• An explosion of light as the sun strikes the waters of the Missouri National Recreational River

    Missouri

    National Recreational River SD,NE

River Reach Guides

NPS Rangers assisting a party of canoeists

A party of canoeists preparing to paddle down the river

The Missouri National Recreational River consists of two reaches:

39 miles from Fort Randall Dam to Running Water, South Dakota,(along with the lower 20 miles of the Niobrara River and the lower 8 miles of Verdigre Creek) and

59 miles from Gavins Point Dam to Nebraska's Ponca State Park.

Description and location of launch sites are included for each reach.

Did You Know?

Prairie Dog

Sergeant John Ordway--not Lewis, not Clark--gave the name "prairie dog" to the animal then new to science. Expedition members discovered it along what is now the 39-mile reach of Missouri National Recreational River. More...