Contact Info
MNRR Water Trail
414 E. Clark Street
Science Center
Vermillion, SD 57069




Welcome to the MNRR Water Trail! The reaches of river that comprise this water trail are some of the last remaining natural stretches of America's longest river.  Come immerse yourself in some of the many experiences and stories to be discovered along this water trail and see first-hand how the river earned its historic reputation! <more>



The Missouri National Recreational River Water Trail extends from Ft. Randall Dam near Pickstown, SD to Sioux City, IA. Most of the Water Trail lies within the boundaries of the Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR), a National Park unit consisting of relatively free-flowing segments of the Missouri River.


The 39-mile segment extends from Ft. Randall Dam to near Running Water, SD. The 59-mile segment begins just below Gavins Point Dam and ends just downstream of Ponca State Park. The Water Trail covers the entire length of the 39 and 59-mile segments.


Although not part of the MNRR, Lewis and Clark Lake is included within the Water Trail, to allow a connection for paddlers between the 39-mile and 59-mile segments. The Water Trail also extends approximately 20 miles beyond the downstream boundary of the 59-mile segment to Sioux City, IA.





Upcoming Events

List of upcoming paddle events on the MNRR Water Trail

Trail Sponsors

Missouri River Institute
National Park Service
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
City of Yankton
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
The Izaak Walton League of America
City of Vermillion
Sierra Club