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

    Niobrara

    National Scenic River Nebraska

Pets

Dog in Canoe

A bulldog enjoys a float down the Niobrara River

NPS Photo

Pets (dogs) are allowed on the river. We advise that they not be leashed while within the boat in case you capsize. Dog PFD's (recommended) are available for purchase at various outdoor retail stores (none locally) or on-line.

Pets must be leashed at all times within Smith Falls State Park, at the Brewer Bridge Landing and on the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. Dogs are allowed on the nature trails at Smith Falls and at Fort Niobrara. Please clean up after your pet if hiking on the nature trails. Pets are also allowed within the Fort Niobrara Wilderness, but must be leashed at all times to protect bison, elk, deer and refuge visitors.

Check with local river outfitters for their policy regarding pets in their private campgrounds.

Did You Know?

Prairie, forests, and river meet

Six distinct ecosystems blend along 76 miles of river: eastern deciduous forest, Rocky Mountain montane forest, northern boreal forest, eastern tall-grass prairie, Sandhills mixed-grass and western short-grass prairie. Click "More" to visit the Niobrara National Scenic River "Nature & Science" page. More...