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Changes coming to overnight camping at Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, SD

Published March 18, 2016
YANKTON, SD - Fees and reservation changes are coming to the Nebraska Tailwaters and Cottonwood camp sites operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lewis and Clark Lake.

The Nebraska Tailwaters sites will be available for camping from May through October and sites in Cottonwood from April through October. Reservations for all sites must be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by going online to Recreation.gov or by calling the toll free reservation line at 1-877-444-6777.


Quantity - Site Type

Per Night, Per Site Fee

Nebraska Tailwaters

11 – Non-electric


Nebraska Tailwaters

31 – Electrical Amenities



59 – Electrical Amenities



14 – Prime Electric


“The biggest change this season is that all Corps campsites, except the non-electric sites in Nebraska Tailwaters, are reservable. Reservations must be made at least two days prior to arrival or can be made up to six months in advance. Another change is the fee for non-electric campsites in Nebraska Tailwaters will rise from $12 to $14.” said Karla Zeutenhorst, Gavins Point Park Ranger.

Beginning 2016, visitors to the Lewis and Clark Lake area will be able to purchase or obtain the following America the Beautiful interagency recreation passes – Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass, and Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass. These passes are good at Federal recreation areas and national parks for entrance and user fees. The senior and access passes provide holders a 50 percent discount on campsites at USACE-managed campgrounds. A senior pass can be obtained at Cottonwood and Nebraska Tailwaters campground fee booths as well as the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center. All other passes are available only at the visitor center.

America the Beautiful passes are available online through the U.S. Geological Survey website or by calling 1-888-275-8747, option 3. Additionally, the Interagency Pass Program allows each of the federal agencies to retain and reinvest revenues collected from the sale of passes at the project level. USACE plans to reinvest its revenues at the projects where the fees are collected. 

USACE is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas they provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages.

Karla Zeutenhorst

Release no. 20160318-003