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California Bend

Image capture of California Bend


Size (acres):  420

River Mile:  649.5 to 651.1

Bank:  Left descending bank

County: Harrison

State:  Iowa

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership: State of Iowa

Acquisition Status:  Easement acquired by the Corps in 1999.

On-Site Management:  Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) - Through an easement with the IDNR, the Corps has constructed shallow water habitat on the site and provides ongoing operation and maintenance support. 

Site Access:  No motor vehicles are allowed on the site, but pedestrian access is available.

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  The original side channel at California Bend was closed in conjunction with the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project.

  • In 1999, a 4,000-foot-long pilot channel for a flow-through chute was excavated along the approximate alignment of the historic California Bend chute channel.
  • In 2004 a 15-acre backwater was constructed on the south end. The chute and backwater were designed to provide conditions which attract and support native fish species, including the pallid sturgeon.

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

Site Use:  This site is open to the public for a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, bird watching, hiking, and hunting when in season.

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:  See above.

For More Information

Contact Information:  Contact Iowa Department of Natural Resources at (712) 420-2437 or open the IDNR web document.

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

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