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
Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area, is located on the south side of Lewis and Clark Lake. This Nebraska Game and Parks Commission state recreation area includes five areas--Weigand-Burbach (headquarters), Miller Creek, Bloomfield, South Shore, and Deep Water. A valid state park permit applies. For additional information call 402-388-4169.
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.
Ponca State Park, a partner of MNRR encompasses some 2,100 acres of heavily forested bluffs, bottomland wetlands, and prairies. Situated along the picturesque Missouri River in northeast Nebraska, the state park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation. It serves as the eastern gateway to the "rec river." A valid state park entry permit applies.
South Dakota State Park and Partners
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. Open Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.