Missouri National Recreational River is surrounded by dramatic settings and quaint towns. Nearby attractions are a great way to learn more about the area's unique history. For more information about what's happening in local communities, contact the appropriate chamber of commerce.
Nebraska State Park Partners
Niobrara State Park, another partner, sits at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers on Nebraska's northeastern border. The 1,200-acre state park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, and primitive camping. The view from the J. Alan Cramer interpretive kiosk offers an outstanding view of the wild and scenic river. A valid state park entry permit applies.
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in northeast Nebraska is a fossil site of international significance. A Pompeii-like event some 12 million years ago entombed barrel-bodied rhinos, three-toed horses, llama-like camels, and saber-toothed deer in a volcanic ash deposit. A valid state park entry permit applies.
Lewis and Clark State Recreation Areais located on the South Dakota (north) side of Lewis and Clark Lake. This state park encompasses nearly 1,100 acres and comprises three areas--Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Chief White Crane Recreation Area and Pierson Ranch Recreation Area. A valid state park entry permit applies.
Spirit Mound Historic Prairie, five miles north of Vermillion, SD, along state route 19, offers over 300 acres of prairie being restored. There is a small parking lot, interpretive signs and a 3/4-mile hiking trail to the summit. The new state park is a prime location along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. No admission fee.
The W. H. Over Museum in Vermillion houses the state's largest collection of natural and cultural history items. The museum features exhibits on American Indians, settlement of the Dakotas in the mid-1800s, and on the plants, animals and environment of the region.
Did You Know?
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...