Road leading into Bow Creek Recreation Area and it's campground are Closed
The road leading into Bow Creek Recreation Area is closed and impassible due to a rain event that hit northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota in March 2019. The road and campground will remain closed until further notice.
Bow Creek Recreation Area provides many opportunities for the public to experience a part of the Missouri National Recreational River. The property includes a mix of wetlands, grasslands, riparian cottonwood forest, and mesic-bur oak forest. Rock and sediment exposures along the Missouri River reveal past geologic events. A mowed grass trail loops through the property that may reveal signs of wildlife including resident whitetail deer and turkey. Look for pollinator species in the restored prairie during the warm seasons.
Park biologists are working to restore areas of recreation area that have succumbed to native and non-native plant species. Of particular interest, the national park converted 30 acres of farmland into native prairie, cut and treated all Russian olive trees, and has removed several thousand native, eastern red cedar trees from the floodplain and historic bluff land prairie.
The acquisition of Bow Creek Recreation Area began in 2004 when the National Park Service purchased the property north of Bow Creek and completed the transaction in 2008 with the acquisition of the southern portion. All lands were acquired from willing sellers.
How To Get ThereBow Creek Recreation Area is located along Bow Creek and the Missouri River in Cedar County about 2 miles northeast of Wynot, Nebraska. A series of gravel roads wind you to the location by car. Follow the brown Bow Creek Recreational Area directional signs to the gravel parking lot and trailhead. Visit Google Maps for orientation to the recreation area.
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Hunting RegulationsBow Creek Recreation Area is open to public hunting and fishing. The following regulations were developed to ensure equal access for all visitors, provide a safe environment for recreation, and protect resources for present and future generations to enjoy. Please following our regulations.
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Last updated: April 22, 2019