This trip is limited to members who are WEC. Please note: it is presently undetermined whether Registration will occur at the Event site at a meeting the evening before the trip, or on line in advance of the Event.
If on site, the TO will communicate with you at the meeting to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for this trip. If Registration opens on line, you'll be notified sufficiently in advance of the Event. However, for this trip as with any Level 3 (or 4) trip, electronic registration is always conditional i.e., "waitlist only" for everyone - to provide the TO adequate opportunity to conduct a paddler assessment.
Narrative: This is approximately a 7 mile circumnavigation of Sand Island which lies in Baker Bay, adjacent to the mouth of the Columbia. We are likely to encounter significant wind and waves. Flood current returning will be 4.5 knot and there are wing dams and pilings to avoid.
Participants should feel comfortable controlling their kayaks in significant current, winds and waves. We will plan to have lunch along the island. Dry suits and helmets will be required. (Wear a tow belt if you know how to use one.)
Please note: There is a parking fee at this Washington State Park - unless you have a current Discover Pass.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cape Disappointment State Park Boat Launch
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: Either semi-circ Sand Island or paddle into protected water in Baker Bay
Required equipment: Helmet
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Greg Clopton
Assistant Organizer(s): Greg Clopton
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: Greg Clopton
Maximum number of paddlers: 6
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: 55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 2.5 hr.
Tide times & heights: Date Day of the Week Time (LST/LDT) Predicted (ft) High/Low
2018/08/10 Fri 06:26 AM -2.11 L
2018/08/10 Fri 1:10 PM 7.38 H
2018/08/10 Fri 6:19 PM 2.04 L
Current information: 2018-08-10 08:48 AM slack -
2018-08-10 11:57 AM flood 4.58
2018-08-10 02:26 PM slack -
2018-08-10 04:49 PM ebb
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 3: 12-16 knots (19 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 3: Waves to 3', breaking waves to 2'
Sea state: Level 3: Waves to paddle tops; numerous whitecaps, waves becoming longer
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
Currents: Level 4: Up to 6 knots
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 3
Location (Optional): 217 NE 136th St.