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Level 1 Paddle - Lake Merwin in November

  • November 11, 2018
  • 9:15 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Speelyai Bay Recreation Rd, Ariel, WA 98603
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  • 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.

Narrative:  Week-end paddlers—this one is for you! We'll launch from Speelyai Day Use Area boat launch at 10:00 a.m. and head upstream. Our destination is picturesque Canyon Creek. There are plenty of spots for lunch and breaks. This is a good time to paddle the lake, as the nearby campground is closed and there are few power boats on the water. We may see fishing boats out, but they generally are moving slowing, if at all, while fishing. At least half of our trip is in a no-wake zone. There may be a parking fee; be prepared for that. Unless you’ve brought a trailer, do NOT park in the boat parking spaces (you might receive a ticket); use the single-car spaces. There are vault toilets. This paddle may be out of cell phone range. Your phone’s map app may lose connection. There is decent signage for driving, but keep an eye on your odometer. Bring along lunch. 9-10 miles round-trip. Arrive in time to be ready to launch at 10:00 a.m. 
This will be a moderately-relaxed pace trip. SUPs, canoes, and boats 10’ and longer are welcome providing that you can maintain a minimum 3 mph paddling speed. We will adhere to safe and effective pod principles. 

Directions: From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 14 miles to Speelyai Bay Park.

Learn more about Speelyai Park at:http://www.pacificorp.com/about/or/washington/sp.html

Meeting Time: 9:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Speelyai Bay Recreation Rd, Ariel, WA 98603
Take out: Speelyai Bay Recreation Rd, Ariel, WA 98603
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): David Smith
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
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: 52
Estimated Water Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): Four-five hours
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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 1
Location (Optional): Speelyai Bay Recreation Rd, Ariel, WA 98603

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