Sites and Attractions
CJ’s at the Lake
58842 897th Rd. (Crofton, NE)
Bar & Grill, Convenience Store with a wild animal mount collection of more than 150 animals from all over America and a campground overlooking Lewis & Clark Lake.
Cottonwood Day Use Park (Lake Yankton Area)
A 9-hole course is located at Cottonwood Day Use Park. No entrance fee required and scorecards available on the course. Bring your own discs.
Gavins Point Day Use Area (Lewis & Clark Recreation Area)
A 9-hole course is located at the Gavins Point Day Use Area. Frisbees are available for checkout at the park office, park entrance license required and scorecards are at the first tee.
Fantle Memorial Park (21st Street and Douglas Avenue)
An 18-hole course is also located at Fantle Memorial Park in Yankton. Visit the City Web site at City of Yankton Parks to view and print the course scorecard. Bring your own discs, no fee required.
Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
31227 436th Ave. (Three miles West on Highway 52)
Built in 1960 on the Missouri River, the hatchery has produced over five billion fish for release in Midwestern waters. In the cool, softly lit surrounds of the aquarium, visitors become part of the aquatic environment as fish and turtles swim within 13 tanks. Exhibits, displays and aquatic animals located in the aquarium building explain the work and objectives of the hatchery. The hatchery is one of 65 national Federal Hatcheries and Fish Technology Centers operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Open April 1 through Oct. 1 daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hebda Family Produce & Prairie Gardens (formerly Garritys)
30661 444th Ave. (5 miles East on Whiting Drive and 2.5 miles North on 444th Avenue)
A visit to Hebda Family Produce & Prairie Gardens located at Mission Hill is an orchard, berry farm and pumpkin patch which includes fresh-picked strawberries, raspberries, fresh vegetables, pumpkins along with over 10 varieties of apples encompassing 55 acres. During the autumn months enjoy hayrack rides through the pumpkin patch, hay bale and cornstalk mazes. They are the farmers market where you will find homemade jams and jellies, fruit pies, salsa, spaghetti sauces, South Dakota made products and many gift ideas. Open June through Dec., Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Karttrax Family Fun Park (Go-Karts, Bumper Boats and Miniature Golf)
4908 W. 8th St. (Three miles West on Highway 52)
Karttrax Family Fun Park provides hours of entertainment for the whole family with a miniature golf, go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats, two tracks, two seaters, kiddie go-karts, kiddie train, concessions and an arcade. Spring and Fall open on weekends from 1-4 p.m. or later. Summer hours Sunday-Thursday 1-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 1-10 p.m. (Open daily in the summer until school starts in Yankton.)
Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center
709 Whiting Dr.
The Kiwanis 4-H Ice Center is the home of Yankton Bucks and Miracle Hockey as well as the Yankton Figure Skating program. Additionally, various horse and livestock events are held during the summer months. Public open ice skating sessions are available November through early March. For open skate times call the arena or visit www.cityofyankton.org. For information regarding youth hockey, figure skating and learn to skate programs, visit www.yanktonice.org.
Kreycik Riverview Elk & Buffalo Ranch
88971 517th Ave. (Niobrara, NE)
Take a covered wagon tour through the elk and buffalo herds, as you take in views of the Niobrara River. A guide informs visitors along the way of how the elk and buffalo are raised and the products made from them. Also featured are fallow deer and a longhorn steer named, Boomer. Visitors of all ages enjoy hand feeding the elk and buffalo. Tours are available May 24 through September 28. Reservations are required.
Laser Barn Laser Tag
3700 W. 8th St. (Highway 52)
Family entertainment center for all ages including indoor and outdoor laser tag and two new R.C. race tracks. Try out our large oval or off-road dirt tracks. Rent our R.C. vehicles, bring your own or purchase your own R.C. vehicle all from our location. Laser tag and R.C. racing are fun for any age, so bring the whole family and have hours of fun. Hot, fresh pizza, burgers, wings and more for dine-in and carry-out, including our 52 inch pizza. Great food and fun all in one stop! Check us out for a fun-filled afternoon or evening. Ask how we can come to you with our mobile laser tag for your company picnic, family reunion or corporate team building events! Find us online or call for further details and hours. Open year-round. Summer hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 12-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-6 p.m.
