The Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is one of the Coots' favorite events. The organizers treat us real good, and there are lots of interesting boats and nice people there. Although not a Coot sponsored event, the Toledo Boat Show is a major Coot gathering, and the Oregon Coots Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA ) holds its annual meeting around the campfire Saturday evening.
Toledo is a small city located on the Yaquina River, about 12 miles from its mouth, inland from Newport on the central Oregon coast. Its main industry is a large paper mill. The Port of Toledo runs a boatyard nearby, and Yaquina Boat Equipment services large fishing boats next to the port docks. The Toledo Community Boathouses, will be right in the middle of the show. The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society has a museum right next door.
Boats may be displayed in the water or on land. The nearest launch ramp is about 2 miles from the show, down the Yaquina River near the airport. The tide will be favorable for getting from the ramp to the show Friday afternoon. The tide will be unfavorable for returning to the ramp Sunday afternoon, but you can probably bum a tow from a motorboat if you ask nicely. Always stay on the outside of the river bend near the boatyard, no matter how tempting a shortcut may look.
There will be free dry camping available for exhibitors in a big field next to the show. It's OK to sleep on your boat, and mooring is free Friday through Sunday nights. There is a pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, and food vendors will offer several lunch options. Coots will be having a potluck feed Saturday night in the camping area. We might also have some group meals at nearby restaurants, especially Cobblestone Pizza, right across the road from the docks.
Events during the show will include boatbuilding, boat rides, a poker paddle and cardboard boat races. The Boathouse will be loaning out rowboats and canoes. More information can be found on the Official Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show Web page.
On the Monday after the show some of us usually take a boat trip up the Yaquina River to the semi-ghost town of Elk City, which was once the head of navigation for steamboats on the river, or downstream towards Newport, depending on the tides.
Tide predictions at Toledo from WXTide32:
- Friday, August 19
- Low Tide:2:00 AM PDT1.0 ft.
- High Tide:8:17 AM PDT5.3 ft.
- Low Tide:1:17 PM PDT2.9 ft.
- High Tide:7:32 PM PDT7.4 ft.
- Saturday, August 20
- Low Tide:3:10 AM PDT0.9 ft.
- High Tide:9:52 AM PDT5.3 ft.
- Low Tide:2:24 PM PDT3.3 ft.
- High Tide:8:29 PM PDT7.2 ft.
- Sunday, August 21
- Low Tide:4:16 AM PDT0.7 ft.
- High Tide:11:12 AM PDT5.5 ft.
- Low Tide:3:41 PM PDT3.5 ft.
- High Tide:9:30 PM PDT7.2 ft.
- Monday, August 22
- Low Tide:5:13 AM PDT0.5 ft.
- High Tide:12:06 PM PDT5.8 ft.
- Low Tide:4:49 PM PDT3.4 ft.
- High Tide:10:28 PM PDT7.3 ft.
Topo maps of Yaquina Bay and River in KAP format for import into most nav programs.
Here is NOAA chart No. 18581 (PNG image) showing Yaquina Bay and the Yaquina River up to Toledo.
A NOAA weather forecast for the area.
Here are some Photos from previous Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Shows.