Missouri Valley

The Missouri River ecoregion follows the curvature of the Missouri River and stretches from Falls City to Neligh and is bounded to the east by the Missouri River, which is now channelized below South Sioux City. The ecoregion is a land whose eastern portions were scraped-over and re-shaped by glaciers. Along the Missouri River upland habitats, marshes, croplands, artificial reservoirs and mature stands of deciduous forest can be found. This ecoregion is still a major migratory pathway, not only for Arctic-breeding waterfowl such as Snow Geese, but also raptors, warblers and vireos. The ecoregion provides many scenic overviews to observe the migrations of several species of. These are among the best places that can be visited in early May to see these birds as they journey north to breeding grounds in the Upper Midwest and southern points north.

Title Category Address Description
Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure 40.681,-95.884 It is a beautiful, family-friendly outdoor attraction in Nebraska City - home of Arbor Day.
Wilson Creek Wildlife Management Area 40.706, -96.057 Area 41 acres. Includes a 14-acre reservoir and surrounding grasses and shrubs.
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park 40.68, -95.878 There are hundreds of planted but mature trees in the arboretum, and a 0.5-mile tree trail with identification tags.
Ashfall State Historical Park 42.422, -98.158 This extremely important paleontological SITE preserves the fossils of horses, rhinos, camels, and other animals interred under a thick layer of volcanic dust that settled here about ten million years ago.
Basswood Ridge Wildlife Management Area 42.35, -96.508 Consists of very rugged and heavily wooded uplands, with some Native American petroglyphs near the north end and some trails.
Bazille Creek Wildlife Management Area 42.763, -97.953 This area is extensively marshy, as it includes the area where the Missouri River is impounded to form the upper end of Lewis and Clark Lake.
Bohemia Prairie Wildlife Management Area 42.676, -98.128 Area 680 acres. Mainly grasslands, with some woods and two ponds.
Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge 41.45, -95.94 Boyer Chute NWR covers 2,000 acres. It is a cooperative project involving the U.S. Corps of Engineers and several state agencies.
Buckskin Hills Wildlife Management Area 42.627, -96.926 Consists of 340 acres of grasslands and woods around a 75-acre reservoir.
Carter Lake 41.304, -95.917 Carter Lake is a 315 acre old oxbow lake of the Missouri River and is now an urban lake shared by two different cities.
Chalco Hills Recreation Area and Wehrspan Reservoir 41.171, -96.155 Chalco Hills consists of 1,186 acres of which 246 acres are covered by Wehrspann Lake, an artificial reservoir.
Chalkrock Wildlife Management Area 42.798, -97.377 Area 130 acres. Consists of 90 upland acres and a 45-acre, reservoir.
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge 41.518, -96.013 DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge was established on March 12, 1958 under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 1929 for "...use as an inviolate sanctuary or for other management purposes, for migratory birds."
Fontenelle Nature Association 41.172 N, -95.901 This large area of mature riverine hardwood forest includes 17 miles of footpaths, as well as a mile-long boardwalk and a small combined nature center and museum.
Fort Atkinson State Historic Park 41.455, -96.012 Probably mainly of interest for historical reasons, but no doubt migrating passerines use the area to some degree.
Gavin's Point Dam and Lewis & Clark Lake State Recreation Area 42.844, -97.646 Area includes a 32,000-acre Missouri River reservoir & 1,227 acres of State Recreation Area.
Gilmour Wildlife Management Area (Tobacco Bend) 40.972, -95.847 A federal Missouri River mitigation habitat restoration project, of 1,800 acres.
Glenn Cunningham Lake 41.344, -96.054 A flood-control reservoir that is the largest in the Omaha area, and as such is important for migrating waterbirds.
Greenvale Wildlife Management Area 42.542, -98.218 Area 200 acres, mostly wooded, and bisected by Middle Verdigre Creek.
Hamburg Bend 40.596, -95.766 Missouri River Mitigation habitat restoration project (1,544 acres) of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, located on a river bend about 10 miles southeast of Nebraska City.
Heron Haven 41.297, -96.102 An urban nature center centered around a small wetland.
Kansas Bend 40.483,-95.698 Mitigation habitat restoration project of the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
Lake Yankton 42.85, -97.47 A relatively small reservoir below the spillway at Gavin's Point Dam that offers good birding along its wooded shoreline and gulls, terns and waterfowl during migration.
Langdon Bend 40.342, -95.632 The site consists of 921 acres of formerly farmed lands purchased from willing sellers. At this site, a 10-foot bottom width pilot channel and backwater area was constructed.
Lauritzen Gardens 41.234,-95.916 Omaha's Botanical Center, Lauritzen Gardens, is located on the eastern side of Omaha on a site of natural woods and rolling terraces which overlooks the Missouri River Valley.
Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center 40.673, -95.84 This new center is located on 80 acres overlooking the Missouri River, southeast edge of Nebraska City (off U.S. Highway 2).
Neale Woods Nature Center 41.394, -96.002 This privately owned nature center includes nine miles of trails through hardwood forests, restored prairie uplands, and riverine wooded habitats.
Niobrara State Park 42.756, -98.064 This state park is located at the confluence of the Niobrara River and the impounded backwaters of the Missouri River.
Omadi Bend Wildlife Management Area 42.351, -96.433 This site is close to the Missouri River and it can attract migrating waterfowl and shorebirds (especially if mudflats occur for the latter).
Papio D-4 Lake 41.376, -96.037 Natural Resource District reservoir. Sometimes attracts migrant gulls and waterfowl.
Pelican Point State Recreation Area 41.833, -96.113 This area includes a small, peaceful, primitive campground and access to the Missouri River.
Platte River State Park 40.991, -96.214 Migrant warblers are abundant, and Kentucky warblers may breed here, as do scarlet and summer tanagers.
Ponca State Park 42.617, -96.723 There are several places where there are scenic overlooks of the Missouri River valley.
Rakes Creek Wildlife Management Area 40.869, -95.859 316 acres of upland habitat.
Randall W. Schilling Wildlife Management Area 41.033, -95.875 A 1,500-acre managed waterfowl area, with 25 acres of water and nearby cropland, mainly designed to attract snow geese.
Rulo Bluffs Preserve 40.024, -95.359 This area has the most southern floral affinities of any Nebraska forest, with at least five species of oaks.
Schramm Park State Recreation Area and Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium 41.024, -96.251 This area includes the Ak-Sar-Ben aquarium, and some excellent wooded habitats that teem with warblers during spring migration.
Sioux Strip Wildlife Management Area 42.338, -97.301 Area 25 acres. Consists of upland grasses along an old railroad bed.
Standing Bear Lake 41.318, -96.129 A flood-control lake that attracts migrant waterfowl seasonally.
Steamboat Trace Trail 40.575, -95.781 This 21-mile hike-bike trail extends from 6 miles south of Nebraska City south though Peru to Brownville.
Summit Reservoir State Recreation Area 41.761, -96.292 Area 535 acres. The 190-acre reservoir is developed for fishing. State park entry permit required.
Two Rivers State Recreation Area and Wildlife Management Area 41.218, -96.352 The State Recreation Area is developed for recreational purposes. The Wildlife Management Area consists of timbered riverbottom forest, marshes, and croplands.
Wiseman Wildlife Management Area 42.756, -97.095 Just south of the Missouri River, this area includes steep wooded bluffs, and grassy ridges.
Zorinsky Lake 41.224, -96.166 Natural Resource District flood-control reservoir on branch of Papillion Creek.