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No April Meeting
As I’m sure you would expect, there will be no group meetings until further notice.
John Day River Permits Now on Sale
Permits ranging from $16 to $26 will be required this year, for running the river between May 1 and July 15. The various permits went on sale March 4. The Statesman Journal provides details: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/02/29/john-day-river-float-permits-clarno-cottonwood-service-creek-painted-hills/4874115002/
OSMB Seeking Newberg Pool Rules Comment
The Oregon State Marine Board is seeking public comment on proposed rules for towed watersport equipment. The proposed rules are intended to limit conflicts and environmental damage caused by the operation of these devices. You can find the rules, here: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Documents/Rulemaking/RulemakingNotice_NewbergPool.pdf
Comments will be accepted through March 22, and may be directed here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Creek, Gilkey Bridge to Jefferson – Class 1 Whitewater – length 7 ± mi.
Join us for a first spring fling on a popular, fun, but flow dependent local run. We will watch the water levels, and redirect if need be.
Zach Urness Visits the Illinois River
The Statesman Journal reporter took a whitewater rafting journey on Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Illinois River, and has the photos to prove it. The Illinois is highly regarded for its rapids, and is considered a challenge for even world-class boaters. https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2017/02/15/illinois-river-rafting-green-wall-oregon-rogue-kayaking/97949480/
Updated Tide Tables and River Conditions Links
The Cascades Paddlers River Conditions Page, a handy list of links featuring river and environmental conditions reports, has been updated. A link to NOAA’s tide prediction services is particularly timely, as 2020 is the last year the agency will publish tide table books. Meanwhile, NOAA’s page offering sun and moon tables is currently unavailable, so the link has been changed to provide the Sunrise-Sunset.org‘s tables.
MIT Researchers Untangle Knot Mysteries
Knowing your knots is a basic boating and outdoor skill. But which is the best knot in a given situation? Scientists and mathematicians at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made recent progress in definitively identifying which knot has the best characteristics for a given application. SciTechDaily reports: https://scitechdaily.com/what-exactly-makes-one-knot-better-than-another-has-not-been-well-understood-until-now/
Luckimute River, Luckimute Landing to Buena Vista – Class A – length 5 ± miles
A short, easy run with pretty scenery and slower waters. Come prepared, however, for mud.
5 Free Days In National Parks for 2020
If you’d like to recreate in any of our national parks, and skip the entry fees, there are five days in 2020 in which you may do so. The first one is January 20, and the Oregonian can fill you in on the rest: https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2019/12/national-parks-will-be-free-for-5-days-in-2020.html
New Boating Laws for 2020
The big news for Oregon paddlers in new legislation for 2020 is the Waterway Access Permit, which has been covered here, before. It supersedes the invasive species prevention permit, at a multiple of the cost, and is required for most paddle craft. But that is hardly the only new legislation effecting boaters in 2020, and the Oregon State Marine Board has a rundown of the specifics, here (PDF format): https://click.mlsend.com/link/c/YT0xMzE5ODQ4MDY4MjU3OTQ1NTIwJmM9bzR2NSZlPTE5MjgmYj0zMDUwNzU0NjgmZD12NGkxdzJ6.fODhbo9aXh_9sZZrmNkh3uK-IH-1bkTmW_VJ0YUprIE
Willamette River, Wallace Park to Keizer Rapids – Class A+ – length 3.5 miles
Start the New Year right, with a quick run on our local, major river. It will probably be cold, so bring plenty of gear and provisions. Getting even light hypothermia this time of year can lead to real consequences.
Kayakers Rescue Pilot at Washington Lake
When a small plane went down in King County’s Lake Morton, local kayakers came to the stricken pilot’s rescue. The Oregonian has the story: https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2019/11/pilot-rescued-by-kayakers-after-small-plane-lands-in-washington-lake.html
Man Rescues Dog, Together They Paddle the Sea
It is generally not recommended that pets be taken paddling, but little Nirvana gives new meaning to the old term “sea dog”. Watch the video at Paddling Magazine to enjoy this charming story: https://paddlingmag.com/videos/man-saves-dog-and-they-paddle-across-the-ocean-together/
In 1938 Two Women Botanists Ran the Grand Canyon
While it is little remembered today, the 1938 expedition was both widely celebrated and historic in its import, both in more than one way. I’ll let Atavist Magazine fill you in: https://magazine.atavist.com/the-wild-ones-grand-canyon-colorado-river-first-women
Willamette River, Social Sec. Park to Salem – Class A+ – length 7 miles
Favorable conditions are forecast, so let’s try this short run for a short day. Wide vistas largely define this trip, with a few interesting backwaters, and Rickreal Creek thrown in. We will stop for lunch, so bring ample provisions.
Illuminata Regatta Set for December 21
Salem’s annual, floating celebration of the holiday season, the Illuminata Regatta, is set to coincide with the winter solstice, this year. The event features canoes, kayaks and dragon boats bedecked with lights and decorations, plying the waters of Salem’s Willamette Slough, below Riverfront Park. Activities are slated to run from 5:30 to 7 pm. Thanks to Stephanie Hazen for the heads up on this. No contact info has been made available at this time. For reference, winter starts about an hour-and-a-half after the regatta concludes.
Whitewater Paddleboarding on the Deschutes
Jim Ryan, writing for the Oregonian, gave stand-up paddleboarding a go on the rapids of the Lower Deschutes River, in Central Oregon. If you have an interest, you might take a look at his appraisal of the sport: https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2019/10/we-tried-stand-up-whitewater-paddleboarding-on-the-deschutes-river-heres-how-it-went-video.html