‘Flow the St. Joe’ focuses on river education

Fort Wayne paddlers on the St. Joseph River in the fall of 2013 courtesy STRWI

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative and Fort Wayne City Utilities are hosting an educational day trip on the St. Joe River. The program, Flow the St. Joe, will take canoe or kayakers from Spencerville to Leo-Cedarville on Sunday, October 4.

The four to five hour trip includes a box lunch, water and educational materials. There is a registration fee of $15 for one person or $25 for two people. The trip will highlight many areas on the river including Hurshtown Reservoir and Leo-Cedarville Reservoir that provides the City of Fort Wayne with water in the event of a drought.

Other educational materials cover historic, geological and natural views of the river. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about water quality testing on the St. Joseph River.

People are expected to take their canoe or kayak to the launching cite in Spencerville. Participants will then meet between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Riverside Gardens Park in Leo- Cedarville where the group will be transported to Spencerville to start the trip on the river. Canoe and kayakers can go down the river at their own pace, so some may finish the journey in a few hours while others may take more time.

For those who want to rent a canoe or Kayak, Fort Wayne Outfitters has a number available on a first-come, first-served basis. People can call Outfitters directly to reserve a boat.

For more information on the trip, visit St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative’s website.


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