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Protecting the Kayaderosseras Creek

  1. We are a volunteer, not-for-profit organization established to protect the Kayaderosseras Creek and its watershed in Saratoga County, New York, for purposes of conservation, education, and recreation. Our mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Kayaderosseras Creek, locally known as the “Kaydeross,” and to inspire action to preserve and protect the creek, its tributaries and its watershed as habitat for fish and wildlife, and as a recreational and scenic resource for residents and visitors in surrounding communities. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Email fokdocomm@gmail.com with any questions!

Spring Clean Up

by FoK volunteers • May 10, 2022

It is time to get that trash out of the creek! Please join Friends of the Kayaderosseras for our spring Creekside clean-up event this Sunday (May 15). We’ll meet at 9am at Kelley Park in the Village of Ballston Spa, and then fan out to improve various locations within the watershed. The good news / bad news is that, in the last four years, we’ve averaged more than 1 ton of garbage per clean-up. The creek benefits from your help!

We’ll meet at 9am on Sunday at Kelley Park (site of recent trout-stocking event), and coffee and bagels will be provided at the start. Look forward to seeing you! Also note that the spring creek-tenders paddle is coming up (May 21).

Trout Stocking Recap

by FOK Member • May 1, 2022

Great morning adding trout to the Kayaderosseras at Kelley Park! Lots of fun, lots of hands helping, and lots of new trout. Thank you to all the volunteers and Avery’s Trout Hatchery. Between today’s trout and last weekend’s tree planting at Axe Factory Preserve, we’re re-establishing important pieces in and along the creek. After taking next weekend off, Friends of the Kayaderosseras will pivot from adding missing pieces towards removing unwanted threats to the creek. On May 15 we’ll get together for the spring Creekside Clean-up (removing trash), and on May 21 we’ll do the creek-tenders paddle (removing debris that could impedes kayaks and canoes). Put these events on your calendar and come join us!

The Return of the Trout!

by FoK volunteers • April 30, 2022

Earth Month Part 2: The Return of Trout. Please come help add brown trout to the Kayaderosseras Creek! Friends of Kayaderosseras and Avery’s Trout Hatchery Fisheries will collaborate to bring hundreds of new fish to the Kayaderosseras at Kelley Park in the Village of Ballston Spa at 10 am TOMORROW (Sunday, May 1). We need you to join us with a bucket, and carry the young fish the last 20 feet to add them to the creek! Lots of fun, and a great way to celebrate and contribute to Earth Month.

Trout Stocking

by FOK member • April 26, 2022

Trout Stocking at Kelley Park Earth Month Part 2: The Return of Trout

Join us at 10 am on Sunday, May 1 Please come help add brown trout to the Kayaderosseras Creek! At 10 am on Sunday, May 1, Friends of Kayaderosseras and Avery’s Trout Hatchery Fisheries will collaborate to bring hundreds of new fish to the Kayaderosseras at Kelley Park in the Village of Ballston Spa.

We need you to join us at Kelley Park with a bucket, and carry them the last 20 feet to add them the creek! Lots of fun, and a great way to celebrate and contribute to Earth Month.

Winter Newsletter

by FOK Board • January 31, 2022

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Annual Meeting

by FOK Board • January 31, 2022

Join us for our Annual Meeting on March 14th, 2022.

The meeting will be in person at 7pm at the Gideon Putnam room, Saratoga Spa State Park.

The meeting will include a featured talk on the Natural History at Axe Factory, elections for President, Secretary and Director for Membership, Awards for service from the past year and more!

Hope you can join us.

Fall Clean Up Recap

by FOK Board • November 18, 2021

Axe Factory Preserve had a facelift in the last year. With past projects to improve parking access and drainage at the top of the hill, to a beautiful split rail fence bordering factory remains, to bridges and wood planks that allow better access to trails, the Axe Factory Preserve has never looked better. Our Annual Fall Clean-up was mostly spent at AFP, moving large objects and debris that have collected over the years. Many buckets of broken glass and other various objects were carried up the hill with the help of volunteers and our local Boy Scouts. Fallen trees and branches have been removed to gain better access to a trail that we are continuously working on. The changes to AFP have been exciting to witness and we are so happy to have this hidden gem right in the Village of Ballston Spa.

We also made it to our other sites, parks and trails along the Kayaderosseras to pick up debris, appliances and garbage that was gathered this fall. We filled a truck, cars and a dumpster in just a few hours of hard work. We cannot thank our volunteers enough (but the food after the clean-up day did help!).

Hope you head out to see the beauty at Axe Factory Preserve before the first snowfall! Help us continue our progress by bringing a bucket and gloves to pick up some of the broken glass along your walk.

Pedal the Creek

by FOK member • September 23, 2021

Saturday we had 60 riders gather at the Brookhaven Pavilion in the Town of Greenfield to join us in showcasing the upper Kayaderosseras Creek. Riders chose from a course of 14, 30, or a 50-mile loop and made stops along the way to enjoy the scenery. We started the day with some fog and overcast but finished in the sunshine with a beautiful ride and lots of snacks, food and beverages at the pavilion. Thank you to our riders for coming out! We hope you join us next year and bring some friends along for the ride! Thank you to the Town of Greenfield for the use of the pavilion and for the donations from Stewart’s, Hannaford, My Other Garden and our volunteer members that provided snacks along the way and lunch at the end of the ride.

Pedal the Creek

by FOK Members • September 5, 2021

Join the Friends of the Kayaderosseras on Saturday, September 18th, for our annual "Pedal the Creek" bike tour. Participants will ride from the Brookhaven Park Pavilion, alongside the upper portions of the creek, and through Greenfield, Milton, Porter Corners, and Rock City Falls. You are able to choose either a 14, 30 or 50 mile course.

To register for the ride, please complete an online registration form (also available to print and mail in) and complete payment using our PayPal links on the registration form or mail in your payment. Fill out the waiver to bring in person the day of the ride or include when mailing your forms. Check out our maps and cue sheets to pick your ride length.

Registration Form

Mail-In Registration Form

Waiver

Thank you volunteers!

by FOK Members • May 18, 2021

Thank you to all the volunteers for your help during the Spring Clean Up and the Creek Tenders Paddle!

Over 30 volunteers showed up to clean creekside bringing back filled garbage bags and truck beds, mattresses, debris, couches and even a toilet!

Our Creek Tenders crew made great progress from Gray's Crossing to Driscoll Park. Blockages were removed at the current water level, trash was picked up along the way and canoes were filled with debris and more tires!

Check out some of our pictures and video's on the Facebook page! Join us on our next clean up this fall or post pictures of your family helping keep the Kayadeross clean!