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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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June 17 – June 20, 2011 Submitted by Scott Ogren Many of us schedule our river trips to minimize the time we need to take off work.  Often times, that means we pack as much river into as few of days as possible – and we hurry our way down stream so we can tell ourselves and our friends all that we did over the weekend.  I was on a trip last summer where we did just the oppo…

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Trip Report –June 2011 NWRA----OWA ---HORSESHOE BEND CAMPOUT by Walt Bammann  The 9th annual Umpqua Chapter campout was held on June 3, 4, 5 at the Deerflat Group area at the Horseshoe Bend Campground on the North Umpqua River.  The weatherman had promised warm and sunny weather (at least some weathermen promised) for the weekend after weeks of rain and cool weather.  Based…

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PELICAN PARADE LOWER SECTION OF THE OWYHEE Submitted by Cheryl Ford There is an urge to tell everyone the Owyhee is too far, too unpredictable and not worth the effort, because if word gets out what a phenomenal wilderness experience is found in the canyon, the remote canyons of the Owyhee will get as hammered as the Middle Fork. True, the 8 hr drive from Portland and the volatile river levels …

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OWA Float on the Grand Ronde May 13-15, 2001 Minam to Hellers Bar on the Snake, 90 miles 9 boats, 14 people, 2 dogs, 7 shuttled vehicles Flow: At put-in, 8,200 cfs.  At take out, approximately 13,000 cfs. The annual OWA Grand Ronde float launched on Friday the 13th under threat of deteriorating weather, but with excellent flows.  Due to our extensive public relations gambit, we had …

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2011 Cal-Salmon

May 06, 2011

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Boating Lessons on the Cal-Salmon By Brent Davis May, 2011 The following narrative recounts two days of boating in Northern California’s Salmon River (Cal-Salmon) basin in the spring of 2011. The Cal-Salmon is a tributary to the Klamath River about 51 miles due west of Weed, CA, a very remote, but road accessible area. It’s a Class IV/V pool drop run through some amazing geological …

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2011 Tax Relief Float

Apr 16, 2011

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Tax Relief Float Trip Report By Tom Hanson Saturday, April 16th was the date for this year's Tax Relief Float on the middle Deschutes. We had 13 boats and 20+ people. The day was partly cloudy with some wind above Oak Springs — and no rain! The flow of 8,000 cfs made for some interesting changes in this 11-mile run from Harphan Flats to Sandy Beach. Wapanitia was scooting right along with …

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JOINT NWRA/OWA NORTH UMPQUA  FLOAT TRIP What has turned into an annual event occurred again on April 8th,  9th and 10th as the NWRA and OWA clubs held a joint white-water rally on the lower Umpqua River .  For the second year in a row the two clubs floated a section of the North Umpqua River together.  This year we stayed in the Whistler’s Bend county campground and flo…

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2011 March Lower Deschutes Trip By Scott Ogren The weather forecast called for a small chance of showers for each of the three days our trip on the Lower Deschutes River was scheduled.  All we kept saying on the trip was the weather forecasters missed this one…bad. In total, there were 14 people on the trip.  Nine adults and five kids went along on a trip that was filled with …

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Sandy River Date:  2-26-2011 Put In:  Dodge Park Take Out: Oxbow Park River Level:  1430 CFS, 9.15 feet per NOAA Webiste Sandy/Bull Run gage Weather:  Very Cold, ice formed on Oars and Oar locks, slushy ice in sheltered eddies Rating:  Class I-II per my own observations Run time:  Approximately 2 hours on the water at this river level River Conditions:&n…

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Last Friday night I was just getting off work after 8 days straight at the job. What awaited me was definitely worth it. The semi-annual Rogue river trip was upon us. All that was standing between us and a great weekend was a four and a half hour drive to the Grave Creek put in. Once we arrived we set up a makeshift bed in the Paddler mobile to get a few hours sleep before Mary Lou’s fa…

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2011 Green River

Feb 13, 2011

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WELL, AT LEAST WE FOUND THE TAKE OUT 2/13/2011 By Tom Riggs Look for the Green river in Washington and most likely you will be steered to the action packed run that starts below Howard Hanson dam and ends at Flaming Geyser Park near Tacoma.  You might even be directed to the Greenwater river.  Neither of these were our target on Sunday the 13th of March as Paul Morin and I searched fo…

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Knot Tying

Jan 08, 2011

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Need to add content...knot tying article.

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Annual New Year’s Day Float on the Sandy River January 1, 2011 • Submitted by Brenda Bunce and Val Shaull New Year’s Day on the Sandy River is a perfect way to begin the new year. Old friends and new friends gather at Dodge Park to run seven miles of Sandy River down to Oxbow Park. It was a perfect 27 degrees, no rain and 2,900 CFS. This was much lower than the last two years wh…

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2010 Veterans Day Rogue River Trip By: Scott Ogren “Two things: have plenty of forward momentum leading up to the entrance of the guide chute, and if something happens, don’t panic.”  That was the last thing Steve Herring told me as he entered the approach to the guide chute and I was about to follow him. I had never run the guide chute before, but I have always wanted to…

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