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Level 2 Paddle - Sauvie Island Wildlife Loop Tour

  • May 09, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 2:45 PM
  • Cracker Barrel Store - Sauvie Island
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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.

 Meet at 7:30 am at the Cracker Barrel Store just after you get off the Sauvie Island bridge on the Island. Please arrive early so we can depart on time,
and 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 on line from Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), the 7-Eleven (11310 NW St Helens Rd) on Hwy 30 (better restrooms!) as you approach Sauvie Island headed West, or wherever fishing licenses are sold.
From the store we'll caravan about 25 minutes to the Gilbert River Boat Ramp, and put in on Little McNary Lake. The adventure begins with a paddle through lakes, channels, and a short (but usually muddy) portage into Sturgeon Lake. 
From Sturgeon Lake, we’ll explore over to the Gilbert River, (and possibly over to Steelman Lake to look for elusive River Otters) and spotting Bald Eagles, numerous Great Blue Herons, occasional White Egrets, and possibly White Pelicans. (no promises)
We’ll finish up with a paddle down to Gilbert River boat Ramp and miraculously end up near where we started.
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, sun hat, and binoculars if you have them. 
Don’t forget the SUNSCREEN.
Bring your tow rope and VHF radio if you have one. 
Kayak carts/ Wheels can be left in your vehicle, but may be handy at the takeout.
Meeting Time: 7:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 8:45:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Gilbert River Boat Ramp
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: Just paddle on McNary Lake
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Brad Sheehan
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: Dave Smith
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: 85
Estimated Water Temperature: 62
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6 hours
Tide times & heights: The Gilbert River is tidally influenced, reference St. Helens on the Columbia River.
2019/05/09 Thurs 8:10 AM 3.7 H
5:00 PM -0.2 L

Current information: Up to 2 Knots
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 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 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: This is a solid Level 2 with portage, and 12 miles of paddling
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