State preparing to promote recreation, development along Kansas River

04/12/2013 6:11 AM

04/12/2013 6:12 AM

A year ago, the Kansas River was named a National Water Trail by the federal government. Now the state is gearing up to promote it even more.

Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday set up the Kansas River Development Committee to find new ways to promote recreational use and economic development along the river, also known as the Kaw, which runs about 170 miles from Junction City through Topeka, Manhattan and Lawrence before meeting the Missouri River in Kansas City.

It currently has 18 ramps, and the state hopes to partner with cities and counties to add at least two more.

Learn more about state river access and the Kansas River here.

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