New Program – FOK Hydrocaching



Friends of the Kaw Water Quality Hydrocaching

hydrocache gpsWater Quality Hydrocaching is geocaching with a twist
Developed by Friends of the Kaw and with the help of the Mid-American Regional Council (MARC) hydrocaching uses the geocache format to help you learn about water quality in the Kansas River. Five caches are located at Kansas River boat ramps in metro Kansas City. When you find the cache you will be asked to do a simple water quality test and enter your data on this web site. If you are the one of the first ten people to find all five caches, complete the simple water quality tests, and submit your data to our site you will earn a free canoe rental for one of our group float trips. We have all the equipment you’ll need, and the Kansas River (at low water levels) is slow moving and totally appropriate for novice paddlers and families. We also have an FOK representative at each float to provide safety and basic paddling instruction as well as experienced paddlers to provide further help once you’re on the river.

To learn more or to get started, visit the FOK Hydrocache Page.

Catfish Fry and Annual Dinner

Join us for our Catfish  Fry
and  Annual Dinner!  

Thursday, September 24, 2015. Proceeds benefit
Friends of the Kaw!

Have you stood on the edge of your Kansas River and experienced its beauty?  Do you know that the Kansas River is 173 miles long and runs from
Junction City to Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kansas and provides recreation, fishing, wildlife viewing, and campingimage002 (2) on its sandbars?  Do you also know that the Kansas River is a source of drinking water for over 800,000 Kansans?

These are just a few of the many reasons why it is important to keep our river clean and healthy.  Luckily for Kansans, Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper act as full time advocates for the Kansas River, working hard to protect and preserve it for future generations.  In order to continue this advocacy, we need your help.  With issues such as dredging, stormwater runoff, industrial pollution, and everything else that happens in our watershed, there is a constant threat to a healthy river system and your support is critical.

You can support Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper by attending our Catfish Fry and Annual Dinner on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Abe & Jake’s on the river in Lawrence.  Doors open at 5:45 pm. This year we are combining the Catfish Fry and the Annual Dinner and we will also be thanking Laura Calwell for her years of service as the Kansas Riverkeeper.

For only $20 you will enjoy a catfish dinner, a live band, and an auction!  To purchase tickets:

Buy online here (please note “catfish fry” in the comments area) or at

Visit Terrebonne Café

Mail a check to Friends of the Kaw, PO Box 1612, Lawrence, KS 66044

Call the Riverkeeper at  785.312.7200

Join us for a night of fun and conversation about the Kaw!  Support our work and have a great evening!  Thank you for your support!

See what’s happening!

What's happening at Friends of the Kaw? There is a lot happening at FOK, that's for sure! I hope this note finds you all doing well, having enjoyed summer as we prepare for fall. Speaking of the seasons, after a very wet spring and summer, we are … [Continue reading]

Friends of the Kaw Members and Supporters ~ You can submit written comment through September 15 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of … [Continue reading]

Astronomy and Wine Fundraiser

Astronomy & Wine Fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw Please join us for "ASTRONOMY AND WINE" on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Middle Creek Winery! This is a fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw. Tickets are on sale now for $40 and include a … [Continue reading]

Public Meeting Regarding Dredging of the Kaw

What will the future of the Kaw look like?             Friends of the Kaw Members and Supporters ~ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement … [Continue reading]

New Float Schedule

We are hopeful that the river will return to safe paddling we are gearing up for mid to late summer and early fall floats on the Kansas River! Many are cleanup floats and are FREE. Get your name on our list before they fill up! Friends … [Continue reading]

Volunteer Opportunities

Are You Interested in Becoming a Volunteer with Friends of the KAW? We are looking to create a list of folks that are interested in volunteer work with Friends of the Kaw - if you would like to be included on an e-mail distribution list please email … [Continue reading]

Cleanup Float and Float Schedule

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO CANOE OR KAYAK THE KANSAS RIVER…. BUT NEED SOME HELP? We have several cleanup floats scheduled including one this coming Saturday, May 9, 2015!  See our most current schedule below… When you join our cleanup float, you … [Continue reading]

Kayak Raffle, Film Festival, and Float Schedule

Members Only Raffle for a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 ($920 value!) Have you been wanting a kayak? You can participate in a "Members Only" Raffle for a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120  sit-on-top kayak (value of $920 donated by Sunflower … [Continue reading]