Canoe/Kayak Poker Run – June 6


THANK YOU to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers, and participants who worked to make our inaugural Poker Run an astounding success!  We had 158 participants and 30 volunteers with gorgeous, sunny weather, FREE dinner, games, and entertainment to add to the fun day.   We have tons of photos at our FaceBook Page. We will see you all next year!

Poker Run Scheduled for June 6th, 2015

Poker Run will take place as scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, 2015. We are good to GO people!! The water level is OK. We are expecting at least 140 – 175 people, so try to get there early for shuttling and registration. Conewango Kayak Canoe livery will be at Larimer Park, Russell, Pa around 8 am to start shuttling people & boats up to Frewsburg. Registration in Frewsburg, NY will start as early as 8:30 am for you early birds. Last boats on the water by 11 am. If you or someone you know has NOT registered yet, you can register that day in Frewsburg. DO NOT MAIL FORMS!! It’s gonna be awesome!! See you there!

As a kick off to the 2015 River of the Year Celebration, CCWA has scheduled its first Canoe and Kayak Poker Run for Saturday, June 6th, 2015.   (In the event of lightning or high water the event will instead be held on June 13).  This is a family-friendly fundraising activity for us and funds will be used for CCWA projects and expenses.

Paddlers on the Conewnago
Paddlers on the Conewnago

The Run will begin at the Frewsburg, NY Launch along Rt 62 west of Frewsburg.  It will end at Larimer Park in Russell, PA.  That’s a distance of approximately 11.5 miles.  Early Registration is $20 per person if they register before April 25th.  After April 25th the registration is $25.  Registered participants will get one score card for a 5 card Draw Poker hand, a t-shirt (for those registered before April 25th), a chance to win door prizes, and a picnic supper with activities or entertainment afterward.  Children are welcome to paddle along for free, but anyone under 18 years of age cannot participate in the poker hands.  A small fee can be paid for the BBQ supper for non-registrants.

“We have had folks out on the creek helping us clean the creek for the last 6 years.  We decided it was time to get people out on the creek for some fun and celebration!!  What better time to have fun on the creek than during the 2015 River of the Year Celebrations!” Says Liz Dropp, CCWA Board Member.

This Poker Run is similar to other poker runs.  The participants will paddle down Conewango Creek and stop at four places along the creek to pick a card at each that will be recorded on their “score card.”  The fifth card will be drawn at the end at Larimer Park.  There will also be an opportunity to draw an extra card in exchange for collecting litter along the creek and also to buy one additional card for a $5 donation.  The winner will be the person with the best poker hand at the end. The Grand prize will be awarded to that person. Be sure to read and understand all the rules and regulations related to the game.  Click HERE for the Rules and Regulations.


Conewango Canoe and Kayak Rental Conewango Kayak Canoe, located on US Route 62, near Akeley, PA, will be providing the shuttling service the day of the event.  Please call them at 814-688-7647 to make a shuttling reservation and payment arrangements. They will shuttle people, gear, AND boats from Larimer Park in Russell, PA ( the end point of the poker run) to the boat launch in Frewsburg, NY. ( the starting point). This service is being offered at a discounted rate of $10 per person & boat, just for our event.  Canoe/Kayak rentals may also be available…call them for rental rates.

Parking is extremely limited at the boat launch in Frewsburg so we are asking participants to take advantage of the shuttling service….or if you drop your boat and gear off in Frewsburg and drive your vehicle to Larimer Park, we will have volunteers on hand to drive participants back to the starting point in Frewsburg, for free. Either way, your vehicle is already waiting for you at the end of the run.

Conewango Kayak Canoe also has several campsites located at their livery, which is stop #4 on the poker run. Call the number above for info & reservations.  Hidden Valley Campgrounds located between Jamestown and Warren is another local campground. For more info & reservations call 716-569-5433.

Some extra T-shirts will be ordered , but a shirt cannot be guaranteed to late registrants.  Late registrants may purchase additional T-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis.  So to make sure you get your shirt, register by April 25th.

Participants will have the opportunity to further support CCWA by purchasing 50-50 tickets.  The winner will receive 50% of the cash taken in on the 50-50 drawing.  There will also be door prizes that all participants will be eligible to win.  Participants must 18 years or older to participate in the Poker Run or the other drawings.

To print out the Registration Form Click HERE.  You can  then print the form, fill it out and hand-deliver or mail to our office at the address on the form.  At the current time, we are only taking checks or cash for registration.

Waivers:  Several Waivers must be signed to participate in our events.  Please download the necessary waivers, complete them in full and mail to our office at CCWA, 210 North DR, Ste E, Warren, PA 16365 or bring them the day of the event.

To download the American Canoe Association (ACA) Adult Waiver Click Here.

To download the ACA Minor Waiver click Here

To download the Waiver specific to CCWA click Here.

For more information you can email us through the site or call our office at 814-726-1441.

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