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North Platte Water Trail Sign

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One of two water trail signs installed on the North Platte River at the North River Wildlife...
One of two water trail signs installed on the North Platte River at the North River Wildlife Management Area, as well as a ‘halfway’ marker at the Muskrat Run Wildlife Management Area.(Courtesy Photo)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 10:41 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - More and more residents and visitors are cooling off in the summer by floating down the North Platte river. In an attempt to make the recreation safer for the participants, the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau designed and installed an informational sign at the North River Wildlife Management Area on North Hershey Road.

North Platte Water Trail Sign
North Platte Water Trail Sign(Courtesy Photo)

“Floating the river, whether in kayaks, canoes, tanks or on tubes is becoming more popular,” said Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lisa Burke. “Our goal in creating this sign is to help people enjoy a day on the river more safely, and to encourage them to be respectful of the landowners adjacent to the river.”

The sign emphasizes that the minimum float time in optimum conditions to the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area is six hours, and on to Cody Park is seven hours. During a landowner meeting discussing a possible North Platte River Water Trail in 2018, stories were related about floaters getting on the river in the late afternoon not knowing how long the trip would take and needing to be rescued.

The sign also features a QR code that, when scanned with a mobile phone links directly to the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District river data web page. Information on the sign urges floaters not to get on the river if the flow is less than 600 cfs (cubic feet per second) or more than 2,000 cfs.

Other information included on the sign includes safety requirements, suggested items to include and a list of wildlife that might be encountered on the trip.

Another sign located at the Muskrat Run Wildlife Management Area lets floaters know that they have traveled 5.5 miles and have 6.5 miles to go.

The Visitors Bureau worked with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for the information to include on the sign, Maly Marketing to design the sign and Condon Signs to fabricate and install the signs.

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