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Submitted by Tom Hanson with Eric Ball On Friday, May 11 we launched at Minam for our 7th annual Grande Ronde float. The launch point is really on the Wallowa River near the confluence of the Minam River. We float about 10 miles before encountering the Grande Ronde River. If you drive over the day before (like I always do) you can camp at the Minam State Park about 3 miles downriver. For thi…

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6 ft. on the Hood

May 06, 2012

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May 4, 2012. The Hood is a rare treat for rafters. Access for our boats is a challenge, the river is flashy, and the flow window is tight if you aren't a big water enthusiast. The recommended flow range on the Tucker gauge for rafts and cats is 5.5 to 6.5 ft. This is a read-and-run class IV run with lots of long class III/III+ rapids, and a series of bouldery Class IV rapids in the mile above Tuc…

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Lessons Learned From A Trip Leader (Basic guidelines for leading successful trips) Leading trips can be an OWA member’s most important and rewarding activity. Important because it is the heart and soul of the club, rewarding because you get to share with others the knowledge and skills that you’ve learned while exposing them to your favorite river through discovery and adventure. Th…

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Annual Brenda Bunce North Umpqua Family Float, April 20th thru April 22nd, 2012 Submitted by Ron Belnap When my wife (Renee) and I arrived at Whistler’s Bend Park early Friday evening the festivities had already begun.  For the second year in a row we slipped our RV into the best spot in the campground, right next to Gary Steffy’s miniature canvas lodge.  I like this location because really good…

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Lower Deschutes River Trip Mar. 24 to 26, 2012  By Suzi Richards We launched at Buck Hollow Sat. morning around 9-10 am.  All went smooth with everyone helping each other to get boats unloaded quickly and cars moved.  Before we took off we had introductions and a safety talk.  We were off and on the river by 11:15.  We had only one class III and a few II’s be…

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Written by: Scott Ogren, Lead Rescuer Incident Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012 [Editor's Note - This article is one person's perspective on the incident and should be read in concunction with the perspective of the person needing the rescue and the trip report written by someone who was upstream of the incident.] People Involved: People on the boat: Steve Kasper, Linda Baker Rescue personne…

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Submitted by Steve Kasper [Editor's Note - This article is one person's perspective on the incident and should be read in concunction with the perspective of the person leading the rescue and the trip report written by someone who was upstream of the incident.] This is a narrative of the events from the boat team / Steve Kasper’s perspective.  It is meant solely to describe my point of view / th…

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Submitted by Jessie King [Editor's Note - This article is one person's perspective on the incident and should be read in concunction with the perspective of the person needing the rescue and the person leading the rescue at Blossom Bar.] The annual Presidents Day Rouge River Trip was nothing short of epic! It had action, adventure, daring rescues, parties, stunning vistas, excellent food, and wo…

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2012 Drift Creek

Jan 28, 2012

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DRIFT CREEK By Tom Riggs We couldn’t find Amundsen, Livingston, Cook, Armstrong, or Polo, so our avid exploration group had to settle for the likes of Glen Chapman, Richard Riggs, Brian Albers, Chip Sell, Bruce Ripley, Kyle Riggs, Kory Donahue, Brian Riggs, Roger Finger, Paul Morin, David Allen, Bob Hunt, Ryan Rose, me, and our faithful man-servant (shuttle driver) Adam Riggs.  This j…

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Photo Credits File Name Caption Photo Credit SFMerced_052309_1411_Superslide_Dave_039.JPG Dave “Madcatr” Nissen dropping into “Superslide”, South Fork Merced Will Conley SFMerced_052409_0917_Cali Tongue_Will_025.JPG The author buried in “Cali Tongue”, South Fork Merced Mark Cramer RubiconR_070…

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New Years Day Float 2012 Trip Submitted by Marnie-Anne Sell (new boater) All of the uncertainty of the  week leading up the the New Years Day float were washed away when I saw the clear morning  sky of the first day of the year.  As a new boater I have to admit that I was a little nervous as I read the emailed updates in the days preceding the float; not enough water - too boney t…

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2011 Veterans Day Rogue River Trip November 11-13, 2011 Submitted by Scott Ogren By the time I took the online signup form down from the OWA website for this trip, 72 people had signed up and paid for the annual joint OWA/OKCC Veterans Day Rogue River float.  Wow.  That is an unbelievable number of people.  Our club has grown so much over the past few years and the fact that ther…

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The Learning Curve: The Many Ways To Go Down a River By Dave Graf A couple of years ago I was conspiring with Dave Cross about doing a canoe trip on the John Day River.  After some discussion he came right out and said that he would actually prefer to raft this river than canoe it.  When I asked why he said that on the raft you could float lazily down the river and actually enjoy the v…

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2011 Santiam River

Oct 01, 2011

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North Santiam Run Oct 1st, 2011 Submitted by Rick Hendon The temperatures were in the high 60s/low 70s and during the whole run it rained lightly for only about ten minutes.  The river was running at a vigorous 2900 cfs which meant that most of the bones were covered and the two or three named rapids were a little more interesting.  All in all a perfect day with no need for greasy sun…

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2011 Yakima River

Sep 10, 2011

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YAKIMA FLOAT TRIP September 10, 2011 Submitted by Vance Cordell  On September 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM ten people (Rick and Linda Hendon, Ron and Marilyn Gooderham, John and Jean Lee, Carl and Venus Harmon, Ken Thompson, Vance Cordell)  in three rafts, two catarafts and one inflatable kayak pushed off from Big Bend Campground on the Yakima River and floated approximately 13 miles down t…

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