August/September 2022

Volume 23, Number 6

August/September, 2022

The Oregon Whitewater Association brings private boaters together for the enjoyment of whitewater boating. Our vision is to promote whitewater safety and training for all of our membership in an effort to provide safety awareness and confidence when executing river rescue skills. OWA is the community of choice where fun and river adventures thrive and where people and rivers connect.

Photo of the Month

This month's featured photo was taken by Steve Herring on the on the Desolation Canyon section of the Green River in July.  

If you want to have your favorite river picture featured, send it to vicepresident-newsletter(at) You can also submit pictures through Instagram or the OWA Facebook group.

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Contact Information

Your OWA Officers and Volunteers

OWA Board of Directors

Scott Harvey, President
Steve Adams, Vice President - Events
Kimberly Long, Vice President - Newsletter
Steve Kasper, Secretary
Paul Vermilya, Treasurer
Steve Herring, Membership Director
Scott Ogren, Technology Director
Matt Saucy, Training Director

OWA Volunteers

Scott Harvey, Trip Editor
Cary Solberg, Advertising Editor
Scott Ogren, Webmaster
Kimberly Long, Newsletter Editor
Bruce Ripley, Safety Auction Lead
Steve Oslund, First Aid Kit Organizer

President's Corner

A Smoky Start to September. Greetings Fellow Boaters, As the month of September rolls in and with August in our rearview mirror, we are still very much in the middle of fire season. Especially with the Rum Creek Fire burning along the…

Next OWA Meeting

This is an in-person outdoor meeting, Zoom participation not available.

What: Picnic Social

Who:   Everyone!

When:  September 14, 2021 6:30pm

Where:  Willamette Park, West Linn

Hey OWA club members, we'll be kicking off the September club meeting this month at an outdoors location at Willamette Park in West Linn. The meeting area will be at the pavilion shelter near the corner of 12th St and Volpp in West Linn.…

Do you know of a speaker for one of our monthly meetings?

Do you know someone engaging, entertaining, and full of knowledge who you would like to hear speak at a club meeting? Any club member who successfully connects OWA with a speaker for one of our meetings will be entered into a prize drawing for one of two $75 gift certificates to one of our sponsors. To discuss a potential speaker, email VicePresident-Events(at)

Trip Reports

Here in the Northwest, there are a handful of river’s that both rafters and cat-boater’s overlook in the Cascade…

River Trip Resources

Stay safe and healthy on the river and be prepared for emergencies.

Do you have a trip coming up? OWA has two extensive Wilderness First Aid kits and AED’s that go on all club trips and are available for club members to take on private trips. You can check them out by sending an email to firstaid(at)

Special Features

I’m perched on a pillow-shaped rock in an unremarkable side canyon, gazing across the Colorado River at the towering cliffs, 4000 feet overhead. It’s a magnificent slice of Grand Canyon’s layer cake of stone, each formation flaunting its colors,…

Recipe of the Month

No one submitted a recipe this month so I decided to take photos of and share as I finish up this month's newsletter and do my work lunch prep for the week.  This salad keeps really well in the fridge for a week, and is tasty enough that I…

Do you have something to share with the OWA community through the newsletter?

Do you want to share the tale of your latest multi-day rafting adventure or just the basics of your recent day run?  Do you have a recipe your river friends must try? Is there other river-related content you want to share? Any club member who submits written content published in the newsletter will be entered into a prize drawing for 1 of 2 $75 gift certificates to one of our sponsors.  Submitting photos gets you a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift certificates.  To submit newsletter content or photos for our social media accounts, email VicePresident-Newsletter(at)

Upcoming OWA Trips

The new website and trip calendar are under construction.  Stay tuned.  Soon the trip calendar will be mobile device friendly!  Until then, you can visit the trip calendar at the soon-to-be-old website.

Oregon Whitewater Association Trip Calendar


Sept 11th: The Down the River Clean Up ~ Lower Clackamas River

October 8th ​​​​​: North Santiam River ~ Fall Color Float

October 9th: 2022 South Santiam River ~ Fall Color Float 2

OWA has a Facebook group exclusively for members.  It is a great place to connect with other members to meet up at the river or exchange gear tips. Anyone can follow the OWA Instagram page. 

AWlogo.pngOWA is an affiliate member of American Whitewater.  OWA members receive a $10 discount off of individual membership.  American Whitewater is a national non-profit 501©(3) river conservation organization with a mission is to protect and restore America’s whitewater rivers and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.  Click the Logo to visit the AW website and learn more.

These photos were submitted by Scott Harvey of his Upper Cispus River run.  See the trip report for details on this run.  

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