Nebraska June 26, 2017
6 Lazy Rivers In Nebraska That Are Perfect For Tubing On A Summer’s Day
Can you really call yourself a true Nebraskan if you’ve never spent a day on an inner tube floating down a river? It’s practically a requirement for living in the Cornhusker State. People in other states might head to water parks to experience the relaxation of a lazy river, but here in Nebraska we know the real fun is on our natural “lazy” rivers.
1. Niobrara River
The Niobrara is the ultimate lazy recreational river. It's generally slow, shallow, and safe, and there are several outfitters that will rent you the equipment and transport you to the put-in site. But the best part of the Niobrara is that it's breathtakingly scenic. You've never seen views like this anywhere else in Nebraska.
2. Platte River
The Platte is well known as the river that's "a mile wide and an inch deep." It has a very significant place in Nebraska's history, and you can imagine the pioneers following the river's course as you float down the wide waterway. Book with an outfitter like
Platte River Rentals
to ensure that you're entering and exiting the river at approved points.
3. Calamus River
The scenic Calamus River boasts some of the clearest water in the state, and its sandy bottom makes it ideal for tubing. The banks of the river are all private property, so booking with an outfitter is the easiest way to ensure you're complying with all laws.
owns a large ranch with river access and can set you up with a relaxing float down the river.
4. Elkhorn River
It's hard to believe that this adventure is so close to Omaha. The Elkhorn River is wide and smooth, and in the summer it can get quite shallow when the temperatures rise. This shallow depth extends the duration of your float, which you'll appreciate because it will give you more time to enjoy the splendid scenery along the banks.
Tubing & Adventures
owns a 54-acre property with river access and can arrange your whole journey for you.
5. Middle Loup River
The Middle Loup is often overlooked by tubers and other water adventurers, but it's a wonderfully scenic river that's just perfect for a relaxing day of floating along through Halsey National Forest. Book with an outfitter like
Sandhill River Trips
for equipment rental and transportation.
6. Republican River
The Republican River is rated as "easy" on the International Scale of River Difficulty. The smooth, slow-flowing, absolutely beautiful river is ideal for wildlife watching. Birds and other animals can be seen from the river as you float along peacefully, enjoying the sun and scenery.
There are even more “river trails” to explore in Nebraska. Take a look at the
Nebraska Game and Parks page on water trails for more information about our lovely rivers and the adventures just waiting for you.
It’s important to note that almost all of the land along the banks of these rivers is privately owned. Landowners are typically friendly to floaters if you make arrangements well in advance and are respectful of their property. But the easiest way to handle arrangements is to simply book with an outfitter who will take care of all of the details.
If you’d like a slightly more unusual mode of transportation down the river, check out
this article on tanking.