Even though no one has built a Disneyland in Phelps County yet, it doesn't mean there aren't loads of fun and interesting things to do and fun places to go. Are you looking for outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and bird watching? You can do it in Phelps County.


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Phelps County Recreation

Funk, Nebraska

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Just the place to enjoy the great outdoors

Are you looking for outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and bird watching?  There are great opportunities for appreciating nature in Phelps County. Do you prefer a swimming pool to a swimming hole? You can do that in Phelps County, too. Golf? How about frisbee golf? We can  even point you to the ATV and horseback riding trails. Check out your outdoor options right here.


Hi-Line Golf Association
707 School St
Bertrand, NE 68927
(308) 472-3779
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Bertrand features a nine-hole, par 35 golf course that is beautifully maintained and has reasonable green fees (tee times not required.) The course overlooks the scenic rolling hills of pastureland south of town and is open from early spring through late fall (plus whenever weather permits year 'round).

Holdrege Country Club
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314 W 18th Ave
Holdrege, NE 68949
Fax 308.995.5034
send email holdregecc@hotmail.com
Holdrege Country Club's front and back nines represent two different styles of design. The front nine has water hazards coming into play on seven holes, plus a lot of sand bunkers. The front nine fairways are tree-lined. The back nine is a links-type design with large greens and open fairways. However, water only comes into play on two holes. Jeff Brauer designed the back nine, which was added in 1985. A full bar, restaurant and snack bar are also available.

Guest Policy: Open
Dress Code: No Tank Tops or Cutoffs
Walking Allowed: Yes
Cart Access: Course
Caddies Available: No
Club Rental: Yes
Golf Cart Rental: Yes
Pull-Cart Rental: No

Weekday - $25.00 (18 holes), $25.00 (9 holes)
Weekend - $30.00 (18 holes), $30.00 (9 holes)

Other Golf Courses in the Area

All of the following are within a 45 minute drive of Holdrege.

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Phelps County holds an abundant supply of deer, pheasants, ducks, geese, quail, and other upland game. For current information on hunting permits, seasons, limits, etc., visit  the opens in new window Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website. You can even order permits online.

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opens in new window Nebraska Game and Parks Commission also has considerable information on area fishing. Holdrege has fishing available in town at the North Park, and more fishing opportunities can be seen below under "Lakes".

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Bird Watching

The Chicken Dance Trail
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This part of Nebraska is one of the richest bird watching regions of the country. During spring and fall migration, as many as 300 different species of birds can be found in habitat throughout the Chicken Dance Trail region of southwest and south central. Visit the website for printable maps, bird lists, and tips.

Funk Lagoon Waterfowl Production Area
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Located in Phelps County, one mile east and three miles north of Funk. This is a large marsh (1163 wetland marsh acres and 826 upland acres) and perhaps the best in Nebraska. It is one of the few basins with permanent water and has some of the best marsh vegetation. Thousands of birds visit the Lagoon year round. It was designated a National Recreational Trail in 2008.

Lake Seldom
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Lake Seldom is located on the south edge of Holdrege, adjacent to Highway 183. A trail and signage enhance viewing migratory birds and other wildlife.

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Lakes & Reservoirs

Johnson Lake State Recreation Area
(308) 785-2685
28 miles
Hwy 283, 7 miles south of Lexington
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This popular recreation area, leased from the Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District, provides some exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities that include swimming, boating, hiking and camping. The 81-acre recreation area has access to the 2,060-acre lake from three locations. Showers, restrooms, a dump station, hookups, boat ramps, picnic shelter, and fishing piers are available throughout. Cross-country skiing and ice skating are available during the winter months.

Harlan County Lake
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70788 Corp Road A
Republican City, NE
(308) 779-2105
As Nebraska's second largest lake, Harlan County Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. Considered the finest walleye fishery in the state, Harlan County is also known for its white bass, wipers, catfish, crappie, northern, and largemouth bass. The lake is a favorite for camping, boating, and water skiing. As a federal project, Harlan County Lake is open year-round, with public access on all of the Corps' property for hunting pheasants, quail, turkey, deer, ducks, and geese. During the winter, when the lake is full of tens of thousands of ducks and geese, American bald eagles can be viewed at the Alma end of the lake or from the dam south of Republican City. Harlan County residents know that spring has finally arrived when white pelicans take up residence at the lake.

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North Park
Enjoy the North Park Lake for fishing or just a casual walk around the park's trail. There are playground facilities for children, tennis courts, and lots of open green space to play Frisbee or football or any other form of catch! The "Promise of the Prairie" statue, sculpted by native son George Lundeen, is located on the walking trail. An arboretum borders the east side of the lake.

South Park
The South Park offers many of the amenities of North Park, minus the lake! Instead, South Park borders the city-run swimming pool. The park also has a walking trail, playground facilities, and tennis courts as well as a regulation Frisbee golf course. Picnic shelters and lots of shade make this park a great place for family get-togethers.

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City of Holdrege Pool
1:00-9:00 pm
1:30-9:00 pm
(308) 995-5898
The City of Holdrege pool, located at the edge of South Park at 2nd Avenue and Blaine Street, is a popular destination in the summer months. The pool is Olympic-size and heated with separated diving, wading, and waterslide sections.

YMCA of the Prairie
1415 Broadway Street
Holdrege, NE  68949
(308) 995-4050
opens in new window http://www.ymcaoftheprairie.org
send email jmorgan@ymcaoftheprairie.org
Pool Hours:
Monday-Thursday 5:30am - 1:30pm; 4:00pm - 8:00pm; 8:00pm - 9:00pm Adults Only.
Friday 5:30am - 9:00pm; 8:00pm - 9:00pm Adults Only.
Saturday 8:00am - 4:30pm.
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:30pm.

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