Niobrara State Park

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Niobrara State Park

Nebraska

(402) 857-3373

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Overview

Situated at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers on Nebraska's northeastern border, Niobrara State Park offers visitors an opportunity to sample a wide range of outdoor experiences. Cabins, camping from RVs to tents, picnicking, swimming, boat ramps, Missouri River raft tours, horseback trail rides, hiking, fishing, history or communing with Mother Nature are all availble at this exceptional state park.

A large population of white-tailed deer call the park home, and wild turkeys roam freely through the cabin and tent camping areas. Beaver, muskrat and mink prowl the river banks, and the varied bird life ranges from the majestic eagle to the tiny chickadee. The song of the whippoorwill blends with the call of the coyote in a nighttime serenade. For the wildlife enthusiast, Niobrara offers ample photo opportunities or just the chance to observe the many species native to the area. Nature's bounty is readily visible during a drive along the park's seven miles of roads or a stroll along the 14 miles of hiking trails.

Niobrara State Park offers a modern swimming pool; horseback trail rides led by wranglers; fishing in the nearby rivers; bird watching and other nature study, or just a chance to loll in the shade away from the hectic pace of day-to-day living. Saturday evenings, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Niobrara State Park hosts a Buffalo Cookout.

Map of Niobrara (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.762561, -98.087529

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park maintains three boat access areas to the Missouri River at the old Niobrara townsite. The Verdel site is 8 miles upstream with toilets available. Ferry Landing is located 2 miles downstream close to Standing Bear Bridge. Electric motor and non-powered motors are allowed. There are three ramps and two docks.

  • Bicycling

    The park offers 14 miles of mountain bike trails.

  • Camping

    Niobrara State Park offers beautiful tent camping spots tucked in to the hills overlooking the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers. For RVer's Niobrara offers a modern campground complete with 30-amp electrical hookups. There are 76 camping pads with electrical hookups, 30 non-pad sites without electricity, and 20 cabins that may be reserved. Playground equipment for the youngsters is also available in the campground.

    Other facilities include drinking water, modern restrooms, showers, dump station, picnic tables and grills.

    The tent camping area extends along three miles of extremely hilly, winding, one-way road. Grills and ground-level fire rings are provided for tenters. Many sites are situated on elevated hills adjacent to the Niobrara River. Cedar trees abound in the tent camping area, interspersed with groups of elm, hackberry and ash. Backpackers will also find Adirondack shelters here.

  • Fishing

    The confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers provide anglers with fishing opportunities. Adjacent to the park is Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Area, which provides additional opportunity of wildlife viewing, fishing, boating and hunting in season. An accessible fishing bridge spans the Niobrara on the northern section of the park which offers excellent catfishing.

  • Hiking

    The park offers 14 miles of hiking trails.

  • Horseback Riding

    There is one mile of horse trail and an opportunity for wrangler-led rides. Niobrara State Park also has 160 acres of open area for horseback riding.

  • Picnicking

    Playground equipment for the youngsters is also available in the campground. Grills and picnic sites are located at various points along the one-way loop. One picnic shelter situated on the highest hill in the park, gives a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

  • RVing

    For RVer's Niobrara offers a modern campground complete with 30-amp electrical hookups. There are 76 camping pads with electrical hookups, 30 non-pad sites without electricity, and 20 cabins that may be reserved. Playground equipment for the youngsters is also available in the campground.

    Other facilities include drinking water, modern restrooms, showers, dump station, picnic tables and grills.

  • Water Sports

    Niobrara State Park offers a modern swimming pool that remains open during the peak camping season.

Seasonality/Weather

The swimming pool is open seasonally. Saturday evenings, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Niobrara State Park hosts a Buffalo Cookout. Office hours vary seasonally.

Directions

Driving

From Omaha on I-29 to Sioux city, take Hwy 20 to Hwy 12, then travel two miles west of Niobrara. If traveling from the west on Hwy 12, Niobrara State Park is about 10 miles from the town of Verdel on Hwy 12. Niobrara State Park should not be confused with the popular Canoeing & Tubing river "The Niobrara River." The popular Niobrara River is located near the town of Valentine, NE. The town of Valentine is approximately 200 miles west of Niobrara State Park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 857-3373

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