River Mile 54 – Lawrence River Front Park

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River Front Park
Lawrence, KS

River Mile: 54.1

GPS:  N39.00014  W95.23934
River Left

From I-70 take the east Lawrence exit #204 and turn right on U.S. 24/59 going north. Continue north approximately 1 mile to the traffic light at the 3 way intersection for U.S. 24/40&59. Turn left (west) onto blacktop/gravel road going over railroad tracks and over the levee. Follow this road and you will go by a gravel parking lot and come to a large blacktop staging area surrounded by trees with the ramp at the far end.

Access Info:
Cars should be left in the gravel parking area, not the paved area while boating. The park is patrolled and well maintained by the city of Lawrence. The 16 foot wide concrete boat ramp at 12% slope is well protected from drift wood and silt.

Float Info:
The next downstream access is 8th Street Access Park at river mile 51, but a trip there is not recommended for novice paddlers. Proceed carefully below this ramp as Bowersock Dam is 1.7 miles downstream and requires a portage of your boat and gear on river left. There may be an exit opportunity above Bowersock Dam at Burcham Park which is approximately one mile downstream on the right. The KU Women’s Rowing Team Boat docks are there during the rowing team season, otherwise the only way to exit is to scramble a 1-3 foot mud bank onto the public park grounds. Burcham Park is within several blocks of downtown Lawrence.

The first access upstream is Rising Sun Access at river mile 64.3.

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