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.
Our route will depart from Steamboat Landing Park and will circumnavigate Reed Island State Park, a 427-acre marine park. As we approach, if it is clear we'll see Mt. Hood. The island faces the bird-rich Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, from the north, separated by a shallow, narrow channel. Across the main channel of the Columbia we'll view Oregon's rising basalt cliffs and Vista House. You can even see Sand Island and the tip of Rooster Rock. We'll be stopping for a socially distant lunch on the island. The total trip mileage will be around 8.5 miles.
Access the gravel parking area by exiting Rt 14 on the first right on the turn around. There is no parking fee. We'll meet at 9AM to help each other carry our boats down the ramp to the dock, or you can use your wheels. This is a dock launch and there will be assistance to get in and out of your boat. There is a bathroom but it was closed last I checked.
We will be strictly following OOPS Covid -19 guidelines found at https://www.oopskayak.org/Documents. Please remember: Masks, hand sanitizer, toiletries, etc. Tip: store mask in zip lock in PFD.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Steamboat Landing Park, Washougal WA
Take out: Steamboat Landing Park, Washougal WA
Route Alternative for bad weather: Likely none. Will stay within guidelines for Level 1-2 OOPS trip.
Minimum Immersion protection: PolyFleece/Shell
Primary Organizer: Paula Brottman
Assistant Organizer(s): Chris Mayou
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
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: Upper 80's
Estimated Water Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4-5 hours
Tide times & heights: Washougal
Low 11:50 AM 0.37 ft
High 3:14 PM 0.81 ft
Current information: NOAA: Below Bonneville Dam - < 0.5 knot
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', 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 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Overall rating: Level 2
Location (Optional): Location: Steamboat Landing Park in Washougal, Washington https://www.google.com/maps/place/Steamboat+Landing+Park,+Washougal,+WAemail@example.com,-122.3559085,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5495bdbadc559c9b:0x7c18874a6a440ad!8m2!3d45.5756707!4d-122.3544837
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