route Alternative for bad weather: None

    Required equipment: Towline

    Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit

    Primary Organizer: Dennis Pennell

    Assistant Organizer(s): None

    Has organizer paddled here before? No

    Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No

    Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes

    First Aid /CPR Person: Dennis Pennell

    Maximum number of paddlers: 5

    I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes

    Estimated Air Temperature: 44

    Estimated Water Temperature: 44

    Estimated Water Time: 3 hours

    Tide times & heights: River level is rain and snow melt dependent.

    Current information: 3 knots ??

    Hazards:

    Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle

    Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves

    Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps

    Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees

    Currents: Level 3: Up to 4 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward

    Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles

    Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing

    Paddling Environment: Level 2: Mildly exposed river or coastline

    Overall rating: Level 2

    Rating Comments: I think you should have Level 3 skills for this trip. I have not done this trip. The water level will likely be at higher winter levels. This means faster current. It might be a gentle yet fast trip along an easy waterway. But it could be fraught with danger in the form of woody debris, sweeping turns, tricky eddy lines and currents, or whatever. As previously stated, I have not done this trip, so we take what we get and enjoy it. There is a description of this in Canoe and Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington by our own Philip Jones.

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