In the Wild with Greg Wagner


After blogging about the Snake River in western Nebraska, canoe buddies of mine chastised me for not mentioning or highlighting the Dismal River. Sorry guys. But, I do hear and obey, ha! 

Alright, the Dismal River, located in the central Sandhills area of Nebraska in Hooker and Thomas counties, is truly a natural gem! It’s not anything like its namesake. Arguably, the most challenging of canoeing/kayaking rivers in Nebraska, people come from all over the country to traverse its swiftly-flowing, spring-fed, obstacle course-like waters. 

This narrow, winding river with its barbed wire cattle fences, plus sharp turns and Cedar tree deadfalls around virtually every bend, is definitely not for the novice or feint of heart. The river demands strength, endurance and know-how in a canoe or kayak! 

Get more details about a canoe/kayak trip down the 80 miles of the river by clicking here:

Access canoe/kayak outfitter information on the Dismal River here:

As long as you are prepared for a wilderness adventure, let me be the first to tell you that the sheer remoteness and stunning beauty of the Dismal cannot be overemphasized!

See you out there, enjoying a float trip on the Dismal River. Be sure to stop and say “hi” as me and my buddies are emptying our boat of water after a tip like these folks are!


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