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CANCELLED: Hunting Islands - L2

  • June 02, 2024
  • 8:15 AM
  • Vista Park, Skamokawa
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  • Active club members with wet exit certification, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance pending approval by the trip organizer.



 Tom Waldron
Narrative: Join Steve and Tom for a weekend of paddling on the Columbia. We’ll be paddling Friday - Sunday, 5/31 – 6/2/24 and camping at Vista Park in Skamokawa. Sign-up for whichever paddle fits your schedule or better yet, do all three. Everyone makes their own arrangements if camping. These paddles are individual OOPS trips, not an OOPS event. 

The Hunting Islands are part of the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge. Starting from Vista Park in Skamokawa, we’ll paddle along the west coast of Price Island; then follow the WA coastline until we reach Elochoman Slough. The slough will take us down the east side of Hunting Islands to the southernmost tip where we’ll stop for lunch. On the return we’ll paddle along the west side of Hunting Islands to the WA coastline, then through the channel behind Price Island to Vista Park. Mileage is approximately 10 nm. 

We'll meet at the Vista Park Boat launch. Bring Wheels if camping. There is a $5.00 launch fee at the park. Restrooms are available.

Meeting Time: 8:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Vista Park, 13 Vista Park Rd, Skamokawa, WA 98647
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: N/A
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Tom Waldron
Co-Organizer(s): Steve Blackwood
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
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: 8
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: 55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 5 hours
Tide times & heights: L 6:03 AM 0.30' / H 1:32 AM 5.62' / L 17:44 PM 0.92'
Current information: 2 K
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
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 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 2: Between 0.5 and 1 miles
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: 
Location: Vista Park, 13 Vista Park Rd, Skamokawa, WA 98647
Photos (Optional): yes
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: Skamokawa, WA (Tide Station #9440569)

Link to map of route (Optional)