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Level 2 Paddle - Cedaroak Boat Ramp to Willamette Falls RT

  • July 31, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Cedaroak Boat Ramp, 4600 Elmran Drive West Linn, OR 97068
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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.
Narrative: We’ll paddle round-trip to Willamette Falls from the Cedaroak Boat Ramp. With an outgoing tide the entire time we’re on the water, we’ll work a bit heading up to the falls, but it’s not difficult. We’ll launch at 10:00 a.m. and tuck behind Cedaroak and Goat Islands going upstream. We’ll break for a snack on Goat Island on our way upstream, and maybe do the same on our way back. Just call one of them “lunch”! 

There is generally a huge eddyline that’s fun to play in toward the far end of the base of the falls. Unless another Trip Organizer signs on, we won’t be venturing into any lumpy waters any closer to the falls than that, and nothing over Level 2 even then. Anyone that plans to get lumpy will be required to wear a helmet. 
The tide and current will be in our favor on the return leg of our journey. We’ll be back at the boat ramp around 2:00 p.m., after paddling about 8 miles. If we have time, and for those who are interested (I hope that’s everyone), the lagoon at Cedaroak is a great place for some rescue practice. 

We will observe the Four Ps: Please Plan to be Pod Participant! If you are a lone wolf, this is not the trip for you. This Level 2 trip is suitable for boats 12 ft. and longer; no inflatables, please. Intermediate-advanced SUP paddlers who can keep up with kayaks are welcome.

Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM

Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cedaroak Boat Ramp
Take out: Cedaroak Boat Ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: none
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): I would welcome one 
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: 6 if only one TO
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 80
Estimated Water Temperature: 73
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: Tide projections for Morrison St. Bridge. 
2018/07/31 Tue 07:42 AM 2.88 H
2018/07/31 Tue 3:46 PM 0.24 L
2018/07/31 Tue 8:30 PM 2.67 H

Current information: We'll seek to paddle upstream in areas of less current and paddle downstream in areas of more current.
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 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 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: I’m rating this a Level 2 for current and distance. Otherwise, it should be a mellow trip.
Location (Optional): 4600 Elmran Drive West Linn, OR 97068

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