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LOWER UMPQUA, Smith River

23 September 2007 Sunday 1000 Umpqua, Reedsport Tidal
Trip Notes:  Meet in the MacDonald's parking lot at 10 a.m. 

We will be paddling Schofield Slough.  This is an interesting paddle that begins at the upper end of Schofield Slough in the marshes.  We then paddle to the take-out in Reedsport.

We will travel from the marshes, then into an open slough, then for just a bit into the Umpqua River, paddling east under the Highway 101 bridge to the dock where we will take-out.  We will be putting in as the tide approaches high water.

Cheryl and I will be paddling.  Hope to see you there.

Final Tally:  3 paddlers had a good day.  We paddled from the take-out up into Schofield Slough then back out again.  On the way in there was no wind at all...very nice.  The tides were perfect.  Lots of sun.

Nearest City:

Reedsport, Oregon
(see maps at bottom of page)

Class:

Tidal
Anyone who lives on the coast or who has traveled to the coast of Oregon has most likely driven through Reedsport and seen all of the great water there. 

I am aware of three paddles in the area.  I'm sure that there are more...and there certainly are more upriver.  One of these days I am going to try to paddle in the Elk Viewing area.  If I'm able I'll post directions here.

Winchester Arm
An Out and Back.  Put-in in at Winchester Bay boat harbor and paddle upriver and return to Winchester Bay boat harbor.  This is a nice paddle...the sound of the ocean roaring over the spit...clean air...lots of open spaces.  Be aware of the tides and the wind.  Optimum would be to paddle upriver on an incoming tide, and back downriver on an outgoing tide.  Paddling when there is no wind would be convenient.  I highly recommend this paddle.

Smith River
An Out and Back.  I've not done this yet.  Have driven the banks of the lower Smith several times and would like to paddle one day.  Again, timing with the tides would be useful.

Schofield Slough
And Out and Back Trip.  This is a pleasant trip with lots of variety.  The put-in is about 3 miles east of Reedsport.  The launch ramp is Mother Nature.  Just be patient and use common sense.  You'll be able to launch without incident.

Paddle through the marshes, then into the open slough, then out into the Umpqua for a bit to the take-out at the Discovery Center.

When in the slough wind is not a significant factor.  Be aware of the tides, attempt to launch on a high tide so that you can follow the water out.

 

 

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

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