As volunteer camp hosts at Milo McIver State Park in Oregon we host multiple kayak tours during the week & on weekends when Lake Estacada is not too busy. The lake is a popular fishing spot as it is stocked with Rainbow Trout every month – or more – so it can get busy with boats, hooks, lines, worms, and the occasional squirming fish.
The lake provides a great venue kayak instruction venue – a boat launch, fairly calm waters with slight winds and very polite power boaters on the lake. These folks slow down for non-motorized boats – something we are not used to and appreciate.
We were able to get in two tours this week – one on Monday led by Boss-Man Ranger Andrew. On Monday we were joined by Lauren & Luke. Luke was new to kayaking world and looked like a pro by tours end.
Donald & I led a tour later in the week – Donald & I only! No Rangers! what?!
Donald & I corralled three campers to do a maiden kayak trip with two novice instructors (us). With permission and encouragement from the staff at Milo Mac.
After promising safety and fun our volunteers agreed to a late morning paddle on the Lake.
Campers Kevin, Jessica & Terrance were pros and needed no instruction. Terrance out-paddled all of us!
Both tours were a success since everyone returned without a swim in the lake. We were happy to keep our 100% upright rate intact (or our 0% capsize rate – depends if you are a half-empty or half-full type person).
We had great folks join us on these trips.
Fishing had slowed down recently and the lake will be stocked again soon – so the fishing folks will be back when the fish return soon. We hope to join them in the fishing frenzy!
thanks for two great couple of kayak runs and we are looking forward to more great trips on the Lake this summer!