Bow Creek Recreation Area provides many opportunities for the public to experience a part of the Missouri National Recreational River. The 205-acre 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 is planned for the property to loop through these environments. In the restored prairie, look for dragonflies and butterflies. In the cottonwood and oak forests, watch for wildlife sign including resident whitetail deer and turkey.
The national park converted 30 acres of farmland into native prairie. Some of the restoration activities included cut and treated Russian olive trees, removal of native-invasive eastern red cedar trees from the floodplain and historic bluff land prairie.
Prairie grasslands once dominated the region. Grasses that could reach almost 10-feet high, such as Big Bluestem, can be found here. Songbirds like Nebraska's state bird the Western Meadowlark thrive in this environment while others such as the Dickcissel and Red-Winged Blackbird use the prairie grasses for nesting.
History of Bow Creek
The tributary of Bow Creek was named after the Maha Native American, Petit Arc. The name, given by French traders, means Little Bow. Petit Arc founded a nearby town after a disagreement with Chief Black Bird that split the tribe apart until Petit Arc's death.
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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Bow 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. Please visit the Hunting Page for additional information.
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Last updated: February 21, 2020