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Jefferson to Buena Vista Ferry [Level 2]

  • August 12, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 136 Ferry St, Jefferson, OR
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This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification (except for level 1 trips when the paddler is not using a spray skirt).  To successfully register you will need to sign into your OOPS member account, and your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.

Narrative: We are meeting in Jefferson 136 Ferry St, Jefferson, OR at 9:00. Take out is at the Buena Vista County park, 44.768401, -123.148027, just before the ferry, right side.

This is a paddle down the Santiam River to the Willamette River and then down to Buena Vista Ferry Park. The Santiam River part of the paddle does involve some sharp turns, watching out for wood on the river and dealing with moving splashy water. You will need to be able to direct your boat around sharp corners, deal with wood in the water and then bumpy water all at the same time. It is a lot of fun.

When we get to the Willamette confluence, there is a pretty good chance of a little rocky dragging of your boat and one last bit of bumpy water.

I will be bringing my Remix 10’ with a skirt. I will be laughing at your guys going around the corners, you will be laughing at me on the Willamette trying to keep up with you. I have taken a 17’ boat down this without any problem and I have also swam once on this run. There is one tough spot the sheriffs boat says they get called out to a couple times a year. We will scout that one, very easy portage. The sheriff told me that after I called for help one time. It will be stressed at put in, no bunching up when going around sharp corners with boiling water and wood below.

It will be a hot day, bring lots of water. We will meet in Jefferson, shuttle cars and start. Shuttle starts at 9am. There is a $3 ferry fee. Some of us will have to do multiple trips across the ferry. 11 mile paddle, 3 to 4 hours.

Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Jefferson
Take out: Buena Vista Ferry Park
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Steve Pruett
Assistant Organizer(s): None
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: 6
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 85
Estimated Water Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Time: 4 Hours
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 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): 136 Ferry St, Jefferson, OR

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