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Funk Waterfowl Production Area
One of the largest of the Rainwater Basins, and the largest WPA in Nebraska. As with other basins, Funk is a mix of open water, moist-soil wetlands, and grassland replanted to native species.<br><br> Funk WPA is one of the best Rainwater Basins for wildlife viewing. Parking lots are located ar...
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Red Willow Reservoir
Description: A reservoir on Red willow Creek, surrounded by rolling grasslands, brushy draws, and tree plantings, mostly cedar and shrubs such as chokecherry and wild plum.

Wildlife to Watch: Red Willow is one of the best public areas in the state for viewing black-tailed prairie dogs. It is a good site to view white-tailed and mule deer, waterfowl (particularly mallards, pintails, and other dabbling ducks), and occasionally quail and turkeys. It is also a good site to view grassland and shrub species such as loggerhead shrikes and grasshopper sparrows.

Special Tips: Roads are relatively good; some may be impassable in wet weather. Use good judgement. Maps of trails and facilities are available at the concession areas.

Other Activities: Best viewing is by driving the interior roads to the reservoir’s more remote areas. There are several prairie dog towns around the reservoir; two of the most accessible are at the north end of the Bluegill Arm and near the Spring Creek concession area.

Ownership: USBR 
Size: 6016 acres 
Closest Town: McCook

RestroomsTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchFeeLarge BoatsSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Black-tailed Prairie Dog - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From McCook, take U.S. Highway 83 north approximately 11 miles to the road to Red Willow Dam. Another road, approximately a mile north, leads to trails on the north side of the reservoir.

For more information call 308) 535-8025.

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Red Willow Reservoir : Wildlife Viewing Area