Tuesday, June 9, 2015


The drawing for the winner of the kayak & other prizes offered in the SF Whitewater Park fund raising raffle will be drawn on Saturday, June 13 at Sun N Fun.  There is an open house from 11:00 to 3:00 at Sun N Fun.  Mitchell, the driving force behind this effort, will be available to answer questions regarding plans and the progress of the whitewater park.

Then on Sunday, June 14 – SF Whitewater Park is hosting a cruise on the Big Sioux from Farm Field access on 57th near Western Avenue, to Kilian College.  This is a celebration cruise, to celebrate the successful raffle and the efforts to bring a whitewater park to our area.  

Want everyone on the water by 1.  We plan on transporting people as early as 1130.

If you have questions, please contact Mitchell at Mitchell.joldersma@hotmail.com

Hope to see you Sunday!


Mary Finck
President
SD Canoe & Kayak Association

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

JUNE 7: ADAPTIVE PADDLING FAIR
9:30-11:00 AM
 ANNUAL PADDLING FAIR
1-4 PM
FAMILY LAKE (12TH & TEA ELLIS RD) IN SIOUX FALLS

WOULD YOU AND YOUR FAMILY LIKE TO TRY KAYAKING, CANOEING, OR STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING? JOIN US THIS SUNDAY AT FAMILY LAKE TO TEST DRIVE A WIDE VARIETY OF KAYAKS, CANOES AND SUPS. BOATS, PADDLES, LIFE JACKETS, INSTRUCTIONS, AND ON-WATER GUIDANCE WILL BE PROVIDED. COME INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY TO A GREAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITY. FREE. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

SDCKA WILL PARTNER WITH CITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SD - PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND SUN N FUN.  WE NEED LOTS OF HELP FOR THE AFTERNOON SESSION.  

 Please check out the Paddling Fair event and consider joining us for our upcoming Paddling Fairs this Sunday June 7, 2015.   We always need a lot of hands available for the afternoon session. We would also appreciate you sharing your boats, paddles, life jackets, and experience with people interested in the sport. You do not need to attend both as they are each unique and separate. The morning fair is very rewarding personally. The afternoon fair is equally as rewarding for the sheer volume of people that may come if the weather is nice. We look forward to seeing you at Family Lake Park.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Great Efforts to Get More People on (White) Water

Mitchell Joldersma, a SDCKA member and board member, is leading the charge to get more folks on whitewater in South Dakota.

He's established a non-profit that hopes to develop a whitewater park near Sioux Falls. The club is offering a fund-raiser raffle right now.

The Argus Leader recently did a story on Joldersma's efforts. The story tells of how a recreational attraction like a whitewater park could be a boon for the community.

You can get tons of details on fast-moving water opportunities from Joldersma and his team, too. The SDKCA is proud to support this new effort that will help more paddlers have fun on the water.

Good luck, Mitchell!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

S D KAYAK CHALLENGE

WELCOME KAYAK CHALLENGE RACERS, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS 
This is it!  The weekend of the 72 mile Challenge Race on the Missouri!  As racers and volunteers, we are so pleased to be a part of this  event.  We hope for good weather, good health to all the participants, and good fortune in avoiding the sand bars!  Thanks to the organizers & Dept. of Tourism, and all those involved for providing a great opportunity to celebrate & enjoy this river, the scenery, the fellowship – and the best entertainment available – paddling SD waters.

Check out sdkayakchallenge.org for more information & the race results.

Mary Finck
President
SD Canoe & Kayak Association
 2015 Schedule
Friday, May 22
2:00 - 10:00 p.m. Check in at Riverside Park (west entrance), Yankton
5:30 p.m. Shuttle leaves the Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE for Yankton
7:00 p.m. Mandatory safety briefing - Riverside Park, Yankton
7:45 p.m. Support crew briefing - Riverside Park, Yankton
8:00 p.m. FREE supper for racers - Riverside Park Picnic Shelter, Yankton
Free overnight camping at Riverside Park

Hotel - Best Western Kelly Inn Yankton
Saturday, May 23
5:35 a.m. Boat check-in at starting line - Riverside Park
7:00 a.m. SHARP - Start - All classes
Approx 9:00 p.m. - Awards ceremony at HQ tent at boat ramp, South Sioux City, NE
Race Hotel - Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NEAsk for "Kayak Challenge" block of rooms
Campground - Scenic Park Campground, South Sioux City, NEYou can sign-up to camp in our tent city at the finish when you check-in on Friday. $10 per tent. No open fires. Showers available, but are a short walk away. Have a camper? Give us a call and we'll find you a spot at the finish. 
Sunday, May 24
1:00 p.m. Race ends

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 16: Big Sioux River Greenway Clean-up

SDCKA is again assisting with the City of Sioux Falls 2nd Annual Big Sioux River Greenway Clean-up, which will be held May 16 from 8-11am. Our adopted park is Legacy (W 12th & Marion). No boats needed.




More info can be found here: http://www.siouxfalls.org/public-works/environmental-recycling-hazardous/greenway-cleanup.aspx

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Great Events Down on the River!

The South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association will host a booth at the Missouri River Rendezvous on May 2 in Yankton's Riverside Park.

The Rendezvous is part of three offerings paddlers might enjoy. The first is the 8:30 a.m. National Park Service River Cleanup. You can get on the water (in a power boat) and help keep the Missouri National Recreational River pristine.

The cleanup ends about 11:30 a.m., and around 12:30 p.m. the Dam N Back Trek, a new paddling race, begins (and ends) at Riverside Park. Racers will go against-current toward the Gavins Point Dam, then return.

The Rendezvous features two dozen outdoors exhibits, including ours! We'd love to see you down in Yankton this weekend! The expo continues until 5 p.m. Email Jarett with questions or just come down to the River!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Several of us are going from Farmfield Park on 57th just west of Western Ave to east 26th boat launch Wednesday April 29
We will meet at 57th at 1:00 PM and shuttle first.  Anyone wishing to join us is welcome. If you have any questions you can call me at 605-366-6844.