Current River Level
Most (>70%) of the water in the Niobrara comes from the High Plains, Ogallala, Aquifer making it unlike most streams that are fed by rainfall or surface runoff. River flow rates can vary depending on upstream withdrawal rather than rainfall and runoff. Irrigation demand in the summer months leaves less water available to flow downstream. Extreme drought conditions in the region this summer are causing increased demand for irrigation resulting in lower water levels for recreation.
Real-time river gauging station information for Niobrara National Scenic River is provided on line by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) from their Sparks, Nebraska gauge located near Berry Bridge. Click here to visit their web site. Scroll down to the third graph and table for the current cubic foot per second (cfs) discharge rate.
To translate the cfs information to floating conditions, use the back arrow on your browser to return to the chart below. The image on the right shows a cfs reading of 540 which indicates acceptable boating conditions.
Did You Know?
The Niobrara River is the longest river in Nebraska (its total length is 535 miles and it begins in Wyoming). A segment of the middle Niobrara has been designated by Congress as a Wild and Scenic River. More...