Families rent canoes, kayaks and paddle boards from the boathouse in Grand Forks
Grand Forks, N.D. - Many people found ways to beat the summer heat on the Red River on Sunday. Reporter Kelsie McMahon has more from the James R. Fleeker Memorial Boathouse on the Red. Marty Egeland, Thompson, ND, "Well, it's a nice day and we're...
Grand Forks, N.D. - Many people found ways to beat the summer heat on the Red River on Sunday.
Reporter Kelsie McMahon has more from the James R. Fleeker Memorial Boathouse on the Red.
Marty Egeland, Thompson, ND, "Well, it's a nice day and we're gonna go out and enjoy the scenic Red River and get a little quiet time on the river with a couple of kayaks."
The Egelands spent the day with family and friends on the river staying cool as temperatures rise in the valley.
Egeland, "On a Summer day like this, anytime when it's hot if you can get out in the water and normally I enjoy fishing a lot, but yeah just boating on the Red River is really kind of a unused treasure right in our backyard."
For the second Summer, the James R. Fleeker Memorial Boathouse on the Red is renting canoes, kayaks and paddle boards in Lincoln Park. Open for about four weeks, almost 200 people rented watercrafts from the Boathouse.
Jim Grijalva, Ground Up Adventures President, "We've been really amazed at the outpouring of interest and support by all kinds of groups."
Grijalva says he has heard many positive reactions from people on the water.
Grijalva, "This is super fun to, this is a super workout, so I didn't realize we had such a great opportunity here."
Seen as a resource, Grijalva says paddling on the river is a way for people of all ages to connect with nature and enjoy time on the water.
Tammy Egeland, Thompson, ND, "Especially during the Summer, we get so busy that it's nice to just be able to take a little time during the afternoon and just spend some time with friends and family."
Making this a way some people stay cool during the dog days of Summer and enjoy the scenery in town.
Grijalva says their plan was to be on the river in downtown Grand Forks, but the Boathouse is temporarily in Lincoln Park. Next year they hope to be located downtown.