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. 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: Join Joe Howell and me for a paddle up the Willamette River to Elk Rock Island. We'll meet at Willamette Park in Portland no later than 9:30 am for a launch at 10 am. There will be an outgoing tide during our trip, so we'll be paddling upstream against a mild current until we arrive at Elk Island. This is a great opportunity to practice your forward stroke in mild currents and build up your endurance while making your way past some floating homes, the Sellwood Bridge and Park and historic Milwaukie before arriving at our lunch takeout on Elk Island. Who knows, we may encounter some familiar stand-up paddle boarders along the way. New members are especially welcome to join us for this fun, level 1 paddle. Total distance will be approximately 6 miles. Weather looks promising, but no promises. There are restrooms available at the launch and parking rates are $1 per hour up to 5 hours. 6 hours or longer costs $10. Since this is a shorter paddle, the 5-hour pass should be adequate. Total water time will be about 3 hours. Afterwards, join Joe and me for an after-paddle debriefing at a local eatery. Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM Type of activity: Paddle Trip Put in: Willamette Park, Portland Take out: same Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD Required equipment: Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit Primary Organizer: David Smith Assistant Organizer(s): Joe Howell 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: 50° Estimated Water Temperature: 45° Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3 hours Tide times & heights: NOAA Morrison St Bridge: high at 7:10 am, 2.71'; low at 2:53 pm, .68' Current information: less than 2 knots Hazards: 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 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half 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): SW Macadam Ave and Nebraska St, Portland
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