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Ponca State Park is at the eastern gateway of the Missouri National Recreational River, a 59-mile section featuring the only unchannelized section of the river bordering Nebraska. Designated under the Scenic River Act in 1978, this section of river gives visitors a glimpse of how the untamed river looked before modern man changed it forever. The park is two miles from the town of Ponca, just off of Nebraska Highway 12 on S-26E. Both the park and the town are named for the proud Native American tribe that once inhabited the area. It was the famed Ponca Chief Standing Bear who fought and won the court battle to have the Indian declared a "person" under American law. His achievement won him a place not only in history but also the Nebraska Hall of Fame. Here, too, Lewis and Clark passed through during their epic journey up the Missouri.The National Park Service has designated Ponca State Park as part of the Lewis and Clark Historical Trail.

Location: PO Box 688, Ponca Nebraska 68770 Telephone 402-755-2284 Fax 402-755-2593

Other Nebraska State Parks nearby:
(Crofton) Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area
(Ponca) Ponca State Park

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