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Address: Grand Island, NE
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

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The shallow river of the plains that just keeps on giving.

Here is the place for any nature and wildlife lover.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2012
Victoria W
York, Nebraska, United States
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English first
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83 reviews 83 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Wonderful experience watching the Sand Hill cranes in the fields and then coming into the Platte River in the evening. Could not begin to count the number of birds that were in the air; there were waves and waves of them coming in to roost. Also, the noise was surprising - that many birds do generate a lot of noise.... More 

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Spend a little time walking or fishing or kayaking along this beautiful natural resource. Nebraska can get very hot and this is a cool way to enjoy the area.

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Overland Park
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Worth the journey down some gravel roads. The river is scenic, but the cranes of spring are the stars. This is a great map for the trip. Parts are slow, it would be great to have a picnic and watch the cranes. http://www.nebraskaflyway.com/assets/files/ACVB_09Map.pdf Don't go if you are rushed though.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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203 reviews 203 reviews
47 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

there are places along here, where you can see a lot of sandhills cranes in season. the best time is early fall to mid fall.

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Auburn, NE
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Cranes, cranes, cranes and cranes. Stopped the first week end in April and drove between Grand Island and Kearney. If this wasn't prime time,OMG, Hundreds of Thousands of Sand Hill Cranes

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Multiple species of water fowl are on the main and smaller channels. The nearby Motel 6 (pet friendly) is right on one of the channels.

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Goodland, Kansas, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Platte is most spectacular during spring and fall migration seasons. Innumerable birds stop at the river to rest and feed before continuing their migration. In early summer, ride down the river in inner tubes. In the summer, walk across a major river because it'll be pretty much dry.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

platte river is a dry sand bed now thanks to the drought normally its not very deep in most places its kinda neat to walk across it

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

I is fun to visit the Platte when the cranes are stopping over, what a spectacular sight!!

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York, Nebraska, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Here is the place for any nature and wildlife lover.

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Address: Address: Grand Island, NE
Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Grand Island

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