Welcome To The
Missouri National Recreational River
America's National Water Park
You'll discover land of the wild and scenic Missouri River,
sandy beaches, plenty of outdoor activities, miles of trails
for hiking, biking and running, plus a variety of events &
Missouri River springs to life.
The favored season, with canoeing, biking and area River celebrations.
The brilliant crimson foliage of native sumac accentuate the beauty
of this area.
The best time to view the large numbers of bald eagles that roost
along the Missouri River area. Bald eagles concentrate below the
Gavins Point Dam (Yankton, SD) and Fort Randall Dam (Pickstown, SD)
where the birds take advantage of open water and waterfowl
Easy to Access
Located in the Great Plains region ( Ponca, Nebraska to
Pickstown, South Dakota) the National Recreational River
encompasses 125 miles of a lesser populated area and wide-open spaces.
This region is remarkably easy to access by automobile.
Mapping to the Region >>
- National Geographic filmed the
IMAX “Lewis and Clark: Great
Journey West” Missouri
River sequence along the --
Missouri National Recreational River.
The location was selected because of
its pristine beauty.
- Ken Burns - "Lewis and Clark ~
The Journey of the Corps of
Discovery", PBS -- featured
the dynamic snags and riverbanks
along the Missouri National
Select your base for Exploring the River
Elk Point, South Dakota
Elk Point is located in the southeastern corner
of South Dakota. Elk Point was first settled in 1859 along the
Military Road running from Sioux City to Fort Randall in the Dakota
Frontier, making this community one of the oldest in South Dakota. The community is
served by scenic State Highway 11 and I - 29.
Ponca is located in the northeast corner
of Nebraska. The city is nestled in a valley two miles from the banks of
the Missouri National Recreational River. The community is
served by scenic State Highway 12, and U.S. Highway 20 is five miles
north of the community.
Vermillion, South Dakota
Vermillion is located in the southeastern corner of South
Dakota. The city is located atop a bluff along the Missouri
National Recreational River. The community is served by State
Highway 50 and 19, U.S. I-29.
Yankton, South Dakota is the
GATEWAY COMMUNITY TO THE MISSOURI NATIONAL RECREATIONAL RIVER -
Yankton is located on the Missouri National Recreational River in
southeastern South Dakota.
Yankton was the original Dakota Territorial capital city. The community is served by State
Highways 314, 50, 52 and U.S. Highway 81.
Niobrara is located at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri
Rivers in the Northeastern corner of Nebraska. Native Americans
gave the town its name which means "running water". The community
is served by State Highways 14 & 12, South Dakota State Highway 37.
Pickstown, South Dakota
Pickstown is located at the foot of the 107 mile-long Lake Francis
Case, the city is home to the
Fort Randall Dam & Military Post, with the Missouri River running
below. The community is located at the crossroads of U.S.Highways 18 & 281.
One of America’s most dynamic
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