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Family-friendly Flow the St. Joe paddling event takes place Saturday

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Thursday, August 03, 2017 03:46 pm

The St. Joseph Watershed Initiative Partnership invites people to experience the beauty of the St. Joseph River during its Flow the St. Joe padding trip Saturday from Spencerville to Leo-Cedarville.

The family-friendly event for people in canoes and kayaks will take about five to six hours, including a stop for lunch, a news release said. Along with seeing the natural beauty of the river and its banks, people also will learn more about the St. Joseph River system and the ways it serves the Fort Wayne area.

The St. Joseph drains nearly 700,000 acres in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, provides extensive wildlife habitat, and is the source of raw water the city of Fort Wayne uses to provide treated drinking water to about 300,000 people, the news release said.

Check-in for event begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Gardens Park in Leo-Cedarville, the news release said. Cost is $25 each for ages 18 and older and $10 each for ages 17 and younger. The fee includes lunch and transportation to the launch site at the covered bridge in Spencerville.

People are welcome to bring their own canoe or kayak. Those seeking to rent canoes or kayaks should make those arrangements through Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot or through Earth Adventures Unlimited.

To register for the event, go to Flow the St. Joe on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flow-the-st-joe-tickets-35536315075.

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