Land and Water Trails

Whether you're into motorsports or horses, nature trails or tubing down the Rupublican River, you'll find a trailhead just for you in Harlan County.

Harlan County Lake

Harlan County Lake has over 13,000 surface acres of water and nearly 75 miles of shoreline, making it Nebraska's second-largest lake.


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Great Birding at Harlan this winter!

Bald and Golden Eagles are thick in the trees at Harlan County Lake this December, and there are many thousands of migrating Snow Geese on and near the water. The eagle numbers tend to grow into January and many stay on into February, when the large flocks of American White Pelicans start arriving. The Harlan White Pelican Watch (March 1 - April 15) and White Pelican Homecoming activities will be announced soon. The Harlan Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16, 2014, thanks to Joel Jorgensen, and the preliminary species count was around 75, even with a very small group of spotters. January 27 update: Call for Artists for the 2015 Paradise on the Prairie Art & Photography Show available now; email us from our "Contact Us" link.

posted on December 30, 2014

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Big Lake

Harlan County Lake has over 13,000 surface acres of water and nearly 75 miles of shoreline, making it Nebraska's second-largest lake.

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Boating & Watersports

Bring your pontoon boats, fishing boats, jet skis, canoes, and tubes. Harlan County Lake offers over 13,000 surface acres of water for boating enthusiasts.

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Fishing

In Harlan County lakes and rivers you'll find walleye, wipers, northern pike, largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and catfish. Several fishing tournaments are held in Harlan County each year.

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Outdoor Trails

Whether you're into motorsports or horses, nature trails or tubing down the Rupublican River, you'll find a trailhead just for you in Harlan County.

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Hunting

Learn why hunters come from across the country to hunt turkey, pheasant, waterfowl, mule deer, whitetail deer, dove, quail, rabbits and predators in Harlan County, NE.

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Our Communities

Learn more about the towns of Alma, Huntley, Orleans, Oxford, Ragan, Republican City and Stamford, in Harlan County, Nebraska.

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Birding

Right in the center of North America’s central flyway, millions of birds of all shapes, sizes and species pass through this area every year. There are many opportunities for uncommon, unusual and interesting bird sightings in Harlan County.