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Hammersley Inlet [Level 2]

  • September 09, 2017
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Walker County Park
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer if this is a paddle

Registration is closed

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: Join me for a classic South Sound paddle: Walker County Park to Hope Island, but with a twist or three.

Group will paddle from Walker County Park to Hope Island and, TWIST 1, camp on Hope Island. Those not wanting to camp*** can take out at Arcadia boat ramp either before or after lunch [TWIST 2]. [It is about approximately 6.5 nm from Walker County Park to Arcadia boat ramp and about 1.0 nm from the boat ramp to Hope Island.]

We will break camp early Sunday morning so that we can be on the water by 0700 so we can ride the flood back to Walker County Park.

*** there will be a small fee for camping -- bring 1.00$ bills. there may be a small fee for parking at Walker county park overnight.

there is no potable water on Hope Island. Each paddler who is camping will need to bring between 4 and 6 liters of water.

we will not have a camp fire on Hope Island.

If want to come on this overnighter and have not kayak camped before or may need some gear, sign up and send me an email telling me you that you haven't kayak camped or that you need gear. Others of us on the trip can probably come up with extra gear or reasonable alternative. my email address is hohfern@gmail.com.


Now, TWIST 3, for those camping on Hope Island who so desire, a trip within a trip WHICH WILL BE LISTED SEPARATELY: we will circumnavigate Squaxin Island as a night paddle. [If you want to participate in the night paddle, bring a waterproof headlamp and 2 glow sticks: one blue and one yellow and have a means of attaching one glow stick to hat / helmet and a means of attaching the other glow stick to the bow of your kayak.] [ Circumnavigating Squaxin Island from Hope Island is about 9 nm.]


1. Trip from Walker County Park to Arcadia boat ramp is about 6.5 nm.
2. Trip from walker County Park to Hope Island and back is about 13 nm.
3. Trip (2) coupled with circumnavigation of Squaxin Island is about 22 nm.

Note on landings and places to take out: Other than dire emergency, there are no take outs or places to stop (a minor exception or 2) between Walker County park and Arcadia. Also, there is no stopping on Squaxin Island. Squaxin Island is reserved for the Squaxin Island Tribe.

Wear whatever you like on the paddle from Walker County Park to Hope Island. I anticipate it being hot and the water temperature will be fairly high. It will probably be chilly Sunday morning, so you will want fleece with wind breaker at a minimum for the paddle from Hope Island back to Walker county park.

Meeting Time: 11:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Walker County Park
Take out: Waker County Park or Alternative
Route Alternative for bad weather: none
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Vern Brown
Assistant Organizer(s): TBD
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: 12 -- assuming other trip organizer signs up for trip
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Time: 3.5 hours
Tide times & heights: At Arcadia
2017-09-09 Sat 10:27 PDT Moonset
2017-09-09 Sat 14:44 PDT 2.36 feet Low Tide
2017-09-09 Sat 19:34 PDT Sunset
2017-09-09 Sat 20:39 PDT 14.67 feet High Tide
2017-09-09 Sat 21:40 PDT Moonrise
2017-09-10 Sun 03:20 PDT 1.06 feet Low Tide
2017-09-10 Sun 06:43 PDT Sunrise
2017-09-10 Sun 09:18 PDT 13.09 feet High Tide
2017-09-10 Sun 11:39 PDT Moonset
2017-09-10 Sun 15:29 PDT 3.55 feet Low Tide
Current information: 017-09-09 Sat 12:38 PDT -3.01 knots
2017-09-09 Sat 15:56 PDT SBF
2017-09-09 Sat 18:25 PDT 2.65 knots
2017-09-09 Sat 19:35 PDT Sunset
2017-09-09 Sat 20:51 PDT SBE
2017-09-09 Sat 21:40 PDT Moonrise
2017-09-10 Sun 00:57 PDT -3.26 knots
2017-09-10 Sun 04:19 PDT 0.00 knots SBF
2017-09-10 Sun 06:43 PDT Sunrise
2017-09-10 Sun 06:54 PDT 2.80 knots
2017-09-10 Sun 09:31 PDT SBE
2017-09-10 Sun 11:39 PDT Moonset
2017-09-10 Sun 13:23 PDT -2.74 knots
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 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
Currents: Level 3: Up to 4 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2

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