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.
Narrative: Join Monte Johnston, Chris Mayou and me to paddle from Scappoose Bay to Sand Island, across from St Helen’s.
It’s Halloween time to enjoy costumes and pumpkins. We will paddle next to St Helen’s waterfront to view the annual “Halloweentown” (a month-long Halloween themed festival celebration)!
Meet at Scappoose Bay Paddle Center at 10:15 am and be ready for the OOPS pre-paddle talk at 11:00 am. We will put in at the dock. Park on the right side near the grass to unload kayak and carry down to dock. Then purchase a parking permit $3.00 and park in the upper lot.
We will paddle down Scappoose Creek to the Multnomah Channel until we merge with the Columbia River against the mild flood tide to the west end of Sand Island. We will lunch on Sand Island for about 45 minutes.
Our paddle will take us along the St Helens waterfront, including the marina to hopefully see some of the Halloweentown decorations!
Our return will be against a slowish current with a mild tide helping us back.
Total paddle will be about 9 miles depending on how many detours we take. Expect to paddle close within easy earshot of an organizer in the pod!
After the paddle there's an opportunity to stop at Sauvie’s Island to pick up pumpkins and gourds!!
Meeting Time: 10:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Scappoose Bay Paddle Center
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Stacy Ozer
Assistant Organizer(s): Monte Johnston & Chris Mayou
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: Chris Mayou
Maximum number of paddlers: 12, including organizers
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 52-59 degrees
Estimated Water Temperature: 56 degrees
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4-4.5 hours - return 3-3:30
Tide times & heights: Date Day of the Week Time (LST/LDT) Predicted (ft) High/Low
2019/10/07 Mon 08:44 AM 0.23 L
2019/10/07 Mon 2:04 PM 2.10 H
2019/10/07 Mon 7:34 PM 0.86 L
Current information: 1-1.5 knots current
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 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
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: The forecast is for mild winds and conditions, however, the Columbia River can change rapidly, therefore conditions always have the potential to go from a strong level one to high level two.
Bring tow belt if you have one.
Will only cancel if there is a steady wind forecast above 13 mph, if thunder and lightning is anticipated or an excessive constant hard rain is present. Typical rain we go!!!
Location (Optional): 57420 Old Portland Rd, Warren, OR 97053
Photos (optional): yes
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