The Loup River (pronounced /lup/) is a tributary of the Platte River, approximately long, in central Nebraska in the United States. The river drains a sparsely populated rural agricultural area on the eastern edge of the Great Plains southeast of the Sandhills. The name of the river means "wolf" in French, named by early French trappers after the Skiri or Skidi band of the Pawnee, who called themselves the "Wolf People," and lived along its banks. The river and its tributaries, including the North Loup, Middle Loup, and South Loup, are known colloquially as "the Loups", comprising over 1800 mi (2900 km) of streams and draining approximately one-fifth of Nebraska.
THE GRACE OF CRANES; Central Nebraska in March - bitter, windy and often wet - is the stage for one of America's premier birding events: the unforgettable arrival of a half-million cranes on a short stretch of the Platte River.(TRAVEL)
Nov 03, 2002; Byline: Chris Welsch; Staff Writer As a boy, I helped my dad plant cedar trees every March. My hands got raw stuffing the stringy...