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. Another feature is the Meridian Bridge, which has 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. Stop by the park headquarters on 2nd Street for park information including junior ranger booklets, passport stamps, and park maps. The headquarters office is open M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check the website for current activity schedules.
The Missouri National Recreational River has produced several short films featuring various elements of the National Park.
508 E. 2nd St. (National Park Service Office)