Fairbanks Paddlers will hold it’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner on Friday, November 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks.  All are welcome to attend.

Last year’s “crowd-sourced” slide shows and videos were so well received, that we have decided to bring this format back to the featured presentation following the short business meeting and election. At the 2017 meeting, we celebrated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Nine people shared their images and stories from river adventures.  We would like to keep each presentation to about 5-7 minutes. These mini-shows can highlight any human powered river trips, but we would especially like to invite presentations of wild and scenic Alaskan rivers, whether they are officially designated or not.

If you are willing to share few images, video clips, and memories, please contact John Schauer at johnjschauer (AT) gmail.com or (907) 457-3962 in advance.  Pictures or videos should be loaded on a USB drive to transfer onto the presenting computer. 

Celebrating Wild and Scenic Rivers

Last year, we kicked off the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The actual 50th anniversary of this historic act’s passage was October 2, 2018.  To continue the celebration, we will show the 42 minute video “Run Wild Run Free: 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers” following our mini-slide shows.

The film “Run Wild Run Free…” takes the viewer through the history to the present of Wild and Scenic as told through experts, grassroots organizers, white water enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho.


Run Wild Run Free: 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers : Official Trailer from Pacific Rivers on Vimeo.

Today in a polarized political climate new designations and river protections have stalled even though there is no time in history more important then now to protect our freshwater ecosystems. We hope this film will inspire and educate people across the country to protect their home river under Wild and Scenic so we can continue this important legacy for future generations to come. ~Shane Anderson – Pacific Rivers


  • 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. 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. Club stickers with both logos are also available.
  • 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 2018 activities – Nomination and election of new board members.
  • 7:50 PM – Crowd-sourced mini slideshows celebrating wild rivers, followed by the video “Run Wild Run Free: 50 Years of Wild and Scenic Rivers”

Alaskan Wild and Scenic Rivers

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