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 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.
508 E. 2nd St. (National Park Service Office)