4/21/17: Smith & Bybee Lakes Paddle (Level 1)

  • April 17, 2017 7:37 PM
    Message # 4757865
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Narrative: Come join in a pleasant wildlife paddle at a favorite local spot.
    We'll meet at 8:15 AM at the canoe launch at the far east end, past the concrete outhouses. Be water ready and launch promptly at 9 AM, proceeding West from Smith to Bybee Lake. Highlights include visiting the Great Blue Heron and Egret Rookery, seeing Bald Eagles, and the Beaver dam if it is not still submerged. Lunch will be on the grassy slope of the Wapato prison. On the return, we'll check out the Eagle nests and the water control structure which is not being maintained this season.
    Pack a lunch, water and snacks for this enjoyable paddle. Waterproof binoculars are also recommended. No Parking Fee, but please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle 
    Meeting Time: 8:15:00 AM
    Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
    Type of activity: Paddle Trip
    Put in: Canoe Launch at far East end of road near Cul-de-sac. 
    Take out: Same
    Route Alternative for bad weather: This is a fairly protected area, If it is really bad weather the trip will be canceled.
    Required equipment: 
    Minimum Immersion protection: Full wet suit
    Primary Organizer: Brad Sheehan
    Assistant Organizer(s): Glen Duey
    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: Glen Duey
    Maximum number of paddlers: 10
    I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
    Estimated Air Temperature: 65
    Estimated Water Temperature: 50
    Estimated Water Time: 4 hours with lunch and breaks
    Tide times & heights: 04/21 Fri 09:35 AM 0.94 L
    04/21 Fri 02:05 PM 2.15 H
    Current information: Less than 1 Knot 
    Hazards: 
    Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
    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: This will primarily be a Level 1 trip, not to exceed 10 miles.
    Location (Optional): http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/smith-and-bybee-wetlands-natural-area
    Photos (optional):

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