Yankton is a city located in Yankton County, South Dakota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 13,528. It is the county seat of Yankton County. Yankton was the original capital of Dakota Territory.
The city is known locally as River City and the Key City. It's southern edge sits on the banks of the Missouri River. The city is situated just below Gavins Point Dam, a federally run electric turbine dam. The dam created Lewis and Clark Lake, named for the famous Lewis and Clark expedition which traveled through this area. The lake is roughly 20 miles long by 1 mile wide and provides vast recreation opportunities. Most of the recreation areas are run by the Federal Government Army Corps of Engineers. They are clean and well run, with excellent camping, hiking and bike trails. A marina is also available on the north side of the lake near the dam.
One exceptional attraction for hikers is the Smutty Bear Trail area which leads to Gavins Point. Gavins Point is a lookout high above the deep waters of Lewis and Clark Lake. It's terrific for day hikes, late night romantic hikes and picnics. The most fascinating event of the year is to watch the ice flows by moonlight in the early spring as the lake thaws. The campground is officially closed at this time of year so admission is free.
Web Sites and Links
Lewis and Clark LakeFeatures general information about the lake and its statistics, a map and property listings.
Yankton Chamber of CommerceIncludes an event calendar, community information, chamber membership directory and a guide for visitors.