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

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Classic Mature Braided Stream

The Platte River near Grand Island is a classic mature braided stream with multiple channels flowing in a northeasterly direction. The river can range from full bank to bank on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The Platte River near Grand Island is a classic mature braided stream with multiple channels flowing in a northeasterly direction. The river can range from full bank to bank on all channels in the Spring and Fall to carrying no water with a nice sand bottom during the heat of the summer. Crane viewing is extraordinary during the spring migration... More 

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Hastings, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The river has been running past bank full and the kayaking on the river has been excellent. Good scenery and was a good way to cool off. You do have to watch out for obstacles and pay attention. With the flooded waters, it probably isn't a good idea for the novice.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 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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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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