If you have a bad time... it's your own fault
Follow upacreekbiz on Twitter Located in the Lawrence, Perry/Lecompton and Topeka area, Up a Creek is dedicated to providing you with memorable water outings. Whether it’s an afternoon or all day float or an overnight campout on a sandbar, when you paddle with Up a Creek “If you have a bad time, It’s your own fault!”

Red Moon “Super Moon” Float

Posted by Kayoda on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:08am
As the UAC staff and I were washing kayaks at the carwash at 11:30 pm after the Red Moon float, 2 questions keep coming to my mind. The first, where did all of this mud come from?!?!? I was on the float. With the river levels so low there was way more sand than mud?! The second, what person in their right mind would be washing kayaks at 11:30 pm at night?! Flash forward to this morning as I was going through the pictures from the float and I began to remember why we do moon light floats; happy paddlers, lots of smiles, floating and chatting about life, a colorful sunset, a campfire on the sand bar, hotdogs cooking on a stick, smores (which we ran out of quickly, sorry paddlers, next year more Reeses), music, campfire chatter and yes that awesome, awesome super moon that rose up off the eastern skyline and into a starry sky! 
Here’s to another spectacular moon light float on the Kaw! 


Naughty Pirate Float

Posted by Kayoda on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:05am
We had quite a turn out for our 2104 Naughty Pirate Float. 28 paddlers showed up in some sort of pirate regalia for a day of paddling, games and mischievous behavior! We ended up short one pirate by the end of the float, Pat “The Powder Monkey”. It seems that our motley crew of paddlers got a little rough with Pat while he/she was being tied up to the stake for our last game of the day and Pat just couldn’t stay inflated. 
Arrrgh!!!!! All and all another victorious day of pirating on the Kaw!


School Daze

Posted by Kayoda on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:01am
From “Dazed” to “Dazzled”! What a great day to be on Mother Kaw. We had first time floaters, the 2012 UAC groupie joined us for the first time this year, a brother and sister showed up to float and didn’t realize that the either were going to be there, we had floaters from out of state and out of the country, fantastic weather, great clouds, nice breeze and the river flow rate came up from 1840 cfs to 5300 cfs (an awesome flow rate!). Thanks to all that joined and that made it a great day!


Thunder Moon Float

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:25pm
Mother nature finally gave in and gave UAC the right ingredients for a great full moon float. Manageable CFS rates, clear skies and a spectacular moon. Our addition of smore's over a campfire was just the right touch for a great night with some great paddlers! 



Pawsh Wash Takes The Kaw

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:22pm

Late last Fall Amber (owner of Pawsh Wash www.pawshwash.net ) bid on and won a UAC gift certificate for a float trip on Mother Kaw at the Lawrence Humane Shelter Benefit Auction. Last weekend she brought a crew of 18 motley pawsh wash washers to the Kaw for an adventure of paddling, floating, mud fights, fishing and hot dog roasting. It was a great day to be out with such a fun group. We hope to see them all back soon! 




Lied The Way

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:20pm
UAC doesn't do alot of weekday floats but for the Lied Production crew we just have to say yes! Lied is on their 5th year of paddling with UAC. Great weather, awesome flow rate and happy happy paddlers = another spectacular float! See ya next year gang! 

Whiskey Run II

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:11pm
Names can be deceiving sometimes. Although this float was called a whiskey float there wasn't a drop of the brown liquid along for the day. 
What did happen that day was a fine flow rate, lots of sandbars, plenty of fossils, some tasty hotdogs, our first paddle boarder and a great group of UAC groupies out for a blissful day on Mother Kaw.


Fun in the Sun

Posted by Kayoda on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:49pm
Did you ever look up in the sky and see beautiful puffy clouds just floating by at their leisure...one, after one, after another? Fun in the Sun was one of those floats! So we took suit and followed Nature's queue and we just floated right underneath them all day long. Great Day, great paddlers, great flow rate, great weather and great clouds!

Flower Moon Float

Posted by Kayoda on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:41pm

There were a several firsts about our first full moon float of 2014. The first time the weather prognosticators got it right for a full moon float (it did in fact rain on us), the first time a full moon float was finished before 6:00 pm and the first time a Jays float was paddled in 2 hrs and 50 minutes (yes Puppy had the push on)! BUT....it was a awesome group that didn't chicken out on paddling when we offered to cancel the float! So kuddos to all. Paddlers for a great attitude, mother nature for some great pics and weather forecasters for calling it right for once! 


Morel Mushroom Float

Posted by Kayoda on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 8:22am

What a day! Mother Nature knocked one out of the park for us on this float. 78 degrees, minimal wind and a awesome current all combined for a wonderful day of floating and some shroon hunting. Most of the morel hunters took home some tasty treats and some fine memories of floating the Kaw!