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Ponca State Park

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Size (acres):  296.64

River Mile:  753.8 to 755.3

Bank:  Right descending bank

County:  Dixon

State:  Nebraska

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership:  State of Nebraska

Acquisition Status:  Easement acquired by the Corps in 2010.

On-Site Management:  Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) 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; however foot and boat access are available.

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  The Ponca State Park site is located within the 59-mile segment of the Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR). Specifically, restoration is provided for a 295-acre area on the Missouri River right bank between river miles 753.8 and 755.3 that extends approximately 8,000 feet in length and curves inland in a wide arc approximately 2,300 feet from the river bank at its widest point. 

  • The USACE acquired an easement with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to construct and maintain the backwaters.
  • Water levels and discharges in the backwater fluctuate in direct relation tot he water levels in the main channel and are accessible by recreational craft.

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

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:  See above.

For More Information

Contact Information: 

  • Contact Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) at (402) 471-0641 or visit the NGPC web page: is in the "Gavins Point Dam to Ponca" section of the link, under "Ponca SP (Schramm Addition): RM 754.5"

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

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