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The Kansas River and Lawrence, Kansas

named the NEXT BEST PADDLING TOWN

by Canoe & Kayak Magazine!  

Check out the article here….

Lawrence Next Best Paddling Town!

 

 

Check out our new Hydrocache Locations!

hydrocache gpsWater Quality Hydrocaching is geocaching with a twist! Developed by Friends of the Kaw with the help of the Mid-American Regional Council (MARC) and a Johnson County Stormwater Education grant, hydrocaching uses the geocache format to help you learn about water quality in the Kansas River.

Three caches are located at Kansas River boat ramps in metro Kansas City and ten caches are located at Best Management Practice (BMP)  sites in Johnson County that help prevent pollution from stormwater runoff. When you find the cache you will be asked to do a simple water quality test or answer a question about the BMP practice. Enter your data or answer in the cache’s log book.  Earn a free canoe rental on one of our Educational Float trips after you find 10 hydrocaches!

All hydrocache locations are also entered on geocaching.com – you can register on this site for free and use your smart phone to help you find the caches.  You can also report to us when you find the cache from this application.

Click here for all the Hydrocache coordinates!


Come join us again this year for

ASTRONOMY & WINE

Tickets on sale now….two showings this year!

Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8

The evening begins at 7:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds benefit the Kansas River!  

Come and enjoy an evening under the stars at Middle Creek Winery!   Enjoy a tour of the night sky with one of the largest private telescopes in Kansas by Dan Johnson.  Dan has been a volunteer instructor at Kansas City’s Powell Observatory for over 20 years.   Purchase your tickets online via our paypal account!  Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200.




Astronomy & Wine - October 7









Astronomy & Wine - October 8






 

Astronomy & Wine


 

Community Service Project Opportunity

ADOPT-A-BOAT RAMP

Locations:  Edwardsville, Turner, Lawrence Riverfront, Lawrence 8th Street, and Eudora

Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200

Do you know a group that is interested in a community service project? We are looking for group volunteers to “Adopt-A-Boat Ramp” at 5 local Boat Ramps! We are looking for groups to adopt their local boat ramp in Edwardsville, Turner, Lawrence Riverfront, Lawrence 8th Street and Eudora boat ramps!

The Adopt-A-Boat Ramp program on the Kansas River is a voluntary program for civic-minded groups or businesses with an interest in keeping our navigable rivers litter-free. It is open to families, youth organizations, civic groups, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, social organizations, neighborhood groups, service organizations, retiree organizations, and city, county or state agencies. In exchange for your hard work, we will put up a sign that designates your group at the local adopter!

Contact the Riverkeeper, Dawn Buehler, at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200 to learn more!

Adopt-A-Boat Ramp


Ready to Paddle the Kaw?  

See if one of these events will work for you!  

Come join us on all of our paddle trips if you have your own canoe or kayak….just RSVP with the Riverkeeper so you can learn about the logistics.   

  • Saturday, July 30 – Let’s Paddle the Kaw! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Lecompton to Lawrence from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.
  • Saturday, August 6 – Water Matter’s Day at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan! 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM…stop by and see us!
  • Saturday, August 20 – Koehler Group! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Lawrence to Eudora from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper atriverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.orgto see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Sunday, August 21 – Eudora Community Float!  Come  join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Eudora to DeSoto from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Sign up for this float with the Eudora Parks & Rec!  Call 785.542.3434
  • Saturday, August 27 – Let’s Paddle the Kaw! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  We must have 16 paddlers reserved to have the trip!  Sign up today!
  • Saturday, September 10 – Jayhawk Audubon Society! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Lecompton to Lawrence from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org to see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Sunday, September 11 – Kansas River Cleanup Paddle from Lawrence 8th Street to Eudora, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This event is FREE and paid for by our Douglas County Cultural & Heritage Grant!  You must RSVP to the Riverkeeper: riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  First come, first serve – 16 spots available!
  • Saturday, September 17 – Homes to Watershed Paddle! Details to come!
  • Saturday, September 24 – Great KAW Adventure Race! All day event of running, biking and paddling the KAW!  Event is from Eudora to DeSoto and back….mark you calendar!
  • Saturday, October 1 – UMKC Geology Class Paddle Trip from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.orgto see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Sunday, October 2 – SMUUCH Paddle Trip from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org to see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Astronomy & Wine is BACK!! Two dates this year….come join us Friday, October 7 or Saturday, October 8 for wine under the stars!  Tickets are on sale!
  • Saturday, October 8 – Sierra Club! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from St. George to Wamego from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper atriverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  Contact Riverkeeper:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.orgto see if there are spots available 2 weeks prior to date.
  • Saturday, October 15 – Boy Scout Tropp 255! Come join us for a paddle on the Kaw from Wamego to Belvue from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot, kids in the middle of a canoe ride free!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  We must have 16 paddlers reserved to have the trip!  Sign up today!
  • Sunday, October 16 – Kansas River Cleanup Paddle from Turner to Kaw Point, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.  This event is FREE and paid for by our Unified Government Stormwater Grant!  You must RSVP to the Riverkeeper: riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  First come, first serve – 16 spots available!
  • Saturday, October 29 – Little Apple GLOW Paddle…details to come. Contact Marcia Rozell to reserve your spot…. 785-537-3030 marcia@manhattan.org.
  • Sunday, November 6 – “Beers of the Kaw”, a beer tasting event at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm….save the date!
  • Come join us on all of our paddle trips if you have your own canoe or kayak….just RSVP with the Riverkeeper so you can learn about the logistics.   We will always kindly take a donation to help cover costs and further our work on the Kansas River!  For all of our paddle trips other than the FREE events, we ask for a $30 donation for a paddle spot.  Children in the middle of a canoe ride for free.  All money donated through our paddle programs benefits the Kansas River!
  • For more information, call 785 312 7200 or visit our web site at www.kansasriver.org.  Must RSVP for paddle trips….email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org for reservation.  Sign up for our newsletter on our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter under FRIENDS OF THE KAW.

 

 The Kansas River

map-of-river The Kansas River (known locally as the Kaw) begins at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers near Junction City. It flows 173 miles to Kansas City where it joins the Missouri River. The Kaw watershed drains almost the entire northern half of Kansas and part of Nebraska and Colorado (53,000 square miles). It is the world’s largest prairie based river system.