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Nebraska’s rivers flow gently, making them ideal for family outings as well as an excellent resource for those learning to handle unmotorized watercraft. On the International Scale of River Difficulty, Nebraska’s rivers generally rate Class I: Easy. This is defined as moving water with riffles and small waves; few obstacles; risk to swimmer is slight; self-rescue is easy. An exception is the Niobrara River where there are several Class II, III and IV rapids that require portage.

Remember: Only the water belongs to the state of Nebraska. The riverbeds and all adjacent lands are the property of the landowner through which the water flows. Appreciate the fact that you have the privilege of using the waterway. Respect the landowner and their property. Nebraska statutes give you the permission to portage around fences and other obstructions; however, you are responsible for any damage to the property. You must have landowner’s permission to picnic or camp.

River flows vary greatly. Some rivers experience lower water levels during summer due to heat and crop irrigation. Such conditions can turn a float trip into a hike for those who have not planned ahead. In addition, river flows, along with wind speed and direction, and paddler’s effort can result in considerable variations in float time. Trip plans should account for personnel, outdoor conditions and river flow to ensure you reach camp well before sunset.

SAFETY

TRAIL ETIQUETTE

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FLOAT

OBSTRUCTIONS ON NEBRASKA RIVERS

NEBRASKA BOATING LAWS

RIVER OUTFITTERS AND RENTALS


Calamus River | Cedar River | Elkhorn River | Lower Missouri River |
Niobrara River
| North Loup River | Platte River | Republican River | Upper Missouri River |

MAP INFORMATION

U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle maps can be purchased at:

SNR Map and Publication Store
101 Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege St.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska  68583-0961

(402) 472-3471

Or online at:

nebraskamaps.unl.edu

Learn More: Dismal River Canoeing | Winter Canoeing the Niobrara

Niobrara Water Trail Info Upper Missouri River Info Lower Missouri Info Elkhorn River Platte River Info Republican River Cedar River Info North Loup Info Calamus Info