The National Water Trails System is a distinctive national network of exemplary water trails that are cooperatively supported and sustained. The National Water Trails System works to protect and restore America’s rivers, shorelines, and waterways and conserve natural areas along waterways. The system also works with partners to increase access to outdoor recreation on shorelines and waterways.
The 138-mile Kansas River has been designated as a National Water Trail. Not only is the Kansas River an important scenic and recreational resource, it is also tied into the history of Freedom’s Frontier, both with the American Indians who lived here and the settlers who moved into the region.
If you are interested in traveling down the river yourself, consider renting a canoe, kayak or raft. There are many great locations in Kansas City and the surrounding areas to rent from. Two rentals with great prices, quality service, and options on time and distance are the River Run Rentals and KC on the Current.
Interested in paddling other National Water Trails? Check out the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area!