Green scum interfered with yesterday's kayaking plans.
We’d decided to put our boats in at East Devil’s Lake, a day-use area with a marina just a couple of miles from our campground in Lincoln City, Oregon. Both the campground brochure and the camp hosts here recommended it.
Posted at the marina was some information about e coli testing (the marina had passed the local water improvement district’s e coli requirements 16 our of 17 time this summer, which the sign indicated was a moderate e coli exposure risk) and a sign about blue green algae.
The scum was so thick at the shore of East Devil's Lake marina, that we’d be standing right in it if we put in the boats. So we drove to west side of the lake to Regatta Grounds, which was low risk for e coli but also had the blue alga poster, and a just-as-thick layer of scum. Then we drove to a marina at the campground which was low-risk for e coli and had a less solid layer of scum.
But the idea of getting that stuff on our boats (and in our boats, because we always take in some water when kayaking), not to mention wading in it for the short amount of time it takes to get in and out of the boats, was not appealing.
So yesterday was not a kayaking day. But we learned something, so it wasn’t a total loss. It was also a beautiful day and we like East Devil's Lake Campground. And, as we drove around Lincoln City we found the perfect place to kayak for next time: the Pacific Ocean's Siletz Bay, just south of Lincoln City.
|One of the signs at Devil's Lake.|
|An unedited photo of the water meeting the shore at Regatta Grounds in Devil's Lake.|