FOK Paddle Trips

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Interested in getting out on the river? Come join one of our paddle trips! Friends of the Kaw sponsors both private and public educational paddle trips for paddlers of all ages and experience levels. We provide canoes or double kayaks, paddles and PFDs (personal floatation device), basic instruction, safety information, and an educational sandbar seminar and food mid-way on the trip.

Paddling with Friends of the Kaw

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Participating in a Paddle Trip

An email will be sent to all participants the week of the trip with specific details such as when and where to meet, what to bring, and how we will set up the shuttle. However, most aspects of a paddle trip remain consistent:

  • We will meet and unload at the starting boat ramp, then drivers will move their cars to the end point and volunteers will shuttle them back so that you can leave immediately after finishing the paddle.
  • We’ll stop halfway through the trip and pull over to a sandbar. There we’ll provide snacks and an educational talk.
  • All trips (with the exception of DeSoto to Cedar Creek) are roughly 10 miles long. Including the pre-paddle safety talk, sandbar stop, and getting into and out of boat, plan on being out about 5 to 6 hours.

Reserving Your Spot

To join a paddle trip, please email riverkeeper@kansasriver.org with the subject line “Paddle Trip Reservation” and specify which trip you are interested in. Individuals are welcome to join any publicized paddle trip, or you reserve an open day for your group. You can find scheduled paddle trips and availability for group reservations on our calendar. For group reservations, we ask a minimum of 16 participants.

Once you’ve RSVP’d, you will need to fill out our paddle trip registration form. You can either scan and email a copy, or bring a paper version on the day of the trip.

In order to sustain our program, we ask a suggested donation of $30 per person on all paddle trip. In the event of a cancelation due to weather we will provide refunds, but we will attempt to reschedule first.

Safety Measures

  • All participants must wear a PFD while on the water and sign a liability waiver.
  • We recommend participants wear lightweight clothing, shoes that can handle getting wet/muddy and securely strap to your feet.
  • It’s important to drink the lots of water the day before a trip and bring at least 1 gallon of water per person.
  • We do not allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages immediately before, or during our float trips.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Click here for a full set of Kaw Safety Rules

Cleanup Paddles

In addition to our educational paddle trips, we have a few county cleanups each year. These are very similar to our regular paddles, but with the addition that participants help pick up litter on a section of the river. Participation is free but space is limited, so if you are interested then RSVP to riverkeeper@kansasriver.org as soon as possible.

Questions?

See our Paddle FAQ page or email riverkeeper@kansasriver.org