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Timestamp 5/1/2017 9:51:06
Full Name: Dick Cogburn
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activity Title: Crane Prairie Reservoir
Date of Activity: 6/30/2017
Narrative: Crane Prairie is a fun place to paddle with chances to see a variety of wildlife including deer, beaver, otter, frogs, eagles, osprey, pelicans and many others of the bird persuasion. There is a section of drowned trees that make a good practice area to work on boat control. There are some nice little beach areas for landings, an interesting marshy stretch where mystery holes can be seen in the lake bottom, and trees provide shaded hillsides to explore.
This will be an 11-12 mile paddle, circumnavigation style. There are many submerged logs and rocks, and wind is always possible. We will need to maintain close contact with each other on this paddle. We are listing this as a level 2 trip.
… and one more thing…
Are you bothered by snails? Do you have an extreme negative reaction to the sound or feel of them crunching under boats or feet? If you answered "yes" to either question, then this won’t be a trip you’d completely enjoy. We have found snails all along the shoreline, occasionally floating on the water’s surface there. They are roughly 1 inch in size and you will definitely know it when you step on one.
Crane Prairie is home to a large population of non-native Chinese Mystery Snails, but according to the USFS, they aren’t likely to attach to your kayak and be transferred to another body of water that way.
Now that you are well informed, we hope you will join us on a paddle with some unique aspects. We are anxious to return to this spot and paddle it again.
Karen and Dick
**Crane Prairie reservoir is also now home to the non-native Eurasian Water Milfoil. This nasty little plant can get caught up on your kayak or other gear and easily transfers to other bodies of water. You will need to make sure you very carefully clean “hitchhikers” off your kayak and gear after paddling here.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Rocky Point Boat Launch
Take out: Rocky Point Boat Launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: none
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Dick Cogburn
Assistant Organizer(s): Karen Cogburn
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person:
Maximum number of paddlers: 8
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Time: 5 hours
Tide times & heights:
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered 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 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Wind is the biggest factor here. In our experience, the wind often comes up in the afternoon. There will likely be fishing boats out. Submerged rocks and logs can also pose a hazard.
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon