"The Kansas River is the great recreational resource for our corner of the state," said Bowersock owner/operator Sarah Hill Nelson, who herself has kayaked, canoed and camped on the river. "And I think it has been ignored or underemphasized for a long time."
If You Go:
FRIENDS OF THE KAW: http://www.kansasriver.org/. The nonprofit group organizes group float trips and provides tips for people planning their own Kansas River excursions. Contact the group's Laura Calwell, known as the Kansas River Keeper, for help at 785-312-7200 or email her at riverkeeper(at)kansasriver.org.
FLOTATION DEVICES: State regulations require one flotation device onboard per person, and children 12 and under must wear theirs.
UP A CREEK CANOE & KAYAK RENTAL: Lawrence, Kan., http://www.upacreek.biz or 785-318-6489. Offers canoe and kayak rentals and organizes private rentals and organized float trips.
— A-1 Rentals in Kansas City, Mo., 816-373-0234; Anderson Rentals in Lawrence, Kan., 785-843-2044; Mudkat Kayaking in Manhattan, Kan., 620-430-6754 or http://www.facebook.com/mudkatkayaking and the Jellystone Park in Lawrence, Kan., 785-842-3877 or http://www.kansascityjellystone.com/ .
— Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kan., rents canoes and kayaks, 785-539-7941.
— University of Kansas rents canoes and kayaks to students,http://recreation.ku.edu/programs/outdoor_pursuits/equipment_rental.shtml , and Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation Center — http://rileymwr.com/odr/ — rents canoes and kayaks to those with current military identification, 785-239-2363.