FRIENDS OF THE KAW DOES NOT recommend paddling on the Kansas River in the winter -
unless you are an experienced paddler with appropriate equipment and winter, waterproof clothing! Right now the river and especially it’s tributaries are partially iced over so it is not recommended for anyone to boat. We are anxiously awaiting spring so we can get back on the river. Do enjoy the following video:
A November Day on the KAW
On a pleasant November day Kansas Riverkeeper Laura Calwell, Steve Cringan and RJ Stephenson paddled from Cedar Creek to Edwardsville on the Kaw. While it was a warm day, it hadn’t been warm enough to melt all of the ice on the river. The paddlers had to break through a one-inch sheet of it to get out of Cedar Creek. Even with that unexpected obstacle it was a beautiful day on the Kaw!
It’s not too early to book your educational float trip on the Kaw for 2014. The season runs from mid-April to mid-October, so we can almost guarantee you won’t have to break your way through any ice! Visit the Calendar to see currently booked trips or contact the Kansas Riverkeeper to schedule a date for your own trip or for further information. Registration is offered to the general public for a specific float trip two weeks before the scheduled date.
Kansas River Currents
Check out the latest and greatest news from Friends of the Kaw in our Year End Letter! This issue highlights our accomplishments for 2013 and provides a brief update on the status of in-river sand dredging.
The Kansas 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.