Newsletter of the Cascade Canoe Club

- May 2003 -

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    Welcome to the May Newsletter!
    Its still Spring, which means its still raining, which is a Good Thing for anyone interested in canoeing some of our more seasonal streams. The lack of snow pack this year might mean slimmer picking later in the season, so don't wait: the rivers wait for no one.
    -the editor

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Black Canyon Slide-show May 6th
(quoted from Omar's email)
At the May meeting Omar Nelson will "show slides and tell stories of a February trip he and Donna Riddle took from Hoover Dam to Willow beach. Expect thrilling tales of extreme security, difficult putin, missing rapids, amazing food, trash and trash makers and the de riguer nekkid people in hot pools (sorry, no photos of nekkid people)." Be there!
When: 7:00 PM
Where: South Eugene HS
(see Schedule for location).

Most Endangered Rivers of 2003
American Rivers has released their annual Most Endangered Rivers list. According to their web site, American Rivers is "a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide." You can learn more at their web site, www.amrivers.org

Willamette River Clean up
On Saturday, May 17 Willamalane Parks is sponsoring a cleanup of the Willammete River downstream from Aspen St landing. Time is 9am to 1pm. Snacks and bags will be provided. For more information call Paul Caruso at 345-0421

CCC Weekend, Aug 22-24
A club gathering has been planned (tentatively) at Summit Lake for the weekend of Augus t 22th through the 24th. Summit lake is in the Cascade range and approximately two hour s from Eugene off OR-58. There is a small primative campground (no potable water; vault toilets) which appears to be fee-free. The lake is stocked with trout but is shallow a nd consequentally not popular with power boaters - perfect for canoes! There is also so me excellent hiking opportunities. More details to be announced.
link: USFS Summit Lake Page

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Tahkenitch Creek - April 26
Flatwater day trip. Tahkenitch Creek is on the Oregon coast, about 12 miles south of Florence. Be prepared to portage around a few log jams. Current and tidal influences can be largely ignored. Put-in is 100+ yards below the trailhead.
Leader: Horst - 687-5796 / canoe@freeshell.org

CCC Meeting - May 6th @ 7:00pm

  • Black Canyon slide-show
  • Trip planning
  • Plan June meeting & potluck
Location:  South Eugene High School, Room 202
           400 East 19th Avenue, Eugene, OR
Directions: See www.sehs.lane.edu

Clear Lake - May 10th (rain date May 11th)
Clear lake is located on the west side of the Cascades off OR-126 and known for its crystal clear waters.
Meet at Springfield Safeway (intersection of Pioneer and "Q" streets). For additional info see USFS.
Call leader to confirm.
Leader: Lee Paulus, 741-9824

McKenzie River: Hayden Bridge to Armitage - May 17th
A perennial favorite that is in our backyard. Class I ; ~3 hours.
See Soggy Sneakers #82 for more info.
Call for meeting time and place.
Jeff W. 342-8371

Green River - May 1-10 (tentative)

(from the email list)

Greeting boaters.
I'm organizing a canoe trip thru Canyonlands National Park on the very 
very very scenic Green River from about May 1-10.  This is a flat section
of the Green; there are no rapids.  However, there can be wind and depending
on water level, one may have to catch an eddy in order to stop at camp!
I did this trip 3 years ago for 6 days and I want to go back for a
longer period of time. 
It takes about 20 hours to drive to Moab, Utah which is where the trip originates.
There will be at least 3 lay-over days with plenty of hiking. 
If you're interested, give me a call or e-mail me.

