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Niobrara River, Nebraska

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The Niobrara River is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately long, running through the U.S. states of Wyoming and Nebraska. The river drains one of the most arid sections of the Great Plains, and has a low flow for a river of its length. The Niobrara's watershed includes a small south-central section of South Dakota as well as the northern tier of Nebraska and a tiny area of eastern Wyoming.CourseThe river rises in the High Plains of Wyoming, in southern Niobrara County. The Niobrara flows east as an intermittent stream past Lusk and southeast into northwestern Nebraska. It then flows southeast across the Pine Ridge country of Sioux County, then east through Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, past Marsland, and through Box Butte Reservoir. The stream flows east across northern Nebraska, near the northern edge of the Sandhills and past Valentine. It is joined by the Snake River about southwest of Valentine. In north-central Nebraska it is joined by the Keya Paha River approximately 6mi west of Butte. The river joins the Missouri northwest of Niobrara in northern Knox County. Its total drainage basin is about 11580mi2.
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  • I stayed at a cabin for a few weeks in January. The cabin was great with a full kitchen and lots of beds with warm linen. The scenery from the cabin was breath taking. I had car trouble and I called L...  more »
  • Our group booked our reservation for the 14 person cabin in January and took advantage of the 10% discount. We arrived and had no issues getting checked in. The roads are not marked well and taking th...  more »
  • Designated a National Scenic River, this is such a peaceful place. I hear that it can get pretty busy on the week-end though; we went on a week-day. Lots of birds to see, even a bald eagle perched upo...  more »