This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC. To register, you'll need to log into your member account on the OOPS website.
Narrative: Let's get lost! The East, upstream, and of the Puget Island complex is a maze of sloughs marshes and reedy islands. At higher tides, there are passages that don't show up on the chart. One of the islands in this area looks a lot like a Whales fluke, hence the name.
We'll park at the parking lot east of the ferry on Puget Island and paddle East into the maze and then paddle wherever we wish. We can wander back into Birnie Slough, go in and out the islands that border the mainstream of the Columbia, and go around and around in the area of the Fluke.
Birdlife abounds in this unspoiled region. A few houses lined the Puget island shore, but otherwise the areas uninhabited. We should have fall foliage still, so binoculars and cameras are a good idea.
High tide is late in the afternoon, so it's a leisurely trip with a late start. Post-paddle dinner at the Masthead in Longview.
Parking at the put in requires a Washington Discover Pass, available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/#/catalog/products). When registering, please let me know if you have a Discover Pass so we can arrange carpools.
Meeting Time: 1:00:00 PM
Launch Time: 1:30:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Pancake Point parking lot.
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: Same route, but Sunday.
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Michael Cenedella
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: Michael Cenedella
Maximum number of paddlers: 6 unless I get a co-organizer
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Temperature: 64
Estimated Water Time: 4 houtd
Tide times & heights: Cathlamet: Low 11:14, 0.6 FT., high 16:15, 7.4 ft.
Current information: Westport Turn: 10:05 2.2 Kt ebb slack 15:45
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', 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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: We won't cross the shipping channel.
Location (Optional): 126 E Sunny Sands Rd, Cathlamet, WA
Photos (optional): yes