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Canoeing and Kayaking


The rivers and lakes in South Dakota provide canoeists and kayakers with excellent opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, breathe fresh air, enjoy nature, learn about area history and participate in physical exercise.

Safety Tips

  • Do not take canoes out in windy and/or stormy conditions.
  • Make certain there is at least one adult in the canoe.
  • Make certain that all lifejackets fit properly and are zipped/hooked correctly.
  • Do not stand in a canoe.
  • Save the horseplay for off the water.
  • Stay out of the swimming area.
  • Stay close to shore, especially when just learning to canoe.











Jay Heath Canoe and Kayak Trail (Big sioux River)

The newly developed Jay Heath Canoe and Kayak Trail map is designed for canoers and kayakers to better navigate water trails along the Big Sioux River. The map includes launch sites and campgrounds as well as general information about each site. The trail map was created as a partnership between South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and the South Dakota Canoe and Kayak Association.

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