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Lewis and Clark Visitor Center

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center overlooking the Missouri River. Circular drive featuring plants.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lewis and Clark Visitor Center

Quick Facts

Baby Changing Station, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Information - Maps Available, Information - Ranger/Staff Member Present, Parking - Auto, Restroom, Restroom - Accessible, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Theater/Auditorium, Toilet - Flush, Water - Bottle-Filling Station, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible

Operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, this visitor center includes exhibits and information on the Missouri River basin. It is located on Calumet Bluff just downstream from the Gavins Point Dam in Nebraska. To get there take Nebraska Highway 121 (road is closed until spring of 2020 due to bridge work), about 4 miles west of Yankton, South Dakota or South Dakota Highway 52 from Yankton to Crest Road. Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the warm season; beginning Labor Day, the visitor center will be open Friday - Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Federal Holidays.
For additional information call: 402-667-2546

Note: Please check current operation hours in response to COVID-19. Questions can be directed to the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at  402-667-2546.
The visitor center includes various exhibts that showcase information and displays about the development of the entire Missouri River Basin. In addition, there are also information and displays about the geology, exploration, early navigation, settlement and natural history of the Missouri River region. The Calumet Bluff Theater programs highlight construction of Gavins Point Dam, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, wildflowers and the Missouri National Recreational River of Change film. The visitor center also has a bookstore. 

Directions to the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center
This is one of the the main public contact points for the park.
Located at 55245 Nebraska Highway 121, Crofton, NE 68730
 Map

  • From US 81 in South Dakota: Cross the Missouri River on US 81 South. After 2 miles turn right (heading west) onto Nebraska Route 121. Continue on 121, following it to the left after 4 miles and drive to the top of the hill. The visitor center parking lot entrance is on the right. Or
  • From US 81 in Nebraska: Drive north on US 81 toward Yankton. Turn left onto Nebraska Route 121, following it to the left after 4 miles and drive to the top of the hill. The visitor center parking lot entrance is on the right.
  • From Yankton: Take South Dakota Route 52 west from Yankton six miles to the road that crosses the dam (Crest Road). Turn left onto the Crest Road (heading south). Follow this road across the dam and take the first road to the right, Nebraska Route 121. Turn right and drive up the hill. The visitor center parking lot entrance is on the right.