Description: ... We will be taking a Fri - Mon trip down the lower Columbia river.
Details: .... The plan is to drive down Friday morning leaving at 7am and stop at the Willow Grove Boat Launch where we will drop cars to get us back to Vancouver to pick up the cars we leave there. We should be able to get to Vancouver to launch around noon. We will launch from Vancouver Marine Park (river mile 108) and make our way down to Willow Grove (river mile 58). This is around a 50 mile paddle. We will be launching Friday around lunch and paddling down river 15 miles per day. So we should have plenty of time to poke around in all the slews and islands on the way. The low tide is in the morning around 11:30 but we are pretty far upstream so I don't expect much tide influence. Pretty low tidal exchanges during the weekend of 6 - 7 feet.
Friday - Launch, 15 mile paddle to Bachelor Island, primitive camp. We may stop early if the winds come up and camp on another accessible island.
Saturday - Launch, stop at Warrior Rock Lighthouse 4 miles upriver, launch and paddle a mile to St Helens landing, lunch, restrooms, and water refill. Launch for 6 mile afternoon paddle to Goat Island , primitive camp, river mile 81
Sunday - paddle 6 miles to Port of Kalama marina, rest rooms, water, cross over to Sandy Island for lunch. Paddle 6 miles to Cottonwood Island, primitive camp.
Monday - launch, 8 mile paddle to Walker Island for lunch. 4 mile paddle after lunch to Willow Grove and the car shuttle to Vancouver.
Check the Water trail here.... http://wwta.org/water-trails/lower-columbia-river-water-trail/
Parking/Restroom Information: .... info to come
Launch site Vancouver Marine Park, restroom, no parking fee
Take out Willow Grove, rest rooms. No parking fee
Camping Info: .....The plan is to camp on islands each night and stop at Marinas along the way to fill water use facilities.
MEALS: I may not have group meals this trip. I will wait and see what sign up issues we have.
SK Rating: Sea Kayak Trip Ratings I am rating this a class 3 paddle do to the possibility of wind and waves on the river.
Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, headlamp, charts, navigation gear (compass/gps/??)vhf radio (edit as needed). All you own camping gear.
3 days prior to paddle
IMPORTANT - If you have not filled out your profile information in the Sea Kayak Meetup information please do so. We need this to be assured that the group is competent to meet the challenges of this paddle. For safety reasons we will not accept anyone whose profile information does not assure us that they have the necessary skills. Failure to have a completely filled out profile can cause you to be dropped from the paddle.
AND AS USUAL - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I will monitor the site up to 3 hours before we launch for cancellations. (for this paddle the cut off will be Wednesday before the paddle unless an emergency happens) But if we launch and I haven't heard from you that is a no show and you will no longer be welcome on my trips. Please don't sign up unless you really think you can attend. It isn't fair for the other paddlers. As usual, I will manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.