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Level 1 Paddle - Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Exploration

  • April 18, 2018
  • 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
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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: The water levels are up to 10 feet, and the Heron Rookery should be active. 
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 farmer john, fleece, and paddle top 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 partly sunny and dry after morning clouds. 
Lunch is planned for the sunny hillside by the unused and soon to be sold 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: 9:30:00 A.M.
Launch Time: 10:15:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Gravel Path Canoe Launch beyond Restrooms
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: This is a fairly protected area, will cancel with threat of tornado
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Brad Sheehan
Assistant Organizer(s): Chris Mayou
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: Chris Mayou
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: 55
Estimated Water Temperature: 48
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 5.5 hours
Tide times & heights: 2018/04/18 Wed 08:13 AM 3.44 H
4:52 PM -0.34 L

Current information: Minimal currents on the lake
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 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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