Narrative: It’s time to get the dust off the ol’ kayak and head to the Willamette Narrows. We’ll paddle round-trip from West Linn’s Willamette Park, heading upstream to “the Narrows” and perhaps a mile or so further. The current should be relatively mild in the back channels where we’ll be. This is one of the prettiest sections of the Willamette in the metro area. This will be a moderately-relaxed pace paddle so that we can enjoy the scenery.
We’ll poke around the various passages and get out of our boats somewhere for a “late” lunch (probably above the Narrows) before heading back to Willamette Park. Total river miles will be around six to eight, depending on how much poking we do! Bring along a snack or lunch to eat at the park before we launch if you'd like. We'll plan to launch from the main boat launch area; please be water-ready at 10:30 a.m. You can use the dock or boat ramp. It’s okay for vehicles without trailers to park there this time of year. Paddlers should expect to stay with a pod.
Bathrooms are available; free parking. SUPs, canoes, and boats 10’ and longer are welcome providing that you can maintain a minimum 3 mph paddling speed.
Projected: Gauge at 56 ft, 10,000 cfm (25th percentile).
Meeting Time: 9:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette Park, 12th Street, West Linn, OR Boat Ramp
Take out: Willamette Park, 12th Street, West Linn, OR
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: Chris Mayou
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: 46
Estimated Water Temperature: 52
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): Four hours
Current information: 1-2 knots
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 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 2
Location (Optional): 1905 Volpp Street West Linn, OR 97068
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Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon