Ranger Programs And Guided Activities

A National Park Service ranger talks to a group of kids about kayak use on the river.
A National Park Service Ranger speaks to a group of kids about kayak use on the river.

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Missouri National Recreational River offers a variety of ranger programs, activities, and tours for all ages from April through mid October. Check our Calendar for upcoming programs and park activities. There are no fees for any interpretive or educational programs except those offered in state parks that charge an entrance fee.

General Program Information

  • National Park Service Ranger Programs are presented at the Lewis and Clark, Niobrara, and Ponca State Parks, and Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds throughout the summer. (1 to 2 hours) Check the Calendar for upcoming programs or follow us on Facebook for event listings.
  • Become a Junior Ranger by stopping at park headquarters in Yankton or Ponca State Park to pick up your booklet.

  • Walking Tours of Historic Yankton's Riverfront and the Meridian Bridge take place upon request from May through September. These programs highlight the wild and scenic faces of the Missouri River's past, present and future. (1 to 2 hours)
  • Learn How to Canoe or Kayak on Lake Yankton before a trip on the Missouri River. (2 to 3 hours)
  • Guided Group Canoe/Kayak Trips on the Missouri River. (6 to 8 hours)
  • Fishing Clinics occur several times during the summer and allow novice anglers to learn the basics of fishing. (1 to 2 hours)
  • Check out the Things To Do page for staff recommendations when visiting the park.

For more information or to schedule any of the following programs please call park headquarters at 605-665-0209.

What to Bring On Guided Activities - Hikes and Canoe/Kayaking trips

  • Sturdy foot gear is a must for all but the very easiest of hikes. Everyone should have good boots, with strong support, to help prevent ankle injuries.
  • Bring water! The Great Plains can get very hot in the summer.
  • Mosquitoes and flies can be bothersome. Come prepared with repellent to meet some of the Missouri National Recreational River's smallest wildlife species.
  • A couple of hours of hiking or paddling can expose you to more sun and UV rays than normal. Wear a hat and sunscreen. It will help keep you cool and prevent a sunburned scalp!
  • For paddling activities, strap-on sandals or water shoes are preferable to flip-flops.
  • Weather can change quickly. Come prepared with rain gear for summer showers.
  • Bring something to eat while you are on the trail or water. If you are on a hike around the noon hour, you'll get mighty hungry without lunch. Remember, if you pack it in, pack it out.
  • Children 10 or younger are welcome on interpretive activities, but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Come prepared to have a great time!

Last updated: February 19, 2019

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508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078


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