Thursday, May 21, 2015


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 for more information & the race results.

Mary Finck
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:

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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


26th Street Canoe Access, Sioux Falls, SD WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2015 AT 5:30 PM

Join us as we clean-up our adopted wetland and the Big Sioux River in celebration of Earth Day.  We will be conducting both a land and water boats are optional.  Bags will be provided.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Woody and I and a few others are going lake Alvin at 1:00 P M on Friday March 20th, 2015 we will meet at the east boat ramp in the State Park. Anyone wishing to join us is more than welcome. Weather forecast is the mid 60's water is cold dress appropriately.

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Annual Conference Agenda

Saturday, January 31, 2015
11:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Outdoor Campus
4500 S. Oxbow Ave
Sioux Falls, S.D.

11:00   Social / Booths The Outdoor Campus Lobby

12:00   Welcome
Steven Dahlmeier, President - SDCKA

12:05   The South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association: Past, Present, Future
            Steven Dahlmeier, President - SDCKA

12:20   Racing: How to Prepare
Braxton Carter

12:30   MR 340: Team Racing
Kati Albers, Board Member - SDCKA

12:40   Missouri National Recreational River
Lisa Yager, National Park Service - Biologist

1:00     Boat Building Adventures
            Matt Story, Board Member - SDCKA

1:20     Business Meeting / Election of Officers

1:30     Break - Booths

1:50     Keeping Our Waterways Clean
City of Sioux Falls

2:10     The Jay Heath Legacy: South Dakota Waterways
SDCKA Board Members

2:35     American Canoe Association
Christopher Stec, ACA Chief Operating Officer

3:00     Whitewater!
Dave Hillman, Board Member - Iowa Whitewater Coalition

3:30     Closing
            Steven Dahlmeier, President - SDCKA