Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saturday, June 4: Paddling Fair / Water Sampling

Saturday, June 4, 2011
10:00 a.m. Water Sampling with Dakota Water Watch (Lake Alvin)
12:00 p.m. Grilling at the lake
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Paddling Fair (Lake Alvin)
5:00 p.m. - Split Rock Creek Cruise

We will be meeting at Lake Alvin at 10:00 a.m. to conduct a water sampling throughout the lake in conjunction with Dakota Water Watch. Volunteers will paddle to various areas on the lake and take water samples and check depth. DWW will provide all the materials. Please let Dave Finck know if you plan on attending.

We will be using the southwest boat ramp at Lake Alvin.

Following the water sampling, we will be grilling out along the lake. Feel free to bring along something to grill and join us.

At 1:00 p.m. we will host our annual Paddling Fair at Lake Alvin. SDCKA members will bring their boats, along with various vendors in the area, and allow anyone new to the sport, or looking at upgrading their boats, to test drive anyone they'd like. Staff will be on hand for guidance and give instruction.

We've added a Split Rock Creek cruise starting at 5pm. We will meet below the dam in the Garretson city park.

We hope you'll come out an join us! Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Due to increasing river levels, the South Dakota Kayak Challenge has been canceled for this year.

Thanks to everyone who planned on racing or volunteering!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Upcoming Events

May 27-29, 2011
South Dakota Kayak Challenge

Registration has closed, but visit the website to sign-up to volunteer.

June 4, 2011
Paddling Fair
Lake Alvin

More information coming soon.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Saturday, May 14 - Big Sioux River

What: Big Sioux River Cruise
When: Saturday, May 14 @ 1:30pm
Where: 57th & Western (Sioux Falls)

Larry Braaten, Mary and Dave Finck are planning a trip from 57th Street across from Dairy Queen to 26th street. We will meet at 57th St just west of Western Avenue, on Saturday May 14, 2011 at 1:30 P M and shuttle the vehicles first. It is about a 2hr run. Nice trip Hope to see you there. If you have any questions you can call Dave at 605-366-6844.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Governor lifts ban on recreational use of Big Sioux River

Argus Leader | May 5, 2011

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has lifted the recreational use ban on the
Big Sioux River in eastern South Dakota.

Residents had been banned because of high flood waters creating
dangerous conditions.

Even though the ban has been lifted, Department of Game, Fish
and Parks officials are asking people recreating on the Big
Sioux to remain cautious.

A 300-foot no wake zone is in effect on both Lake Poinsett and
Blue Dog Lake. Boaters within 300 feet of the shoreline
anywhere on these two lakes must operate their boats at a
slow speed – about 5 miles per hour.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TWO Events Saturday

Missouri River Cleanup 2011
May 7 @ 8am
Riverside Park Boat Ramp, Yankton, SD

For more information, contact Dugan Smith at the National Park Service by calling 605-665-0209 x28 or email him at


Rock River Cruise
May 7 @ 2pm
Rock Rapids, IA

Larry Braaten, Mary and Dave Finck are planning a cruise in Rock Rapids, IA down the Rock river on Saturday May 7th at 2:00 P M.

We will meet at the Island at Park in Rock Rapids and shuttle our vehicles first. Then proceed down the Rock river to Hyway 75.

It is about a 21/2 to 3 hour run. If there are any questions you can call Dave at 605-366-6844.