Siuslaw River Canoe & Kayak

May 8, 2010

Ride the tide: Two canoes and six kayaks started at Bender Landing on the N. Fork of the Siuslaw at high tide and paddled down to the confluence. The various shades of green and reflections in the water were just spectacular; and we observed a small otter (or perhaps it was a large mink) swim rapidly across the river and run to its den. Once we reached the main Siuslaw River, the plan was to paddle upstream about a mile and circumnavigate Cox Island. However, we quickly realized that the current was strong and the wind was picking up. After a leisurely lunch on a sandy beach, we decided to paddle directly to Old Town Florence. Both GPS agreed that the total distance on the river was 5.42 miles — isn’t technology grand!

Paddlers were Obsidians Bob Foster, Pat Esch, Judy Ness, Effie Neth, and Leader Lana Lindstrom; and non-Obsidians Carol Stern, Jarvis Thompson, Clarence Lysdale, Debra Savelle, and Roger Coulter.

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