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Recreation Organization Citation Award
Central Chapter of SDWU received South Dakota Parks and Recreation Organization Citation Award for their Lake Sharpe Clean up efforts.Central Chapter of SDWU received South Dakota Parks and Recreation Organization Citation Award for their Lake Sharpe Clean up efforts. The award was accept by Bill Englehart. Pictured left to right Tom Farnsworth, City of Pierre, Directorof Parks & Recreation, Bill Englehart, Pat Buscher, GFP District Park Supervisor.

Missouri River Clean Up Nets Nearly 2.5 Tons of Debris

Missouri River Clean up Nets Nearly 2.5 Tons of Debris. Despite triple digit temperatures participants in the annual Missouri River Clean-up collected nearly 5,000 pounds of debris on July 11th from the upper end of Lake Sharpe near Pierre and Fort Pierre. The crews hauled in 3,700 pounds of lumber mainly from docks and decks damaged in the 2011 Missouri River flood. The clean-up also picked up 840 pounds of litter and trash, 150 pounds of tires, and 70 pounds of scrap metal. Read More

Annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean up Successful

Over 4,000 pounds, or two tons, of trash and debris was collected during the annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean up Wednesday, July 10th. The event, the fourth in the last five years, had over 40 volunteers working along the river in Pierre-Fort Pierre.

The volunteers worked out of boats or as ground based crews. Trash and debris collected was hauled back to Down’s Marina where it was properly disposed of by the City of Pierre.

This year’s clean up netted 1,560 pounds of lumber and other rubble, 1,380 pounds of trash and litter, 540 pounds of scrap metal - including a refrigerator, a large plastic culvert weighing approximately 400 pounds and 180 pounds of tires.

The clean-up is a partnership between the Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League of America, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Pierre, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and many businesses and organizations.

The Missouri River and Lake Sharpe are very important components to the quality of life in this region. The annual Missouri River clean up event gives people who spend time on the river the opportunity to give something back to this precious resource.

In what has become a tradition following the clean up volunteers were treated to a walleye fish fry by the members of Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and the Pierre Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in Griffin Park near Down’s Marina.

Organizers of the clean up appreciate all of the contributions and donations from area businesses, agencies and organizations that led to the success of this year’s event.

Plans are underway for next year’s Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean up. If you would like to volunteer, provide a boat, or donate items for the 2014 Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean up contact:

Paul Lepisto
Izaak Walton League of America
605-24-1770 or 605-220-1219

Bret Afdahl
SD Walleyes Unlimited

New Handicap Accessible Fishing Dock at Chamberlain

New handicap accessible fishing dock at Chamberlain. The handicap accessible fishing dock at Chamberlain has been completed. Completion of this dock was done through the partnership of SD Game, Fish and Parks, City of Chamberlain and South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited Sioux Empire Chapter. SDWU collected private donations as well as donating from their chapter. View More

SD Walleyes Unlimited Scholarships

SD Walleyes Unlimited Scholarship Recipients. Recipients from SDSU are:
Pictured Right - Matthew Phayvanh, Jeff Decker, Rachel Portwood, Darrel Solberg October Greenfield, and Matthew Perrion
Not Pictured - Brianna McEntee
Congratulations to each student as they continue to pursue their dreams!

Rapid City Area Chapter Clean Up Day

Rapid City Area Chapter Clean Up Day.

Clean up at Lake Sharpe.
Clean up at Lake Sharpe.
Clean up at Lake Sharpe.
Clean up at Lake Sharpe.
2nd Annual River Clean Up - Lake Sharpe

SDWU Central State Chapter and Izaak Walton League hosted the 2nd annual river clean up. It took just under 3 hours for 30 people to collect 6880 pounds or 3.44 tons of liter and garbage!

Boats were furnished for the event by the Game, Fish, and Parks, Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service and residents of the community. Others also helping were the US Forest Service and High Plains Wildlife. Some of the items they found were a sectional couch, water heater that they needed a winch to remove it, mattresses, box springs, 10 tires, and bunches of Styrofoam bait boxes plastic bags, pop and beer cans. The trash was put in a dumpster provided by the city of Pierre and hauled away the next day.

A fish fry was held after the clean up for all those that donated their time to the event. Coke provided the trash bags and water for the event. Other supplies came from those helping with the clean up.

More people showed up this year than last to help, next year they would like to see even more come out to help clean up. Please place your unwanted items in proper disposal units, not the river.

Thank you to all involved!
Clean up at Lake Sharpe. Clean up at Lake Sharpe.
Clean up at Lake Sharpe. Clean up at Lake Sharpe.

Party at the Lake, Ellsworth Air Force Base

Alison Lessard (EAFB Commercial Sponsorship Coordinator) accepts 6 rod/reel combos from RCAC at the 'Party at the Lake'. Members shown from left to right: Ray Barck, Lee Jensen and Michael Johnson. Not shown - Loren Kasuske. Michael Johnson demonstrates how to clean a trout to a couple successful anglers at the EAFB Party at the lake while their proud parents look on.
A happy young fisherman with the new pole he won at the Party at the Lake at EAFB. Combo donated by RCAC.
The RCAC was honored to be invited to the 2nd annual “Party at the Lake” at Ellsworth Air Force Base (EAFB) on June 26, 2010. This year the staff responsible for the gathering added a fishing derby to their already busy day of canoeing, geo-caching, mountain bike racing and bar-b-que. There is currently a high deployment rate at EAFB in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Consequently, there are a lot of single parents at the base right now. The party at the lake was started as a way to get people outdoors and involved, and to help spouses introduce kids to outdoor activities they might not otherwise be able to participate in, especially with one parent serving over-seas.

Many fish were caught and club members assisted in baiting hooks, setting up rods & reels, and cleaning of fish. The chapter also donated 6 combos to the event to be used as prizes. It was a great privilege for the RCAC to participate in this event as it allowed the chapter to show their support for our sister community at EAFB and the men and women serving voluntarily in our military. We extend a heartfelt “Thank-you” to everyone involved for a wonderful day and for allowing us to be a part.

Check presented to Chamberlain City Council

The Sioux Empire Chapter of SDWU presented a $9000.00 check to the Chamberlain City Council for the fishing pier that will be installed in American Creek between the boat dock and highway 50.
L to R Front row: Chad Mutziger, Dave Schelle, Larry Jurgensen, Doug Nelson Tim Thomas. L to R Back row Rocky Niewenhuis, LeRoy Huntimer and Woody Tiggelaar.

The Sioux Empire Chapter of SDWU presented a $9000.00 check to the Chamberlain City Council for the fishing pier that will be installed in American Creek between the boat dock and highway 50. Contributing to the donation were Wells Fargo N.A., St Joseph’s Indian School, Barger Memorial, Midstate Communications Inc., NorthWestern Energy, Sanford Mid Dakota, Patti Spreckles in memory of Roland Spreckles, The 29-90 Sportsman’s Club,Minnehaha County Pheasants Forever and Sioux Empire Chapter of SDWU.

The inspiration for the dock came about after inquiries as to why children could not fish on the Army Corps boat dock. It is against the law for person to fish from an Army Corps dock. Jim Swenson of Swenson Bros. Marine in Chamberlain contacted Woody Tiggelaar of SDWU and asked if Woody knew anything about what would need to be done to install a fishing dock for kids. From that day contacts were made with the City of Chamberlain, SD Game, Fish and Parks and Army Corps of Engineers and the plans for the dock began. There will also be a handicap accessible dock.

The footings for the dock were poured late last fall, completion of the dock should take place this spring. The Woodmen of America have plans to do landscaping and help with parking area.

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