Funk Peterson Wildlife Trail

Situated in Funk Waterfowl Production Area, this 3-mile backcountry loop trail is a bird watcher’s paradise, providing habitat for millions of birds, including endangered whooping cranes and least terns that migrate biannually through the area.

photo: On the Funk Peterson National Recreation Trail Type: Backcountry
Length: 3.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Funk Waterfowl Production Area
States: Nebraska
Counties: Buffalo
Latitude: 40.49627   Longitude: -99.23206

From the I-80 Interstate Odessa exit 263
(8 miles west of Kearney, Nebraska) turn south and go 12 miles,
Turn left (East) on Road 736 and go 1.5 miles to trail head.

Description

The Funk Peterson Trail is located on Funk Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), one of the largest Waterfowl Production Area in Nebraska. The WPA offers a pristine wetland and a grassland prairie ecosystem with diverse native plants and animals. During the fall and spring migration, millions of migratory birds which include waterfowl, shorebirds, and cranes make their way through this area in Nebraska. Endangered species such as whooping cranes and least terns also utilize this WPA making the Funk Peterson Trail a unique and excellent visitor opportunity. The trail offers many opportunities to get in touch with nature. Along the 3 mile backcountry loop trail, you can find a scenic viewpoint, interpretive signs, a handicap accessible wildlife viewing/hunting blind, a 650 foot concrete walkway with tracks imbedded from the local wildlife, and a 150 foot boardwalk that extends into the wetland, that will allow you to get a little closer to nature. Activities include hiking, photography, hunting, and educational opportunities.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 2,224
Elevation High Point: 2,250
Year Designated: 2008

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFWS Rainwater Basin

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Gene Mack
Project Leader
Rainwater Basin Wetland Mng. Dist.
P.O. Box 1686
2610 Ave Q
Keamey , NE 68848
(308) 236-5015
gene_mack@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/rainwater/

 

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