We recommend that novice boaters only float the Kaw between mid April and mid October when river is flowing at normal to low water levels - under 5,000 cfs.
The water levels on the Kaw are
low but the water temperature is getting colder. Only experienced paddlers with appropriate clothing and gear should paddle during colder months. Always check water levels and weather before you float.
Float and Events:
It's not to late to mail your postcard or make comments on the proposed expansion of in-river dredging. More Information.
Friends of the Kaw is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the Kansas (Kaw) River for present and future generations.
Happy Holidays from Friends of the Kaw!
Thank you to all who gave one of the best gifts to the
Kansas River this year – your comments opposing in-river dredging. Hundreds of
public comments were sent to the Army Corps of Engineers opposing the recent permit
applications, and all of us who rely on the Kaw for our drinking water (over
600,000 Kansans) and 173 miles of public recreation thank you.
If you missed the deadline of Dec. 9, 2011, you can still send in your postcards or email comments Kale.E.Horton@usace.army.mil
(more information on comments)
Need a green gift?
Consider giving a Friends of the Kaw Membership.
For $35 you could provide an annual Friends of the Kaw
Membership to someone you know who may be interested in our mission of
preserving and protecting the Kansas River.
- Members receive our bi-annual newsletter "Kansas River Currents"
(mail or email) that provides information on float trips, volunteer
opportunities, current advocacy campaigns and other related events and news.
- Members can sign up to receive information and
announcements several times a month from the Kansas Riverkeeper via email.
- Members are always welcome to join scheduled float trips
on the Kaw. We can rent available canoes or members are welcome to bring their
- Your membership helps to support the Kansas Riverkeeper,
a non-governmental advocate who holds the community accountable for the health and
condition of the Kaw.
- Memberships are tax-deductible to the full amount
allowed by law.
Downloadable membership forms are available on our website.
For questions about our memberships, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIENDS OF THE KAW'S 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
ENFORCEMENT: Friends of the Kaw
balanced both stakeholder management and communications responsibilities in
several major water quality issues this year that included:
- Documented an oil
spill in Shawnee from the air.
- Publicized, solicited comments,
and made in-depth comments on one in-river dredging permit application and one
pit mine application.
- Made comments on a major Kansas Department of Health and
Environment (KHDE) water quality hearing and nutrient hearing.
in meetings with KDHE, the Kansas Livestock Association, Farm Bureau, and other
stakeholders to discuss how to reduce nutrient run-off.
as a stakeholder on the 2010-11 Triennial Review focus group on water quality
- Represented recreational interests on the Kansas Lower Republican
Basin Advisory Committee.
EMPOWERMENT, RIVER ACCESS & EDUCATION: Getting people out on the
river is key to building environmental stewardship from the ground up. When you
help people connect the dots between water quality and their community’s
quality of life, you can build on this foundation to broaden their interest.
- Thirteen educational group float trips.
- Presentations at the Waterkeeper Alliance International Conference; Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies Conference; Kansas State University, Natural Resource Class; Bass Pro Shop Seminar on Paddling the Kansas River; and six other school, church and community groups.
- Access Ramps are being constructed or in the planning stages at the Turner Bridge in KCK; in the cities of Shawnee & Belvue.
- Fundraising Events: River City Cook Off, Kawnivore River Race Concessions, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Annual Dinner & Silent Auction.
- Informational Booths: Farm Aid Concert in KCK, Topeka Boat Show, Manhattan Water Matters Day; Lawrence Earth Day Celebration; De Soto Days; Prairie Village Environmental Forum; Lenexa Waterfest; and other area events and festivals.
- Web Site: We are committed to maintaining KansasRiver.org as THE credible source of information on the Kaw River. In particular, our online Kansas River Inventory provides valuable information on the multiple water quality challenges facing the Kaw.