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L2 Paddle - Salmon River

  • March 14, 2020
  • 10:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Knight County Park, North 3 Rocks Road, Otis, OR
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  • Active club members, including kayak professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance pending approval of trip organizer.

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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 Shawn Altman, Dave Smith and myself for a trip on the Salmon River. We will be able reach the ocean and play in the river mouth and then explore the estuary and upper river all in one trip. This has always one of my favorite trips.

This paddle will start from Knight County Park where we'll meet at 10:15 a.m., it’s about 10 minutes north of Lincoln City. Be ready to launch at 11 a.m, at the end of the ebb tide and paddle about one mile toward the mouth of the river to a sand spit on the ocean accessible only by boat. There may be some moderate currants and eddies near the mouth, but usually not too strong. Some people may choose to play in the swells and currents in the mouth, depending on conditions, it’s optional and not required. If you do want to play in the waves, please bring your helmet. We will take a break on the beach near the mouth, frequently there are a collection of seals in the area, both in the water and on the spit.

After a short stop on the beach we'll head back upriver, now taking advantage of the incoming tide, go past the launch site and continue for a few miles passing under Hwy 101 through scenic open country and some farms with the goal of reaching as far as possible given the current and then head back to Knight Park. The overall length of the paddle will be in the 8-10 mile range. There are vault toilets at Knight Park but no water; parking is free but don’t park in the boat trailer spaces. Since we don’t have any idea of what the weather will be like this far out more details will be sent out prior to the trip, we will only cancel if the winds are too strong that day. Total trip time of 3-4 hours. Bring food/snacks and water. Post paddle debrief and refreshments in nearby Lincoln City.

Meeting Time: 10:15:00 AM

Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM

Type of activity: Paddle Trip

Put in: Knight County Park

Take out: Knight County Park

Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD

Required equipment:

Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit

Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman

Assistant Organizer(s): Shawn Altman, Dave 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: 50

Estimated Water Temperature: 45

Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours

Tide times & heights: Low tide 10:56 AM .5

High tide 5:13 PM 5.2

Current information: 1-2 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 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 2: 6 to 11 miles

Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing

Paddling Environment:

Overall rating: Level 2

Rating Comments: Winds can pick up as the day progresses.

Location (Optional):https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/knight+county+park/data=!4m5!4m4!1m0!1m2!1m1!1s0x54eaecef9b1c2521:0x31348ce8d4173b9b?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjb2drXyL7TAhVGKWMKHcIsCXUQ9RcIeDAP

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