Marie BartlettNebraskans’ are known for a lot of things – the Pony Express route, birthplace of the 911 emergency systems, Warren Buffet (who resides in Omaha), the Cornhuskers, and a typically friendly hospitality and down-to-earth nature. But it seems they’ve also cornered the market on good ole all-American ingenuity. Where else but in Nebraska will you see river adventures take place in cattle ranch stock tanks?

The unusual sport is called “tankin” – in which round, metal livestock tanks are used to float down the calm waters of the Middle Loup River near Mullen, Nebraska. American Profile Magazine named it “one of America’s great rafting trips” in 2013.

 

Leave it to the resourceful Nebraskans to find a way to utilize farmers’ stock tanks. “Tankin” began in 2004 on the placid Middle Loup River. The largest tanks are 9 feet in diameter and hold up to eight adults.

Leave it to the resourceful Nebraskans to find a way to utilize farmers’ stock tanks. “Tankin” began in 2004 on the placid Middle Loup River. The largest tanks are 9 feet in diameter and hold up to eight adults.

Prepping for the ride. Cattle once drank from these used stock tanks.




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