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Willamette Narrows and Willow Island RT, L1, 9-25-22

  • September 25, 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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 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:Chris Mayou
Activity Title: Willamette Narrows and Willow Island RT , L1, 9-25-22
Date of Activity: 9/25/2022
Narrative: Join Monte Johnston and I as we paddle round-trip from West Linn’s Willamette Park, heading upstream to “the Narrows” and then on to the far (south) end of Willow Island. Total of 8 miles. The current will be mild in the back channels and the main channel, with a gage height of 56 ft. This is one of the prettiest sections of the Willamette in the metro area. This will be a relaxed pace paddle so that we can enjoy the scenery.
We’ll poke around the various passages as the water height allows and get out of our boats for a snack break at Willow Island before heading back to Willamette Park.
No immersion wear is required. Paddlers should expect to stay with the pod.
We'll plan to launch from Bernert Boat Launch. Bring wheels if you have them.
Please be water-ready at 9:00 a.m. Water temperature is about 64F. Air temperature will be in the 70s and possibly into the 80s while we are on the water. No immersion wear is required. Paddlers should expect to stay with the pod.
Bathrooms are available; free parking. Canoes with flotation and kayaks 12’ and longer are welcome. No inflatables, please.

Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Bernert Boat Launch (large paved parking lot with 2 boat ramps)
Take out: Bernert Boat Launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: Estacada Lake, launching from Milo McGiver State Park
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Assistant Organizer(s): Monte Johnston, Marty Martinez
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: 8
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 70-80
Estimated Water Temperature: 64
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: NA
Current information: less than a knot
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
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 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
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: Wind could bump this to a Level 2 paddle. Come prepared with a sprayskirt.
Location (Optional): Willamette Park and Bernert Landing, 2000-2106 Volpp St, West Linn, OR 97068
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19

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