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Lopez Island: Level 2 - Cattle Pass-MacKaye Harbor Boat Launch to Cattle Point on San Juan Island

  • September 15, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Mackaye Harbor Boat Launch Norman Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261

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 MacKaye Harbor Boat Launch at 9am paddling along the south side of Lopez Island passing Jones Bay and Davis Bay and some small islands as we move towards Cattle Pass. We will cross from Davis Point on Lopez Island to Cattle Point, San Juan Island, about a one mile open crossing. We will start the crossing just before slack at the beginning of the ebb. After a lunch break at Cattle Point on the return crossing we may have current of approximately one knot and will retrace our path back to MacKaye Harbor Boat Launch. Total distance will be about 10 miles. Parking at the launch is free and should be ample. I will know more about restrooms at the event. In the event of strong winds, we may forgo the Cattle Pass crossing and explore the southern part of Lopez and some other bays and small islands nearby.
Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Mackaye Harbor Boat Launch
Take out: MacKaye Harbor Boat Launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman
Assistant Organizer(s): Dave Smith
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: Bob Freshman
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: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 53
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4-5 Hours
Tide times & heights: 10:46 AM PDT 6.5 feet High Tide 5.8+ ft.
4:01 PM PDT 4.5 feet Low Tide 2.0- ft.
Current information: Slack 10:54AM
Max Ebb 1:39 PM -1.5 knots
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 will be a solid Level 2 trip with an open crossing between islands. Bring a tow belt if you have one and know how to use it.
Location (Optional): Norman Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261

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