Newsletter of the Cascade Canoe Club

- March 2004 -

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Welcome to the March Newsletter!

Spring is nearly here and paddling season is just around the corner - time to start thinking about all those rivers, lakes and bays you didn't get to last year. The March meeting is the forum for tossing out ideas and suggestions, so come and join us - and don't forget your guide books and maps!

See you in an eddie soon!
~ the editor

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Thanks Carl!

Many thanks to Carl Davaz for his excellent slide show of his Missouri River canoe trip in Montana. Carl is an accomplished photojournalist and currently lives in the Eugene area. Those that missed Carl's presentation can view portions of it here: http://www.davaz.net/montana/missouri_river/index.phtml. Other examples of his work can be viewed on his web site gallery:

Trip Planning Session

The march meeting will primarily be a trip planning session. As usual, willing trip coordinators are needed. Bring your ideas and suggestions (and maps!) to the next meeting.

Club Dues are Due!

Time to send in your dues again. Same rates as last year: $10 individual ; $15 family/household. Everyone - current and new members - need to download and sign the waiver. There may also be a few printed applications available at the next meeting.

Download the club waiver and application here: http://canoe.freeshell.org/ccc_member_appl.htm

Taking in the emerald green waters of Black Canyon.
Donna R. - Colorado River, 2000(?) - photo by ??

Willamette Recreation Guides Almost Gone

There is just a handfull of the guides left. Contact Jeff Woodall or come to the next meeting to get one before they're all gone.

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CCC Meeting - March 2nd, 7:00pm *Winter Location!*

Agenda items:

  • trip planning session
  • discuss future of newsletter
  • open floor to any other issues


  South Eugene High School, Room 202
  400 East 19th Avenue
  Eugene, OR

Date/Time: March 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Directions: See www.sehs.lane.edu

Willamette River, Valley River to Marshall Island - Sunday, March 7th

Sunday, March 7 we'll do a mildwater Willamette River trip from Valley River to Marshall Island. This run is about 12 miles and includes the very straight forward Class 2 Marist Rapids. The biggest problems on this stretch are avoiding wood and route finding. This early season run is probably not for novice river paddlers but we'll do it again in the summer when it is a great beginning run. On March 7 we'll meet at Valley River Center by the river about 200 yards downstream from Valley River Inn at 10 AM. We'll run a shuttle, then be off for a good day on the river. For more information about these trips and to register give Omar a call at 345-5115. Please call if you're planning on coming so we can wait if you are running a little late.

Trip coordinator: Omar 345-5115

"Among the Dunes" Coastal Paddle - Florence, OR - Sunday, March 14th

(paraphrased from email post)
I am planning a rather unique paddle in my home territory near Florence on March 14th. We can paddle "in the sand dunes" around the freshwater lake which forms each winter in the deflation plain off the South Jetty road. It's all shallow (6" to maybe 4 ft) but you can claim you are going where "no power boat and very few people have ever been"! There are usually quite a few waterfowl, plus shoreline tracks from deer, river otters, coyotes, etc.

I did this about 3 weeks ago - there is enough water now and it takes 2 to 3 hours to circumnavigate the lake -- more if you have lunch and check the pussywillows, animal tracks, etc. If we finish early and it's a nice day, we could add a quick trip to Clewox or Carter Lake nearby.

We will put in across from South Jetty parking lot #3 at 10:30 AM, go east behind the dike, and then portage about 50 yards into the main lake.

To find lot #3, go Hiway 101 south from Florence about 0.5 mile past the Siuslaw bridge, turn right (west) at the sign for "South Jetty Dunes and Beach", and go 3.6 miles to the lot. This is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and you need a $5 Northwest Forest Pass to park in any of the lots. If you have a real aversion to these fees, we could probably shuttle some cars back out.

I will do the trip regardless of the weather, but if you wish you can call me that morning (8:00 to 9:00 AM) to see what it's like over here.

If you would like to join this paddle, please confirm via email or call me at (541) 997-7661.

Clarence Lysdale

P.S. If any of you are of a mind to come over the night before, it's a CLEAR night, and you are interested -- I will drag my telescope out and we can meet at a dark site for a bit of star (and planet) "gazing". I realize that doesn't have much to do with watercraft, but there really are lots of neat things in the sky this month. Let me know if anyone is interested.

Mohawk River - Hileman Rd Bridge to Harvest Landing - Sunday, March 21st

Several club members have done this run in previous years and it's reportedly a lot of fun. The Mohawk is a tributary of the McKenzie river and is generally only runnable in the Spring. This section starts were #83 in Soggy Sneakers takes out and has been described as approximately Class I+ - i.e. you need moving water skills and there's a chance that you'll need to maneuver or portage around fallen trees, etc. The water is cold too so a wet/dry suit is a good idea. Bring water and a snack as this trip will likely take several hours.

We'll meet 9:30am at Harvest Landing on the McKenzie in Springfield: take Hayden Bridge Way to 14th Street and turn North; 14th terminates at Harvest Landing (Ref: Map 7 in the Qwest phone book). I've not paddled this run before but Mari, Phil and Horst have and they can tell you more about it.

Please call or email if interested so we have a sense of who's coming.

Jeff Woodall ~ 342-8371

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No trip reports submitted. :-(

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Klamath River Trip Proposed for This Summer

(paraphrased from earlier email)

Lee and Ellen Paulus have proposed a trip on the Klamath River in Northern California next summer, camping at the Tree of Heaven C.G. The date is open to suggestions, esp. for those who think they'd like to go but absolutely cannot certain dates. Ellen is thinking earlier summer, such as June, or certain weekends in July for a longer 4-5 day stay. It would be ideal to have a site reserved early in January. Lee has a campsite in mind will accommodate a fairly large group, which is across the driveway from the river, adjacent to a deluxe two room pit toilet, water and hiking trail. Overflow parking is available for free in the day use lot, about 100yd walk next to boat ramp. The water is warm, Class I/II, with the option for running 10 miles of class II/III just below Happy Camp. Estimated drive time from Eugene/Springfield is 4 hours max, about 230 miles. This proposal will be further discussed at a future club meeting.

For more info contact Lee and Ellen at 741-9824.

WKCC Safety Weekend - May 1st & 2nd

(quoted from the WKCC website)

WKCC Safety Weekend 2004
Every year the club brings together professional instructors, experienced boaters, and mountain of gear to help educate interested boaters and non-boaters about basic river safety techniques. Rope skills, rescue techniques, first aid, and pin recovery are all things that are on the agenda for this popular event. All this and good cooking to boot! Contact Mark and read the article in this newsletter for information.
Mark Taratoot (Corvallis)
(541) 754-7570

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Feburary Meeting Minutes

  • Many people attended Carl Davaz's slide presentation
  • Omar announced Eel Lake trip for 2/22

Newsletter Contributions Wanted

Got something to add? Anything remotely canoeing related is welcome. Photos, stories, tips, whatever,
can be send it to the editor at    jeffwoodall "at" myrealbox "dot" com .