Skip to main content

North Texas River Runners Splash Together Fun & Environmental Impact

Jul 08, 2016 04:46PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Photo courtesy of Charley Kemp.

Gallery: North Texas River Runners Club (NTRR) [9 Images] Click any image to expand.

Getting outdoors in a creative way can become a challenge for any adventure-lover. However, if you have yet to tackle the exciting hobby of a paddle sport, the North Texas River Runners Meetup Club has got it covered. 

With over 750 members on the Meetup page alone, this group of experts and beginners alike take on both mellow and rapid rivers.
Charley Kemp,
voted Paddler of the Year

 

We were lucky enough to get in touch with Charley Kemp, one of the current organizers  and President of the group, and hear more about the club and their mission to get onto the water. She is an ACA certified Level 4 white-water instructor.

Tell me a little bit about the North Texas River Runners Meetup group. How did it get started? How many people are a part of the group?

The North Texas River Runners Meetup is an offshoot of the North Texas River Runners Club (NTRR), which is a chapter of the larger Arkansas Canoe Club. The Arkansas Canoe Club is a recreational organization consisting of over 600 member households representing seven chapters in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. 

The North Texas River Runners chapter was organized in 1985 as a group of like-minded people who wanted to get together to kayak, canoe, and raft the waterways of the world. The Meetup group currently has 752 members, but not all of them are paid members of the parent club.

What kind of activities does the group focus on? 

We focus on paddle sports of all kinds, trips, classes, tours etc. Our members do both white water and flat water events. But we also focus on environmental awareness through river and lake clean-ups, educational programs, and leave-no-trace training. Responsible stewardship of the environment is a part of all our outdoor events.  We also do skills training such as our monthly roll practice.

What is the mission of the group? 

We are about helping our members develop their kayaking skills while discovering the joys of outdoor water adventures. 

How can people join in? How often does the group meet?

The Meetup group is free to join through Meetup.com; however, to join the club and participate beyond the introductory events requires paying dues of $25 per year to the Arkansas Canoe Club. 

NTRR holds a monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Richard Simpson Park, 6300 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington Texas 76016.

To join go to http://www.arkansascanoeclub.com/Default.aspx?pageId=490081 and choose North Texas River Runners as your chapter.

We also join with the city of Grand Prairie once a month to sponsor a skills practice at a Grand Prairie pool. 

What is your most memorable Meetup moment or trip? 

Every paddle trip has adventures involved and memories are made.  The friendships that are formed in this sport are priceless. 

Anything else we should know about you, or the group?  

Regardless of whether you are new to canoeing, kayaking or rafting or if you are a veteran, you will be among friends in the Arkansas Canoe Club and the chapter of the North Texas River Runners.

We are dedicated to participating in and promoting the sport of paddling by holding paddling schools and clinics, whitewater rescue courses, river cleanups and being active in conservation and river access issues. But most of all WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN!!



Photos and answers courtesy of Charley Kemp. 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates



Embed this content on your website

Embed
Today, Community local group spotlight spotlight meetup groups
  • DFW Solar Awareness Day

    09/25/2017
    12:00AM

    Hello! We are putting together a day for solar awareness in the DFW area! Talk to your friends...


  • SusieCakes Grand Opening Happy Hour

    09/25/2017
    03:00PM — 07:30PM

    Enjoy the grand opening of SusieCakes in Fort Worth with a week of happy hour deals! Monday 9...


  • Kayaking

    09/26/2017
    09:00AM — 10:30AM

    Take a break from hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual‐seated kayaks along...


  • Exhibit: Seeing is a Nervous Habit

    09/26/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    A retrospective of Kenda North’s work. The exhibit will be accompanied by a group exhibition of f...


  • SusieCakes Grand Opening Happy Hour

    09/26/2017
    03:00PM — 07:30PM

    Enjoy the grand opening of SusieCakes in Fort Worth with a week of happy hour deals! Monday 9...


  • Exhibit: Seeing is a Nervous Habit

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    A retrospective of Kenda North’s work. The exhibit will be accompanied by a group exhibition of f...


  • SusieCakes Grand Opening Happy Hour

    09/28/2017
    03:00PM — 07:30PM

    Enjoy the grand opening of SusieCakes in Fort Worth with a week of happy hour deals! Monday 9...


  • Taste of Grand Prairie

    09/28/2017
    04:00PM — 08:30AM

    Enjoy over 70 Exhibitors that will be showcasing & providing samples of the BEST they have to off...


  • ArtScapes

    09/28/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    The NEW Mansfield Commission for the Arts will host their inaugural event, ArtScapes. Come enjoy ...


  • Taste of Grand Prairie

    09/28/2017
    04:00PM — 08:30AM

    Enjoy over 70 Exhibitors that will be showcasing & providing samples of the BEST they have to off...


  • ArtScapes

    09/28/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    The NEW Mansfield Commission for the Arts will host their inaugural event, ArtScapes. Come enjoy ...


  • Exhibit: Seeing is a Nervous Habit

    09/29/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    A retrospective of Kenda North’s work. The exhibit will be accompanied by a group exhibition of f...


  • Asia Times Square Moon Festival

    09/29/2017
    04:00PM — 11:30PM

    The Moon Festival is a three day event, from Sept 29th until Oct 1st, with free multicultural sho...


  • The Grand Prairie Farmers Market will celebrate its 8th birthday on September 30, 2017! Come out ...


  • Asia Times Square Moon Festival

    09/30/2017
    04:00PM — 11:30PM

    The Moon Festival is a three day event, from Sept 29th until Oct 1st, with free multicultural sho...


  • Live Music on the Patio with Third Wheel

    09/30/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Come See us for some great food, awesome music, and deals on drinks! Join us on the patio for mus...


  • Asia Times Square Moon Festival

    10/01/2017
    04:00PM — 11:30PM

    The Moon Festival is a three day event, from Sept 29th until Oct 1st, with free multicultural sho...


 

Image title
Mansfield Area High School Sports

Community Champions