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


    National Scenic River Nebraska

River Conditions

Floating the Niobrara River

The lowest river levels usually occur from mid-July to mid-September. During years of low flow (drought) it is possible that floaters may have to occasionally drag their craft over shallow places or carefully navigate over bedrock or through rapids. By late fall, river levels begin to rise as demands for river water for irrigation subside. Studies are currently underway to determine minimal and optimal flows for recreational floating. You can find current river levels by clicking on the USGS water gauge near Sparks, Nebraska.

Did You Know?

Fog rises above the Niobrara River near Valentine, NE

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...