Annual Yankton-Area Events Start This Week

Yankton Events
Several annual Yankton-area Missouri River events are just days away – and your help is needed! Contact Paul Lepisto at for more information and ways you can volunteer.

Missouri River Watershed School Festival: May 4. More than 400 high school students from Nebraska and South Dakota will attend this event in Riverside Park. Through the festival, students get a better understanding and appreciation for the Missouri River and caring for our natural resources.

Missouri River Clean-Up: May 6. Last year, a record 140 volunteers collected more than 2.5 tons of litter and debris from 9 miles along the river near Yankton. This event connects people with the river and makes the river healthier for fish and wildlife and a better place for outdoor recreation.

Invasive Species Awareness: May 3-5 & 20-21. This event is even more critical now that aquatic invasive species – including Asian carp and zebra mussels – have been found in the river. Volunteers educate boaters and anglers on how they can prevent the spread of invasive species through three simple steps: clean, drain, and dry equipment. We will hold an additional awareness event in June to reach out to recreational boaters on Lewis and Clark Lake above Gavins Point Dam.