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Niobrara State Park, NE

Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Thu Jun 30 2016


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Laundry
  • Lodging Cabins
  • Lodging, Group Facilities
  • Meeting Hall
  • Missouri River Float Trips
  • Mountain Biking
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • 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
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Horse
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Art & Museum
  • Catering
  • Church
  • Cultural Sites, Exhibits
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • 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: 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.

A Nebraska State Park Permit is required to enter this park area. A Park Entry Permit is $25 for an Annual Permit, $12.50 for a Duplicate Permit (used for that second vehicle in your family) or a Daily Permit which is $5 per day you are staying. You may purchase your Park Permit prior to your stay by shopping online at All vehicles entering are required to have a valid park entry permit.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.74972, -98.06722
42°44'59"N, 98°4'2"W

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
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