Visitor Centers

Interior of Mobile Ranger Station
Interior of Mobile Ranger Station

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The Missouri National Recreational River does not have an official visitor center, however, a visitor contact area is located inside Park Headquarters at 508 East 2nd Street, Yankton, South Dakota. Information about the park including maps, junior ranger booklets, and passport stamps is available 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed on Federal holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

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. When it's not traveling you may find the Station parked near the Meridian Bridge in Yankton from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday during the summer season (June through August).


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
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 additional information call 605-487-7845.

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. To contact the state park directly 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.

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center
Staffed by Army Corps of Engineers rangers and volunteers, the visitor center is located on Nebraska Highway 121 slightly more than four miles west of US 81. (Directions) Inside the Center there are education exhibits about the Lewis and Clark journey, historic replicas, and a large 3D map display of the area. To contact the center directly call 402-667-2546.

  • The building overlooks Gavins Point Dam, Lewis and Clark Lake and a portion of the 59-mile reach of the National Park.
  • Check out the National Park Service's educational panels outside the visitor center where it faces Calumet Bluff.
  • America the Beautiful passes can be acquired at this location.

Corps of Discovery Welcome Center
The welcome center sits near where the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Pan American Highway (US 81) intersect. The scenic overlook and its center features exhibits, regional information, and a gift shop. For information call 402-667-6557.

Ponca State Park
Located in Nebraska's Ponca State Park, about three miles north of the town of Ponca, the Missouri National Recreational River Education and Resource Center houses exhibits on early American Indian history, steamboat history, river ecology and prehistoric natural history. The Center, maintained by the State Park, 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 at the 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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078


(605) 665-0209

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