Fees & Passes

Berry Falls
Fall foliage surrounds Berry Falls

NPS Photo

National Park Service Fees: None. Other landowner/agency fees may apply, see below.

The National Park Service manages river use outside of the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge boundary, but neither owns nor operates any facilities within Niobrara National Scenic River. Property is privately owned, with the exception of the Refuge and Smith Falls State Park. The river is managed in partnership with private and state landowners to protect nature and recreation.


Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Launch Fee (per person): $1.00/Day - must wear wrist band as proof of permit

Smith Falls State Park - Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Camping: $6/person/night (11 years old and under are free)
Entry Permit (per vehicle): Nebraska-licensed vehicles: $6/day or $31 for an annual pass. Out-of-state licensed vehicles: $8/day or $46 for an annual pass.


Canoe, Kayak, Tube and Shuttle Reservations can be made with private outfitters using.

Campground Reservations: are available at private outfitter/campgrounds (see contact list link above) and at Smith Falls State Park, (402) 376-1306.


If you are visiting national park site or other federal lands that do charge an entry fee, you may want to consider an America the Beautiful pass. See the information below for the pass that is right for you.

Last updated: December 19, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201


(402) 376-1901

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