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Willamette Narrows and Willow Island RT - L2

  • July 15, 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • Willamette Park and Bernert Landing, 2000-2106 Volpp St, West Linn,
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Full Name: Chris Mayou
Narrative: Join Monte Johnston and me as we paddle round-trip from West Linn’s Willamette Park, heading upstream to “the Narrows” and then on to the far (south) end of Willow Island. Total of 8 miles. The current will be mild in the back channels and the main channel, with a gage height of 56 ft. This is one of the prettiest sections of the Willamette in the metro area. This will be a relaxed pace paddle so that we can enjoy the scenery.
We’ll poke around the various passages as the water height allows and get out of our boats for a snack break at Willow Island before heading back to Willamette Park.

We'll plan to launch from Bernert Boat Launch (yes, where the power boats launch). Bring wheels if you have them. Stage your boat on the grass at the top of the boat launch area and we’ll coordinate a launch from there. Please do not put your boats on the concrete boat launch until we’re all ready. We may insist that participants do a DOCK launch. Free parking: 1) across the street in the little day-use area 2) to the west in the grassy parking lot 3) you may be one of the lucky few to snag a single-car spot in the main parking lot. Do NOT park in the trailer spaces unless you have a trailer. Bathrooms are available.

Please be water-ready at 9:30 a.m. with your boat on the grass. Water temperature is about 70F. Air temperature will be in the 80s. No immersion wear is required. Paddlers should expect to stay with the pod. Canoes with flotation and kayaks 12’ and longer are welcome. No inflatables, please.

Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette Park and Bernert Landing, 2000-2106 Volpp St, West Linn, OR 97068
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: 8 total due to launch & parking limitations
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 85
Estimated Water Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: N/A
Current information: Velocity: 9,000-10,000 cfm (typical summer flow; less than a knot)
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 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:
Location: Willamette Park and Bernert Landing, 2000-2106 Volpp St, West Linn, OR 97068
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: N/A
Link to map of route (Optional)
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