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Lewis & Clark Lake

History & Happenings

The friendly Yankton Sioux engaged Lewis & Clark
in two ceremonials of smoking from the
”pipe of peace” and a party with music and dance.
August 30 – 31, 1804 at Calumet Bluff.

Click here to view a map of Calumet Bluff.

Clark described the Yankton Sioux as, “Stout, bold looking people.”  “The young men brave and active who vow never to retreat from their enemies.”  Folklore has it that while Lewis & Clark convened with the Yankton Sioux Tribe in 1804, on Calumet Bluff; a male child was born in one of the lodges. Learning of this fact, Captain Lewis sent for the child and wrapped him in an American flag. Lewis proceeded with a speech in which he prophesied that the boy would live to become eminent among his people and a great friend of the white men. His prophecy came true, for the boy grew up to be the famous “Struck By The Ree”, Chief of the Yankton Tribe.  “Struck By The Ree” monument is located in Greenwood, South Dakota.


The Lewis and Clark Visitor Center is located atop the Historic Calumet Bluff.

Missouri National Recreational River

If you are researching recreational lake areas in the United States, the Lewis & Clark Lake area near Yankton, SD and Crofton, NE is among the most Awesome & Affordable lake areas in the country!  To become better acquainted with the L&C Lake area, check out the Missouri National Recreational River Website.

Southeast South Dakota

If you’re interested in visiting or living in Southeast South Dakota, the Simply South Dakota website is a great resource with plenty of information about the area.

What to do

Where to stay (campgrounds)

Visitor information

Lake Properties at Lewis & Clark Lake

The Kaye O’Neal Connection Team regularly lists and sells lake homes and cabins at Lewis & Clark Lake.  Click here to view our current Lewis & Clark Lake properties, both on the Nebraska and South Dakota sides of the Lake.

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