Fishing is permitted in accordance with State regulations.
Fishing is allowed on the Minnechaduza Creek and along the Niobrara River downstream from Cornell Dam. All public access is prohibited upstream from Cornell Dam.
Fishing access is allowed from legal sunrise to legal sunset.
Collecting baitfish, frogs, and turtles is prohibited.
The Refuge allows canoes, kayaks, and float tubes capable of carrying no more than four people on the Niobrara River below Cornell Dam. All public entry is prohibited upstream of Cornell Dam. All River users must purchase a wristband at the kiosk located at the Refuge launch area as indicated on the map.
In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System. Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.
The river through the Refuge is not known as a high-value fishery. The use of limb or set lines is prohibited due to the high volume of river floaters. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages on Refuge lands and waters also is prohibited. Collecting baitfish, frogs, and turtles is not allowed. Fishing is subject to Nebraska fishing regulations.