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Level 1 Paddle Lake Merwin in September

  • September 24, 2019
  • 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM
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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 (except for level 1 trips when the paddler is not using a spray skirt....if the paddler is wearing a spray skirt on a level 1 paddle, the Wet Exit Certification is REQUIRED).  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 if you intend to wear a spray skirt.  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: We'll launch from Cresap Bay Recreation Area boat launch at 10:00 a.m. and head upstream. Our destination is picturesque Canyon Creek. There are plenty of spots for lunch and breaks. The majority of our trip is in a no-wake zone. There may be a parking fee; be prepared for that. There are bathrooms. This paddle may be out of cell phone range. Bring along a snack or lunch. Paddle is 6 miles round-trip. Arrive in time to be ready for the safety chat and to launch at 10:00 a.m. My plan is to be off the water by 2:00 p.m. No guarantees. If we have time, for those who'd like to participate, we can do some rescue and/or towing practice.

This will be a moderately-relaxed pace trip. SUPs, canoes, and boats 12’ and longer are welcome providing that you can maintain a minimum 3 mph paddling speed. We will adhere to safe and effective pod principles.

Directions: From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 24 miles, turn right at 503 South, drive approximately 3 miles to Cresap. Alternate route via WA Hwy. 503 through Amboy.

Learn more about Cresap Park at: https://www.pacificorp.com/community/recreation/washington.html

Meeting Time: 9:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cresap Bay Recreation Area
Take out: Cresap Bay Recreation Area
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Full Wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): I welcome one
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: 12                                                                      I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes

Estimated Air Temperature: 60-68

Estimated Water Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights:
Current information:
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
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments:
Location (Optional): Cresap Bay Recreation Area, Amboy, WA 98601

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