Crofton Eagle’s Roost RV Park & Cabin

1/2 mi. E. of Gavins Point Dam on NE Hwy 121. | Crofton, NE | (402) 640-8439

Lewis and Clark Lodge

89002 NE Hwy 121 | Crofton, NE | (402) 388-2630

Historic Argo Hotel and Steakhouse

Bed & Breakfast, Steakhouse and Bar
211 West Kansas | Crofton, NE | (402) 388-2400

Private Shannon Trail

George Shannon, the youngest and most educated in the Corps of Discovery, was lost for 16 days in the area of present day northeast Nebraska.

The Trail encompasses an area steeped in history, dotted with pioneer cemeteries and ghost towns.

The Nebraska communities involved are Bloomfield, Bow Valley, Center, Creighton, Crofton, Hartington, Lindy, Niobrara, St. Helena, St. James, Santee, Verdel, Verdigre, Wausa, Winnetoon, Wynot, and the Ponca and Santee Sioux Nations.

A National Park Service grant and donations from local banks contributed to the placing of sixteen wayside signs commemorating the life of George Shannon. Following the Lewis and Clark Expedition, he was wounded in a battle with the Arikara in a failed attempt to return the Mandan chief, Shekeke, to his village; his leg was subsequently amputated above the knee. He helped Nicholas Biddle prepare the first narrative account of the Expedition for publication. Shannon then became an attorney and circuit judge, served in the Kentucky and Missouri state legislatures and ran against Thomas Hart Benton in a bid for the U.S. Senate. He died at age 50.

Lewis and Clark Trail

Omaha – Sioux City

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, located atop Calumet Bluff. Crofton, NE | 402-667-2546

Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area, about 10 miles north of Crofton on Highway 121. 402-388-4169. For more information about Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, call 402-388-4169.

Lewis and Clark Wayside Exhibit, commemorates the historic discovery and provides a breathtaking view of the Missouri River. Located at Cottonwood Cove Park from Highway 77, turn east on Highway 35 into town, continue on Broadway to 14th Street, then south on Hickory | Dakota City, NE | 402-987-3448

At 14th and Monroe Streets in Fort Calhoun, the Washington County Historical Museum displays artifacts from prehistoric times to the recent past. Its collections of state and county history include a Lewis and Clark interactive display. 402-468-5740.

Old Baldy, located seven miles north of Lynch, follow signs up Main Street and on to Missouri River. Used as a landmark by natives and fur traders. Here, Lewis and Clark discovered their first prairie dog town.

Niobrara State Park, at junction of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers, one mile west of town on Highway 12.

A great way to see the river is by signing up for the park’s Upper Missouri River Float Trip, offered mid-May through September.  A guide will take you through the river’s braided channels in an inflatable workboat dubbed “The Little Pearl,” in honor of a ferry that used to operate here. This is part of the Missouri National Recreational River, a portion of the Missouri that has not been dredged and straightened for barge traffic, and which still resembles the wild river that Native Americans and explorers like Lewis and Clark would have known. Niobrara, NE |

Sergeant Floyd Monument, overlooking the Missouri River, this 100-foot tall memorial was the first historic landmark registered by the U.S. Government. It honors Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only casualty of the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Sioux City, Iowa

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center

Located atop Calumet Bluff | Crofton, NE | 402-667-2546

Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area

150 tents, 150 trailers, 10 cabins, $7-$17
7 miles N. & 4 miles W. | Crofton, NE | (402) 388-4169

Gavins Point Dam

Located on the north side of the Niobrara River | Crofton, NE

Chalkrock Lake Wildlife Management Area

With 130 acres, this area has 90 upland acres with a 45-acre reservoir.
Located five miles north of the junction of Highways 12 and 81, then 1½ miles east | Crofton, NE

Tantanka Wildlife Management Area

Six miles north and one mile east of Crofton, NE