This trip is limited to OOPS members who are ALREADY SIGNED UP for the overall 4-day Cascade Lake trip and who are WEC (unless exempt under Activity Policy F.1.). To register, you'll need to log into your member account on the OOPS website.
Narrative: USDA says: Paulina Lake is located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano, about 25 miles south of Bend, Oregon. The Newberry Caldera encircles the basins of Paulina and East lakes and it is nearly 5 miles (8 km) in diameter. This collapsed caldera is the result of more than 500,000 years of volcanic activity. Neither lake receives water from an inlet stream. Both lakes rely on rain, snowmelt, and hot springs for water. Although these lakes are twins and share much in common, they are not at all identical.
Paulina Lake, the larger twin, is the deepest at 250 feet (76 m). Paulina Creek drains this lake and has chiseled a narrow gorge through the caldera's west wall creating a remarkable twin waterfall. Thermal vents and hot springs along the lake's northeast edge help create a highly productive ecosystem. The lake is fed by snowmelt, hot springs, and groundwater flows from East Lake. The outlet stream from the lake is Paulina Creek, which flows westward into the Little Deschutes River. The lake covers an area of 1531 acres. The average depth of the lake is 163 feet with a maximum depth of 250 feet.
Motorized [10 mph limit] and non-motorized boats are allowed on this body of water. From Bend, OR: Travel 23.5 miles south on Highway 97, then head east (turn left) for 12.9 miles on Paulina Lake Road/County Road 21 then follow the signs for Paulina Lake Campground. Parking fee (or federal pass). https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=38444
Meeting Time: 10:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Paulina Lake Boating Site
Take out: Paulina Lake Boating Site
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman, Dave Smith, Dick Cogburn, Don Durheim, Joe Howell, Karen Cogburn, Marty Martinez, Mel Wishan, Rich Becker.
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: 28 (4 pods of 7 paddlers)
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Time: 4 hours
Tide times & heights:
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
Overall rating: Level 1
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