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Paddle Event to Clarksville Island Held by Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

Region 3, July 30, 2012
Mayor Smiley accepts Summer of Paddling 2012 paddle and welcomed participants before the group departed for the island.
Mayor Smiley accepts Summer of Paddling 2012 paddle and welcomed participants before the group departed for the island. - Photo Credit: n/a
The paddling group poses for a group picture before the adventure.
The paddling group poses for a group picture before the adventure. - Photo Credit: n/a
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge volunteer Duane Johnson enjoys the day on the water.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge volunteer Duane Johnson enjoys the day on the water. - Photo Credit: n/a

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge held a Summer of Paddling 2012 event to Clarksville Island on Sat., July 21, 2012 to celebrate the island as a new addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System.

It was the first public paddling event held to visit the 870 acre island located in the Mississippi River directly across from Clarksville, Mo.

Mayor of Clarksville Jo Anne Smiley welcomed the group the morning of the event and was presented with a commemorative Summer of Paddling 2012 miniature paddle.

From young boy scouts to ocean paddlers, 22 participants came from mixed backgrounds of experience came out for the paddling event.

“I’ve only ever paddled on the ocean,” said experienced paddler Joan Ranthum. She added that it was quite a different experience to be able to kayak on the Mississippi River. Ranthum traveled to Clarksville from Iowa to spend the weekend in the river city with friends and take part in the event.

Karen Morrow of Alton, Ill. said she would have never paddled to the island on her own and appreciated the opportunity. She and a friend enjoyed taking nature photos and video during a break on a sandbar of the island.

The event was led by Two Rivers Refuge staff along Great Rivers/Clarence Cannon and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge staff; rangers from the Army Corps of Engineers; and paddle guide Kevin Dempsey.

Contact Info: Cortney Solum, 618-883-2524, cortney_solum@fws.gov