Platte River, Kearney
Known for being a mile wide and an inch deep, Platte River is the country’s longest braided river. This ribbon of water, formed in western Nebraska by the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers, guided emigrants. It attracts visitors to North Platte, Kearney and Grand Island for the spring extravaganza of the sandhill crane migration. Though diverted for irrigation, power generation and flood control, the remaining waters provide cranes shallow waters to feed. The river is also popular for tanking, kayaking and fishing.
Photo courtesy of Visit Nebraska