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Cedar Oak boat ramp to Willamette Falls (Level 2)

  • July 21, 2017
  • 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Cedar Oak boat ramp, West Linn
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  • Active OOPS members, including kayaking professional & lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the Trip Organizer

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Narrative: We’ll paddle round-trip to Willamette Falls from the Cedar Oak Boat Ramp, with its brand-new dock. We’ll work a bit heading up to the falls, but it’s not difficult. We’ll tuck behind Cedar and Goat Islands going upstream. We’ll break for a snack on Goat Island. Sea lions are sometimes seen near the falls. The tide will be in our favor, with high tide around 4:30 p.m. We’ll get a little push going up to the falls, and we can enjoy the current assist returning. 

There is generally a huge eddyline that’s fun to play in at what I’ll describe as the far end of the base of the falls. We won’t be venturing into any squirrely waters. We’ll be back at the boat ramp around 6:30 p.m., paddling 6-8 miles R.T. depending on our exact route. Maybe a beer or cider afterwards? I’m rating this a Level 2 for current and distance. Otherwise, it should be a mellow trip.

Meeting Time: 2:00:00 PM
Launch Time: 2:30:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cedar Oak Boat Ramp, West Linn
Take out: Cedar Oak Boat Ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: none
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Rich Becker 
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:  self
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: 80
Estimated Water Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Time: 3.5 hours
Tide times & heights: Low tide 12:34 pm (-0.1ft), high tide 4:29 pm (2ft), low tide 11:24 pm (0.7ft) [This is Morrison St. Bridge; there will be some delay toward the falls.]
Current information: 2 knots
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 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment:  
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments:  
Location (Optional): Cedar Oak Boat Ramp, West Linn
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