“Spend as much time as possible on mountains, in small boats, or otherwise out in the weather; if you never get wet, cold, exhausted or scared, you won’t properly appreciate being dry, warm, rested and safe.” ~ Peter Jay

"I’m an adventuring river rat at heart. Put me on a floating piece of driftwood and I’m happy." ~ Christina Glauner

"There’s folly and foolhardiness on one side and daring and calculation on the other." ~ C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Weekend Adventures

On Saturday, I joined Jarrett and Jay to paddle the Big Sioux River near Flandreau, SD. My friend, Arne Lund, also joined us from Lincoln, NE. I got my new boat on Friday, so Arne was soloing the tandem.

The put-in was quite muddy.
The wind was fierce at times, requiring strong paddling.
Arne practiced the proper, "going over the dam" technique just in case ;)
Seriously, paddlers and other boaters need to be aware of low head dams.

The paddle ended up being about 10miles long; the course can be seen below.

Saturday was a great paddle, despite the wind and a bit of rain. A good time was had by all. On Saturday night, Arne and I camped at the Big Sioux Rec. Area. The campground was very nice; we are considering the same for the Split Rock cruise this fall.

On Sunday (today), we took Jay's advice and paddled Split Rock Creek at Split Rock Park in Garreston, SD.

We paddled about 2.5 miles on Split Rock creek.

The next big Olympic sport... kayak limbo!

More pictures can be seen in the below slideshow.


  1. That was a fun, well planned, efficient trip.

  2. Maybe I should start my own outfitter business? ;) If I could make the same money with the same benefits as I have now, 'd probably do it.

  3. Pat, it was great to paddle with you this weekend. I really appreciate that map you posted; it illustrates so well the reality of putting-in within the city limits of Flandreau, paddling 10 miles, and then getting out while still in Flandreau - a town of about 2500 people.

    I'm glad that you enjoyed Split Rock Creek upstream from Garretson. That is perhaps the most scenic short cruise in the area. It is the spot that I generally take out-of-town guests for a paddle.

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