City May Donate South Dakota Land To National Park Service

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A city in southeast South Dakota is considering giving a portion of city-owned land to the National Park Service to provide additional access to the Missouri National Recreational River.

The Yankton City Commission discussed a proposal Monday to draft an agreement for transferring more than 30 acres of land on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River to the park service. The land is home to two water wells for the city, an access road and a hiking trail.

Under any agreement, Yankton would still maintain the water wells located on the Nebraska side, with rights to add a third.

River Superintendent Rick Clark says that getting the land could be a huge boost to the park’s ability to obtain funding for trail improvements.

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