Comments and Discussion
This trip is limited to members who are WEC. Reminder: Registration is conditional upon final approval of the TO, who may communicate with you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the trip.
Narrative: How about a quick warm-up paddle in the mighty Columbia on Wednesday before checking in at the campground? We’ll stay close to shore and head east from the John Day Boat Ramp in a protected area of the Columbia River--Cathlamet Bay’s South Channel. We’ll paddle upriver for about an hour, then turn back. If wind conditions make paddling difficult in the bay, we’ll explore John Day River instead. We'll be paddling within the Lewis and Cark National Wildlife Refuge.
We’ll launch at 1:00 p.m. from the John Day Boat Launch 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. Arrive early enough to be water-ready by 1:00. Maybe arrive around noon with your lunch. $3 parking fee. Flush toilets. Please register on the OOPS Calendar so I can see if there is interest in this trip.
Meeting Time: 12:30:00 PM
Launch Time: 1:00:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: John Day Boat Ramp 38282 US-30, Astoria, OR 97103
Take out: John Day Boat Ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
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: 6
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): 2 hours
Tide times & heights: Astoria tide predictions:
2018/08/08 Wed 05:45 AM -0.71 L
2018/08/08 Wed 12:09 PM 6.66 H
2018/08/08 Wed 5:25 PM 2.43 L
Current information: We will assess the current when we arrive and as we paddle.
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 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: I'm rating this Level 2 as the wind could pick up.
Location (Optional): John Day Boat Ramp 38282 US-30, Astoria, OR 97103
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon