South Mitchell

Mitchell Valley Wildlife Management area is located on the south side of the North Platte River east of Mitchell, Nebraska. The area encompasses approximately 300 acres, about equally divided between farmland and old braided riparian river channels. There is over 3/4 of a mile of river frontage on the North Platte River. The area originally was part of the historic Bay State Ranch. Since acquiring the property, 6,000 native shrubs have been planted in rows and along the water drainage developed to return over flow irrigation water from neighboring fields to the river. Whitetail deer, wild turkeys, pheasants and bob white quail can be found year around on the property. Brown thrushes, meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows and other prairie birds nest during season and numerous waterfowl migrate through the area during the fall and winter months. Mink, muskrats, and river otter are frequently seen on the river banks. Russian olive and salt cedar have been removed from the property and reduced grazing pressure has brought back some of the native shrubs and plants.