Newsletter of the Cascade Canoe Club

- November 2002 -

~ Club News ~ Scheduled Events ~ Trip Reports ~ Links & Tips ~ Comments ~

Welcome to Tumblehome - the new CCC Newsletter! Thanks to the widespread adoption of the web by our members (who says canoeists are luddites?) a monthly newsletter became feasible again. Though perhaps not as nice as a printed version that arrives in your postbox, by keeping the newsletter electronic we save time, postage and possibly a tree or two.

As the current newsletter editor, I'd like to extend an invitation to all current and future members to send in your comments, criticisms, and - most importantly - your contributions. Especially desirable are digital photos, trip reports, interesting links and tips. And by all means consider putting together a club trip: its relatively easy, very rewarding and everyone will thank you for it!
- the editor

Club News   back

2002 Eugene Celebration
Lots of interest was reported from this year's Eugene Celebration CCC booth. All sorts of printed matter was on display and Omar Nelson put together several club trips for the month of October which were handed out to the curious.

Delta Pond Cleanup

As part of the 2002 Earth Day events around Eugene/Springfield area, several CCC members participated in a clean of the Delta Ponds.  Club members assisted the City's Stream Team and Downtown Lions Club members to remove debris from the ponds.
2002 Eugene Celebration CCC booth
Omar Nelson and Joe Piccolotti staffing the CCC booth at the 2002 Eugene Celebration - photo by Horst Lueck

New Club Waiver Available
There is a new CCC waiver available for those wishing to put together club trips which are open to non-members. The waiver is largely based on the current member waiver but adds more explicit provisions for guests, including minors. The waiver is in rich-text (rtf) format for easy viewing and printing and can be downloaded at http://canoe.freeshell.org/ccc_member-guest-waiver.rtf
2002 Delta Ponds Cleanup Team Hats off to the 2002 Delta Ponds Cleanup team!
- photo by Lorna Baldwin

Scheduled Events   back

October 19th - McKenzie River, Hendricks bridge to Hayden Bridge
This 15 mile stretch of the McKenzie is an advanced beginner to easy intermediate run.  The scenery is lovely and the river is interesting. There are pushy corners, wood in the water, braided channels, many riffles and the climax - Class 2 Hayden Bridge Rapids just before the take-out.
Omar is the one to call for more info at 345-5115.
October 31st - Halloween Float on Coyote Creek the Canoe Canal!
(~4:00pm ; tentative)
An appropriately somewhat spooky float down the "bayou of the NW" canoe canal in Alton Baker Park. This trip is tentative depending on weather and level of intererest. Costumes are optional but definitely encouraged. Those interested should contact Jeff Woodall by the 30th at 342-8371
November 5th - Next CCC Meeting
The November CCC meeting will be on the 5th at 7:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard Street, Eugene. (located at the east end of the parking lot). We will meet in the basement (take stairway left at main door). A map is available from the CCC web page: http://canoe.freeshell.org/ccc_upcoming_events.shtml

Trip Reports   back
Coyote Creek - 9/28/02 - Omar Nelson
The Fall schedule got off to a beautiful start with a lovely day on Coyote Creek and on into Fern Ridge Reservoir to Gibson Island.  Four people we met at our booth at the Eugene Celebration joined me to enjoy one of my favorite paddles.  Rachel, Stephanie, Sue and Bill shared the day. Sue brought her recreational kayak, Bill had his beautifully made stitch and glue Pygmy kayak and Stephanie and Rachel paddled with me in my tandem canoe.
The day started a bit cool but as the sun came out it turned into a warm, calm day just perfect for a casual paddle tour.  We put in at the Cantrell Road canoe launch and went upstream past the old pump till the way was blocked by fallen trees.  The water level was down about two feet from full pool due to seasonal draining for flood control which limited our access upstream.  Going down stream we wound our way past trees in the water stopping occasionally to pick some luscious, late blackberries.
We shared the creek with Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Mallard Ducks, Blue wing Teal and many other birds.  Going out onto the reservoir we saw Osprey, Coots, Marsh Wren and Great White Egrets.
Because the wind was calm the water on the reservoir was very smooth and made for easy paddling to Gibson Island where we rested for a bit before going back to a lazy picnic lunch and then back to the put in.

