• A natural braid
    A natural braid

    A braided river, like the Platte River, is full of island like these. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

  • Flat Water
    Flat Water

    The river is shallow and full of sandbars. Wading, canoeing, and airboating are popular here. Photo courtesy of Ted Eubanks.

  • An ecological gem
    An ecological gem

    The Platte River is very important ecologically, in particular to the Sandhill Cranes during their annual Spring Migration. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

The Platte River

Activities & Events

Activities along the Platte River included birdwatching — especially during the annual spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes — canoeing, tubing, fishing and hiking. Platte River area campgrounds along the river can be found at Morman Island State Recreation Area and Bader Memorial Park

History of the Platte River

The Platte River is the longest braided river in North America, made up of numerous small channels splitting off and then rejoining each other. It's formed by the confluence of the North Platte River and South Platte River in western Nebraska. Grand Island was named for a long, narrow island in the River.

La Grande Isle, as it was so called by French fur traders in the 1800s, was formed by narrow channels branching off the Platte River. It ranged from 40-70 miles long and 1 ½ to 3 miles wide. It took nine bridges in a span of ten miles to cross the river at Grand Island.