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Level 2 Paddle - Columbia Gorge/Stevenson

  • March 25, 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Cascade Boat Launch, Stevenson WA
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer.

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This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification. 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.  Your acceptance is conditional on approval by the Organizer, who may contact you with questions about your skills and equipment.

Narrative: Please join us for a paddle in the Stunning Columbia River Gorge. The Beauty of the gorge is easily appreciated from Stevenson. If conditions favor, we will launch from cascade boat ramp and make our way upriver along the Washington side towards Wind river. We can paddle close along the shoreline so we can best admire the rock formations and of course practice strokes. There are several lovely small rock islands and small coves with rocky beaches for lunch. We will return just before reaching wind river and can go back the way we came along shore or take a more direct route down the river. At times, the river here can be still and silent, glassy as a lake..... other times the wind can create an entirely different environment. We will be keeping the forecast in mind and if high winds are forecast we will change our venue to an alternate location. Please note in your planning that the bathrooms are still closed for the season at the launch.

Meeting Time: 10:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cascade Boat Launch, Stevenson WA
Take out: Cascade Boat Launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: options are St. Helens/Scappoose/ or Milwaukie depending on forecast
Required equipment: Helmet
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Jillian Rivas-Davila
Assistant Organizer(s): Joe Howell
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: 40-55
Estimated Water Temperature: 40
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3 1/2-5 hours
Tide times & heights: 
Current information: 1-2kts
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
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
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: 
Location (Optional): Cascade Boat Ramp, Stevenson WA

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