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).
- 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.