5/3/17: Lake Merwin (Level 1)

  • April 13, 2017 9:32 PM
    Message # 4751445
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This trip is limited to OOPS members with WEC (unless exempt under Activity policy F.1.).  To register, you'll need to log into your member account on the OOPS website.

    Narrative: Warm-up Wednesdays continue for the first two weeks in May! We'll launch from Speelyai at 9:30 a.m. and head upstream. Our destination is picturesque Canyon Creek. There are plenty of spots for lunch and breaks. This is a good time to paddle the lake, before the nearby campground opens and there are more power boats on the water. At least half of our trip is in a no-wake zone. There may be a parking fee in May; be prepared for that. Unless you’ve brought a trailer, do not park in the boat parking spaces (you might receive a ticket); use the single-car spaces. There will be either vault or plumbed toilets available, depending on when they change from fall/winter to summer amenities. Bring along a snack or lunch. This paddle may be out of cell phone range. 9 miles round-trip. Arrive in time to be ready to launch at 9:30.

    Directions: From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 14 miles to Speelyai Bay Park.

    Learn more about Speelyai Park: http://www.pacificorp.com/about/or/washington/sp.html

    Possible after-paddle side trip: Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens near Woodland, usually best between third weekend of April and Mother’s Day, which is Lilac Days. The gardens are open all year from 10am-4pm. $3 entry fee. (360) 225-8996.  Lilacgardens.com

    Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
    Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
    Type of activity: Paddle Trip
    Put in: Speelyai Park 
    Take out: Speelyai Park 
    Route Alternative for bad weather: Estacada Lake or TBD
    Required equipment:  
    Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
    Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
    Assistant Organizer(s): Connie Lively; Al & Marlene Fisher
    Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
    Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
    Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
    First Aid /CPR Person:  
    Maximum number of paddlers: 14
    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: 55
    Estimated Water Time: 4 hours including a break
    Tide times & heights:  
    Current information:  
    Hazards:  
    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 2: 6 to 11 miles
    Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
    Paddling Environment:  
    Overall rating: Level 1
    Rating Comments: Only the distance will exceed Level 1, but if the wind picks up, conditions on the lake can become Level 2.
    Location (Optional): Speelyai Park, Ariel, WA
    Photos (optional):

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