‘Flow the St. Joe’ focuses on river education

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative and Fort Wayne City Utilities are again 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 Saturday, October 3.

It will be the second annual event.

Fort Wayne paddlers on the St. Joseph River in the fall of 2013 (Courtesy STRWI).
Fort Wayne paddlers on the St. Joseph River in the fall of 2013 (Courtesy STRWI).

The four- to five-hour trip will launch from Riverside Gardens Park in Leo-Cedarville and pass by points of interest along the St. Joseph River like the Hurshtown Reservoir and Leo-Cedarville Reservoir that provide the City of Fort Wayne with water in the event of a drought. Historic, geological and natural views of the river will be covered, and participants will 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 launch site in Spencerville, or Fort Wayne Outfitters has a number available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

A shortened trip will be available this year for those more novice paddlers.

The trip includes a box lunch, water and educational materials. Musical group The Jug Huffers will also perform.

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

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