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Florence Event - Level 1 Paddle-Siltcoos Canoe Trail

  • July 13, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM
  • Dunes City/Westlake Lane County boat launch

As with most trips at Events, signups will be at the Event.
 Siltcoos Canoe Trail; six miles round-trip, from Siltcoos Lake through a short river to the beach. We'll have staggered launch times for three pods; sign-up at the Event. The lake, with a mean elevation of 8 feet above sea level, empties into the Siltcoos River, which meanders generally west for about 3 miles to its mouth on the Pacific Ocean. We'll pass by boat houses, forest, and sand dunes. A dam downriver regulates the lake’s outflow and provides a fun portage. There is tidal influence in the lower section of the river. We should arrive at the estuary beach before high tide (1:40 p.m.). To protect the nesting areas of the western snowy plover, which nests in the open, directly on dry sand, the lowest section of the Siltcoos is restricted from March 15 to Sept. 15. We can get out on the wet sand. After a 30-45 minute lunch break, we can head back upriver using the last bit of incoming tide to help us along. Getting there: Follow U.S. 101 to Dunes City/Westlake, six miles south of Florence. Turn east onto Pacific Avenue and follow it to the boat ramp at the end of the road. $4 parking fee to Lane County; pay box at launch or use the online system: https://reservations.lanecounty.org/reservations/pass_sales.asp?actiontype=display_product
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Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:15:00 AM

Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Dunes City/Westlake Lane County boat launch
Take out: Dunes City/Westlake Lane County boat launch

Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Event TOs
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 per pod
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4-5 hours
Tide times & heights: Low 07:08 AM, -2.35 ft.; High 1:40 PM, 6.51 ft.] 
Current information: Less than one knot
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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: 
Location (Optional): Dunes City/Westlake

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