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


    National Recreational River SD,NE

This Week at MNRR

There's always something happening on the river,
but these ranger programs will help bring you even closer to the nature, history, and fun to be found here!


Coming Events


September Events

September 13, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Mulberry Bend Overlook
Hiking Trail Dedication

Dedication of the recently constructed Mulberry Bend Hiking Trail will take place Saturday, September 3. Missouri National Recreational River, Northeast Nebraska's and southeast South Dakota's hometown national park, invites everyone to this dedication, followed by the opportunity to take a ranger-guided "walk in the woods". Hikers will experience unique flora and fauna, including 150 year old bur oak trees, as well as two viewpoints with sweeping vistas of the wild &scenic Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR).

The event will begin at 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 13, at the Mulberry Bend Overlook, on the Nebraska side of the Vermillion-Newcastle Bridge connecting South Dakota Highway 19 and Nebraska Highway 15. MNRR Superintendent Rick Clark and Biologist Lisa Yager will welcome visitors with short presentations, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"A great deal of hard work and collaboration has gone into the completion of the Mulberry Bend Hiking Trail and we are excited to announce that the trail is open for the public to enjoy. In honor of the trail dedication, we are pleased to offer guided hikes on September 13." said Lisa Yager.

Ranger-guided walks will be offered at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm to introduce the public to the new trail system and the natural resources and history of the Mulberry Bend area. The trail is considered moderately difficult due to steep grades and potential uneven footing. Sturdy footwear, such as hiking or athletic shoes, is recommended. The trail length, including both viewpoint spurs is three-fourths of a mile.

The park's unique Mobile Ranger Station, a visitor center on wheels, will be at the event from 1:00 to 4:00 pm with exhibits, activities, and ranger programs for all ages. Drinking water will be provided.

September 20 & 21
Ponca State Park
Missouri River Outdoor Expo
Explore the exhibits in the Mobile Ranger Station, take a ranger-narrated tour on a state park boat, and watch the action of a free-flowing river on the Missouri River Stream Table.

Did You Know?

Chief Standing Bear

Ponca Chief Standing Bear's desire to return to his tribe's ancestral homeland along the lower Niobrara River resulted in a landmark federal court decision affirming that American Indians are persons under the U.S. Constitution. More...