Canoe and kayak tour at Oakwood Lakes

From the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks:

Oakwood Lakes to host 31st Annual Canoe and Kayak Tour

BRUCE, S.D. – Grab a paddle and a partner and get ready for an afternoon of fun on the water. Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce is hosting its 31st Annual Canoe and Kayak Tour on Sunday, July 19.

The event features a canoe/kayak Poker Run starting at 1:30 p.m. In this event, teams collect playing cards at various points along the route to get the best hand. At 3:30 p.m., paddlers can test their communication skills in the Blindfold Canoe Races. In this 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 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 to rent from the park.

Registration will take place prior to the races at 12:30 p.m. There is a $9 per person entry fee to take part in the day’s events, which will be used for prizes. A park entrance license is also required. Prizes and refreshments will follow the races at 4 p.m.

Oakwood Lakes State Park is located 10 miles northwest of Volga off US Hwy 14. For more information on the Canoe and Kayak Tour, please 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 or call (605) 773-3391.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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