This trip is limited to OOPS members with WEC. To register, you'll need to log into your member account on the OOPS website.
Narrative: Have not done the Salmon River for a few months, it’s time for another trip, still one of my favorites. We will be able reach the ocean and play in the river mouth and then explore the estuary and upper river all in one trip.
This paddle will start from Knight County Park where we'll meet at 9:30 a.m., it’s about 10 minutes north of Lincoln City. We'll launch at 10:30 a.m. against an incoming (flood) tide and paddle about one mile toward the mouth of the river to a sand spit on the ocean accessible only by boat. There may be some moderate currants and eddies near the mouth to play in, but usually not too strong. Some people may choose to play in the swells and currents in the mouth, depending on conditions, it’s optional and not required. We will take a break on the beach near the mouth, frequently there are a collection of seals and sea lions in the area, both in the water and on the spit.
After a short stop on the beach we'll head back upriver, now taking advantage of the incoming tide, go past the launch site and continue for a few miles passing under Hwy 101 through scenic open country and some farms with the goal of reaching Otis and then head back to Knight Park. The overall length of the paddle will be in the 8-10 mile range. There are vault toilets at Knight Park but no water; parking is free but don’t park in the boat trailer spaces. More details will be sent out prior to the trip. Total trip time of 3-4 hours. Bring food/snacks and water.
Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Knight County Park
Take out: Knight County Park
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman
Assistant Organizer(s): Steve Pruett
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: Bob Freshman
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: 50-60
Estimated Water Temperature: 50-55
Estimated Water Time: 3-4 Hours
Tide times & heights: 05/13 Sat 09:08 AM -0.3 L
05/13 Sat 03:23 PM 5.25 H
Current information: 2-3 mph (strongest near the mouth of the river, less as we move inland)
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 1: Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled, no whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
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 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: There will likely be some currents and eddies near the mouth of the river. Wind and weather conditions are not possible to predict this far out.
Location (Optional): https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/knight+county+park/data=!4m5!4m4!1m0!1m2!1m1!1s0x54eaecef9b1c2521:0x31348ce8d4173b9b?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjb2drXyL7TAhVGKWMKHcIsCXUQ9RcIeDAP
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon