YANKTON, S.D. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a solar eclipse viewing event from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Monday, August 21 at the Overlook Shelter near Gavins Point Dam.
The eclipse will begin in the Yankton area at approximately 11:36 a.m., with the maximum effect, around 94 percent, happening at 1 p.m. It will end around 2:35 p.m. Solar viewing glasses will be provided while supplies last. The Lewis and Clark Visitor Center will be closed from 10 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event. In the case of cloudy or bad weather, the event will be canceled and the Visitor Center will remain open.
There will be displays showing general eclipse information, history of eclipses in the United States, and fun facts and myths. A variety of homemade viewing devices will be on display.
Picnic tables will be available and visitors are welcome to bring picnic lunches. Grilling will not be allowed in or around the shelter during the event. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for viewing outside the shelter.
The Overlook Shelter is located on Nebraska Highway 121 above Gavins Point Dam and next to the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center and the Crofton Lakeview Golf Course. For more information call (402) 667-2546.
Release no. 17-082