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.
Box Butte ReservoirHemingford 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.
Bridgeport State Recreation AreaBridgeport 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.
Chadron State ParkChadron 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.
Crescent Lake National Wildlife RefugeOshkosh 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.
Dismal River Club – Jack Niklaus Golf CourseMullen Area
The Nebraska Sandhills are also home to the world-class Dismal River Golf Club. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this is links golf: rugged, windblown, hard and fast. The course is located two miles south and 17 miles southwest of Mullen.
Eagle Canyon HideawayOgallala 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 RefugeValentine 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 Minatare & LighthouseScottsbluff 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.
Northwest Nebraska TourismChadron 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.
Ponderosa RanchCrawford 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.
Walgren Lake State Recreation AreaHay 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.