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 Van Horns Bend

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Size (acres):  533.65

River Mile:  575.3 to 576.7

Bank:  Right descending bank

County:  Cass

State:  Nebraska

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Acquisition Status:  Acquired from willing sellers in 2006 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. 

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  The Van Horns Bend site is located along the right descending bank of the Missouri River.  This site is located directly to the east of Lake WaConDa, a recreational lake development consisting of a man-made lake and lakefront lots.

  • A private levee separates Lake WaConDa from the USACE owned property. 
  • The entire Van Horns Bend site is under the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program which serves to protect, restore, and expand wetlands. Land management objectives are to restore and protect the functions and values of wetlands by enhancing the original hydrology, native vegetation, and natural topography of the land. Numerous old sloughs, channels and low depressional areas are found throughout the site.
  • This site provides for recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and hiking.
  • Currently, access to the site is by boat only.

Status:  Open to the public. Site/Habitat 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).

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, primitive 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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