| Why it is a Conservation Priority
Boxcar Bend has its name because of the boxcars placed in the river by Union Pacific in 1952 in an attempt to stop erosion beneath the train tracks. This restored area along the river is a beautiful stopping point along the bike path and is one of the most popular fishing access points on the Big Wood River. This part of the river supports brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, and the threatened Wood River sculpin. The restored area supports shrubs, lupine, native grasses, other forbes, and some sagebrush species. The riparian habitat along the river and floodplain provide a migratory path for moose, elk, and mule deer.
What To Do And See:
An ideal close-to-home area to view over 48 bird species and catch a glimpse of local wildlife along many established trails. It is a great place for anglers to enjoy the river and the Blane County Recreation District bike path runs along highway 75 next to the preserve offering another mode of access and provides a beautiful river view for bikers.
Visiting Boxcar Bend Preserve:
Boxcar Bend Preserve is located on the east side of Hwy 75, 0.08 mile north of the East Fork stoplight. Park in the gravel area along the highway.
Restoration & Education Goals:
Currently the Land Trust is managing the preserve through annual noxious weed removal, seeding the riverbank with native grasses, and maintaining trails. The summer of 2010 holds plans to install steps on the northern hillside trail with Trout Unlimited.
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