Public Crane Viewing Locations

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A - Fort Kearny Hike Bike Trail

Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily
Information: (308) 865-5305
Cost: Entry permit required
Open Historical March 4–mid-April
Viewers can access an old rail bridge providing views of the river. Five minute walk over level ground. Good place for family viewing.

B - Central Platte Natural Resource District Roadside (CPNRD) pull-off

Hours: Open daylight hours
Information: (308) 385-6282
Cost: None
Open year-round
Off-street parking

C - Rowe Sanctuary and Audubon Center

Hours: 9 a.m. –5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 15–April 15 open daily 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m
Information: (308) 468-5282, www.rowesanctuary.org
Open year-round
Cost: Donations accepted, fee for guided tours
Address: 44450 Elm Island Rd. 9, Gibbon, NE 68840 (I-80 Exit 285—south 2 miles then west 2 miles)
Guided tours, visitor center, trails, gift shop, daily crane classes, restrooms, travel information

D - Plautz CPNRD pull-off

Hours: Open daylight hours
Information: (308) 385-6282
Cost: None
Open year-round
Off-street parking and raised public viewing deck

E - Alda CPNRD pull-off

Hours: Open daylight hours
Information: (308) 385-6282
Cost: None
Open year-round
Off-street parking and raised public viewing deck

F - Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Mar. 1-April 15 open daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Information: (308) 382-1820, www.nebraskanature.org
Open year-round
Cost: Donations accepted, fee for guided tours
Address: 9325 South Alda Road, Wood River, NE 68883 (I-80 Exit 305)
Guided tours, visitor center, trails, gift shop, daily crane classes, restrooms, travel information

G & H - Hall County CPNRD pull-off

Hours: Open daylight hours
Information: (308) 385-6282
Cost: None
Open year-round
Off-street parking and raised public viewing deck

 

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