Willow Creek State Rec Area

Willow Creek State Recreation Area

Pierce County

Biologically Unique Landscape: Willow Creek Prairies – This site lies just to the east.

Looking for Butterflies: This site was selected for an opportunity to see Black Dash Skippers and American Coppers (both NENHP S1 species) as well as Wild Indigo Duskywings, an S3 butterfly.

Special Instructions: Quite unexpectedly a population of American Coppers were discovered in a meadow south of the swimming beach along the hiking trail (42°17920 -97 57183) in 2004. They could still be found there as late as 2019. A Wild Indigo Duskywing was also found in that area. Their numbers should improve as an vetch introduced there serves as their larval hostplant. In 2007 Jim Reiser found a Black Dash Skipper in a small marshy area on the northeast corner of the lake (GPS coordinates).

Links for More Information: http://outdoornebraska.gov/willowcreek/

Butterflies Present (NENHP S Rank):

Little Copper, Matthew Brust
Black Dash Skipper, Matthew Brust