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Level 2 - Columbia River Paddle to Reed Island

  • September 27, 2018
  • 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 100 Washougal River Rd, Washougal, WA


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer
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This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification.  To successfully register you will need to sign into your OOPS member account, and your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.  Your acceptance is conditional on approval by the Organizer, who may contact you with questions about your skills and equipment.  If the measured water temperature is different enough from that listed below to warrant a change in required immersion protection, the Organizer will contact all participants and the Trips Board member with the update at least a day before the trip.

Narrative: If you missed this paddle earlier this summer or would just like to do it again, next Thursday offers a great opportunity to enjoy a sunny day on the river in the Columbia Gorge. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to upper '80s with very mild winds. We'll launch from Steamboat Landing in Washougal at 10am and proceed eastward, upriver circumnavigating Reed Island. Along the way we'll take out on the island for a lunch break. Total distance for the day will be about 8 miles. We should be off the water by 2pm. There are no parking fees and restrooms are available at the launch site. Please plan to be water ready for our safety talk by 9:45am. While immersion wear is not required, use of wet suits is recommended. 
Meeting Time: 9:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Steamboat Landing Park, Washougal, WA
Take out: Same as Launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: David Smith
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman
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: 
Maximum number of paddlers: 8
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 85°
Estimated Water Temperature: 62°
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: 9am high tide and 4pm low tide at Sandy River confluence with Columbia River
Current information: Less than 2 knots
Hazards: Shipping traffic
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 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Strong winds are the only factor that may change on this paddle. We will adjust our trip accordingly.
Location (Optional): 100 Washougal River Rd, Washougal, WA

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