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.


upcoming events

Harlan White Pelican Watch and Homecoming Celebration Mar. 1 to Apr. 15, 2015 more
Polar Plunge Mar. 21, 2015 more
Alma Chamber's Spring Fling Mar. 27, 2015 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.

Advance registration now open for free birding boat tours for out of town visitors; 1-800-762-5498 or harlancountytourism@yahoo.com.  Will take place March 27-April 4, morning and afternoon, weather permitting; sponsored by the Harlan County Lake Association.  

Entries for juried art show due March 1, 2015; request form via email at our "contact us" page.

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 21, Patterson Harbor Marina; 308-799-4600.

Alma Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling:  March 27, 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 27-April 3; Alma Johnson Center; Opens 4 p.m. March 27, then 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily; silent auction closes April 3, 6:00 p.m.; sponsored by the Harlan County Arts Council.  Student art contest works also on display, sponsored by Harlan County Journal, using recycled newspapers to create art.

Artists and Public Reception, April 3; 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Alma Johnson Center.

Comedy theatre event, "Firecracker Bye Bye", March 28, 7:30 p.m., Alma Johnson Center:  Actor/Comedian Seth Lepore honors grandmothers everywhere with this hilariously twisted tribute and lamenting loveletter to yarn, lasagna and sweet misunderstandings.  Anyone who is a grandmother, or has a grandmother, or has ever received the gift of an ugly handmade sweater should see this show!  Sponsored by the Harlan County Arts Council; admission $10 adult, $5 student. 

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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Harlan County Lake Harlan County Lake

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.