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. Reminder: Registration for any trip is always conditional upon final approval by the Trip Organizer. The TO may contact you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the trip.
Narrative: Join Shawn Altman and me for a wild day of kayaking in current at the Willamette Narrows. The gauge should be around 57', a healthy flow for fun to be had. We'll start off by heading south a whopping 200 ft to practice some ferrying around the mouth of the Tualatin River. Next, we'll continue south paddling into The Narrows, a fantastic place to practice maneuverability and boat control in current. After reaching the southern end of The Narrows, we'll eat a fantastic lunch (bring your own lunch) before playing on the return journey back to Willamette Park. Also, the weather should be just dandy on Sunday which is great for paddling. We do plan on doing some instruction in current, so please be comfortable in mild current if you plan on signing up. We are also going to keep the group size smaller than normal, so we aren't too crowded. This should be an awesome trip with two great leaders, so come have some fun with us.
Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette park, West Linn: 45.338909, -122.649361
Take out: Willamette park, West Linn: 45.338909, -122.649361
Route Alternative for bad weather: To be Determined
Required equipment: Helmet, Towline
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Adam Oken
Assistant Organizer(s): Shawn Altman
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: 9
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 58
Estimated Water Temperature: 48
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 - 5 hours
Tide times & heights: N/A
Current information: 2+ knots of current, height is 58'
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
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 3: Up to 4 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: I would consider this a level "2+" trip.