Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vermillion area Missouri River run set for Sept. 12

Originally uploaded by Iron Bieso
On Sunday, Sept. 12, kayakers and canoeists from the Vermillion/Yankton area are hosting a cruise from Myron Grove river access point to Mulberry Bend, near the Highway 19 bridge on the Nebraska side. It starts at 9 a.m.

Paddlers who want to take part should meet at Myron Grove at 9 a.m. Locals also call Myron Grove access "High Lines." A paid shuttle is available and costs $10 per person. Other shuttling arrangements are TBA.

The run is approximately 11.3 miles and depending on winds should take between 2-4 hours. Goat Island and the Gunderson backwater are areas of interest along the route.

The shuttle service, DJ's Sports Rentals in Yankton, also has kayaks for rent. To get information on their rentals or the shuttle service on Sept. 12, call 605-665-3206 or visit their site at www.djssportsrentals.com.

Updates, to include cancellation if weather goes pear-shaped, are available online at this site: www.mnrrwatertrail.org. SDCKA board member Rick Johns is organizing this on the club side, you can call him at 605-624-9704 or call member Dean Spader at 605-624-6831 for more information on the event.

Myron Grove, the starting point for the Sept. 12 trip, is located at the end of 454th Avenue, and that north-south gravel road (that goes all the way to the water) is about 5-7 miles west of Vermillion.

Mulberry Bend, the end-point, is on the Nebraska side of the Highway 19 bridge. Cross the bridge into Nebraska, then continue south about 1 mile to a quick right turn onto gravel. That road loops back under the bridge and down to the boat ramp/parking area.

Don't forget sunscreen, water, snacks. Feel free to post questions here and we'll answer them.

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