2018 LCCC Sweetheart Paddle

Every year in February, the Lower Columbia Canoe Club holds its annual Sweetheart Paddle. This year we added birdwatching to the menu, hence all the binoculars in people’s faces. The trip started at Lewis & Clark State Park on the Sandy River, circumnavigated Gary Island Park in the Columbia River, and then took out downstream at Chinook Landing. A big thanks to trip organizer Mary Ann Jordens.

Drift Creek

Eight members of the LCCC ran Drift Creek in the Alsea River watershed (as opposed to Drift Creek in the Siletz River watershed) last Saturday. The trip was proposed by Seth O’Neal and his son Finn. Because it’s a remote run with a complicated shuttle, Kendall asked the WKCC if any members had run it recently. We hit the jackpot when veteran riverrunner Pat Welch answered and suggested he come along. Pat estimated he’s run Drift Creek 20 times in the last 25 years. The creek runs through the Drift Creek Wilderness Area and its temperate rainforest full of moss-covered trees. Level was ~700 cfs.