Visitor Centers

Headquarters to the Missouri National Recreational River.

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The Missouri National Recreational River does not have an official visitor center, however, a visitor contact area is located inside their headquarters building. Information about the park including junior ranger booklets, passport stamps, and park maps are available 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building is closed on Federal holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

  • Address: 508 East 2nd Street, Yankton, South Dakota.
    Phone: 605-665-0209.

Have You Seen the Mobile Ranger Station?
The Park's visitor center on wheels travels throughout the river corridor and to local communities and events through the year. During the warm season you may find the ranger station parked at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, Niobrara and Ponca State Parks, and at special events in Yankton, Vermillion, and surrounding areas.


Partner Sites

Missouri National Recreational River work in partnership with Nebraska State Parks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visitor centers, and the City of Yankton to provide visitor information and educational programs.

Fort Randall Dam Visitor Center
Operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and open May through August. The center is located on the western edge of Pickstown, SD along U.S. Highway 281 and 18, and offers views of Lake Francis Case, Fort Randall Dam, and the Missouri River. For information call 605-487-7845. (Directions)

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center
Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this center is perched above Gavins Point Dam with amazing views of Lewis and Clark Lake and the upper 59-mile reach of the Missouri National Recreational River. Summer hours: 7 days a week. Off season: Monday through Friday. For information call 402-667-2546. (Directions)

  • America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Passes can be acquired at this location.

Niobrara State Park
This Nebraska state park has a small visitor center with information about the park and surrounding area. The state park is on State Route 12 about two miles west of the town of Niobrara, and is near the eastern end of the 39-mile reach of the national park at the confluence of the Niobrara River. For information call 402-857-3373.

  • In partnership with the state park, the National Park Service has outdoor interpretive exhibits throughout the park on the ecology of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers and on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Ponca State Park
Located in Nebraska's Ponca State Park, about three miles north of the town of Ponca, the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center houses exhibits entirely of the Missouri National Recreational River. Owned and operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Resource and Education Center is an excellent place to begin your visit to Missouri National Recreational River. For information call 402-755-2284.

  • Look for National Park Service interpretive exhibits along trails and overlooks within the state park.

Dakota Territorial Capitol
Replica of the Dakota territorial capitol located in Yankton's Riverside Park.

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Dakota Territorial Capitol Replica
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. The building is only open upon request through the City of Yankton. For more information or to reserve the space for special events please visit the Yankton Parks Department.

Last updated: August 16, 2019

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Mailing Address:

508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078


(605) 665-0209

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