River Conditions

Floating the Niobrara River


The lowest river levels usually occur from mid-July to mid-September. During years of low flow (drought) it is possible that floaters may have to occasionally drag their craft over shallow places or carefully navigate over bedrock or through rapids. By late fall, river levels begin to rise as demands for river water for irrigation subside. Studies are currently underway to determine minimal and optimal flows for recreational floating. You can find current river levels by clicking on the USGS water gauge near Sparks, Nebraska.

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214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201

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