The Platte River is a major river in the state of Nebraska and is about 310mi long. Measured to its farthest source via its tributary the North Platte River, it flows for over 1050mi. The Platte River is a tributary of the Missouri River, which itself is a tributary of the Mississippi River which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. The Platte over most of its length is a muddy, broad, shallow, meandering stream with a swampy bottom and many islands—a braided stream. These characteristics made it too difficult for canoe travel, and it was never used as a major navigation route by European-American trappers or explorers.The Platte is one of the most significant tributary systems in the watershed of the Missouri, draining a large portion of the central Great Plains in Nebraska and the eastern Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming. The river valley played an important role in the westward expansion of the United States, providing the route for several major emigrant trails, including the Oregon, California, Mormon and Bozeman trails. The first Europeans to see the Platte were French explorers and fur trappers about 1714; they first called it the Nebraskier, a transliteration of the name given by the Otoe people, meaning "flat water". This expression is very close to the French words "rivière plate", the suspected origin of the name Platte River.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Platte River and many more Grand Island attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Grand Island trip itinerary maker.
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This is one of the more important ecological systems in the US. It is a major producer of all types of waterfowl beyond the sand hill crane. It extends for a couple hundred miles across Nebraska. It h... more »
Good to get out and have a good time at the river. Alot of history there. Like to go jeeping once in awhile and swim and walk for the day. Well worth it
This river has pretty much remained the way it has always been unlike many other rivers. It's shallow, slow moving and has many channels in places. We missed the crane migration but everyone says it's... more »
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