Places To Go

There are things to do and places to go while visiting the national park.

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The park offers a wide array of destinations to explore both the natural and cultural history of the national park.

Visitor Centers

  • National Park Service Visitor Contact Station: The national park does not have a visitor center except for its contact area in the park headquarters building located at 508 East Second Street, Yankton, South Dakota. The building and station are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Federal holidays.
  • Mobile Ranger Station: The Missouri National Recreational River's visitor center on wheels brings the park to the river corridor and local communities during the warm seasons.
  • Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center located in Ponca State Park is a great place to learn about the natural and cultural stories of the national park.
  • Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at Gavin Point Dam has exhibits about the Missouri River basin and natural and cultural history of the area, bookstore, and a theater.
  • Niobrara State Park: Want to learn more about one of the Missouri's major tributaries, the Niobrara River? Visit the state park's visitor center. Also has a bookstore.

In-Park Destinations

Scenic Vistas

Cultural Sites

  • Dakota Territorial Capitol: Located in Yankton's Riverside Park, this replica of the territorial capitol includes photographs of old Yankton, maps of the Dakota Territory, a collection of former Territorial governors, and other artifacts on display.
  • Fort Randall: Walk the grounds and view archeological remains of the fort; one of the most significant United States military posts of the frontier era.
  • Mead Cultural Education Center: Visit the newly renovated 1909 Mead Building that houses both the Yankton County Historical Society and Dakota Territorial Museum.
  • Morman Monument: Located west of Niobrara, Nebraska and one mile from the Niobrara State Park entrance.
  • Spirit Mound: Hike in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark while learning more about one of the most sacred Native Americans sites close to the Missouri River.
  • Yankton Sioux Treaty Monument: Visit and contemplate the legacy of westward expansion and its effects on the tribes of this area.
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      Last updated: September 9, 2020

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