Narrative: It looks like there will be a break in the rain on Saturday, so join us on an early-season paddle around Bachelor Island.
The distance is 10 miles and I expect to get some current assist going downstream on the Columbia.
We will circumnavigate clockwise, stopping for stretch breaks and lunch on one of the beaches on the island.
I'd like to launch at 10:30, so plan to be at the Ridgefield Boat Launch at 9:45. There is an $8 parking fee to park in this lot for the day. The ticket dispenser by the restroom takes cash only or you can buy a parking pass at Ridgefield Hardware Store at the corner of Pioneer and Main St.
Bring a lunch and a warm drink and plenty of warm gloves/hats....it's going to be cold.
Meeting Time: 9:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Ridgefield Boat Launch at the foot of Mill Street....not the kayak launch
Take out: Same place
Route Alternative for bad weather: Lake River and Bachelor Slough...same launch
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Connie Lively
Assistant Organizer(s): Don Durheim
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: Eight unless another trip organizer signs up; then 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 45-49 degrees
Estimated Water Temperature: 41 degrees F.
Estimated Water Time: 4 hours
Tide times & heights: Low tide 11:30, 2.4'; High 15:11, 9'
Current information: Approx 2-2 1/2 knots
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 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: We should have some current assist paddling downstream on the Columbia.
Location (Optional): Port of Ridgefield Boat Launch at the foot of Mill Street in Ridgefield, WA
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon