Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Aerial Survey of Logjams in Scholls, Farmington and Hillsboro Areas.

On June 12, 2016 Washington County Marine Deputy Jerry Roley flew an aerial survey of the river up to Rood Bridge Park. The following logjams were identified.

This logjam near Meriwether Golf Course 1 mile downstream is impassable.

If you are paddling upstream from Eagle Landing, you may run into this jam
 near Twin Oaks Airport.  Please let us know if you find it impassable.

Three other areas of woody debris were identified in the Scholls Ferry area, but they appear to be passable.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fields Bridge to Lake Oswego Corporation Diversion Dam

On May 30, 2016 Jeff Kohne reported....

I paddled up to the diversion dam today and wanted to send you my “report”.

From Fields Bridge headed upstream, it is a pleasant stretch for the first few curves.  After 2 “sharp” left bends, you reach a pair of islands on the left side.  The slough behind the islands (accessed from the left side of the river while heading upstream) is passable but there is a giant log jam leaving just a 6 foot opening to get through.  This has gotten worse over the years.  The main channel is OK but gets too swift at one point making upstream progress difficult unless you portage.  By contrast, taking the slough route allows you to take on the elevation drop in smaller more manageable chunks – it can be done without getting out of your boat.

Then you reach a large pool and then begin the rapids.  The water is too shallow and swift to paddle upstream, so I ended up wading up 3 sets of rapids until finally I reached the diversion dam. 

As I paddled back down, I enjoyed the 3 rapids that I waded up.  In my plastic kayak, I was able to avoid a number of large, barely submerged rocks but I doubt all paddlers would manage to do the same.  The skill level of this stretch of the river is roughly on par with the stretch between Fields Bridge and the Willamette but it’s more remote, making it a higher risk area to paddle (or float).


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Passable Logjam Upstream of Schamburg Bridge.

Jay Hamlin and Jim Holley report that this minor logjam upstream of Roy Rogers Road was passable on April 6, 2016, but may get worse as the water drops.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Passable Logjam 1 Mile Downstream from Eagle Landing 4/1/2016

 4/1/2016 - Four people in two canoes launched from Eagle Landing (RM 29.6) today.  The river has dropped several feet since Tuesday and the top 3 steps of the stairway were out of the water.
About 1 mile downstream from Eagle Landing there is a logjam.  Today it was passable by weaving through the branches on the left side.  This may change when the river drops, but it looks like there is a adequate portage around the logjam on the right side.
There were no other logjams that we had to deal with all the way down to RM 18.5.  We saw some great wildlife:  2 mink, 1 beaver, 1 western painted turtle, 2 deer, 1 barn owl and lots of wood ducks, hooded mergansers, and belted kingfishers.

Rood Bridge - Adam Kyle Simpson March 30, 2016

Adam Kyle Simpson Rood Bridge Trip Report - March 30, 2016 posted on the Tualatin River Water Trail Facebook Site
My return river trip to the Tualatin River since 2013. I was initially intending to paddle downriver from Rood Bridge Park (the end of the Tualatin River Trail) to the Farmington Road Bridge (Hwy 10). Alas, 0.97 miles downriver from my put-in point at Rood Bridge Park I encountered a major snag of fallen timber and human waste (cans, barrels, tires) which dammed the entire river crossing, bank to bank. After several attempts at failing to penetrate this snagged section, I turned my kayak around and decided to explore upriver, beyond Rood Bridge. I ventured beyond the Tualatin River Trail, beyond the area that was mapped as "dam is dangerous & impassable". While paddling upriver on the Tualatin, the current was steady, but I was able to go against it with little resistance. I did encounter other snagged areas upriver from Rood Bridge, but with some effort and humping of the boat, these riparian obstacles were passable. About 0.36 miles upriver of Rood Bridge, there was a snagged section before the major southwardly bend, but it was passable by humping over narrow opening in center section, even though the current was strong. The last major snagged area was 1.75 miles upriver from Rood Bridge Park. It appeared passable via a narrow upriver, left bank opening. The upriver view beyond this snag area seemed transversable, but I decided to turn around and return to Rood Bridge Park. When I reached the snag which was 0.36 miles upriver of Rood Bridge Park, I became temporarily trapped in the tree debris. I managed to escape the snag and paddled upriver, turned around and kept straight downriver with the current through the narrow opening in the snag's center. With a 1 foot drop, I glided through the snag opening and continued downriver with ease. Reached Rood Bridge Park port safely. Wildlife encountered during this river trip: Mallard Ducks, Double-Crested Cormorants, Belted Kingfishers, Beavers, and Raccoons.
Editors note:  The small dam upstream from Rood Bridge is not passable when the river drops.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Access Under the Scholls Bridge - March 29, 2016

I checked out the access under the Scholls Bridge on the Tualatin River today.  Normally I would launch from the north side of the river, but there are a lot of logs and mud that have been deposited from the winter floods, The south side of the river was easier to access, but there was a lot of mud which was very slick today.

Debris on the north side of the Tualatin River at the Scholls Bridge

Paddling Upstream from Eagle Landing to Farmington Road and Back - March 29, 2016

Access at Eagle Landing is a little bit tricky because of the slick mud and steep slope.

We paddled upstream from Eagle Landing (RM 29.6) to the Phil Harris Bridge (RM33.3).  There was current but we could paddle upstream without much difficulty.  We has pretty good bird viewing, seeing lots of wood ducks, hooded mergansers, belted kingfishers, and two great horned owls.  There were no logjams to speak between Eagle Landing and Farmington Rd.

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