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Santiam River: Jefferson to Buena Vista (Level 3)

  • February 04, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Jefferson, Oregon
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  • Active club members (including kayaking professionals & lifetime). Provisional acceptance, pending approval by Trip Organizer.

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  This trip is limited to OOPS members with a Wet Exit Certification.  To successfully register, you will need to log into your OOPS member account, & your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.

Narrative: Exploratory trip on the lower section of the Santiam River, onto the Willamette River, and down to the Buena Vista ferry.

Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM

Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM

Type of activity: Paddle Trip

Put in: Jefferson, Oregon

Take out: Buena Vista Ferry, Willamette River SHUTTLE IS REQUIRED

Route Alternative for bad weather: None

Required equipment: Towline

Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit

Primary Organizer: Dennis Pennell

Assistant Organizer(s): None

Has organizer paddled here before? No

Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No

Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes

First Aid /CPR Person: Dennis Pennell

Maximum number of paddlers: 5

I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes

Estimated Air Temperature: 44

Estimated Water Temperature: 44

Estimated Water Time: 3 hours

Tide times & heights: River level is rain and snow melt dependent.

Current information: 3 knots ??


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 3: Up to 4 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward

Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles

Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing

Paddling Environment: Level 2: Mildly exposed river or coastline

Overall rating: Level 2

Rating Comments: I think you should have Level 3 skills for this trip. I have not done this trip. The water level will likely be at higher winter levels. This means faster current. It might be a gentle yet fast trip along an easy waterway. But it could be fraught with danger in the form of woody debris, sweeping turns, tricky eddy lines and currents, or whatever. As previously stated, I have not done this trip, so we take what we get and enjoy it. There is a description of this in Canoe and Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington by our own Philip Jones.

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