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Cathlamet Bay/Mott & Lois Islands (Level 2)

  • August 11, 2018
  • 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM
  • John Day Boat Ramp, Fern Hill, OR
  • 7


  • active club members, including Kayaking Professional & Lifetime. Provisional acceptance, ending approval by the TO.

This trip is limited to members who are WEC.  Registration for every trip is conditional on final approval by the TO.  The TO may communicate with you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the trip.

Narrative: Explore a protected area of the Columbia River--Cathlamet Bay. We’ll paddle clockwise around Mott and Lois Islands, only looking out toward Tongue Point. We may head upriver between the mainland and the smaller islets to the east of Lois Island - if we have the time and energy. 

We’ll get an early launch to take advantage of lower tide levels to ensure we can find a beach to land on for lunch.  If wind conditions make paddling difficult on exposed shorelines around the bay, we’ll explore John Day River instead. We'll be paddling within the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge.

We’ll launch at 9:30 a.m. from the John Day Boat Launch (public) on the John Day River, a 30-minute drive from the campground. From Astoria, the ramp is 1.7 miles east of the Tongue Point turnoff, assuming roads haven’t changed since my 2007 guidebook was printed. Arrive early enough to be water-ready by 9:30. Bring a lunch. $3 parking fee. Flush toilets. Carpool if you can. The parking lot is large, but if it fills, there are few off-street parking possibilities

2018/08/11 Sat 08:19 AM -1.93 L
2018/08/11 Sat 2:37 PM 7.96 H
2018/08/11 Sat 8:19 PM 1.23 L

John Day Boat Ramp
38282 US-30, Astoria, OR 97103

Meeting Time: 8:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: John Day Boat Ramp 38282 US-30, Astoria, OR 97103
Take out: John Day Boat Ramp 38282 US-30, Astoria, OR 97103
Route Alternative for bad weather: John Day River; same launch ramp
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s):  
Has organizer paddled here before? No
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: 7
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: 70
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4-5 hours
Tide times & heights: 2018/08/11 Sat 08:19 AM -1.93 L
2018/08/11 Sat 2:37 PM 7.96 H
2018/08/11 Sat 8:19 PM 1.23 L
Current information: Less than one knot
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
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 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment:  
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments:  
Location (Optional): John Day Boat Ramp 38282 US-30, Astoria, OR 97103
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