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KCK is a non-profit organization which emphasizes safe enjoyment of paddle sports.
KCK is an affiliate organization of the American Canoe Association.

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Form shiny starTime to renew your KCK membership for 2015.
New members welcome!
$10 individual or $15 family
* There is an additional $10 fee for those wishing to receive hard copy newsletter via postal service.*
Download the 2015 KCK membership application. Application form must be printed, filled out completely and signed.

KCK General Meeting will be Thursday, May 21, 2015  @ 7:00 pm
BP Energy Center, Birch Room, off Energy Court, (1 block S of BP, 900 E. Benson Blvd), Anchorage Location details: Link Map Link: Link

Effects of Dams on Watersheds and Canning River Slideshow

 Kylee Singh, Statewide Organizer for the Alaska Center for the Environment, will discuss effects of dams on watersheds, with particular reference to  the effects of the proposed Susitna - Watana dam on the Talkeetna and Susitna river systems. Bring your questions and comments!

 Next, Stan Olsen will entertain us with a slideshow of his trip down the Canning River, which is one of the most beautiful drainages of the North Slope.

Upcoming General Meetings for KCK in 2015

meetings subject to revision as necessary, start time: 7:00PM  in the BP Energy Center, Main Room unless otherwise posted Map Link: Link
Thursday     5/21/2015   7:00 pm   KCK General Meeting: Canning River - Stan Olsen
Thursday     6/25/2015   6:00 pm   KCK Summer Barbeque @ Goose Lake Shelter: Members invited to bring a dish to share in the feast
Thursday     7/23/2015   6:00 pm   KCK Summer Barbeque @ Goose Lake Shelter: Members invited to bring a dish to share in the feast
Thursday     8/27/2015   6:00 pm   KCK Summer Barbeque @ Goose Lake Shelter: Members invited to bring a dish to share in the feast  
Thursday     9/24/2015   7:00 pm   KCK General Meeting: Member's trips slideshows
Thursday    10/22/2015   7:00 pm   KCK General Meeting: TBA
Thursday    11/22/2015   6:00 pm   KCK Potluck & Elections Meeting @ Russian Jack Chalet  Link

  A special thanks to KCK's Volunteer Programs Director, Kristen Alden for an exceptional effort in arranging reservations and programs!
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KCK Official 2015 Membership Cards

Cards will be available to current members at the general meetings.
The 2014 membership cards will identify you as a current KCK member to a variety of vendors offering discounts to KCK on paddling gear and services.
If you are not a member, then please consider joining KCK for the low cost of $10 and support KCK's efforts toward safety, conservation and access rights for the Alaskan paddling community. The associated benefits are well worth the low $10 membership fee.



Volunteer today!
Openings Available.
KCK Volunteers Needed
Sergeant at Arms
Programs Assistant
Summer Grillmaster and Assistant
Conservation Advocate
Insurance Coordinator
Canoeing Instructor Assistants
Pack-Rafting Instructor: and Assistants
IK Instructor: and Assistants
Rafting Assistants
Volunteer by sending an e-mail to kckmail or by contacting any current Board member. For more information, follow the link:Link

KCK Board of Directors and Officers for 2014
KCK Board of Directors
Volunteer Positions
Eric Downey
Sergeant at Arms:
Vice President:
Steve Shamburek Membership:
Charlene Carter
Grillmaster Assistant: 
Secretary  :
Peggy  Wilcox Programs Director:
Keith Hawkings
Treasurer: :
Alden Worachek
Programs Assistant:
OPEN Insurance Coordinator: 
Board Member: 
Dan Schubert
Marvin Copley
Canoeing Instructor:
Zack Fields
Board Member: 
Keith Hawkings Newsletter Editor:
Richard Sepersky
Rafting Instructor:
Eric Downey
Board Member:  Jim Davis
Alden Worachek
Sea Kayaking Instructor: 
Board Member:  Rich Crain
Safety Meeting Coordinator: Marvin Copley Pack-Rafting Instructor: 
Board Member:  Amy Maclean Conservation:
Peggy Wilcox

Board Member: 
Zack Fields

Board Member:: Jim Haack

Board Member:: Val Glooschenko


Interested in having the club help you pay for professional development?

The KCK Board is interested in encouraging people to take leadership roles in club activities as well as promoting safety education. To further those goals the club will pay up to $100 to those members that take recognized outdoor professional development training. The applicant must approach the Board and the award of the scholarship will be on a case by case basis. Think of this as your chance to help the club and learn something that could save a life! Contact any Board member or email :

Susitna Watana Logo

  The proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project would be located approximately half-way between Anchorage and Fairbanks on the upper Susitna River. The Susitna-Watana dam would be located within a steep-sided valley of the Susitna River at River Mile 184 above the mouth, approximately 34 miles upstream of the Devil’s Canyon rapids. The single dam would be at the same location below Watana Creek as in the larger two-dam Susitna Hydroelectric Project proposed in the 1980’s. The 700-foot high Susitna-Watana dam would have a 557-foot difference between tail water and the maximum pond elevation of 2,014 feet. The resulting reservoir would be 39 miles long and up to 2 miles wide. Construction access would be provided by a proposed road from the Denali Highway as well as a rail spur fro the Alaska Railroad at Gold Creek.
  A synopsis from the Alaska Energy Authority website says:
"In 2010, the Alaska State Legislature passed legislation which declares a State energy policy. The bill directs the State to receive 50 percent of its electrical generation from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. Hydropower, the lowest cost energy for Alaska consumers, currently provides approximately 24 percent of the electrical energy used in Alaska. The only way to achieve the new goal of deriving 50 percent of our electricity from renewable and alternative sources is for a new, large hydroelectric project to be built in the Railbelt region."
For more info visit:

Susitna Kayaker

American Whitewater
                                              LogoAmerican Whitewater is a stakeholder engaged in the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project that would dam the Susitna River upstream of Devil's Canyon. The project would impact instream flows through Devil's Canyon and inundate a significant stretch of river upstream of the canyon.

Currently the State of Alaska, the proponent of the hydropower project, is undertaking the a series of studies to examine the feasibility of constructing the project and the associated impacts. In an effort to better understand the recreational impacts of the project, the State of Alaska has contracted with URS / Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to conduct a survey of individuals recreating on the Susitna River. We encourage any who have experienced this stretch of river to take the survey.
To take the survey, go to:Link
Respondents completing a survey will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate redeemable at or Cabela’s. Your responses to the survey will be kept completely confidential. Please take the time to complete the Susitna River Recreation Survey, and encourage other river recreators to do so as well!

Paddlesports Safety Resources
offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in partnership with the American Canoe Association

The ACA and the USCGA are working together to promote safety among those who use kayaks, canoes and other paddlecraft. For more information follow the link Link.
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