Little Lava/Hosmer Lakes - June 23~30
This year will be a little different as we will spend a few days at the former an finish up our week at the latter. We will be heading over June 23 this year for a week (or more) of camping, canoeing and some day hikes but mostly just lazing around the campsites and will probably make the switch over to Hosmer Lake on Thursday, the 26th. Come for as long as you can. Maybe we could have a pot-luck on Sat. It was great fun last year!
Robert and Cheryl Horner - 342-2246

Riverhouse Trip Schedule
The Riverhouse has the following classes and trips scheduled:

1.    John Day River trip May 29-June 1 pretrip May 21. $340. Service
      Creek to Clarno. Transportation provided, raft supported.
2.    Willamette River overnight Aug 23/24, pretrip Aug 18. $114.
3.    Coyote Creek June 21. $20
4.    Santiam River Aug 2. $52
5.    Clear Lake Aug 9. $36
6.    Canoe basics June 10 (evening), June 14 (day)
7.    Canoe basics July 29(evening), Aug 3 (day)
8.    Canoe river combo July 16 (evening), July 19/20 (day)
9.    Kayak 1 lesson series evening July 17,24. River session July 26,27
10.   Kayak 1 lesson series evening Aug 7,14. River session Aug 16,17
Call 682-5329 for more info or visit www.ci.eugene.or.us/rec.

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Coyote Creek Update
I paddled Coyote Creek from Cantrell Road to Fern Ridge Reservoir on April 12th. A large tree has fallen at the put-in but it doesn't block the creek. In fact, I only encountered one spot that was blocked with wood (but still navigable without portage): a pruning saw would take care of it. The water was high enough that I was able to paddle through the tall grasses at the south end of Fern Ridge. Numerous ospreys were spied atop the nesting poles in the tall grasses, as were a few red-tail hawks. One species of notable absence where the mosquitoes, and I returned to the put-in with all my blood and just enough time to avoid the thunder-clouds and torrential downpour of that afternoon. I highly recommend getting out on Coyote in the next few weeks - before the mosquitoes hatch!

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OSMB Willamette River Guide
The Oregon State Marine Board has a number of free publications of interest to canoeists, including the much-prized Willamette River Recreation Guide available for download from their web site. Its a PDF file, so you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view it. Printed copies may also be available: call the Marine Board at (503) 378-8587 extension 250, or email them at Marine.Board@state.or.us

2003 National River Cleanup Week, May 10-17
(paraphrased from white-water list post)

Since its inception in 1992, 429,555 volunteers have participated in
4,738 cleanups covering 95,269 miles of waterways during National River
Cleanup Week.

The Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the USDA
Forest Service have provided agency support. American Canoe
Association, American Whitewater, and Professional Paddlesports
Association are also supporters of National River Cleanup Week.

The closest NRCW event is on the Long Tom River:
	Loralyn Osborne / Lane County Parks
	90064 Coburg Road, Eugene, OR 97408
	541-682-2002 ; loralyn.osborne@co.lane.or.us

For more information on National River Cleanup Week visit their web site

Outdoor/Water Safety Class at OSU Recreation Center

OSU Rec Center is offering the following class:

Wilderness First Aid
This two-day course introduces first aid and long term patient care. It
is an ideal introduction for trip leaders, summer camp employees,
and anyone who spends time in outdoor pursuits. The 16-hour curriculum
covers the basics of outdoor emergency care with an emphasis on extended
care situations. This course may be used to re-certify as a wilderness
first responder as long as your current certification has not expired.
Fee:$145 ; April 12-13,  May 10-11

For registration information or additional details, please contact
Tim O'Brien at tim.o.brien@recsport.orst.edu or 541-737-8879.

LCCC Canoe Clinics

The Lower Columbia Canoe Club  has the following upcoming clinics:

- Flatwater/Movingwater clinic on May 17th & 18th
- Whitewater clinic on May 31st & June 1st

The cost of these clinics are:
-Clinic fees $30.00* per person
-LCCC membership $20.00 per household
-ACA insurance $5.00 per person

*A $5.00 late registration fee applies for those who register within 10
days of the course.

More information can be found at: http://www.l-ccc.org

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April Meeting Minutes

  • five in attendance
  • discussed/planned club calendar
  • planned may meeting
  • new member introduced

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 .