The historic town of Yankton is a river town, and much of what happens here has revolved around it since the Native Americans named it E-Hank-Ton-Wan, meaning People of the end village.Nowadays Yanton thrives as a community and the river offers activities to everyone who visits.
Top historic landmarks include the Dakota Territorial Museum, Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, and Dakota Territorial Capitol Building. Here you can learn about the history of Yankton and some of its Native American origins.
Outdoor recreation includes activities in and around the Missouri River and Lake Yankton where you can kayak, canoe, fish and boat.Numerous hiking routes can be found in and around Yankton and its surrounding parkland, cycling is also popular.
Visit Yankton in the summer to get the most fun out of dry, warm weather by the river.
This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Yankton. The hottest month in Yankton is June, when temperatures peak at 99 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to -4 ˚F. The wettest month in Yankton is October with 4.8 inches of rain, while the driest month is November with 0.07 inches of rain.