Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

More than one million vacationers visit the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area each year. Located near Yankton on the South Dakota and Nebraska border, the site marks the spot where the Lewis and Clark expedition first met with the Yankton Sioux.

Lewis and Clark Lake, a reservoir of the Missouri River formed by Gavins Point Dam, is the focal point of the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The calm, pristine waters of Lewis and Clark Lake are excellent for sailing, swimming, and fishing, and the scenic bluffs along the shoreline are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

The Lewis and Clark Recreation area is a modern resort park situated on the 90 miles of shoreline of Lewis and Clark Lake. The recreation area is composed of three separate facilities: Gavins Point Exploration area, the Midway area, and the Lewis and Clark Resort. Six miles of scenic, waterfront trails connect the three facilities within the park.

The Gavins Point Exploration area offers visitors swimming beaches, hiking trails, horseback riding trails, and an archery range. Walleye, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass delight anglers of Gavins Point. The Midway area features sandy beaches and more than 374 campsites. The Lewis and Clark Resort offers travelers modern cabin and motel units, a marina, swimming pool, and boat rentals.

While in the area, visitors are sure to enjoy such nearby attractions as Pierson Ranch, Chief White Crane Recreation Area, Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, and Gavins Point Dam.

Park Schedule & Rates

  • Open year-round
  • Camping: 374 sites (all electrical, 35 prime).
  • Horse Camp: Eight sites. All electrical.
  • Cabins: 15 cabins. Sleeps four.
  • Showers. Water. Dump station.
  • Contact park for current rates and availability.

Park Contact Information


Categories: Eastern SD, State Parks

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