Adventuring The High Waters On The Big Sioux
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
June 30, 2013 3:43 PM
A handful of rural roadways in Brookings County are submerged, as the Big Sioux River swells past its banks. Instead of trucks on some roads, there are ducks. As a flood causes headaches for some, it's a chance for some adventure for others.
“We are enjoying the river. The weather is gorgeous here,” said canoe enthusiast, Bill Davidson. “We are on are way to where the river crosses the interstate and then about another 4 or 5 miles.”
One of the only problems for Davidson and Chuck Westcott, the river is too high to go under bridges.
“We had to portage this bridge where normally we may have to go underneath it,” said Davidson.
“Small inconvenience, really small inconvenience,” added Westcott.
“I don't even think the canoe would have fit under the bridge today,” said Davidson.
With the river so wide, it's not hard to get lost.
“Just knowing which channel is the river and not the one the one takes us out into the middle of the field,” said Westcott.
“The biggest challenge is trying to guess where the channel is at. We could have ended up in a different county if we had gone off into the field somewhere,” joked Davidson.
Losing your way in a flooded field brings a whole new set of challenges.
“Well we can just cut through here and catch up. We ended up having to drag the canoe about 200 yards across the field to get back to the river. So, we don't get too far off the main channel,” said Davidson, recalling a story of a previous trip down the river.
With the river so deep, rural roads are underwater. But, it’s not stopping a pair of boaters from enjoying Mother Nature.