Prime paddling season begins on Niobrara River
Tubers laugh when one of their party slips off his tube and into the water as the flotilla passes by Berry Falls on the Niobrara River. This is the third consecutive year the friends have floated the river as a way to renew their friendships.
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 am
Memorial Day weekend kicks off the popular paddling season on the Niobrara River in north-central Nebraska. People from across the region come to Valentine, Neb., to float the river by canoe, tube, kayak or raft.
A 76-mile stretch of the Niobrara is a federally designated part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The western portion of the stretch — the 22.2 mile run from Cornell Bridge at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge to Rocky Ford Rapid — is the most popular section. Outfitters offer rentals for boating, tubing, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping and cabins.
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Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 am.