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Level 1 Paddle - Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Tour

  • February 07, 2018
  • 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Smith and Bybee Lakes 5300 N Marine Dr, Portland
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  • 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.

Narrative: The water levels are up, so come enjoy a pleasant day of paddling in an urban wildlife area with easy access. No parking permits are required, but don't forget your Aquatic Invasive Species Permit. 
Be prepared for a short carry to the water, or bring your wheels for use on the gravel path. A Dry Suit and fleece hat are required. Bring a towline if you have one. 
Bring your waterproof binoculars and sunglasses with keepers; water, snacks and lunch. The Weather Service is predicting sunshine after possible morning fog. Lunch is planned for the sunny hillside by the unused Wapato jail. 

Unfortunately, occasional car break-ins have occurred, so do not leave ANY valuables in your car. PERIOD. No phones, camera cases, CDs or 8 tracks should be visible. Open the glove box and arm rest console to visibly demonstrate that your vehicle is not worth breaking into. 
With that clearly stated, we should have a great trip. 
Meeting Time: 8:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Gravel Path Canoe Launch beyond Restrooms
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: N/A
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Brad Sheehan
Assistant Organizer(s): Rich Becker
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: Rich Becker
Maximum number of paddlers: 10
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: 50
Estimated Water Time: 5 hours
Tide times & heights: 2018/02/07 Wed 05:37 AM 0.50 L 10:54 AM 2.73 H
7:23 PM 0.43 L
Current information: Inland lakes with tidal influence less than 0.7 knots
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 Crossings
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: This will be considered a longer Level 1 trip
Location (Optional): Smith and Bybee Lakes 5300 N Marine Dr, Portland

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