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Cedar River in Nebraska

Trip Overview

This is an easy class I river through scenic country in north central Nebraska. I put in at the Hwy. 281 bridge and paddled downriver for 3.5 hours to the second bridge, which is reached by driving 4 miles east of Hwy. 281 on Nebr. Hwy. 91 then approx 2 miles north on gravel road to the river bridge.

Be alert for fences across the river. Water may be shallow in mid summer due to irrigation drawdown, but I had no problems in mid-August on this stretch in my lightly loaded 16 foot Old Town.

Quiet secluded country with lots of bird life. For a longer trip it is possible to paddle further downriver southeast of Spalding to Fullerton.

Accommodations:

Very Limited...

Fees:

No, but respect private land.

Directions:

To put in: From the intersection of U.S. Hwy 281 and Nebr. Hwy 91 drive approx 3 miles north on 281 to the river bridge. Put in is on east side of highway and north side of river. Lift boats over or through fence.
For additional access points downriver see Nebraska Canoe trails map.

Resources:

See Nebraska Game and Parks Canoe Trails web site for map.
For canoe rentals or assistance with shuttle contact T&T Canoe in Spalding, NE.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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