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Lake Billy Chinook Event: Billy Chinook Crooked River to the Metolius and Juniper Creek - L2

  • May 17, 2024
  • 9:30 AM
  • Billy Chinook
  • 10


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

Full Name: Joe Howell
Activity Title: Billy Chinook Crooked River to the Metolius and Juniper Creek
Date of Activity: 5/17/2024

Narrative: Join Lori Stole and me for a paddle down Crooked River to Juniper Creek. We'll launch at Crooked River Day Use Area and paddle north towards Round Butte Dam. About 4 miles downriver, we can turn east toward the Dam and stop at the floating bathroom, if needed. If the group desires, we might also paddle to the southeast corner of the bay to see a waterfall, if it's falling. Afterward, we'll head back out of the bay and continue through Metolius Canyon to Juniper Creek on the south shore of Lake Billy Chinook. This is a scenic route through broad canyons with steep, rocky cliffs. We'll search for a suitable place to take out at Juniper Creek before heading back to our launch. Total distance will be about 10-12 miles, depending on our choices along the way. Total trip time will be approximately 4-5 hours. Restrooms and parking are available in the day use area. A Waterway Access Permit is required and may be checked by local forestry personnel.

Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Crooked River Day Use Area
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Joe Howell
Co-Organizer(s): Lori Stole
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: 
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
Estimated Water Temperature: 45
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4-5 hours
Tide times & heights: na
Current information: 1 kt
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 3: Bad footing, rocky shores, or surf up to 1.5'
Currents: Level 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Between 0.5 and 1 miles
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: 
Location: Crooked River Day Use Area Lake Billy Chinook
Photos (Optional): 
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: na
Link to map of route (Optional)

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