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SOUTH SLOUGH

29 July 2007 Sunday 0900-1000 South Slough Tidal
Trip 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 also.

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.

Final Tally: Just 3 paddlers and 1 dog enjoyed a wonderful cool 3 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).

Nearest City:

Charleston, Oregon

Class:

Tidal


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 three sections:

  • Joe Ney Slough: a 3 mile paddle through calm waters.  Explore all the arms.  Put in at Troller Road.
     
  • 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 Troller Road.

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 grasses leaning?
  • 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 nutrition.
  • Take binoculars and a camera.  There is a lot to observe.
  • Don't disturb the oyster beds, they are private.
  • Pick up a map from the Visitor Center if you have time.
  • The tides are about one hour behind the tide charts.


South Slough, Charleston, Oregon


22 October 2006 Sunday 1000 South Slough  
Trip Notes:  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 click here.

 

 

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

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