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L2 Paddle - Columbia River Gorge

  • September 26, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Dalton Point, Oregon
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance pending approval of trip organizer.

Registration is closed

Use davlsmith@yahoo.com for David Smith's email to fill out Docusign digital waiver.
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.

Please read and be ready to follow the latest club Covid guidelines.

Narrative: Join me for a paddle up the Columbia River to the Franz Lake Nat'l Wildlife Refuge in Washington. We'll launch from Dalton Point on the Oregon shoreline and cross over to Washington's shoreline. From there we'll paddle upstream viewing Multnomah Falls from across the river, passing St Cloud's old apple orchard and finally arriving at the refuge about 4.5 miles upriver. Once there, we'll take out for lunch and then head back downriver, again staying on the Washington side avoiding the shipping channel along the Oregon side. This is a very scenic area of the Gorge and should provide us a fun day on the water. Total distance for the day will be approximately 9-10 miles. Note that Dalton Point is only accessible from I-84 West at exit #29. There are no parking fees and restrooms are available.

Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM

Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM

Type of activity: Paddle Trip

Put in: Dalton Point, Oregon

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? 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: 75°

Estimated Water Temperature: 68°

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

Tide times & heights: NOAA at Beacon Rock: High 10:30 am, 1.21'; Low 5:44 pm, .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 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 2: Less than 1 mile

Paddling Environment:

Overall rating: Level 2

Rating Comments:

Location (Optional): Dalton Point, Oregon

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