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Level 1 Paddle - Wednesday on the Willamette

  • June 27, 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Cedar oak boat ramp, west linn
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer

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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, if you intend to wear a spray skirt.  Your acceptance is conditional on approval by the Organizer, who may contact you with questions about your skills and equipment.
 Join me for a relaxed paddle up the Willamette River. We will launch from Cedar Oak Boat Ramp in West Linn below the falls. From the boat ramp we will head south up the river towards the falls, a distance of about 3.5 miles. We will be paddling against a very mild current with an outgoing tide. We'll stay close to the west shoreline out of the way of fishing boats. As we head south, we'll pass by Goat Island on our right, then go under the Abernathy bridge followed by the Oregon City Arch Bridge, cruise by the Willamette Locks (now closed) before heading a little further to the falls. Once there we can choose to ride the currrent or just observe the beauty of the falls from a safe distance. On our way back we may choose to explore the lower Clackamas River where it empties into the east side of the Willamette River above Oregon City. Goat Island offers a pleasant takeout for snacks/lunch. After the paddle we can stop for some food and beverage before heading on to the OOPS general meeting in Multonomah Village. 
Meeting Time: 11:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: cedar oak boat ramp, west linn
Take out: same
Route Alternative for bad weather: n/a
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: david smith
Assistant Organizer(s): tbd
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: 10
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 71° NOAA
Estimated Water Temperature: 70° USGS
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: high at 5:46am oregon city; low at 2:55pm oregon city
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 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: Depending on our exact route, the trip will be between 6-8 miles. A helmet is required for playing in the currents at the falls. However, the falls can be observed from a safe distance without a helmet. 
Location (Optional): Latitude: 45.390033 | Longitude: -122.628579

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