If you have a bad time... it's your own fault
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Pool sessions start in November

Posted by shannon on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 12:33pm in

Beginning in November, UAC will be holding pool sessions on alternating Sundays at the Lawrence Free State Indoor Aquatic Center. During each session, UAC staff will be available with a handful of kayaks. If you are new to the sport and want to try out a kayak in a controlled environment, or a seasoned paddler who wants to practice your roll in the off-season, plan to join us at the pool!

Sessions are on alternating Sundays from 1-5pm. See the calendar for exact dates.

UAC 2008 Season Video

Posted by shannon on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 7:06pm

Okay, so for those of you who couldn't make it to the campout Saturday night, here's a peek at the video you missed. Not necessarily the highlight of the evening, but it certainly covers some highlights of this season on the river.



Why is the rum always gone?

Posted by shannon on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 9:18pm

Apparently the third time really IS the charm. After two failed attempts at holding our annual UAC Pirate Cruise, Mother Nature finally cooperated and allowed us back on the Kaw with a gaggle of kids to search for buried treasure.

As with most pirate adventures, ours was met with a mix of success and failure. We set out in search of three treasures. Alas, the mateys found only two. Mother Kaw laid claim to a sandbar that held one of the treasures during the big storm that rolled through a week prior. Nonetheless, we made our way down the river and as usual, she did not disappoint.  Kids, adults, and the resident UAC canine were all at the helm for this float.

Our last sandbar was carved out nicely with a small pool of water where the kids played -- until we began picking them off the sand and tossing them back into the water. Just keep holdin' your nose, Addy! It'll be fine, I promise! For those of you who couldn't make it this year, there's always gold to be found in those sandbars. And we'll be back at it next year. Argh!

Check out all the photos from this year's Pirate Cruise!

Annual UAC Pirate Cruise

Last year's Pirate cruise was such a hit that we've had numerous requests for a repeat this season. For those who didn't come along last year, be sure not to miss it this time around. The pirate float consists of a 6 1/2 mile float on the Kaw complete with treasure maps that mark sandbars along the route with buried treasure for all the scallywags to dig up and share.


Check out the pics from last year's Pirate Run
and be sure to reserve your spot on this year's cruise before they run out!

Return of the Platarex

Earlier this year we took on the mighty Kaw armed with a crew of paleontologists (and an accountant). After discovering numerous fossils from the velociraptor and t-rex family, they have decided to return for another adventure. 

UAC night under the stars

Many requests for an overnight at Camp Up a Creek have prompted us to go ahead and schedule a night under the stars on Puppy's farm. Not to be confused with Up A Creek-palooza, which will be held later in October, this event will be an adults-only venue, complete with a bonfire (please Uncle Ron, no spare tires on the fire this time), cookout, and perhaps a movie on the UAC big screen. There won't be any paddling on this adventure -- just a campout without the river. But we promise a good time for all of you who attend. More details will follow on what to bring, etc., as we get closer to the date.

Happy Birthday, Dot!

Posted by shannon on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 9:15pm

Last Saturday Dorothy celebrated her 70th birthday with her children and grandchildren on the Kansas River. One thing that is worthy of explanation here -- when we scheduled this float Uncle Ron and I were thinking, "70th birthday party? This will be one slow, lazy day on the Kaw!" We couldn't have been more wrong. Between Dot's 70 years young and her over-zealous teenage grandsons who apparently never stopped paddling, we made it from Perry to Lawrence in record time!

So here's to the birthday girl! Dot, you and your family are welcome to come back and float with us anytime.  Click here for photos from the event.

The River Nay Nay

Posted by shannon on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 12:30pm

Two days of near 100-degree temps, two hot floats. We'll work backwards here: Sunday is for some, a day of workship and rest.  At Up a Creek, however, Sunday is the day of the Nay Nay.

Renay and Lorrie, arguably our VIP paddlers for this season, brought friends Britanie and Erin to join Craig and Shannon for a Sunday afternoon float along our favorite stretch of river. After sloshing through knee-deep mud to the river's edge, the girls grabbed their boats and headed down river. I believe we made it maybe a quarter mile before our first of many sandbar stops.

I won't try to summarize Sunday's float any more than I've already done. Instead, let's just let the photos tell the story.

Uncle Ron handled Saturday's float with several families along as they floated our favorite stretch of the Kaw for the appropriately named "Cuz' Uncle Ron Said So" float -- from Jay's to the boat ramp at Rising Sun. Great water levels and plenty of sandbars made for a hot but satisfying Saturday. Lots of time in the water to avoid the high temperatures. Click the photo below for shots from Saturday's float.

Cuz' Uncle Ron Said So!

After a beautiful float last weekend, Uncle Ron has been itchin' to get back on the river. We're planning on putting in at Jay's (behind Gary's Berries) on Saturday around noon and floating to Rising Sun in Perry.

Want to come along? We have plenty of canoes and kayaks available for the day. Forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 94 degrees. With the river levels dropping, we should have plenty of sandbars to enjoy along our lazy float. Click here to contact UAC and let us know you'd like to join us!

2 Days...3 Floats...What a Great Weekend on the Kaw!

Posted by craig on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:53pm

The Weekend started with the Kreider Folks and several families floating from Perry to Lawrence…The flow had dropped to 6500cfs on the Kaw and many of the sand bar features that we appreciate had returned, giving us land dwellers a place to build sand castles, look for fossils and exchange stories and some homemade wine…The only real problem was Mother Kaw giving Uncle Ron a ride over the power plant rapids without a kayak... oh well... if ya have a bad time, it’s your own fault right?

(Click on the images above to view the photo albums for this weekend's three floats.) 

Next up was an Early Moring Run on the Kaw... we jumped in at Jay’s and floated to Perry…in one day the water was up 3 feet…but it was still a beautiful morning and to top it off, we floated up on an Eagle perched not a foot off the water waiting for its breakfast... Very Awesome!

To end the day the Floating Flirties came back again this weekend for some more of that Kaw Lovin! Except this time they got smart and switched from canoes to kayaks. By the end of the float UAC even learned about some new Kaw critters... Kayaks, Beavers and Snakes... oh my!!!