Salmon River

  • February 04, 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Knight County Park, Lincoln County, OR
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional & lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the Trip Organizer.

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This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC (unless exempt under Activity Policy F.1).  To register, you'll need to log into your member account on the OOPS website.

Narrative: What better way to start the month of February than a beautiful paddle on the Oregon coast? We will not actually paddle out into the surf, but we can get darn close so we'll be able to study it by paddling toward the mouth of the Salmon River. 

Join us for a launch at 11:00 am from Knight County Park located on the lower Salmon River just below Cascade Head near Otis, Oregon. Water and air temps are predicted to be around 50°. Given the time of year, we'll keep our eye on the weather for more accurate updates. This means drysuits for sure. There are no fees for day use of the park's launch area and there are restrooms and plenty of parking available. 

The Salmon River Estuary is a beautiful, natural area with lots of wildlife. It's not unusual to see harbor seals and/or sea lions observing colorful kayaks pass by. We'll first head a short distance from the park toward the mouth of the river against an incoming tide, take a short break on the spit & enjoy the coastal views.  Then we'll launch and head upriver (on the rising flood) where we'll seek a suitable spot to take out for lunch. It may be a challenge to find a landing area upriver as the river will be high at this time of year, but we should have a nice ride back with gentle currents on the now outgoing ebb tide.

Total distance will be 6 to 8 miles depending on weather, conditions and paddlers. Motor boat traffic should be minimal this time of year. Some paddlers may choose to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Otis Cafe before launch. Others may find a local pub afterwards to share stories of the day.  Bring your waterproofed camera. Great pictures abound. 

Meeting Time: 10:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Knight County Park
Take out: Knight County Park
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: David L. Smith
Assistant Organizer(s): Chris Mayou
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: 50° is average for this time of year
Estimated Water Temperature: 50° is average for this time of year
Estimated Water Time: 4 Hours
Tide times & heights: Low at 8:34am 1.35 ft; High at 2:22pm 7.13 ft; Low at 8:45pm at .74 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 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment:  
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: Paddle distance will be 6 - 8 miles. We will update participants of weather conditions closer to the paddle date. 
Location (Optional): Lat - 45.0408702; Long - -123.9911607
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