Located in southeastern South Dakota, the city of Yankton draws much of its vibe from the Missouri River. But the longest river in the United States only begins to scratch the surface of recreation possible in and around Yankton. This summer is the perfect time for residents and visitors alike to get outside and enjoy all that Yankton has to offer! Water activities, camping, biking, a new aquatics center and much, much more are part of a wealth of amenities that makes the Yankton community an incredible place for families and recreation adventurers.
5 of our Favorite Recreation Spots in Yankton
There are so many fun things to do in Yankton that it’s difficult to narrow it down to a short list. Still, here are some of our favorite local recreation options.
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
Situated on the northern shore of Lewis and Clark Lake, the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area is one of South Dakota’s most popular state resort parks. Three separate campgrounds, a resort and marina encompass nearly 1,000 acres that attract visitors from throughout the Midwest. Camping, biking and horseback riding are just a few of the activities to be found in the area.
Huether Family Aquatics Center
The new state-of-the-art Aquatics Center provides a lengthy list of family adventures for all ages! An Adventure Pool for older kids includes a Wiggle Bridge, Climbing Wall and several diving boards. Little ones will enjoy the Spray Zone and zero-depth Family Pool and everyone can enjoy a peaceful tube ride on the lazy river. In addition, picnic shelters, courts, fields and disc golf offer other recreation options.
Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery
The Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery is one of 70 federal hatcheries and fish technology centers in the country operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A highlight for visitors is the aquarium with 10,000 gallons of display of local fish, amphibians and reptiles. Visitors can also feed fish, participate in guided tours or hike the two miles of nature trails at the property.
Gavins Point Project Area
The federal dam on the Missouri River that forms Lewis & Clark Lake provides plenty of recreation opportunities. The lake area draws more than two million visitors annually for fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, sailing, swimming, biking and bird-watching. Paddling sports rule Lake Yankton due to its motor restrictions. Viewing the amazing spillway, power plant and dam itself is a remarkable experience. Winter brings ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is the world's largest archery center at nearly 100 acres. Recreation abounds on the three outdoor field ranges, 90-meter indoor range, 3-D range with 40' elevated platform, two ranges for FITA target shooting competition, fitness studio, indoor tennis courts and indoor air rifle range. The Center’s mission includes fostering, promoting and expanding the sport of archery to all skill levels.
Why We Celebrate Recreation
At Yankton Thrive, we understand the important role recreation plays in our community. It is essential to the local high quality of life, but also serves as an economic driver. When people visit our community to play at a park, participate in a tournament or use our recreation facilities, they often spend money locally on restaurants, gas and even shopping. This benefits local businesses and creates jobs!