Niobrara State Park

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lodging
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Trail Rides
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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.

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.


For campers, Niobrara State Park offers a campground complete with Electric Plus, and Basic campsites. Drinking water, modern restrooms, coin-operated showers, dump and fill station, picnic tables and grills. Next to the shower house facility is a free Wi-Fi hotspot location for campers that need to stay connected. Half of the electrical sites may be reserved up to a year in advance of arrival date.

For those campers that don’t need electricity Niobrara State Park offers 30 Basic campsites tucked into the hills overlooking the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers. Grills and fire rings are provided, as is drinking water, picnic tables, restrooms, and coin-operated showers within the park. These Basic camping sites are first-come, first-serve.

Reservations are accepted for half of the electrical campsites at Niobrara State Park and all other camping is first-come, first-served. All campers should check in at the park office upon arrival. For those camping without reservations, please go to park office upon arrival to check availability and register to camp.

Equestrian camping

Niobrara State Park offers 120 acres of free range riding as opposed to designated trails. The equestrian campground provides Basic Equestrian camping with one corral that will hold several horses. The corral works well for horses that are accustomed to each other. Campground is first-come, first serve and includes non-modern restroom, picnic table and grill. Water will need to be bucketed to this area.


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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