• Huether Family Aquatics Center

    Construction - July 1, 2020

  • Huether Family Aquatics Center

    Construction - July 1, 2020

  • Walnut Street

    Newly completed Walnut Street project

  • Yankton 4th of July Fireworks

    Yankton's annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Missouri River.

  • Meridian Bridge

    Winter Scene

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake

  • Jim River Bridge

    Jim River Bridge

  • Lake Area Trail

    Lake Area Trail

  • Meridian Bridge Moonlight

    Meridian Bridge Moonlight

  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

    Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

  • Walnut Street

    Walnut Street

  • Bragging Rights

    Bragging Rights

  • Downtown Streetscape

    Yankton's Downtown

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Missouri River Bluffs

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Riverside Park

    Riverside Park

  • Meridian Bridge Fog

    Meridian Bridge Fog

  • Meridian Bridge Winter

    Meridian Bridge Winter

  • Meridian Bridge Fall

    Yankton Meridian Bridge Fall

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake walking trails.

  • Rockin' Ribfest

    June 3-4

  • Yankton Marina

    Yankton Marina

  • Yankton Missouri River

    Yankton Missouri River

  • Fishing the Missouri

    Missouri River Yankton

  • Meridian Bridge

    Meridian Bridge

  • Ice Sailing

    Missiouri River Ice Sailing

  • Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

    Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

  • Missouri River Yankton

    Merry Christmas

  • Yankton Discovery Bridge

    Yankton Discovery Bridge


City of Yankton - Facilities and Services Plan

The current status of each public City facility can be found using the links below.


City Hall

Parks, Recreation & Events

Yankton Community Library



At a Special Meeting on May 1st the City Commission amended COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance 1033 to allow the restrictions on businesses activities and gathering sizes to expire on May 1st at 11:59 p.m.  You can view the meeting on the City of Yankton YouTube Channel.  Governor Noem released the “Back to Normal Plan” at www.covid.sd.gov to provide direction to individuals, businesses, schools, healthcare providers and local governments.  In Executive Order 2020-20 the Governor directed local governments to follow the plan.  Review Governor Noem’s Plan and associated guidance on sanitation and best practices.  The Governor also indicated that state agencies stand ready to assist individual business owners, so please reach out to those state agencies or the SD COVID-19 hotline 1-800-997-2880 to ask specific questions about business best practices.

Consistent with the Governor’s Back to Normal Plan, the City of Yankton is developing a phased strategy for public buildings, facilities, and services. The goal of the phased approach for increasing access is to protect the community, while safeguarding public safety functions and the uninterrupted delivery of essential services.  These phases will be based on the current and future Covid-19 situation in our area and available personal protective equipment to keep the health of our patrons and employees the top priority.  Continue to monitor our social media and website for updates.


The Yankton healthcare community and local government agencies are working together to help limit the spread of COVID-19 cases in our community and preparing for any potential respiratory illness outbreak. The public’s help is necessary to slow the spread of this disease. We ask that you protect yourself and those around you by practicing good personal hygiene:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure. If you experience symptoms and have traveled within an outbreak area or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider. If you need assistance connecting with a health care provider, call 211. See this informational guide to help you figure out what to do if you have symptoms and how to seek help.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

If you are feeling sick, follow the below tips to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others.

  • Again: Stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Most cases are mild, similar to the common cold/ influenza, and you can recover at home.  For more information on COVID-19 and how to prepare, visit a trusted source such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at http://coronavirus.gov/ or the South Dakota Department of Health at http://covid.sd.gov/


Find local updates by following:

City Yankton Facebook 

City of Yankton Twitter

Yankton County Emergency Management Facebook


At the April 27th meeting, the City Commission adopted changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance. The current business closures are extended to May 15th. However, tanning salons, dog groomers, and barber/hair salons may reopen on May 2nd. All other businesses previously closed are scheduled to be allowed to reopen on May 15th and encouraged to utilize CDC/OSHA guidance to the best of their abilities.

The Yankton Board of City Commissioners adopted a Safer At Home Advisory for residents at their April 13th meeting.  The Commission is asking residents to remain at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary trips to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  The advisory incorporates guidance from the South Dakota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Governor Noem’s Executive Orders.  To help slow the spread residents should stay at home as much as possible and limit trips for essential goods and services, work, or solitary/household outdoor recreation for physical and emotional well-being.  Yankton joins other South Dakota cities in sharing a consistent message that by staying home, taking precautions, and working together we can flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus in our communities.  The full text of the Safer at Home Advisory can be found here. A simplified guide of the advisory is provided in English here and in Spanish here.

Transfer Station Schedule Change: Beginning April 11th, 2020 the Yankton Transfer Station will be closed on Saturdays, but remain open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.  The after-hours location will still be available for yard waste, branches, and recycling.  The schedule change will allow crews to better practice social distancing on weekly collection routes.  Please make sure your garbage and recycling carts are placed by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.  The changes may impact the time of day your carts are collected, but your collection day will stay the same.  If you have any questions, please call 668-5211.  http://www.cityofyankton.org/departments-services/solid-waste

The City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance on Tuesday, March 24th, temporarily closing on-site services at some businesses and limiting public gatherings. The ordinance is intended to be valid beginning at 12:00 a.m. the morning of Thursday, March 26th with second reading on Monday, March 30th City Commission meeting.  The ordinance goes into full effect after publication scheduled on Tuesday, March 31st.  Find the full text of the adopted ordinance here, as well as a guide to closures here. If you have specific questions about closures, please call 605-668-5251, and our staff will answer them as quickly as possible.

Beginning March 23, 2020, City of Yankton offices including City Hall will be closed to the public; however, staff is available to assist residents by phone, email, or through online services.  Regular garbage and recycling collection will occur.  Police, fire and other emergency services continue to operate as normal, with only minor safety precautions affecting their day to day operations.  The Yankton Community Library and the Summit Activity Center will also remain closed.  The City of Yankton urges private individuals and organizations to join us in postponing or canceling community gatherings, and avoiding unnecessary contact.  As the situation develops, our strategies may change.

Citywide cleanup previously scheduled to begin next week has been postponed indefinitely. The decision was made so that the Public Works staff can focus on critical services. Garbage and recycling collection will continue as scheduled. As concerns about the transmission of COVID-19 reduce in the coming weeks and months, discussions may occur about rescheduling this event. 

Based on advice from local healthcare professionals, and in cooperation with the Yankton School District, the Yankton Community Library and the Summit Activity Center will be closed at 5:00 p.m. today (March 13, 2020) and will remain closed until further notice.  City Hall will remain open, and regular garbage and recycling collection will occur.  If you need to pay a utility bill, get a building permit or similar service, please don’t come in person, call us and our staff will be happy to assist you over the phone, online, or by email.  This closure will not impact police, fire and other emergency services.  The City of Yankton encourages private individuals and organizations to join us in postponing or canceling community gatherings.  As the situation develops, our strategies may change.


City of Yankton 
416 Walnut Street
PO Box 176
Yankton, SD 57078-0176
(605) 668-5251