Kayak Waldo Lake

Waldo Lake has a surface area of 9.8 square miles. It has an average depth of 128 feet with a maximum depth of 420 feet. This makes Waldo the second deepest lake in the state after Crater Lake. Like Crater Lake, Waldo Lake is ultraoligotrophic (having extremely clear water with very little organic material). The lake was restocked with trout every other year, until 1990 when efforts to preserve the water clarity halted the practice. The lake has a 10 miles per hour speed limit for boats, but in 2010 gasoline motors were banned while electric motors are still allowed.

The Plan is to spend the whole day at the lake. We will start with some kayaking for a few hours then come to shore to have a small cookout for lunch/dinner. After eating we can head back out for some more kayaking.

Attendees will need their own Kayak and appropriate gear along with transportation. You will need to bring snacks, water and food for the cookout. Extra clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are also needed. Depending on how many people sign up we could do some sort of potluck. I will be bringing a small gas grill and stove to cook on.

There is the option for those wanting to camp over night. There are 205 designated campsites total among the campgrounds and an additional 50 primitive tent sites around the lake.

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  • Kari

    The pics make me want to go again.

    July 12, 2013

  • David

    Great trip. Little trouble with bugs despite the predictions. The pot luck was great. Thanks Sean for getting this trip going.

    July 11, 2013

  • Kari

    Hey David, when do we get to see your pictures?

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Kari

    Great trip Sean.. Great company. Great laughs. Beautiful Lake awesome food! Dave said it best.. This groups rocks!

    July 8, 2013

  • Dave Z

    ho hum - another fantastic day in the Oregon wild. Thank you wind for keeping the skeeters away, and thanks Kari for the use of the kayak -I am hooked. nice potluck on the dock. I can't believe we had the lake pretty much to ourselves! This group rocks.

    July 7, 2013

  • Barbara

    Great place. Great people. Great food.

    July 7, 2013

  • Lisa P

    What a beautiful place. The water was amazing!

    July 6, 2013

    • Lisa P

      And of course the company! As always!

      July 6, 2013

  • Ken C.

    I'm coming from Lebanon. What time should I be at I-5 and Hwy 34 to catch up with the group?

    July 4, 2013

    • Ken C.

      Thanks, Barbara; I'll plan to be at the Hwy 34 Park & Ride by 8:00.

      July 5, 2013

    • Dave Z

      in the conversation below from yesterday - Tiffany has cancelled so I did not plan to be at the park and ride - going straight to Pleasant Hill shaves off 50 miles of driving. Ken can you make it to Pleasant Hill? I thought that was the original plan anyway - / - my ph is[masked] give me a call in the morning after 7 if you get this - otherwise I'm heading to PH. meet there at Rays @ 9-9:15. sorry for late notice - just got in still have to make the guac!

      July 6, 2013

  • Kari

    Ive got plates, napkins and forks too!

    July 5, 2013

  • Kari

    Mosquito forecast anyone?
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/...­

    July 5, 2013

    • Tiffany

      I've talked with a few people about the mosquitoes and they say I'm crazy to go this time of year. So not wanting to donate two pints of blood, I'm going to unfortunately withdraw from this trip. Sorry, but thx, Dave, for the offer to drive. Let me know how it goes. Hope to meet up with you all another time.

      July 5, 2013

    • Dave Z

      sorry your not going to make it. The entire cascades will be skeetery for the next month or more. Most of the horror stories are just that. Usually its just a couple hours in the evening that they're really pesky.

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • Kari

    Hey everyone.. Don't forget tomorrow is a potluck!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Tiffany

    I live in Corvallis. Would I be able to carpool with one of you if I met you at the exit where I-5 and Hwy 34 meet? Happy to chip in for gas.

    July 3, 2013

    • Tiffany

      That would be great, Dave, if I could carpool with you. Thank you. I'm happy to ride in the back. Also, I have an inflatable kayak. Is that OK? See you at 8 at the park and ride on Saturday. Looking forward to it. Have a great Fourth!

      July 4, 2013

    • Dave Z

      perfect - I love it when a plan comes together

      July 4, 2013

  • Diane H

    Will bring fruit salad

    July 1, 2013

    • Lisa P

      Yeah me too

      July 3, 2013

    • Diane H

      Found out friends from Chicago will be in town this weekend and staying with me; they were supposed to arrive on Monday from Seattle. Hopefully I can hike with you later this summer.

      July 4, 2013

  • Kari

    Changing my menu choice.. Just found an Oriental salad i must try..

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Barbara

    This looks like a great place to kayak. Is there any chance someone could pick me up in Springfield? I have a 10 ft kayak.

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Barbara

      Yes, Ray's is on Hwy 58 - it will be on your left. It does make for a good stop.

      July 1, 2013

    • Barbara G.

      Oh ~ have fun you guys!

      July 2, 2013

  • Lisa P

    Quinoa tabouli

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Kari

      what is the wikipedia description of this?

      1 · July 2, 2013

  • David

    Can't have too many chips and how about some hot salsa. Some beverages since Dave's out of Fireball more choices

    July 1, 2013

  • Dave Z

    i'll make some guacamole and bring cheeps. Guy cooking....

    July 1, 2013

  • Kari

    Ill bring a pasta salad and cookies..

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Dave Z

    thanks for the loaner craft kari - I'll pay for it if I sink it! ;-)

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Kari

      not sure sinking it is possible.. Could be entertaining watching you try. May need to change the iso setting for aqua-nature.

      June 28, 2013

    • David

      Watch out they bite and buck you out. Then try and mow you down.

      1 · June 29, 2013

  • Kari

    Will there be big cookies available on this trip?

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • David

      The BIG COOKIE is attitude dependent

      June 29, 2013

  • David

    Can't stay overnight I have another obligation Sunday.

    June 25, 2013

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