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Willamette River to Kelley Point Park, L2

  • February 20, 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • 8940 N Bradford St, Portland, OR 97203
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  • Active club members with wet exit certification, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance pending approval by the trip organizer.

Registration is closed

Paddle a round trip on the Willamette River from the boat ramp at Cathedral Park (St. Johns) to our lunch spot at Kelley Point Park.

The trip will be at about a 2.5 mph pace as we view the wildlife and industrial developments on the lower section of the Willamette river. Be prepared for some history lessons along the way. The trip will be about 12 miles in length.


Arrive early enough (9 AM at the latest) to be ready for a shore talk at 9:45 AM and to launch at 10 AM. Our return will be about 4 PM. There are restrooms at both parks. Please do not bring any valuables and leave them in your car. This park is relatively safe but do not take chances.

Drysuits are required (it is still winter).

This trip is limited to members.  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

Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Jerry Stole
Co-Organizer(s): Steve Blackwood
Maximum number of paddlers: 8
Estimated Air Temperature: 40s
Estimated Water Temperature: 40s
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6
Tide times & heights: Low: 11:28 AM, 4.0' High: 2:56 PM 8.1'
Current information: 2 kts
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
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 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 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: Less than 0.5 miles
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: The distance is long for a level 2 but the other parameters keep it in the level 2 category.
Location: 8800-, 8940 N Bradford St, Portland, OR 97203
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: Cathedral Park (St Johns Bridge)

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