Summer (June-August): highs - low 80s to low 100s; lows - 50s to 60s, with occasional thunderstorms and associated strong winds. Moderate dry winds are common in the summer. 8.3" is average summer rainfall. Spring (April/May) and Fall (September/October) have cooler temperatures: average highs 60-70s, average lows 30-40s with 7.3" average rain/snowfall.
Niobrara NSR Entrance Fees - $0.00
There are no fees to enter the Niobrara NSR. However, because the NPS does not own the land along the river, individual sites and private landowners may charge a fee.
Smith Falls State Park day use fee - $6.00
Smith Falls State Park, within the boundaries of the Niobrara NSR, charges a day use fee (per carload). Those with a Nebraska State Park Pass are not charged the day use fee. Individuals with out-of-state license plates will be charged slightly more. Federal passes are not valid for this entry fee. NOTE: no fee is charged for those visiting the waterfall from the river.
Begin your journey down the Niobrara at the visitor center, where you may discover what makes this river so special through exhibits and a seven-minute video. Park rangers are on hand to answer questions, help you plan your trip, or give you a list of outfitters who will provide transportation and canoes, kayaks, or tubes.