October 2022

Volume 23, Number 8

October, 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 submitted by Scott Harvey of Kyle Dorfi on his SUP in Hell's Canyon on the Snake.

If you want to have your favorite river picture featured, send it to vicepresident-newsletter(at)oregonwhitewater.org. 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
Meredith Berenski, 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

Seasonal changes have arrived once again in the Northwest with the lazy dog days of summer becoming more distant in the rear view mirror. Autumn is the season that expresses the most diversity and change. Early morning crispness in the air, the colorful and dazzling display of gold or crimson leaves blowing in the…

Next OWA Meeting

Meeting link will be sent out via H2OAddicts and posted in the OWA Facebook group

What: Boating Gear

Who:   Ted Schopf

When:    Wed, Nov 9th, 2020, 6:30pm

Where:  Flying Pie Pizzeria (SE Stark, Portland) 

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 a $150 gift certificate to one of our sponsors. To discuss a potential speaker, email VicePresident-Events(at)oregonwhitewater.org.

Trip Reports

A self-support kayak/canoe trip. Almeda to Foster Bar, 1100 cfs. Courtney Wilton easily snagged a permit for the Wild and Scenic Rogue River late September, with the idea of a self-support kayak trip. Dale Davidson, Paul Norman and I, Bruce Eicher, were quick to respond. Logistics of the float had just settled down…
10/9/22, Foster Dam to Waterloo Parf, flow unknown. Seven boats carrying nine boaters ran the Foster Dam to Waterloo Park stretch of the South Santiam River on Sunday, Oct. 9. A larger group ran the North section of the river the day prior, and some camped that night at Waterloo Park – a great, new discovery for the…

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)oregonwhitewater.org

Recipe of the Month

This beanless chili is full of veggies. It freezes well for reheat on the river. Serve topped with the topping of your choice.  I love topping chili with chunks of steamed or baked pumpkin or butternut squash in the fall.  You can serve in a hollowed out pie pumpkin as a bowl if you are ambitious.  I hear you might…

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)oregonwhitewater.org.

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

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.


Waterloo Falls on the South Santiam just below the takeout submitted by Scott Harvey.

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