Watershed Conservation Group to Host Canoe and Kayak Event on St. Joe’s River | Kpcnews
The Saint-Joseph River Watershed Initiative invites the public to descend the Saint-Joseph River from Spencerville to LÃ©o-Cedarville on Saturday. “Flow the St. Joe” is presented in conjunction with Art at the Riverside at Leo-Cedarville.
The 9 mile paddle begins at the historic Spencerville Covered Bridge and passes through lush forest, farmland, past residential areas and ends at Cedarville Reservoir. Transportation will be provided from check-in at the Grabill Road Public Access Site (10999 Grabill Road) in Leo and lunch will be provided.
During the trip, participants will have the opportunity to take a virtual eco-tour as they descend the Saint Joseph River. Paddlers will learn about the ecology, history and social impacts of river health. The eco-tour focuses on St. Joe’s wildlife habitat, water infrastructure, and how the two work together to provide a valuable community resource. There is also a scavenger hunt along the paddle, and prizes will be awarded to the first five entrants who share the not-so-native river residents they spy along the paddle.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own canoes or kayaks. Boats should be dropped off at Spencerville Put-in (near the Spencerville Covered Bridge) before parking vehicles and connecting to the public access site on Grabill Road across from Riverside Gardens Park in Leo-Cedarville. The connection will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Saint-Joseph River Watershed Initiative will provide transportation for paddlers from Leo-Cedarville to Spencerville, where volunteers will help paddlers take off. The paddle, including the lunch stop, should take around 4 to 5 hours. The cost of the event is $ 30 for people 18 and over or $ 20 for kids under 18. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite under âFlow the St. Joeâ.
For those who need to hire boats, reservations can be made and paid for separately through Earth Adventures Unlimited (260-424-1420) and Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot (260-420-3962) and they will deliver the boat to the boat Spencerville crawls on the morning of the event.
Flow the St. Joe is an opportunity for boaters to see the natural beauty of the St. Joseph River and learn more about the importance of this natural resource.
The organizers thanked event sponsors including Earth Source Inc., H&R Block, Molson-Coors and Fort Wayne City Utilities.
The Saint-Joseph River Watershed Initiative is a non-profit partnership that aims to improve water quality in the Saint-Joseph River watershed by promoting economic uses and practices. and respectful of the environment. The Saint-Joseph watershed spans nearly 650,000 acres across three states. It encompasses croplands and pastures, woodlands and wetlands, farms, urban areas and rural residences. Watershed water is the source of drinking water for over 300,000 people, but also serves as an ecosystem habitat, recreational resource, drainage channel and source of economic growth.