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Missouri River

KayakingRunning vertically through the middle of South Dakota, the Missouri River is a naturally beautiful attraction that offers boundless recreational opportunities.

History and Recreation

It served as part of the trail Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took as they explored the new territory, making history a vital part of the communities that line the river.

In addition to historical attractions, visitors to the river take advantage of hiking, biking and camping, as well as water activities such as fishing, kayaking and skiing.


Four reservoirs created as a result of damming the Missouri River allow for even deeper fishing waters and sailing. They are: Lake Oahe, formed by the Oahe Dam near Pierre; Lake Sharpe, formed by the Big Bend Dam near Fort Thompson; Lake Francis Case, formed by the Fort Randall Dam near Pickstown; and Lewis and Clark Lake, formed by the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton.


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