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

    Niobrara

    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?

Smith Falls

Geologists have documented well over 200 waterfalls within the Niobrara River Valley. The tallest known falls is Smith Falls, which cascades 63 feet over a sandstone cliff. Click "More" to visit the Niobrara National Scenic River "Waterfalls & Springs" page. More...