Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Summer of Paddling kicks off on the Mississippi River

May 23, 2012


FWS Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior Will Shafroth and Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Refuge Manager Kevin Foerster kick off the Summer of Paddling 2012 in St. Paul, Minn.

There's a new buzz around the Mississippi River. It's called the Summer of Paddling 2012 and it's more than 200 chances for people to get out on the water this summer. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers and many local and state organizations to create the Summer of Paddling 2012.

Today was the Minnesota kick-off for the summer-long campaign with Senior Adisor to the Secretary of the Interior Will Shafroth joined Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius and conservation partners from local state, federal and nonprofits to mark the occasion with a paddle on the Mississippi River. The Summer of Paddling 2012 is a series of events designed to get Americans outside to enjoy the Mississippi River via canoe, kayak, rowboat or standup paddleboard. Paddlers of any skill level can join a refuge ranger or other trained paddle guide to explore the river and all its wonder on full to half-day trips.

Learn more about the Summer of Paddling 2012 and the events happening near you www.SOP2012.org. More than 200 events are catalogued here! Paddlers will leave land to splash through the backwaters, bayous and braided streams on America's River. But be warned, you might create a lifelong craving for outdoor adventure.
Paddle on!

Last updated: February 12, 2013