Narrative: Forget your work day and get refreshed with an evening paddle!! When I was working I found the best way to "de-stress" was to get in my kayak after work and paddle it away.
We'll start with an optional "bring your own food and non-alcohol beverage" picnic in the park on the benches near the water/put-in. I'll be there by 5:00 to eat my dinner and hope you can join me.
We will paddle down stream (slack tide) on the lagoon (north) side of Ross Island. If the water level is low enough we will take a brief rest break before returning. We will paddle back against a mild tide. It’s always fun to wave hello to those hanging outside on their houseboats!! Most are quite friendly if we keep a reasonable distance. With luck we will witness evening water fowl and the start to a beautiful sunset. We should return to Sellwood Park by 8:15 pm. Bring a white light for your boat in the unlikely chance something occurs to keep us on the water after 8:25 pm, when sunset begins.
Less than 5 miles round trip. Wind at this evening hour should be mild, under 8 mph, but there's always potential for higher winds. Winds over 8 mph could increase this trip to a Level 2 and we will reassess paddle plans. If winds are forecasted the day before (8/12/19) above 12 mph I will contact participants to consider options.
Please have your boat at shore and be ready for the pre-paddle talk by 6:00 pm.
Bring a spray skirt. Wearing it might be optional depending on boat traffic and conditions. Wet exit certified required.
Remember to bring a waterproof white light for your kayak!!
Meeting Time: 5:30:00 PM
Launch Time: 6:00:00 PM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Sellwood Park
Take out: Sellwood Park
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Stacy Ozer
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? No
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: 75-80
Estimated Water Temperature: 74
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 2.25 hours
Tide times & heights: Data Listing Download XML Download TXT Web Services
Date Day of the Week Time (LST/LDT) Predicted (ft) High/Low
2019/08/13 Tue 03:36 AM 2.96 H
2019/08/13 Tue 12:53 PM -0.10 L
2019/08/13 Tue 5:12 PM 2.21 H
2019/08/13 Tue 11:51 PM 0.90 L
Current information: I expect minimal current in August because water level is low
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 1: Frequent easy landing opportunities including gently sloping, sand, gravel or grass
Currents: Level 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: Level 1 - I request participants are wet exit certified and bring a spray skirt which
might be optional depending upon conditions on the water.
The paddle will conclude close to sunset which could increase the rating to a 2 if there is also increased wind.
Location (Optional): 7900 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97202; Parking lot on left before Oaks Park
Photos (optional): yes
Comments and Discussion
Oregon Ocean Paddling SocietyPortland, Oregon