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Missouri National Recreational River


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Missouri National Recreational River

"The Missouri National River is vast, spectacular and unique. It is a meandering living river below the dams and above the channeled portion of the river. There are few places like it. This National River is a natural wonderland filled with outdoor recreation and education opportunities. Importantly, it is being called one of the few remaining parts of their journey that Lewis and Clark would still recognize. This 59-mile stretch of natural meandering national river provides a unique eco-system for natural resource education and outdoor recreations, environmental restoration, biological and cultural research and increased public awareness.


With major new developments at Ponca State Park and the 200th Anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition beginning in 2003, the Missouri National Recreational River from Ponca to Gavin's Point Dam at Yankton, SD is gaining significant national attention. More than 400 acres of National River bottom land was recently purchased by the Conservation Fund and donated to Ponca State Park.


A three-million dollar wetlands, backwater habitat restoration project is now underway. The project will include native wetlands and river oxbow restoration with educational trails explaining this unique National River. Research projects are already underway and the Park's educational programs will soon include classes and activities relating to the National River.


The National Canoe Trail with access locations and camping sights is also being developed by the National Park Service and the Corps of Engineers, utilizing both public and private lands.


The 16,000 sq. ft. Education Center Complex will include Park offices, meeting and program rooms, a gift shop, conference facilities, interpretation centers, and a research and public education wing. The ten million dollar project is scheduled for completion by early 2003.



Come visit us in Ponca, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

The Ponca Tribe

This has been the homeland of the Ponca Indians since earliest recorded history. In 1866, the Federal government signed the treaty of Fort Laramie, which transferred the land to the Sioux without the permission of the Ponca. Treaties made with the government in 1856

Ponca, NE Indian Heritage

Cook's Blacksmith Shop Museum

The blacksmith shop was built in 1901 by C.O. Cook, who operated his business for over thirty years. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Ponca, NE Museums

Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Salem Church - NHR

Built in 1906, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is one of Nebraska's outstanding examples of Swedish-American Gothic Revival wood church architecture. The building was designed by Swedish architect, Olof Z. Cervin.

Ponca, NE Historic Churches

Highland Oaks Golf Course

Highland Oaks Golf Course lying along the Missouri River's spectacular bluffs, combines a distinctive design with the Ponca State Park'

Ponca, NE Recreation

Chief Standing Bear

Ponca Chief Standing Bear merely wanted to fulfill a promise; instead, he became part of one of the West's most famous trials. The Chief's son, like many of his tribe, had taken ill after being forced onto a reservation in Oklahoma. On his deathbed, the son uttered a final wish:

Ponca, NE Indian Heritage

Things to do Recreation near Ponca, NE

Camping and RV Parks

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Sporting Clays

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