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Nestucca River and Bay - Level 2

  • September 16, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Pacific City
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Active club members, including kayaking professionals and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by trip organizer if this is a paddle
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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.

Pacific City is another great place to launch and paddle. Nestucca Bay/River and also the Little Nestucca River are part of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge; a great location for all year paddling. The well-known Lumpy Waters Symposium is held in Pacific City in October, using both the river and ocean for the classes they offer. We will be launching from Pacific City Boat Launch on Sunset Drive, there is a $4 parking fee and bathrooms available. Be ready to launch by 9AM.

We will head out on the Nestucca River towards Nestucca Bay on the flood tide and head out to the mouth of the bay. With the incoming tide at the mouth there are options to play in the sometimes interesting currents in that area. If conditions permit we can play in the swells for those that choose to do so, and we can take a snack break near the mouth. We will then head back up the bay and cut off on the Little Nestucca River and explore that before returning to Nestucca Bay and back to the launch. Total distance will be in the 8-9 mile range. Conditions are generally good with stronger currents only near the mouth of the bay. There can be some chop if the winds pick up and this can turn conditions into a Level 2 trip.  Bring food/snacks and water; we will be taking a break along the way. Total water time will be in the 3-4 hour range.

Two other great attributes of Pacific City are Grateful Bread for breakfast and the Pelican Brew Pub for after paddle refreshments, with a great view of the ocean and wide variety of their own brews.

Meeting Time: 8:30 AM
Launch Time: 9:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Pacific City Boat Launch
Take out: Pacific City Boat Launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: NA
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman
Assistant Organizer(s): Chris Mayou
 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: Bob Freshman
Maximum number of paddlers: 14
 Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Time: 3-4 Hours
Tide times & heights: Low Tide 4:27 AM
High Tide 10:48 AM
Current information: 1-2 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: This is usually not a difficult trip but wind can pick up in the afternoon and create a fair amount of chop in the bay plus currents near the mouth of the bay.
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