Comments and Discussion
This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC. To register, you'll need to log into your member account on the OOPS website.
Narrative: Join us for a pleasant trip up the Columbia River on Tuesday, 2/13/18. We will launch from the beach just east of the Gleason Boat Ramp located at 4325 NE Marine Dr, Portland. This park provides a convenient public launch in Portland. I suggest parking at the far east end of the parking lot for an easier carry to the beach. From there, we will travel upriver about 4 miles to a takeout for lunch on the south side of Government Island.
Note: there is no shipping traffic on the south side of the island and we will have a flood tide to offset some of the river's current for much of that portion of the trip. Once revitalized on the island, we will get back in our kayaks and journey back to our put-in enjoying the gentle currents of the river along the way. There is a parking fee of $5 (the machines only accept credit cards). Restrooms are nearby.
Meeting Time: 10:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp
Take out: M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: David L Smith
Assistant Organizer(s): Stuart Teicher
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: 8
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 52°
Estimated Water Temperature: 42°
Estimated Water Time: 4 hours
Tide times & heights: Low tide at 11:19am; High tide at 3:59pm
Current information: 1.5+ 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 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: This is a level II trip of approximately 8 miles. The river's current is presently at 1.5 knots. A NW wind is predicted to be in the 3-5 mph range. I will monitor conditions and send out an update as we get closer to launch time. If conditions deteriorate significantly, the trip will be cancelled.
Location (Optional): lattitude: 45° 36' 2.81"; Longitude: 122° 37' 10.131"
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon