Past Events

Missouri River Watershed School Festival

Around 400 high school students from Nebraska and South Dakota learn about the importance of the river and our resources through a variety of presentations.

Missouri River Cleanup Day

Test Venue 512 Mulberry St, Yankton, SD

The cleanup involves over 100 volunteers who remove tons of trash from the river.

Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle

If you see a lot of paddlers heading down the 39-mile stretch of the MNRR tomorrow, it's likely to be the Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle.  They start at Fort Randall at 7:20 in the morning and have to reach Springfield, SD by 9:30 PM.  For more information, go to

Missouri River Paddlers 2022 Rendezvous

The Missouri River Paddlers’ 2022 Rendezvous happens on the Missouri National Recreational River, between Randall Creek at Fort Randall Dam and Scenic Park in South Sioux City between July 30 and August 6. This trip covers 147 river miles over a week, with camps each night at a river access location. Norm Miller, on behalf […]

Night Sky at Spirit Mound

Park rangers from Missouri National Recreational River will join staff from the University of South Dakota for night sky viewing at Spirit Mound. Highlights include learning about the Milky Way galaxy and viewing constellations current in the night sky. Bring binoculars if you have them. Telescopes will be provided for viewing. Please note: Program will […]


Paddle with a Ranger

Description Meet at the boat launch just below Gavins Point Dam on the South Dakota side of the Missouri River to paddle with a ranger. Enjoy the river's quiet soundscape, views of natural features, and historic WWII pilings built by German POWs. Conclude the paddle just past Green Island at the Riverside Park boat launch. […]

17th Annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo at the Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26 E, Ponca, NE

Visit scenic Ponca State Park on September 17-18, 2022 for the annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo! This year’s expo will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. A state park entry permit is required upon entry and can be purchased online or at the gate entrance.

Fishing Clinic with Niobrara National Scenic River @ Niobrara State Park

Niobrara State Park 89261 522 Ave., Niobrara, NE

Niobrara, NE – Junior anglers are invited to join the Niobrara National Scenic River, the Missouri National Recreational River, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the Friends of the Niobrara for a free summer fishing clinic along the Niobrara River at Niobrara State Park. The clinic will be held on Sunday, September 25, from 5:30 […]

Missouri River Institute Symposium

The annual Missouri River Institute symposium at the University of South Dakota will feature several speakers describing research and management activities focused on issues related to the Missouri River and its basin. Speakers will include presenters from the University of South Dakota and federal and state government agencies. The symposium is a day-long event where […]