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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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Deschutes River Women's Trip June 18-20, 2010 • Submitted by Pat Barry The boat ramp at Buck Hollow was a buzz with activity bright and early on the morning of June 18, 2010. Twelve women were assembling their gear into eight boatsfor the three-day, 42-mile float to Heritage Landing. Most of them had stayed the previous night at Carol Beatty’s house in Maupin and were now primed …

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2010 John Day River

Jun 17, 2010

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John Day River, June 17-20, 2010 Because there are no dams on the John Day River, the flow can vary greatly.  After weeks of looking like we were going to have a below average flow for our trip, all of the rain we had in early June raised the flow to just over 20,000 cfs at the Service Creek gauge about a week before we were set to launch.  After that minor flood, the flow steadily fe…

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2010 Klickitat River

May 19, 2010

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River/Section: Upper Klickitat RiverPut-in/Take-out: 19 miles from gaging station raft put-in to Leidl Campground.Launch date: May 22, 2010Flow: 2400 to 2500 cfs (at Pitt)Nature of run: Class III+, continuous with significant tree hazards and fast maneuvering required. Snowmelt; cold, dark canyon. Wet suit or dry suit highly recommended. We had seven boats (6 cats and one raft; no passengers). Th…

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2010 Grand Ronde River

May 07, 2010

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Trip Report: Grand Ronde River Back for the umpteenth time is our early-season, supposed-to-be-highflow 90-mile run from Minam to Heller’s Bar. Despite lower than usual flow, no one’s arms fell off, nor did we run out of daylight doing a 32-mile first day followed by a 47-mile second day. Perhaps the burger and milkshake lunch stop at Boggan’s Oasis on Day Two had something to d…

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OWA Trip Report:  Middle Owyhee, Three Forks to Rome - Widowmaker Run Dates: May 1-3, 2010 Flow: 1,300 cfs at Put-In; 1,000 at Take Out Distance: 37 miles Boats: 3 cats and a 13 foot raft Shuttle: Eva Matteri (Phone 541-586-2352) The guide books recommend flows of 1,000 to 5,000 cfs.  Our dates were locked in 6 months in advance, so we felt lucky to have enough water to make t…

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