June/July 2022

Volume 23, Number 5

June/July, 2022

The Oregon Whitewater Association brings private boaters together for the enjoyment of whitewater boating. Our vision is to promote whitewater safety and training for all of our membership in an effort to provide safety awareness and confidence when executing river rescue skills. OWA is the community of choice where fun and river adventures thrive and where people and rivers connect.

Photo of the Month

This month's featured photo was submitted by Tom Hanson of his run of Blossom Bar.  Check out the photo series of his run in the slideshow at the bottom of this page.  

If you want to have your favorite river picture featured, send it to vicepresident-newsletter(at)oregonwhitewater.org. You can also submit pictures through Instagram or the OWA Facebook group.

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Contact Information

Your OWA Officers and Volunteers

OWA Board of Directors

Scott Harvey, President
Steve Adams, Vice President - Events
Kimberly Long, Vice President - Newsletter
Steve Kasper, Secretary
Paul Vermilya, Treasurer
Steve Herring, Membership Director
Scott Ogren, Technology Director
Matt Saucy, Training Director

OWA Volunteers

Scott Harvey, Trip Editor
Cary Solberg, Advertising Editor
Scott Ogren, Webmaster
Kimberly Long, Newsletter Editor

Bruce Ripley, Safety Auction Lead

Steve Oslund, First Aid Kit Organizer

President's Corner

June was national river month across this great country of ours and around this neck of the woods in Oregon and Washington, the month of June started just like the other previous six months prior, with wet, soggy and below normal temperatures. Then like clockwork, we went from late winter conditions…

Next OWA Meeting

OWA takes a break from meetings in the summer.  The next meeting will be in September as a picnic meeting at Willamette Park in West Linn.  Hope to see you there are hear about your summer adventures.

Do you know of a speaker for one of our monthly meetings?

Do you know someone engaging, entertaining, and full of knowledge who you would like to hear speak at a club meeting? Any club member who successfully connects OWA with a speaker for one of our meetings will be entered into a prize drawing for a $150 gift certificate to one of our sponsors. To discuss a potential speaker, email VicePresident-Events(at)oregonwhitewater.org.

Trip Reports

Minam Bar to Heller Bar. CFS 6,000 rising to 11,300 cfs. Annual OWA Grande Ronde Trip. The forecast was for lots of rain and wind gusts to 26 mph. I was expecting everyone to cancel, until I realized that people from the West (wet) side…
Various day runs, 2,000-3,000 cfs. The persistent drought conditions in southern Oregon were not existent at this year’s North Fork Umpqua outing, our combined outing with NWRA club members. Rain started around 3 PM Friday and  it rained…
It was a dark and stormy night. Soon it would be the last day in April, the wettest April on record for the area. And it was getting wetter. This reporter, seeking adventure, had set up camp at the Oasis Campground, next to the raging…

River Trip Resources

Stay safe and healthy on the river and be prepared for emergencies.

Do you have a trip coming up? OWA has two extensive Wilderness First Aid kits and AED’s that go on all club trips and are available for club members to take on private trips. You can check them out by sending an email to firstaid(at)oregonwhitewater.org

Recipe of the Month

This cooler-free, shelf-stable recipe was inspired by a tasty meal of TJ's boxed chowder on a recent trip. It was tasty, but not quite substantial enough on its own to curb the rafters' appetites. So I set out in the kitchen to test out a…

Do you have something to share with the OWA community through the newsletter?

Do you want to share the tale of your latest multi-day rafting adventure or just the basics of your recent day run?  Do you have a recipe your river friends must try? Is there other river-related content you want to share? Any club member who submits written content published in the newsletter will be entered into a prize drawing for 1 of 2 $75 gift certificates to one of our sponsors.  Submitting photos gets you a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift certificates.  To submit newsletter content or photos for our social media accounts, email VicePresident-Newsletter(at)oregonwhitewater.org.

Upcoming OWA Trips

The new website and trip calendar are under construction.  Stay tuned.  Soon the trip calendar will be mobile device friendly!  Until then, you can visit the trip calendar at the soon-to-be-old website.

Oregon Whitewater Association Trip Calendar


Sept 11th: The Down the River Clean Up ~ Lower Clackamas River

October 8th ​​​​​: North Santiam River ~ Fall Color Float

October 9th: 2022 South Santiam River ~ Fall Color Float 2

OWA has a Facebook group exclusively for members.  It is a great place to connect with other members to meet up at the river or exchange gear tips. Anyone can follow the OWA Instagram page. 

AWlogo.pngOWA is an affiliate member of American Whitewater.  OWA members receive a $10 discount off of individual membership.  American Whitewater is a national non-profit 501©(3) river conservation organization with a mission is to protect and restore America’s whitewater rivers and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.  Click the Logo to visit the AW website and learn more.


This is a 5 photo series submitted by Tom Hanson of his boat running Blossom Bar on the Rogue River.  Do you have a series shot of yourself in action?  Share it with OWA and you could be featured here too.

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