Paddlesports enthusiasts will find a variety of activities at U.S. national wildlife refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014). Many national wildlife refuges contain areas suitable for kayaking, fishing, hiking, and other activities.
Since 1995, refuges across the country have celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week in early October with festivals, educational programs, guided tours and other events. Many state and local governments proclaim the week every year, and for the past four years Congress has officially recognized it.
The National Wildlife Refuge System is the nation’s premier habitat conservation network, encompassing more than 150 million acres in 562 refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Every state has at least one national wildlife refuge. There is a national wildlife refuge within an hour’s drive of most major cities.
National Wildlife Refuge locations can be found at: www.fws.gov/refuges.
National Wildlife Refuge Week Paddling Events
Friday, October 10:
In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, IL, will offer guided canoe tours to Eagle Pond and highlight ancient cypress trees and wetland wildlife.
Saturday, October 25
River Paddle Ride, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, MO
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Enjoy a guided paddle ride down the Mingo River. Some canoes and kayaks will be available for use. Participants are also welcome to bring their own canoe or kayak.
Ding Darling Days, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Sunday, October 19 – Saturday, October 25
A week-long celebration in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week features live animals, tram tours, sea life cruises, kayak tours, nature talks and more.
source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service