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Lake Merwin (Level 1)

  • May 03, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Speelyai Park, Ariel, WA
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional & lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the Trip Organizer.

Registration is closed

  This trip is limited 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.

UPDATE: Due to a road closure, we will launch from Cresap Bay.  Times remain the same.  Watch for an email from an Organizer.

Narrative: Warm-up Wednesdays continue for the first two weeks in May! We'll launch from Speelyai at 9:30 a.m. and head upstream. Our destination is picturesque Canyon Creek. There are plenty of spots for lunch and breaks. This is a good time to paddle the lake, before the nearby campground opens and there are more power boats on the water. At least half of our trip is in a no-wake zone. There may be a parking fee in May; be prepared for that. Unless you’ve brought a trailer, do not park in the boat parking spaces (you might receive a ticket); use the single-car spaces. There will be either vault or plumbed toilets available, depending on when they change from fall/winter to summer amenities. Bring along a snack or lunch. This paddle may be out of cell phone range. 9 miles round-trip. Arrive in time to be ready to launch at 9:30.

Directions: From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 14 miles to Speelyai Bay Park.  [SEE UPDATE ABOVE.]

Learn more about Speelyai Park: http://www.pacificorp.com/about/or/washington/sp.html

Possible after-paddle side trip: Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens near Woodland, usually best between third weekend of April and Mother’s Day, which is Lilac Days. The gardens are open all year from 10am-4pm. $3 entry fee. (360) 225-8996.  Lilacgardens.com

Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Speelyai Park 
Take out: Speelyai Park 
Route Alternative for bad weather: Estacada Lake or TBD
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Connie Lively; Al & Marlene Fisher
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: 21
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Temperature: 55
Estimated Water Time: 4 hours including a break
Tide times & heights:  
Current information:  
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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment:  
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: Only the distance exceeds Level 1. However, if wind increases while we're on the lake, the fetch can increase conditions to Level 2.
Location (Optional): Speelyai Park, Ariel, WA
Photos (optional):

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