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Level 2 Paddle - Lake Merwin - Cancelled

  • March 11, 2018
  • 10:15 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Speelyai Bay Recreation Rd, Ariel, WA 98603
  • 5


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

Cancelled.  Sorry!

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: Week-end paddlers—this one is for you! We'll launch from Speelyai Day Use Area boat launch at 11:00 a.m. and head upstream. Our destination is picturesque Canyon Creek. We’ll also poke up by the hatchery and see if any kokanee are milling about. There are plenty of spots for lunch and breaks. This is a good time to paddle the lake, before the nearby campground opens and there are more power boats on the water. We can expect to see fishing boats out, but they generally are moving slowing, if at all, while fishing. At least half of our trip is in a no-wake zone. There may be a parking fee in March; be prepared for that. Unless you’ve brought a trailer, do not park in the boat parking spaces (you might receive a ticket); use the single-car spaces. There are vault toilets. This paddle may be out of cell phone range. Your phone’s map app may lose connection. There is decent signage, but keep an eye on your odometer. Bring along a snack or lunch. 9-10 miles round-trip. Arrive in time to be ready to launch at 11:00 a.m. No inflatable boats, please. We will adhere to safe and effective pod principles. Here is a fun video about the hatchery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Qng8N2oxA&feature=youtu.be

Directions: From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 14 miles to Speelyai Bay Park.

Meeting Time: 10:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Speelyai Day Use Area boat launch 
Take out: Speelyai Day Use Area boat launch 
Route Alternative for bad weather: none
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Full wet suit
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Would welcome them!
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: 
Maximum number of paddlers: 7
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: 45
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6 hours
Tide times & heights: 
Current information: 
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 2
Rating Comments: I hope we'll have Level 1 paddling conditions, but wind could kick it up to Level 2, so I am rating this Level 2. Sprayskirts and WEC required.
Location (Optional): Speelyai Bay Recreation Rd, Ariel, WA 98603

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