Lower Hamburg Bend Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From the Hamburg, Iowa I-29 exit 1, take 310 Street west about 4.50 miles, then 240 Avenue south about 1 mile to 100 Street.


This area is mostly young cottonwood forest with some cropland, old fields, grasslands, and a Missouri River Chute.

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 two miles of an old Missouri River chute, creating a 500-acre 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 Nebraska City, 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 river frontage.  
Camping - Primitive Area   
Demonstrations  The river chute reopens this area to riverflows and allows enhanced  wetland and fishery habitats.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Missouri River and Blue Holes  
Fishing - Other Good population. Buffalo and Carp in the Missouri River and 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 Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair 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. Waterfowl hunting dependant on high Missouri River Levels. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 7.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River Chute 2.00 miles This Missouri River Chute is approx 2 miles long.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 405.00  
Wetland 300.00 Only when Missouri River is flooding 
Other 100.00 Levees, roads, and parking lots. 
Old Field 885.00  
Forest and Woodland 575.00  
Total Area Acres:2265.00 

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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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