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Level 2 Paddle - Reed Island Circumnavigation - Columbia River

  • February 21, 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Steamboat Landing near Washougal, WA.
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  • 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: We will launch from Steamboat Landing on the Columbia River near Washougal, WA. There are rest rooms, and a dock connected to shore by a sloping walkway. The plan is to paddle upstream on the Columbia to the east end of Reed Island via the channel between the island and the Washington shore. Lunch somewhere on the upstream end of the island, then around the island and back to Steamboat Landing via the main channel of the Columbia River. This is about an eight mile trip and should take about 4 hours or so.
Bring your full winter paddling kit, including extra clothes, towline if you have one, and chocolate.
Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Steamboat Landing
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: None. It will have to be really bad to make this trip a no go. If exceptionally windy, we could avoid the return run on the Columbia and instead stay in the back channel.
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Dennis Pennell
Assistant Organizer(s): 
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: Dennis Pennell
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: 4o
Estimated Water Temperature: 45
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: 
5:32 AM low 0.24 ft.
10:27 AM high 1.31 ft.
5:55 PM low 0.51 ft.
10:28 PM high 1.31 ft.
Current information: 1.5 knots
Hazards: Night paddling, Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, 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: Up to 2 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward
Total distance: Level 2: About 8 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossings

Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: 
Location (Optional): https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washougal,+WA/@45.5757673,-122.3572187,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x5495bdb84c1f565f:0x6d9d15710b8effc6!8m2!3d45.5811365!4d-122.353892

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