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Launch from near the dam and cruise south to Farm Island. The cruise could be modified in route to include a jaunt up the Bad River and/or through the chute/channel alongside La Framboise Island. The route is 10.5 miles to the first Farm Island boat ramp. An option could be to continue another 6 miles around Farm Island, past the 2nd boat ramp, and take out along a sandy beach only a quarter mile walk from the first boat ramp. Depending on the turnout, we can adjust this plan or even go up onto Oahe instead.
Note that the take-out is at Farm Island State Rec. Area, so a state park sticker is required or $6/day.
Nearby Campgrounds can be found on http://www.campsd.com Oahe Downstream is the closest to the put-in and Farm Island is the take-out. Also, Griffin Park in Pierre offers free tent camping and has some camper hookups for $15/night. As for motels, there are quite a few in town. I have no idea which have the best deals. Another note, the same weekend is Oahe Days in Pierre. There will be a free concerts Friday and Saturday nights. Judd Hoos on Friday and Black Water Band on Saturday. Also, Steamboat will be having free kayak rentals on Saturday and Sunday.
I am going to suggest a meet up time at 12:00 PM. I am going to be running in a 5k in the morning so much earlier won't work for me. Either the put in or take out would make a good place to meet. I'll post where to meet sometime next week. Also, my cell # is 6 0 5 2 2 2 7 4 4 7 for anyone with questions, etc. You can also email me or leave a comment on my blog.
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