Dam N Back Trek

The parent LLC for three paddling races on the Missouri River, South Dakota’s Best River Races LLC, is proud to announce the return of the Dam N Back Trek, a 10-mile fight-the-current-first race set for May 6. You can sign up below.

The Dam N Back Trek is a great early season event that’s not very long, but packs plenty of challenge. Taking place as it does in the early spring, we hope for warm South Dakota March and April temperatures to help increase water temperature.

Participants are encouraged to consider using wet or dry suits and we’ll require all participants to have a dry bag along filled with a change of clothes, just in case. Last year, no one paddle in a suit, in part because it was almost 75 degrees on race day.

The site of the Dam N Back is the Missouri National Recreational River and we’ll start and finish at Riverside Park, Yankton, S.D. Registration is just $25 and prizes will be awarded to all finishers. All racers get t-shirts, too, and there’s plenty of river action taking place that day. Email your questions to Jarett.

The National Park Service and other groups will host a Missouri River Cleanup starting at 8:30 a.m. that morning. Our race will begin between 12:30-1:30 p.m., after the cleanup is complete.


Thanks to all our great volunteers, including the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club and the Yankton County Search & Rescue Team for a great event in 2017. Here are the official results.

Dam N Back Trek 2017, Official Results

Start time: 1325 (1:25 p.m.)
Finish position, name, finish time

Champion, Josh Flatten, 1453 (1 hour, 28 mins)
Second, Matt Story, 1453 and 6 seconds
Third, Pat Wellner, 1459
Fourth, Stephen Kuhl, 1519
Fifth, Robert Dunne, 1529
Sixth, Josh Kyte, 1529
Seventh, Don Heffele, 1530
Eighth, Ted Lohrberg, 1535
Ninth, Lisa Schulz, 1546
10th, Dave Schaefer, 1546 and 2 seconds
11th, Hank Carter, 1603
12th, Brian Wells, 1639
13th, Norwood “Woody” Baybridge, 1652
14th, Elizabeth Smith and Martha Fagg, 1659 (Red Lantern)
Lindsey Jennewein, DNF
Gene Baker, DNF
Jessi Wilharm, reached turn-around DNF


Dam N Back Registration