Welcome to Friends of the Kaw Water Quality Hydrocaching!
Water Quality Hydrocaching is geocaching with a twist! Developed by Friends of the Kaw and with the help of the Mid-American Regional Council (MARC) and a Johnson County Stormwater Education grant, hydrocaching uses the geocache format to help you learn about water quality in the Kansas River.
Three caches are located at Kansas River boat ramps in metro Kansas City and ten caches are located at Best Management Practice (BMP) sites in Johnson County that help prevent pollution from stormwater runoff. When you find the cache you will be asked to do a simple water quality test or answer a question about the BMP practice. Enter your data or answer in the cache’s log book. If you are the one of the first ten people to find at least ten caches, complete the simple water quality tests or answer the site specific question, you will earn a free canoe rental for one of our group float trips. After you find ten of the caches email your water test results and answers to the site specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a certificate with float trip redemption instructions after we confirm your finds. For floats we have all the equipment you’ll need, and the Kansas River (at low water levels) is slow moving and totally appropriate for novice paddlers and families. We also have an FOK representative at each float to provide safety and basic paddling instruction as well as experienced paddlers to provide further help once you’re on the river.
All hydrocache locations are also entered on geocaching.com – you can register on this site for free and use your smart phone to help you find the caches. You can also report to us when you find the cache from this application.
Kaw Point Boat Ramp Hydrocache: N 39° 06.977 W 094° 36.793
Edwardsville Boat Ramp Hydrocache: N 39° 03.015 W 094° 48.987
De Soto Boat Ramp Hydrocache: N 38° 59.090 W 094° 58.481
Turkey Creek Hydrocache (Merriam) – N 39° 00.450 W 094° 41.954
Little Mill Creek Hydrocache (Shawnee) – N 38° 59.668 W 094° 44.649
Wet Pond Hydrocache (Shawnee) – N 39° 01.365 W 094° 46.900
Clear Creek Hydrocache (Shawnee) – N 39° 00.949 W 094° 50.399
Hydrodynamic Separator Hydrocache (Shawnee) – N 38° 59.958 W 094° 51.982
Retention Basin Hydrocache (Lenexa) – N 38° 58.553 W 094° 52.343
Pervious Pavement Hydrocache (Lenexa) – N 38° 57.250 W 094° 50.880
Wetland Hydrocache (Lenexa) – N 38° 57.544 W 094° 50.890
Little Cedar Creek Hydrocache (Olathe) – N 38° 52.924 W 094° 50.313
Rain Garden Hydrocache (Olathe) – N 38° 51.712 W 094° 50.716
We have already had over 130 hydrocache finds! Have fun and be safe!