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Columbia River exploration of Explore Crims and Gull Islands, L2

  • February 24, 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • 7141 Willow Grove Rd, Longview, WA 98632
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A great Columbia River paddle where we explore Crims and Gull islands and the beautiful slough that lies between them. We will leave the modern Willow Grove Park boat ramp and travel down river to cross over to Gull Island. There we will explore the beautiful and serene slough between Gull and Crims islands. After having lunch along the slough, we will travel around Crims island along the Bradbury slough on our way back to the launch site.

Paddle distance will be about 12 statute miles (10.4 nm) and about five hours total. Weather is forecast to be mild with light winds, no rain, and temperatures in the upper 40s. There are bathrooms at Willow Grove Park and no parking fees.

Meet no later than 9 AM (earlier if you need more time) so that we can have a 9:45 AM shore talk and launch at 10 AM. We will return around 3 PM.

Drysuits are required. Bring your VHF radio and towline if you have them. Hot drink/food is recommended.

Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Put in: 7141 Willow Grove Rd, Longview, WA 98632
Take out: 7141 Willow Grove Rd, Longview, WA 98632
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Jerry Stole
Co-Organizer(s): Will Greenough
Estimated Air Temperature: Upper 40s
Estimated Water Temperature: Lower 40s
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): Five hours
Tide times & heights: Low: 10 AM, 0.8' High: 3:08 PM, 3.1'
Current information: 0.9 mph
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered 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 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Between 0.5 and 1 miles
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: The length barely gets into the level 3 parameters so this is a level 2 paddle.
Location: 7141 Willow Grove Rd, Longview, WA 98632
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: Barlow Point WA

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