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We have a lot going on this summer…come join us on a cleanup float or call today to schedule your group float!  

IMG_0734 We have several cleanup floats scheduled this summer!  See our most current schedule below…

When you join our cleanup float, you will help us pick up trash in the Kansas River and on  sandbars…we will set you up with a canoe or kayak, life jacket, paddle and a full crew of  experience paddlers and guides to help you learn as you go!  We will also stop on a sandbar  and enjoy a hotdog and marshmallow roast!  So take a look at your calendar…and email Dawn Buehler, the Kansas Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org to sign up!  We have a limit  for each float, so hurry and RSVP!

FOK Float Schedule:

paddlersFriends of the Kaw has lots of opportunities to get on the river this spring and summer.  Many of the floats are paid for by grants so boat rental is free on a first come, first serve basis - participants must RSVP.  For educational floats scheduled by specific groups, any boats not used are available for the public to rent. RSVPs can be made two weeks before the float date.  Folks with there own boats are welcome to join any float but should RSVP to Dawn (our new Kansas Riverkeeper) in case there are last minute changes.

Saturday, May 30 - Konza Rotary Float in the Manhattan area from 10am to 4pm. We will make the decision to float either Ogden to Manhattan, Manhattan to St. George or St. George to Wamego two days before the float depending on the predicted wind conditions. Contact Dawn to inquire about available boats for this float after May 16 or for more information.

Sunday, May 31 – Eudora Community Float!  Float begins at 1:00pm.  This float is in partnership with Eudora Parks and Recreation!

Saturday, June 6 - Cleanup Float from Cedar Creek to Edwardsville from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come, first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Johnson County Stormwater Grant.

Sunday, June 7 - Shawnee Mission Unitarian Fellowship float from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 1 to 5pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after May 24 or for more information.

Saturday, June 20 (Rescheduled) - Cleanup Float from Lawrence to Eudora from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.  Meet at the 8th Street Access Ramp. We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come, first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. We will provide transportation to take participants back to Lawrence after the float. This is an activity of our Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant.

Friday, July 3 - Mennonite Conference float from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 2 to 5:30pm. Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after June 19 or for more information.

Saturday, July 11 - Cleanup Float from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 10am to 2:30pm.
We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Johnson County Stormwater Grant.

Saturday, July 18 - Cleanup Float at Lake Lenexa.
We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Johnson County Stormwater Grant.

Sunday, September 20 – Kansas Women’s Environmental Network Float from Lecompton to Lawrence from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 4 or for more information.

Kansas River Currents

Check out our latest newsletter for a review of FOK’s activities and accomplishments in 2014!

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.