Waldo Lake canoe trip

July 11-12, 1981

After some shuffling oŁ canoes, we left Eugene at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, arrived at Shadow Bay at 10:15, left boat ramp at 10:40 with three canoes. We paddled down southeast and south shores to lunch at a nice beach in a bay north of South Waldo shelter. After lunch, paddled up the western shore to Klovdahl Bay to inspect the ill-starred Waldo Lake irrigation and power project of the early days. We soaked up a few rays while one of our party hiked over the ridge to the outfall of the tunnel from the headworks. The log crib coffer dam is well preserved in Waldo Lake’s clear water. We oozed 1½ miles back across the lake with the afternoon winds to Shadow Bay at 4:00 p.m. Moved to North Waldo Campground to set up camp.

Sunday we canoed west along the north shore of Waldo inspecting the islands, bays and beaches—found a nice sandy bay to pick up a little tan, eat lunch and one of the party to take a short, cool swim. Building thunder heads plus distant thunder to the east of the lake cut short our intended goal of the outlet dam. We cruised back to the forest camp on the afternoon winds. Some of our group canoed around in the wind protected areas between the island and camp while two circumnavigated the island.

After loading up canoes and gear, we headed back to Eugene where we arrived at 5:30 p.m. I believe the consensus of the group is “Lets do this again.” The party consisted of Joella Ewing, Roberta and Gary Kalbfleisch, Mark Lovegren, Paula Vehrs, and leaders Bill and Donna Eimstad.


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