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
43349 SD Hwy. 52
Boating, camping, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, tubing and waterskiing are just some of the activities you can enjoy! The Recreation Area offers over 400 campsites, 17 primitive camping cabins and 4 boat ramps. Lewis & Clark Resort and Lewis & Clark Marina and restaurant are located in the recreation area. The Lewis & Clark Resort has 24 motel rooms, 17 modern cabins and a 6-bedroom lodge featuring a 1,800 sq. ft. grand room for your family reunions or corporation retreats. Lewis & Clark Marina has over 400 boat slips, fuel, boat rentals, mechanics and a convenience store. There are numerous beaches, picnic shelter facilities, play equipment and trails in the state park. A park entrance license is required to use the area; $6/day or $30 for an annual permit. Nearby Lake Yankton and the Missouri River also provide hours of entertainment for the young and old alike.
Memorial Park Municipal Outdoor Pool
Douglas Avenue and 21st Street
The Memorial Park Municipal Pool is open in the months of June, July, and August, weather permitting. The pool has heated water and is maintained at approximately 80ºF. The pool is a 50 meter Olympic sized pool. It has four diving boards, two one-meter boards and two three-meter boards. There is also an adult-child wading pool which is separate from the main pool and is open the same hours as the main pool but with no admission charge.
Missouri National Recreational River
508 E. 2nd St. (National Park Service Office)
Did you know Yankton has a National Park? That’s right, the Missouri National Recreational River runs right along Yankton’s historic waterfront. Come discover beautiful stretches of the Missouri River with plenty of outdoor activities, including miles of trails for hiking, biking, running and paddling. Start your visit at Riverside Park where there are exhibits detailing the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the steamboat era and the Dakota Territorial Capital. A new feature is the Meridian Bridge, which was recently converted to safe pedestrian access from downtown Yankton to trails in Nebraska. The bridge offers a wonderful vantage point to look upon the Recreational River’s Wild and Scenic waters. Summer programming includes Junior Ranger and other programs for youth; evening programs, canoe and fishing clinics, an exhibit at the Yankton Chamber and Visitors Center and much more. A new attraction for the park is the MNRR Mobile Ranger Station; the station will have exhibits and interpretive programs for kids and adults alike. Please check the Web site for current activity schedules or visit the park headquarters.
Summit Activities Center
1801 Summit St.
For the young and young at heart, the 134’ water slide and zero depth pool are great places to play. The Summit offers a strength and fitness area, indoor pool, two performing arts theatres, indoor and outdoor walking tracks, soccer fields, football fields, softball fields, eight lighted outdoor tennis courts and gymnasium to help visitors keep in shape. Birthday pool parties are now a reality with special rates available. There are also meeting rooms available for special events. Daily rates are available. Open Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Please call for summer seasonal hours.
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
55245 Hwy. 121 (Four miles West of Yankton)
Nestled in the golden, chalkstone-lined valley of the Missouri River, the Lewis and Clark Lake area has grown into one of the most popular recreation destinations in the region. The Corps of Engineers offers a wide variety of recreational activities including camping, fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking. With two campgrounds, boating access to Lake Yankton and the Missouri River, day-use areas with a beach and playgrounds and rentable picnic shelters, the Corps of Engineers areas downstream of Gavins Point Dam are popular with recreation enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest!
Yankton Bowl Family Fun Center
3010 Broadway Ave.
Join your friends and family for a fun afternoon or entertaining evening of bowling at the Yankton Bowl Family Fun Center. After you are done bowling, order a pizza. Then head to the arcade where kids (and adults too) can try their skill or luck on any of the interactive games, competing for tickets that you can turn in for prizes at the end of your visit. Open Noon to Midnight daily.
Historic Downtown Yankton and Riverside Park
RiverWalk is a public art project focused on bringing outdoor sculptures to downtown Yankton and Riverside Park. New sculptures will be installed annually in May for the public to enjoy. Each year the public has the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture, the People’s Choice Award. Votes will be tabulated at the end of each year. The winner will be announced each May, at the sculpture artist celebration. Download the RiverWalk app from www.yanktonriverwalk.org and take a self-guided walking tour while learning about each individual sculpture and artist.