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Low water levels bring down business for kayak rentals

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As this heat continues, so does its effect on everything from our health to our crops, lawn and even air conditioning units.

There's another thing we may not think about.

We've been talking about this heat for weeks now and one thing we don't always think about is the water level on rivers like the Big Sioux.

People say it's the lowest they've seen the river in years. As a result, local companies are taking a hit, like kayak/canoe rentals for example.

Two of the Sioux Falls Nyberg's Ace stores rent out canoes/kayaks all summer long and both have seen business cut down by half, this summer.

They say rentals go out, mostly, during the weekends when people have more time to hit up lakes and rivers out of town.

"Because the water level is so low, we have to go farther out to find water that's more user-friendly at this point," Keith Dubbelde said.

All we need at this point is some rain. Though it'll take awhile to get levels back to normal, he hopes it happens sooner than later so people don't have to go far from home to have some fun in the water.

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