Fees & Passes

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A bench under a cottonwood tree is a great place to daydream.

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There are no fees to enter Missouri National Recreational River or the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center adjacent to Gavins Point Dam. However, our state park partners do charge.


  • Niobrara State Park
  • Ponca State Park
  • Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (Nebraska)

The daily permit is $5.00 per vehicle. An annual permit is $26.00 per vehicle. A second permit costs $13.50.

South Dakota

  • Randall Creek Recreation Area
  • Lewis and Clark Recreation Area (South Dakota) including the Chief White Crane & Pierson Ranch areas)

The daily entry permit is $4 if the vehicle has only one occupant; otherwise, it is $6 per vehicle. An annual permit is $30 per vehicle. A second vehicle permit costs $15. A transferable annual permit (one vehicle at a time) is $65.

FISHING & Hunting Licenses


Federal Recreation Passes
The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass - Annual Pass ($80) and Senior Pass ($10) are available at the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center.

All existing Golden Access and Golden Age passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

Annual 4th Grade Pass

Access (disability) passes are not available at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center. The nearest outlets for these are at:
Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, Nebraska
Pipestone National Monument, Pipestone, Minnesota
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley, Iowa
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Omaha, Nebraska

Interagency Annual Pass

Interagency Annual Pass
The $80 Interagency Annual Pass provides entrance or access to pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private non-commercial vehicle at most federal recreation sites across the country. Pass is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

Interagency Senior Pass
Interagency Senior Pass

Interagency Senior Pass
The $10 Interagency Senior Pass (62 and older) is a lifetime pass available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Pass is available to purchase in-person only and with appropriate documentation.

Interagency Access Pass

Interagency Access Pass
Free lifetime pass available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have been determined to be blind or permanently disabled. Pass is available only in-person and with appropriate documentation.

2015 4th Grade Pass

Annual 4th Grade Pass
Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valad Every Kid in a Park paper pass.

Last updated: March 7, 2017

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Mailing Address:

508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078


(605) 665-0209

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