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Niobrara State Park, NE

Photo: Niobrara State Park
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Apr 18 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Summary 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 pool, buffalo cookouts, boat ramps nearby, horseback trail rides, hiking, fishing, history or communing with Mother Nature are all available at this exceptional state park. Attractions Niobrara State Park offers a modern swimming pool; horseback trail rides led by wranglers; fishing in the nearby rivers; hiking the 14 miles of trail; 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. Adjacent to the park is Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Area, which provides additional opportunity of wildlife viewing, fishing, boating and hunting in season. Visitors may want to check out the site of the mosasaurus palentological find, an important one, since it was the first complete fossil of its kind found in Nebraska. Other areas of interest are the Ponca Cemetery, Mormon Monument, and the Ponca Agency and Standing Bear monument, as well as other local historical attractions. Ask for directions at the Park Office. The City of Niobrara offers a modern 9-hole, grass-greens golf course. Campground Notes 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 and 50-amp electrical hookups. Other facilities include drinking water, modern restrooms, coin-operated showers, coin-operated washer and dryer, dump station, picnic tables and grills. A handicap fishing bridge spans the Niobrara on the northern section of the park which offers excellent catfishing. Playground equipment for the youngsters is also available in the campground. The tent camping area extends along three miles of extremely hilly, winding, one-way road. Grills and ground-level fire rings are provided for tent campers. 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. 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.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Admin Service, Copying/Faxing
  • Archeological Sites
  • BUFFALO COOKOUTS
  • Bath House
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, PARK LAKE
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Grills
  • Group/Community Facility
  • HORSEBACK RIDING
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • LIFEGUARDS (SEASONAL)
  • Laundry
  • Lodging Cabins
  • Lodging, Group Facilities
  • MEETING SPACE
  • Meeting Hall
  • Missouri River Float Trips
  • Mountain Biking
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • PROGRAMS, HISTORY
  • PROGRAMS, INSTRUCTIONAL
  • PROGRAMS, NATURE
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • TRAILS , BICYCLE
  • TRAILS - MOUNTAIN BIKE
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Horse
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • VOLLEYBALL NET
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • Art & Museum
  • Catering
  • Church
  • Cultural Sites, Exhibits
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • MAINTENANCE, BOAT
  • Maintenance,Vehicle
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Retail , Bait & Tackle
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dock, Boat
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
Alerts and Important Information
Office Hours: park office phone (402) 857-3373 email: ngpc.niobrara@nebraska.gov Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm Daily Labor Day - Late November: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Daily Late November - Mid April: 8:00 - 12:00, 12:30 - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday, Closed Saturday and Sunday Mid-April - Memorial Day: 8:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 5:00 pm Monday - Saturday; 8:00 - 12:00 pm Sunday Niobrara State Park is along the Missouri River and Cabins are available year round. Cabin Check-in is 4 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m. Check-in prior to 4 o'clock is not allowed. If arriving after office hours, please make arrangements with park office for cabin check-in procedures. When a reservation is made one year to the date in advance, the arrival date must remain the same within that reservation. No cancellation of that arrival date is allowed.Nights may be added to the beginning and end of an existing reservation? Swimming pool is open mid June through mid August. Please call park office for detail information regarding pool operating hours. Modern camping facilities are open (depending on weather conditions) beginning in May and normally through mid October. Camping is available year-round, including campsites with electricity. When modern facilities are closed, a winter rate camping fee is charged. Please call park office hours for advance reservations.

Getting There:

If you are driving from Omaha on I-29 to Sioux city, take Hwy 20 to Hwy 12, then 2 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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Niobrara State Park
89261 522 Ave
Niobrara NE 68760-6087

Phone Number:

