Siuslaw River

August 24, 1991

After last-minute cancellations and additions, we started our trip from S.E.H.S. at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 24, with two canoes and one inflatable kayak. We launched at 10:30 (mid-high tide) from the boat ramp at the Mapleton Ranger Station, paddling upstream on the incoming tide, stowing the kayak to make better time to be picked up on the return trip, and going as far as water depth allowed. While we ate lunch on the river bank, we watched the tide rise by about 12 inches in less than an hour. A cormorant, great blue heron, kingfishers, ducks and songbirds were all enjoying the beautiful sunny day with us. For several miles upstream the river is lined with private homes and docks, which thin out to a more natural setting. After a leisurely lunch, we came back down the stream and were ready for the Pawn Old Growth Trail on the North Fork Road at 3:30 p.m. This is a very pleasant, short, descriptive trail. We recommend it if you are in the area. Our four canoeist-hikers who enjoyed the day immensely were Alan Sorenson, Peggy Robinson and leaders Corinne Hunt and Mary Battin.

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