Friends Of The Kaw Releases Floats & Events Schedule

By: Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper posted by Amanda Lanum
By: Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper posted by Amanda Lanum

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Friends of the Kaw has released its Fall Educational Floats and events for 2012. “We have planned many fun, educational events for this fall – float trips, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and classes on paddling and fishing on the Kaw. ” says Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper for Friends of the Kaw.

Mark your calendars for any or all of these fall floats and events:

September 22, Saturday – Rain Garden Maintenance and Community Float, 8:30am to 1pm, from De Soto to Cedar Creek
Boat rental is waived for this float but you must RSVP on a first come first serve basis. We will meet at the De Soto Access at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 23, Sunday – Kaw River Paddling Seminar at Bass Pro Shop in Olathe from 2 to 4pm
The class will highlight types of canoes and kayaks, paddles, personal floatation devices (PFDs) and other equipment that works best for floating the Kaw. We will talk about general and specific safety information on paddling rivers, and show participants how to get information on locations of access ramps, Kaw water levels and reservoir releases.

Sept. 30, Sunday – Youth Fishing Workshop at Bass Pro Shop in Olathe from 2 to 4pm
We will have activities for school aged youth on fishing and reducing stormwater pollution.

October 7, Saturday –River Ambassador Float – De Soto to Cedar Creek from 1 to 5pm
This educational float is geared for school aged youth and their parents. Boat rental will be waived for this event. Must RSVP.

October 12, Friday – Wild and Scenic Film Festival at 7:30pm at Liberty Hall, Lawrence
The festival tour brings together the best of Patagonia’s Wild and Scenic films in a two+ hour program that leaves viewers feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in their community and around the world. Tickets are $10 in advance
and may be purchased via “Donate” at or $12 at the door.

November 13, Tuesday – FOK Annual Dinner and Silent Auction from 6 to 10pm at Uncle Buck's at the Bass Pro Shop in Olathe. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Melinda Daniels, KSU Geology Professor, discussing her research on Kaw in-river dredging. Tickets for the dinner will be $40@ and RSVP's must be made by November 9. Silent Auction items are needed for this event so even if you can't come you can still support Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper.

For more information or to RSVP contact the Kansas Riverkeeper at or at 866 – RIV-KEEP (end.)

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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