Sunday, April 22, 2012

South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Events Calendar

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April 28 & 29 - Niobrara River Early Season Paddle
Valentine, Neb
Camping available Friday and Saturday night at Smith Falls State Park in Valentine, Neb. Saturday paddle from Cornell Bridge to Smith Falls and Sunday paddle from Smith Falls to Rocky Ford (25 miles total distance).
For more info, contact Cory
Diedrich at 605-321-6554 or

May 5 - Boy Scout Camp-O-Ree
Lake Lakota (Newton Hills/Canton) 8:30am-4:00pm
Members are encouraged to bring out their kayaks to assist with help introduce kayaking to young Scouts and their Adult leaders. We are expecting a sizable group so the more the
merrier. Lunch will be provided.

May 5 - Annual Missouri River Clean-up
Riverside Park, Yankton, SD
More info:

May 8 - Big Sioux Water Festival
SDSU, Brookings
The Big Sioux Water Festival is a collaboration between East Dakota Water Development District, SDSU and the Brookings County Conservation District. The festival has been serving an
average of 1,000 4th graders every year since 1993. The goal of the festival is to provide a multi-topic, multi-disciplinary, one day water themed event where kids can apply their knowledge of water education they have learned in their classrooms.

SDCKA will have a booth during this event, showcasing recreational opportunities on the Big Sioux River. More info:

May 16 - Adopt-A-Wetland Clean-up
Sioux Falls
SDCKA has formed a partnership with the City of Sioux Falls to adopt-a-wetland along the Big Sioux River within the city limits. On May 16, members will gather at the 26th (& I-229) at canoe launch area at 5:30pm to clean-up the wetlands area just to the north of the parking lot. We hope you can join us!

May 26-27 - South Dakota Kayak Challenge
Yankton to Sioux City
After being forced to cancel in 2011 due to high water, SDKC is back this year ready to challenge the most experience paddlers. Currently, 115 racers from all across the United States will converge on the Missouri River to take part in this challenge. SDCKA has helped out in years past by providing volunteers along the race route at various location.
Visit for more volunteer information and email to sign-up.

June 2 - Annual Paddling Fair
Family Park, Sioux Falls
Our popular paddling fair returns again this year with new partners and a new location. The
fair will be held at Family Park (12th & Tea/Ellis) on the western edge of Sioux Falls. This year,
we've partnered with the Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Department and Sun 'N Fun Specialty Sports. We encourage you to come out, bring your boat and try out someone elses.
If you've ever wonder what it's like to paddle a sea kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle
board, this is your time!

June 16 - Water Sampling w/ Dakota Water Watch
Lake Alvin, Harrisburg
We will be working with Dakota Water Watch again for our annual 'snapshot in time' water sampling event. Meet at the boat ramp on the southwest corner of the lake at 9am.

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