Graham Canoe Outfitters | Midwest Living

Graham Canoe Outfitters

H.C. 13, Box 16A
Valentine  Nebraska  69201
United States
(402) 376-3708

Midwest Living Review

This outfitter offers high-quality gear and plenty of expertise for planning a fun day on the river.

Tubing or kayaking the Niobrara National Scenic River with this outfitter is a seamless experience. The employees are extremely knowledgeable and the gear is some of the best made and best looking stuff you'll see on the river. We found the staff willing to show up extra early so we could start our trip at 7 a.m. They knew the potential routes well from how long each section would take, where the best places to stop and play were and where and when to go to either enjoy or avoid a party atmosphere. Beginners will enjoy the comfort of the large, two-person tubes and the knowledge that the river is very shallow. You'll see large and small groups of tubers tying their gear together to make flotillas, pulling small cooler tubes along for refreshment. If taking alcohol is part of your plan, be sure to ask the outfitter about the various restrictions when floating through park areas. You'll see multi-generational families, groups of twentysomethings and even family dogs floating down the river. If you want a more quiet experience, go early in the day or anytime on a weekend. Views include sandstone canyons and forested valleys. Graham's rental rates vary depending on how long you plan to float usually between two and seven hours. Expect to pay more than $100 for a group of four. For $40 extra, someone will drive your car to your intended take-out spot meaning you don't have to wait for a shuttle ride.

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