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Lower Dakota Bend

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Size (acres):  21.4

River Mile:  722.0 to 722.3

Bank:  Left descending bank

County:  Woodbury

State:  Iowa

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Acquisition Status:  Acquired from willing sellers in 2007, under Water Resources Development Acts 1986 and 1999 authorizations. 

On-Site Management:  Iowa Department of Natural Resources administers and/or performs operation and maintenance activities on behalf of the Corps according to the terms of various agreements.

Site Access: 

  • No motor vehicles are allowed on the site, but public foot access is available. 
  • IDNR:  Access by river only.

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  The Lower Dakota Bend is an undeveloped 21-acre site located along the left descending bank of the Missouri River and is just north of the Weedland Boat Access in Woodbury County, Iowa. 

  • This site is bordered by agriculture to the east and south and bordered by the Dakota Bend Wildlife Management Area to the north which is owned by the state of Iowa. 
  • A backwater area on the extreme north edge of the site, located within the Dakota Bend WMA provides a resting and feeding refuge for waterfowl.

Status:  Open to the public. In Operations and Maintenance.

Site Use:  The 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:  No target shooting or primitive camping permitted.

For More Information

Contact Information: 

  • Contact Iowa Department of Natural Resources at (712) 420-2437
  • Also 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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