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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.



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Attractions and Upcoming Events

War Memorials

Union Memorial - "Sacred to the memory of the boys who wore the blue from 1861 - 1865.

Loss of Lives: North, 359,529 -- South, 349,556"

Foreign Wars Memorial - "Soldiers who died overseas - Dixon County"

Ponca, NE Memorials

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

Dixon County Courthouse - NHR

Built about 25 years after Dixon County was established, the Dixon County Courthouse was built in 1883-84 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dixon County was established in 1858. Several communities competed for the county seat designation, including

Ponca, NE Historic Courthouses

Indian Hill Archeological District - NHR

A cluster of eighteen prehistoric archeological sites within less than one-half square mile constitutes the Indian Hill District located near Newcastle. Indian Hill is the only exclusively prehistoric archeological district yet designated in Nebraska and is listed on the

Ponca, NE Archaeology

Carnegie Library - NHR

This brick structure, faced on three sides with stone, was constructed in 1913, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the second to last library to be built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. It now contains over 7,712 volumes.

Ponca, NE National Register

Things to do Recreation near Ponca, NE

Atokad Downs

Live thoroughbred racing that runs Saturdays and Sundays from early June through middle of July....

Nebraska Motorplex

The Nebraska Motorplex is located in Scribner. An old World War II military base is the home to one of Nebraska's finest...