Friends of the Kaw is currently booking group, educational float trips for the 2014 season which runs from mid April to mid October. See below for specific information on booking a guided float with Friends of the Kaw and then contact the Kansas Riverkeeper to schedule a date for a group float trip or for further information. Also below is our calendar of group float trips already scheduled for this season. We open registration to the general public for a specific float trip two weeks before the scheduled date. You need to check with the Kansas Riverkeeper to see if there are available canoes or kayaks for that trip, and to register. Friends of the Kaw estimates it takes about 1 hour to paddle 3 miles. Novice paddlers should not attempt to paddle more that 10 miles in one day.
Friends of the Kaw’s Float Policy
Friends of the Kaw sponsors both private and public educational float trips from April through October. We are focusing our efforts on scheduling private groups of 16 to 24 people. The advantage of organizing a private group trip is that you pick the date, time and river segment you wish to float and we bring the boats and host an educational “sand bar” seminar followed by a hot dog & marshmallow roast. With the construction of the access ramps at Edwardsville and De Soto plus the new ramp at the Lecompton Bridge we have many more river sections available for trips between 4 and 14 miles. If you have questions or would like to inquire about a private float select “contact us” on the home page of this web site.
Float trips on the Kansas River are appropriate for novice boaters and families; however, it takes some muscle power to paddle down the river and we advise that participants be in good health and physically fit. Be advised that it will take extra time and expense (that the individual needing assistance will be responsible for) to receive emergency medical attention while on the river. We also advise that participants drink lots of water the day before you float, and bring at least 2 large bottles of water per person on the float trip. We do not allow consumption of alcoholic beverages immediately before, or during, our float trips.
We recommend that participants wear light weight clothing made out of man made fabrics like nylon and polyester. Jeans and sweatshirts made out of cotton are very heavy when they get wet, and also make one cold as they don’t wick water away from one’s body. Also, participants should wear shoes that can handle getting wet and muddy such as old tennis shoes, surf walkers or sandals that securely strap to one’s feet (no flip flops or bare feet).
Our policy will be to open private float trips two weeks prior to the float date to assign unreserved canoes on a first come first serve basis. Friends of the Kaw needs least 8 canoes for a viable float trip – trips that do not meet that requirement will be canceled or rescheduled. Reservations can be made by calling (913) 963-3460 or (785) 312-7200 or through contact us page of this website.
Suggested donation for use of a Friends of the Kaw canoe is $60 per day and includes paddles and life jackets. Canoes can accommodate two adults, one adult and one child over 14, two adults and one child over 10 or two adults and one or two children under 10. Friends of the Kaw has recently added 4 double sit-on-top kayaks to our fleet of boats. These kayaks (plus paddles and life jackets) will be available to rent for $70 per day on a first come first serve basis. Kayaks are more stable that canoes, are easier to paddle in the wind, and accommodate two adults. All participants must wear a life jacket while on the water, sign a liability waiver, and a parent must accompany any child.
We welcome both members and non-members to participate in our publicized float trips using their own boats. A donation to assist Friends of the Kaw in our efforts to protect and preserve the Kansas River will be gladly accepted.
Friends of the Kaw reserves the right to cancel or reschedule floats due to high winds, eminent thunderstorms or inappropriate river conditions. We float in light rain.
Outfitters on the Kaw
Friends of the Kaw is happy to list any canoe and kayak rental company doing business on the Kansas River because it promotes recreation on the Kansas River Water Trail. We hope that you have a wonderful experience with which every company you choose but we have no affiliation with any of these businesses. We also hope that folks floating on the Kansas River will remember to be eco-friendly and G rated so everyone can continue to enjoy one of Kansas’ most valuable natural resources.
FYI – there is a need for canoe and kayak rental and livery service on any section of the Kansas River.