US Army Corps of Engineers
Omaha District

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The Lewis and Clark Center is located atop Calumet Bluff just downstream from the Gavins Point Powerplant. The Center provides spectacular views of Lewis and Clark Lake, Gavins Point Dam, and the Missouri River and contains information concerning the development of the entire Missouri River Basin.

The center features displays on the geology, exploration, early navigation, settlement and natural history of the Missouri River region as well as the role the Corps of Engineers has played in its development.  The Calumet Bluff Theater shows a wide variety of videos, including those on the construction of Gavins Point Dam, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Missouri River and videos for the young in all of us.

A bookstore offers books on topics including Lewis and Clark, Native Americans, pioneers, river travel, natural history and souvenirs. The Dorian Prairie Garden, outside the visitor center, showcases common prairie plants in raised beds and explains their uses by Native Americans and early settlers.

Stop by the Lewis and Clark wayside exhibits, part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, adjacent to the parking area to learn about the travels of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through this area.

Nestled in the golden, chalkstone-lined valley of the Missouri River, The Lewis and Clark Lake area has grown into one of the most popular recreation destinations in the Great Plains, attracting over 1.5 million visitors each year to its shores.  Great year-round fishing opportunities attract thousands of anglers to the lake area and developed public camping areas surround the lake both above and below Gavins Point Dam.

Lewis and Clark Lake, named for the famous explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, is 25 miles long, has 90 miles of shoreline and a wide array of recreational opportunities which include: camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, sailing, water-skiing, swimming, bird-watching, horse-back riding, photography and biking. 

This day-use area is bordered by Gavins Point Dam, Lake Yankton and the Missouri River.  It’s a popular destination for its boat ramps, picnic area, playground, swimming beach, wheel chair accessible fishing jetty, and hiking/biking trail.
Cottonwood Campground is a 77 site campground located just below Gavins Point Dam.  With its beautiful mature cottonwood trees and proximity to Lake Yankton, the campground is a favorite for thousands of campers every year.  The campground hosts modern comfort stations with showers, a playground and a covered picnic shelter.  All sites have 20/30/50 amp electric service, fire rings with grills, and picnic tables.
Located adjacent to Cottonwood Campground below Gavins Point dam, this park offers visitors acres of lush grass dotted with majestic Cottonwood trees. A covered picnic shelter is available for group gatherings. Popular attractions within the park are its large playground and disc golf course. On the shores of Lake Yankton, the park has a boat ramp, wheelchair accessible fishing dock, and lots of shoreline access. 
Nebraska Tailwaters, nestled along the Nebraska bank of the Missouri River, is a popular camping destination. A favorite of anglers, Nebraska Tailwaters has 31 electrical sites featuring 20/30/50 amp electrical service and 13 non-electric sites. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings with grills. The campground has a modern comfort station with showers and there is a boat ramp and wheel chair accessible fishing dock. 
The Santee Lake Access is located in Santee, Neb. Its boat ramp is a popular fishing and hunting access.
A 100-mile stretch of the nation's longest river representing a vestige of the untamed west. The Missouri National Recreational River is where imagination meets reality. Two free flowing stretches of the Missouri make up the National Recreational River.
The Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium is located near Yankton, South Dakota. The hatchery is strategically located on the Missouri River near Lewis and Clark Lake.