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: The West Side Units of Sauvie Island officially open on April 16! Join Bob Freshman and myself for an exploration of Steelman Lake and paddle into Sturgeon Lake for numerous sightings of birds and possibly other wildlife.
We'll meet at 8:00 am at the Cracker Barrel Store on the left just after you get off the bridge to the island. Arrive early to purchase either the required one time daily $10 parking pass or the $30 annual pass for multiple visits during the year.
Permits are also available online from ODFW, or wherever fishing licenses are sold.
From the store, we'll caravan to the Steelman Lake put-in (about a 25 minute drive.) From Steelman we paddle over to Sturgeon Lake with a possible short portage or paddle through the trees.
We will paddle as a group, within speaking distance, so that everyone will have an opportunity to spot wildlife on the water. Bring a lunch, water, and binoculars if you have them. We'll plan on 5-6 hours of paddle time. Wheels may be handy at the put-in.
Meeting Time: 8:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Steelman Lake Put-in
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: Stay on Steelman and explore Mud Lake.
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Brad Sheehan
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? No
First Aid /CPR Person: TBD
Maximum number of paddlers: 10
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65 - 70
Estimated Water Temperature: 55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6 hours
Tide times & heights: NOAA Saint Helens Thu 12:24 PM 0.05 L
Thu 4:50 PM 2.32 H
Current information: Minimal
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 3: 1 to 2 miles
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: This is a solid Level 2 trip. We will paddle rain or shine, but Thunder and/or Lighting will cancel this trip.
Location (Optional): https://myodfw.com/sites/default/files/2019-03/Sauvie%20Island%20features%20and%20ownership%20map.pdf
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon