Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Watery Wednesday

One of the big tourism draws to the Nebraska Sandhills is the Niobrara River. It is designated as a National Scenic River. From the National Park Service site:

The Niobrara River drains over 12,000 square miles of the Sandhills, one of the largest stabilized dunefields in the world. Take a leisurely float on this outstanding Great Plains river in north-central Nebraska. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see pine-clad hills and prairie, numerous waterfalls, tall sandstone cliffs and wildlife like deer, bison, elk, beaver, mink, herons and kingfishers.

Near the entrance to Ft. Niobrara NWR


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Down river a bit is Berry Falls


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Further down river, looking west from the Norden Bridge


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Looking east from the Norden Bridge


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There are places to rent canoes, kayaks and these inner tubey things both on the river and in the town of Valentine.


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The inner tubey things are quite colorful


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Check out other Watery Wednesday posts

19 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

What a wonderful place! Love the photos and the falls. :-) Great photos.

Lilly said...

Great photos, and that was a wonderful journey through the Nebraska Sandhills.

Norm said...

super wonderful place! I love the waterfalls, awesome, mine is 250 feet...

JennWasHere said...

Oh wow.. that looks like a great place to have fun!

My entry for Watery Wednesday is posted here. Happy mid-week!

Denise said...

From what I can see people have a lot of fun on that river. Great photographs and gorgeous scenery.

litlit said...

Wow! All the pictures are wonderful..I love the waterfalls..

Leora said...

Looks like a fun place to visit. My boys would grab one of those tubes and go!

Lawstude said...

all the pics here are great but i find the second one exceptionally well. just awesome. thanks for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

The Niobrara River must be a lot cleaner than the Egytian Nile!! It looks very attractive!

Shellmo said...

I'm ready to take a ride down in one of those inner tubey thingies! Love the falls!

Deborah Godin said...

Beautiful shots. I've always loved the word Niobrara. I don't know what it means, but it sounds just like your photos make it look!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thanks for sharing this area of Nebraska that I had no idea existed until I started reading your blog.

I wish the weather was warm enough for boating!

Carletta said...

Wonderful images of the region.
I love the falls photo and the one where the water seems to be flowing into a deep trench.
Nice post.

Judy said...

What a lovely river! And I think Berry Falls would be such a nice place to visit! It looks as though you can get quite close to it.
Thanks for sharing!
PS When I clicked in the sidebar, it answered my question about whether the cranes are noisy. Thank you for including that, and I really wish I could see it!

Connie said...

I like them all. Nice colors and nice water shots.

Natural Moments said...

The water looks extremely inviting to take a casual relaxed trip down river.

Jan said...

Great images, my favorite is the one with the kayak and the canoe.

ramblingwoods said...

This is a very well thought out WW post....

Arija said...

What a great place to have fun on the water or to photograph from a canoe.