Meet at 11:30-noon. Lunch and unload boats noon-1 p.m. Launch by 1 p.m.
Lunch at Bender Landing County Park (noon), then head upstream with the incoming tide at 1 p.m. for a two-and-a-half hour round-trip paddle on this narrow north arm of the Siuslaw River. We’ll turn around when the tide turns, around 2 p.m. [Optional trip; it’s fine to sign-up if you can’t make this one.] Don’t get confused by Google Maps, which may want to take you into a swamp. Stay on the road you’ve been following until you arrive at well-civilized Bender Landing County Park. $4 parking fee; vault toilets. You can print a day use permit at home (I did; very handy!):
Google Maps: Bender Landing County Park, Florence, OR 97439
44.003968, -124.071117 Use the GPS coordinates!
It also works to take the road to Three Rivers Casino. Maybe you want to stop in and use their bathroom, grab a lemonade, and play a slot machine.
Monday evening: Meet at 6 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. launch at Cleawox Lake in Jessie Honeyman State Park. If you’re not camping at the park, you’ll need a Day Use pass. 90 min. three-mile round-trip up the east arm. Dunes on one side, coastal woodlands on the other. We need to park and launch at the boat launch area which is to the left immediately upon turning onto the road which takes you to the north part of the Day Use area. We may want to carpool. Parking is limited. We should be off the water by 8 p.m. and back at the campsites around 8:30 p.m. Perhaps followed by a campfire in one of our campsites.
Tuesday morning: Arrive at 9:30. Launch at 10 a.m. Siltcoos Canoe Trail; six miles round-trip, from Siltcoos Lake through a short river to the beach. The lake, with a mean elevation of 8 feet above sea level, empties into the Siltcoos River, which meanders generally west for about 3 miles to its mouth on the Pacific Ocean. We'll pass by boat houses, forest, and sand dunes. A dam downriver regulates the lake’s outflow and provides a fun portage. There is tidal influence in the lower section of the river. We should arrive at the estuary beach about three hours before high tide (2:44pm). To protect the nesting areas of the western snowy plover, which nests in the open, directly on dry sand, the lowest section of the Siltcoos is restricted from March 15 to Sept. 15. We can get out on the wet sand. After a 30-45 minute lunch break (bring a kite?), we can head back upriver using the last bit of incoming tide to help us along. Getting there: Follow U.S. 101 to Dunes City/Westlake, six miles south of Florence. Turn east onto Pacific Avenue and follow it to the boat ramp at the end of the road. $4 parking fee to Lane County; pay box at launch or use the online system: https://reservations.lanecounty.org/reservations/pass_sales.asp?actiontype=display_product
Tuesday evening: Twilight trip on Woahink Lake, Jesse Honeyman State Park Day Use Area, east side of Hwy 101. If you’re not camping at the park, you’ll need a Day Use pass. We’ll launch about 6:30 p.m., check out the two north arms of the lake, and return just before twilight ends (around 8:45 p.m.). Full-moon; relaxing and pretty. There are no lights in parking lot. Hopefully time for another campfire afterwards.
Sunset: 8:29:47 pm Twilight ends (dark) 9:01:36 pm
Wednesday: Break camp (or leave your hotel room) and be on the road by 11 a.m. We’ll drive north, stopping for a lunch break at Heceta Head Lighthouse halfway up the coast between Florence and Beaver Creek. This is optional, but worth the stop. We’ll arrive at Beaver Creek (at Brian Booth State Park near Newport) about 1 p.m. and launch at 1:30, for a peaceful six-mile round-trip meander through twists and turns as we head east to where the creek narrows. The trip also includes a five-minute paddle heading west from the launch to the beach! We should be off the water around 4:30 p.m. Brian Booth State Park, Seal Rock, OR 97376. We can decide later if launching from the east or west side of the highway is best. There is a boat ramp on the east side, but flush toilets and a path to the beach on the west side (launch from the bank).
Amy I have a camp site you are welcome to share. I'm always open to carpooling too. I have a site 7-10 but can leave the 9. Call me at(503) 267-0115. Patti Brown
Thanks Chris, I will.
Check with Lori Benton.
Please consider - if I don't find a place to sleep, other than camping, I will not be able to participate in this FUN trip with all of you! Suggestions, invitations, contacts . . . thanks in advance! Amy
Hello fella voyagers- Looking for some (s) who wants to share accommodations Sunday Aug. 6 through Thur. Aug. 10 am. Place yet to be found AND Looking for someone to carpool with- I drive or you drive. Amy 503-890-9998, firstname.lastname@example.org
These trips are 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: Join me for five fun paddle trips near Florence, OR. Each trip meets the OOPS Level 1 parameters, so for ease, I’m going to present this as one “trip.” NOTE: This is not a club “Event”; each registrant will need to make their own camping or lodging arrangements. Please sign up only if you’re able to join us Monday through Wednesday. If the trip doesn’t fill, I’ll put out the word for day-trippers to join us.
Each of these trips has its own unique characteristics. Following is the entire line-up of all 5 trips. I’ll send more detailed information regarding launch sites & times, etc. to everyone who signs up.
Monday afternoon: Following lunch at Bender Landing County Park, then head upstream with the incoming tide for a two-and-a-half hour round-trip paddle on this narrow north arm of the Siuslaw River. We’ll turn around when the tide turns, around 2 p.m. [Optional trip: it’s fine to sign-up if you can’t make this one afternoon trip.]
Monday evening: 6:30 p.m. launch at Cleawox Lake in Jessie Honeyman State Park. One & a half hour three-mile round-trip up the east arm. Dunes on one side, coastal woodlands on the other. Followed by a campfire in one of our campsites. (Note: This is the trip which is detailed below.)
Tuesday morning: Siltcoos Canoe Trail; six miles round-trip, from Siltcoos Lake through a short river to the beach. We'll pass by boat houses, forest, and sand dunes. On the way, we'll cross over a fun portage. http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/grants-getaways/siltcoos-river-canoe-trail/
Tuesday evening: Twilight trip on Woahink Lake, launching about an hour before sunset and returning just as twilight ends. Full-moon trip. Relaxing and pretty. Time for another campfire afterwards.
Wednesday: Break camp (or check out of your room) and drive one hour north to Beaver Creek for a peaceful six-mile round-trip meander through twists and turns as we head east to where the creek narrows; the trip also includes a five-minute paddle heading west from the launch to the beach! Lunch break at Heceta Head Lighthouse halfway up the coast between Florence and Beaver Creek (near Newport).
Meeting Time: 6:00:00 PM
Launch Time: 6:30:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cleawox Boat Ramp (turnout near lake's day use area)
Take out: Cleawox Boat Ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Pending
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: 7; more if another Trip Organizer signs on
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 75
Estimated Water Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Time: 2 hours
Tide times & heights:
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 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: All five trips meet the Level One rating.
Location (Optional): Cleawox Lake Day-Use Area
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon