|29 July 2007
Notes: This trip is an extra scheduled trip for the month of
July 2007. The focus of this trip will be
discussion and education about an invasive
plant species, commonly called cord grasses. These plants are
deemed as one of the world's worst invasive species.
Vanessa Howard, a graduate student and research
assistant at Portland State University-Center for Lakes and Reservoirs
will be paddling with us to educate and teach us. Most likely a
member of the South Slough Interpretive Center will be paddling with us
We will put-in at the Troller Road dock facility.
Plan to arrive sometime near 0900. We will need to take some of
our vehicles to the Hinch Road take-out. We will leave the dock
at 1000. The tide will be high at 1325. I expect that we
will be paddling past the Hinch Road take-out to eat our lunches
somewhere in the deep recesses of the estuary system (bring a lunch!)
and then returning to the Hinch Road take-out sometime near 1400.
Cheryl and I will be in our recently acquired Tripper
canoe with our recently acquired 6 year old Gold Retriever 'Misty'.
We call the canoe 'Misty's boat'. Most paddlers will be in kayaks.
It is anticipated that the wind and tides will be behind us.
Tally: Just 3 paddlers and 1 dog enjoyed a
wonderful cool 3½ hours on the water. No sun. A very slight
wind to our backs. The tide flowing nicely. Vanessa did a
great job teaching about the grasses. A very enjoyable day.
A Side Note: At the Hinch Road
take-out is a home brew memorial. I asked at the Visitor Center
about the memorial. Apparently it is a 'faux memorial'.
Folks meet there to remember dogs, or humans, or whatever. They
leave little trinkets on the grave site (no one is buried there).
South Slough is a great place to paddle.
see map at bottom of page
Located just south of
Charleston, Oregon, this area is rich with
wildlife, especially birds. Here are the
- Joe Ney Slough: a
3 mile paddle through calm waters.
Explore all the arms. Put in at
- Winchester Arm: the west arm of
South Slough. Put-in either at Hinch
Road or Troller Road. If you put in at
Troller be especially aware of the tides.
The instant that the tides start flowing out
I suggest that you make your exit.
- Sengstacken Arm: The east
arm of South Slough. This requires
higher tides. Again, the instant the
tides start flowing out I suggest that you
make your exit. Suggested put-in is
Typical Put-In and Take-Out points
|Troller Road, located in
Charleston immediately east of the
Charleston Bridge. Turn south
and drive a couple of hundred yards
to the public dock, parking
and a rough restroom.
|Hinch Road, located on
the road that travels west of South
Slough. Drive south past the visitor
center. You will see the road
come up to the east. Hinch
Road is not long. Suitable for
most any vehicle.
Click here to see photos from
the 22 October 2006 trip.
A FEW THINGS...
- Watch out for mud flats. You don't
want to get stuck on them.
- Be very aware of the tides. Lack
of tidal knowledge can get you into a lot of
trouble. You can easily see which
direction the tide is flowing by looking
down into the water. Which way are the
- Beware of afternoon winds. The
winds can make the return trip to Troller
Road difficult for boats that aren't well
suited to the wind.
- Be prepared for a long day. 4 plus
hours usually. Take layers and
- Take binoculars and a camera.
There is a lot to observe.
- Don't disturb the oyster beds, they are
- Pick up a map from the Visitor Center if
you have time.
- The tides are about one hour behind the
|22 October 2006
We will meet at the Troller Road
put-in and paddle to Sengstacken Arm. Please try to be in the
water and ready to paddle by 10:00. We need to work the tide
properly for this paddle to be successful. Bring a lunch. We
will eat mid-trip. Bring layers and be prepared to paddle the
return leg into the wind.
Final Tally: 12 paddlers had
a wonderful time. Lots of high tide, very little wind, plenty of
sun. For some trip images