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The Arkansas River was designated as a National Water Trail by the National Park Service in 2016. There are currently at least 22 sites along the river which are open to the public for paddling.

Access Signage Project – 2020-2022

The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams was awarded a Recreational Trails Grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism to improve the access-point signage along the 192-miles of the Arkansas River National Water Trail.

During Fall 2020, a small Work Group of key partners will prioritize the access points, prepare for the graphic design work, and finalize a project timeline. In spring 2021, a graphic designer was chosen to produce the signs.

Watch for sign kiosks to be built and installed by the Evergy Green Team from winter 2021 through completion of the project.

KAWS will be requesting community involvement through out the project.

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Example of a sign kiosk built by Evergy along the Kansas River National Water Trail

Site: Wichita during a twilight float
Photo credit: Vince Marshall

Future Projects

KAWS has plans for several additional projects along the Arkansas River National Water Trail, as grant funding and sponsorships become available. Some concepts include:

  • Accessible Boat Launch such as those created by EZ Dock
  • Secure canoe and kayak storage lockers in urban area
  • Official Riverkeeper/Waterkeeper position for the Arkansas River
Site: Geuda Springs – old Midland Railroad Crossing
Photo Credit: Vince Marshall