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Cancelled: Hope Island at Extreme Low Tide, L2, 6/5/2023

  • June 05, 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • Arcadia Point boat ramp; 9450-9498 SE Lynch Rd, Shelton, WA 98584
  • 6


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

This trip has been cancelled due to high wind expectations.

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: Join Monte Johnston, Paula Brottman, and me for a day trip to Hope Island, near Olympia, WA, on Monday, June 5th. We won’t paddle far, but we should see tons of sea life. The very low tide of -3.92 at 1:31 p.m. will expose a reef east of the island which provides amazing marine life viewing. A year ago, when I led this trip, the low was -4.67 ft.—close enough! Hope Island Marine State Park is a 132-acre marine camping park on Puget Sound near Squaxin Island. This island is only accessible by boat and is blanketed by forest and saltwater marshes. Hope Island also has a meadow with apple trees, campsites, and a trail system. Plus deer, and--you guessed it--raccoons! Fresh water is not available, but vault toilets are provided. We’ll launch from Arcadia Point Boat ramp. It should be free to park and use the ramp. Please be water-ready by 10:30 a.m. We’ll paddle over to Hope Island, exploring the shorelines and the reef on the east of side of Hope Island and possibly nearby Steamboat Island. We’ll have a lunch break on Hope Island, perhaps allowing time for a short hike around the island, but maybe the water beckons more! While paddling, we’ll have a mix of current assist, paddling at near slack, and working against some mild current. Here is a DeepZoom visual of an approximate route, showing the changing current speed while we’re there:
Many shellfish companies use the Arcadia Point Boat Ramp, which is owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe at all times of the day or night. We’ll stay clear of the boat ramp, or use a very narrow section on the side of it.
Hope Island info:
If conditions are not conducive to both paddling and driving (Portlanders will have a minimum two-hour drive each way), this trip will be either cancelled or relocated to somewhere closer to the Portland metro area.

Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:45:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Arcadia Point boat ramp; 9450-9498 SE Lynch Rd, Shelton, WA 98584 47.19721° N, 122.93842° W
Take out: Arcadia Point boat ramp
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Co-Organizer(s): Monte Johnston & Paula Brottman
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: 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 60-80
Estimated Water Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4-5 hours

Tide Station:9446666 Arcadia, Totten Inlet, WA
Tide times & heights: 2023/06/05 Mon 05:48 AM 13.93 H
2023/06/05 Mon 1:31 PM -3.92 L
2023/06/05 Mon 8:57 PM 15.47 H

Current information: Totten Inlet Entrance (PUG1544) Depth: 14 feet
2023-06-05 09:48 AM ebb -1.28
2023-06-05 01:42 PM slack -
2023-06-05 04:42 PM flood 2.02
2023-06-05 08:42 PM slack -

Squaxin Passage, North of Hunter Point (PUG1543) Depth: 5 feet
2023-06-05 09:18 AM ebb -1.70
2023-06-05 01:12 PM slack -
2023-06-05 04:18 PM flood 1.81
2023-06-05 08:36 PM slack

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 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: We will be paddling closer to slack than to maximum current. I don't expect much effect from the currents.
Location (Optional): Arcadia Point boat ramp; 9450-9498 SE Lynch Rd, Shelton, WA 98584 47.19721° N, 122.93842° W
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19

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