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What: A camping and kayaking trip Shadow Bay Campground on Waldo Lake [subject to change]. Evening campfires and camaraderie. For 2018, paddle trips will occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and possibly Thursday.
When: Aug. 26-30, 2018. (Sunday-Thursday)
Trips: Level 2 and Level 3 trips on Waldo Lake. Level 1 trips may be limited due to the potential for wind. All trip sign-ups will be done on-site unless otherwise announced.
Clothing on the water: A wet suit or dry suit is recommended, but clothing requirements will follow the OOPS Cold Water Policy. Wet exit certification is required, unless you participate in only Level 1 trips while you are not wearing a sprayskirt, as is compliance with all other OOPS safety policies. Bring layers and wind protection. Organizer will communicate requirements. Note: Cold water protection will be required if the surface water temperature is below 60. At lower depths, it’s always in the 40-degree range, and a strong wind can churn that up, no matter how hot the day.
Meals and Gatherings: Bring your own food, stove etc., and plan on at least one potluck evening. Registrants will receive more information from the Event Concierge. Please do not bring firewood. Your event fee covers the cost of firewood that we will purchase locally. Please plan to join us for group campfires!
Accommodations and Cost: We have sites at Shadow Bay Campground [subject to change]. Walk your kayak to the lake! Vault toilets only; no showers. Registration fees are found on the calendar. See detailed campground information below.
Parking: If you stay outside the park, you will need to purchase a day pass at the entrance booth to launch from sites within the park.
Time from Portland: About 3-1/2 hours.
How to sign up or get more info: Go to the OOPS website Calendar and click on Waldo Lake.
Camping Details: We have sites at Shadow Bay Campground [subject to change]. Vault toilets only; no showers, no electrical or water hook-ups. Water nearby. This campground is remote--no phone, no store, no gasoline stations, not much cell service. There may be mosquitoes, more some years than others, but please come prepared! Check-in begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. Check-out is 1 p.m. Sunday. [Dates subject to change.] Campsites will be shared. We have planned for approximately three-four people and 2 vehicles per site. When you register, you will have a chance to identify who you would like to share a campsite with, however, we may not be able to honor all requests.
The park allows small trailers under 18 feet in these campsites. Please indicate on your registration if you plan to camp in a van, camper or trailer so that you can be given an appropriately sized campsite. However, we cannot guarantee that these will be available.
What if you don’t know anybody to share a campsite with? This is your chance to meet some new paddle buddies! We are a friendly group! OOPS will assign the campsites based on your vehicle/equipment needs and the size of the campsites.
Your event registration fee for camping is for the complete event. This includes three-four nights of camping and additional vehicle fees. DO NOT pay the extra vehicle fee until you have visited your campsite or OOPS HQ and you are sure that you are the “extra” vehicle, not the first vehicle. The Event Manager will either pay for or refund any extra vehicle fees on site.
Skywatching: At this latitude during late summer, it gets light by 6:30 a.m. and the sun sets about 8 p.m. Our location at the 5400 ft. elevation, far from city lights, makes for a great view of the night sky.
State Park firewood advice: “Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground, or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference.”