KAW 173 – Journey of the Entire Kansas River

KAW 173 – Journey of the Entire Kansas River

Learn more here: https://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