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Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

Lewis and ClarkAfter Custer State Park on the western side of South Dakota, this park in the southeastern corner is the second-most visited in the state.

The center of activity for the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area is the 25-mile Lewis and Clark Lake. The lake is one of four large reservoirs on the Missouri River in South Dakota, this one created by Gavins Point Dam.

Fun on Water and on Land

Water recreation is the number one attraction for the area. Everything from swimming to sailing, water skiing to fishing, boating to wind surfing, and more are enjoyed on Lewis and Clark Lake. For those who prefer activities on dry land, there is no shortage of them. Visitors to the park hike, bike, play disc golf, toss horseshoes, play volleyball and soccer, watch for birds and other wildlife, and attend park programs.

Tent, Camper, RV and Cabin Camping

In addition to the area's 374 campsites and15 camping cabins – the largest campground in the state, it also features a privately-run resort. Lewis and Clark Resort has 24 motel units and 17 cabins.

Adjoining the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area are two other state parks, Chief White Crane Recreation Area and Pierson Ranch Recreation Area. Both of these parks are on the shores of Lake Yankton, below Gavins Point Dam, and together they offer an additional 213 campsites and 12 more camping cabins.

Camping reservations for the state parks may be completed online at Resort reservations may be made by contacting the resort (605-665-2680).

Located approximately five miles west of Yankton and with their abundance of lodging options and recreational opportunities, these three parks are an ideal location for large group gatherings such as family reunions, and are also perfect for fun family getaways.

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area (to Department of Game, Fish & Parks)