Hunting & Fishing
Game birds such as wild turkey, pheasant, and sharp-tailed grouse, in addition to several waterfowl species including mallards, blue-winged teal, and Canada geese provide excellent hunting opportunities along the Niobrara National Scenic River. Public land is available for hunting, but it is somewhat limited along the Niobrara. The majority of all hunting activities along the scenic river occur on private property. Individuals who wish to hunt on private property must be granted access by the landowner. All state hunting regulations apply on public and private property. Nebraska's hunting guide, regulations, and public access areas can be found on the link below.
Angling opportunities are abundant along the Niobrara National Scenic River and its many tributaries. Rainbow and brown trout are present in several spring-branch canyon tributaries, and can provide a challenge for any avid fly fisher. Anglers interested in using the more popular bait or lure methods can try their hand at channel catfish, carp, bluegill, green sunfish, grass pickerel, and many other fish species. A valid Nebraska fishing license is required, and all state rules and regulations apply on the Niobrara. Nebraska's fishing regulations can be accessed through the link below.
Did You Know?
The Niobrara exhibits an unusual pattern of wave action during higher water levels called surge flow. Waves up to three feet high form and migrate upriver for short periods of time before disappearing. Click "More" to visit the Niobrara National Scenic River "Hydrology" page. More...