National Parks

Missouri National River

Crofton, NE

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Address: 55245 NE-121, Crofton, NE 68730, USA Number: 402 667-2550 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Do you know how long the Missouri River is? Well, it's 100 miles - that's a pretty long river! But that also means that you have 100 miles of FUN to play with in the lovely Nebraska outdoors!

The Missouri National Recreational River is a great example of the untamed American West. It's a place where the family can get creative, get back to nature, and where imagination can run wild!

There are two free flowing stretches of the Missouri River that make up the National Park, and if you have a hard time deciding what to do first, you're not alone! Most of the 150,000 visitors each year can't choose either! Want to know why? Of course you do!

There are historic areas to explore, fishing to be done, boating to be enjoyed, and nature to be appreciated!

The best place to start your journey is at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center. From here, the Mobile Ranger station is the next place you want to be heading! There are outside displays of the scenic river, and inside there are exhibits on the natural and cultural resources of the park, as well as fun touchscreen displays and kids activities. 

If it's fishing you love, you're in for a treat! From catfish, paddlefish, walleye and sauger, there are a number of species that you could be catching with your fishing skills!

We're telling you about the Missouri National Recreational River - so let's talk about those activities ON the river! You can float by canoe, kayak or boat, and enjoy the amazing scenic views along the way. Then, in the evening, sit back and enjoy the amazing night sky - it's an amazing place to see the stars!

Beautiful outdoor fun at the Missouri National Recreational River! 

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Whist there isn't a fee for the Missouri National River, the Lewis and Clark Lake State Area has a $5 per vehicle fee if you cross over.

Any top tips?


Check out the Junior Ranger Program at the visitor centers! They can get a badge and certificate!

I'm Hungry!


There are many options to dine in and around the park - and outside the park there are a number of restaurants too!

Healthy Eating You're more than welcome to picnic in nature with your own healthy family lunch!

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From Yankton: Cross the Missouri River on US81 South. After 2 miles turn right (heading west) onto Nebraska Route 121. Follow this route, turn left after 4 miles and drive to the top of the hill. The visitor center parking lot entrance is on the right. Or

From Yankton: Take South Dakota Route 52 west from Yankton six miles to the road that crosses the dam (Crest Road). Turn left onto the Crest Road (heading south) and follow this road until you come to Nebraska Route 121. Turn right and drive up the hill. The visitor center parking lot entrance is on the right.

From US81 South: Drive north on US81 toward Yankton. Turn left onto Nebraska Route 121 and continue on this route until you reach the visitor center parking lot entrance.

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They can organize a field trip or a ranger in the classroom for students K - 12.

Can I get one of those?


The Lewis & Clark Visitor Center has a bookstore where you can pick up some great items to take home with you!

Need a little extra help?


The river can be a difficult challenge for those with mobility disabilities. The partner parks have accessible parking, picnic facilities and trails.

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When can we go?

Facilities open May to late September.

Open every day of the year.

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