River Mile 42 – Eudora Access Ramp

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Eudora Access
1/2 mile up Wakarusa River, in Eudora, KS

River Mile: 42

GPS:  N38.95029  W95.09936

River Right

From I-70 take the east Lawrence exit #204 and follow U.S. 59 north one mile to the junction of 24/40 (called Tee Pee Junction by the locals). Turn right or east on U.S. 40 and follow it approximately 3 miles to the junction of K-32. Go east on K-32 approximately 5.6 miles to E 222 Rd. Turn south on 222nd Rd and go 4 miles (you will cross the Eudora Bridge over the Kaw and then a shorter bridge over the Wakarusa River). The access park is just southwest of the Wakarusa Bridge at 5th & 222nd Road (Main Street.) Turn right into the Eudora Public Works parking lot and the boat ramp is in the northwest corner.

From K-10 take the west Eudora Exit (E 2200 Road) and go north. At N 1400 Rd (stop sign) go west to Main Street. Go north on Main Street through downtown to 5th St. Turn left in to the Eudora Public Works parking lot and boat ramp is in the northwest corner.

Access Info:
Access has a gravel parking lot with adequate parking and a picnic shelter. Many fishermen launch here, and there is a platform for fishing near the ramp. The ramp is wide enough for one vehicle, about 12% and grooved for traction, but beware that the toe drops steeply.

Float Info:
The next access is De Soto Riverfest Park 10.7 miles downstream at river mile 31.3. This trip features a lazy, shady paddle down the Wakarusa before entering the Kaw. Scout the take-out; it has a recurring sandbar that partially or completely blocks the ramp, and the ramp is sometimes closed for events in the summer.

Access upstream* is from the Mud Creek Access Ramp at river mile 47.3, or the 8th Street Ramp in Lawrence at river mile 51. When floating to the Eudora Ramp one must paddle up the Wakarusa River about 1/2 mile.  The turn into the Wakarusa River is on river right about 1/2 mile below the Eudora Bridge.  The turn is hard to see so you must paddle on river right after you go under the bridge on the Kansas River.  The Eudora Access is adjacent to the bridge over the Wakarusa River.

*This is not an ideal take out for those paddling down the Kaw from Lawrence or Mud Creek. When releases from Clinton Reservoir into the Wakarusa reach 900 cfs and above, the current becomes difficult to impossible for upstream paddling. When water is not being released the current is slow so paddling is usually doable for any level of boater. When Friends of the Kaw plans to use this access for a take-out we call the Clinton Corps of Engineers office (785-843-7665) to check scheduled releases. Releases can change hourly so it is best to call. Paddlers should consider alternate river sections if the Wakarusa is running over 900 cfs(check reservoir releases from Clinton Reservoir).

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