“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
Monday, July 25, 2011
Big Sioux / Skunk Creek / Big Sioux
I was in Sioux Falls over the weekend for the Dakota Irish Fair on Saturday and to do some paddling on Sunday. After waking up, showering, and packing my tent, etc., I met Ryan Snuggerud at Perkins on Cliff Avenue for breakfast and to discuss where to paddle. We settled on making the run from Lien Park to the Big Sioux Recreation Area. During the paddle, we easily maintained a speed of 5.5 - 6 mph. It took roughly 2 hours to cover the 11.2 miles. There were plenty of downed trees in the river, but none were too difficult to get around.
At 1 PM, I met a group of paddlers led by Dave and Mary Fink (and included Roger Debates). We put in on Skunk Creek at Legacy Park and took out of the Big Sioux River at 26th St. Another easy paddle. We passed a few paddlers and a group of folks tubing down the river. There were a few ripples, but much less debris than in the morning. The only incident that I know of is that Dave Fink managed to take a swim while we were still on Skunk Creek. I am not sure if it was in one of the ripples or not though. It wasn't long before his boat was emptied of water and we were headed downstream again. Roger and I covered about 9.6 miles, including a couple of short jaunts back upstream in about 2 hours.