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Toadstool Geologic Park
Toadstool Geologic Park

  Strangest landscape in the Oglala National Grassland! Highway 2 leads north to Oglala National Grassland, home of pronghorn, turkey, mule deer and burrowing owls. Toadstool Geologic Park is regarded as a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient vo

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Oliver Reservoir State Reservation Area
Oliver Reservoir State Reservation Area

Enjoy the Water Near Kimball  Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area has a 270-acre lake for fishing and boating, and sandy beaches. (308) 254-2377.  For more information on Kimball, contact the Kimball/Banner County Chamber of Commerce on (308) 235-3782  or visit www.ci.kimball.

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Lake Ogallala & Bald Eagle Viewing Center
Lake Ogallala & Bald Eagle Viewing Center

Visit the Bald Eagle Viewing Center Just below Kingsley Dam is Lake Ogallala, known as the “little lake.” It covers about half a square mile and offers excellent fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch. It’s also a good backup destination if wind curtails water sports on

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Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Photo by Steve & Bobbi Olson Nebraska's Largest Reservoir What the old-time cowboys needed, but didn’t have, was a really big lake in which to cool off. Eight miles northeast of Ogallala, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area is Nebraska’s largest reservoir. At full ca

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Sutherland Reservoir
Sutherland Reservoir

Swim, Camp, Birdwatch and Fish in Sutherland Reservoir One mile south of town, Sutherland Reservoir offers swimming, camping and fishing. The area has good wildlife habitat, and bald eagles use it as a winter feeding area. For more information, contact the Sutherland Chamber of C

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Sandhill Crane Migration on Platte River
Sandhill Crane Migration on Platte River

Spring Migration of the Sandhill Cranes The North Platte River valley between North Platte and Sutherland hosts thousands of Sandhill Cranes during spring migration February to April. It is the largest gathering of cranes in the world, some half a million every year. The westernmost area of th

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Lake Maloney State Recreation Area
Lake Maloney State Recreation Area

Enjoy Water Sports at Lake Maloney Five miles south of town, Lake Maloney State Recreation Area offers fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, as well as archery, golf and wildlife observation.  For more information about North Platte, contact the North Platte/Lincoln County Conv

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Valentine State Fish Hatchery
Valentine State Fish Hatchery

Tour Valentine's Fish Hatchery Located in a pine-covered valley one mile east and one mile north of Valentine, the Valentine Fish Hatchery is one of five hatcheries in Nebraska. Because demand for fish exceeds natural supply, the state has operated hatcheries for more than a century. Sprea

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Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest

Grass, Sand Hills and Forest With the exception of riparian areas along its watercourses, the Nebraska Sandhills is a region largely void of trees. Here we find a national forest that’s mostly grass. “Only” 5,000 acres of Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest are wooded with easter

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Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area
Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area

Photo by Steve & Bobbi Olson Trophy Fishing in Nebraska The Merritt Reservoir is a man-made wonder amid the giant oasis of the Nebraska Sandhills. The second deepest lake in Nebraska surfaces south of Valentine, just miles south of Snake River Falls and the Samuel R. McKelvie National Fore

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Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park

Nebraska's Tallest Waterfalls Of the Niobrara River Valley’s many waterfalls, the tallest is Smith Falls, 15 miles northeast of Valentine on Highway 12, then four miles south on a marked county road. The spring-fed falls drop 70 feet and flow out to bolster the Niobrara River. Th

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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Bison, Elk, Birdwatching and Canoeing Five miles east of Valentine on Highway 12, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge is home to dust-raising 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,

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Niobrara National Scenic River
Niobrara National Scenic River

Nebraska's Best River to Canoe The “Heart City” is near the Niobrara National Scenic River. Outfitters provide everything needed for fun floating. Five miles east of Valentine on Highway 12, bison and elk roam Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. Attractions include, Smith Falls, Merrit

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Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area
Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area

Lake Fun in Merriman Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area is a half-mile east of Merriman and a half-mile south. Fishing, boating and camping are allowed.  (308) 684-3428

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Nebraska National Forest
Nebraska National Forest

Largest Hand-Planted Forest in the World For the westbound traveler, Highway 2, the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, heads northwest from Grand Island, passes the Nebraska National Forest at Halsey, crosses the lake country of the western Sandhills, then exits the region near Alliance and turns no

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Middle Loup River - Canoes, Kayaks & Stock Tanks
Middle Loup River - Canoes, Kayaks & Stock Tanks

Float the Middle Loup River People looking for a family-friendly river trip can float or paddle down the Middle Loup River just north of Mullen. The Middle Loup also is spring-fed and has relatively calm waters as it meanders through wide, sloping Sandhills canyons. Canoe and kayak rental is avai

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Dismal River Paddling - Canoe & Kayak
Dismal River Paddling - Canoe & Kayak

Canoe and Kayak the Dismal River.  It's Fun! Experienced canoers and kayakers can test their skills on the Dismal River south of Mullen. The Dismal is a fast-flowing, spring-fed river with plenty of twists and sunken debris that make it a natural obstacle course. Along the trip, canoers and ka

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Box Butte Reservoir
Box Butte Reservoir

Box Butte Reservoir on the Niobrara River 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. (308

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Smith Lake Wildlife Management Area
Smith Lake Wildlife Management Area

Camping, Wildlife and Fishing at Smith Lake Smith Lake Wildlife Management Area has fishing, picnic areas and primitive camping. It is 27 miles south of Rushville on Highway 250. For more information on Rushville, contact the Rushville Chamber of Commerce at (308) 327-2221 or visit www.ru

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Metcalf Wildlife Management Area
Metcalf Wildlife Management Area

Hiking and Camping in Hay Springs, Nebraska Wildlife abounds in the pine forest of Metcalf Wildlife Management Area. The area is closed to motorized vehicles, but hiking is allowed, as is camping at primitive sites. To find it, take Highway 20 to the east edge of Hay Springs and follow the county

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