Fairbanks Paddlers will hold it’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner on Friday, November 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks.  All are welcome to attend.

Ned Rozell will be this year’s guest presenter following our potluck dinner and short business meeting. He will share stories and images of his travels on Alaska’s “Trail River”.


  • 6:30 PM – Doors open and Gear Swap – Bring boating and outdoor gear that needs a new home, or find great deals on gear that is new to you.  A new order of club T-shirts and sweatshirts with either Canoe or Kayak logos should also be available for sale in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes. 
  • 7:00 PM – Potluck Dinner – Bring a favorite dish and beverages to share. Cam Leonard will once again provide a roast turkey.. Share a meal with friends and swap tales of your summer paddling adventures
  • 7:30 PM – Brief Business Meeting – Summary of 2016 activities – Nomination and election of new board members.
  • 7:50 PM – Guest Presentation and slide show by Ned Rozell – “Trail River”

Trail River

The Tanana River is the reason we’re all here, due to E.T. Barnette’s wrong turn. It’s our home river, but it’s not swift, splashy or sexy. More braided, board-like and backwater. But it’s home, has easy highway shuttles and is a surprise in good ways. Ned Rozell aspires to canoe the whole river, and this summer floated from Nenana to Tanana. At the November meeting of the Fairbanks Paddlers, he will describe his travels on the “Trail River” and why he thinks others are missing the boat.

Trail River - By Ned Rozell

The Tanana drains the north side of the Alaska Range and much of the hills and swamps of Interior Alaska. Its watershed is larger than Virginia. The river flows 660 miles from near the village of Northway to where it rams the Yukon near the village of Tanana. – Ned Rozell – “A Float Down the Tanana River” – Alaska Science Forum

nedrozellNed Rozell has walked, skied, driven, and flown across Alaska, and he’s lived there more than half his life, so it must be home. He’s written more than 800 weekly newspaper columns about natural history and science, and has written 80 more for Alaska Magazine. He has four Alaska-related books and counting; Walking my Dog, Jane, is about that hike across Alaska with a dog that won’t come along again. His latest work is Natural Alaska: Life on the Edge

( Featured Photo – The middle Tanana River, as quiet now as it was a century ago. Photo by Ned Rozell. )

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