Missouri Western State University’s scenic 723-acre campus includes approximately 200 acres of wooded natural habitat along a small stream named Otoe Creek. This preserve, called the Otoe Creek Nature Area, has nature trails and a small outdoor amphitheater. The campus also maintains nine man-made ponds of varying sizes, depths and water shed areas to provide a diverse collection of aquatic wildlife experiences. With the help of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the ponds have been given names in the nation’s native tongue with English translations. The general public is invited to use any of Missouri Western’s ponds for fishing, nature viewing or a variety of other recreational and educational uses.
For further information about Missouri Western’s ponds, please contact the Biology Department at (816) 271-4379 or write us at Missouri Western State University – Dept. of Biology, Agenstein Hall, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507-2294.