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Skamokawa 2024 Event

  • September 26, 2024
  • September 29, 2024
  • Vista Park Campground


September 26 - 29, 2024 

 Paddling days will likely be Sept 27, 28 and 29th

Vista Park Campground (Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights)

General registration will open 3-4 months prior.

 Trip Organizers who have been approved to lead trips for the Event will be able to register earlier.

Skamokawa (/skʌˈmɑːkəˌweɪ/) is an unincorporated community in Wahkiakum County, Washington, United States. Skamokawa is a Chinook term for smoke or fog on the water.

Skamokawa rests on the banks of the Columbia River, and on WA 4. The town includes a post office, restaurant, and general store, along with a nearby historical museum and covered bridge. It is a local center for kayaking and fishing.

Please read this section before registering.

What are the Registration Categories all about? 

Basically they indicate two things: 

 1. What role you have - Event staff, TO or general membership

 2. Where you are sleeping? 

 “On Site” indicates staying in a shared campsite that OOPS has reserved in advance. Often limited availability.

  “Off-Site” indicates you will book your own accommodations. 

Here are the Categories: You’ll choose one (and only one!)

1. Event Staff (Event Manager, Trips Coordinator, Assistant Event Manager/Concierge)

2. Approved Trip Organizer: On-Site - staying in OOPS Reserved shared campsite

3. Approved Trip Organizer: Off-Site - finding own accommodations

4. General Members On-Site - staying in OOPS Reserved shared


5. General Members - Off-Site - booking own accommodations. Sleep in a real bed! Have access to a shower!

What do the fees cover?

 The On-Site - OOPS Reserved Shared Campsite” fee includes a shared campsite, parking and event supplies for one member. Spouse/partner also needs to register in this category (whether or not they are paddling).

The Off-Site - Book own accommodations” fee covers event supplies. It DOES NOT cover camping.  A non-member, non-paddling travel partner does not need to register.

Who needs to complete the registration form?

- Everyone paddling must register.

- Everyone camping in OOPS shared site must register (partners/spouses too).

Who doesn't need to register?

A non-paddling partner/spouse staying "off-site" does not need to register.

I'm not a member. Can I register?

Non-members are welcome to make their own lodging reservations and join group social activities but will not be allowed to participate in OOPS paddles unless pre-approved by the Trips Coordinator. Better yet, become a member!!

Waitlist:  If an event registration category is sold out, please use the waitlist option to be placed in the queue for a possible opening (button not available if using your phone to register).  You do not need to pay the registration fee to join the waitlist; you will only pay if you're notified there is an opening AND you complete the registration.

You must be a paid-up member of OOPS and be wet-exit/re-entry certified to paddle at this event. Level 1 trips (when available) do not require wet exit certification. Please review the Trip Level Criteria/Rating System on the OOPS website:

Special requests:  We can’t accommodate special requests for campsites, ex. non-snoring camp partner.  If you have special needs, please use the off-site registration category and procure your own campsite or lodging. 

RVs or trailers:  RVs and trailers are subject to approval. Please contact the OOPS event manager with the height and length of your RV or Trailer, including all attachments (such as tongue, propane shelf, side popouts).  Requests will be submitted to the park manager and we will get back to you.  If you want to guarantee that you will be able to use your RV or trailer, please use the off-site registration category and arrange for your own campsite/lodging.

How do I sign up for the event paddles? TOs will post trips on the OOPS website in the weeks leading up to the event so you can check out the routes and get charts if you’re so inclined. Actual sign up will take place the evening before at the designated meeting site. TOs will describe their trips and answer questions and then the rush to the clipboards commences! Trips are subject to change due to weather, etc.

Immersion protection may be required, pending water temperature/conditions. See the club website under Resources/OOPS Documents/Activity Policies and scroll down to Cold Water Protective Clothing. Please come prepared.

OOPS Cancellation Policy:  A full refund will be allowed for cancellations up to 4 weeks before the event begins. After that, refunds will be not be provided except in cases of emergency.  Registration is closed 2 weeks before the event.  To cancel please notify the Event Manager. 

Watch for future emails from the Event Staff about paddles, potlucks, classes, hikes, and other possible social events. Sign ups for daily paddles will take place at the on-site group meetings each evening.

Your Volunteer Staff:

Event Manager: Stacy Ozer,, 503-936-6858

Trips Coordinator: Will Greenough,, 360-508-0456

Assistant Event Manager: Robin Smith,, 562-533-0508

Ferries and Map:

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