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Frank Shoemaker Marsh

Shoemaker Marsh AerialThe Frank Shoemaker Marsh was purchased in 2003. The site is 160 acres of land containing nearly 50 acres of eastern saline wetlands. The marsh provides a habitat for a variety of wetland plants and wildlife. Saline plants found on this site include the state endangered saltwort plant.

When the City purchased the property it was a primitive, highly degraded complex. A wetland restoration construction began in September of 2006 and was completed in April of 2007. Shoemaker Marsh at Sunset

The primary goals of the restoration project included enhancing and restoring degraded wetland systems, preventing further stream degradation, maintaining known wildlife habitats (specifically those of the Salt Creek tiger beetle), and complementing the restored wetland systems with native upland plant species. The plan included: sediment removal from wetland basins, reconstruction of existing berms and waterways to allow for better wetland functioning, installation of three in stream grade controls (called gabions) to maintain the stream grade and reduce erosion, creation of mud flats along the stream as Salt Creek tiger beetle habitat, removal of trees and shrubs from prairie areas, removal of invasive species, and replanting Minkof prairie areas with a high diversity prairie seed mix. Five water level control structures were also installed, allowing the operator to control water levels between the three primary wetland basins that comprise the marsh.

The response by saline plants and native wildlife species has been positive. Numerous species of shorebirds, waterfowl, waders, and grassland birds have returned to the reconstructed habitat, including several species that had been absent prior to the restoration.


The City of Lincoln encourages nature-based recreational uses of the marsh. A trail winding through portions of the site, a handicapped accessible observation pier overlooking the greater marsh area, a wildlife-viewing pier, and a bridge over Little Salt Creek allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the marsh and its wildlife up close and personal.

Timelapse of Shoemaker Marsh

This time lapse was taken from December 2013 through April 2014.

Frank Shoemaker Marsh Saline Wetland Totality

August 21, 2017