Water Recreation in Yankton.
Ready to make some waves? Getting on the water makes Yankton even better.
Kayaks and Canoes
Lewis & Clark Lake, Lake Yankton and the Missouri National Recreational River offer many miles of water and shoreline to explore by kayak or canoe. The beautiful chalkstone bluffs along the lake and river provide a scenic backdrop for people who like to travel across deep and wide waters, see beautiful natural history, enjoy scenery and view wildlife.
Lake Yankton has a “Gas Motors Prohibited” rule, which is great for beginners to kayaking and canoeing. The recreational river is a unit of the National Park System and part of the nation’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Contact the National Park Service at (605) 665-0209 for more information on kayaking and canoeing or check out www.nps.gov/mnrr or www.mnrrwatertrail.org.
Lakes and Rivers
Lake Yankton is about 250 acres with camping around the lake area. The lake has a “Gas Motors Prohibited” wake rule, which makes it great for fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
Lewis & Clark Lake
The magnificent 30-mile Lewis & Clark Lake offers great fishing and boating opportunities. Area campgrounds have over 870 campsites available with many amenities, making Yankton the largest camping destination in the Midwest. Whether you’re boating, fishing, camping, bicycling, horseback riding, swimming or jet skiing, you’ll enjoy the warm days and cool nights of the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, go for more fishing and boating, cross country skiing or just relaxing by the fireplace in a cozy cabin and watching the wildlife of the area. The Lewis and Clark Marina near Gavins Point Dam has over 400 slips, fueling, boat rentals, mechanics and a convenience store.
Missouri National Recreational River
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 exhibits detail 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 offer 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, which will have exhibits and interpretive programs for kids and adults alike. Please check the website for current activity schedules or visit the park headquarters.
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