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Tenasillahe, Welch, Quinns & Grassy Islands, L3, 3/25/2023

  • March 25, 2023
  • 8:15 AM
  • Elochoman Slough Marina 500 2nd St, Cathlamet, WA 98612
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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.

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Narrative: Launching from Cathlamet, we will head out around the outside of Tenasillahe, Welch, Quinns and Grassy Islands to Aldrich Point and then back along the inside (Oregon side) of these islands and back to Cathlamet. The tides are favorable for this loop on this day. Depending on weather we might modify the actual route for more/less protection. This will be a full day out on the water, with an estimated distance of 16 nautical miles (18.5 statute miles). Paddlers should be able to maintain a 3kt pace while paddling and be comfortable in L3 conditions should they materialize.
These islands all are part of the Columbia White Tail Deer wildlife refuge. This is a beautiful area, but there may be extended periods where it will be difficult to get out of the boats due to mud on the inside of the islands. We will need to be prepared to be in the boats for as long as 2 hours at a time if necessary.
Meeting Time: 8:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cathlamet - Elochoman Slough Marina
Take out: Same as launch
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Will Greenough
Co-Organizer(s): Tom Waldron
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? No
First Aid /CPR Person: TBD
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: 45
Estimated Water Temperature: 45
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 7.5 hours

Tide Station: Skamokawa
Tide times & heights: H 0502 7.8'
L 1230 -0.2
H 1810 6.2
Current information: 2kt max. (estimate)
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 3: 12-16 knots (19 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 3: Waves to paddle tops; numerous whitecaps, waves becoming longer
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 4: 15 to 22 Miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 3
Rating Comments: L3 rating to allow for potential wind and waves. Distance is at L4.
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COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19

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