The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge is seeking proposals from commercial river outfitters to operate on the refuge for the next three year business cycle. The next business cycle runs from January 2018 through December 2020. Commercial outfitters are required to be approved and permitted to operate on the refuge.

The refuge has developed a prospectus outlining the types of services sought, qualifying conditions, applicable standards, and complete instructions on how to apply. Commercial river outfitters provide services on the refuge that entail the rental of canoes, kayaks, and/or float tubes; shuttle services for patrons; and interpretive tours of the Niobrara River which flows through refuge.

The period for receiving proposals is open now and closes at 4 p.m. CDT May 26, 2017. Prospective outfitters should contact the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge to receive a prospectus package. Questions and requests may be directed to Project Leader Steve Hicks either by mail addressed to Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 39983 Refuge Road, Valentine, NE 69201; by fax at 402/376-3217; or by email at