Nebraska Niobrara National Scenic River map and highlights

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Nebraska Niobrara National Scenic River map and highlights

Map of Niobrara National Scenic River in Nebraska
Niobrara  National Scenic River. Basic information for visitors to the Niobrara  National Scenic River In north-central Nebraska, near Valentine.    
Niobrara National Scenic River in north-central Nebraska, near Valentine.    
Eastern deciduous, western pine, and northern boreal forest  ecosystems merge with short and mixed-grass prairie in the beautiful  Niobrara River valley. Free-grazing cattle, windmills, abandoned  historic barns, and dilapidated ranch homes offset the natural  landscape. The upper portion of the 76-mi stretch of waterway is  excellent for canoeing. The scenic river was authorized on May 24, 1991.     
      
WHAT TO SEE & DO     
Canoeing and tubing (rentals in Valentine and along river).  Facilities: Visitor center, hiking trails. Programs & Events:  Niobrara Council River Cleanup and BBQ (May), Canoe Outfitters River  Appreciation Day & Clean-up (Sept.). Tips & Hints: Go weekdays  to avoid crowds; May-Oct. to run river; May, June, Oct. and Nov. for  migrating waterfowl; June for wildflowers; and late Sept.-mid-Oct. for  fall colors. Most common canoeing section of river begins east of  Valentine and runs downstream 30 mi. Much of river frontage is privately  owned; respect landowners' property rights. Busiest on July and Aug.  weekends, least crowded Nov.-Mar.     
      
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES     
Camping: None at site. Near Valentine: Smith Falls State Park  (Rte. 12, 15 mi east of Valentine, tel. 402/376-1306; 16 sites; $3;  flush and pit toilets, showers, hook-ups).  Hotels: None in park. In  Valentine: Comfort Inn (101 Main St., tel. 402/376-3300 or 800/478-3307;  50 rooms, 6 suites; $75), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (803  U.S. 20 E, tel. 402/376-3000 or 877/376-3003; 41 rooms, 19 suites; $90).  X Restaurants: None in park. In Valentine: Hot Stuff (203 E. Rte. 20,  tel. 402/376-2283; $3-$14), Peppermill (112 N. Main St., tel.  402/376-1440; $5-$ 10; no dinner Sun.).  Groceries & Gear: None in  park. In Valentine: Hendersons IGA (710 E. U.S. 20, tel. 402/376-1144),  Yucca Dune (148 E. 1st St., tel. 402/376-3330).     
      
FEES & HOURS     
Free. River access fee $2 per boat at wildlife refuge. Smith  Falls State Park entrance fee ($2.50). River open daily, but may freeze  in winter. Wildlife refuge visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day,  daily 8-4:30; Labor Day-Memorial Day, weekdays 8-4:30.     
      
HOW TO GET THERE     
Valentine is off U.S. 83, 76 mi south of 1-90 and 130 mi north  of 1-80. River access points are in Fort Niobrara Refuge, Smith Falls  State Park, and the Middle Niobrara Natural Resource District. Nearest  airport: Rapid City, SD (215 mi).     
      
CONTACTS     
Niobrara National Scenic River (Box 591, O'Neill, NE 68763,  tel. 402/ 336-3970, fax 402/336-3981,). Valentine Ranger Station (146 S.  Hall St., Valentine, NE 69201, tel. 402/376-1901). Valentine Chamber of  Commerce (239 S. Main St., Valentine, NE 69201, tel. 402/376-2969).  Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge (5 mi east of Valentine on Rte.  12).
Niobrara National Scenic River. Basic information for visitors to  the Niobrara National Scenic River In north-central Nebraska, near  Valentine
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