Nishnabotna Conservation Area

Driving Directions

The Nishnabotna Conservation Area is composed of two separate tracts. The north tract is accessible only from the Missouri and Nishnabotna Rivers. The nearest river access is Watson Access. From Watson, take Route BB north and west 2.50 miles, continue on 160th Street west 1 mile to the boat ramp.

To reach the south tract, from Watson take Route A west 2 miles, continue west on gravel road 175th Street 0.50 mile then take Aurora Ave south 0.75 mile to the area.


This area is divided into two separate tracts, and contains a mix of cropland, idle fields, grasslands, wetlands, and cottonwood forests.

About This Area

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has purchased this area as part of the Missouri River Mitigation Project. The mitigation project has been designed to enhance fish and wildlife habitat along the Missouri River. The area is managed through a cooperative effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

This area is managed for a variety of game and non-game species of fish and wildlife. Rich bottomland soils here produce a variety of wetland vegetation and bottomland timber, which are supplemented by plantings of row crops and warm-season grasses. Management practices include reforestation, prescribed burning and opportunistic management of wetlands.

There are four small scour holes that contain fish.

General Information





  • This area is located along the banks of the Missouri River and portions of this area may become flooded when the river reaches flood stage at the Brownville, NE gauge station. As the river continues to rise above flood stage a higher percentage of the area becomes flooded.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River  Seven miles of Missouri River frontage  
Camping - Primitive Area   
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Missouri River 
Fishing - Other Good population. Buffalo, Carp on Missouri River  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Bluegill, Crappie, Buffalo and Carp in Blue Holes  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Pheasant Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. After heavy rains or when river is flooding. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Primitive no amenities. 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  7.00 acres Blue Holes stocked during Missouri River flood events.  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 7.00 miles Missouri River  
Stream - Permanent Nishnabotna River 2.00 miles Nishnabotna River 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 300.00  
Forest and Woodland 535.00  
Other 49.64 Levees, roads, and parking lots. 
Old Field 704.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 845.00  
Total Area Acres:2435.64 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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