Narrative: I don’t always drive to Portland, but when I do, I like to include a paddle trip. Please join me as we kayak round-trip from West Linn’s Willamette Park, heading upstream, to the “Narrows.” The current should be mild in the back channels and the areas close to shore where we’ll be. This is one of the prettiest sections of the Willamette in the metro area. This will be a relaxed pace paddle so that we can enjoy the scenery.
We may find some small eddies to play in—strictly optional. We’ll poke around the various passages and possibly get out of our boats near Rock Island before heading back to Willamette Park. Total river miles will be between 4-6, depending on how much poking we do! Bring along a snack or lunch to eat at the park before we launch if you'd like. If it’s not limited to boats with trailers (seasonal dates) we’ll launch from Bernert Boat Landing. If we can’t launch from there, we'll launch from the small beach area where the Tualatin River enters the Willamette. Paddlers should expect to stay with a pod.
Bathrooms are available; free parking. SUPs and boats 10’ and longer are welcome. No inflatables, please (she said with a smile).
Meeting Time: 12:15:00 PM
Launch Time: 1:00:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette Park, West Linn
Take out: Willamette Park, West Linn
Route Alternative for bad weather: none
Minimum Immersion protection: Shorty wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Rick 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: 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 75
Estimated Water Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 2-3 hours
Tide times & heights:
Current information: We'll find the 1 knot current areas going upstream.
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 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: This trip really wavers between Level 1 and Level 2, mostly due to the limited landing area. I'm calling it Level 2. You must be wet-exit certified.
Location (Optional): 1905 Volpp Street West Linn, OR 97068
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Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon