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Rafting, Canoeing and Kayaking ... Lake, River and Ocean ... Beginner to Advanced ... KCK does it all!

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 starKCK membership for 2016.  Renew Early!
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 2016 KCK membership application. Application form must be printed, filled out completely and signed.
 Alternately you may now join or renew online using a credit card (small additional fee applies) at   Link

Next KCK General Meeting will be February 23rd, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm, Location:  BP Energy Center, Birch Room     Map Link:
( Meetings are free and open to the general public.)

A special screening of the movie: Congo – The Grand Inga Project
  Join us for one of the most dramatic and visually stunning paddling films ever made. Director Steve Fisher and a small team of kayakers run the Inga Rapids on the Congo River in Africa. These rapids are the biggest and highest-volume set of rapids in the world, holding 40-foot-wide whirlpools, 20-foot waves and the weight of history.  Though others have tried, no one group has challenged the Inga Rapids before now and survived. Congo: The Grand Inga Project is a great expedition story that will have you holding your breath!

After this exciting movie, we will discuss summer 2016 boating trips and projects for members to join in. Rafting, packrafting, and sea kayaking. If you want to do a trip this summer, this might be a good place to start.

Upcoming General Meetings for KCK in 2016

Date / Time Location Meeting Topics
Tuesday, 02/23/2016, 7:00 pm BP Energy Center
Movie - Congo, The Grand Inga Project, 
Thursday, 03/24/2016, 7:00 pm BP Energy Center Brad Meilklejohn - slide show packrafting trips around the world, Eklutna Dam removal project update
Thursday, 04/28/2016, 5:30 pm Bear Tooth Theatrepub Selections from the National Paddling Film Festival
Thursday, 05/05/2016, 5:30 pm BP Energy Center Intro To Boating
Thursday, 05/19/2016, 7:00 pm
BP Energy Center Alaska Raft and Kayak - in-field repairs demonstration, Ray Koleser - Firth packrafting trip (tentative)

Check out the new Google Calendar for KCK    ( thanks to Victoria Lytle )



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KCK Official 2016 Membership Cards

Cards will be available to current members at the general meetings.
The 2016 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

CK Board of Directors and Officers for 2016
KCK Board of Directors
Volunteer Positions
President :
Eric Downey
Sergeant at Arms:
Vice President :
Steve Shamburek Membership:
Charlene Carter
Grillmaster Assistant: 
Board Member :
Chris Hellmann Programs Director:
Kristen Alden
Insurance Coordinator : OPEN
Board Member :
Jim Haack Programs Assistant:
OPEN Insurance Coordinator: 

Board Member:  Val Glooschenko Webmaster:
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: 
Conservation: Peggy Wilcox Pack-Rafting Instructor: 


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 :

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  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. Hydro power, 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 Rail belt region."
For more info visit:

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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Webmaster: Marvin Copley
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