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Flood Tide Times and dates for Sea kayakers

Flood tide times for 2012 are shown below 

Big flood tides at the falls of Lora provide excellent sport for sea kayaks. It's vast, it's fast and it's got some exciting features.

And if things go a bit pear shaped, at least you are going to be heading inland instead of out to sea! But if you hear a jet ski, get off the wave fast and look about for them. They can't see us when we are on the face of the wave and they blast through at full speed. We don't see them often but it is a bit scary. 

The waves and eddy lines work best from one hour before until 30 minutes after high water Oban.

The table below gives some recommended dates and times for big Flood tides this year. The more exciting ones are highlighted in red. 

There are some real stonkers in September and October and unlike last year the September tides are conveniently around weekends. Bring a light stick for your helmet as you might be paddling at dusk. It's only going to be feasable in clear weather when some light remains in the sky. Paddling the falls in the dark is really not a good idea

The July and August spring evening tides are especially good fun. On a calm summer evening, you can't beat shredding that centre wave in the dusk. It's nice to end up in the Ferryman's bar in the Oyster Inn. For obvious safety reasons, I have not included tides wholly after dark. 

Falls of Lora flood tide - dates and times - 2012
  Tide height in meters Time Best time Sunset
Date Day HW Oban HW From To  
           
07-Mar Wednesday 3.8 17:28 16:28 17:58 18:09
08-Mar Thursday 4.0 17:59 16:59 18:29 18:11
09-Mar Friday 4.0 18:29 17:29 18:59 18:13
10-Mar Saturday 4.0 19:03 18:03 19:33 18:15
           
22-Mar Thursday 3.8 17:46 16:46 18:16 18:40
23-Mar Friday 3.9 18:14 17:14 18:44 18:42
24-Mar Saturday 3.9 18:42 17:42 19:12 18:45
           
05-Apr Thursday 3.8 16:58 15:58 17:28 19:02
06-Apr Friday 4.0 17:31 16:31 18:01 19:12
07-Apr Saturday 4.1 18:06 17:06 18:36 19:14
08-Apr Sunday 4.1 18:43 17:43 19:13 19:16
09-Apr Monday 4.0 19:24 18:24 19:54 19:18
10-Apr Tuesday 3.8 20:07 19:07 20:37 19:20
           
21-Apr Saturday 3.8 17:47 16:47 18:17 19:43
22-Apr Sunday 3.8 18:16 17:16 18:46 19:45
23-Apr Monday 3.8 18:47 17:47 19:17 19:47
           
05-May Saturday 3.9 17:06 16:06 17:36 20:12
06-May Sunday 4.0 17:47 16:47 18:17 20:14
07-May Monday 4.1 18:29 17:29 18:59 20:16
08-May Tuesday 4.0 19:12 18:12 19:42 20:18
09-May Wednesday 3.8 19:58 18:58 20:28 20:20
           
22-May Tuesday 3.8 18:30 17:30 19:00 20:44
           
03-Jun Sunday 3.9 16:50 15:50 17:20 21:02
04-Jun Monday 4.0 17:35 16:35 18:05 21:04
05-Jun Tuesday 4.1 18:20 17:20 18:50 21:05
06-Jun Wednesday 4.0 19:04 18:04 19:34 21:06
07-Jun Thursday 3.9 19:49 18:49 20:19 21:07
           
21-Jun Thursday 3.8 18:52 17:52 19:22 21:16
22-Jun Friday 3.8 19:26 18:26 19:56 21:16
           
02-Jul Monday 3.8 16:46 15:46 17:16 21:13
03-Jul Tuesday 4.0 17:31 16:31 18:01 21:13
04-Jul Wednesday 4.1 18:14 17:14 18:44 21:13
05-Jul Thursday 4.1 18:55 17:55 19:25 21:11
06-Jul Friday 4.1 19:36 18:36 20:06 21:10
07-Jul Saturday 3.9 20:15 19:15 20:45 21:09
           
19-Jul Thursday 3.8 18:05 17:05 18:35 20:54
20-Jul Friday 3.9 18:39 17:39 19:09 20:53
21-Jul Saturday 3.9 19:11 18:11 19:41 20:51
22-Jul Sunday 3.9 19:43 18:43 20:13 20:49
23-Jul Monday 3.8 20:18 19:18 20:48 20:48
           
31-Jul Tuesday 3.8 16:45 15:45 17:15 20:33
01-Aug Wednesday 4.0 17:25 16:25 17:55 20:31
02-Aug Thursday 4.1 18:03 17:03 18:33 20:29
03-Aug Friday 4.2 18:39 17:39 19:09 20:26
04-Aug Saturday 4.1 19:14 18:14 19:44 20:24
05-Aug Sunday 4.0 19:48 18:48 20:18 20:22
06-Aug Monday 3.8 20:21 19:21 20:51 20:20
           
16-Aug Thursday 3.8 17:11 16:11 17:41 19:57
17-Aug Friday 3.9 17:46 16:46 18:16 19:54
18-Aug Saturday 4.1 18:18 17:18 18:48 19:52
19-Aug Sunday 4.1 18:49 17:49 19:19 19:49
20-Aug Monday 4.1 19:21 18:21 19:51 19:47
21-Aug Tuesday 3.9 19:56 18:56 20:26 19:44
           
29-Aug Wednesday 3.8 16:32 15:32 17:02 19:24
30-Aug Thursday 4.0 17:08 16:08 17:38 19:21
31-Aug Friday 4.1 17:42 16:42 18:12 19:19
01-Sep Saturday 4.2 18:14 17:14 18:44 19:16
02-Sep Sunday 4.2 18:46 17:46 19:16 19:13
03-Sep Monday 4.1 19:17 18:17 19:47 19:11
04-Sep Tuesday 3.9 19:47 18:47 20:17 19:08
           
14-Sep Friday 3.9 16:44 15:44 17:14 18:41
15-Sep Saturday 4.1 17:19 16:19 17:49 18:39
16-Sep Sunday 4.2 17:52 16:52 18:22 18:36
17-Sep Monday 4.2 18:24 17:24 18:54 18:33
18-Sep Tuesday 4.2 18:58 17:58 19:28 18:31
19-Sep Wednesday 4.0 19:35 18:35 20:05 18:28
           
27-Sep Thursday 3.8 16:10 15:10 16:40 18:06
28-Sep Friday 3.9 16:43 15:43 17:13 18:04
29-Sep Saturday 4.1 17:15 16:15 17:45 18:01
30-Sep Sunday 4.1 17:46 16:46 18:16 17:58
01-Oct Monday 4.1 18:16 17:16 18:46 17:56
           
13-Oct Saturday 3.9 16:13 15:13 16:43 17:24
14-Oct Sunday 4.1 16:48 15:48 17:18 17:22
15-Oct Monday 4.3 17:24 16:24 17:54 17:19
16-Oct Tuesday 4.3 18:00 17:00 18:30 17:17
           
11-Nov Sunday 3.9 15:39 14:39 16:09 16:18
12-Nov Monday 4.1 16:20 15:20 16:50 16:16
13-Nov Tuesday 4.2 17:00 16:00 17:30 16:14

 

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