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Blackbird Bend

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Size (acres):  1112.44:  Nebraska - 90 acres in fee (on Iowa side); Iowa - 223.20 acres in fee and 799.24 acres in easement

River Mile:  693.7 to 695.2 (Iowa portion along river) and 695.8 to 696.3 (Nebraska portion along river on Iowa side)

Bank:  Left descending bank

County:  Thurston (NE) and Monona (IA)

State:  Nebraska and Iowa

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (fee-owned land) and State of Iowa (easement)

Acquisition Status:  Acquired from willing sellers in 1997 and 2010, under Water Resources Development Acts 1986 and 1999 authorizations. Easement acquired by the Corps in 2000 from the State of Iowa.

On-Site Management: 

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (90 acres of Nebraska land on the Iowa side)
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) (Iowa lands) administers and/or performs operation and maintenance activities on behalf of the Corps according to the terms of various agreements.

Site Access:  Public access is by river or through Tieville Bend and Ivy Island. Motor vehicles are restricted to established roadways and parking areas.

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  Blackbird Bend site is part of the Blackbird-Tieville-Decatur Bends complex.

  • Land ownership within the complex is a mixture of state, Tribal and federal lands. Over time, shifts in the river's path placed Iowa and Nebraska lands on opposite sides of the river. The Corps acquired some tracts in fee-title ownership and other tracts were acquired as easement from the state of Iowa for implementation of project features.
  • Historically, these river bends formed a complex that contained side channels which spread the river across the flood plain. The side channels were cutoff in conjunction with the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project (BSNP) which allowed the land to accrete in this area.  The entire complex is comprised of multiple parts spanning almost 8 river miles and includes various features with the design goal to provide surface water flow to the downstream portions of the complex.
  • The Blackbird Bend reach remains undeveloped and extends over four river miles before connecting with Tieville Bend.  The area consists of floodplain forest and wetland vegetation that is typically found in the Missouri River floodplain.

Status:  Open to the public.  Construction is complete.  Site is in operations and maintenance status.

Site Use:  The area is available for a variety of outdoor activities including bird watching, hiking, fishing and hunting (under special regulations).

Site-use Regulations:  
  • People visiting these areas must comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including hunting, fishing, etc.  In general Title 36 Part 327 of the Code of Federal Regulations governs the use of Corps property.  Other regulations may apply to properties owned by other federal agencies.
  • Special regulations and restrictions may be posted on site.

Special-use Regulations:  No target shooting, primitive camping or off-road vehicles permitted.

For More Information

Contact Information: 

  • For Iowa lands, contact Iowa Department of Natural Resources at (712) 420-2437 or open the IDNR Blackbird Bend web document or the Ivy Island web document.
  • For Nebraska lands (or for additional information on the Iowa lands), contact the Corps’ Missouri River Project Office at (402) 996-3761.

Story Maps Link:  http://rsgisias.crrel.usace.army.mil/story_maps/nwo/mrrp/index.html#

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