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Billy Chinook Level 2 Paddle - Upper Deschuted Arm

  • May 17, 2019
  • 1:30 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Upper Deschutes Boat Launch, Cove Palisades State 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.

 This is for people already registered for the Lake Billy Chinook Weekend. We will put in at the Upper Deschutes Boat Launch and paddle upstream to where the Deschutes enters the lake. On the way, we will practice hugging a sheer rock wall (paddling on one side), low-brace turns, and hanging draws, all while marveling at the stunning canyon. The low-brace turns and hanging draws will prepare us for (optional) playing in the eddies and current where the river enters the lake. For that last optional activity, a helmet will be needed. There is a nice shaded area here for resting and snacking. When ready, we will return to the launch site. 
Meeting Time: 1:30:00 PM
Launch Time: 2:15:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Upper Deschutes Boat Launch, Cove Palisades State Park
Take out: Same as put-in
Route Alternative for bad weather: Downstream toward lower Deschutes Day Use area
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Shorty wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Ken Scholz
Assistant Organizer(s): Chris Mayou or TBD
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: 
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
Estimated Water Temperature: 55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4
Tide times & heights: not relevant
Current information: Mostly lake, optional short section with river currents
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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Minimal landing opportunities, possibility of wind gusts

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