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204 BIG BEND
Platte River, Central Nebraska. The sun sets over the braided streams that form the Platte River. Located in the western United States, the Platte River is over 300 miles in length and drains a large portion of the central Great Plains in Nebraska and the eastern Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming. It serves as a tributary to the Missouri River, which in turn is a tributary to the Mississippi River. The Platte River is in the middle of the Central Flyway, a primary North-South Corridor for millions of migratory birds. The 80-mile stretch of the river known as Big Bend Reach and it's adjacent wet meadows provide a crucial stopover location for over 500,000 sandhill cranes, millions of ducks and geese and endangered species including the Whopping Crane, Piping Plover, and Interior Least Tern.