• Home
  • Level 2 Paddle - Black Friday from Ridgefield

Level 2 Paddle - Black Friday from Ridgefield

  • November 23, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Ridgefield Boat Launch - end of Division St, Ridgefield, WA
  • 0


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer.
  • Certified Trip Organizer willing to help out, as needed.

Registration is closed
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 prefer being outdoors, paddling on the water in Ridgefield's beautiful wildlife refuge, encountering an occasional bald eagle or blue heron instead of fighting unruly crowds and standing in long lines for an item that may already be sold out, then maybe you'll want to join Bob Freshman and me for a paddle the day after Thanksgiving. And what a great way to deal with all that over-eating we did the day before. Of course, weather is unpredictable at this time. Our plan is to paddle rain or shine. Only high winds and/or lightening will scare us off. We'll launch from Ridgefield Boat Launch on the Lake River. From there we'll paddle downriver to the Columbia River where we'll turn left and head upriver to the Bachelor Island Slough. From there we'll paddle back to the Lake River, turn right and make our way back to the launch. Total distance will be about 10 miles. There are both portable and flush restrooms at the launch. In addition, there is a $8 day-use fee payable using their ticket machine.
Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Ridgefield Boat Launch
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? 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: 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 50° estimated
Estimated Water Temperature: 50° estimated
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4.5 hours
Tide times & heights: St Helens: high at 4:41am (3.57'); low at 11:23am (1.85'); high at 4:18pm (4.85')
Current information: up to 1.5 knots
Hazards: Shipping traffic
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 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: This is a 10 mile paddle that will have some current and possible winds
Location (Optional): end of Division St, Ridgefield, WA


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software