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    Scotts Bluff

    National Monument Nebraska

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  • Monument Marathon Lane Closure September 27

    The morning of Saturday, September 27, the east bound lane of Old Oregon Trail will be closed from 8AM until 1PM. The park is open normal hours of 8AM -5PM. To access the park please use the west bound lane. For more info http://www.monumentmarathon.com/ More »

Rivers and Streams

The North Platte River near Scotts Bluff National Monument

NPS Photo

The only flowing stream associated with Scotts Bluff National Monument is the North Platte River. The river is also the Monument’s north boundary for approximately one and one-fourth miles. Because it is a non-navigable river, the Monument’s boundary extends to the center of the channel. Also the river’s floodplain adjoins a portion of the Monument's north boundary. Historically, the North Platte River flooded in the spring, but today several dams upstream within the river basin control much of the river’s flow, thus making flood events rare. These dams were constructed for flood control, the generation of electricity and the diversion of water for irrigation. The pioneers knew the river as much wider and more dangerous than it is today.

Three irrigation canals operated by the Central Irrigation District, the Gering Irrigation District, and the Gering/Fort Laramie Irrigation District, traverse the Monument. They deliver irrigation water to farm fields in the North Platte River Valley. The irrigation season is normally from May 1 to October 15. At other times of the year, the irrigation canals are dry. These canals predate the establishment of the Monument and the federal government recognizes an easement or right-of-way for each one. In several places these irrigation canals have produced riparian habitat.

Did You Know?

William Henry Jackson painting of pioneers approaching Chimney Rock

Scotts Bluff National Monument houses the largest collection of William Henry Jackson paintings in the world.