Dog in Canoe
A bulldog enjoys a float down the Niobrara River.

NPS Photo

Pets (dogs) are allowed on the river. We advise that they not be leashed while within the boat in case you capsize. Dog PFDs (recommended) are available for purchase at various outdoor retail stores (none locally) or online.

Pets must be leashed at all times within Smith Falls State Park, at the Brewer Bridge Landing and on the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. Dogs are allowed on the nature trails at Smith Falls and at Fort Niobrara. Please clean up after your pet. Pets are also allowed within the Fort Niobrara Wilderness, but must be leashed at all times to protect bison, elk, deer, and refuge visitors.

Check with local river outfitters for their policy regarding pets in their private campgrounds.

Last updated: October 1, 2019

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