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It is 440 miles from Portland to Three Rivers Resort in Lowell Idaho at the confluence of the Lochsa and the Selway Rivers.  That’s 9 + hours travel plus 20 more miles to the put in.  Go to You Tube and type in Lochsa River Madness 2013 and watch the 8+ minute video to decide if this craziness is for you.  Most of the video is of Lochsa Falls and parts are from the surfing rap…

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I’ve been rafting on and off since the 1970‘s but I’ve never flipped an inflatable or had to swim (canoes and sailboats are another story). But a bizarre encounter on the North Umpqua river involving a life jacket and an oar was my baptism to the swimmer’s world.  The North Umpqua river is one of Oregon’s jewels. It starts high in the Cascade Mountains, spilling f…

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“It looks like it’s burning off” was the catchphrase for the weekend. Despite the mild Siberian weather, (Ever had a Ham, Cheese and Hail Sandwich?) the attitude of the group was sunny! The put in was at Packsaddle Park where Matt Saucy and Ann Stephenson had artfully laid out a model river on Steve Oslund’s trailer. Both went on to explain the workings of the river. They&…

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On the weekend of April 6th and 7th , thanks in no small part to Cat Loke, a large group of hearty souls set out to learn a bit about swift water rescue. We were all led by Dan, Taneka and Sam who had wonderful assistants Val, Ann, Julie, Gregory, Scott and Jake. We were not unlike mailmen; rain, hail or sleet did not keep us from practicing rescue on land and in the swift waters of the Sandy rive…

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Saturday, March 23, 45 boaters on 13 cats, 9 rafts and two kayaks left Buckhollow for the annual OWA Lower Deschutes Spring Break Float. It was a cold start, but fortunately, it was not raining. With limited parking, unloading there is not easy, but eventually everyone was ready. The scenery was stunning and there were blue herons and deer along the way. This section is fairly peaceful after the C…

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2013 New Year’s Day Float Submitted by Cheri Holman With temperatures below freezing and an east wind to make it even colder, OWA’s New Year’s Day Float got us whitewater enthusiasts off to a frigid start for 2013. We put in at Dodge park to lower water levels than usual (1,600 cfs), for the time of year, making the trip a little less rambuctious but far more technical. As…

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On October 27th and 28th 2012 the Oregon Whitewater Association and eNRG Kayaking convened for the annual Swiftwater Rescue Workshop. Sam Drevo and Dan Hudson, both experienced rescue 3 instructors, were joined by guest instructor Oliver Fix. Fix was the ’96 Olympic gold medalist in K-1 whitewater slalom, and brought his experience and years of coaching to the course. Alo…

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Trip Report: North Santiam River September 22, 2012 • Submitted by Rick Hendon The 2012 North Santiam float was a run in which all the right ingredients aligned perfectly. There were 30 of us in 14 rafts and catarafts with two inflatable kayaks. A dozen folks showed up for breakfast at the Hanger Cafe in Mulino, a cheerful greasy spoon adjacent to the Mulino airport ... the parking lot is shared…

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Musings of a Rafting Newbie: The Mighty Tieton River Submitted by Tonya Zwahlen I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Tonya Zwahlen and I am a newbie to rafting. (Prior to this year, I rafted one time when I was 20 years old and that was it!) This year I have been part of a paddle crew on a two-day trip on the Upper Deschutes River, taken out trees at White Horse, rode the bu…

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Sumbitted by: Naomi Paine On Saturday August 18, my husband Chris and I joined 24 people at the Hammer Creek put in on the Lower Salmon for a six-night, seven-day adventure on the river headed by the OWA’s very own Scott Ogren. The group was eager to hit the river early on Sunday morning because a fire on the Main Salmon had caused two other groups of 30 to share the put-in. Once on the river, i…

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Whitewater Women:   A Reflection Submitted by Celeste Brody with an introduction by Carol Beatty The following is a reflection piece Celeste Brody wrote for her writing group about her many years as a whitewater boater.   She wrote it after being on the Women’s Trip June 15-17.    The idea for the article began when younger women on the trip were asking about her d…

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2012 Women's Trip

Jun 15, 2012

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14TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S TRIP ON LOWER DESCHUTES RIVER Submitted by: Carol Beatty On June 15th at 10:00 AM, 17 women with ten boats and one IK were geared and ready to push off from Buck Hollow for the 14th annual Women’s Trip. It was a glorious day with clear skies and no wind. Participants were:   Carol Beatty, Joan Rogers, Allison Bechtol, Reenie Summers. Pat Barry, Joy Cleaver, …

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NWRA-OWA NORTH UMPQUA CAMPOUT June 1-3 2012 Respectfully submitted by Walt Bammann   The 10th annual Umpqua Chapter campout on the N. Umpqua River was held the weekend of June 1, 2, 3 and the following is a “trip report”.  There were 8 known trips reported and probably many more not mentioned to this writer.  This writer personally tripped 6 times over the weeken…

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Section:  Parrot Landing (raft put-in) to Leidl Campground, 19 miles Date:  Sunday, May 27, 2012 Flow:  2800 CFS (Pitt) Group:  1 paddle boat, 1 cat boat, 1 kayak and three IK's.  Summary:  Great day overall, no portages, one scary surf at the dam, lots of tree hazards to avoid, but clean routes if you take the right lines. Details:  There are two completely…

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Rogue River Lodge Trip May 18-21 Trip Leader: Van McKay Submitted by: Van McKay Ric Buhr was a guide on the Rogue and other rivers for decades. This annual trip with friends and family continues after his passing. We had 8 rafts, 3 cats and one inflatable kayak and nearly all the boats were made by SOTAR. No one got badly stuck because everyone practiced safe and prudent, but fun rafting. One ra…

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