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Lopez Island: Level 2 - Hunter Bay to James Island and Return

  • September 16, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Hunter Bay County Dock 24 Crab Island Rd, Lopez Island, WA
This trip is limited to members who are WEC.  Registration for every trip is always conditional upon final approval by the TO. The TO may communicate with you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the conditions. Signups will be done at the event.

Narrative: We'll launch from Hunter Bay County Dock at 9am paddling northeast passing alongside some small islands as we move towards Lopez Pass. At about 2 miles we'll enter the pass moving past Sperry Point towards the southern tip of Decatur Island. From there it will be another 3 miles heading north along Decatur's eastern shoreline to reach James Island Marine State Park. It is less than a quarter mile off Decatur's eastern edge. Once there we can lunch in the West Cove and then circumnavigate the Island before heading back to our launch via the same route we arrived. Total distance will be about 11 miles. Parking at the launch is free and should be ample. I will know more about restrooms at the event. 
Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Hunter Bay County Dock
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: David Smith
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman
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: 0
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 67°
Estimated Water Temperature: 53°
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 5 hours
Tide times & heights: Low at 4:25am; High at 12:14pm (+5.9'); low at 5:27pm (-1.5')
Current information: less than 2 knots
Hazards: 
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 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
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 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: This is a solid level 2 trip, but could become a level 3 if winds pick up unexpectedly. Bring a tow belt if you have one. 
Location (Optional): 24 Crab Island Rd, Lopez Island, WA


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