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Account This dam on the Niobrara River and an associated hydropower plant was constructed around 1915 and operated through 1985. In 1986 the dam was turned over to the federal government along with land that became part of the the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. Currently serving no function, the dam should be removed to restore this section of the river. Put-in on river left just downstream of Cornell Dam and upstream of the Cornell Bridge. Summer tubing on the river is a popular activity. The island offers a choice between an easy channel around the left or this ledge drop on the right. Outfitters don't allow rental boats through this rapid but there is an easy portage route on river left. Experienced whitewater paddlers with their own boats will enjoy the run. The river goes over this shelf and then flows through a bedrock chute as it passes under the Norden Bridge. Looking downstream to the end of the Norden Chute. Portage and take-out available on river left. The first few miles of the Niobrara pass through the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. Bridges along the Niobrara Wild and Scenic River are signed for paddlers including the river mile so paddlers can easily track progress downstream.
Time 2008-08-07 04:00:00 GMT
Reported Date 1218081600
River Reported Niobrara
Cornell Dam
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Norden Chute
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Fritz's Narrows
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Tubing on the Niobrara
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Fritz's Island, Right Channel
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Egelhoff's Rapids
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Norden Chute, dowstream
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Rocky Ford
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Conner's Rapids
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Canoeing the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Cornell Bridge Put-in
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Niobrara Wild and Scenic River
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/07/08
Smith Falls Bridge Sign
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe taken 08/07/08
author of album Thomas O'Keefe Details

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