Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Missouri National Recreational River

One of South Dakota's newest portions of the National Park Service is the Missouri National Recreational River. Located in the southeast corner of the state, the designated Recreational River is a 100-mile stretch of the "Mighty Mo" from Fort Randall Dam at Pickstown, SD to Ponca, Nebraska.

This section of the river includes areas relatively unchanged from what American Indians, Lewis and Clark and other explorers saw in the early days of the expansion of the United States. Particularly the chunk from the Gavins Point Dam upstream from Yankton to Ponca really has a more "natural" feel to river ecology than the more westerly portion between the two dams.

I took this photo last week at the north end of the Missouri River bridge between Vermillion, SD and Newcastle, NE.

Just a couple miles upstream is Clay County Park, which offers some very scenic views across islands, wetlands and of the distant Nebraska shoreline.

Further upriver above the Gavins Point Dam, gigantic chalkstone bluffs rise out of the water. Canoeing, kayaking, sailboating, waterskiing and fishing are all popular in Lewis and Clark Lake here.

Full information about the Rec River can be found at Missouri River National Recreation River.

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