Saturday, February 28, 2009

Board meeting bears fruit

The SDCA board met today and we've set some dates and targets for 2009's paddling season.

Foremost is the April 25 Earth Day paddle. It offers many options, and all will revolve around the Big Sioux River near Flandreau. Here's the options list, paddlers can pick their route this year:

A) At 10 a.m., the SDCA will gather at the powwow grounds one mile north of Flandreau to put in a paddle to the low-head dam in Flandreau proper.

B) Participants can finish their paddle at either the city park in Flandreau (about 2.5 hours on the water) or paddle on to the dam and finish there (about 3.5 hours.)

C) The Sierra Club will host their Earth Day Regatta starting at a sandbar put-in below the dam in Flandreau starting at noon. Paddlers will travel from Flandreau downstream to the Egan city park. This is about a 3 hour paddle.

D) Powwow grounds (longer route) paddlers can portage the Flandreau dam and continue down to Egan for a total of 5.5 hours of paddling.

As usual, we'll provide shuttling for all comers by sharing rides back and forth.

We put this together in a way to make it approachable for everyone from beginners who want a bite-size chunk of paddling in April to the more aggressive paddler who wants to maximize his or her time on the water.

A wide range of events - including a second paddling fair to be held in May on Lake Marindal near Irene - are in the works, a complete list with some maps will be up on the blog very soon.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another fine day for paddling

Originally uploaded by Iron Bieso
The Feb. 22 YWCA pool event was filled with new faces and a success no matter how you slice it.

Twelve people came and got wet, working mostly on rescues and boat familiarity, and really, just having fun at some points. Another half-dozen members and family came to watch or talk.

At least two participants came out because they either read about it on this here blog or were impressed enough by the Feb. 1 event they thought it was worth trying it out. We had at least four "first time EVER" kayakers, all of whom got on the water and know now what it feels like to be one with their boat.

The club hopes to host more events in the pool before spring, or even after, if folks were interested. Does it look like fun to you? If so, write or call an SDCA board member and suggest a date. Right now we have a line on Sunday mornings 10 a.m. to noon at the YWCA, but there are many pools in many towns, so seek and ye shall find.








Saturday, February 7, 2009

Two weeks notice

Originally uploaded by Iron Bieso
Here's an image of the Big Sioux River, near Flandreau, I took after the successful pool training we had Feb. 2, as shown in the great photos below.

This part of the river will be on the Earth Day cruise, which will be in April, so keep that in mind as we make it through winter.

Also, a second pool training session is set for Feb. 22, 10 a.m., Sioux Falls YWCA.

We currently have four people who are interested and we'll certainly add a few more, but cap it at 12. E-mail Jarett or any board member for more info.

If any members have images, ideas, or thoughts on a Big Sioux River route to add to the 2009 agenda, please share them here on the blog.


A new feature on the blog: At the top of our page, on the right is a SDCA membership form. You can click on the small flag-shaped black and white symbol on the line that says "Scribd" and a printable membership form will come up. Use that form to sign up with the club if you wish. Fill it out, and mail it to

South Dakota Canoe Association
Box 90227
Sioux Falls, SD 57109

We soon hope to have an HTML form for online registration.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pool Photos

Click on photos to enlarge. Email me if you'd like copies of any of these photos. dahlmeis (at) hotmail (dot) com