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ELK RIVER

8 December 2007 Saturday 1000 ELK RIVER Class 2
Trip Notes:  Meet either at:
  • 0900  The Paradise Cafe in Port Orford for breakfast.
  • 1000  At the Take-Out which is located about 1 mile east of Highway 101 on the south bank of the Elk River.

Bring a lunch and layers of clothing.  This trip will take between 2 - 4.5 hours.  Depends on the water flow.  You must be able to control your boat if you paddle with us.

Final Tally:  8 paddlers started this beautiful trip.  The water was flowing nicely.  Lots of fishermen and drift boats.  The river was full of snags and debris from the storm earlier this week.

Due to a couple of capsizes two paddlers helped a third paddler leave the river while the remainder of the group continued to the take-out.  A good day was had by all.  Here is a link to Joe's picture album.

Nearest City:

Port Orford, Oregon

Class:

2

Many of us favor this section of the Elk River over all other winter paddling on the coast.  The Elk flows out of the coastal range into the bottomland.  We paddle thru twists and turns, then to calmer water.  In the bottomland the sheep and cows watch us with fascination. 

It is not unusual to share the river with driftboats and fishermen.  It's also not unusual to paddle above spawning salmon, some extremely large.  Many water birds are seen on this trip.

Wetsuits are advised.  Lifejackets are a must.  Paddlers do need to be able to control their boats and must keep a careful watch for trees down or across the river.  The water on the Elk River ranges from calm float to a few Class 2 rapids.

The Take-Out is about 1 mile east of Highway 101 on the South Bank Road.  You will see a large gravel parking lot to the left.

The Put-In is immediately below the Elk River Hatchery.  We park our vehicles at the Hatchery.

This trip is 9 water miles.  Water time is usually 2 - 4.5 hours.  Sometimes a bit less.

Shuttle Note (21 November 2007):  If you need a shuttle call J&K Shuttle, 541-332-0319 or email jkshuttle2006@msn.com.  J&K offers shuttle service on the Elk and Sixes Rivers.  Please advise Lunartic Jim if you ever find this note to be in error.


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Sunday
10 Dec 2006
Sunday 0900 ELK RIVER Class 2
Trip Notes:  Meet either at 0800 for breakfast at the Paradise Cafe in Port Orford or at 0900 at the take-out.  We will car pool from the take-out to the put-in at the Hatchery.  Bring lunch and layers of clothing.  This is class 2- water.  You need to be able to control your boat.  We will be on the water 3-4 hours.
Final Tally
3 paddlers in 3 kayaks sped down the Elk River this morning. Moments after putting-in we experienced a short duration downpour...then great paddling (including with some sun) for the rest of the trip.

Lots of drift boats...several bank fishermen. Fish being caught.

Made it to the take-out in an hour and 50 minutes. The river has been torn up by some storms since I last came through. Several runs have been 'naturally rearranged'.

I was able to demonstrate a graceful capsize at the put-in. Happens to all of us!  However I think it's the second time I've dumped putting onto the Elk.  Shame on me.

A good trip!


5 February 2006 Sunday 0900 Elk River  
Final Tally:  4 paddlers made a quick run down the Elk.  The water was up but not dangerous.  Many fishermen.  Perfect weather.  Heron, ducks...no Osprey.  River time was about 2 hours, a very short amount of time for the Elk.

 

 

 

Paddling toward the ocean on the Silt-Coos Kayak Canoe Trail.  About 4 miles south of Florence, Oregon.

                         The Lunartics paddle America's Wild Rivers Coast in Kayaks and Canoes.

 

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