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Bachelor Island Clockwise - L2

  • June 18, 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • Ridgefield Washington Kayak Launch
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  • Active club members with wet exit certification, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance pending approval by the trip organizer.

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Narrative: Come join Jon and Peggy for a classic circumnavigation of Bachelor Island on the Columbia River. This is a medium length but not difficult paddle with many opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Starting at Ridgefield Kayak Launch ramp, we will be going downstream on the Columbia river for a few miles in a mild current but staying clear of the 3 or 4 wing dams on that part of the river.
Though parts of the paddle have poor shore access, there are several good beaches that will supply ample opportunity for rest and water. We will stop for lunch at some exotic beach. From there we will ride the tide and the wind back up Lake River to our cars.
Please bring a lunch and water.
The day may be a little cool with perhaps a shower and the Columbia river is still cold so we will wear full wet suits or dry suits.

I expect us to be off the water by 3:00

WEC,Spray skirt, and Immersion gear required for this Level 2 paddle.

Meeting Time: 10:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Ridgefield Washington Kayak Launch
Take out: same
Route Alternative for bad weather: Lake River Amble
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: full wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Jon Powell
Co-Organizer(s): Peggy Liggit
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? No
First Aid /CPR Person: Peggy Liggit
Maximum number of paddlers: 6
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: 56-60
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: 

2:26 am High Tide 2.83 ft

11:01 am Low Tide 0.29 ft

4:00 pm High Tide 1.5 ft

Current information: 2 knots
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
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 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: Less than 0.5 miles
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Possible Rain
Location: Ridgefield Washington Kayak Launch
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: St Helens.
Link to map of route (Optional)
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