This blog is designed to highlight the paddling opportunities within South Dakota, mainly within a 50-mile radius of Sioux Falls. While Sioux Falls is far from the adventure of coastal regions, there is a certain satisfaction in utilizing the available waterways to observe weather, water conditions, and the landscape along the shoreline. In addition, there is a wealth of animal life on the waters of small South Dakota lakes, rivers, and creeks, including geese, ducks, pelicans, great blue heron, egrets, hawks, owls, perching birds, deer, raccoons, and beaver. Eagles, fox, and coyote are also sometimes spotted.

The sites described are places where I have kayaked over the past few years, mostly in South Dakota but sometimes including locations in Iowa and Minnesota. One of the best sources of information on the accessibility of small lakes is the South Dakota Atlas and Gazetteer, the large map book of South Dakota. Lakes with a public access are generally identified by a boat symbol marking the location of a launching site on public land.

You will notice the menu of paddling locations on the right side of the blog. Each of the postings is linked to one of the areas, and my intention is to provide a continuing review of the places where I paddle. Perhaps these narratives will help readers select waterways of interest to them. Please feel free to offer a comment regarding any of my postings; I would welcome the dialog.

I also maintain a companion blog that describes hiking opportunities within the Sioux Falls area. You can access that blog at:

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Joining the South Dakota Canoe Association


It is easy to become affiliated with the SDCA, and membership is a good way to network with other area paddlers, find out about cruises and training sessions, and participate in SDCA events. You can just submit the following information and a check for your annual membership dues:



City, State, and zip code:____________________________________

Telephone Number:_____________________________________________

E-mail address if you would prefer to receive the newsletter via e-mail):______________________________________________________

Enclose $10.00 for annual dues for an individual, $12.00 for a family, or $25 as a contributing member and mail to:

South Dakota Canoe Association
Box 90227
Sioux Falls, SD 57109

For those who would like to just call in a membership application or renewal and use a credit card to pay for the annual dues, Pete Larson, the SDCA Membership Chair, has provided the following toll-free number to facilitate the process:

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