ABOUT BACK TO THE RIVER
Back to the River was created to protect and improve the wildlife habitat and promote economic development along the Missouri River. For towns and cities in Nebraska and Iowa, the Missouri is central to our culture and essential to our way of life. We’re working to bring focus, funding and enthusiasm back where it belongs, for the good of our cities and the future of our river.
Over $85 million! That’s the estimated value of the projects we’ve supported.
Our projects illustrate the diversity of the Missouri River and reflect our Vision and Goals. For example, we partnered on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and helped plan the Riverfront trails. We funded river cleanups. Acquisitions like Boyer Chute and the Heinz Property exemplify our commitment to environmental stewardship. And we bring “fun” Back to the River by supporting events, parks and unique places to play.
Since Back to the River was founded, we’ve been engaging the community, hosting activities and initiating projects the encourage preservation, development and exploration of land along the Missouri. You can learn more about our past projects here.
Learn more about our current efforts to make the riverfront even more accessible, more engaging, and packed with resources that people of all ages will find enjoyable and useful.
We have big plans for the years ahead – and a big vision for what our river can and will be. Learn more about the steps we’ll be taking in the near future and beyond as we build, revitalize and expand.
Back to the River is dedicated to preserving and promoting the Missouri River on both sides of a 64-mile stretch, from Mondamin, Iowa, and Herman, Nebraska, to the mouth of the Platte River. Explore our map to discover famous destinations and hidden gems along the shoreline. You’ll find opportunities to hike, bike, dine, relax and more.
Share your river story.
From a day hike near Boyer Chute to a night with friends at River’s Edge Park, no two people experience the river quite the same way. Share your Instagram photos with hashtag #backtomyriver, and see how others are making the Missouri their own.