Canoe 3 Hour | Berry to Penbrook

Canoe 3 Hour | Berry to Penbrook
Trip Length: 1 Day

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Price: $20 - $40

This trip includes the tallest waterfall in Nebraska, Smith Falls with another more secluded called Big Cedar. Big Cedar is an unmarked falls just beyond Brewer Bridge.


Is required at the main office in Valentine. Either the day/night before of the morning of your trip unless other arrangements have already been made.
Morning Bus Shuttle

Allow yourself enough travel time from Valentine to your bus shuttle pick up. It will take anywhere from thirty to forty-five minutes to arrive at the bus stop. Arrive early so you can get your cooler ad other items unloaded and ready to board the bus.

Fequently asked questions:

When is the best time to float the Niobrara?
Canoe/Kayak - Peak conditions early Spring/Summer. Peak Season.

Tube - Pre Season, 70 degrees and above until Memorial Day weekend. Peak season, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

How deep is the water?
The average depth during normal conditions is approximately 1.5 feet. There are areas that can be over your head. These areas are usually identified by cliff walls and the surface of the water. The smoother the surface the deeper the water. The choppier the water, the shallower and generally rockier.

Do you have to know how to paddle?
Basic strokes are necessarry to paddle a canoe or kayak but the Niobrara River is a perfect place to learn. If you have no previous knowledge of paddling then it does not take long to introduce you to the basic strokes and get you on the water.

Can three people ride in a canoe?
Three adults are not allowed in the two person canoe due to the weight capacity and depth of the Niobrara. However children under eight years of age can ride in the middle of the canoe with two adults.

Do kayaks have a skirting?
No, our kayaks are reccreational without skirting.

How old does a child have to be to kayak solo?
Generally eight year olds and above are physically capable.

How often do trips run?
Varies depending on the day. Please refer to the Calendar for more detailed information.

Is there an age restriction?
We do not have an age restriction however if the child or infant is under thirty pounds then you are required to supply your own life jacket to insure proper fit.

Is alcohol allowed?
No Alcohol - Ft Niobrara to Berry Bridge.

Yes Alcohol - Berry Bridge to Last Chance.

Should I bring a towel?
Some people prefer to bring towels on tubes. They will not stay dry unless they are in a dry bag or dry cooler. Keep in mind if you do use them on your tube they will be full of sand at the end of your trip.

Are there restrooms along the way?
There are facilities at most major access areas. These can be found on public and private grounds so keep in mind that you may be accessing private property.

Do you supply the cooler?
You are required to bring your own cooler for your trip. Tubers should bring a hard sided, chest size (48 quart) cooler. Kayakers should bring nothing larger than a 12 pak cooler and preferably soft sided. Canoers can bring either of the obove mentioned.
Won't the cooler fall through the hole of the cooler tube?
Not unless the cooler is to small or soft sided and collapses as you reduce its contents.

How long are the trips?
Trips can be as short as two hours or as long as seven hours. The length is determined by the equipment you decide to use and your take out. Tubes will take twice as long as a canoe or kayak to float the same stretch of river. Available trips can be found on the Calendar.

What if the weather is bad?

Depending on conditions the launch time may be delayed.

What to Bring

Swim Suit
Sun Screen
Bug Spray
Water Shoes (flip flops are not reccomended)
Cooler (48 qt for cooler tubes)
not a necessity but nice to have


Long sleeve shirt (to prevent severe sunburn)


Berry Bridge Campground - 402-376-3474 (May 20th - Labor Day Sunday)  Off Season - 402-376-2503

Valentine City Park

Fishberry RV Campground

Wacky West RV Park


Comfort Inn - 402-376-3300

Econo Lodge & Suites - 402-376-3131

Motel Raine - 402-376-2030

Niobrara Lodge - 402-376-3000

Super 8 - 402-376-1250

Trade Winds Motel - 402-376-1600