Places To Go

Overlooking the Missouri River from high above a scenic overlook.

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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

  • The national park does not have a visitor center except for its contact area in Park Headquarters. During the warm season the Mobile Ranger Station brings the park to the river corridor and local communities.
  • Visit the Missouri National Recreational River Education and Resource Center located in Ponca State Park.
  • Interested in what the Lewis and Clark expedition saw while visiting this area or the many other historic events that occurred along the Middle Missouri? Check out the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at Gavin Point.
  • Want to learn more about one of the Missouri's major tributaries, the Niobrara River? Visit Niobrara State Park and its visitor center.
  • The Dakota Territorial Capitol replica is open Monday-Friday from the first week of June to late August. Discover historic exhibits, a model of the historic steamboat Far West, and special exhibits and kids activities that change weekly.

Scenic Vistas
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Major Cultural Sites

  • 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 at Spirit Mound.
  • Walk the grounds & view archeological remains at Fort Randall. One of the most significant United States military posts of the frontier era.
  • Visit the Yankton Sioux Treaty Monument and contemplate the legacy of westward expansion and its effects on the tribes of this area.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078


(605) 665-0209

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