Healthy Yards Expo and Other Updates

ALERT - Senate Floor Debate on:

Senate Substitute for HB 2118 to repeal the Threatened and Endangered Species Act  in Kansas law, will be heard today or Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Information about Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species Act

Senate Substitute for HB 2014, repealing the Renewable Energy Standards or Renewable Portofolio Standards will also likely be heard on the Senate floor today.

Also watch for Senate Bill 323, this bill would destroy conservation easements by prohibiting perpetual easements and requiring that easements terminate when the landowner dies.

Contact your legislators if you have concerns about these bills!

House Directory

Senate Directory

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Nurturing Our Planet ….     Mind, Body, Spirit

Join the Kansas City Yoga Community and meditation teacher and passionate environmentalist Sami Aaron for one of these special 2-hour donation-based workshops celebrating Earth Day 2014!

While Friends of the Kaw is not one of the chosen beneficiaries - many studios did choose a cause that benefits water!


Upcoming Activities

FOK Program for Keenagers
Monday, April 7 at noon
Asbury Methodist, 5400 W 75th St, Prairie Village, KS

FOK Program for Susanna Wesley Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 8 at noon
7433 Sw 29th St, Topeka, KS 66614

Reading and book signing: Along the Kaw by author Craig Thompson
Thursday, April 10 at 7pm
Raven Book Store
8 E 7th St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Eat Local and Organic Expo
Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:30 to 2:30
Penn Valley Community College Gym
3201 SW Trafficway, KC MO

It’s Almost Time to Paddle!


Time to start planning your Kaw River Float Trip!

Friends of the Kaw sponsors both private and public educational float trips from April through October. We are focusing our efforts on scheduling private groups of 16 to 24 people. The advantage of organizing a group trip is that you pick the date, time and river segment you wish to float and we bring the boats and host an educational “sand bar” seminar followed by a hot dog & marshmallow roast. There are now over 20 access ramps on the Kaw so there are many opportunities for float trips between 5 and 14 miles. If you have questions or would like to inquire about a private float visit our “contact us”  page.

Once we schedule a group float trip, we open registration to the general public  two weeks before the scheduled date.  You need to check with the Kansas Riverkeeper to see if there are available canoes or kayaks for that trip, and to register. Friends of the Kaw estimates it takes about 1 hour to paddle 3 miles.  Novice paddlers should not attempt to paddle more that 10 miles in one day.

If you are not interested in organizing a group float trip, check out these options to get out on the Kaw:

Kaw Valley Canoe Rental – new in Topeka!

Up a Creek – in Lawrence

Mud Kat Kayaking – in Manhattan

For other business that rent canoes and/or kayaks check out the bottom of FOK Float Trips page.

Kansas River Water Trail in the News:


Upcoming Activities

Healthy Yards Expo
Saturday, March 29 from 9 to 2
Shawnee Civic Centre
13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Give the Kaw a Valentine present by participating in Shop for Your Cause's voting challenge! Friends of the Kaw is currently participating in a Shop for your Cause voting challenge. How does it work? It’s simple! Just visit the Voting Challenge … [Continue reading]

Raising Fees for Sand Dredgers

Come to a hearing on Senate Bill 300 (to raise the fees companies pay for sand dredged out of the Kaw) - January 30, 8:30am in Room 159-S at the state capitol. Since our inception in the early 1990's, Friends of the Kaw has advocated that in-river … [Continue reading]

Happy Holidays from Friends of the Kaw!

Message from the Kansas Riverkeeper Dear  Friends, In May of 2013, the Corps of Engineers (COE) closed four dredging permits between Lawrence and Eudora because of unacceptable erosion to the bed of the Kaw. Also, the COE has still not made a … [Continue reading]

Along the Kaw

Need a Holiday Gift Idea? Consider "Along the Kaw", a fabulous pictoral account of the Kaw from Junction City to Kansas City                 "Along the Kaw" by Craig Thompson is a … [Continue reading]

Fall on the Kaw

Sharing the beautiful fall colors on the Kaw!   This picture was taken by FOK member, Rich Ambler on a float between Eudora and De Soto on November 2, 2013.  Fall is a wonderful time to float the Kaw and witness the vivid colors of the … [Continue reading]

Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

Tuesday, November 5th beginning at 6:00 PM at Tortas Jalisco's in Lawrence Once a year Friends of the Kaw hosts a dinner meeting with a keynote speaker. This year's event will take place on Tuesday, November 5th in Lawrence. While our board meets … [Continue reading]

EVERYTHING Recycling Event

Saturday, October 26th, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 6800 W 95th Street, Overland Park KS Do you have excess stuff? Get rid of it in a responsible manner at this recycling extravaganza!This Saturday in Overland Park Everything except household hazardous … [Continue reading]

October Follow-Up

Bras Across the Kaw Breast Cancer Awareness Month If you had to do a doubletake while crossing the Kansas River bridge near Lawrence last month, you are not alone! In October hundreds of decorated bras were spread out across the bridge to … [Continue reading]