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Address: Grand Island, NE
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The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

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Natural beauty

This river has pretty much remained the way it has always been unlike many other rivers. It's shallow, slow moving and has many channels in places. We missed the crane migration... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2016
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Sioux City, Iowa
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Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

This river has pretty much remained the way it has always been unlike many other rivers. It's shallow, slow moving and has many channels in places. We missed the crane migration but everyone says it's amazing to see.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Go in March to see the sandhill crane migration. It's extraordinary and one of Earth's great nature experiences.

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Pudsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

My wife took me out to Platte river to show me where she grow up near and that she knew that I would enjoy Lots of wildlife in area so cool just walking along banks of platte

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Cushing, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

We had always wanted to do this,,,but we didn't realize you needed to reserve a spot to see the cranes two months in advance...or keep hoping for cancelations... but we drove around the countryside and saw thousands of them eating in the fields...that evening we went to the Park and out onto the hiking bridge...the cranes flew right over us...and... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

Stop by the crane trust for some good information on where and when to see the cranes. Free maps provided. Take the time to get to a public viewing bridge early to wait for the cranes to return to the river. Definitely worth your time to see this natural event. Friendly person next to me offered views in his spotting... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

This is our second trip to the Platte River during the March Sandhill Crane migration. The early morning exodus or evening return of the cranes gave me chills. There is excellent viewing near Rowe Sanctuary and the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center. Both facilities offer blind tours for real close-up viewing.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

My wife and I made a day-long trek to see the migrating sandhill cranes along the Platte River and surrounding fields. The Platte is shallow in spots and allows for cranes to stand in the water and be seen easily by visitors. The river is mostly murky this time of year, but if birding is an activity you enjoy then... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

We drove the back gravel roads of the area. The roads are well maintained for gravel. The cranes and fun to watch and we parked along the road many times to observe the flocks.

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Going to Crane Meadows (March) is seeing the CRANE MIGRATION is the only state that u can see this. When I hear them coming over our home every year just gives me goose bumps and going to the center learning about this movement is again awesome. People from all over the world and all US states come to see this.... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The Platte River was not a favorite of pioneers because it was shallow. It is certainly not shallow in beauty. The Platte meanders past shores nearly at water level and a variety of colorful trees (especially in early October). Take a few minutes and turn off Interstate 80 to enjoy much the same views early trappers and traders enjoyed hundred... More 

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