Saturday, February 6, 2016


SDCKA POOL SESSION FEBRUARY 13, 2016. 6:00pm to 8:00 pm
At EMBE 300 W 11th St. Sioux Falls South Dakota 57104.
Please make sure your boats are clean a bucket of water and a sponge will be
available to wipe out your boats if needed.  Please call Mary at 605-366-3924
Or Dave at 605-366-6844 to let us know if you are coming or have any questions.
If you are a member of SDCKA there is no charge, if you don't belong there is a
$10.00 fee. Applications will be available if you wish to join.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Join us Jan. 30 for the 2016 Annual Meeting!

Please join us Jan. 30 in Sioux Falls for our annual conference. It's set at the Outdoor Campus, 4500 S. Oxbow Ave., Sioux Falls.

The South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association has grown to become the area’s premier paddling groupWe’re proud to be a resource for all skill levels to promote safety, education, conservation and most of all: paddling adventures in the great outdoors!

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau has great news for our out-of-town guests: reduced rates on rooms! Learn more right here.

You can renew your membership and pick up your 2016 membership card at the meeting; it's $10 for individuals and $12 for families.

If you’re unable to attend, please mail your dues to: 
PO Box 90227    
Sioux Falls, SD. 57109
Session Topics and Schedule: 

11 a.m.: Social / Booths, including ACA; SD Kayak Challenge; Fort to Field 50; Project Safe Passage; ACA Grant; 605 Fitness; Friends of the Big Sioux River; White Water Park; Boat Building; SDCKA events and successes

Noon  Welcome & President Comments

12:10  History of Big Sioux River – Brandon to Grandview (Kevin Gansz)

12:40 Nat. Park Service Centennial & Missouri River Cruise (Lisa Yager, David Mays)

1 p.m.  Namekagon River (Tony Kellar)

1:20  Business Meeting/Election of Officers/Door Prizes

1:30  Break

1:40 Break-out Sessions (Racing, Kayak 101, Boundary Waters)

2 p.m.  Game, Fish & Parks (Emmett Keyser)

2:20  605Fitness – (Chalee Dennis – SUP)

2:40  Adaptive Paddling – Eagle Scout Project (Cory Diedrich)

3 pm. Conservation (Roger Foote)

3:20  Closing/Door Prizes

Thanks for all you do!  Looking forward to more fun in 2016.

Sincerely, your 2015 leadership team:

Mary Finck, President       
David Mays, Vice President       
Pat Wellner, Secretary      
Joe Bassing, Treasure

Thursday, November 5, 2015


We are planning a cruise from Grandview to Klondike on Sunday November 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM.  We will meet at Grandview boat launch at 1:00 and shuttle the vehicles first, anyone wishing to join us is welcome.  If you have any questions you can call Dave at 605-366-6844 or Mary at 605-366-3924.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CRUISE 57 to 26 & Wetland clean-up

We’re going to cruise the Big Sioux River, from 57th (Farm Field) to 26th (Rotary-Norlin Park) on Sunday, Nov. 1.  Meet at Farm Field at 1:00 pm to shuttle before the cruise.

When we arrive at 26th street access, we’ll take an hour or so to pick up trash in the area.  This is a SDCKA commitment to clean this “Adopted Wetland” twice a year.  Bags and latex gloves will be provided.

Hope to see you there!! 

Mary Finck
SD Canoe & Kayak Association

Cell: 605-366-3924 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Partnership with ACA, LL Bean Leads to Safer Streams

The South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association sends its thanks to the American Canoe Association for its help in developing paddler-friendly gates on the Split Rock Creek and Big Sioux River.

The ACA helped us to apply for and receive a Club Fostered Stewardship Grant from L.L. Bean. The funds were used to build and install gates like the ones in these photos. The gates make sure paddlers avoid fences while not encumbering livestock-owning land owners with the issues of lost cattle or other problems.

Funding allowed for volunteers including Mitchell Joldersma, Norwood "Woody" Baybridge, Dave Schaefer and Dave Finck, along with others, to construct a gate. Plans for more projects will be announced here and on our Facebook page. If you would like to help out, please contact a SDCKA board member via this site's comments section or by Facebook instant message. Thanks again to all who put in the time and effort to make Project Safe Passage a success.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

President's Cruise October 10

Please join me for the President’s Cruise from Lien Park (Sioux Falls) to Brandon on Saturday, October 10.  Shuttle from Lien Park at 1:00 Saturday afternoon.

Lien Park is off Cliff Avenue, north of Rice Street.  We will exit the river at the access near Big Sioux Rec.

There is camping available at Big Sioux Rec if you are interested.

Hope to see you there!

Mary Finck
SD Canoe & Kayak Association

Cell: 605-366-3924