John Adler and I have decided to add contingencies to this trip. My sister is living in Vermillion while at grad school and John's wife and father-in-law will be camping near Yankton. Also, we will have decent cell phone coverage on the river.
When we reach St Helena, we will decide if we want to push for Goat Island on the first day. Dependant on how much side exploring we do as well as the weather conditions. We can also have my sister move my pickup further downstream if we want to lengthen the overall trip.
There is also a primitive campsite at Bow Creek, 1.5-2 miles upstream from Goat Island that we can use too.
A quick overview:
- Meet and Camp at Chief White Crane State Rec. Area on Friday, October 10.
- Shuttle vehicle(s) to the Clay Co. access.
- Depart on trip Saturday morning. Take time to explore shoreline. If passable, consider a brief cruise up the James River.
- Arrive at the St Helena Access and campsite. Make decision on if we camp at St Helena or push for Goat Island. Also, decide if we want to change the destinations from Clay Co. access to the access near the SD 19 bridge or the Bolton Bend. Make arrangements by cell phone to have shuttle vehicle(s) moved, if necessary.
- Eventually, arrive at Goat Island and camp. Take time to explore the island. John Adler says that there are geocaches on the island.
- Arrive at destination.