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CANCELLED: Steamboat Landing to Reed Island RT - L2

  • July 11, 2024
  • 8:30 AM
  • Steamboat Landing Park, 15th St, Washougal, WA 98671
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Full Name: Chris Mayou
Narrative: Join Monte Johnston and me for a paddle around (or next to) Reed Island. We’ll launch early and take swim (or cool-off) breaks at Cottonwood Beach and/or Reed Island as we make our way up the channel between Reed Island State Park and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Due to the river level, we may not be able to circumnavigate Reed Island; we might have to stay in the channel and return the way we came. It will be interesting to see what the water level is at the far end of Reed Island as we round the east end of the island to (hopefully) enter the main channel for our return trip. There may be some “walking” of our boats. Bring along a short tow, painter rope, or similar in case we do.

I’m rating this trip Level 2 as it’s 8 miles round-trip, and we may do some paddling in the main channel of the Columbia. We’ll DOCK launch from Steamboat Landing Park; be water-ready by 9 a.m. Free parking, vault bathrooms. We’ll plan to return by 1:30 p.m. so that we can load boats and hopefully escape most of the afternoon traffic by leaving around 2:00 p.m. Bring wheels and plan to help others get boats up and down the ramp.

Because of my fervent desire to be in the car and buggering through Portland by 2 p.m., although this will be a somewhat relaxed pace trip, you do need to be able to keep up with the group. If you’ve had trouble with that recently, this trip is not for you. This trip is suitable for boats 12 ft. and longer; no inflatables, please. Intermediate-advanced SUP paddlers who can keep up with kayaks welcome.

Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach commemorates the historical site where the Corps of Discovery camped for six days while on their journey through this area in 1806.

Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Steamboat Landing Park, 15th St, Washougal, WA 98671
Take out: SAME
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Chris Mayou
Co-Organizer(s): Monte Johnston
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? No
First Aid /CPR Person: Monte Johnston
Maximum number of paddlers: 10
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 80-89
Estimated Water Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: 2024/07/11 Thu 07:05 AM 0.58 L
2024/07/11 Thu 11:34 AM 1.33 H
2024/07/11 Thu 7:33 PM 0.22 L
Current information: We will be paddling near the shore and in a back channel in slower-moving water. If we make it to the main channel, we will be paddling with the current. I expect the current to be less than 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 1: Frequent easy landing opportunities including gently sloping, sand, gravel or grass
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:
Location: Steamboat Landing Park, 15th St, Washougal, WA 98671
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: Tide projections for Washougal, WA

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