Comments and Discussion
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: Let's Opt Outside the day after Thanksgiving and work off some of that stuffing and pie! Join Bob Freshman and me for a relatively short paddle from Sellwood Park to Elk Rock and back. I have paddled out of Sellwood Park many times, but I have always gone north. I'd like to go south and check out Elk Rock this time. We can take a break on Elk Rock Island and may even be able to paddle around behind it for the return back to Sellwood Park. Total trip should be about 5 miles. Bring along a snack/lunch, water, and maybe a warm beverage. I'll bring a thermos of hot tea and cups, as well, in case you need a warm-up at the snack break.
Bathrooms available right beside the parking lot which also offers free parking.
Temps should be around 50-52. 20% chance of precip, and winds about 7 mph. Water temps will be around 48, so a full wetsuit will be required.
After-paddle gathering worth considering at the Muddy Rudder or other suitable venue. What do you say? Fresh air, paddling and camaraderie the day after Thanksgiving? Join us!
Meeting Time: 10:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Sellwood Riverfront Park
Take out: Sellwood Riverfront Park
Route Alternative for bad weather: None.
Minimum Immersion protection: Full Wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Joe Howell
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman
Has organizer paddled here before? No
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person:
Maximum number of paddlers: 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 45-52
Estimated Water Temperature: 45-50
Estimated Water Time: 3 hrs. including break on Elk Rock
Tide times & heights: NA
Current information: <1 mph
Hazards: Possible boat traffic
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 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
Currents: Level 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: Changes in wind and precipitation could elevate to high level 1
Location (Optional): 45°27'57.1"N 122°39'48.2"W
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon