Current Events

It is highly suggested that you RSVP to the event leader.   The purpose of this club is for networking and social.  Leaders are volunteer and not trained or responsible for your safety. Trips can be canceled/changed so RSVP is important.  You must always wear a PDF at all times and carry a whistle.   

REMEMBER TO BRING LOTS OF WATER, SUNSCREEN, AND SNACKS

DATE:    Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September 14, 2014 (Camping and Day Trip only options)
PADDLE:  Sand Island
MEETING
St. Helens Marina, 134 N. River Street, St. Helens, OR
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    Meet at 10 am at the St Helens Marina on Saturday.
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
If you plan on camping the campsites are free but you have to pack your gear and kayak to the island. Day trip only option is Saturday at 10am.  Camping is on Sand Island.

Launch Location:
St. Helens Marina, 134 N. River Street, St. Helens, OR

Rentals:    
Next Adventure owns Scappoose Bay Kayak.  They are on the way to this location.
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 
     Scappoose Bay Kayak <click> - Scappoose Bay, OR (503) 397-2161 ask for OutKayaking discount. 
        

DATE:    Saturday, September 27, 2014
PADDLE:  Ridgefield, WA (Lake River to Columbia River)
MEETING
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge-Ridgefield Kayak, Ridgefield, WA 
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    11am to 4pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
Will paddle Lake River to Columbia and stop at the beach.  

Launch Location:
Directions:    -From I-5 Heading North  (14 miles north of Portland).   Take exit 14 off of Interstate 5 .  Go West 3 Miles on Pioneer/501.  Turn Right on Main Street in Ridgefield.  Turn Left onto Mill Street (Look for Marina signs)

Notes:
There is a $6 parking pass.  

Rentals:    
Ridgefield Kayak is at this launch location
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 
     Ridgefield Kayak<<click here>> - (360)727-4520 or (503)319-1146cell.
 

DATE:    Friday, October 3-Sunday October 5, 2014
PADDLE:  Mt. St Helens, Cold Water Lake (Inside Mt St Helens!)
MEETING
See below, (Camping and Day Trip Options)
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    See Below
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
INCREDIBLE KAYAKING LOCATION:  INSIDE MT ST HELENS. This paddle is in the devastation from the eruption.  Coldwater Lake was formed after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in May, 1980. This steep canyon was blocked by mud flowing down the Toutle River. Only human and electric power boats are allowed on the lake and the scenery is truly breathtaking.  Coldwater Lake was formed by the effects of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mt. St. Helens. It sits below the Coldwater Ridge visitor center, 47 miles east of Castle Rock.

Notes:
Combination Camping Trip  & Day Kayaking Trip. 
Portland to Seaquest Campsite: 1 hour.
Portland to Coldwater Lake Paddle: 2 1/2 hours.--45 minutes East of Castle Rock.

FOR THE CAMPING OPTION.
Please RSVP to the trip leaders prior to Wednesday 10/01 if you are camping.
Camping on Saturday night at Seaquest State Park <<Click Here>> This is an overnight camping opportunity for those that don't want to make the round trip drive to St. Helens in one day for the paddle.  There is also an option to Paddle Silver Lake on Sunday.  
 
Directions: Take the Castle Rock exit #49 from I-5 North. Go east on SR504 approximately 6 miles. The campground is on the left just past the Mt. St. Helens visitor center.
 
The Park: Campsites this time of year are taken on a first come first server basis. Check in time is 2:30pm and check out time is 1:00pm. The cost is $12 per night and $10 per extra vehicle. The best camp sites are #40 – 51 in the North Loop. Showers are available. 

Silver Lake Paddle on Sunday at the camp location: There is a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife public boat launch located about 2 miles away. Go east 1.5 miles, turn right on Kerr Rd, go ½ mile to the launch.
 
FOR THE MT ST HELENS COLDWATER LAKE PADDLE--SATURDAY
10:30 am at Launch site.  Or meet us at our campsite 9am (see above)
It is in the lake just under the Johnston Ridge Observatory.  You must have a Mt St Helens pass.<<CLICK HERE>>

The Boat Launch is just before the Johnston Ridge Observatory on SR504.  Coldwater Lake Recreation Area is located 45 miles east of Castle Rock in the heart of the blast zone. Link: <<CLICK HERE>>
 
NOTE:  it is about a 2 1/2 hour drive to this location from Portland.  YOU NEED TO BE ON THE ROAD BY 8AM to meet up at Coldwater Launch.   You may meet us at the campground in Sequest at 9am and caravan to the site or meet us there. (see note above).    You need to RSVP to get our Camp number if you want to meet us at the camp.
 
Note to the kayakers: Only touring boats or recreational boats over 10½ feet in length should be used for this paddle. Afternoon westerly winds can make for a challenging paddle and make it difficult for shorter, smaller or inflatable craft.


Rentals:    
There is no rental at the launch location.  Must transport kayak.  Check to see if they will strap to our car.
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 
 

DATE:    Friday, November 7- Sunday November 9, 2014 (Camping/Cabins and Day Trip Options)
PADDLE:  Yale Lake/Cougar
MEETING
Lone Fir Resort (gay owned) <link> 16806 Lewis River Rd. Cougar, WA 98616
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    Multiple trips.  Day trip Options Meet at Resort at 9:30am Saturday and Sunday in lodge. 
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
Sights seen on previous trips:  rushing cataracts,  fish, bald eagles, beggar ducks that will crawl on your deck.  Great views of the mountains. 

