April 25 cruise. This is the same overflow vent at the dam in Flandreau on April 18:
So the water levels are navigable, let's hope the rain holds off for our day on the Big Sioux River.
The put-in spot at the powwow grounds is in good shape, the water looks high enough that it'll pry be fine and dandy for the 10 a.m. launch at that spot. A reminder to anyone taking part, please remember we are hoping to get rollin' about 10 a.m. so come early to unload and get vehicles shuttled.
One issue in place is that the take-out spot at the Flandreau dam is currently blocked with this log.
It does look like we can skirt it and still get out, it'd be nice if this log would just float down over the dam before Saturday, though.
The down-river side of the dam is now out of the water. A fisherman said the water felt warm to him on Saturday last, and those taking off at noon to go to Egan should have plenty of space to park, launch, and get on down the river.
Here's a look at a spot on that downriver side:
This photo shows the recession of the water. Just a few weeks ago it was so high, there was literally 20 feet between the two sides. Now it'll be a short 50-meter hike.
Save for that log, everything is looking rosy. Feel free to write me if you have questions about this event.
Remember to pack dry clothing. There should be plenty of people on this trip and we will all work together to keep people upright and safe. But if you tip, you'll be wet and cold and while it might not seem like fun to get out and change, you'll be thankful you have dry clothes with you.
Here's to hoping the rains hold off for a few hours - bring your rain gear though.
See you Saturday!
Powwow grounds launch target time: 10 a.m.
Sierra Club Flandreau dam launch time: Noon.
Distance from powwow grounds to dam: About 9 miles (2-3 hours)
Distance from Flandreau to Egan: About 7.5 miles (2-2.5 hours)