This trip is open 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: Our final April Warm-up Wednesday takes us to a scenic area of the Willamette River which is not far from Multnomah Village and our OOPS General Meeting that evening. We'll paddle the short distance upriver from Milwaukie Boat Ramp to Elk Rock Island. We'll go farther upriver to round out our trip, with the distance dependent on the current and the group's wishes.
This will be a relaxed pace trip; SUPs are welcome.
Elk Rock Island is fun to poke around, both in boat and out of boat. Perhaps we’ll see geese nesting in the cliffs on the west side of the river. The area near the boat launch has less current than the main channel and will be another opportunity to practice our paddle strokes. We'll launch at 1:30 p.m. and be off the water by 4:00 p.m. You may want to bring a lunch or snack to eat at the launch site before we head out. Afterwards we can head over to Multnomah Village for dinner and the OOPS meeting.
Parking is free, but it can be limited. If you don’t find a NON-trailer spot at the boat ramp, plan B is to drop off your boat and park across the street in the business area. Single vehicles are NOT allowed in the trailer parking spots. Plan to arrive by 12:30 p.m. to allow time to find parking and eat lunch. You can launch from the dock, ramp, or rocky beach. Bathrooms are available.
We will observe the Four Ps: Please Plan to be a Pod Participant! If you are a lone wolf, this is not the trip for you.
Meeting Time: 12:30:00 PM
Launch Time: 1:30:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Milwaukie Riverfront Park boat launch
Take out: Milwaukie Riverfront Park boat launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: Ross Island or TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
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:
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: 57
Estimated Water Temperature: 55
Estimated Water Time: 3 hours
Tide times & heights: There will be an outgoing tide until about 2:30. Paddling against the tide will help us build paddling muscles!
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 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 1
Location (Optional): Milwaukie Riverfront Park, 11211 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97222