Contact Info
Missouri River Institute
The University of
South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Science Center
Vermillion, SD 57069

Financial support for website development provided by the
Living River Group
of the
Sierra Club




Route Information
Leaving the fast water of the Mulberry Bend access you will encounter more islands, on river right the bluffs provide a large deciduous forest area, on river left see the flood plain with cottonwoods and willows. If you move over to the South Dakota shoreline you will soon arrive at the mouth of the Vermillion River.  This short river is only 45 miles long.  During low water it is not a very difficult kayak trip upstream to Vermillion’s Cotton Park.  If you decide to travel upstream you should realize that the Vermillion River segment you are paddling is an old channel of the Missouri.  At Cotton Park you will find a sign that explains how the Missouri moved away from Vermillion in the flood of 1881. Of course it is easier to float down the Vermillion from Cotton Park to the Missouri River. More...
Begin Access Pt Mulberry Bend
River mile 775.0
Latitude: 42 42 53.2N Longitude: 96 56 35.5W
End Access Pt Ponca State Park
River mile 753.5
Latitude: 42 36 09.8N Longitude: 96 42 43.3W
Natural Features Vermillion River, Pumpkin and Indian Hill, Ionia Volcano
Cultural Features Ionia Volcano