Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River

Living History Day Event

The National Park Service Missouri National Recreational River is hosting Living History Day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Riverside Park. See history come alive by visiting a fur trapper and a prairie school teacher. Listen to colorful stories of fur traders who traveled the Missouri River and sold their pelts in the Dakota Territory. Visit with a prairie school teacher to learn about the 3R’s on the second floor of the Territorial Capitol. The day also consists of historical activities, games, and presentations about Lewis and Clark and homesteading. All activities are free and open to families. For more information please call 605-665-0209. 

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2017 Annual Meeting

The Friends of the MNRR held its annual meeting and event outing at Clay County Park near Vermillion, SD on Saturday June 24. The event was attended by 56 members. Twenty-six members participated in the kayak trip and 12 members participated on the Frost Trail hike.



The mission of the Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River is to build awareness, enhance and advocate for the scenic, recreational, fish and wildlife, ecological, geological, cultural/historical values and economic and recreational opportunities of the Missouri River, a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

MNRR Overview

This 100-mile stretch of North America's longest river (2,341 miles), represents a vestige of the untamed American West. It recalls history, records human stories, and provides a sense of place. The Missouri National Recreational River is where imagination meets reality. The wild, untamed, and mighty Missouri River continues to flow just as nature intended within the two stretches that make up this National Park System unit. Established in 1978, and expanded in 1991, the Missouri National Recreational River's mission is to preserve the free-flowing condition of the Missouri River and protect it for the enjoyment and benefit of generations to come. From Pickstown, SD to Ponca, NE the river's meadering corridor provides several valuable resources that hold a vast array of outstanding remarkable values: cultural, ecological, fish and wildlife, geological, recreational, and scenic.