This trip i.e. limited to members who are WEC. Reminder: Registration is conditional on final approval by the TO, who may communicate with you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the trip.
Narrative: Get up close and personal with the Astoria-Megler Bridge. We'll launch out of Chinook WA marina and paddle up river with the tide, passing the batteries at Fort Columbia State Park. Here we'll stop for a quick bio break and possibley a QUICK peek at batteries before we catch the flood current and head towards the bridge.
Once at the bridge we'll take a few minutes to play in the current around the pillars, getting a chance to get a good look at the 4 mile long bridge that finished construction in 1965 and was dedicated by Mark Hatfield on August 27, 1966.
Once done playing at the bridge, we'll continue up river with the current passing the remains of the USS Plainview which was the largest Hydrofoil of it's day being decommissioned in 1978 and sold for scrap. We'll end our paddle at Knappton which was the site of an old Quarantine Center from 1899 to 1938.
Meeting Time: 8:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Chinook Marina
Take out: Knappton
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Minimum Immersion protection: Shorty wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Sean M. Dillon
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: Sean M. Dillon
Maximum number of paddlers: 6 or 12 with ATO
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy:Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65 deg
Estimated Water Temperature: 69 deg
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): Approx 5 hours
Tide times & heights: L 5:48am -1.46
H 12:32pm 6.81
L 5:35pm 2.35
Current information: McGowen Currents
MF 11:19 2.27 kt
ME 4:15 3.79 kt
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 3: Bad footing, rocky shores, or surf up to 1.5'
Currents: Level 3: Up to 4 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 3
Rating Comments: Wind at the time of the trips will determine the rating. If the wind kicks up it can get very choppy.
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