Things To Do

Missouri National Recreational River is a destination for over 150,000 visitors each year. The hardest part may be choosing which boating access, fishing spot, water route, overlook or historic area to explore! Recreational opportunities abound for every type of visitor.

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Visit the Mobile Ranger Station
A visitor center on wheels, the Mobile Ranger Station travels throughout the Wild & Scenic River corridor and to local communities. In between traveling to special events and programs, the Mobile Ranger Station may be found near the Meridian Bridge in Yankton, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, June through August.

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Ranger Programs
Learn more about the the nature, science, history and culture of the Missouri National Recreational River with a park ranger as your guide.

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Become a Junior Ranger
Missouri National Recreational River is recruiting for Junior Rangers! Please stop by the National Park Service Headquarters from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Booklets are also available online for those far away or cannot visit.

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The Missouri River is one of the major North American migratory waterfowl flyways, making it a favorite destination for birders and birdwatchers.

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Spend a night camping at one of the Park's primitive campsites or at any of our partner sites adjacent to the national park.

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Catfish, walleye, sauger, paddlefish, and many more game species await your skills in the two reaches of the Missouri National Recreational River, 20 miles of the lower Niobrara River, and 8 miles of the lower Verdigre Creek.

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Boating and Canoe/kayaking
Enjoy the many opportunities to see the 39-mile and 59-mile reaches of the Missouri National Recreational River by boat or canoe/kayak.

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Low light conditions in and around the Missouri National Recreational River are ideal for stargazing including meteor showers, planet viewing, and opportunities to see the passage of the International Space Station.

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Hiking & Biking
The park offers a list of hiking opportunities consisting of 10-minute walks to up to 3-hour hikes. The area is also bike friendly and offers 30-minute rides to all-day adventures.


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078


(605) 665-0209

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