The 2012 Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures season kicked off with the 4th annual Partner Paddle in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Over one hundred partners gathered for a paddle on the Mississippi River to celebrate a terrific partnership between the National Park Service, Wilderness Inquiry, the Mississippi River Fund, and several local and state organizations and agencies. Together the partnerships have provided a Mississippi River experience to over 20,000 youth in the Twin Cities.
The event also launched The Summer of Paddling 2012, an effort to promote canoeing and kayaking along the entire length of the Mississippi River. Summer of Paddling 2012 is a partnership between the US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi River Trail, Inc. and many others and is the first of a series of annual events focused on creating opportunities for visitors to intimately experience the Mississippi River by offering over 200 events this summer!
The Partner Paddle also provided an opportunity for Will Shafroth, Councilor to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar for American’s Great Outdoors, to announce the designation of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area as the Nation’s second National Water Trail. Participants in the event included Midwest Deputy Regional Director Patty Trap, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Superintendent Chris Stein, Voyageurs National Park Superintendent Mike Ward, and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Superintendent Paul Labovitz.