Join Friends of the Kaw

for the

Turkey Creek Bike Ride

IMG_0063Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9am to 12 noon – this is National Trails Day!  Meet at Chatlain Park, 6300 Carter, Merriam, KS.

We will focus on cleaning up Turkey Creek from Chatlain Park south but you can enjoy riding the entire Turkey Creek Trail from 75th Street to Waterfall Park on Merriam Drive just south of Antioch. There is also a new trail section on the east side of I-35 from Antioch to Metcalf.

and the 

Streamway Cleanup at Little Mill Creek

JoCoCleanupSunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Streamway Cleanup at Little Mill Creek!  We will meet on the south side of Blackfish Parkway across from Summit St. (between Phlumm and Lackman.)  We recommend that participants wear rain boots or waders if they have them and long sleeved shirts and pants particularly if they are allergic to poison ivy. Hats and sunscreen are also recommended.

For more information or to RSVP for the event contact:

Education Director, Laura Calwell at friendsofthekaw@gmail.com or

913 963 3460 OR go to www.kansasriver.org.

Refreshments and supplies will be provided.

Bike Ride/Stream Cleanup Sponsored by:

Johnson County Stormwater Quality Education Grant

We have been awarded several grants this spring….we are going to be busy!

Mid America Regional Council – $,1778 to initiate our Adopt-A-Boat Ramp Program in Wyandotte County.

Unified Government of Wyandotte County – $5,000 for stormwater education in Wyandotte County.

Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant – $13,230 to Cleanup, Restore and Fish the Kaw in Douglas County

REI, Seattle, WA – $5,000 for Kansas River cleanups.

Thank you to all of these great organizations for the opportunities to take care of our Kansas River and educate!

Thank you to the Shawnee County Historical Society for the

2016 Historical Preservation Award to Friends of the Kaw!

Shawnee County Historical Society Award

Get your tickets now for Winesong at Riverfest!  

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Did you see that George Frazier’s new book is out? “The Last Wild Places of Kansas”….get your copy today! Lots of great information on Kansas outdoor adventures, including the Kansas River!

The Last Wild Places of Kansas is the first book since Dave Murphy’s Paddling Kansas to take a deep look into issues related to the rivers of Kansas. The book tells the almost scandalous story of the Meek vs. Hayes supreme court case which led to the strange situation where almost every Kansas river – except the Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas rivers and certain short stream segments above public reservoirs – are “renegade streams.” To legally float these streams, you need to get permission from every landowner on both sides for your entire float (in the book the author tries to do just that on the upper Marais de Cygnes). Luckily, our state’s riparian jewel, the Kaw, isn’t blacklisted.  The book chronicles a float of the upper Kaw during the flood of 2009 to retrace the footsteps of eccentric French explorer Etienne de Veniard Sieur de Bourgmont deep into the homeland of the Kansa tribe in 1724. It also tracks the resurgence of the Kaw in the last 20 years, including interviews with former river keeper Laura Calwell, legendary Kansas paddler T.J. Hittle, and many others.


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.