Hunting & Fishing

Western Nebraska offers plentiful opportunities for sportsmen of all levels. Hunters and fishermen abound in this rugged land touted on a varied habitat and incredible wildlife diversity.

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Hemingford Area

Camping, Fishing, Hunting,

308-487-3426

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Box Butte Reservoir

Hemingford Area
Box Butte Reservoir, a 1,600-acre lake and recreational area, is 10 miles north of town. It offers excellent fishing, boating, swimming, windsurfing and sailing, and is part of a state recreation area with picnic areas, hiking and primitive camping.

Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Sailing, Swimming, Windsurfing,

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Bridgeport State Recreation Area

Bridgeport Area
Just off Highways 26 and 92 on the west edge of town, Bridgeport State Recreation Area offers primitive camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and waterskiing. It is open year-round. A state park entry permit is required.

Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Swimming, Waterskiing,

(308) 436-3777

Morrill County

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Chadron State Park

Chadron Area
Chadron State Park was Nebraska’s first state park. It encompasses nearly 1,000 acres of Pine Ridge wilderness nine miles south of Chadron on Highway 385. A swimming pool and sand volleyball courts elevate the fun, and mountain bikes and paddle boats are for rent.

Biking, Bird Watching, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Swimming,

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Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Oshkosh Area
The 2.2-mile-long nature trail at Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an easy hike offering an overlook viewing area with a spotting scope on hand for zooming in on distant scenic scenes. The refuge is 28 miles north of Oshkosh and is open year round from sunrise to sunset.

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Eagle Canyon Hideaway

Ogallala Area
Southwest side of the Lake McConaughy, there’s smooth sailing for horseback travels at the Eagle Canyon Hideaway. Guests can keep trailers or portable corrals, and ride on a gentle dirt road for an 8-mile tour by the lake. Easy-going horses can be rented through Eagle Canyon Horseback Adventures.

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Valentine Area
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge is home to herds of bison and elk. A 3.5-mile driving tour provides up close views. The bison are often encountered crossing the refuge road. While near the herds, stay in your car. A bison bull can weigh a ton and moves with astonishing speed.

Lake Maloney

North Platte Area
A few miles south of North Platte, Lake Maloney with 1132 acres of state recreation area, gives access to fishing, boat ramps, beach areas, camping, golf, archery, wildlife watching, and trails.

Boating, Camping, Fishing, Swimming,

Lake McConaughy

Ogallala Area

Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking,

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Lake Minatare & Lighthouse

Scottsbluff Area
Lake Minatare is large, but not so big that it needs a lighthouse. It has one anyway and it offers an impressive 360-degree view. It was built by the Veterans Conservation Corps, a New Deal agency that provided jobs to unemployed veterans.

Bird Watching, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Swimming,

Lord Ranch Resort

Valentine
Located in the middle of one of Nebraska’s best outdoor recreation and wildlife areas, the Lord Ranch is perfect for the nature lover, star gazer, bird watcher, hunter or fisherman. It’s also the ideal retreat destination for anyone who seeks peace, quiet and memorable scenery.
38946 State Spur 16 B
Valentine NE 69201

402-376-5984 or 800-270-0181

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Northwest Nebraska High Country

Crawford Area
Northwest Nebraska High Country is an organization of farmers and ranchers and other rural people who have opened their homes and properties to tourism, outfitting and B&Bs.

308-665-1580

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Northwest Nebraska Tourism

Chadron Area
Dawes and Sioux Counties sits on the northern edge of the Nebraska Panhandle. The combination of the topography of the Pine Ridge and hundreds of thousands acres of public land make Northwest Nebraska an outdoor playground. No matter where you interests lie, you can do it here.

308-432-3006

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Oglala National Grasslands

Harrison Area

(605) 279-2125

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Ponderosa Ranch

Crawford Area
Ponderosa Ranch offers guests as young as 4 years old with riding options from May through October. Eight gentle quarter horses take you through 3,600 acres of pines, meadows, ravines and creek with greetings from mule deer and Merriam’s wild turkey. Corrals are available for your own horses.

Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest

Valentine Area

Camping, Hiking, Hunting,

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Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Valentine Area

Walgren Lake State Recreation Area

Hay Springs Area
A newspaper story in a 1922 issue of the Hay Springs News reported the sighting of a Loch Ness-style monster at Alkali Lake. Rumors circulated of ranchers losing cattle to the hungry beast, but no physical evidence of the creature’s questionable existence was ever discovered.

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