Project Office:(402) 857-3373

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Niobrara State Park Musical Performance in the RV Campground. 6:00 pm - John & Susan McNeill with a musical performance in the RV campground John & Susan McNeill reside in Springfield, South Dakota. Playing music has been their consuming pastime for many years, Susan on bass and John playing guitar. Country music is their principal repertoire. They have a cache of songs they have written investigating South Dakota and Nebraska history which will eventually be recorded in a 10-CD set. Come and join them as they share their music with us. Please bring a chair along to the program. on May 24 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Sidewalk Chalk Art 10:00 am Sidewalk Chalk Art at the park office. Kids may design a sidewalk square and receive a participation prize. on May 25 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Campground Program. 7:00 pm - National Park Service Program, program information will be posted throughout the park the week of the program. on May 25 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Outdoor Event. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Jun 07 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Campground Program. 7:00 pm - National Park Service Program, program information will be posted throughout the park the week of the program. on Jun 13 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Buffalo Cookout and Entertainment. 6:00 pm - Buffalo cookout at shelter, National Park Service program - "Let Me Go Home!" Political intrigue and courtroom drama! He was just a Nebraska farmer who wanted to return to his homeland, but Chief Standing Bear found himself in the middle of a precedent setting federal court case. Follow the Ponca Tribe's trail of tears and relive the courtroom drama that followed. Sign up at park office for meal: Adults $12, Children $8; PROGAM: FREE. on Jun 14 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Program- "Nature at Night/Night Sky" at the cookout shelter. 8:00 pm - at the cookout shelter. What kind of critters and celestial sights appear as the sun sets? Join a Park Ranger and discover a whole new world of nature after dark! on Jun 14 2014
  • Niobrara State Park 5th Annual Father's Day fishing tournament. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 5th Annual Father's Day fishing tournament Come and enjoy a morning of fishing with family and friends, prizes will be awarded for biggest fish and most caught. Register your team at the park office. Loaner fishing poles and tackle will be available. on Jun 15 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Campground Program - 7:00 pm - National Park Service Program, program information will be posted throughout the park the week of the program. on Jun 27 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Water Aerobics. Water Aerobics at the Niobrara Swimming Pool. from Jul 02 2014 to Jul 13 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Outdoor Event. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Jul 05 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Buffalo Cookout and Entertainment. 6:00 pm - Buffalo cookout at Group Lodge, Humanities Nebraska Program: "Woody Guthrie: Re-envisioning 1930s America" by Kathryn N. Benzel and Mike Adams Not only is Woody Guthrie a significant figure in the history of American folk music, but he has also become a cultural icon representing the paradoxical complexity of American identity. Guthrie's songs and writing embrace the brashness of the pioneer spirit, a compassion for the underdog, and the often contradictory nature of American diversity. Through lecture and song this program, designed for adults and high school students, describes the American culture of the 1930s, including the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Sign up at park office for meal: Adults $12, Children $8; PROGAM: FREE. on Jul 05 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Sidewalk Chalk Art. 10:00 am Sidewalk Chalk Art at the park office. Kids may design a sidewalk square and receive a participation prize. on Jul 06 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Buffalo Cookout at Shelter. 6:00 pm - Buffalo cookout at shelter, Humanities Nebraska Program: "Music Of The Plains" by David Marsh Pioneers who settled the Plains traveled from far and wide, yet endured many similar joys and hardships. David's goals with this program are twofold: 1) to demonstrate the various cultures represented by these courageous folks and 2) to share stories and sing songs that arose out of their common experience of early life here. Though music, audiences learn about homesteading, cowboys, children's games and the wonders of the wide open prairie. Sign up at park office for meal: Adults $12, Children $8; PROGAM: FREE. on Jul 12 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Swimming Lessons. Sign up at the Niobrara Swimming Pool, Phone: (402) 857-3710. from Jul 14 2014 to Jul 25 2014
  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman ~ Niobrara/Missouri River kayaking trip. Beyond BOW is designed to teach more advanced skills. The small group atmosphere enables one-on-one instruction that achieves safety, education, and personal assurance in a non-threatening environment. Contact Julie Geiser julie.geiser@ nebraska.gov, 308-660-6955 or Dina Barta dina.barta@nebraska.gov, 402-890-6463 for more information. from Jul 18 2014 to Jul 20 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Campground Program. 7:00 pm, program information will be posted throughout the park the week of the program. on Jul 18 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Buffalo Cookout and Entertainment 6:00 pm - Buffalo cookout at shelter, Humanities Nebraska Program: "Nebraska's musical smorgasbord: music from various ethnic groups in Nebraska" by Chris Sayre This program explores the rich diversity of folk music that has been a part of Nebraska's history from the time was a territory to the present day. Performing on the button accordion, concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, musical saw and zithers, Sayre invites his audience to experience the music of the ethnic groups that have called Nebraska home. Sign up at park office for meal: Adults $12, Children $8; PROGAM: FREE. on Jul 19 2014
  • The City of Niobrara, NE "Desperado Days": The city of Niobrara, NE will be hosting "Desperado Days" this weekend. on Jul 26 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Kite Day 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Kite day at the 1st parking lot in the 3-mile tent camping loop. Bring your favorite kite along or borrow one from the park. Fun for all ages. on Jul 26 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Outdoor Event. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Aug 02 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Campground Program. 7:00 pm, program information will be posted throughout the park the week of the program. on Aug 08 2014
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Pow Wow from Aug 08 2014 to Aug 10 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Waterfowl hunting/water safety class. 10:00 am - Waterfowl hunting/water safety class at swimming pool. Bring your chest waders, hunting gear, etc.. and practice water safety in a controlled environment. You will be submerged with chest waders. on Aug 09 2014
  • Niobrara State Park National Park Service Campground Program. 7:00 pm, program information will be posted throughout the park the week of the program. on Aug 29 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Buffalo Cookout and Entertainment. 5:00 pm - Buffalo cookout at Group Lodge, Humanities Nebraska program: "The Forts of Nebraska" by Jeff Barnes Nebraska's forts were among the first, last and most important on the Great Plains, built to promote trade, to protect travelers and settlers, to fight the Indian tribes and then to keep the peace. During that time, they hosted some great names of American history, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Crazy Horse, George Custer, Robert E. Lee, Red Cloud, and Mark Twain. Barnes tells the story of Nebraska's 12 military forts and what today¿s visitors will find at the sites. Sign up at park office for meal: Adults $12, Children $8; PROGAM: FREE. on Aug 30 2014
  • Niobrara State Park Sidewalk Chalk Art. 10:00 am Sidewalk Chalk Art at the park office. Kids may design a sidewalk square and receive a participation prize. on Aug 31 2014
  • Niobrara Verdigre Cougars Cross Country Invitational. 4:00 pm Cross Country Meet hosted by Niobrara State Park. on Sep 04 2014
  • Niobrara State Park 2nd Annual Night Owl 5K run/walk. Register with Niobrara State Park 402-857-3373, $15 early registration fee; $20 day of event. Pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt. Participants must mark the desired size when registering. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony. Spectators and participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party in the town of Niobrara at the WFLA hall with a meal, music and refreshments. Registration forms may be downloaded at: http://nightowl5kniobrarastatepark.weebly.com. Registration: 7:00 pm; Race: 8:00 pm. on Sep 06 2014