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Level 2 Paddle - Wednesday on the Willamette

  • March 21, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Willamette Park West Linn
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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.  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: Join me for a pleasant paddle up the Willamette River. We will leave from Willamette Park in West Linn and paddle south along the west side of the river and pass through the Narrows to a bend in the river called Fish Eddy. We will be paddling against a mild current of less than 2 knots. We will have several choices for a takeouts along the way. On our return will stay to the east side of the river and explore the Narrows from the other side. Total distance will be 6-8 miles depending on conditions. This is a very pretty section of the Willamette River where we can explore the small islands in the Narrows. We can also practice our strokes and maneuvers if so inclined. 
Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM

Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette Park West Linn
Take out: Willamette Park West Linn
Route Alternative for bad weather: Bad weather will cancel trip.

Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: David Smith
Assistant Organizer(s): 
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: 6
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 55°
Estimated Water Temperature: 46°
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: N/A
Current information: Less than 2 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
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: USGS rates speed of river current at 2' per second at Newberg. That's less than 1.5 mph. Winds are estimated at 6 mph. About as pleasant as can be expected for this time of year. 
Location (Optional): LAT 45.3398; LON 122.652225

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