Rush Bottoms Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Rulo, NE take Highway 159 east 0.25 mile, turn north on entry road which goes beneath RR bridge to parking lot.


This area is mostly open land and contains a mix of cropland, idle fields, grassland, and some small tracts of forest. This area has approximately 4.25 miles of Missouri River frontage and one fishing pond.

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 wide variety of game and non-game fish and wildlife species.

Rich bottomland soils here produce a wide variety of wetland vegetation and bottomland timber, which are supplemented by plantings of warm-season grasses. Management practices include reforestation, prescribed burning, and opportunistic wetland management. Management of this area includes the restoration of an old Missouri River chute, creating a small island.

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 Rulo, 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  4.25 miles of river frontage.  
Camping - Primitive Area   
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. On Missouri River 
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. Scour Holes  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Buffalo, Carp on Missouri River 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population. Click on link to dove management map (available in August). 
Hunting-Pheasant Good population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lotaccessible  1 ADA  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Blue Hole 3.80 acres Scour hole stocked when Missouri River floods.  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River Chute 1.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 4.25 miles 4.25 miles of river frontage  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 25.00  
Forest and Woodland 200.00 Final acreage (1,442) is pending until offical transfer of property. 
Grassland (non-prairie) 135.00  
Crop Land 325.00  
Old Field 430.00  
Other 26.20 Levees, roads and parking lot 
Total Area Acres:811.20 

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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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