Archive for August, 2014

Willamette River Tour!

Tuesday August 26th 2014 was a scorcher, with heat in the mid 90’s.  So a group of us took to the river.  From Whitely Landing we paddled up the small side channel and made our way to the main flow of the river.  From there we paddled downstream and enjoyed the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers.  What a magical place!  After floating down a bit more we turned left and went up the side channel again back to the put in spot at Whitely.  This made for an adventurous loop requiring no shuttle!  Here are some pictures that show us working our way up the shallow side channel.  We used a small piece of line attached to the bow grab loop to haul our kayaks up the most shallow sections.  There are about 6 places where we had to get out and do this because you simply can’t paddle upstream where it’s too shallow.  Our sit on top kayaks worked well for this.  We would paddle  hard up to the shallow places and hop out quickly.  Then we eased the boats up above the shallows to where it was deep enough to hop back on the kayak and continue paddling up the eddies!  The entire tour was 4 hours including a half hour long lunch.

 

Working our way up

Working our way up

Blissfully paddling down the river

Blissfully paddling down the river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lining the boats up.

Lining the boats up.

August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Canoe Canal Cleanup July 2014!

July was a great month for the Canoe Canal at Alton Baker Park in Eugene.  Many happy paddlers are getting to know this lovely waterway for the first time.  Others just keep coming back for more nature, exercise and  fun.  We had some volunteers come down on Saturday the 26th to help cleanup the canal.  Thanks to all who gave their efforts on this needed task, and of course to the City of Eugene for providing many tools and hauling away the garbage.  One of our biggest challenges was trying to haul out the tractor sized tire.  We were only able to ferry it over to shore.  Later we hauled it from shore up to the truck with the help of a long rope and some muscle.  Here are some images of the hard work and fun!

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August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More