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: Launching from Aldrich Point on the lower Columbia, we will explore the interior passages and shores of Tronson, Horseshoe, Woody and Quinns Islands. The exact route will be determined based on wind and current conditions, but we will probably paddle about ten miles, sometime against light currents, sometimes with them. Predicted high tide is at 1:00 pm so our lunch spot may be on marshy ground. This is the Lewis and Clark Refuge, and bird life abounds, Eagles, Canada Geese, Blue Herons, and perhaps even Tundra Swans. Plan to come again this spring or summer for dazzling flowers and flocks of Pelicans.
Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Aldrich Point
Take out: Aldrich Point
Route Alternative for bad weather: None: route will seek protected waters as conditions warrant.
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Robert Hyslop
Assistant Organizer(s): David Smith
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: 45 degrees
Estimated Water Temperature: 41 degrees
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 1/2 hours
Tide times & heights: 2.4 low, 0740; 8.5 high, 1300; -0.2 low, 2000 (Knappa)
Current information: Slack 1000; +0.5 Max Flood, 1200; Slack 1315, Max Ebb -1.7, 1800 (Quinns Island Station, velocities in knots)
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 3: Bad footing, rocky shores, or surf up to 1.5'
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 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 2
Location (Optional): Aldrich Point, Oregon
Photos (optional): yes