Everyone has a favorite paddling place or a trip they have always wanted to try. The March meeting is the time and place to share information and wishes with others in the club. If we can get enough suggestions and wishes we ought to be able to put together an active trip schedule for Spring and Summer. Whitewater, flatwater, refuges, close to home, far away, camping trips.... where do you want to paddle?

If you don't think you will be able to make the meeting, e-mail your suggestions to the webmaster.


Quite a few of us, 24 in fact. noticed that there was a change in the location for the February meeting place. We all showed up at South Eugene High School to find out how to build a woodstrip canoe. Art Kliener, owner of Art's Nautical Wood Works in Florence sure made it seem easy. Just a hand drill, orbital sander, and a jig saw are the only tools you need. First cut the forms, staple the slats in place, and sand. Next put on the fiberglass, add 3 coats of epoxy resin, sanding in between. Then varnish add the rails and seats and you are ready for the water. More than 10 years of boat building experience also helps. For those less skilled in woodworking, Art sells the materials and kits for construction of a variety of beautiful wooden boats.

If you missed the meeting or need further instruction go see Art at his shop just a bit north of Florence. Or check his web site at

Join us March 6, for the trip planning meeting. We want to know your favorite spots. See you there.

Janet Towar


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

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.

Unless otherwise noted, all trips leave from Alton Baker Park at 8:30 AM.. 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.

No trips scheduled.

Editors Box:
Just wanted to thank Chris for the intorduction. I do resent the rumor that one of my boats actually floated, I have a reputation to protect.

Articles and notices to:

Buy, Sell, Wanted.
Cascade Paddles & Portage Staffs. Made to order - you choose the length, style and type of wood. Over a dozen blade styles to choose from - bent or straight. Or pick out a paddle in stock. Laminated for strength and beauty. Also available for hikers or long portages: strong and light walking staffs. Robert 342-2246


Gary Stancil
637 N. 56th Street
Springfield, OR 97478