Launch Location:
<<Click Here>>  From the I-5 Woodland, Washington Exit #21 take Highway 503 East, approximately 33.5 miles to Lone Fir Resort.   FOR THOSE NOT STAYING OVERNIGHT:  We will meet at 9:30am on both Saturday and Sunday at the lodge and caravan to the launch locations.   

Notes:
Lone Fir Resort is under new owners and is now gay owned!   OutKayaking Members are being offered a 20% discount for any lodging and tenting space for this trip!!!!     Lone Fir Resort   <link>  (360) 238-5210.

Rentals:    
There is no rental at the launch location.  Must transport kayak.  Check to see if they will strap to our car.
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 
 

DATE:    Sunday, December 21, 2014
PADDLE:  Holiday Ship Parade via Kayak (Plus: Social after Paddle at Crush)
MEETING
Downtown Portland OMSI/Alder Creek under the Hawthorne Bridge 
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    4:00pm-6:30pm (Renters please arrive by 3:30pm)
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
We will be paddling the Willamette River and watching the Start of the 59th Annual Lighted Christmas Ship Parade <CLICK here details> from our kayaks.  Both the Willamette and Columbia Fleets will be assembled for this this event.   This is a NIGHT paddle.   

Launch Location:
The kayak launch is between OMSI and the Hawthorne Bridge on the East Side of the River.  Shared boat launch with Alder Creek Kayak (see rentals note below).

Notes:
Paddlers are encouraged to light up the kayaks with holiday festivities.   Paddlers MUST have two lights on the kayaks, one in the front and one in the back.  (headlights, flashlights, bike lights,light sticks).  Spay skirts are needed the big boats put out waves.   If you don’t have lights, you don’t get in the water as we will paddle back in the dark and there will be motorboats. 

Rentals:    
There is no rental at the launch location.  Must transport kayak.  Check to see if they will strap to our car.
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 

DATE:    Sunday, December 21, 2014 following Holiday Paddle.
PADDLE:  After Paddle Social at Crush
MEETING
Crush,  1400 Southeast Morrison St, Portland, OR
LEVEL:   Everyone and Friends
TIME:    9:00pm (or after the paddle) to 10:30pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
Great time for paddlers and non-paddler to meet for a social. 
In support of Outkayaking and the LGBT community CRUSH is extending the happy hour menu to the OutKayaking club.

DATE:    Saturday, January 10, 2015
PADDLE:  New Year Paddle
MEETING
Smith and Bybee Lake
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    Noon to 3pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
Our first paddle of the year will be within the Portland city limits.    Smith and Bybee Lakes are two large lakes in North Portland.  Seen from I5 past the Portland International Raceway (PIR).   Smith Lake, the eastern one and Bybee, to the west, each has 7 miles of shoreline.  Pack Lunch/Snacks.

Launch Location
:
Take I-5 to the Marine Drive Exit (Exit 307) and follow the signs to Marine Drive westbound.  About 2 miles west on Marine Drive you will climb over a large overpass and you will see the lake to your front left.  Shortly past this overpass (about a 1/4 mile)  you will see the entrance to the parking lot on your left.   Take the road all the way to the end (heading east)


Notes:
RSVP and arriving on time is important if we have to change locations.  Past years we had to break the ice to get out on the open water so dress warm and appropriate.   If the ice is bad we will go to the Kelly Point launch a few miles west on Marine Drive as a backup plan.  Pack Lunch/Snacks.

Rentals:    
There is no rental at the launch location.  Must transport kayak.  Check to see if they will strap to our car.
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 

DATE:    Saturday, February 14, 2015
PADDLE:  Valentine Paddle
MEETING
Scappoose Bay
LEVEL:   All
TIME:    11am to 3pm
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333  <RSVP, Click Here>
 
We will paddle the wildlife refuge of Scappoose Bay and Sauvie Island and explore some of the inlets. "Scappoose Bay is a wetlands / watershed area rich in cultural history and home to a variety of migratory birds, bank beaver, osprey, otters, turtles, heron and eagles."

Launch Location
:
30 minutes From Portland. From Portland take Hwy 30 through Scappoose but not as far as St. Helens. Watch for a "Country Inn" restaurant on your left and a Scappoose Bay Kayaking info sign (blue tourist direction sign) on your right. Travel 1/2 mile (like the sign suggests) and turn RIGHT at the Bennett rd. / Old Portland Road intersection. You'll immediately go over RR tracks and look to your left to see the Scappoose Bay Marina Park building by the Marina sail boat masts and covered dock   Note: There may be a $3 parking free at the Marina. Renters please arrive early


Rentals:    
Scappoose Bay Kayak is owned by Next Adventure.  See rental info below.
     Alder Creek <click here> - Portland, OR 503-285-0464 ask for OutKayaking discount.
     Next Adventure <click here> - Portland, OR 503-233-0706 ask for OutKayaking discount. 
     Scappoose Bay Kayak <click> - Scappoose Bay, OR (503) 397-2161 ask for OutKayaking discount. 
 

© Kyle