Nelson Paradise became a public wildlife area in 1989 when Ms. Helen Nelson donated forty (40) acres to the Mitchell County Conservation Board in memory of her parents. At the dedication ceremony in September 1989, Ms. Nelson told the story behind the name. Her father loved to travel but loved to return home. After one particularly long journey by train to the World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington in 1909 and then back home via train through Nebraska to visit relatives, he stepped off the train just north of his home and declared, “This looks like Paradise”.
Since 1989 additional lands have been purchased around the borders, and the original forty (40) acres turned into one-hundred four (104) acres in size.
Otter Creek, or locally called Poor Creek, flows through the center of the area. Look for a small walk bridge just under the power lines as you cross the area and stream. Off-road parking with walk-in access.
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