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Happy 4th of July!

 

In celebration of the 4th of July, please note the following closures:

DeSoto Boat Ramp will be closed Saturday, July 4th, from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. on July 5th, due to the fireworks display set up.

Cedar Creek Boat Ramp will be closed beginning on Friday, July 3rd through the morning of Monday, July 6th, 2015.

Wishing all of our river friends a safe 4th of July!

As soon as these water levels get down to a safe level, we will be off and running with floats!  RSVP to the Riverkeeper to get your spot reserved (email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org)

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 , the Kansas Riverkeeper, in case there are last minute changes.

Saturday, July 11 – Cleanup Float from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 9am to 1:00pm.  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. This float is full!  You can join us in your own canoe/kayak!

Sunday, July 12 – Cleanup Float from Lawrence to Eudora from 1:00 pm to 6:00pm.  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.

Saturday, July 18 – Cleanup Float – 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, July 19 – Eudora Community Float!  Float begins at 1:00pm.  This float is in partnership with Eudora Parks and Recreation!  Signed up with Eudora Parks and Recreation!

Sunday, August 9 – Cleanup Float from Lecompton to Lawrence from 1:00 pm to 6:00pm.  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.

Saturday, August 22 – U.S. Military Group, Fort Riley, Kansas.  Float section undetermined right now, but will be in the upper end around Fort Riley from 10 am to 4 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after August 8 or for more information.

Saturday, September 5 – Nowland Family Float, Eudora to DeSoto, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after August 20 or for more information.

Sunday, September 13 – Cleanup Float – Edwardsville to Turner, 1:00 pm to 7:00 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 Unified Government of Wyandotte County Grant.

Sunday, September 20 – Kansas Women’s Environmental Network Float from Lecompton to Lawrence from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 4 or for more information.

Sunday, September 27 – Cleanup Float – Turner to Kaw Point, 1:00 pm to 7:00 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 Unified Government of Wyandotte County Grant.

Saturday, October 3 – Konza Rotary Float in Manhattan area from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.   Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 20 or for more information.

Sunday, October 4 – Cleanup Float – Edwardsville to Turner, 1:00 pm to 7:00 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 Mid American Regional Council Grant.

Sunday, October 11 – Shawnee Mission Unitarian Fellowship Float from Cedar Creek to Lecompton from 1:oo pm to 5:00 pm.   Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after October 1 or for more information.

Paddlers Needed – 4 to 6 per event – Locations tentative:

 Wednesday, July 1 from 9am to 1pm at either Wyandotte County Lake or Lake Lenexa – Wy Co Girls and Boys Club
 Wednesday, July 8 from 9am to 1pm at Lake Lenexa – KCMO Boys and Girls Club
 Wednesday, July 22 from 9am to 1pm at Lake Shawnee, in Topeka – Topeka Girls and Boys Club
 Wednesday, July 29 from 9am to 1pm at Lake Shawnee, in Topeka – Topeka Girls and Boys Club

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.