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An evening walk. We hoped to spot a bison or two, but did not. So we walked few miles in the Nature Reserve and found a lovely peaceful and unspoiled countryside. The Niobrara is one of this country's lesser-known rivers and it takes you back...More
This was a TON of fun and very relaxing. Tubing is the way to go with a tow behind cooler tube. Fairly shallow river for families. Very scenic and historic as several outlaws from our nation's history used spots along this river as hideouts.
Only very very rarely deeper than adult knee-high, with only gentle rapids, this is an ideal river for conservative or elderly or very young people. It might be boring for adventurous thrill-seeking teenagers. Tubing is relaxing but slow. Kayaking is about twice as fast with...More
Best thing to see in this part of Nebraska. River is beautiful and scenic. Lots of tubing, kayak and canoe operators around the river and the town of Valentine. Definitely worth a visit when in the area.
What an amazing area complete with river great for canoeing or kayaking, six ecosystems to enjoy and compare perhaps with your home ecosystem, and enough walks to let you enjoy the outdoor serenity. We walked a short unpaved trail which was easy enough for my...More
I canoed the Niobrara River on a hot July weekend with three friends. We rented two canoes from Graham Canoe Outfitters in Valentine, NE and launched early on Sunday morning at the Fort Niobrara NWR boat ramp just outside of town. (There is a $1/person...More
The best part of the river is from Cornell bridge to Smith Falls State Park. It is more scenic. There is not a sign to Cornell Bridge, so we drove way out of the way. So if you see a sign points to Fort Niobrara National... More
The best part of the river is from Cornell bridge to Smith Falls State Park. It is more scenic. There is not a sign to Cornell Bridge, so we drove way out of the way. So if you see a sign points to Fort Niobrara National Wildlife refuge, turn right there. There are launching fees -- not much. Both put in and take out at these places are public. I would call the Niobrara National Scenic River in Valentine and ask them. They are very informative. They gave us a long list of outfitters -- whom we didn't use - cause we had our own canoes. 402.376.1901. If you like a quiet river --you might want to avoid Memorial Day weekend. We had the river to ourselves but understand it can get quite crowded in the summer. The river is very fast so it is really 3-4 hours of canoeing -- with lots of side trips to look at falls.