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Lake Simtustus--NORTH AND SOUTH OF PELTON PARK L2 (Lake Billy Chinook event)

  • May 17, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Pelton Park
  • 12


  • Active club members with wet exit certification, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance pending approval by the trip organizer.

Full Name: Paula Brottman
Email address:
Phone: 224-622-2522
Activity Title: Lake Simtustus--NORTH AND SOUTH OF PELTON PARK L2 (Lake Billy Chinook event)
Date of Activity: 5/17/2024
Narrative: We'll put in at Pelton Park and start out north towards Pelton Dam. Then we'll retrace our route and head south to Willow Creek inlet and take a peek at Lake Simustus Resort. We might see fish jumping, herons, eagles, and ospreys! If weather and paddlers permit, we might head farther south and explore a bit more of this beautiful lake.
Surrounded by steep basalt canyon walls, this scenic lake is quite narrow, with widths of 300 feet to almost 1000 feet. Sagebrush and juniper dot the countryside around the waters of this cold, deep lake. Lake Simtustus is separated from nearby Lake Billy Chinook by the Round Butte Dam.
Fun Facts:
Lake Simtustus has 637 surface acres of water.
The deepest part of the lake reaches 155 feet.
The lake’s elevation is 1,580 feet.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Pelton Park
Take out: Pelton Park
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Paula Brottman
Co-Organizer(s): TBD
Has organizer paddled here before? No
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person:
Maximum number of paddlers: 10-12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 45-55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 5
Tide times & heights: NA
Current information: none
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 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: Less than 0.5 miles
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Level 2 for possible wind and distance; Will consider full wet suit and Farmer John when more accurate water temperature is obtained.
Location: 3300 NW Pelton Dam Rd, Madras, OR 97741
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: NA

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