Tourism & Recreation



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Niobrara Visitor Information
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Swanson Hunting Acres
Hunting of pheasants, chuckar partridge, and quail. Please Call for more information.
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Mormon Monument
In 1846 Newell Knight, his family, and a company of Mormons left Nauvoo, Illinois to search out a home in the Rocky Mountains. 

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The Mormon Monument

Due to hardships, the group could not go on and they built a fort of log cabins by the Niobrara River. Due to illness, all died. The Mormon Monument was built in 1908. Those buried there are: Newell Knight, Mr. Caval, Lucy Brunson, Ann Boyce, Mrs. Rufus Tach, Mrs. Spicer Crandall, Mrs. Newell Drake, Mrs. Dame Gardurout Noble and Benjamin F. Mauer  1846 - 1847
Located 1 mile west and 1/2 mile south of Niobrara

Knox County Development Agency  
Toni Tauber
PO Box 165
Center, NE 68724-0165
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[Phone] (402)288-5619
[Cell] (402)358-0211
[Fax] (402)288-5605
Knox County Fair Grounds  
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Niobrara State Park  
Camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, Indian History, scenic overlook, group lodge, 
swimming pool, float trips. For more information, please check out their website Niobrara State Park or call 402-857-3373. 1 mile west of Niobrara Nebraska. park.jpg (5527 bytes)
Ponca Tribal Museum
For more information, please check out or call 402-857-3519.
Opening Hours are from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, evenings, weekends and holidays by appointment.
Niobrara Adventures

Niobrara Adventures

We offer recreational activity in the Niobrara River. We offer Canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the Niobrara River. We offer Air-boat rides on the Missouri river. We give scenic tours on a 4 wheel drive RZR overlooking the Verdigre and Niobrara Valleys. For more information, please call 402-857-3835 or visit Niobrara Adventues at .

Niobrara Valley Golf Course

New rates for 2014
Gas Cart Shed Rent-$125,
Electric Cart Shed Rent-$150

Associate members (those living over 50 miles away)
Single membership- $100
Family membership-$150

Contact: Jed Kemp-402-857-3711 (day) 402-857-3678 (eve.) or Bob Janovec-402-857-3611.

Santee PowWow
2nd to last weekend in June. For more information, please call 402-857-2302. Visit the Santee Sioux Tribe at .
Kreycik Riverview Elk & Buffalo Covered Wagon Tours - Web Site

Kreycik Riverview Elk and Buffalo Covered Wagon Tours

Tours of Rocky Mountain Elk. Covered wagon tours of elk and buffalo.
Saturdays and Sundays from Mid May through September. Please call for appointments  402-857-3850. Kreycik Hunting Web Site
KSK Biggame Outfitters - Web Site
Nebraska's Premier Hunting Outfitter.
Guided hunting packages featuring elk, buffalo, fallow deer, exotic sheep and turkey.
Call Steve Kreycik for more information at 402-394-7532
Whitetail River Lodge -- Web Site
  New Amish built log Bed and Breakfast. Themed rooms with private baths. Near the Highway 12 and 14 Junction at the west edge of town. Wheelchair accessible. All types of travelers. Located on a wooded hillside overlooking the majestic Missouri River. 402-857-3564.
Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Arena
450 acres providing opportunities for wildlife visitors for fishing, boating and hunting in season. Located 4 miles east of Niobrara.
Ponca Creek Hunting Service
Turkey and deer hunts. Jim and Lyn Henderson. For more information, please call 402-229-3258.
Northern Ponca Pow Wow
The Northern Ponca Pow Wow is held in August. For more information, please call 402-857-3519.
Ohiya Casino
For more information, please check out their website at Ohiya Casino Located 5 miles east of Niobrara.
Lewis & Clark Campsite
Located at the confluence at the Niobrara & Missouri Rivers. Campsite is visible from the Railroad Bridge Foot Trail over the Niobrara River and from the Niobrara State Park. This site is marked with a "Fifteen Star - Fifteen Stripe Flag". For more information, please call 402-857-3373 (this information is from
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"Memories of Old Niobrara" For more information, call Betty 857-3794 or Helen 857-3546

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Open Memorial Day to Labor Day - Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Other times by appointment
  • Collections of items from Niobrara and surrounding area
  • Documents of the Three Niobrara town activities
  • Items with advertisement of past businesses, school days, country store, home living
  • Church area
  • Niobrara trophies
  • Many farm items
  • Large wire display
  • Family history files
  • Special display of three Sage brothers lost at sea
  • Microfilm reader and microfilm of Niobrara newspapers from late 1800s to present.
  • Hand painted mural on outside wall of the museum depicting 200 years of history in one picture from Lewis & Clark times to present.
  • Masonic Temple and Eastern Star memorabilia displayed
  • Veterans area display
  • Hood ornament collection
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The Sage  Brother's Memorial plaque was originally placed at the entrance to Sage Brother's Memorial Field. In 1999 it was moved to downtown Niobrara, just north of the Niobrara Mall.

