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Old 07-01-2008, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Some friends and I are planning a trip to camp and float the Niobrara River this weekend... Just looking for some tips from anyone who has done it (about what to bring, what to look for, etc. etc.)

Thanks!
Happy 4th
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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Honestly, other than the main things you would take camping anyway, just enjoy a nice relaxing float down the river. I would take some drinking water, as it will probably be warm. Have fun!
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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sunscreen and water.... relax and enjoy... be sure to take time out at Smith Falls.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Sandhills
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Floating? Are you taking tubes, canoes, or kayaks? One day or two. Prepare to be checked when going through reserve on river. Remember big fine if you have alcohol there.

If you taking something other than tubes, remember to see Stairstep falls on second day or lower part of river.

If you want some other info, give me a shout have floated this the river in all seasons over 30 times through the years.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Blair, Nebraska
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Default floating the river

It is a lot of fun. Don't be suprised if you see a lot of people naked. That was a shocker to me and my family. It would of been a good trip with adults only.

It is a BLAST!
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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What is this reserve that you mentioned? We were planning on taking some beer, even though it says it is not allowed.... it seems a lot of people bring it anyways?

We are renting tubes, plan to float one day, but camping at least two nights...

Thanks for the help
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:33 PM
 
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What is this reserve that you mentioned? We were planning on taking some beer, even though it says it is not allowed.... it seems a lot of people bring it anyways?

We are renting tubes, plan to float one day, but camping at least two nights...

Thanks for the help
I think they mean the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, not reserve. Alcohol is prohibited all along the river (public consumption law), but the only place it seems to be really enforced is in the Refuge. And it is enforced there by USFW Agents, which means hefty federal fines. The state fine for public consumption is $100. Federal fines can be several hundred, plus court appearances are at Federal court in Omaha.

Here is a good map of the river and the different sections:

http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/boating/...braraRiver.pdf
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Sandhills
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Yea, I meant the refuge. Last two times I have went down the river we were checked going through the refuge. No problem, we were there to float.

I have been down the river back in the days of wild times on it with the partiers and I was one of them. Its been tamed down quite a bit over the years. Some say its not as good, to me its better.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:47 PM
 
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I had the opportunity to kayak the Calamus River last week from the Highway 183 bridge into Calamus Reservoir. Very fun trip. Thought we'd never get there, the river snakes back and forth so much in that stretch. It was very quiet, and there is an outfitter that serves that area, but don't know his name...
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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Personally, I'd never do the north (east) float if I could avoid it. Drive in to see Smith Falls.

Float down by Anderson Bridge south of Kilgore. You're more likely to have the river to yourselves.

~Erin
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