Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District's 61 Waterfowl Production Areas provide numerous recreational opportunities to visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife. Wildlife-dependent recreation activities including hunting, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation allow for public enjoyment while still protecting the wildlife and their habitats.
National wildlife refuges and wetland management districts offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. At Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District, enjoy activities such as wildlife observation and photography, hunting, and hiking and experience the grassland habitats and its wildlife.
Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District has one hiking trail for you to enjoy.
Trail Name: Funk Peterson Wildlife Trail
Open Season: Year-round
Length: 3 miles
Location of trail: Funk Waterfowl Production Area
Surface: Unpaved mowed trail with 650 of paved walkway
Difficulty: Backcountry loop trail
Information: 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 embedded 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.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge are managed out of the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District office. Both Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge have similar habitat conservation needs, and combining these areas assists in providing consistency and effectively utilizing human and capital resources for both locations.
Rules and Policies
There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do and enjoy in the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District. When in doubt about rules or regulations regarding a specific activity, please check with the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District office before participating in that activity. Be safe and have fun!
Funk Waterfowl Production Area provides the space for Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District's office.
Here's how to find our main office.
GPS: 40.5172456, -99.2168979
From Axtell (15 miles South of Kearney, Nebraska): 4 miles West on HWY 6/34 & 3 ½ miles North on V Road
From Funk: 4 ¼ miles North on Funk/Odessa HWY, 2 miles East on 738 Road, and ½ mile South on V Road
From I-80: Exit 263, 10 miles South on Funk/Odessa HWY, 2 miles East on 738 Road, and ½ mile South on V Road
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