Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy Bird Watching in Valentine

The 72,000-acre Valentine National Wildlife Refuge is 20 miles south of Valentine on Highway 83. The refuge offers spectacular birdwatching. During annual migrations, thousands of ducks and geese stop to feed and rest. Blinds for observing prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse are available. Nine lakes are open for fishing year round sunup to sundown; only electric boat motors are allowed. Anglers come for bass, bluegill, perch and northern pike. The ice fishing world record bluegill, more than two pounds, was caught in the refuge at Pelican Lake.

The refuge is open year-round during daylight hours. Camping and fires are prohibited. Admission is free. (402) 376-3789.

A third location of preservation in the area is the 56,000 acres of the The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve southeast of Valentine. This working ranch offers a scenic nature trail that is open to the public. (402) 722-4400.

For more information about Valentine and area attractions, contact the Valentine Visitor Center at (800) 658-4024 or visit

For more information on Nebraska hunting and fishing, contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission – Click Here.