Pick up your Kansas River Trail Access Map at one of Friends of the Kaw’s Informational Booths on Sat. April 19!


  • Party for the Planet at the Topeka Zoo from 9am to 3pm at Gage Boulevard and 6th Street
  • Lawrence’s Earth Day Celebration from 11:30am to 4pm at South Park, 11th & Massachusetts Street
  • Topeka Green Fair from 1 to 4pm at the Shawnee County/Topeka Library, 1515 SW 10th Avenue


Kansas River Currents

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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.