Lewis & Clark Recreation Area is a South Dakota State Park on Lewis & Clark Lake of the Missiouri River near Yankton. South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department manages the park. Campers are arriving as the trees leaf out and wild plums and lilacs bloom.
Near the entrance to the park, warm season native wildflowers and grasses will soon emerge in the lighter colored area.
Some new trees have been planted to replace dead or storm damaged trees. Young maple with its protective deer fence has new leaves.
Clump birch is in bloom. Trunks are protected from gnawing animals.
Majestic mature cottonwoods, where eagles perch, sprout new leaves.
Plants in bloom are small and large. Violets are a footstep away.
Wild plums decorate one of the park entrances.
In early spring, sometimes one wants to explore the river’s edge.
Purple and white lilacs are park signatures that welcome spring campers.
Everywhere you look is another sign of spring at the park!
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