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Fort Niobrara
National Wildlife Refuge

A bison bull sits amongst yellow sunflowers and prairie grasses.
HC 14 Box 67
Valentine, NE   69201
E-mail: fortniobrara@fws.gov
Phone Number: 402-376-3789
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Many of the natural behaviors and traits of bison can be seen today on Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, colleges, and professional groups. If you are interested in scheduling a program, please write or call the Refuge staff for additional information.

Fishing is allowed on the Niobrara River downstream of the Cornell Dam only.

Exhibits and films are available at the visitor center, which also houses a small sales outlet offering educational and interpretive products. Interpretive leaflets for hiking may also be found at the visitor center.

Wildlife Observation
Bison, elk, deer, and prairie dogs can be seen along the 3.5 mile wildlife drive throughout the year. Maps and additional information may be picked up at the visitor center. Due to the presence of big game animals, the best photographic opportunities occur while staying in your vehicle. Wildlife generally feels less threatened by vehicles than by pedestrian traffic.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

The visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays. Summer hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Sunday, except for Federal holidays. The Refuge, including the Wildlife Drive, is open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week, year-around.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
Float trips on the Niobrara River for canoes, kayaks and tubes are $2.00 per watercraft.
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