The National Park Service and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are offering free kayak clinics July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 on Lake Yankton from 9 to 11 a.m.

The clinics, held east of the fishing pier, are open to those 12 and older, and no prior paddling experience is required.

“Kayaks can be frightening at first, but once you know the skills and how to handle the boat they are easier to control than a canoe,” said park ranger Teresa Mentzer with the Missouri National Recreational River.

Participants will learn kayak skills, safety equipment requirements, and the different paddle strokes necessary to maneuver a kayak safely.

Kayaks, equipment and personal flotation devices are provided. Enrollment for the clinic is limited and reservations are required. Call 605-668-2985.



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