Permits & Reservations

River races or events, research projects, commercial photography and filming taking place within the Missouri National Recreational River require a special use permit. Please see application forms for further information.



  • 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.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds: (Cottonwood and Nebraska Tailwaters, both in Nebraska); call 1-877-444-6777 or visit reservations to reserve your campsite. Reservations are taken for the period Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
  • Nebraska's Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area, Ponca State Park or Niobrara State Park: To make reservations call 402-471-1414 or visit reservations.
  • South Dakota's Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Randall Creek RA and Springfield RA: To make reservations call 1-800-710-2267 or visit reservations.
  • Clay County Park: Just west of Vermillion, first come sites are available. This is a quiet, secluded campground with tall trees and nearby access to the Missouri River.

All of the above campgrounds have both reservable and first-come sites in addition to electric hook-ups.

Last updated: July 1, 2021

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