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 PFD at all times and carry a whistle.   
REMEMBER TO BRING LOTS OF WATER, SUNSCREEN, AND SNACKS      


SPECIAL NOTE: There is no park fee at St Helens, no passes needed for the paddle.  In recognition of the 12 th annual National Public Lands Day, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service will waive day-use fees at hundreds of its recreation sites nationwide on Sat., Sept. 24 th. In addition, volunteers can participate in more than 600 restoration projects occurring this weekend across public lands.  

DATE
:    Friday, September 23-Sunday September 25
PADDLE:  Mt. St Helens, Cold Water Lake (Inside Mt St Helens!)
MEETING
See below, (Camping and Day Trip Options)
LEVEL:   All--touring boats or recreational boats over 10 feet in length recommended for this paddle. Afternoon westerly winds can make for a challenging paddle, difficult for shorter or inflatable craft. Know your skill and stamina if you have a small or inflatable.
TIME:    See Below
LEADER:  Kyle Leader@outkayaking.org 503/989.6333 

INCREDIBLE KAYAKING LOCATION:  INSIDE MT ST HELENS. This paddle is inside the blast 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 powerboats are allowed on the lake and the scenery is truly breathtaking.  It sits below the Coldwater Ridge visitor center, 47 miles east of Castle Rock.


Notes:
Combination Camping Trip  and or Day Kayaking Trip.  Portland to Seaquest Campsite: 1 1/2 hours.   Portland to Coldwater Lake Paddle: 2 1/2 hours.—45-60 minutes East of Castle Rock. a sponsor. 

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FOR THE MT ST HELENS
COLDWATER LAKE PADDLE—SATURDAY
11:00 am SHARP (depart Portland by 8:30 am) at Launch site.  

It is in the lake just under the Johnston Ridge Observatory.  You must have a Mt St Helens pass
.<<CLICK HERE>>. NOTE ABOVE, NO FEE ON THE DAY OF THE PADDLE

The Boat Launch is just before the Johnston Ridge Observatory on SR504.  Coldwater Lake Recreation Area is located 45 miles (1hour) east of Castle Rock in the heart of the blast zone. Link:
<<CLICK HERE>>

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FOR THE 
CAMPING OPTION.If you are still intested in camping but missed the RSVP date you can still join by getting your own campsite, we will be in the North Loop, look for the cars with Kayaks.  

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.  
 
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 is taken on a first come first server basis.  Cost of the shared campsite will be based on RSVP and be provided on Wednesday 9/21 after the noon RSVP deadline. Estimate $30 for the weekend per person (each site takes 8 people @ $70 for the weekend plus $10/night for each car). This could be cheaper, I am asking for a discount from the park and
 
Rentals:    
There is no rental at the launch location.  Must transport kayak.  
     
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.     

© Kyle