Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
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Introduction

One of the most happening vacation spots, located six miles west of Yankton in South Dakota, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area deserves every bit of recognition and popularity it receives. You can spend days at this 864 acres of resort park hiking, swimming, camping, boating, biking and getting lost in its secluded natural wilderness.

Modern as it is, that isn’t the only attraction that lures visitors all the way from the Midwest. It's the separate campground area with modern recreation facilities that makes it all the more alluring. Not to mention the extravagant marina that promises nothing but unforgettable times. Lewis and Clark Lake is by far the highlight of this park that brings visitors from all across the world.

There are so many fun activities to do at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area that a few days seem too short of a time to explore this gorgeous park completely. While this park has something for everyone, it is especially a hub for all water lovers. The 25-mile Lewis and Clark Lake garners attention and keeps visitors busy with the many sports and recreational activities it offers. The adventure of something out of this world is truly experienced here when vacationers park their RVs amidst nature and enjoy the marina and all it has to offer.

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Transportation in Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

Driving

Lewis and Clark Recreational Area lies about seven miles north of Crofton on Nebraska Highway 121 or five miles west of Yankton off SD Highway 52. To save yourself the trouble, miss the marine and resort entrance and take the Lewis and Clark Campground Entrance at milepost 337 to reach your campsite quickly and without any hassle. The park’s office is right by the park entrance and campers can check in here before proceeding. The campsites are paved and accommodate large rigs easily with ample room for maneuverability with campsites offering both drive-in and pull-through options for RVs and motor homes.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

Campsites in Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

Reservations camping

Lewis and Clark Recreational Area Burbach Campground

The Burbach Area Campground offer more shaded camp spots as well as the ten fully furnished cabins that have two-bedrooms, heating and cooling, kitchen appliances and utensils making for a luxurious and comfortable camping experience. The campground has paved sites, gravel sites, a shower house nearby as well as the beach and swimming area. Most of the sites of the Burbach Area are lake facing and dotted along Lewis and Clark Lake's shoreline.

Lewis and Clark Recreational Area Welgand Campground

Lewis and Clark Recreational Area provide the largest and most popular campgrounds on the shores of Lewis and Clark Lake. The park facilitates its RV travelers with over 400 campsites divided between the Welgand Area and Burbach Area Campgrounds. Nearly all campsites offer electric hookups and paved parking spaces that are spacious enough for RVs and motor homes under 50 ft. These campgrounds vary in their offerings and accommodations. The Welgand Area Campground has camping sites that are back-in and pull-through, a tent only camping site for the more rugged camping enthusiast and a shower house and playground area nearby. Eight of these sites are reserved for equestrians and connect to horse trails nearby. All campsites are close to dumping stations, showers, and drinking water. A separate fishing dock for the disables is also available, in addition to the regular one that is open to the public. All campsites are spacious, providing campers freedom to move around and also offer much in terms of privacy. If you ended up making impromptu weekend plans, you can always go for campsites 302-409 as it allows same-day booking.

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Seasonal activities in Lewis and Clark Recreation Area

In-Season

Fishing

If you are fond of fishing or want to try it for the first time, then Lewis and Clark Lake is just the spot to toss out a line and enjoy a bit of relaxing fishing. Lewis and Clark Recreational Area has all the facilities you need to go on your first angling adventure. The park store rents and sells fishing equipment, gear and bait facilitating everything an angler would need to catch the many types of panfish and bass swimming in the lake waters. There are fishing docks, fishing poles, and a fish cleaning station in the park as well with disability access provided.

Marina

Lewis and Clark Recreation area is popular because it is home to the largest Marina in the state. To camp here and not make use of this modern and well-maintained marina would be a shame. Campers can take advantage of the many types of slip and boat rentals available at the marina. There are floating fuel docks and swimming pools as well for guests to relax and enjoy the beautiful lake waters. If you haven’t been on a yacht before, this is as good an opportunity as any.

Hiking/Biking/Equestrian Trails

The multipurpose six-mile long trail ensures that no camper returns home without witnessing the natural beauty surrounding Lewis and Clark Recreational Area. This natural trail starts near the boat ramp at Gavins Point Campground and continues alongside the lake and towards the Missouri River. Hikers can hike the natural trail, while mountain bikers can bike along the paved section. Equestrian riders can also enjoy riding their horses on even paved surfaces enjoying the scenic views around them. All the sweating on the trail is worth it because, on the top, each camper can see the beautiful lake below as well as the chalk rock bluffs.

Off-Season

Aquarium

Taking the road east from the park’s welcome center for about two miles will get you to Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Inaugurated in 1960 on the Missouri River, this hatchery has to date produced nearly 5 billion fish to release in the waters of the Midwest rivers and lakes. The aquarium is one of the coolest places to be especially for kids where they can learn all about the inner workings of how a fish hatchery operates and get to see the vast varieties of fish and turtles swim around in their sanctuaries.

Playgrounds

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area is open all year round and offers many recreational activities to get your blood pumping. The park has designated courts for basketball, soccer, and volleyball, There’s a golf court too where you can play a game of disc golf. In the winter you can enjoy skiing and snowshoeing on the trails. Another interesting game that attracts many to this neck of the woods is archery. The park facilitates archery tournaments and competitions and also allows guest to try their hands at this medieval sport. Visit the park regularly and you just might become a pro archer.

Picnicking

Lewis and Clark Recreational Area offer plenty of spots for families and friends to come out and enjoy a spot of picnicking by the lake waters. The park offers its guests picnic tables, grills, fire rings and comfort stations at various picnic designated areas mainly overlooking the marina and lake. The park also offer ten fully furnished cabins near the Burbach Area that can be reserved one year ahead of time and offers all the modern amenities you need to have a relaxing, comfortable and luxurious stay amidst natures wonders.

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