Prime paddling season begins on Niobrara River

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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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