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 if you intend to wear a spray skirt.
Narrative: Start 2018 out right—on the water! Join us for the second annual New Year’s Day trip. We’ll have favorable tide conditions to celebrate New Year’s Day with a round-trip paddle from Scappoose Bay Marina to Warrior Rock lighthouse and back with an 10:30 a.m. launch time. If the weather is uncooperative, the venue may change, but plan to join us somewhere. And for now, that somewhere is Scappoose Bay out to Warrior Rock. We might poke into the sloughs that line Scappoose Bay. There is sometimes ice in these shallow backwaters in winter. We might see huge ocean-going vessels heading to or from the Pacific once we reach the confluence with the Columbia. This is a trip that will leave many different impressions. We’ll paddle in pods, mostly at a relaxed pace. Marty promises us all yummy treats (like hot chocolate, rooibos lattes, and scones) when we take our lunch break on the beach near the Warrior Rock Light.
This is a Level One trip, but it’s not suited for novices, inflatables, or boats shorter than 12 ft. as we need to stick together, and everyone needs to keep up, even at what is a relaxed pace for the longer boats. We’ll be on waterways where power boats travel, we’ll cross Multnomah Channel, and we’ll dip our bows, so to speak, into the Columbia. This is a six-mile trip. We’ll have a light incoming tide as we make our way downstream to the lighthouse, but we should get a bit of a boost from the tide when we return. The water will be cold. Paddlers should expect to stay with a pod. Drysuits are required; they are available to rent from Portland vendors if you don’t own one.
There are public restrooms at the marina parking area, and a day-use fee for parking. The marina is easy to find. Take Hwy. 30 to Warren, turn east on Bennett Rd. at milepost 25.8, then immediate left on Old Portland Road. You’ll see the Scappoose Bay Paddling Center and the marina. Next Adventure’s Scappoose Bay Paddling Center may be open when we arrive.
Plan to arrive by 9:45 to allow time to unload, park, and be ready to be on the water by 10:30 a.m.
After paddle: For those who want to keep the recreation going, we can choose an after-paddle venue when it’s closer to the date. The Klondike in St. Helens is a possibility.
Meeting Time: 9:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Scappoose Bay Marina
Take out: Scappoose Bay Marina
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Marty Martinez, Mel Wishan, Rich Becker, Steve Pruett, Patti Swanson
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: 28
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 45
Estimated Water Temperature: 45
Estimated Water Time: 3-4 hours plus a lunch break
Tide times & heights: High 03:58 AM 2.1 ft.
Low 10:36 AM 0.5 ft.
High 03:31 PM 3.5 ft.
Current information: 1 knot
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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: The trip level is subject to change; we will monitor the weather closely.
Location (Optional): 57420 Old Portland Rd, Warren, OR 97053