KAW 173 – Journey of the Entire Kansas River

KAW 173 – Journey of the Entire Kansas River

Learn more here: http://kansasriver.org/kaw173-jc-to-kc-on-the-water-trail/

FOK Team to kayak the entire 173-mile-long Kansas River to highlight the Kansas River Water Trail

For Immediate Release


LAWRENCE, KS (JUNE 19, 2020) – Friends of the Kaw (FOK), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Kansas River, announces that a team will be kayaking the entire 173-mile long Kansas River to highlight the beauty and accessibility of the Kansas River Water Trail. The name of their journey is the KAW 173.

The KAW 173 Team will depart Junction City on Friday, July 17, 2020, and plan to take ten days to kayak to Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kansas, by Sunday, July 26, 2020. The core group includes Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper, and FOK Board Member, Marcia Rozell, along with five of Friends of the Kaw’s long-time volunteer Kaw River Guides. The KAW 173 Team has been preparing for this event for the last two and a half years. Original plans were to make this journey in 2019, but due to a flooded Kansas River, the trip was postponed to 2020. 

“We are so ready for this epic journey that we are about to embark upon,” said Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper® & Executive Director. “This core group of volunteers is a small select sample of our entire organization which pours their heart and soul into much of the work that Friends of the Kaw does, and I am so grateful to have them as teammates on this journey.”

Friends of the Kaw invites local community members, mayors, and their FOK river family to join them at designated boat ramps along the way. The public is welcome to join the team for a day on designated sections of the river. Those details will be published on the Friends of the Kaw website (www.kansasriver.org) and through social media outlets. 

About the Kansas River Water Trail:

The Kansas River Water Trail was dedicated in 2012 by the National Park Service and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The Kansas River is the longest prairie-based river system in the world and provides recreation, wildlife habitat, and is a drinking water source for over 800,000 Kansans.


Friends of the Kaw is the only non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Kansas River. Our mission is to advocate, promote, educate, and engage the Kansas River. 

Protect. Advocate. Discover.  #kansasriver 

For Media Inquiries Please Contact:

Dawn Buehler

Kansas Riverkeeper® & Executive Director

Friends of the Kaw


Chasing the Channel – Blog No. 2

Chasing the Channel – Blog No. 2

It feels really good to be back on the Kansas River with the public. Last weekend, we took a group out on the Kansas River from Junction City to Ogden for one of our educational paddle trips. This was the first time that we had had the public on the river since April 2019 before the floods hit. We’ve had other events, and we’ve certainly been on the river doing river checks, but it had been a long time since we’ve had a public river event.

We also are in the process of working on a project on a piece of property along the Kansas River. We posted on our social media photos of a beautiful riparian buffer forest and we look forward to sharing more details soon. In other news, we continue to check the river and monitor for pollution. And as you can imagine, with COVID-19 cases increasing, we are making plans for a different version of Beers of the Kaw and will have an announcement soon.

By now, if you follow us on social media, you have seen that we are in full swing planning for the KAW 173…our journey to paddle all 173 miles of the Kansas River over a period of 7 to 10 days. Along the way, we will have community visits at several boat ramps as well as public paddles where the public can join us on a section of the river. All of these dates and times have been scheduled. To see the complete schedule to join us, go here: http://kansasriver.org/kaw173-jc-to-kc-on-the-water-trail/

We hope that many of you can join us on these public paddles, or if you’d rather meet us on land, come to one of our community visits. We’d love to see you and hear about your connections to the Kansas River Water Trail. I will also blog every day from the river about what I see…people, wildlife, community connections, and the beauty of it all!

Our journey will be challenging, but we’ve been planning this for over two years and feel ready. Initial plans were to do this trip in 2019 and those were canceled due to the flooding. So our team is certainly ready and we are prepared as best we can be. We look forward to seeing you all along the way.

My best to you all and wishes for good health.

For the river,

Dawn Buehler

Your Kansas Riverkeeper

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