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Kansas whitewater, Kansas River

Johnson county, Playspot Below I-435 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     0.1 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Kansas City, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Kansas River is 0.1 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Kansas and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting your paddling
    muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river
system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Shawnee love to come to Kansas River. High temperatures at Kansas River through the months of summer are in the 90's while night lows are frequently in the 60's. Throughout the winter highs are in the 30's, and nighttime lows during the wintertime for Kansas River tend to be in the 10's. A normal amount of precipitation falls here at Kansas River. September is when you get the most rain here, and February on the other hand is the driest.

Kansas River, Playspot Below I-435 Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Kansas River.
 Whitewater Near Kansas River:
Kansas River, Johnson County, 0 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Playspot Below I-435 Bridge)
Blue River, Jackson County, 17 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.4 miles long (Blue Ridge Road to Red Bridge Road)
 Ski Areas Near Kansas River:
Snow Creek, Missouri , 26 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Kansas River:
Broken Arrow Marina, Prairie Village , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Kansas River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SHAWNEE-KANSAS CITY WEST, Shawnee , 2 miles away
Courtyard Kansas City Shawnee, Shawnee , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Shawnee - Kansas City, Shawnee , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Kansas City-Shawnee Mission, Shawnee , 3 miles away
SpringHill Suites Kansas City Lenexa/City Center, Lenexa , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kansas River:
Walnut Grove RV Park, Mission, 6 miles away
Cottonwood Camping, Bonner Springs, 7 miles away
Woodland Acres, Kansas City, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kansas River:
Hillsdale Lake, Kansas , 20 miles away
Weston Bend State Park, Missouri , 21 miles away
Lewis and Clark State Park, Missouri , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kansas River:
Tomahawk Hills Public Golf Course, Shawnee Mission , 2 miles away
Shawnee Golf & Country Club, Shawnee , 4 miles away
Falcon Valley Golf Course, Lenexa , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Kansas River
New Olathe Lake, Johnson , 10 miles away
Kernoodle Lake, Jackson , 18 miles away
The Lagoon, Jackson , 19 miles away

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