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L2 Paddle - Clatskanie/Columbia River

  • July 01, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 350 US-30, Clatskanie, OR 97016
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance pending approval of trip organizer.

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This trip is limited to members with 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.
Join me for a paddle down the Clatskanie River to Wallace Island in the Columbia River. We'll launch from Beaver Boat Ramp in Clatskanie which is about 1:15 minutes from Portland. We'll paddle about 2.5 miles to the mouth of the Clatskanie River where it joins the Columbia River. From there, we will paddle around the east end of Wallace Island moving into the channel between Cooper and Wallace Islands. We'll take out on Wallace's northern shore where we'll break for lunch. Most of Wallace Island is part of the Julia Butler Hanson Wildlife Refuge for Columbia White Tail Deer. While we may not see any deer, we will enjoy the scenery of the area including the other Caper Horn located along the Washington shoreline just across the river from Wallace and Cooper Islands. Total distance for the day will be about 10 miles. Parking is free at the boat ramp and restrooms may be open.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Beaver Boat Ramp, Clatskanie
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: David Smith
Assistant Organizer(s):
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: 6
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 70°
Estimated Water Temperature: 65°
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: NOAA Tides at Cape Horn, lower Columbia: low at 7:13 am, -0.39’; high at 12:27 pm, 4.38’
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 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
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments:
Location (Optional): 350 US-30, Clatskanie, OR 97016

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