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Willamette River. Oregon. USA. Planet Earth. Solar System. Milky Way. Known Universe.
To celebrate a year of retirement, I will be paddling a section of the upper Willamette on Thursday, 1 June. Please note; this will be a paddle trip, not a float trip. You will need to paddle the whole way, and it will help if you have a faster boat like a sea kayak or fast canoe. I will be in a glass canoe.
Details on the actual section are in flux; the trip will be between 12 and 19 miles and be somewhere between Coburg and Corvallis.
While there are no rapids over Class 1, there is a known hazard at Blue Ruin Island. If you join this trip, you need adequate boat control to avoid the hazard as it could be fatal if you miss the line.
Possible put-in/take-out locations include:
Marshall Island Access
Irish Bend County Park
Crystal Lake Boat Ramp
Blue Ruin Island is above Harrisburg. The river has a very nice character in the upper sections; dredging stopped at Harrisburg when there was commercial river boat traffic. Norwood Island is below Irish Bend, and if we paddle that section, we will stop and take a little hike and possibly have lunch.
Lane County OR in proximity of Walterville
This is a repeat of the work around for when Hendricks Landing was under construction. Everyone raved about the excellence of this section. It is lower McKenzie which presents as consistent moving water without slackness. 9.8 miles of splashy clear & cold. Enough edge to be fun but short of WW. Lane County parking pass $5.00 will be needed at Bellinger, these can be purchased online, printed at home. Register for this paddle on the WKCC website to receive an Email Friday evening with further details regarding the launch, shuttle and takeout. The season is early, the water is really cold, PPE (drysuit) is recommended.
afternoon paddle on the north Santiam class 2+ 3
Let‘s hit the town run at 5:30. Short run with lots of practice and play. Class 2 run.
Linn County OR Near Albany OR
A 3.2 miles relaxing evening paddle on a local favorite, the after work paddle series is intended to showcase a venue that is non technical, nearby, and filled with discovery. We need to set up our shuttle promptly and get underway as we want a good margin of daylight remaining to never paddle into darkness. This trip is suitable for Learners and Newbies. The Calapooia in this section is gentle low gradient water, and you are with a group. Launch is primitive, steep, and can be muddy, the takeout is a developed easy site. Register for this paddle to receive an Email Monday evening with details about the location.
Class 2/3, 6 plus miles with many play spots. Bring a
throw rope, whistle and a lunch. Questions? Steve 541-981-1490
See page 202, Soggy Sneakers for a detailed description.
Linn County OR in proximity to Lebanon OR
A 3.3 mile paddle on the South Santiam. In this section the river is free of wood. This is a good paddle for learners and newbies, helmets are not required. Being reservoir fed the flow is good all Summer, the water will be cold.
The takeout is good using a gravel bar on private property. Register for this paddle to receive an Email Wednesday evening with details about the shuttle, launch and takeout.
Trout Creek to Maupin. Deschutes River
For this unique kayaking opportunity Gradient River Essentials will be partnering with Oregon River Experiences. An outfitted overnight kayaking trip down one of Oregon‘s prettiest canyons. 45 miles of excellent whitewater to hoan skills and development. Rapids are safe enough for beginners and thrilling enough for the experienced! Focus your energy on the kayaking skill development as the raft guides carry your gear and cook delicious meals for our trip.
I will leave it open for WKCC members first if you would secure spots. This would be a great experience for an overnight trip with other club members, AND get to work on improving paddling skills. 11 participants maximum. Let me know if I can answering any questions!
We are booking this trip through ORE‘s web page.
Linn County OR in proximity to Sweet Home OR
A 9.8 mile paddle of splashy water that is not true WW. Being below Foster Reservoir wood in the river is scant. The water will be cold. The river passes bedrock in some areas presenting low level technical dance with the flow. Launch is at a developed ramp, takeout is undeveloped but good. Play spots, not so many. The river keeps flow and pools are minimal. Register for this paddle to receive an Email Friday evening with details about the shuttle, launch, and takeout.