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Kansas River Trail

Location Junction City in north-central Kansas and flows 173 miles to Kansas City at the confluences with the Missouri River.
State(s)
Counties Douglas, Geary, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee
Type National Water Trails System
Length 173.00 Miles / 278.42 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Boating, non-motorized: Tubing
Camping
Fishing
Heritage and History
Hunting
Swimming
Swimming: Wading
Wildlife Observation
Agency National Park Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

This trail is part of the National Water Trails System
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The Kansas River (also known by the locals as the Kaw) starts at Junction City where the Smokey Hill River and Republican Rivers meet to become the Kansas River. As the world’s longest prairie river, it meanders through eastern Kansas for 173 miles to Kansas City where it flows into the Missouri River. The outstanding scenic, recreational, historic and natural characteristics of the river makes it a major asset for Kansas providing drinking water, electrical power, irrigation, wildlife, native plant habitat, and economic and recreation opportunities.

The river is a shallow, sandy-bottomed river with steep banks and sandbars bordered by natural riparian corridors of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. The sandbars and islands within the high water marks make great places for picnicking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and relaxing. Most access points are located in communities along the river making it easy to take a break or to go site seeing. Even though the river passes through many communities, including Manhattan, Topeka, Lawrence, and Kansas City, it maintains it sense of wildness and native beauty.

The Kansas River is one of three rivers in the state of Kansas that is considered a publicly navigable river. This designation provides the public use of the river corridor below the normal high water mark; provided they can gain legal access to it. The corridor, from its origin in Junction City to its end in Kansas City encompasses 18,800 acres of (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

closed during flooding

Directions

see attached map

 

Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Not Available

Secondary Surface: Water, moderate moving
Water, slow moving
Water, still
Grass or vegetation
Rock, smooth

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2015

Date Last Updated: ---

 

Contact Information

Public Contact:
Roger Wolfe
Region 2 Wildlife Supervisor
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
399 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka , KS 66606
273-6740
roger.wolfe@ksoutdoors.como

 

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