Comments and Discussion
This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC (unless exempt under Activity Policy F.1). Registration will occur at a group meeting on site the evening before the trip takes place.
Narrative: We'll put in at 9:30 at Vista Park, paddle into the confluence area near the Highway 4 bridge, then go up Steamboat Slough past the thriving metropolis of Skamakowa, follow the shore of Price Island to the Columbia and let the river push us back to Vista Park.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Vista Park
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: If it's that bad, pack up and go home or find a place to watch tomorrow's eclipse.
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Mike Cenedella
Assistant Organizer(s): TBA
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 - providing I get recertified
Maximum number of paddlers: 6
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 68
Estimated Water Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Time: 3 hrs
Tide times & heights: Low tide 9:00, 1.12 ft, high 14:29, 6.5 ft.
Current information: 1 - 2 Knots
Hazards: Shipping traffic
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 2
Rating Comments: Trips on the lower Columbia are deemed Level 2, because of the potential for winds & long fetch, in combination with currents, creating markedly more difficult conditions than the metrics indicate.
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon