Niobrara State Park, NE

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...
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Max reservation window: Wed Jul 29 2015   Later Dates

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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.
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Overview

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.

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CABIN

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Wed Jul 29 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

MEETING ROOM

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Wed Jul 29 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

SHELTER

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Wed Jul 29 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Wed Jul 29 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Apr 11 2014 Sun Nov 30 2014
Walk In Mon Dec 01 2014 Thu Apr 09 2015
Peak Fri Apr 10 2015 Mon Nov 30 2015
Services and 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
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $7.00 non-refundable on-line reservation fee will be charged for each reservation.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests must be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to the park where the reservation is held.

A non-refundable fee of $5.00 will be charged for any reservation cancellation. Additional late cancellation fee may apply to cancellations less than 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival date, depending on your reservation

Please read the Fee and Cancellation Policy for more information


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 11 2014 -
Nov 30 2014
STANDARD $8.00-$20.00
SHELTER $40.00-$50.00
MEETING ROOM $150.00
CABIN $95.00-$110.00
Walk In Season
Dec 01 2014 -
Apr 09 2015
STANDARD $8.00-$15.00
SHELTER $40.00-$50.00
MEETING ROOM $150.00
CABIN $66.50-$110.00
Peak Season
Apr 10 2015 -
Nov 30 2015
STANDARD $10.00-$20.00
SHELTER $40.00-$50.00
MEETING ROOM $150.00
CABIN $95.00-$110.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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
Additional Information
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 National Park Service Outdoor Event. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Aug 02 2014
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Pow Wow from Aug 08 2014 to Aug 10 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
  • 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