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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Songbird Migration Apr. 1 to May. 15, 2014 more
Oxford's Turkey Days May. 22 to May. 24, 2014 more
Memorial Day Weekend May. 24 to May. 26, 2014 more
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Harlan White Pelican Watch and Homecoming Celebration!

Events List

Harlan White Pelican Watch:  March 1 - April 15 - View the American White Pelican Spring Migration at the Harlan County Reservoir.

The Great PeliCAN Food Drive:  March 1 - April 15 - Bring canned food to Joe Camera, 717 Main St, Alma; to benefit Caring Cupboard.

Polar Plunge:  March 15, Patterson Harbor Marina; 308-799-4600.

Abstract Art Workshops:  March 22, fun, free, hands on painting workshops for students and adults; workshop leader Sara Mahalek; Alma Johnson Center, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Alma Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling:  March 28, stores stay open late, business booths and meal at auditorium, wagon rides, lots of downtown activities.

Paradise on the Prairie Art and Photography Show and Silent Auction:  March 28-April 4; Alma Johnson Center; Opens 4 p.m. March 28, then 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily; silent auction closes April 4, 6:00 p.m. Also student art show sponsored by Harlan County Journal, using recycled newspapers to make art.  

Artists and Public Reception, March 29, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; Alma Johnson Center, then stay after for...

"Pelican Frolics":  March 29, 6:30 p.m. - The Nebraska Chamber Players along with classical composer Tristan Fuentes and choreographer Susan Levine Ourada present original chamber music and dance to honor Harlan County's White Pelican migration; Alma Johnson Center; admission by donation.  The world premier of this performance will take place March 28 at NET Studios in Lincoln.

Art Installation:  "Migrations" (by Tricha Weise, updated from 2011!); Alma Johnson Center, March 28-April 4

"Birds and Poetry" - Lunch and Learn with Bill Clemente from Peru State Colllege: bring your lunch and learn creative new ways of thinking and writing about birds; Alma Johnson Center, April 4; 12:15

Free Birding Boat Tours, sponsored by the Harlan County Lake Association, for out-of-town visitors:  March 28-April 5, 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting.  Register through harlancountytourism@yahoo.com or at 800-762-5498.

Plus free, easily accessible, self-guided world class birding year round in Harlan County!  Check our trail and site maps on this website.  Pelicans can usually also be viewed from INDOORS at North Shore Marina, Navigator's Restaurant, and Patterson Harbor's Beach Bar, all an easy drive from Republican City.       

posted on December 21, 2013

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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.