• The Niobrara National Scenic river comes alive with color in the fall.


    National Scenic River Nebraska

Fees & Reservations

Berry Falls

Fall foliage surrounds Berry Falls

NPS photo


National Park Service Fees:
None. Other landowner/agency fees may apply, see below.

The park service manages river use outside of the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge boundary, but neither owns nor operates any facilities within Niobrara National Scenic River. Property is privately owned, with the exception of the Refuge and Smith Falls State Park. The river is managed in partnership with private and state landowners to protect nature and recreation


Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Launch Fee (per person): $1.00/Day - must wear wrist band as proof of permit

Smith Falls State Park - Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Camping: $4/person/night (11 years old and under are free)
Entry Permit (per vehicle): $5/day or $25 for an annual pass


Canoe, Kayak, Tube and Shuttle Reservations: can be made with private outfitters using this list.

Campground Reservations: are available at private outfitter/campgrounds (see contact list link above) and at Smith Falls State Park (402) 376-1306.

Did You Know?

Ice cliffs form when groundwater seeps from cliff faces and freezes

During the cold winter months when temperatures drop well below zero degrees F the Niobrara River freezes over in most places. Tall ice cliffs form on river bluffs and attract ice climbers to the Niobrara National Scenic River. More...