April 2001 Volume VIII Number 4

March Meeting

About eight of us gathered to discuss future trips. We came up with a long and varied list of mostly weekend and 4-5 day trips. Most of these suggested trips are looking for dates and coordinators. If you have an interest in setting a date for a trip so it fits your schedule and/or want to coordinate please let Horst and Gary know so that the information can be gotten out to all of us expediently. If you have a favorite day trip, share it with the rest of us.

Here's the list so far:

North Fork Siuslaw River. April 21. Call Robert at 342-2246 for information.

Umpqua River Estuary. May 12-13. Call Omar at 345-5115 for more details.

Hanford Reach on the Columbia River. Last free flowing section of the Columbia in the US. 51 mile run of great scenery along a national monument. Horst is researching this trip and will coordinate it.

Columbia River Trail. Proposed were sections of the trail on the Oregon side east of Astoria and sections on the Washington side near Skamokowa. No Columbia River crossings are even being thought of.

South Slough Estuary. Coos Bay. It was suggested that we contact the Reserve Interpretive Center to arrange a tour guide. Good idea. Is anybody willing to take this on?

Upper Deschutes River and Little Deschutes River. Meandering through the pine forests these peaceful rivers are a scenic and fishing delight. Chris Luneski had a good time here last year.

Tahkenitch Lake. When the wind isn't blowing or early in the day is a good time to explore a large coastal lake. The down side is the logging.

Siletz River. It's a new place for me. Let's go.

John Day River. See the River House schedule. They have a trip planned to improve your whitewater and camping skills and to enjoy the scenic Service Creek to Clarno run.

Summit Lake. High in the Cascades, Summit Lake is many members favorite.

Waldo Lake. In September after the mosquitos and the people leave is THE time to enjoy one of the purest and clearest lakes in the world.

Hosmer Lake. Robert and Cheryl Horner will be hosting their annual Hosmer Lake vacation 16-22 July. Be there or...

Sechelt Inlet. On British Columbia's Sunshine Coast this is a marvel of a trip. Fairly isolated, though not wilderness, the scenery is great and, if you eat such things, the shellfish are everywhere. If you don't eat them they're still there and good to look at. This was Phil Backman's idea.

Clear Lake and/or Fish Lake. Headwaters of the mighty McKenzie River. Crystal clear water, quiet surroundings. Yum.
Siltcoos Lake. Another large coastal lake. I'll see if we can arrange to use Siltcoos Station for a sleepover.
That's our list for now. Please help make these ideas into reality. Set dates and volunteer to coordinate or help coordinate.

April Meeting

Lana Lindstrom has promised to present a slide show of her recent paddling and hiking trip to New Zealand.


Because of a scheduling conflict Janet Towar had to resign as secretary. She and partner Jim Petersen came to their first meeting, joined the club, and immediately volunteered to take on important jobs. Jim took over the database management and Janet took on the duties of secretary. She attended meetings, took notes, and wrote the great meeting reports that you read in the newsletter.
'll try to take over from Janet as secretary. I'm at most meetings anyway, like to write, and can give to the club that gives much to me.
Janet, thanks for a job well done. We appreciate your good work for us.




So far, I've gotten 3 responses to the question, "Should we continue doing the Willamette River Cleanup ?" They are:

1. Yes, it's good to do environmental good deeds.

2. No. There is less and less to do and the city and sheriff's work crews are doing it now.

3. I've got a bad back and it would be difficult for me to help.

All three are equally valid points.

If you would like to be involved in a river cleanup in April, May or June, call me at 345-5515 or emial at

I'd also like to hear from you if you think we should stop doing this cleanup. It's a fair amount of work to organize and if the club doesn't want to suppor the project, I'll let it go and get involved in other groups cleanups.


2001 DEPOE BAY CLASSIC WOODEN BOAT SHOW AND CRAB FEED. Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29th. All kinds of boats, from canoes on up. Depoe Bay Callenge Rowing Races in the harbor. More at:

WILLIAMETTE RIVER CANOE AND KAYAK RACE. May 19th, 2001, a brand new community event is being co-sponsored by the Sunriser's Kiwanis Club of Corvallis, the OSU Circle K Club, and the Kiwanis Club of Western Hills involving a canoe and kayak race from the Michael's Landing Boat Ramp in Corvallis to Bryant Park in Albany. The primary purposes for this project are: (a) to involve the members of the mid-Willamette Valley communities in an exciting fun event, (b) to increase public awareness of the Kiwanis and Circel K Clubs, and (c) to raise funds for the co-sponsoring clubs to use in their various community service projects.

Eligilbility: Must be at least 18 years old. $50.00 Registration Fee per craft. For more information, please contact: Willamette River Canoe and Kayak Race, C/O Milt and Toni Donelson, Co-Chairs, 2225 NE Merloy Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330 Phone (541) 738-2410.

Buy - Sell - Trade

17'6" Wenonah Cascade, Royalex, Blue Color. Skid plates, end bags, center bags, lacing kit, knee pads, d-rings for gear and thigh straps. $700. Call Chris at 686-5481.. Misc Canoe accessories also. New 48x60 center bag. 60" 3d bag, knee pads, helmets, rescue ropes. Call to inquire.

Canoe collectors take note. Wood and Canvas Chesnut of famous maker from Oromocto New Brunswick Canada, red. Custom made, extra wide, extra deep, extra ribbing, cane seats, wood paddles, absolutely mint. In water only six times, stored for many years. One of last eight made by Chestnut, with serial number to prove it. 17 feet long. Inclues factory supplied repair kit (never used, of course) 3000 dollars US. You pay shipping. phone. (802) 660 0890

CLUB MEETINGS: First Tuesday of each month.

Fall, Winter, Spring: 7:00 P.M. at Episcopal Church Of the Resurection

3926 Hilyard Street, Eugene

Summer: 6:30 P.M. potluck at various nearby paddle locations.

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: What you will find: Updated information on club trips, paddling reports and notes, newsletter archive, paddling events planned by other groups, a gallery of images and links, links, links. Want to be published or have news of interest to paddlers: Check the site for submission guidelines.

UPCOMING TRIPS: Unless otherwise noted, all trips leave from Alton Baker Park at 8:30 A.M. PFD required. Contact trip leader for more details. If you have signed up for a trip, let the trip leader know if you have to cancel.

See March Meeting.

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