Columbia City to Prescott Beach 2/12/2017

  • February 06, 2017 7:03 PM
    Message # 4594996
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Narrative: Starting at Pixie Park in Columbia City, we'll let the current assist us down river along the Oregon shore past Goat Island, then cross the shipping channel to Martin Island, where we'll stop for lunch. We'll continue along Martin Bluff down to the edge of the Kalama industrial area before crossing the shipping channel back to the Oregon shore and behind Sandy Island, past what remains of "The River Queen", past Goble, then continuing along the rocky shores of the Trojan power plant, and finish up at Prescott Beach. A shuttle is required.
    Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
    Launch Time: 9:45:00 AM
    Type of activity: Paddle Trip
    Put in: Pixie Park
    Take out: Prescott Beach
    Route Alternative for bad weather: Possibly a shorter trip ending at Goble
    Required equipment:  
    Minimum Immersion protection: Full wet suit
    Primary Organizer: Don Durheim
    Assistant Organizer(s): Rich Becker
    Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
    Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
    Organizer's first aid and CPR current? No
    First Aid /CPR Person: Rich Becker
    Maximum number of paddlers: 8
    I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
    Estimated Air Temperature: 35º (early am) to 50º (pm)
    Estimated Water Temperature: 38º
    Estimated Water Time: 4.5 hrs including breaks
    Tide times & heights: High 5:49 am at St Helens; Low 12:39 pm at Kalama
    Current information: 1.5 mph, max ebb around 11:45 am
    Hazards: Shipping traffic
    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 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
    Total distance: Level 3: 11 to 15 miles
    Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
    Paddling Environment: Level 2: moderately exposed river or coast
    Overall rating: Level 2
    Rating Comments: (1) DISTANCE 
    The 14 mile total trip distance with ~1 mph assist from outgoing tide and high river flow is approximately 9-10 miles distance on flat water. 
    Discussion will be conducted with all participants if the wind forecast (either up or down river) suggests any instability or change in direction. Wind will be closely monitored right up to launch time. This is intended to be a leisurely paddle and the trip will be cancelled if wind becomes a factor (Level 2).
    Location (Optional):,+WA+98625/@46.0025675,-122.8320389,11z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x54944166cc6ff7ed:0x9ebb197dcf92449d!8m2!3d46.0084472!4d-122.8445509
    Photos (optional): yes

    Last modified: February 06, 2017 7:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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