Outdoor Activities

A dozen boaters out on the river fishing near Randall Creek in early spring. The sky is hazy blue. Trees along the river's edge in the background are without leaves. Across the river and beyond the boaters are rolling hills dotted with green cedar trees.
Fishing tends to be good below Randall Dam near Randall Creek Recreation Area.

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The Missouri River and surrounding area serve as an outdoor recreation mecca.

Boating - Please be aware of South Dakota and Nebraska boating regulations.

Birding - Migrating species benefit from bottomland, which serves as wintering, feeding, breeding, and staging grounds.

Camping - Primitive and regular camping allowed in the National Park and at partner sites.

Canoeing & Kayaking - Be prepared for an adventure on the "Big Muddy".

Fishing - Catfish, walleye, sauger, paddlefish, and many more game species await your angling skills.

Hiking & Biking - Most of the state parks along the river corridor have a variety of recreational trails. Click on the following parks for more information:

Hunting is another popular year-round activity along the river. Both South Dakota and Nebraska state hunting regulations apply.

  • Duck blind permits for the upper end of Lewis and Clark Lake can be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Please visit their Hunting Page for additional information including fees and deadlines.

Baltimore Oriole flying near a Bald Eagle resting on a branch.


Casual observers and experienced birders alike can experience the joy of birds and birding in the national park.

Boats in the lake at Lewis and Clark rec area.


Whether you are fishing or enjoying the scenery, boating is a great way to experience the river.

Yellow tent illuminated by the light inside. Mountains in the background with stars in the sky.


Plan an overnight trip or a longer adventure at Missouri National Recreational River.

A ranger floats down the river near Green Island.


Paddle the two free-flowing sections of the Missouri, North America's longest river, a vestige of the untamed American West.

Chief Standing Bear bridge overlooking the Missouri River with cloudy skies.

Scenic Drives

Enjoy stunning views of Missouri National Recreational River from the comfort of your car by driving the park.

Brown sign with icon of person hiking.

Hiking and Biking

Hike and bike various trails along the 39-Mile District and 59-Mile District.

Two turkeys in the MNRR.


Hunting & trapping is permitted within the MNRR in Bow Creek and Goat Island Recreation Areas in accordance with site-specific regulations.

Illustration of a walleye


Angling opportunities await along the 2 reaches of the Missouri River, 20 miles of the lower Niobrara & 8 miles of the lower Verdigre Creek.

Last updated: August 31, 2021

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