Sandsage Prairie

The Sandsage Prairie ecoregions landscape is composed of low, rolling dunes and stream breaks in a four county area in southwest Nebraska. While mixed-grass prairies occur on the breaks and bluffs of the Republican and Frenchman Rivers, Sandsage Prairie occurs on rolling sand dunes. The prairies are fragmented by center pivot development. This ecosystem is significant because it contains some of the highest quality loess mixed-grass prairies in the state. Due to the lowering of the groundwater table the lakes and wetlands in this ecoregion have all but disappeared.

Title Category Address Description
Champion Lake State Recreation Area 40.472, -101.752 Park entry permit required. For a good chance at seeing/hearing Cassin's sparrows and other sandsage prairie birds, head west to Lamar.
Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area 40.43, -101.529 Area 3,643 acres upland, reservoir 2,146 acres.
Hayes Center Wildlife Management Area 40.593, -100.93 It consists of native high plains grasslands, scattered wooded habitats, and a 40-acre reservoir.
Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area and Wildlife Management Area 40.369, -100.7 628 acre reservoir, 4,320 acres of upland.
Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area 40.094, -101.762 This 54-acre reservoir that is one of the few locations in the region where migrating water birds can rest.
Wanamaker Wildlife Management Area 40.541, -101.662 This area includes sandsage and shortgrass prairie, Frenchman Creek riparian wooded habitats, lowland grasslands with some marsh, and a small reservoir with a marshy upper end.