May 2001 Volume VIII Number 5




We met at the church to share upcoming trips and to enjoy Lana's slides

and talk about her recent trip to New Zealand

Through Lana's slides and talk we vicariously enjoyed her trip to New

Zealand. Her style of traveling- in small groups and staying in people's

homes sounds absolutely, wonderfully fun.

I especially liked the juxtapositions. Pictures of what could be the

Oregon coast followed by shots of tropical rain forest followed by shots of

alpine mountain scenery. The small country is incredibly diverse and Lana's

lovely slides clearly brought out the varied wonders. Her photos and

descriptions made me want to go exploring.

Thanks. Lana for sharing and we are looking forward to your report from

your next trip to this wonderland down under.

Other Stuff

June 30 is the date of the River Road Neighbor's River Cleanup. They

will be going from Maury Jacobs Park at the foot of North Adams St. to

Beltline Road. For More information and to register, call Kit Kirkpartick

at 688-6842.

Willamette Riverkeepers has a program called River Guardian 185. This

program invites volunteers to monitor a one or more mile section of the

Willamette once a month. Barbara May talked about this at a recent club

meeting. I went to a volunteer training in Corvallis on April 21 and was

impressed with the depth of commitment to the river and the knowledge of the

river and surrounding areas that the people shared. All they ask of

volunteers is to travel on or beside their mile(s) once a month and fill out

a simple form which describes what you observed.

For volunteering your time you get the satisfaction of knowing that you

are helping create a picture of the river and how it changes over time. To

volunteer or get more information check out their website at or call Libby McCully at (503)223-6418 or

e-mail her at


May Meeting

6:30 P.M. Tuesday, May 1

We will meet at the parking lot south of Autzen Stadium/East of the

footbridge across the canal, paddle up the canal and bring some goodies to

share. If folks are interested in paddling all the way to Springfield and

returning on the Willamette (class II) , drop us a note by Sunday and be on


If the weather is really lousy, and you already got the goodies to share

we will migrate over to one of the two shelters at the eastern end of the

Duck Pond parking lot and help you with those perishable goods.



Fern Ridge Lake Spring Small Boat Messabout. May 19, 2001. An informal

gathering of sail, human, electric and low powered boats and those who love

them. Bring your own food and refreshments. Festivities begin at about

10:00 A.M.


Orchard Point Park on Clear Lake Road. More info:

Past Trips

It was a beautiful spring day, only a little breezy at times, on this

tidal stream. Eight of us enjoyed great conversation and laughter with each

other as we ventured up using the incoming tide for assistance to get to our

scenic lunch stop in a pasture.

We all shared some weird camping-canoeing experiences usually involving

animals in camp that were not invited. When it was time to break and head

back to the put-in we noticed our timing was perfect because the tide was

now heading back out. We took all the credit for this happening when it

did. It was a fun day and nice to be paddling again.


Coming Attractions

Umpqua River Estuary. May 12-13. Fearless Leader Phil Backman


Hosmer Lake. June 24-30. The intrepid Robert Horner. (342-2246) When

you see postcards of beautiful lakes reflecting snow-capped peaks in the

distance it could be this area along the Cascade Lakes Highway 46. It

offers such a variety of outdoor experiences like hiking, fishing and

paddling along with user friendly campgrounds you will wonder why it took

you so long to discover such a paradise. Cheryl and I have been coming here

for 10 years and our best times were early in the summer when the birds were

still around and there were less campers, therefore we announced a time

change at the last canoe club meeting. June24th is when we will be leaving

Eugene for Hosmer and staying through that week until Saturday the 30th.


Come for all or part and be a part of the Hosmer experience. If you need

directions please call. Bring water car-boys to transport water as Hosmer

Lake CG,s don't have running water. Don't let that detract you, its not

that big of a deal. Hope you can make it this year.

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.


Cascade Paddles and Portage/hiking Staffs made to order- you choose the

length, style and type of woods, over a dozen blade styles to pick from.

Bent or Straight. Pick from an inventory of paddles and staffs in stock,

both strong and light. Robert 342-2246

CLUB MEETINGS; First Tuesday of each month.

Fall, Winter, Spring; 7:P.M. at Episcopal Church of the

Resurrection 3926 Hilyard St.


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.


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