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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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Trip Report: NWRA/OWA on the Umpqua River April 16-18, 2010 • Submitted by Walt Bammann Sunburns, bloated stomachs and 25 boats on the river say it all – the first lower-North Umpqua OWA/NWRA outing was a huge success! Last fall while looking for a family-friendly outing, Brenda Bunce suggested a joint trip on the lower North Umpqua River with the Umpqua Chapter of the NWRA. The25-mil…

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2010 Tax Relief Float

Apr 10, 2010

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Trip Report: Tax Relief Float 2010 Lower Deschutes, April 10, 2010 • Submitted by Tom Hanson The annual Tax Relief Float was held on Saturday, April 10th at our usual venue, the float between Harpham Flat and Sandy Beach on the Deschutes. This is a great stretch of water with three Class IV rapids and a number of roller coasters. April is also a good month for this float since the summer cr…

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By Carol Beatty Very minimal river traffic, only one afternoon of wind and a small sprinkle of rain Sunday morning contributed to a perfect river trip on the Lower Deschutes March 19-21. The boy was six year old Carson Ogren, son of Scott Ogren; Brenda Bunce brought her border collie, Lucy. The other boaters for the weekend were Dave Summers, Cary Solberg, Carol Beatty, Don Jacklin, Brian Albers…

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By Ernie Eichhorn We did it again – another successful President’s Day float down the Rogue River. We had nine kayakers, 25 rafters and one brave soul in an inflatable kayak. The group consisted of members from OKCC and OWA plus a few folks wanting to join. Most of us spent Friday night at Galice Lodge. We enjoyed great company and a warm fire. We awoke to Marylou’s coffee and …

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By Vance Cordell On October 24th five rafts, three kayaks, three IKs and twenty-two members of the OWA floated the North Santiam River from Packsaddle County Park to Fisherman’s Bend. We met at Fisherman Bend and then proceeded to Mill City to scout the falls and see first hand the tree that had lodged at the top. The small tree pretty much cut off going over the falls on the left hand side…

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Veteran's Day Rogue River Trip, 2009 by Scott Ogren In all, twenty four hearty souls shoved off from the Graves Creek boat ramp on an overcast Saturday morning in early November. Although the weather report had said to expect rain, we were all openly hoping for the weather to turn out to be a little better than the weather people had forecasted, we mostly didn’t care what the weather w…

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The Deschutes River | September 5 - 7, 2009 by Scott Ogren In total, nineteen people shoved off from the boat ramp at Trout Creek on the Deschutes River on the Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend.  The kids ranged in ages from six to sixteen and all had a great time.  The biggest thing on everyone’s mind after we left was would we get the “good spot” at Whiskey …

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Middle Fork Salmon in July, 2009 by Brenda Bunce So how does one have the best river trip ever? It starts out with having well-organized and experienced trip leaders. Carol Beatty and Don Jacklin have clearly run a river or two and knew just how to organize the camp chores and facilitate the cook teams. Our crew was full of gourmet chefs and entertainers throughout the trip. We were 13 peop…

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The John Day River from Service Creek to Clarno is one of the best floats for kids there is in our area; and that’s exactly what we had.  On our trip we had six kids from ages five to fifteen – with three eight year old girls.  Along with the six kids were eight adults to make sure the kid fun was maximized.  The water was mellow, the flow was good and the kids were gre…

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2009 Grand Ronde River

May 08, 2009

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GRAND RONDE Minam to Heller Bar on the Snake, 91 miles May 8-10, 2009 Flow: 13,800 at put in; about 11,000 at take out Shuttle: Boggan’s Oasis; rate depends on the number of vehicles per group.  We paid $100 each. 9 people, 7 boats Usually, the flow is between 4,000-8,000 when we’ve done this trip in the past.  Overall, there was great benefit to the high flow: we avera…

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