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Level 2 Paddle- Play in the Narrows

  • April 24, 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • West Linn Willamette Park
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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: Join Dave Smith and myself to paddle in the Willamette from West Linn and check out any currents in the Narrows. Hard to say what the exact river forecast is this far out but guestimate it will be in the 56-57 gauge height above the falls. We will launch from Willamette Park in West Linn at 12 PM and head upriver to the Narrows. There will be some stronger currents and eddies as we pass through the small islands, rock formations and narrow section of the river, a great place to practice in moving water. There is also the option to continue upriver a bit further before heading back. I would expect paddlers will have some moderate currents in the Narrows and should be comfortable paddling in this type of environment. Please bring a helmet, rocks are harder than heads. As we get closer to the trip date, I will update the group on water conditions and weather. Bring snacks/lunch/water. We will make at least one stop along the way to take a break. Lots of good post paddle refreshment options nearby
Meeting Time: 11:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 12:00:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette Park Boat Ramp-West Linn
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment: Helmet
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman
Assistant Organizer(s): Dave Smith
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: Bob Freshman
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: 60-65
Estimated Water Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3-4 hours
Tide times & heights: NA
Current information: 1-3 mph depending on location
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 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
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: 
Location (Optional): 1100 12th St, West Linn, OR 97068

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