OUTDOORS

OUTDOORS


whatever you come for you will end up outside

A world of opportunities in the outdoors await visitors to Valley County. Be it an overnight adventure, the thrill of a hunt, or a leisurely stroll or bike through the country, you can find it in Valley County.

Camping

The fresh air of Valley County is best experienced as it wafts through open screens of a tent or camper. Numerous locations through the area provide you with the opportunity to welcome the night air as you sleep soundly in the beautiful surroundings. Camping opportunities are available at a variety of sites:

  • Calamus Reservoir: 122 hard-surface sites with electrical hook-ups and 55 non-pad sites
  • Davis Creek Reservoir: both RV and tent sites
  • Sherman Reservoir: 360 non-pad sites without electricity
  • Bussell Park (Ord): numerous camp sites

Hunting

Valley County area is a hunter’s paradise. With wildlife abounding, main species hunted include pheasant, dove, duck, grouse, deer, rabbit, quail, turkey, goose and varmints. Locations include public areas at Davis Creek Reservoir and Scotia Canal, Calamus Reservoir and Sherman Reservoir wildlife management areas. The majority of hunting areas are privately-owned and permission must be attained. To assist in this, guide services are available including Central Nebraska Guide Service and Husker Hunts Hunting Resort.

If archery is your interest, whether for hunting or tournament shooting, the Karp and Krow Club is a private club that can be reserved for parties and events. The location includes a clubhouse and stocked ponds, while allowing for archery, pistol, blue rock, and black powder ranges.

Playgrounds/Parks

At the area’s parks you can enjoy picnics and playgrounds, outdoor games and lounging in the sun and gentle breezes. In addition to the State Recreation Areas and Natural Resource District areas, parks can be found in the towns through the area. These parks include swimming pools, canoeing, nature trails, tennis, ballfields and golf courses. Anderson Island, east of Ord, provides river access with swimming, canoeing, tubing, picnicking. Aubie’s Lake and Trail includes a two-mile nature trail, trout fishing, picnic spots, and a memorial to local veterans. Bussell Park in Ord touts a swimming pool, ballfields, tennis, bball, vball, Frisbee golf, restrooms, camping facilities, fishing pond, walking trail and golf course . Kindergarten Park, as its name might suggest, features play areas for children and is home to Ord’s Farmer’s Market.

Golf

For those who want to swing a club or three in Valley County, you have a two choices. Ord Golf Club is a nine-hole public course in Bussell Park with numerous water hazards and the Winding Dane Creek to offer some very technical challenges. Nestled in the Calamus River valley, Calamus Golf Club boasts fully-watered bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens. Other numerous challenges include large water hazards and deep grass bunkers.

Hike & Bike

Hiking and biking enable visitors a more leisurely approach to engaging in the area. A wide range of trails in the area travel up and down hills at Happy Jack Peak, through serene trees near waterways, through whispering grasses throughout the parks and recreation areas, and along white sand beaches at Calamus Reservoir. Visit Bussell Park’s Aubles Nature Trail in Ord for a stroll along Aubles Pond, Dane Creek and to the Arboretum located at the Loup Basin National Resource District.

Wildlife

Valley County, as the “Gateway to the Sandhills,” offers a wide range of wildlife opportunities, including deer, pheasant, dove, duck, grouse, rabbit, quail, turkey, goose, varmints. Valley County is also a stop-over for many migratory birds on the Central Flyway. Seasonal migrations bring large flocks of waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes and Bald Eagles through the area.

An ideal way to experience the back-country is by taking one of the many minimum maintenance roads (MMRs). On these routes, the world opens before you with little interruption of traffic or noise. Along these roads, 4x4s are a necessity, especially in the Spring when seasonal rains and snowmelt drainage make the roads difficult to travel. The travel is worth the extra work as the opportunities to experience nature as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Private outfitters can provided additional guided viewing opportunities. Outfitters include Calamus Outfitters and Gracie Creek Ranch.

Take a look for yourself at all the beautiful landscapes and recrational opportunities that exist in Valley County…