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Level 1 Paddle - North Fork Reservoir

  • January 06, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • 40310 OR 224, Estacada, OR - 45°14.016 N 122°15.243 W
  • 5


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer.

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 if you intend to wear a spray skirt.

Narrative: Paddle the beautiful North Fork Reservoir in winter. The lake has stunning vertical cliffs with multiple waterfalls and other scenery to match. North Fork Reservoir is 350 acres of beautiful scenery bordering on the Mt Hood National Forest. This time of year we are likely to be the only ones on the water. We are planning on 3-4 hours of paddling in the 6-8 mile range. As we paddle south into the Clackamas River we will encounter some mild to moderate current which can be just plain fun to negotiate or we can turn before significant current and ride gently back. 

Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Level 1 Paddle Trip
Put in: 40310 OR 224, Estacada, OR - 45°14.016 N 122°15.243 W
Take out: 40310 OR 224, Estacada, OR - 45°14.016 N 122°15.243 W
Route Alternative for bad weather: no alternatives planned
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: David Smith
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
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: 47
Estimated Water Temperature: 40
Estimated Water Time: 4 hours
Tide times & heights: N/A
Current information: Clackamas River: 2900 CFS at Estacada on 1/3/18
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 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: This is a level 1 rated trip. The only currents we will encounter will be where the Clackamas River drains into the south reservoir. Our time there will be brief and paddlers can experience some mild to moderate currents or explore the south end of the reservoir admiring the landscape and wildlife. Otherwise, the lake should be calm with winds currently predicted to be in the 7-8 mph range.
Location (Optional): 40310 OR 224, Estacada, OR - 45°14.016 N 122°15.243 W about 5 miles southeast of the town of Estacada.

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