Category Archives: Events

2021 prairie wildflower walk

The Friends of the Black River will hold its annual prairie wildflower walk Wednesday, July 21 beginning at 6 p.m. Site for the hike is in the Shamrock area and participants wanting to carpool or caravan to the site should meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Theisen Home and Auto parking lot on State Highway… Read More »

Kayak demonstration and instruction event

The Friends of the Black River will offer kayaking demonstrations and instruction Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Wazee beach. The public will be able to try kayaking and can receive basic instruction or more advanced skills such as rolling. All equipment will be provided. An admission fee… Read More »

Upcoming 2021 paddles

Upcoming 2021 paddles Saturday, June 26: Black River, Greenwood Park to CTH OO, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3: Paddle in the Park, Lunda Community Park kids’ fishing pond, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 10: Whitewater paddle Hatfield dam release, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17: Kayak instruction sessions, Wazee County Park beach,… Read More »

2021 Spring Wildflower Walk

The Friends of the Black River will hold its annual wildflower hike Saturday, May 8. The trail is located on Pettibone Pass and is considered easy walking; the guided hike will last about an hour. For those unable to join the Saturday hike, self-guided walks can be taken May 7 and May 9, with the… Read More »

Spring Hike

The Friends of the Black River will hold a nature hike Sunday, March 21, 2021. The hike will be about two miles along East Bank trail of the Black River. Participants wanting to carpool/caravan should meet at noon in the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot located at 120 N. Water Street, Black… Read More »

Upcoming outdoor winter activities

Jackson In Action is holding a Triple Snowshoe Challenge to provide other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this winter. The challenge involves three snowshoe/hiking events. The events will have a marked two- to three-mile course participants can do anytime on the three weekends between Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. and ending Sunday at 3 p.m. … Read More »

Snowshoe hike

The Friends of the Black River and the Jackson County Hiking Club will cosponsor a snowshoe hike at the Skyline Golf Course Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Meet-up time in the golf course’s parking lot is set for 12:45 p.m. A tour of new hiking/snowshoe trails will begin at 1 p.m. The tour will last about… Read More »

Annual holiday movie night cancelled

Due to the pandemic, the Friends of the Black River will not be holding its 2020 holiday movie night in December. Future events and meetings continue to be on hold until it’s determined it is safe to meet in large groups. For more information about FBR, email

Volunteers needed for County Highway K Cleanup

The Friends of the Black River is looking for volunteers to help remove trash along County Highway K. The cleanup is FBR’s Adopt-A-Highway commitment. Volunteers are asked to meet Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Highway K and State Highway 54 East. Supplies will be provided. For more information… Read More »