Trip to Murtle Lake, ah make that Clearwater
- Summer 2002 - Robert Horner
This last Summer my friend Jerry and I drove 925 miles to
Wells Gray Provincial Park with hopes of exploring Murtle Lake.  Its a good thing we stopped in at the visitors center in Clearwater because the folks their informed us that the road to the parking lot for Murtle was washed out in several places and closed.  So our other nearest lake was Clearwater Lake, 25 miles up the Clearwater Valley Road.  Our wilderness experience was probably not what we would of had at Murtle Lake but we had a good time at the various campsites along Clearwater meeting other paddlers with similar intentions of paddling Murtle and trying to catch the alusive Kamloops Trout.  This provincial park is sometimes referred to as the 'waterfall park'.  It really has some great paddling/camping opportunities with Murtle Lake or Clearwater-Azure Lakes, hiking trails, fishing and spacious campsites.  Its a well-managed park with big rivers and falls and lots of history.  For any info on the park, just e-mail me - Robert 
Clear Lake - 10/5/02 - Omar Nelson
A cool, cloudy, dreary day had Dick Cross, his friend Helen, Robert, Cheryl and myself wondering what we were getting ourselves into going up into the mountains in search of the headwaters of the mighty McKenzie River. What we found was a cool, cloudy and anything but dreary day.  The vine maples around the lake were ablaze with yellow, orange and scarlet leaves which showed brilliantly against the lava outcroppings.
We put in at Coldwater Cove Campground using the fancy boat slide which is coated with sheets of very slippery plastic material.  The material is so slippery that it was hard to keep the boats from slipping down into the water.
We were paddling along marveling at the clear, blue water when Robert noticed something in the top of a tall tree.  Could it be a bald eagle?  No, it was a pair of crows.  We made up for not seeing the eagle by seeing lots of Ouzels now called American Dippers.  Dippers are small dark grey birds that bob along the water's edge and then dive into the water flying along under water in search of the insect larva they find to eat there. Helen, Dick and I hiked about 100 feet to the Great Spring, the source of the McKenzie River.  It's a deep pool of crystal clear water coming up out of the ground forming a stream that comes into the lake opposite from the lodge.
While I enjoyed peering into the depths of the lake and seeing the still standing trunks of trees that were drowned by the creation of the lake I also lamented seeing much more algae and aquatic vegetation than I saw the last time I was here a few years ago.  How much of the change is due to natural eutrophication and how much is due to human impact I don't know but the lake is changing rapidly.
We all shared a lovely picnic lunch back at the put in and then Dick, Helen and I capped the day by going up the old McKenzie pass highway to hike the Proxie Falls Trail.  This mile and a quarter loop trail leads to both Upper and Lower Proxie Falls. The late afternoon sun made the falls seem to glow and the vine maples along the trail were exploding with color.  It was a wonderful way to end a delightful trip.

Links & Tips   back
ODOT and your canoe  - Jeff Woodall
I have an old fiberglass river kayak that I often just throw in the back of my smallish  pickup for quick local paddles. Its long  - 16ft - and sticks out over the tailgate by several feet, so for safety reasons I hang something red off the protruding end. Recently someone commented on whether this was legal so I thought I ought to check the latest ODOT manual. Here's what I found out:

"Overlength and Overwidth Loads
A red flag at least 12 inches square must be shown at the end of any load that extends four or more feet beyond the bed or body of a vehicle. A red light, visible for 500 feet to the rear and sides, must replace the red flag when limited visibility conditions exist.
Passenger vehicles must not carry loads that extend beyond the sides of the fenders on the left side. Loads may not extend more than six inches beyond the sides of the right fenders. Loads may not extend more than four feet in front of  a vehicle."
- from page 44 of 2001-2003 Oregon Driver Manual
New URL for Pat Welch's Water levels Page
(from John Cliff via the white-water list)

Here is the new URL for TPW's Water level page.  Special thanks go to Frank Hays for making this possible. 


Comments   back

CCC Meeting Schedule
Is the current CCC meeting schedule still a good choice? Currently we meet 7:00pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month. There has been some discussion about changing this as there are several other groups that also meet on various days of the 1st week of the month. Also, many folks don't like meeting at night in the winter months. This issue will be further discussed at the next meeting. If you can't make the meeting you can send your suggestions via email to Jeff W.

Tumblehome Contributions
Newsletter contributions should be sent as unformated email text. Single photos may be attached to the email but should be compressed jpegs under 200MB in size. Don't send attached Word documents, multiple photos, etc. Deadline for submissions is the 15th of the month. Send contributions to jeffwoodall "at" myrealbox "dot" com .