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Level2 Paddle - Sauvie Island - Steelman and Sturgeon Lake Wildlife Exploration

  • April 27, 2018
  • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Meet at Sauvie Island Cracker Barrel 15005 NW Sauvie Island Rd
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer.

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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.

 Initially over-subscribed, but back by popular demand. Come out for an early season exploration of Steelman and Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island at high water. The Westside Management Unit of Sauvie Island officially opened April 16, and we'll view Eagles, Hawks, Herons, waterfowl, and possibly even get boat slapped by a carp! We'll paddle from Steelman Lake through the trees, across Sturgeon Lake, and into the Gilbert River. Lunch will be on any available dry spot around Noon. We'll return to the Steelman Lake put in by 4:00 PM. This will be a medium paced trip for viewing wildlife and enjoying the scenery. We will be practicing the 4P Principle - Please Plan to be a POD Participant!

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Parking Permits are REQUIRED, $10 daily or $30 for an Annual Pass. Available at the Cracker Barrel Store and wherever fishing licenses are sold. 
Meet at 8:15 AM and we will leave the parking lot next to the Cracker Barrel store promptly at 8:30 to caravan out to the Steelman Lake put in. Bring your wheels, plenty of water, and tow belt if you have them.
Please Note: Little McNary Lake and the Gilbert River on the Eastside Unit will not open until May 1st
Meeting Time: 8:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Steelman Lake 
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: Stay on Steelman and/or explore shoreline of Sturgeon. If a tornado warning is issued the trip will be canceled.
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Shorty wetsuit
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: 8
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 52 AM, High of 71
Estimated Water Temperature: 57
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6 hours
Tide times & heights: 2018/04/27 Fri 11:11 AM 0.30 L This is a Lake with tidal influence.
3:38 PM 2.25 H
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 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
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 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: In calm weather this could be considered a longer Level 1 trip, 
however the wind and open crossings push this to a Level 2.

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