BRUCE, S.D. – Grab a paddle and a partner and get ready for an
afternoon of fun on the water at Oakwood Lakes State Park near
Bruce, which is hosting its 33rd Annual Canoe and Kayak Tour on
Sunday, July 17.
The event features a canoe/kayak Poker Run starting at 1:30 p.m.
CDT. The event features teams collecting playing cards at various
points along the route to get the best hand. At 3:30 p.m., paddlers
can test their communications’ skills in the Blindfold Canoe Races.
In the short race, one of the paddlers will be blindfolded while
the other gives directions.
“This event is great opportunity for individuals, couples and
families to enjoy South Dakota state parks and glacial lakes waters
in July,” said Lee Kratochvil, regional park manager. “People of
all ages will have fun touring the lake and experiencing the sports
of canoeing and kayaking.”
Participants should bring their own equipment. A limited number
of canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be available for
rent from the park.
Registration takes place prior to the races at 12:30 p.m. To
participate in the day’s events, there is a $9 per person entry fee
that will be used for prizes. A park entrance license is also
required. Prizes and refreshments will follow the races at 4
Oakwood Lakes State Park is located 10 miles northwest of Volga,
off U.S. Highway 14. For more information on the Canoe and Kayak
Tour, call the park office at 605-627-5441.
For a full schedule of special events in South Dakota state
parks or to request a copy of one of the free canoe/kayak
brochures, visit www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-773-3391.
* Kratochvil (KRAHT’-uh-vihl