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.
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.