The Niobrara River
The Niobrara River is a masterpiece. Cradled in a valley hundreds of feet
below rim rock and tree covered bluffs, it is blessed by more than 90
waterfalls that cascade from adjacent banks and hidden canyons.
Niobrara River Ranch trails allow you private access to many secluded falls.
The constant flow of the Niobrara is sustained by springs and seeps from
the surrounding Sand hills that capture groundwater. A guided ranch tour
takes you to the gentle beginnings of Smith Falls, Nebraska’s tallest.
One of the top 10 canoeing rivers in the United States, the Niobrara
steadily drops 8 to 10 feet per mile creating an ever constant, rippling
current. Here and there, stretches of white water punctuate the otherwise
The Niobrara is the only East-West running river on the northern
Great Plains without a reservoir. Because of this and the “outstandingly
remarkable” geological factors the Niobrara has been designated a Wild and
Scenic River by Congress.