With the steel horse secured down tightly in the Element and the paddleboard tightly wrapped in its winter storage bag I mosied on down to Fremont, Nebraska for an afternoon adventure down the Elkhorn River. Having never floated the Elkhorn I didn’t know what to expect. After seeing a Bald Eagle five minutes into the float I knew I was in for a really good ride.
Omaha has much to offer in terms of outdoor river recreational activities. All you have to do is get out and get involved. This particular float from Nickerson Bridge to Arlington Bridge (13 miles) is not for the faint of heart. The Elkhorn is a very silty, shallow slow moving river. Average depth is around 1.5 feet with many sandbars that can make navigating a little difficult. Below is some data from the trip for those that are interested in the float and are looking for some beta.
The total distance of this adventure was 25 miles. After floating the 13 miles on the river I biked from the Arlington Bridge up to Nickerson (a total of 12 miles). The average speed in the data will be slightly higher because of the bike ride. The graph below indicates the speed on the water and the speed on the bike. My average speed on the river was 4.7 MPH. Perfect day to be out on the water!
Come join us for an adventure you won’t soon forget! -Driftwood Paddleboard Adventures (Omaha, Nebraska).