Paddle Oregon 2015
Paddle Oregon is an annual five day trip on the Willamette River. Willamette-Riverkeeper is the lead sponsor. We joined approximately 100 paddlers in our second Paddle Oregon. We paddled our tandem canoe, but about 90% of the paddlers on this trip were in solo kayaks. It never rained, but we had a couple hot days with temperatures in the nineties. Just like last year, Dalton's Northwest Catering prepared delicious meals. Logistics ran smoothly in the fifteenth Paddle Oregon. We liked starting further upriver, at the Marshall Island access in Junction City, and taking out at Wallace Marine Park in Salem. Even though we were one of the boats that tipped over after hitting a submerged log on the first day, we enjoyed the upper section of the Willamette where the river banks are more likely to be undeveloped land.
|Monday||17-Aug-15||Marshall Island Access in Junction City||Irish Bend in Monroe||18.0|
|Tuesday||18-Aug-15||Irish Bend in Monroe||Crystal Lake Ball Fields in Corvallis||18.0|
|Wednesday||19-Aug-15||Crystal Lake Ball Fields in Corvallis||Bryant Park in Albany||12.5|
|Thursday||20-Aug-15||Bryant Park in Albany||Chatoe Rogue Hopyard in Independence||18|
|Friday||21-Aug-15||Chatoe Roge Hopyard in Independence||Wallace Marine Park in Salem||18|
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- Loading canoes for the shuttle shortly after 6:00 a.m.
- One of the bridges on the first day
- A cow and a paddler in a close encounter.
- One of the scenic high bluffs
- Kat holds a painted turtle during her talk about turtles.
- Monday dinner on a stone covered beach.
- One of the groups that did morning stretching
- Paddlers cooling off in the river
- Two paddlers pulling invasive teasel heads on Wallace Island
- Sean giving paddling tips
- Two paddlers approach a swivel bridge
- Jeff giving a presentation about natural river plants and invasive river plants
- Yvonne and George at the lunch break
- George at bulletin board in Albany
- Appetizers preceded every dinner.
- Unnounced baggage screening caught paddlers by surprise this morning
- Kayaks passing high bluff
- Hops at Chatoe Rogue