Alda Bridge Crane Viewing Site

Alda Bridge
Platte River Bridge near Doniphan NE- aerial view Photo by Paul A. Johnsgard

This handicap-accessible viewing platform provides an excellent view of cranes and waterfowl roosting on both sides of the Platte’s Alda Bridge at sunrise and sunset. This site has a small lake and a paved hiking trail. It is adjacent to a private sandpit lake that may attract over 100,000 geese. The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) led a task force that built several free crane viewing decks that provide a safe area to view cranes and other wildlife on the Platte River. Parking is available and best times for viewing are sunset and sunrise. Besides cranes, herons, egrets, pelicans, waterfowl, song sparrows and a host of other birds can be seen comfortably from this wooden deck.