Comments and Discussion
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.
If you register for this event and find that you need to cancel please notify the trip organizer and cancel through the website. Members on the waitlist cannot be added to the roster or notified they are now eligible to attend unless your registration is removed from the trip. To cancel please go to the event registration page on the website and click on "Already Registered". A page will open that will allow you to cancel.
Narrative: Looking for an easy warm-up paddle to start the season? Want to get outside for a great view and exercise? Have new equipment or are recovering from an injury and want to test how paddling feels? This kayaking trip is for you! Come join us on beautiful Lacamas Lake in Camas, Washington for a 5 mile (total) boat trip to warm-up your kayaking skills. It is going to be a beautiful spring day! We will paddle the length of Lacamas Lake and stop for lunch in view of majestic Mt. Hood. On the way back we'll participate in some easy paddle play and paddle skill activities. Those who want to practice rescues can do so near the takeout, so you don't have to worry about getting cold. This trip has something for everyone! Bring your towline and helmet if you want to work on towing and/or rescue skills. Wear warm clothes under your dry suit and bring warm food and drinks –although it is spring, the water and air are still chilly.
Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Camas Heritage Park Boat Ramp, Heritage Park 303 NE Lake Road Camas, WA 98607
Take out: Camas Heritage Park Boat Ramp, Heritage Park 303 NE Lake Road Camas, WA 98607
Route Alternative for bad weather: Camas Heritage Park Boat Ramp, Heritage Park 303 NE Lake Road Camas, WA 98607
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Peggy Liggit
Co-Organizer(s): Joe Howell
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: 8 (six non-TO paddlers and two TO paddlers)
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 47-56 F
Estimated Water Temperature: 43 F
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3.5-4 hours
Tide Station: N/A
Tide times & heights: This lake is not influenced by tides.
Current information: This lake has relatively no current in the area we are paddling. There is a mild current where Lacamas Creek enters Lacamas Lake - we won't be paddling to that area.
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 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments: This is a solid L1 trip, and the estimated wind speeds are well within the L1
category. However, I will be mindful of unpredicted wind. This is a very narrow lake (about 1/2 mile across, and winds typically go east to west - across the width of the lake and not the length of the lake). That means there is little "fetch" expected when we paddle.
Location (Optional): Heritage Park 303 NE Lake Road Camas, WA 98607
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
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