Fun for the whole family

Things to Do in Harlan County

From our strong agricultural roots to outdoor recreation, there are so many things to do and fun for the whole family in Harlan County!

fun on the lake

Take a leisurely cruise around the lake. Cast a line or two. Grab the tube, skis or wakeboard and show off your skills. Whatever your pleasure, you can do it on the beautiful and spacious Harlan County Reservoir.  Join in the fun and give us a wave or two when you pass on by.

Fun for the whole family
Fishing on Harlan County Reservoir


Camping is where it’s at! Whether you’re into roughing it in a tent, or you’ve got a great-big-rig, there’s fun for the whole family in the many Harlan County campsites have space for you. Don’t wait too long though, they fill up quick. Make your reservations today for your next weekend or vacation getaway to beautiful Harlan County and our breathtaking lake! 

Come stay a while

river adventures

The Republican River is slow-moving, braided, and beautiful! Every year thousands of tubers, and kayak and canoe enthusiasts float the Republican River Trails—all the way from Orleans to the lake, and then from the Dam to Naponee. Spend an easy day on an easy river, enjoying the sunshine, your family and friends. You’ll be glad you did!

Republican River
Kayaking the River


It’s been said that some of the best hunting ground for deer and foul alike can be found in Harlan County, Nebraska.  Consider making Harlan County your next hunting excursion. (Find more information on where to hunt on the Army Corps website).

Stamford Nebraska


Harlan County Nebraska is one of the few places on earth to see the majestic Sandhill Crane. Consider visiting us to see the beautiful animals, as well as bald eagles, pelicans and so many more avian species.

Top 5 Things To Do in Harlan County


Nestled on the edge of farm, pastureland and historic Alma, the Alma Municipal Golf Course is a great attraction if you’re looking to improve your game and have a few hours of fun. When you’re done, make sure you stop on in to the clubhouse to wind-down before you get back to the lake. Call (308) 928-2341 to schedule your next tee-time!

Alma Golf Course

trail riding

Harlan County has miles-and-miles of trails for your riding and walking pleasure.  Hop on horseback and gallop around the reservoir on Peckerneck Trail.  The Pheasant Ridge Hiking/Biking Trail offers you the opportunity to get out and stretch your legs or take that bike out for a tour (another great way to view the Harlan County Lake and possibly see wildlife in their natural habitat.) Or, grab your side-by-side and ATV’s and go off-roading south of Rep City. (Please stay off the minimum maintenance roads, farm and pasturelands). 

Side-by-side off roading
Peckerneck Trail Riding

rural photography

Rural Nebraska is like no other place on Earth, and Harlan County is especially beautiful. The sunrises and sunsets here a spectacular, and a photographer’s dream! Ever want to try your hand at shooting the Milky Way?  This is the place! Light pollution is at a minimum here. Into wildlife, nature, or farm photography? You can capture all that here too.

Consider Harlan County for your next photography adventure. You just might find your new favorite spot!

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Donovan's Smoke Shack Catering

About Donovan's

Leading the BBQ Scene with Our Signature Sandwiches, Nachos, Pork Belly and Smokey Street Tacos.

Harlan County Weddings

Langley Photography

About Brooke

Welcome! I am Brooke Langley, Artist of Langley Photography. Based but not limited to Harlan County Nebraska. I have been capturing Memories since 2019.

During that time, I have captured Weddings, Newborns, Milestones , Fur babies, livestock, Anniversaries, Engagements, senior, Professional headshots, Boudoir sessions. If you have an idea that isn’t listed shoot me a message!

April's Imagination Station

April’s Imagination Photography

About April

I have been a photographer since my days on my high school newspaper & yearbook in the early ’90s. I embrace natural light and encourage candid moments, as opposed to a scripted session. My favorite things are photographing tiny people discovering their big, new world; but even more, I love capturing families in their natural elements: laughing, being silly, and just loving each other. Those are the memories we all want on our walls and in our albums, right? 

Nicole's Imaging

Nicole's Imaging

About Nicole

“Located right here in Harlan County you will find nichole’s imaging. Nichole is known to be one of south central Nebraska’s most ‘diversified’ photographers, covering everything from newborn babies to commercial real estate photography. Born and raised right here in Harlan County, Nichole knows all the in’s and out’s to THE perfect and unique locations for every session. Find her on Facebook and Instagram, or by appointment in her studio located inside Main Street Variety in downtown Alma.”

Hobby Kitchen

The Hobby kitchen


A brand-new local favorite by a local mom who’s an incredible chef — serving up one dish daily. Open for lunch on varying days. Check out their Facebook page for details.

Rusty Spur Bar and Grill

The Rusty Spur Bar & Grill


Rusty Spur is now a bar! Come on in and have some good food and a beverage!!

The Beach Bar Patterson Harbor

The Beach Bar


Stop in for a slice a pizza and have a drink on the  deck overlooking the harbor. With friendly staff and great service you’ll be glad you stopped in for a bit of reprise from the warm Nebraska sun. And while you’re there, show your friends how much fun you’re having by snapping a pic & hastagging #PHbeachbar on Instagram.

North Shore Marina

North Shore Marina Restaurant


Stop in for some of their famous pizza and have a drink on the  decks overlooking the lake! With friendly staffers and great service you’ll be a “regular” in no time!

The Dairy Barn


Ice Cream! Broasted Chicken. Burgers and more. What’s not to love? Drive by to see if they’re open (or just call). Open till 8pm on select days in the summer months.

The Office Bar & Grill

The Office Bar & Grill


Our own local downtown pub where everyone knows your name. Good food. Good beverages. Better company! Check em out!

The Station Alma

The Station


A great menu to choose from. Good handmade burgers and sammies. 5 TV’s for your viewing pleasure! Wireless Internet… and the BEST fried chicken every Sunday.

taste the good life

Los Primos Mexican Grill


Mexican Restaurant Bar and Grill. They have great service and delicious Mexican Food

Taste the good life

Main Street Pizza


Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Wings, & homemade cheesecakes! Main Street is locally owned and uses homemade ingredients and fresh produce to bring you the best tasting food around!


Dragonfly Coffee House & Bakery


A small batch family owned bakery in the heart of Alma, Dragonfly makes pastries and desserts fresh and to order. Every item is made with care using high quality ingredients like real butter, whipping cream, and Ghirardelli chocolate.