Monday, August 22, 2016

Lewis and Clark State Park, Yankton Section CG, Yankton, SD

Date:  Monday August 15 – Monday August 22, 2016 (7 nights)

Rate:  $20/night (plus $30 year or $6 day car pass)

Website:  Lewis and Clark Recreation Area State Park (SD)
   43349 SD Hwy 52
   Yankton, SD 57078

Description:  Located in the south east tip of South Dakota on Lewis and Clark Lake (Missouri River).  This is a huge cg with over 400 sites divided into four sections.  All roads and sites are paved with electric only hook up.  We stayed on site 362 which is 50A but most sites are 30A.  Fill up your fresh tank at the dump station before going to your site because there are very few accessible spigots near the camp sites.  The Yankton Section (about 100 sites) is same day reservation only (first come, first serve).  There are several swim areas along the shore and a couple of boat ramps.  Several cabins are available for reservation and a separate Marina and Resort are next to the cg.  About any activity you can think of is available here, such as disc golf, soccer, basketball, archery, one mile nature trail, six mile bike trail and boat rentals for the large lake.

Trash and Recycle:  Several dumpsters in the cg with recycle bins for drink cans sponsored by BSA.

Activities:  Yankton (pop 15,000) has about all the conveniences needed to make your stay here pleasant.  Even though this is a huge cg, there’s plenty of space between sites.  The bathhouse was modern and clean so we both took showers there to easily stretch our tanks.  I got my exercise by riding the bike on the paved six mile bike trail and walked the one mile nature trail.  We did manage to go to the COE Lewis and Clark Visitors Center to get a little history of the area.  They have nice displays about fallout shelters and the Missouri River history.  We saw deer across from our site just about every day along with one day visits from wild turkey.

New neighbors  New neighbors
New neighbors in the hood
On site 362  Large sites
On site 362
Hail storm  They've already melted some
Hail storm... several were golf ball size

Gavins Point boat ramp  Large swim beach
Gavins Point boat ramp                              Large swim beach
White cliffs of Nebraska (Chalk Stone Bluffs)  White cliffs of Nebraska
White cliffs of Nebraska (Chalk Stone Bluffs)

Bike trail  Bike trail  Bike trail
Bike trail near the waterfront
Bike trail  Sharing the bike trail  Bike trail
Sharing the wooded part of the bike trail

Gavins Point Dam and Powerplant  COE Lewis and Clark Visitor Center
Gavins Point Dam and Powerplant            COE Lewis and Clark Visitor Center
Sleeping in Fallout Shelters  Fallout Shelter sanitation kit
Sleeping and pooping in Fallout Shelters
Early history of Missouri River  History of Louisiana Purchase and exploration
Early history of the Missouri River            History of Louisiana Purchase and exploration
Steamboat history  At the helm  Stemboat
At the helm of a steamboat
Powerplant and Lake history  View of dam and lake from VC
Powerplant and Lake history                      View of dam and lake from VC

Nature trail  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...  Nature trail
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… on the nature trail
Interpretive shelter at top of hill  View from the top
Interpretive shelter at the top of the hill… nice view!


  1. Looks like a really nice place. Boo on hail! Miss ya'll