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:    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:    
 
     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 at this paddle 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. 
 

© Kyle