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Fall colors from Coldwater Lake, L1, 9/20/2023

  • September 20, 2023
  • 8:45 AM
  • Coldwater Lake Trailhead #211 parking lot
  • 6


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

Registration is closed

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 are unable to attend please cancel on 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, go to the event registration page on the website and click on "Already Registered". A page will open that will allow you to cancel. It would also be helpful if you notified the primary organizer of your cancellation via text, phone or email.


To e-mail the organizer directly, once you have the name of the organizer, log into your OOPS account, select "Member Directory" under "Membership," search for the name of the organizer, click on their name, and press the "Send Message" button.


OOPS members who sign-up for a trip that is full will typically be automatically entered onto a waitlist. Unfortunately, our software doesn’t allow members to cancel off the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist for a trip and decide you don’t want to be considered for the roster please cancel by emailing the Trips Director at OOPS Trips (   This will ensure that others who joined the waitlist after you are given more notice should space on the paddle become available.

Narrative: Join Moulton Avery and Robin Rabiroff for a paddle around Coldwater lake and enjoy the beautiful Fall colors as Mother Nature begins her Fall slumber. Located approximately 97 miles from Portland, so let’s leave early.
This lake is the result of the Mt. St. Helens eruption as Cold Water creek was blocked and formed into this natural wonder. The lake is 5 miles long and remains in its natural environment as there is no development or camping along its shores. This is also a non motorized lake, so quiet and peaceful and we just hear nature From her Eastern end we can enjoy the view of Mt. Whittier It’s going to be chilly so a dry suit is required. No day pass required.

From Castle Rock exit off I5, drive route 504 east 43 miles. Stay right on 504 when it forks towards the Johnston Ridge Observatory. 1 more mile to the lake, turn left.

Meeting Time: 8:45:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:20:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Coldwater Lake Trailhead #211
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Full Wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Moulton Avery
Co-Organizer(s): Robin Rabiroff
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: Moulton
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’s
Estimated Water Temperature: 62
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours

Tide Station: N/A
Tide times & heights: N/A
Current information: N/A
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: Can jump to level 2 if the winds pick up
Location: Coldwater Lake Trailhead #211 parking lot
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19

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