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“Great time at Niobrara River Ranch”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Niobrara River

Niobrara River
Ranked #89 of 453 things to do in Nebraska
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North Mankato, Minnesota
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14 reviews
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“Great time at Niobrara River Ranch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Just got home from a great weekend spent at the Niobrara River Ranch. After reading some of the negative reviews we were worried about what we would find. What we found was great and clean cabins, fantastic views, fun river rafting and an owner (Lee) that was very accommodating.
We had over 40 people at three cabins and it was hard to find anything to complain about. We had one minor issue and Lee took care of it to our satisfaction. We tried to treat Lee like we would expect to be treated and did a great job. Just make sure that if you are going rafting and he says the bus leaves at 10:30 you had better be there because the bus leaves at 10:30 with or without you. (we all made it)
We are talking about going back again in two years as for our next family reunion.

Visited July 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Beautiful River - Party Atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Niobrara is a beautiful river, however be advised it is a party river - at least on the Saturday in July when we visited. If you want your float sans floating vomit and Tone Loc blaring from portable boom boxes go another time or place. Little Outlaw was an efficient enough organization, however liberals (which I am) with thin skin (not so much) may not appreciate the bus driver’s jokes (Really, you’re from rural Nebraska and hate the President…you don’t say! zzz).

Visited July 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Tubing down the Niobrara River....bliss....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Take your family tubing down the Niobrara River for some good fun. You can choose 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour tubing excursions and even a 2 day ride. Spend the night at Smith State Falls and take a shower in the water fall. Relaxing down the river under the sun drinking some cold ones is a great way to spend the day. Bring a cooler full of drinks and food and have a great time. There are several tubing outfitters to choose from on the internet.

Visited July 2013
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Lincoln, NE
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“Great time at Niobrara River Ranch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

This was our 4th year at the Niobrara River Ranch. A group of 21 of us took over the Oak and Ash cabins for another year of kayaking down the river. FYI - our group is aged in the 50-60 year old category.

Upon arrival we were a little stunned at how different things looked from the previous year. There was a big fire in the area last year (2012) and precautions were taken to prevent the NRR cabins from being taken by the fire. So... some trees were cut down. We understand the necessity - but were saddened to see the trees gone. The owner is planting new trees - so things will look better with each year.

We were pleasantly surprised at how clean the cabins were this year. Long-time friend and employee Twyla is back with Lee Simmons (owner) and is managing a good group of people who really care about keeping the cabins clean. Yahoo!

There was an issue with the loft air conditioner not working in the Oak cabin - and Twyla got right on it and had it replaced the morning after we arrived.

For our entire stay (4 nights) Twyla, Ricky and Gwen went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. They shuttles us to river sites, picked us up, brought us ice and just gave us the feeling they really cared. It was refreshing

This years service was the best we have ever had at NRR. Way to go Lee! Keep these people around!

There are some things that need to be finished on some of the cabins - but I feel that Lee has the right people in place to get those things done.

We have already booked a trip for 2014 - and will be staying at exactly the same place.

Thanks Lee for all the fun!

Visited June 2013
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York, Nebraska
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“Relaxing Time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

We have stayed here numerous years in a row. We've always enjoyed a relaxing vacation here. just have to remember things take a little longer in the country.
We've always had dealings with Lee, sometimes can be grumpy but he's never been rude or swore at us.
We will continue to come here year after year.

Visited July 2012
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