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Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River, marked on a map by Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the parkâ€™s boundaries. The stateâ€™s Indian history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the parkâ€™s Missouriâ€™s American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. The boardwalk that leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area takes them over a freshwater marsh and fens, and through bottomland and upland forests. The parkâ€™s lofty trees shade picnic sites, picnic shelters and a campground.