Not Ordinary, Extraordinary

The 76 miles of the Niobrara National Scenic River winds through dramatic bluffs, incredible wildlife diversity, gorgeous waterfalls, world-class fossil resources, and plenty of floating fun for the whole family. Less than 1/4 of one percent of US rivers are designated under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Come discover why this prairie river has earned this honor. Read More

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♫ [ Music plays ] ♫

[ Laughter ]

VOICE: You're not looking at houses
or power lines and stuff like that.
It's just you and nature.

VOICE: Any time you’re on this river,
you never really know quite for sure what you’re
going to see when you go around the corner.

[ Geese honking ]


VOICE: Just one of the most unique places
here in North America…this beautiful, clean river
flowing down through the middle of it.
And it's a sight to behold.

[ Laughter, birds singing  ]

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From first-time tubers to white-water kayakers and hikers to nature watchers, the Niobrara National Scenic River offers something for everyone.

A child paddles a kayak upstream with a reddish bluff towering behind him.

50th Anniversary of the WSRA

The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act turns 50 in 2018. Find out more about the Act and the special events planned at Niobrara NSR.

Two children and an adult enjoy canoeing on the Niobrara National Scenic River.

Summer Program Line Up

Join the fun with Junior Ranger programs, special exhibitions, and more!

In a still shot from a video, four people float on tubes in front of a waterfall on the Niobrara.

New Videos of the Niobrara NSR

Five short videos feature the river's biodiversity, local history, fossils, the importance of water, and tips to be a good river steward.

Last updated: August 31, 2019

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