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Cottier Bend

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Size (acres):  387.78

River Mile:  505.9 to 507.1

Bank:  Right descending bank

County:  Richardson

State:  Nebraska

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Acquisition Status:  Acquired from willing sellers in 2014, under Water Resources Development Acts 1986 and 1999 authorizations.

On-Site Management: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Site Access:  There is no public road access to the site. The site is only accessible by boat from the Missouri River. Do not illegally cross private property to access the site.  Contact the Corps’ Missouri River Project Office for additional information.

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  The Cottier Bend site is a relatively flat area with little change in elevation across the site. A drainage channel crosses the site in a northwest to southeast fashion. The site contains several ponded areas dominated by cattails and bulrush.

  • With the exception of the northwest tract, the majority of the site is under the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program which serves to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands. Land management objectives will be to restore and protect the functions and values of wetlands by enhancing the original hydrology, native vegetation, and natural topography of the land. 

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

Site Use: The site is open to the public for a variety of outdoor activities including bird watching, hiking, fishing 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:  No target shooting, camping or off-road vehicles permitted.

For More Information

Contact Information:  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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