Canoeing, Kayaking, and Tubing

Canoes coming around a river bend, a bridge in the background.
The Niobrara NSR gives visitors a chance to kick back and relax.

NPS Photo

Most visitors come to the Niobrara to float the river by canoe, tube, kayak, or raft.

Floating the Niobrara is a popular summer activity, yet spring and fall are also great times to enjoy the river by canoe or kayak.

If you are looking for a quieter, more family-friendly trip, consider Sundays or a weekday float. If you are looking for a social experience, Saturday is the ideal time.

Many visitors camp overnight in various private campgrounds operated by individual outfitters, or at the campground in Smith Falls State Park.


Last updated: October 20, 2020

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214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201


(402) 376-1901

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