Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunday, Sept. 5: Rock River Iowa cruise planned

Originally uploaded by Iron Bieso
The club is expanding into Iowa this coming weekend with a cruise on the Rock River on Sunday, Sept. 5.

The plan is to meet at the Rock Rapids, Iowa city park at 1 p.m., and then shuttle vehicles to either Doon or Highway 75, then get underway.

Mary and Dave Finck, along with Larry Braaten, are organizing this event, and they will determine the length upon arrival and shuttle.

This image is courtesy of the USGS site. Not sure how old it is.

Need more info? Call Dave at 605-366-6844.

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.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Short Notice Paddle (SUNDAY, AUG 22 - 3:30pm)

It is time to enter the water again. Ed Hoffman and Cory Diedrich are planning a SKUNK CREEK run Sunday afternoon.

Meet at Jerry Foy's house around 3:30pm. W 12th north on La Mesa (along the Skunk) - Turn west on Song Bird then turn north Blue Bell - look for the crowd.

We will unload and tranfer vehicles to either Granite City (5.5 miles) or 57th and Western (7 miles).

The river looks great right now. This run includes the best set of rapids and should take a couple of hours after putting in.

Contact Cory if you have questions 605-321-6554

This a a great river to run and it is local!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

All Clear

Big Sioux River open for recreational use

The Big Sioux River is open to recreational use again.

Gov. Mike Rounds has lifted the Aug. 6 executive order that banned people from the river after Sioux Falls pumped sewer water into it to deal with a sewer main collapse.

The city has been monitoring fecal coliform counts, and tests indicate levels are typical for this time of year. The city has stopped all pumping into the river.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sad news

We lost a good paddling companion this past weekend. Denny Lewis lost his battle with cancer.

I last talked with Denny at the Earth Day paddle in Flandreau. Due to his condition, he wasn't able to get on the water. He loved the sport so much he drove out to see everyone depart. He longed for a time that he could get back on the water, but admitted it probably would never happen.

Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family.


Dennis E. Lewis
(April 22, 1952 - August 14, 2010)

Dennis E. Lewis, 58, of Egan, died Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Riverview Manor, Flandreau. Dennis was born April 22, 1952 at Wells, MN to Claude and Vergean (Stombaugh) Lewis. After his mother’s death in 1953 he moved to Egan and was raised by his maternal grandparents Irving and Emma Stombaugh. Dennis was baptized and confirmed at Egan Methodist Church. While in high school he was a member of “The Thirteenth Hour” band and graduated from Egan High School in 1970. Denny married Roberta Babcock on March 30, 1970 in Kingman, AZ. He worked on the construction of the London Bridge at Lake Havasu City, AZ until 1972. He attended Pipestone Vocational School for meat cutting and then worked as a meat cutter for several grocery stores and at John Morrell’s. He started Lewis Construction in 1989. Denny was proud to have his son, Scott, working with him and took pride in their quality of work. He received his private pilot’s license in 2000 and became a certified scuba diver in 2003. Denny was a member of the SD Pilot’s Association, the AAC, SD Canoe and Kayak Association, a former Egan School Board member and had been to 17 continuous years at the Oshkosh, WI air show. Denny enjoyed scuba diving, kayaking, ham radio and constructing intricate train displays.
Dennis is survived by 3 children, Scott (Tiffany) Lewis, Egan, Jennifer (Eric) Valdez, Sherwood, OR, Roxanne Bush, Bryant, SD; 10 grandchildren, Alyssa, Kyle, Kelly, Jessalyn, Alec, Marissa, Vanessa, Cody, Riley, Wyatt; one sister, Claudia (Alan) Beyer, West Branch, IA; a niece, Stacy and special friend, Carole Cook. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Egan Methodist Church with burial at Hillside Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM Tuesday with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

UPDATES! Location/event change this weekend!

Originally uploaded by Iron Bieso
Due to conditions farther south, the SDCKA will host a cruise at noon on Saturday, Aug. 14, in Egan.

The cruise is about 10 miles and Larry Braaten is the leader for the event. The Egan event replaces both Larry's planned cruise near Canton and ShaRon Kelly's planned cruise near Baltic. This is the only organized event scheduled for the weekend of Aug 14-15.

If you want to join us, gather around noon in Egan. We'll unload there and then shuttle vehicles to the River of the Double Bend Campground in Trent. It's about 10-12 river miles downstream from Egan, and with the water moving so quickly, it should take about 2-3 hours to complete this route, depending on paddler's pace, etc.

Since the river has been so high, expect muddy conditions at both the start and finish. The starting point is the Egan City Park, located on the southeast edge of town. There's an iron bridge that crosses the river, and the park is adjacent.

If you have any questions, call Jarett at 605-941-4940.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CANCELLED: Cabela's Kayak Test Drive

***Cabela's has decided to postpone this event and hold it next spring.***

If you happen to be in the Mitchell area on Saturday, stop by Cabela's. SDCKA Board Members will be assisting with their kayak demo day.

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Kayak Test Drives
11:00am to 1:00pm
Cabela’s Pond

Whether your looking to get started with your first kayak or if you’re an experienced kayaker wanting to try out some new kayaks, stop outside by our Cabela’s Pond for our Kayak Test Drive Day. Kayak brands that we carry at Cabela’s include Old Town, Emotion and Perception. Members from the South Dakota Canoe and Kayak Association will be present to help out and give you some pointers if it’s your first kayaking experience.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hopefully we can get back on the water before it snows...

Executive Order Makes Big Sioux River Use Illegal

KELO TV | August 5, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Governor Mike Rounds has issued an executive order prohibiting use of the Big Sioux River in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties until further notice. This makes it illegal to use the river and its tributaries throughout these counties.

High water flows along with emergency discharge from the Sioux Falls sanitary sewer system prompted the order.

Officials say it is unsafe to be exposed to the river or its tributaries for recreational purposes.

WARNING: Big Sioux River

Canton officials advise residents to stay out of Big Sioux River

Argus Leader | August 5, 2010

The City of Canton has issued an advisory for people to stay out of the Big Sioux River after a sewer main break in Sioux Falls Wednesday caused city officials to discharge sewage into the river.

On Wednesday evening Sioux Falls residents west of Minnesota Avenue were asked to stop using water after a sewer pipe broke near the state penitentiary and the intersection of First Avenue and North Drive.

Residents in Sioux Falls also are being asked to avoid the Big Sioux River and Covell Lake after wastewater was discharged into them. Wastewater also was pumped overland north of Falls Park.

As the sewage flows downstream, people south of Sioux Falls also are being asked to be careful.

The City of Canton issued an advisory this morning asking people to stay out of the river after they were advised by Lincoln County Emergency Management to do so, said Amy Nelson, city manager.

Nelson said her main concern besides keeping people out of the water was to let people know that drinking water is safe and there are no issues with Canton’s wastewater system.

“In terms of our wastewater system, it’s working and operable, and it’s not threatened in any way,” she said.