The Start of South Dakota’s Story
Yankton may be South Dakota’s most historic town, but the river that it created is timeless.
Life in Yankton has always revolved around the Missouri River. Native Americans followed the river’s flow to their destinations centuries ago. They named the land E-Hank-Ton-Wan, which means “people of the end village.”
Without the Missouri, Yankton might not exist. The river brought steamboats and their captains to Yankton. Steamboats brought not only color and expansion to the budding town; they also brought technology and skilled people.
Now, the river provides recreation to hundreds of thousands of people who walk its shores every year. Visit and see what the Missouri means to you.
Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about our great city – Yankton, South Dakota and the surrounding area.
Yankton Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau’s mission is to increase the economic impact and facilitate the continued development of the visitor industry in Yankton. Its staff is dedicated to promoting tourism in Yankton and helping all businesses benefit from the economic impact of visitor spending.
CVB Advisory Council
The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Advisory Council is made up of individuals from throughout the Yankton area that cross represent visitor industry related businesses. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the CVB Director.
Ann Riley – Holiday Inn Express, General Manager
Matthew Nelson – Best Western Kelly Inn, General Manager
Karla Zeutenhorst – United States Corps of Engineers, Park Ranger
Jeff VanMeeteren – Lewis & Clark Recreation Area – Regional Park Manager
Michael Grave – Lewis and Clark Resort – Owner/Operator
Todd Larson – City of Yankton, Director Parks and Recreation
Brittany Salonen – National Field Archery Association, Marketing & Trade Show Manager
Dan Smith – National Park Service, Interpretive Park Ranger
Heidi Marsh – Fresh Produce, Account Executive
Michelle Donner – 6th Meridian Hop Farm/Counterfeit Catering, Owner/Operator
Crystal Nelson – Dakota Territorial Museum, Executive Director
Chauntel Wright – Willa B’s Bistro & Emporium, Owner/Operator
Micki Schievelbein – Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, Advertising Director
Bridgett Benson – City of Yankton, Commissioner