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Smith Falls State Park & Niobrara River -- CANCELED

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 8:00 AM until Friday, July 12, 2024, 9:00 AM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Smith Falls State Park
90165 Smith Falls Rd
Valentine, NE   69201-910

(402) 376-1306
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Leslie C Taylor
Car Camping Trip
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full At Event Only
Participants must be members of RMSKC with an up-to-date ACA annual waiver. You must wear a PFD while on the water. Sun screen and lots of drinking water required.
Available Slots:
Attendees pay for their own charges
Book your own campsite at Smith Falls State Park. are no official group sites. (Your organizer has site 26.) You can also call the park for reservations ( (402) 376-1306) but your best bet is on-line. The camping cost is $15/day/site plus a day use fee. 
Your organizer will arrive late July 9.  If we have at least two cars, we can paddle July 10 and July 11.  This is an easy, class 1 river, with our campground in the middle of the run.  Each day will be about 12 miles and about 4 hours. This beautiful stretch is one of America’s premier scenic heritage waterways; we’ll see many waterfalls, beautiful hardwood forests, and birds!    We run the river on Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11.

Niobrara River Trail description Niobrara Info . 

River gage at Guage
Wednesday, we’ll meet at 9:30 am (CDT) ready to shuttle from the Cornell Bridge put-in near Valentine, down to the Smith Falls State Park campground.  We stop at the state park. 

Wednesday evening – optional potluck dinner at campsite 26.  Thursday we shuttle a car or two to Sunny Brook Camp and float from the camp ground.  Both days include stops at beautiful  waterfalls. The shuttle takes over an hour, so non-drivers should plan to relax, hike to Smith Falls, and/or birdwatch at the campground while the drivers are driving.

Note: Directions to Cornell Bridge from Valentine:  Take Nebraska 12 east about 4 miles to the Ft Niobrara Wildlife refuge turn-off. Turn right towards the river and then make the first right into the access parking lot. Be there by 9:30 am ready to shuttle and be sure to purchase your $1 wrist-band at the kiosk