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South Dakota whitewater, Big Sioux River

Minnehaha county, Sioux Falls Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     1 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in South Dakota are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. This section of Big Sioux River is 1 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other
    good places for that around here. The put-in location is a short drive from Sioux Falls, as you can see on the road map further down. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Getting some good exercise
and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. The beautiful scenery of Minnehaha County and the cool fresh water beats anything. The Sioux Falls Park section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. This is a very short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
Sioux Falls is always fun to check out, and Big Sioux Recreation Area is worth
 
taking a look at. During your spree to Big Sioux River you'll meet some folks from Sioux Falls for sure. A tour to Big Sioux River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Lake Alvin Recreation Area. At Big Sioux River through the summer months highs are in the 80's; all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 20's, and nighttime lows in the 0's for Big Sioux River. Around Big Sioux River you don’t get a lot of rain. Throughout June this area sees the most rain; January is when it's the driest.

Big Sioux River, Sioux Falls Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Big Sioux River.
 Whitewater Near Big Sioux River:
Big Sioux River, Minnehaha County, 0 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Sioux Falls Park)
 Hotels Near Big Sioux River:
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux Falls , 1 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown, Sioux Falls , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn SIOUX FALLS-CITY CENTRE, Sioux Falls , 1 miles away
AeroStay Hotel, Sioux Falls , 1 miles away
Ramada Sioux Falls Airport Hotel & Suites, Sioux Falls , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sioux River:
Sioux Falls KOA, Sioux Falls, 1 miles away
K O A Kampgrounds, Sioux Falls, 1 miles away
Sioux Empire Fair Campground, Sioux Falls, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sioux River:
Pipestone National Monument, Pipestone - MN , 35 miles away
Missouri National River & Recreation Area, O'Neill - NE , 57 miles away
Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota , 9 miles away
Lake Alvin Recreation Area, South Dakota , 9 miles away
Palisades State Park, South Dakota , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sioux River:
Westward Ho Country Club, Sioux Falls , 2 miles away
Elmwood Golf Course, Sioux Falls , 3 miles away
Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sioux River
Lake Pahoja, Lyon , 20 miles away

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