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: http://hikingsiouxfalls.blogspot.com
Friday, May 31, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
|The paddlers gather for the race at Riverside Park|
|Heading for the Beach|
|Boats Moving into Position|
|Pat Wellner getting ready to depart|
|Jarett Bies counting down the final minutes|
|Race Officials Conferring|
The fleet was made up of 129 boats for the race this year. The craft ranged from sleek surf-skis to short recreational boats and included both tandem and solo canoes and kayaks.
|A Racing Tandem Canoe|
|Electronics and Hydrating Equipment|
|The VFW Provided an Honor Guard to Start the Race with a Rifle Volley|
|The Fleet About to Take Off from Riverside Park|
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|Flatbed trailer used as a dock on Ethan Lake|
|Dave Finck in his Wenohan kevlar canoe|
|Heading north on Ethan Lake|
|Inlet from Twelve-Mile Creek into north end of Ethan Lake|
Friday, May 10, 2013
|Entering into North Shore Drive from 421st Street|
|Looking west down Lake Hanson from Highway|
|Launching site next to swimming beach|
|Looking west along south shore of Lake Hanson|
|Nearing east end of Lake Hanson|
|Dave Finck in an "over the shoulder" photo from the bow|
|Heading west along the developed north shore of Lake Hanson|
|Along the south shore of Lake Hanson|
|The spillway at the western end of Lake Hanson|
|Pierre Creek feeding into Lake Hanson on east end|