Comments and Discussion
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 the new kayak launch at the Washougal Waterfront Park, just east of the main marina (note that the Steamboat Landing launch is closed for repairs to the dock). This makes for about a 10 mile round trip. Please be ready to maintain a steady pace of at least 2.5 knots on the upstream portion of the trip.
We will paddle up past Steamboat Landing, on past Cottonwood Beach, to the channel between Reed Island and the Washington shore by the wildlife refuge. Then around the upstream tip of Reed Island, and back down the main channel to the launch point.
Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Washougal Waterfront Park, 56 S 1st St, Washougal, WA 98671
Take out: Same as put in.
Route Alternative for bad weather: None. Only high winds, especially east wind, will alter trip.
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Dennis Pennell
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: 5
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 45
Estimated Water Temperature: 40
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4
Tide times & heights: Tide Predictions for Washougal:
6:44 AM low 0.34 ft.
2:26 PM high 1.65 ft.
10:57 PM low 0.38 ft.
Current information: Up to 2 knots in main channel
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
Overall rating: Level 2
Location (Optional): 56 S 1st St, Washougal, WA 98671
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