Outside Deck

A large deck provides a beautiful and peaceful setting outside.​

In the early 1800s, President Thomas Jefferson sent explorers Lewis and Clark west to explore the Louisiana Purchase.  Within a year, their expedition, and the first white men ever seen in the vast unsettled lands, crossed the Missouri River and set foot on the land that now comprises Sportsmen’s Preserve. 

In 1955, Bill and Lillian Hohenstein purchased the first section of undeveloped farm land. Over the years they developed much of it into a premier grain farm. Yet they recognized that some land should not be farmed, and began the process of preserving a substantial part of wooded land located along the Missouri River and adjacent to Omaha and Pigeon Creeks as a wildlife habitat.

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The Lodge

The Lodge has a modern kitchen, bathroom, six full-size beds, heater and air conditioning .

OUR history


Sportsmen’s Preserve is an 1100 acre private hunting and fishing preserve located in Northeast Nebraska. Our eastern boundary is two miles of Missouri River front filled with fish and migrating snow geese and mallard ducks. The preserve extends west to rich bottomland bisected by two natural, tree lined creeks perfect for watering deer and game birds. Nestled in the majestic groves of natural cottonwoods, Sportsmen’s Preserve provides over 400 acres of dedicated natural wetland habitat covered with deep and rich native grassland, where wild turkeys, ring neck pheasants and quail thrive in the deep tall grasses and clover sprinkled with plum and sumac thickets. A deep, clear water lake stocked with largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie provides the most exciting fishing experience in the region. Sportsmen’s Preserve provides the opportunity for superb hunting and fishing, a perfect away from the bustle of your hectic life.

Access by highway or air travel makes a short or extended stay at Sportsmen’s Preserve easy. Sioux City (SUX) Airport is 12 miles to the north from Sportsmen’s Preserve. Interstate 29 is a main highway just ten minutes from Sioux City to Sportsmen’s Preserve.

Directions from Sioux City Airport (SUX):

Take the airport exit north on Aviation Blvd, then onto I-29 North to the South Sioux City exit. (Exit 144 B); Cross the Missouri River, and take Exit 1A onto US-77 South for approximately 12 miles; Turn left onto 225th Street (unpaved) and travel for ¾ mile; turn right onto ELMA Road and travel south for approximately 3 miles: turn left onto 240th Street for ¾ mile; then left to the posted sign and entry gates; and right for 2.5 miles to The Lodge and Pilot Lake.

Directions from Homer, Nebraska:Take US-77 north for ¾ mile to 240th Street (first right); travel for 1 mile, then left for ½ mile to 230th Street; Turn right on ELMA Road, then travel for 1.5 miles to 240th Street; turn left and travel for ¾ mile; then left to the posted sign and entry gates, and right for 2.5 miles to The Lodge at Pilot Lake