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Chinook Lake Event, Upper Deschutes Arm L2

  • May 14, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Deschutes Boat Ramp (day use permit, state park pass or camping permit required)
  • 10


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer if this is a paddle

 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....if the paddler is wearing a spray skirt on a level 1 paddle, the Wet Exit Certification is REQUIRED).  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.

Full Name: Constance Lively
Activity Title: Chinook Lake Event, Upper Deschutes Arm L2
Date of Activity: 5/14/2022
Narrative: This fairly short trip (7 miles) will take us from the Deschutes Boat Ramp upstream to where the Deschutes River enters Lake Billy Chinook……and whitewater begins. We will paddle a short way up the river, though the strength of the currents will probably not allow us to go too far up. We will have lunch and then return to the Deschutes Boat Ramp. If you have an interest in playing in the stronger currents for a short time, please plan to wear a helmet and be skilled in paddling in moving water up to 4 knots.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:45:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Deschutes Boat Ramp (day use permit, state park pass or camping permit required)
Take out: Deschutes Boat Ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: Paddle may be cancelled if winds or weather are excessive
Required equipment: Helmet
Minimum Immersion protection: Full wet suit
Primary Organizer: Connie Lively
Assistant Organizer(s): Jay Nutt
Has organizer paddled here before? No
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: 12
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: 55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights:
Current information:
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
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 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: Winds are not forecast to be strong on this day, but if they are, it could push this into a higher Level 2 paddle.
Location (Optional): 44.53274° N, 121.29114° W. Deschutes Boat Ramp southwest of Deschutes Campground, Cove Palisades State Park
Photos (optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip All participants of this trip must be vaccinated for Covid-19

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