Flowers, bones and Lewis & Clark. The Corps of Discovery Welcome Center is located at the intersection of The Lewis & Clark Trail and The Pan American Highway (US 81). The facility features exhibits about the Missouri River and the culture and heritage of the area. A dedicated staff of volunteers provides ongoing programs that are both entertaining and informative. From wild flowers to fossil bones this facility serves as an excellent resource for a vacation along the Lewis and Clark Trail. The bookstore has an inventory of local crafts and books unique to the area. (89705 US Highway 81, Crofton.1 (402)-667-6557 or www.crofton-nebraska.com/web/index.php/discovery-welcome-center.html)
First encounter of the Sioux kind. The Lewis and Clark Visitor Center was built on a bluff overlooking Lewis and Clark Lake and Gavins Point Dam, on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River across from Yankton, South Dakota. The Visitor Center is an ideal place to learn more about the expedition, the tribes they encountered and the river itself. Near this site Lewis and Clark met with the Yankton Sioux and as the exhibits explain there were many discoveries made. There is a 30-minute video presentation about the entire Lewis and Clark expedition. Adjacent to the Center is a short trail leading to the Dorian Prairie Garden with a variety of grassland plants labeled to make identification easy. The Lewis and Clark Recreation Area frames the Missouri River (Nebraska and South Dakota) upstream from the Visitor Center. The area offers a full-service marina, sandy beaches, hiking/biking trails and a paved trail that traces the South Dakota shoreline. (121 Hwy, US Army Corps of Engineers Gavins Point Dam. 1(402) 667-2546 or http://nebraskacity.com)
Look for the vanishing river. Missouri National Recreational River (administered by The National Park Service) is one of the longest remnants of the original Missouri River outside of Montana. Based at Lewis and Clark Visitor Center near Yankton, staff members provide useful information and maps that identify lesser-known Lewis and Clark sites along the Nebraska and South Dakota border. Rangers conduct daily programs for visitors during the summer months Topics relate to the Missouri River as well as the Corps of Discovery encounters unique to the area. (121 Hwy, US Army Corps of Engineers Gavins Point Dam. 1(402) 667-2550 or www.nps.gov/mnrr/index.htm)
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