Current Events

It is highly suggested that you RSVP to the event leader.   The purpose of this club is for networking and social.  Leaders are volunteer and not trained or responsible for your safety. Trips can be canceled/changed so RSVP is important.  You must always wear a PFD at all times and carry a whistle.   
REMEMBER TO BRING LOTS OF WATER, SUNSCREEN, AND SNACKS  

DATE:    Saturday, October 7, 2017 (Camping option Friday 10/6-Sun 10/8)
PADDLE:  Mt St Helens, Cold Water Lake (Inside Mt St. Helens!)
MEETING
See Below (Camping and Day Trip Options)
LEVEL:   All (Touring or recreational boats over 10 feet in length recommended for this paddle. Afternoon westerly winds can make for a challenging paddle, difficult for shorter or inflatable craft. Know your skill and stamina if you have a small or inflatable)
TIME:    See Below
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>   RSVP to the trip leaders prior to NOON on Wednesday 10/04/2017

INCREDIBLE KAYAKING LOCATION:  INSIDE MT ST HELENS. This paddle is inside the blast devastation from the eruption.  Coldwater Lake was formed after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in May 1980. This steep canyon was blocked by mud flowing down the Toutle River. Only human and electric powerboats are allowed on the lake and the scenery is truly breathtaking.  It sits below the Coldwater Ridge visitor center, 47 miles east of Castle Rock.

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FOR THE MT ST HELENS COLDWATER LAKE PADDLE ONLY—SATURDAY
11:00 am SHARP.   With afternoon wind and short days this is a 11:00am MUST be at launch. 
Notes:
Travel time: Portland to Coldwater Lake Paddle: 2:15 hours.

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FOR THE
CAMPING OPTION.
RSVP to the trip leaders prior to NOON on Wednesday 10/04/2017 
Camping at Seaquest State Park 
<<Click Here>> This is an overnight camping opportunity for those that don't want to make the round trip drive to St. Helens in one day for the paddle.  Please indicate in RSVP if you want to share a site and if you want Friday or Saturday or both. 

Directions: Take the Castle Rock exit #49 from I-5 North. Go east on SR504 approximately 6 miles. The campground is on the left just past the Mt. St. Helens visitor center.   The Park: Campsites this time of year is taken on a first come first server basis.  Cost of the shared campsite will be based on RSVP and be provided on Wednesday 10/04/2017 after the noon RSVP deadline. Estimate $30 for the weekend per person (each site takes 8 people @ $70 for the weekend plus $10/night for each car). This could be cheaper, I am asking for a discount from the park and a sponsor.

Notes:
Travel time: Portland to Seaquest Campsite: 1:15 hours.  Seaquest Campsite to Launch 1 hour. 

DATE:    Saturday, November 4, 2017
PADDLE:  Columbia Slough 
MEETING
N. Portland Columbia Slough off Kelley Point Park
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    Noon to 2pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
Paddling from Columbia Slough to Willamette River to Columbia River and back.  

Launch Location:
Kelley Point Park - Located where the Columbia Slough meets the Willamette and Columbia River, this informal launch is just inside the entrance to the Kelley Point Park. Take I-5 to exit 307. Go west on North Marine Drive for 3 miles Enter park from N. Marine Drive/Lombard and park in first dirt parking lot on left.

Rentals:    
There is no rental at the launch location.  Must transport kayak.  
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     
Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 

DATE:    Saturday, December 16, 2017
PADDLE:  Holiday Ship Parade via Kayak (Plus:  Holdiay Social after Paddle at Crush)

MEETINGDowntown Portland OMSI/Alder Creek under the Hawthorne Bridge 
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    3:00pm-5:30pm (Renters please arrive by 2:30pm) 
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 We will be paddling the Willamette River and watching the start of the 63rd Annual Lighted Christmas Ship Parade 
<CLICK here details> from our kayaks.  Both the Willamette and Columbia Fleets will be assembled for this this event.   This is a NIGHT paddle.   

Launch Location:
The kayak launch is between OMSI and the Hawthorne Bridge on the East Side of the River.  Shared boat launch with Alder Creek Kayak (see rentals note below). 

Notes:
Paddlers are encouraged to light up the kayaks with holiday festivities.   Paddlers MUST have two lights on the kayaks, one in the front and one in the back.  (headlights, flashlights, bike lights, light sticks).  Spay skirts are needed as the big boats put out waves.   If you don’t have lights, you don’t get in the water as we will paddle back in the dark and there will be motorboats. 

DATE:    Saturday, December 16, 2017 following Holiday Paddle.
PADDLE:  After Paddle Social at Crush
MEETING
Crush,  1400 Southeast Morrison St, Portland, OR
LEVEL:   Everyone and Friends
TIME:    7:00pm (or after the paddle) to 9:00pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
Great time for paddlers and non-paddler to meet for a social.  In support of Outkayaking and the LGBT community CRUSH is extending the happy hour menu to the OutKayaking club.

DATE:    Saturday, January 06, 2018
PADDLE:  New Year Paddle
MEETING
Smith and Bybee Lake
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    Noon to 3pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
Our first paddle of the year will be within the Portland city limits.    Smith and Bybee Lakes are two large lakes in North Portland.  Seen from I5 past the Portland International Raceway (PIR).   Smith Lake, the eastern one and Bybee, to the west, each has 7 miles of shoreline.  Pack Lunch/Snacks.

Launch Location
:
Take I-5 to the Marine Drive Exit (Exit 307) and follow the signs to Marine Drive westbound.  About 2 miles west on Marine Drive you will climb over a large overpass and you will see the lake to your front left.  Shortly past this overpass (about a 1/4 mile)  you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your left.   Take the road all the way to the end (heading east).


Notes:
RSVP and arriving on time is important if we have to change locations.  Past years we had to break the ice to get out on the open water so dress warm and appropriate.   If the ice is bad we will go to the Kelly Point launch a few miles west on Marine Drive as a backup plan.  Pack Lunch/Snacks.

Rentals
There is no rental at the launch location.  Must transport kayak.  
     
Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     
Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount.  

DATE:    Sunday, February 11, 2018
PADDLE:  Valentine Paddle
MEETING
Scappoose Bay
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    11am to 3pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
We will paddle the wildlife refuge of Scappoose Bay and Sauvie Island and explore some of the inlets. "Scappoose Bay is a wetlands / watershed area rich in cultural history and home to a variety of migratory birds, bank beaver, osprey, otters, turtles, heron and eagles."

Launch Location
:
30 minutes From Portland. From Portland take Hwy 30 through Scappoose but not as far as St. Helens. Watch for a "Country Inn" restaurant on your left and a Scappoose Bay Kayaking info sign (blue tourist direction sign) on your right. Travel 1/2 mile (like the sign suggests) and turn RIGHT at the Bennett rd. / Old Portland Road intersection. You'll immediately go over RR tracks and look to your left to see the Scappoose Bay Marina Park building by the Marina sail boat masts and covered dock   Note: There may be a $3 parking free at the Marina. Renters please arrive early

Rentals:
If you are renting please arrive 30 minutes early to take care of paperwork. 
Scappoose Bay Kayak is at this paddle location and owned by Next Adventure   
       Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount.      

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