Siltcoos canoe trip

June 1, 2003

Six Obsidians (in two canoes and two kayaks) set off at 10:50 a.m. from the Lane Co. boat ramp on Siltcoos Lake. The skies were clear, the winds calm, and the temperature felt like 72 degrees all day. We crossed the ¼ mile to the outlet and entered the river. We soon left the docks and boathouses behind. Another ¾ mile brought us to the dam and it’s 20-foot portage. Maneuvering through the many downed trees in this section was easy, as there is no noticeable current. As we neared the ocean, an osprey dove down and took one of the many small fish we had seen jumping. A group of sea lions was there to greet us at the river’s mouth. By now the wind had kicked up so we retreated to the shelter of Waxmyrtle campground for lunch. We were back at the put-in by 3:00 p.m. On the way home, we stopped at Mo’s for a snack. Voyagers were Sharon and Jim Duncan, Beth and Ken Kodama, Effie Neth, and leader Bob Huntley.


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