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Aldrich Point to Welch and Quinns Islands - Level 2

  • November 12, 2016
  • 8:30 AM
  • Aldrich Point
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer if this is a paddle

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This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification.  To successfully register you will need to sign into your OOPS member account, and your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.

Narrative:    "We will launch from Aldrich Point, located on the Columbia River about 20 miles east of Astoria, and paddle upriver on an incoming tide to explore the eastern end of the Lewis and Clark Refuge.     Highlights include poking around the narrow sloughs and passages of Welch Island, lunch on a sandy beach at the east end of Welch, and return along the marshy north shore of Quinn's Island, and back to Aldrich Point on the outgoing tide.  

Driving distance from Portland is about 85 miles and should take about 1 hour 40 minutes on Saturday morning.    Parking is limited at Aldrich Point; ride share if possible."

Meeting Time:    8:30:00 AM
Launch Time:    9:15:00 AM

Type of activity:    Paddle Trip
Put in:    Aldrich Point
Take out:    Aldrich Point
Route Alternative for bad weather:    Scappoose Bay

Required equipment:   
Minimum Immersion protection:    Drysuit
Primary Organizer:    Bob Hyslop
Assistant Organizer(s):   
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:    7
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy:    Yes

Estimated Air Temperature:    55
Estimated Water Temperature:    55
Estimated Water Time:    4 1/2 hours

Tide times & heights:    Knappa:  0550 1.1 ft,   1140 9.2 ft,   1845 -0.2 ft
Current information:    Prairie Channel (Quinns) 0810 slack, 0950 0.8 flood, 1200 slack, 1630 2.0 ebb

Wind strength:    Level 2:  7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle

Swell/Surf size:    Level 2:  Waves up to 2', no breaking waves

Sea state:    Level 2:  Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered 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 2:  Less than 1 mile

Overall rating:    Level 2

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