For more information on the Sage Brother's please check out following website:
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This Flag became the Official United States Flag on May 1st, more...Proud to be an American!
15 stars - 15 stripes

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Lewis & Clark Trail
In September 2000 a film crew was working with the National Geographic Society on a documentary for the IMAX theaters. Read more about it here.

Check out more information on the Lewis & Clark Trail here

Shannon Trail
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Highway 14
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The Outlaw Trail

The Nebraska Outlaw Trail scenic byway offers a picturesque journey through breathtaking and diverse Nebraska landscapes. Nebraska's "Everglades" along Nebraska Highway 12 has an unusual biological diversity. From this northern  vantage point, great vistas encompass clear blue sky, native stands of oak trees, bottomlands, cottonwood forests, wetlands, bluffs, pine and cedar forests, open prairie, lush cropland, and wildlife.

This area has rich Native American Influence. The Rosebud Sioux, Yankton Sioux, Omaha, Santee Sioux, Ponca, and Winnebago Tribes remain in the region. Following the early fur traders, a major westward expansion began with the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition and the railroad. Forestland and hilly riverbanks made an ideal hideout for the Jesse James Gang and other horse thieves and swindlers. Today, the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers accommodate wildlife, ecosystems, and recreationists alike. Communities host annual rodeos and offer horseback rides and a taste of the real cowboy life on guest ranches and area resorts. 

The Byways Program
The National Scenic Byways Program provides for the designation of roads that have outstanding scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational, and archaeological qualities. Nebraska scenic byways pass through some of the most enjoyable and intriguing landscapes in the state.

Nebraska has a variety of natural scenery, recreational and archeological areas, historical sites, and cultural opportunities. The Nebraska Byways Program recognizes nine roadways that exhibit Nebraska's unique character and beauty.

One of the key benefits of the program is the added economic opportunities, greater recognition, and increased tourism to communities along the designated routes. Officially designated Nebraska Byways are recognized by distinctive highway signs, on the state highway map, on the Nebraska tourism Web site and in primary promotion piece, as well as in an additional brochure and other promotions.

This type of statewide , national, and international promotion can expand the number of visitors to an area, which leads to generating economic growth an increasing community recognition.

The Nebraska Highway 12 begins at Willis, near South Sioux City, and ends at Valentine, Nebraska. The Outlaw Trail is 231.25 miles in length and is Nebraska's northernmost highway. It passes through seven counties: Dakota, Dixon, Cedar, Knox, Boyd, Keya Paha and Cherry; and 20 communities: Willis, Ponca, Newcastle, Maskell, Obert, Wynot, Crofton, Niobrara, Verdel, Monowi, Lynch, Bristow, Spencer, Butte, Naper, Mills, Burton, Springview, Sparks, and Valentine. 


Chief Standing Bear Memorial Bridge - Niobrara, NE


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April 20, 1996

August 29, 1998


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Ground Breaking Ceremony 

Dedication on 
Governor Ben Nelson

The Chief Standing Bear Memorial Bridge

Saturday, April 20, 1996 - Ground Breaking Ceremony
Ground breaking ceremonies for the bridge were held April 20, 1996 in the Niobrara High School Gym at 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Niobrara Bridge Committee:
  • Lester Fitch
  • Rayder Swanson
  • Bob Olson
  • Bob Janovec
  • Bruce Peters
  • LaReta Branstiter
  • Linda Leader
  • Gary Marshall
  • John Farnik
  • Arden Svoboda
Master of Ceremonies:  Mr. Rayder Swanson
Invocation: Fr. Gregory Baxter
Welcoming Remarks: Mr. Charles Nielsen, Village Board Chairman
Mr. Lester Fitch
Music: Denise Wilson and Maria Anderson
Speakers: Honorable Doug Bereuter
Senator Merton Dierks
Mr. Ron Carmichael
Mr. Tom McCarthy
Mr. Arthur Denny
Mr. Virgil Reigle
Mr. Merv Jacobsen
Benediction: Fr. Gregory Baxter
Proceed to Bridge site for "Ground Breaking"
August 29, 1998 - Chief Standing Bear Memorial Bridge Dedication
The dedication ceremonies were held on the South Dakota side of the bridge at the overlook. 
This started the Annual "Bridging the Shores" Celebration,

A pictorial history and video on the Bridge Building Process can be viewed at the Niobrara Museum. 

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