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
Springfield, SD, is located in the delta of the Missouri River caused by sediment buildup from the Niobrara River. From 1870 to the early 1900's, Springfield was a major transportation city with railroads and ferries. Upstream, the river is surrounded by bluffs made from Niobrara Chalk deposited around 85 million years ago when an ancient sea covered this area. Once you past Sand Creek on the South Dakota side, the river will soon turn into Lewis and Clark Lake. More...
Begin Access Pt Springfield
River mile 832
Latitude: 42 51 29.84N Longitude: 97 53 0.31W
End Access Pt Gavins Point
River mile 814
Latitude: 42 51 31.21N Longitude: 97 33 1.22W
Natural Features Bon Homme Island, Calumet Bluff
Cultural Features Calumet Bluff, Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, Gavins Point Dam