River Mile 31 – De Soto Access Ramp

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De Soto City Park Access Ramp
De Soto, KS

River Mile: 31.3

GPS:  N38.98519  W94.97421
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From K-10 take the DeSoto Lexington Street exit. Go north several miles and turn north on Ottawa Street. You will go through several stop signs and over two sets of railroad tracks. The road curves left and entrance to boat ramp is about 1/2 mile. The city of De Soto is developing Riverfest Park so you will pass several entrances to camping and picnic area.  Turn right at the entrance with the blue boat ramp sign and follow the road to a large gravel parking lot.

When coming from the west on I-70 take Lecompton exit #197 and go south on K-10 around the west and south sides of Lawrence.  Continue on K-10 past Eudora to DeSoto and follow directions above.

When coming from the east on I-70 take exit #223 and and turn left or south on K-7.  Follow K-7 about 11.5 miles to K-10 and go west.  Then follow the K-10 directions above

Access Info:
Access is public and the City of De Soto continues to upgrade the park. Parking is plentiful but occasionally the ramp is closed for city events. The ramp is 32 feet wide and accommodates two vehicles. Concrete is heavily grooved for traction and base of ramp extends out into the channel approximately 40 ft. Ramp is at a 12%.  Also visit Friends of the Kaw’s Demonstration Rain Garden that is just to the right of the boat ramp.

A sandbar regularly forms at the toe of this ramp, about every other year. It’s worth a pre-float scouting trip if you want to avoid portaging.

Float Info:
The next public access is the Cedar Creek Access Park located 5.2 miles downstream at river mile 26.1. If you plan to take out there, be sure to review the instructions on entering Cedar Creek.

First access upstream is the Eudora Access at river mile 42.

De Soto 1 De Soto 2 De Soto Rain Garden Sign