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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
About 100 people floated the Kansas River Thursday as part of the Governor's Paddle the Kaw, which was held to draw attention to the floating opportunities on the Kansas River.
Paddles to commemorate the opening of the Belvue access ramp.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to promote floating the Kansas River.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
Gov. Sam Brownback addresses floaters after a lunch break.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, dedicated the new Belvue boat ramp after floating about 10 miles of the Kansas River with about 100 other floaters.
The new access ramp at Belvue.
Linda Craghead, Kansas state parks and tourism director, was part of the float.
Gov. Sam Brownback, left, shows the highway signs that lead people to Kansas River access points.
Wildlife and Parks game wardens and one of the airboats used to ferry supplies for a lunch on a sandbar.
A kayaker along the shoreline of the Kansas River.
Marcia Rozell, Manhattan's tourism sales manager, shows a new map of floating opportunities on the Kansas River.
Part of the crowd that gathered in Wamego for Thursday's float.
Dozens of kayaks and canoes await floaters Thursday morning in Wamego.
A paddle boarder, left, made the 10 mile float.
Gov. Sam Brownback wants to promote recreational float trips down the Kansas River.
A decal for Friends of the Kaw, a volunteer group that's worked for years at increasing access tot he Kansas River.
Charmion Harris, of Milford, drags a kayak, and photographer, through shallow water.
Gov. Sam Brownback saws through a ceremonial paddle to officially dedicate the new Kansas River access ramp at Bellvue.
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About 100 people floated the Kansas River Thursday as part of the Governor's Paddle the Kaw, which was held to draw attention to the floating opportunities on the Kansas River. Here they're leaving the access ramp at Wamego.
Laura Calwell, of Friends of the Kaw, devotes much of her time to protecting and promoting the Kansas River.
Gov. Sam Brownback listens to a floater while having lunch on a sandbar.
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