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:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Roz Savage - Ocean Rower

For the past year and a half or so, I have been following the rowing adventures of Roz Savage, a remarkable woman from the UK as she has been rowing single-handed first across the Atlantic, then from California to Hawaii, on to Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, and continuing her Pacific journey to New Guinea. Recently, she set out from Australia to cross the Indian Ocean to India. She has a blog, which I check into daily at One of her colleagues in Norway does a weekly podcast interview with her that can be found at Roz Roams on i-Tunes, and I listen to their conversation on my morning walks. There are a number of links on her blog that illustrate aspects of her travels, including her departure last week from Fremantle, Australia.

Roz Savage has a terrific personal narrative, a compelling story of what led her to take up oars and tackle the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans alone in a customized rowboat. One of my sons alerted me to her as she began her crossing from California to Hawaii, and I have vicariously followed along on her voyages since then. Her daily accounts of the voyage have become a part of my routine, and I recommend checking out Roz and her amazing travels. This latest element to her crossings is expected to last about four months.

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