Contributed by the Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Does floating down a river on a homemade log raft seem like an adventure from long ago?
For a Scout group camping at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve last summer, it became an exciting reality. The troop of boys and girls learned about the Rustic-Raft Rally on the day before the event and, in less than 24 hours, they had constructed two rafts using only natural materials. They floated, paddled, and poled the rafts down the Kickapoo River and over the finish line, along with a dozen other rafters (families, scouts, students and adventurers).
Some rafters had worked for weeks on their rafts, using only with natural materials, and other participants had built them quickly. Each raft completed the course, which was from landing 12, by Rockton, to landing 14, about 2.3 river miles.
This year, the Rustic-Raft Rally will be held on Saturday, July 27. The event is free and open to all ages. Contact Jackie Yocum at (608) 635-2960 or email [email protected] to receive more information and to register. Rafts will be limited to 15.
The Rustic Raft Rally will include free wagon rides on Old 131, nature hikes, fishing for kids, a scavenger hunt, yard games, and a campfire. Food will be for sale. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.