River Mile 26 – Cedar Creek Access Ramp

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Cedar Creek Access Park
200 yards up Cedar Creek, east of De Soto, KS

River Mile: 26.1

GPS:  N38.98173  W94.92218
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Located approximately 3 miles east of the town of De Soto off of 83rd Street. Go north on Gardner Road (street sign on north side of 83rd) across the railroad tracks and past the big, blue water turbine and then make a right turn onto gravel road. Follow this road about 1/4 mile to the large gravel parking lot.

From I-70 take the K-7 (exit #223) at Bonner Springs. Take K-7 11.3 miles south to 83d Street exit. Follow 83d Street west toward De Soto for 4.5 miles. When you dip into a valley, look for the small bridge where the highway crosses Cedar Creek. Go 200 more yards to Gardner Road and follow the directions above.

From Johnson County take Shawnee Mission Parkway to K-7. Take K-7 1 mile south to 83d Street exit. Follow 83d Street west toward De Soto for 4.5 miles and then follow the directions above.

From K-10 going east from Lawrence, get off at the Lexington Ave. exit, turn left or north. Follow Lexington Ave. through De Soto, this street swings northeast and turns into 83rd Street.  Go about a mile or so and turn left or north on Gardner Road and follow the directions above.

Access Info:
Ramp is on the east side of the parking lot, open 24/7. Access ramp is 30 feet wide with a 15-degree slope built in 1997. This park is patrolled regularly by park rangers. Ramp is tooled for better surface grip and is wide enough to accommodate two cars side by side. You will launch into Cedar Creek and paddle 200 yards to the Kaw. Cedar Creek may flash flood during heavy rains.

Float Info:
The next access is 9.5 miles downstream at Edwardsville River Access Park at river mile 16. This section of the river is the transition from a suburban river to a fully-industrial, city river lined with housing, business and parkland.

First access upstream is De Soto City Park Access Ramp at river mile 31.3.

When taking out at the Cedar Creek Access ramp notice from the map above that Cedar Creek is at the bottom of a hair pin curve of the Kansas River.  The map does not show the first entrance to Cedar Creek which is on the southwest corner of the hair pin curve.  There is a small channel that has cut in here to Cedar Creek and it is important to remember that when this channel comes to a intersection with Cedar Creek be sure to turn left.  It is a short paddle up Cedar Creek to the ramp.  If you miss the first entrance to Cedar Creek you can enter where the map above shows (on the southeast corner of the hair pin curve.)  You will pass the small channel mentioned above.  The first entrance to Cedar Creek is the easiest to use except in low water – as you approach the hair pin curve be sure to move to river right when depth allows.

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