Niobrara State Park


  • Access is impacted by the closure of highway 12 east of the park.
  • The park is accessible by the following routes:

  • South/West Route Hwy 275/20 west to Newport, NE; Hwy 137 North to Hwy 12, Hwy 12 east to Niobrara State Park (Hwy 12 is closed east of Niobrara State Park).
  • North Route NE/SD Hwy 81 to SD Hwy 50 (from Yankton, SD) west to SD Hwy 46; SD Hwy 46 west to Hwy 18 at Pickstown, SD: Hwy 18 south to Hwy 281 SD/NE to NE Hwy 12 east to Niobrara SP.
  • It is anticipated that trail ride and swimming pool activity schedules may be limited this season, dependent on road conditions and staff availability. Contact the Niobrara State Park office at 402-857-3373 for updates.
    • Biking
    • Boating
    • Cabins
    • Camping
    • Equestrian Trails
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Lodging
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    • Swimming
    • Trail Rides
    Upcoming park events

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    Situated at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers on Nebraska’s northeastern border, Niobrara State Park offers visitors a wide array of outdoor experiences. This scenic, tranquil park offers cabins, both primitive and RV camping, picnicking, swimming, boat ramps, horseback trails, hiking, fishing and wildlife watching opportunities. During the summer months, the park hosts its famous buffalo cookouts.

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    The J. Alan Cramer Interpretive Center

    The J. Alan Cramer Interpretive Center offers not only an exceptional view of the park, but it also highlights people and places that played key roles in the history of the area, including the story of the Ponca Indians.

    Group facilities

    The Eagle View Group Lodge and the Buffalo Cookout Pavilion are popular venues for family reunions, weddings, meetings and other group functions. Call the park office for rates and other details.


    Niobrara State Park offers a modern swimming pool situated high on a hill overlooking the park open from mid-June through mid-August. Lifeguards are on duty.

    Buffalo cookouts

    On Saturdays throughout the summer months, Niobrara State Park hosts buffalo cookouts with entertainment such as cowboy poets and storytellers. Reservations are required; for more information call the park office.

    Wildlife watching

    Niobrara State Park offers excellent wildlife watching. Both white-tailed deer and wild turkeys roam freely throughout the park, and beaver, muskrat and mink prowl the river banks. The park is home to a wide range of birds from the majestic bald eagle to the tiny chickadee. The varied wildlife and gorgeous views make the park a popular spot for wildlife photographers.

    Horseback rides

    Niobrara State Park offers horseback trail rides led by wranglers throughout the summer months; call the park office for details.

    Other activities

    The park also offers 14 miles of hiking/biking trails, fishing in the park’s lake and beautiful picnicking, with several shelters available for rental.

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    Lodging Facilities


    Niobrara State Park has 20 cabins that may be reserved. These cabins sit high on the bluffs overlooking the beautiful Missouri River Valley. There are 12 two-bedroom cabins and seven three-bedroom cabins. All cabins are air conditioned and heated. Bedding, towels, cooking utensils and tableware are provided. Cabins have furnished kitchens, complete with a stove and oven, refrigerator and microwave, a screened back porch and a patio with picnic table and grill.

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    RV camping

    For RVers Niobrara offers a modern campground complete with 76 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups. Drinking water, modern restrooms, coin-operated showers, dump station, picnic tables and grills are included in the RV areas. Wi-Fi is available at the modern shower facility.

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    Tent camping

    Niobrara State Park offers 30 primitive campsites tucked into the hills overlooking the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers. Grills and fire rings are provided for tent campers, as are drinking water, picnic tables, restrooms, and coin-operated showers within the park. Tent camping sites are first-come, first-serve.

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    Niobrara State Park offers reservations for cabins and half of the electrical campsites up to one year in advance. The remaining campsites are available first-come, first-serve. Guests can plan vacations, check for availability and make their reservations online 24 hours a day, seven days a week or can call the Nebraska State Parks reservation call center at 402-471-1414, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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    A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online. For a complete list of all park and activity fees, click the button below.


    Nearby attractions

    Boating and parks

    • Boat access: Although some may confuse Niobrara State Park with the popular kayak and canoeing destinations of the Niobrara National Scenic River, (the stretch of river 130 miles to the west near Valentine, Nebraska) Niobrara State Park is still a river lover’s paradise.  Those who wish to canoe, kayak or fish have a great opportunity with access nearby to the Missouri and Niobrara rivers at nearby Verdel Landing and Niobrara Landing. The interactive Missouri River Outdoor Recreation Access Guide shows public access sites for fishing, hunting, boating, camping and more on the Missouri River. It also serves as a navigation guide.
    • Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park: This 360-acre historical park between Orchard and Royal is what National Geographic has called the Pompeii of prehistoric animals. Nearly 12 million years ago, volcanic ash engulfed this ancient watering hole, entombing innumerable animals. The park offers a fascinating and educational experience for the entire family and a chance to step back in time to see what Nebraska wildlife was like long before modern man ventured on the Great Plains.
    • Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Area: Adjacent to the park is Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Area, which provides additional opportunity of wildlife viewing, fishing, boating and hunting in season.

    Contact Information

    Address: Niobrara State Park | 89261 522 Ave. | Niobrara, NE 68760-6087
    Phone: (402) 857-3373

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