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Rain, Rain….Lots of Rain.  Many of our floats are being rescheduled…so stay posted for updates!

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. POSTPONED – Try to Reschedule!

Sunday, May 31 – Eudora Community Float!  Float begins at 1:00pm.  This float is in partnership with Eudora Parks and Recreation!  POSTPONED – We will reschedule…date to come soon!

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.

ARE YOU INTEREST IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER WITH FRIENDS OF THE KAW?

We are looking to create a list of folks that are interested in volunteer work with Friends of the Kaw – if you would like to be included on an e-mail distribution list please email the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.  We will send out an email periodically when we have volunteer opportunities and you can choose if, when and how you would like to help Friends of the Kaw!

IIMG_6877n the meantime, while we are working on that list, we have several opportunities for involvement and could use some volunteer assistance.  Please see opportunities below:

Booth Volunteers Needed:

Topeka Gives – Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Located inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall – 21st and Fairlawn. We could use a few volunteers throughout the day to help us talk to folks and take donations to Friends of the Kaw!
Hank and Eileen  Boulevardia – Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 11am to 5pm  and Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 12 to 5pm. Located in the historic West Bottoms, Kansas City!

We need folks to help us talk about Friends of the Kaw!

 

 

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

Wednesday, June 10 from 12:30 to 3:00pm at either Kill Creek Lake or Lake Lenexa – Lawrence Girls and Boys Club
Wednesday, June 17 from 12:30 to 3:00pm at either Kill Creek Lake or Lake Lenexa – Lawrence Girls and Boys Club
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
*We are also asking for Float Assistants for our float trips…if you are an experienced paddlers and you have your own kayak…and you are interested in floating with Friends of the Kaw…please email the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org for details!  Our float schedule is on our website at www.kansasriver.org

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.