All visitors planning to camp overnight in the park must obtain a free camping permit. There are no fees. A permit must be filled out using the online form below or by visiting the park office located at 508 E 2nd St, Yankton, SD 57078. An email address is required to receive an electronic copy of the permit.
Permits are approved upon submittal and valid unless revoked by the Superintendent or authorized personnel. Campers may present their permit information electronically, but it is recommended to keep a printed copy in case of poor cellular reception, power loss, or device malfunction. All campers must adhere to the regulations outlined in the Superintendent’s Compendium which can be reviewed at: (https://www.nps.gov/mnrr/learn/management/compendium.htm)
Missouri National Recreational River offers primitive, Leave-No-Trace camping available at Bow Creek, Green Island, and Goat Island Recreation Areas. No camping fees are required but we do ask that you leave us your basic itinerary for your safety.
Please call 605-665-0209 and be prepared to share your name, phone number, the site location you plan to camp including the dates of when you will arrive and depart from park property.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages two campgrounds in the Gavins Point Dam area: Cottonwood and Nebraska Tailwaters, both in Nebraska. Reservations are taken for the period from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Note: Game Production Areas are managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Wildlife Division for the enhancement of wildlife habitat and for public hunting, trapping and fishing. However, they are open to many other activities, including hiking, bird watching, nature study and primitive camping. Camping is free and permitted for a maximum of 14 consecutive days during any 30-day period. Quiet hours are in effect from 10pm to 6am. Place all trash in receptacles or “Pack It Out”. For more information visit OutdoorNebraska.org.
Clay County Park - Located 4 miles southwest west of Vermillion, South Dakota, this is a quiet, secluded campground with tall trees and nearby access to one of the last natural stretches of the Missouri River has 32 electrical campsites and restrooms with showers.
South Dakota State Parks
1-800-710-2267 or visit reservations
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area - located just a few miles outside of Yankton, this is the most visited outdoor recreation area in the eastern half of South Dakota. It has hundreds of sites along with a number of rental cabins at five different campgrounds: Gavins Point, East Midway, West Midway, Yankton and Horse Trail Camp. The area also includes the Chief White Crane and Pierson Ranch campgrounds.
North Point Recreation Area - is just above Fort Randall Dam. It has 111 sites along with 6 cabins, including 2 that are handicap accessible.
Randall Creek Recreation Area - is right along the banks of the Missouri River just downstream from Fort Randall Dam. It has 132 sites along with 4 cabins available.
Springfield State Recreation Area - is between Yankton and Fort Randall, it lies just below the 39 mile reach of the Missouri National Recreational River. It has 22 sites along with 2 cabins available.