User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

13° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options




[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Drought Changes Tourism Season

October 9, 2012, 7:17 AM by Kellee Azar

Drought Changes Tourism Season

The past six months have not been easy for anyone when it comes to the unpredictable weather. Even sporting goods shops, which usually do very well in all seasons, saw a big change.

"Well, no one expects to see a drought to the extent that we have and it really was kind of a surprise, you know. Boat sales typically do slow down at the end of summer after the Fourth of July but not come to a standstill," Sun 'N Fun co-owner Jim Whitcomb said.

Those sales did come to standstill after what seemed like it would be an early and strong season for boaters.

"Last winter it came to an abrupt end mid-March.  The next day it was 80 degrees and we started selling boats right away," Whitcomb said.

It was kayaks that took the biggest hit and that's because of how low the Big Sioux River got.

"We were always wondering how many people buy kayaks to take to the lake, verses down the Sioux River. We learned that this year.  When the river dries up, that does slow down boat sales," Whitcomb said.

With the ups and downs though, it was a learning experience. For all of Sioux Falls, many travelers learned there's more than water sports to enjoy.

"It was really rather interesting.  We held our own.  In fact our numbers are up a little bit," Teri Schmidt with the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau said.

For the future though, it's a word of caution for everyone.

"I just think we all have to be cautiously optimistic, you know.  We have been comfortable in Sioux Falls and in most of South Dakota so we can never take that for granted.  And we just have to continue to work hard to do what's best for the guest and hopefully that will pay off in the end," Schmidt said.

Schmidt believes if we do see an effect on tourism it will happen next spring, especially if we have a dry winter.

Previous Story

Next Story




View business

You may also like

Board Of Education Member Had Multiple Contracts With State

11/23/2015 6:05 PM

That means in addition to her state salaries at USD and Northern State, Duncan earned an additional $124,000 in contracts from the Department of Educa...

Full Story | Watch
Fired GEAR UP Worker Defends Stacy Phelps

11/24/2015 6:05 PM

When the state pulled its multi-million dollar GEAR UP contract from Mid Central Educational Co-Op in September, all the current GEAR UP workers were ...

Full Story | Watch
Bison Ranch Owner By Turner Gets Permit For Feedlot Addition

11/25/2015 1:35 PM

Stanley County commissioners have approved a feedlot at a bison ranch owned by media mogul Ted Turner.

Full Story
Black Friday Shopping Starting on Thanksgiving

11/21/2015 5:43 PM

As more stores announce their Black Friday hours, the times are getting earlier and could even cut into your Thanksgiving meal.

Full Story
Some Black Friday Deals Are Not Deals

11/23/2015 4:51 PM

Recent research found just because something is called a doorbuster doesn't mean it's significantly discounted.

Full Story