GFP Urges Kayakers and Canoeists to Use Caution
PIERRE, S.D.–With the large amount of precipitation South Dakota has received this spring, many creeks and small streams are running at full force. While these areas may appear to be a great opportunity for outdoor recreation such as kayaking and canoeing; Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials are urging outdoor enthusiast to use caution when navigating these flowing waters.
“Folks need to be aware of potential dangers if they are going to venture out on some of these shallow running waters. There is no requirement for landowners to install gates in the fences that cross some of these small creeks and streams, so barbed wire fencing can be a real danger,” said GFP regional wildlife manager Emmett Keyser.
“Boaters should be aware of floating logs, debris, culverts, natural dams and other obstacles in these flooded, flowing waters. Many times these hazards are just under the surface. With the high water flows we’ve experienced this year, a canoe or kayak excursion can make for an enjoyable opportunity to get outside, but many times the conditions are more dangerous than they might appear,” Keyser said.