The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Saturday evening. The river level is also very low creating a high probability that we'd need to walk over some sand bars. For these reasons we will be cancelling the FLOAT. You can see the weather warning here. Have a Happy New Year.
FLOAT LEADER: Kevin Holman; contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (316) 204-6324 for information or boat reservations.
CELEBRATE: You are invited to join the Arkansas River Coalitions New Years Day river float, a tradition since 2009, on Saturday, January 1, 2022, for a short festive, paddle event. Bring your kayaks or canoes . . . decorate them with flags and colorful items . . . but, most important, dress yourself with colorful clothing, hats and gloves!
COVID19 PRECAUTIONS: All participants must wear a mask during pre launch activity, shuttle and assisted boat launch, as well as assisted take out and wrap up activity, when distancing is not possible.
REQUIRED: A signed Waiver and Release of Liability is required of each participant, even if you use your own boat. Get forms from www.ArkRiverCoalition.org, go to Floats > Waiver Forms and click on Adult Waiver form or Minors Only Waiver form; please complete before arriving and check in upon arrival to sign the participant's roster. Although a response in not required if you have your own boat, it is appreciated and to your advantage to RSVP to Kevin so that he can contact you if necessary.
STARTING TIME & PLACE: The float will start at the southeast corner of the Old Cowtown Museum parking lot. Please be at the launch site by 2:00 p.m. After preparing our boats for launching, we will arrange a shuttle of vehicles to the landing site at the boat ramp just above the Lincoln Street dam. Float length is about 2 miles; expect to land by about 4:00 p.m.
DRESS WARMLY AND BE SAFE: Cold weather precautions-
1. Always wear a PFD (a life jacket) while on the water.
2. Wear boots that will keep your feet dry in up to a foot of water.
3. For more safety Information, please visit our web site, www.ArkRiverCoalition.org, and go to FLOATS > GENERAL INFO.
NEED A KAYAK to participate in this float? Contact Kevin at email email@example.com or phone (316) 204-6324 to make arrangements to reserve a boat and equipment as soon as possible.
COST: There is no cost for joining this float.
NOTE: ARC floats are made possible by voluntary, tax deductible, donations from friends, supporters and participants like you; $15 donation suggested when using ARC supplied equipment. Please make donation checks payable to The Arkansas River Coalition, Inc. In case of cash donations, write the amount of your donation on the back of your Waiver of Liability form. Any donations not so identified will be recorded as anonymous.
The Arkansas River Coalition is much more than just a paddle club. If you are not a member of ARC, please consider joining to support its mission to protect, restore and improve the entire watershed and enhance the well-being of all life it sustains. Membership forms may be downloaded from our web site, www.ArkRiverCoalition.org.
We'd like to thank everyone who attended and participated in our new Sea Scout Ship's Recruitment event at the Boathouse. It was a well attended event and we're excited about the Ship's first meeting on April 5th. Sea Scout Committee Chair Jamie Mills and Skipper Jonathan Marr enthusiastically explained the ship's mission and their vision for the future. Board member's of the ARC spoke about our mission and our delighted support for this knew youth program. It's never too late to apply. You can visit our Sea Scout Page for more details. Enjoy some photos.
The Arkansas River Coalition Board of Directors has recently voted to charter a Sea Scout ship ("ship" is the Sea Scout equivalent of "troop" in BSA parlance.) The newest member of the ARC BoD, Jon Marr, is the "Skipper" of this ship and Jamie Mills is the contact person for the ship at the Quivira Office. Sea Scouts is open to youth ages 14-20. Our ship will focus on building youth leadership skills, water safety skills, and assisting the ARC with river conservation efforts and events. See the details on the Facebook page HERE
If you'd like to become an adult leader with the Sea Scout Ship - or- would have a youth age 14-20 interested in being a Sea Scout contact
Jon Marr - Skipper: 316-347-4675
Jamie Mills - Committee Chair: 512-228-7020
Sea Scout Ship One Recruitment Event and OPEN HOUSE is currently Scheduled for March 13th at 4pm at the Wichita Boathouse 515 S Wichita Street in downtown Wichita.