Outdoor Activities

The Niobrara National Scenic River and surrounding area offers a wide array of outdoor activities. Besides river recreation, there are opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, lake fishing, and more. Visit Valentine Chamber of Commerce for area activity and event information.


Floating the River: Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing

Most visitors to the Niobrara rent equipment from private businesses. Some bring their own boats and equipment and either contact an outfitter for a shuttle or plan to shuttle themselves.

Navigating Fritz rapids in spring conditions(Class II)
Canoers enjoy the Class II rapid at Fritz's Island in spring water conditions

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Angler at Rocky Ford

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Hunting and Fishing

There are Hunting and Fishing opportunities along the Niobrara National Scenic River Corridor! Deer, elk, and turkey are roaming the area. In the river, rainbow and brown trout are present in several spring-branch canyon tributaries, and can provide a challenge for any avid fly fisher. Anglers interested in using the more popular bait or lure methods can try their hand at channel catfish, carp, bluegill, green sunfish, grass pickerel, and many other fish species.

Hiking, Cycling, and Birding:

The Cowboy Trail, a rails to trails route from Norfolk to Valentine, Nebraska, is designed for hiking, cycling, and distance running in addition to equestrian use.

Nearby Attractions include wildlife refuges and recreation areas that offer opportunities for hiking and birding, and more.

Last updated: November 23, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201


402 376-1901

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