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Wilsonville to West Linn-through the Narrows (Level 2)

  • April 09, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Boones Ferry Marina, Wilsonville, OR
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional & lifetime. Provisional Acceptance, pending approval of the Trip Organizer.

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Narrative: We can take advantage of the current on this 10 mile trip on the Willamette. Launch will be from the Boones Ferry Marina in Wilsonville. On the route we will pass the confluence of the Molalla River to the Willamette and then take a lunch break at Hebb Park. After lunch we will continue downstream and go through the Narrows. At very high water flows (above 80,000 CFS) the Narrows can be very interesting indeed but currently the flow is about 50,000 CFS, which should make the Narrows fun but not too challenging. There will be some stronger currents and eddies as we pass through the small islands, rock formations and narrow section of the river. You should be comfortable with paddling in this type of environment. I don’t anticipate anything above a Level 2 along the route. This is a very nice section of the Willamette and this early in the season there is generally not that much other boat traffic. Take out will be at Willamette Park in West Linn. We will meet at 10 AM at Boones Ferry Marina and set up the car shuttle, launching at 11AM. There are lots of good options nearby in West Linn for post paddle refreshments.

Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Boones Ferry Marina 26173 Boones Ferry Crossing NE
Take out: Willamette Park 1100 12th St, West Linn
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: Full wet suit
Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman
Assistant Organizer(s): Dan Numbers
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
Estimated Water Temperature: 45-50
Estimated Water Time: 3-4 hours depending on current
Tide times & heights: None
Current information: 2-3 MPH depending on location
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 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
Paddling Environment:  
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Possible stronger currents and eddies in the Narrows
Location (Optional):https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Boones+Ferry+Marina,+26173+Boones+Ferry+Crossing+NE,+Aurora,+OR+97002/''/@45.2911339,-122.8453547,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x54956ede805f975f:0xcfe6a40e86ed6f98!2m2!1d-122.7753144!2d45.2911553!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0xcfe6a40e86ed6f98!2m2!1d-122.7753144!2d45.2911553
Photos (optional): yes

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