Paddle Oregon 2016
We love Paddle Oregon. Willamette-Riverkeeper does a great job organizing the logistics. Dalton's Northwest Catering provides one of the highlights of the trip, food. Delicious buffet meals, all served outdoors, are a special treat. Other arrangements include a shuttle for boats and paddlers from Salem to the put-in, experienced volunteer leaders on the river, a ground crew to shuttle luggage and help out where needed, a beer and wine option every evening, a shower truck in the middle of the trip, presentations about ecological issues on the riverbank, and interesting evening programs. About 130 participants were assigned to pods consisting of about a dozen boats and two or three volunteer leaders.
|Monday||15-Aug-16||Marshall Island Access in Junction City||Valley Pine River Bend||15.5|
|Tuesday||16-Aug-16||Valley Pine River Bend||Crystal Lake Ball Fields in Corvallis||21|
|Wednesday||17-Aug-16||Crystal Lake Ball Fields in Corvallis||Bryant Park in Albany||12.5|
|Thursday||18-Aug-16||Bryant Park in Albany||Chatoe Rogue Hopyard in Independence||18|
|Friday||19-Aug-16||Chatoe Rogue Hopyard in Independence||Wallace Marine Park in Salem||18|
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- Loading a variety of boats at daybreak in Salem's Wallace Marine Park
- Travis, Riverkeeper & Executive Director, welcoming everyone at the put-in.
- It's probably not a good idea for these cattle to graze along the riverbank.
- George found tasty blackberries that we both enjoyed during one of the many breaks.
- Board President Kat giving a presentation on turtles and their declining population due to loss of habitat
- We often saw eagles, osprey, and herons flying and nesting along the river.
- Trevor giving a paddler a ride from the takeout up to our campground
- Yvonne with Jack, our pod leader with a booming voice. He sang beautiful songs including Oh Canada and others about loggers and voyageurs while paddling.
- We always looked forward to seeing the dinner menu.
- Jenny serenaded us with French kayak music as we launched our boats at Corvallis.
- Pod leaders Jack and Omar riding low in the water. With all the gear in their boat, it often took six people to carry their loaded canoe.
- Our caterer put out a delicious array of appetizers every afternoon.
- Tandem kayaks in one of the faster pods gliding past swiftly
- Travis and his daughter, Frances, with Nellie in the middle enjoying the view. We were thrilled to be invited to join his Willamette Pod for a strong finish during the last hour of Paddle Oregon.
- Dining area at Chatoe Rogue Hopyard. Hop processing operated 24 hours a day during the harvest .