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The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

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Nebraska's "Old Man River"

"A mile wide and an inch deep" is how the first settlers described the Platte River. A very shallow river in general but not so wide as it once was. However, if you look... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Julia F
Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
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Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

"A mile wide and an inch deep" is how the first settlers described the Platte River. A very shallow river in general but not so wide as it once was. However, if you look carefully you can see subtle markings and other geographic clues that hint at what it once was. (If you are driving north on highway 281 at... More 

Thank Julia F
Elk River, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

at fort kearney recreation area and rowe sanctuary as well as crane trust. visited march 30- april 2. restaurants i enjoyed_ the egg and i in kearney, the bellen mexican bakery in kearney and the chocolate bar restaurant in grand island.

Thank sheryltheuninck
Irwin, Iowa
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

My wife and I spent a weekend enjoying the Sandhill Crane migration along the Platte River at the Crane Trust, just west of Grand Island, NE. It's amazing to see a half million cranes (recent counts found 18,000 per mile of river) as they roost on the river at night and move to nearby fields during the day to feed.... More 

Thank rburton2017
Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We spent several days around the Platte, viewing the Sandhill Crane migration and thoroughly appreciated the experience. We booked an evening blind visit through the Crane Trust and over a 2-hour time frame, saw thousands of cranes come to the river to roost for the night. Reverse, the next morning, they left their roost to feed in the corn fields.... More 

Thank Nancy2005
northbrook il
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

been there yo see the cranes the last few years well worth a look stop by fort kearny,,crain trust,,or rowe they have spend millions restoring the river back to what it was a100 or even 1000 years ago

Thank elliot m
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

A trip you can't miss! To see over 2000 cranes in the air is the most amazing experience of a lifetime.

Thank xwaffleman
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of the more important ecological systems in the US. It is a major producer of all types of waterfowl beyond the sand hill crane. It extends for a couple hundred miles across Nebraska. It helps producs corn, maise, beans, etc. I drove from Grand Island to North Platte and was continually amazed at the diversity of things... More 

Thank Clyde K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Good to get out and have a good time at the river. Alot of history there. Like to go jeeping once in awhile and swim and walk for the day. Well worth it

Thank Kevin J
Sioux City, Iowa
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386 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

This river has pretty much remained the way it has always been unlike many other rivers. It's shallow, slow moving and has many channels in places. We missed the crane migration but everyone says it's amazing to see.

Thank jnobz
New York City, New York
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Go in March to see the sandhill crane migration. It's extraordinary and one of Earth's great nature experiences.

Thank Julie S

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