Canoeing and Fishing the Snake River

Derek Bierman   Tuesday, May 31, 2005 9:03 PM

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally my four day trip canoeing and fishing the Snake River in North Central Nebraska near Valentine. It is one of a handfull of rivers in Nebraska you can fish for rainbow and brown trout. The Snake River is amazingly beautiful with its scenery and wildlife, and can be extremely dangerous with its class 3 rapids and hairpin turns.

Although fishing was slow this year, about 8 trout total, it was an amazing trip. We had 9 new people this year who were very skeptical of the small stream that would be a raging river with class 3 rapids, the best place to catch trout in my opinion. The river starts out as a small stream, about 15 feet wide and only a foot deep.

The river is cold spring fed. After about 12 hours of canoeing its winding bends, you begin the more savage river part of the river with 15 foot holes, white water rapids and waterfalls. The first waterfall and probably the best fishing hole would be "Six Foot Falls". The most dangerous is probably "Midnight Alley". All the water of the river hits a spot about 5 feet wide and drops about 3 feet slamming into a cliff with a 90 degree turn.

The craziest spot on the river is probably the trees. The river narrows about eight feet wide winding through a gauntlet of up rooted evergreens. Although all our canoes made it through the trip, we spotted two canoes that were not so lucky.

If you ever get a chance to go on this trip I would highly recommend it. Make sure you take a camera and several poles.

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re: Canoeing and Fishing the Snake River
4/24/2009 3:49:19 PM  Samir says,

Dude, I didn't know you wrote a story about trip. Here are the photos from trip:

re: Canoeing and Fishing the Snake River
3/5/2011 3:06:49 PM  Thomas Ziemba says,

I was hoping you could tell me where you entered and exited the sanke river at. I have been kayaking the Niobrara for 15 years and have been wanting to do the snake river but I thought it was all private property. Any info would b great.

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