Most land along the Niobrara River (including the streambed, banks and islands) is privately owned. Respect private landowner rights and utilize public restrooms and public river access points. Carry out all trash and properly recycle or dispose of it.
Private businesses provide canoe, kayak, and tube rental, shuttle services, camping and lodging. Click here for a list of service providers to contact for reservations.
The National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game and Parks Commision, other state, county, and federal agencies, and private landowners work in partnership to manage the Niobrara National Scenic River. The Niobrara National Scenic River Headquarters is located at 214 West Highway 20 in Valentine, Nebraska.
This office is open from 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day and 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.. Monday - Friday the rest of the year. The official Niobrara NSR National Park Passport Stamp, and a small sales outlet with items such as t-shirts, patches, and books are available here.
80% of Niobrara visitors come on Saturdays resulting in a more social experience. 10% visit on Sundays and the remaining 10% visit during the rest of the week. If you are seeking a more solitary experience, consider visiting Monday through Friday.
The Niobrara is predominately (>70%) ground-water fed so river levels do not vary as a direct result of rainfall. Water levels fall as upstream demand for irrigation increases during the growing season.