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Salmon River Beach and Estuary

  • July 31, 2019
  • 9:45 AM
  • Knight County Park, Otis, OR 97368
  • 2


  • 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

Beat the heat!  We’ll explore Salmon River and its estuary after first paddling to the beach.  Air temperature high is forecast to be around 65 degrees at Lincoln City.  Plan on wearing a minimum Farmer John as immersion wear.  Full wetsuits and drysuits are good, too.  This is absolutely a last-minute trip!  Can we get at least three paddlers?

We’ll meet at Knight County Park at 9:45 a.m.  Launching from there at 10:30 a.m. against an incoming tide, we’ll paddle toward the mouth of the river which is about a mile to the west.  The flood-tide current will slow our progress---how much, I don’t know.  We’re going to find out!  This trip does NOT include paddling in the surf zone.  There are often seals in the area, both in the water and on the beach.  We’ll keep our distance, so we don’t disturb them.

Then we'll head back upriver for the bulk of our trip, taking advantage of the incoming tide.  We’ll paddle past our launch site, which is our only guaranteed place to take out besides the beach, so we’ll plan for an early lunch break there.  Then we’ll continue farther upstream.  We’ll explore the main river, passing under Hwy 101 as well as the estuary’s water paths to the south.   We'll complete our trip by heading back to Knight Park with the outgoing tide and against mild winds from the west (8 mph). The overall length of the trip will be about 6-8 miles, mostly near slack or with a current or tidal assist.

There are vault toilets at Knight Park but no water; parking is free. Please include your mobile phone number when you RSVP.  Bring a lunch or snacks and water. 

Cascade Head tides:

2019/07/31         Wed      07:11 AM            -1.29      L

2019/07/31         Wed      1:03 PM               5.81        H

2019/07/31         Wed      6:33 PM               1.92        L

Knight County Park 2368 N 3 Rocks Rd, Otis, OR 97368


Meeting Time: 9:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Knight County Park 2368 N 3 Rocks Rd, Otis, OR 97368
Take out: Knight County Park 2368 N 3 Rocks Rd, Otis, OR 97368
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment: Towline
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): 
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: 6
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: 60
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 5 hours
Tide times & heights: Cascade Head tides:
2019/07/31 Wed 07:11 AM -1.29 L
2019/07/31 Wed 1:03 PM 5.81 H
2019/07/31 Wed 6:33 PM 1.92 L
Current information: 1-2 knots at times and in places, maybe
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 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: 
Location (Optional): Knight County Park 2368 N 3 Rocks Rd, Otis, OR 97368

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