Harlan County Lake, NE


Harlan County Lake, Nebraska

Located on the Republican River in south central Nebraska, the Harlan County Dam controls a drainage area of 7,164 square miles. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' project covering 31,000 acres, with 13,250 acres of water surface, Harlan County is Nebraska's second largest lake. The lake and surrounding land attracts over 500,000 campers, hunters, fishermen, and water sport enthusiasts each year. It is located in the south-central part of the state, seven miles from the Nebraska/Kansas state line.

Cities Near Harlan County Lake

Harlan County Lake Campingmore

Harlan Lake Camping
Harlan Lake CampingNorth Shore Marina Camping-- Our campground features 75 spaces with large lots, and many pull through spaces. Sewer hookup, water, and 50 amp electrical service is available on every site.

\"This campground is for RV\'s only.\"
We do not allow tents or pop-ups. Fires must be in an above ground fireplace. Rates are $22 a night or $125 a week, with monthly and annual rates available. Reservations may be made with a credit card, paid in advance. There is a two night minimum, with three nights required on holiday weekends. Sorry, but no refunds.
--For Campground reservations call the Marina at 308-799-2315.
ALWAYS CALL TO CONFIRM RATES

There are Eight other parks around the lake that have been developed to provide a wide variety of recreation opportunities to area visitors. The Corps maintains six established campgrounds with services ranging from full electrical hookups and modern shower buildings to random tent campsites and privies. 19 \"pull throughs\" with a minimum length of 100 feet can accommodate longer trailers at Hunter Cove. Electrical hookups have been increased to 50 amps.

Advance reservations can be made at Methodist Cove and Hunter Cove campgrounds. There are 2 group camping sites at Methodist and the shelter houses at Gremlin Cove or Patterson Harbor (High Point) can also be reserved.

Primitive, tent, and RV camping are available in six different Corps of Engineers managed parks around the lake, as well as Patterson Harbor and Alma City Park. Camp pads with electrical hook-ups located in Methodist Cove and Hunter Cove parks are $14.00 per night, from May 1 to October 1. Non-electrical sites are $10.00 per night in these parks for the same time period. Gate Attendants are stationed at the entrance to Hunter Cove and Methodist Cove parks, and are on duty 6 days a week. These same camp pads may be used during the months of October, November, and April for a charge of $6.00 per night. This off-season charge reflects a reduced service level. The remaining campgrounds, Gremlin Cove, North Outlet, and South Outlet parks, which provide water, vault toilets, and trash dumpsters, are available for $6.00 per night. These fees are collected by roving park rangers and by use of a self-pay vault, with park rangers or volunteer park hosts being the primary source of contact in the parks.

Golden Age Passports and Golden Access cards will be honored in all the parks for camping and day use fees. These can be obtained from any Corps of Engineers office or fee booth by anyone meeting the pertaining criteria.

HUNTER COVE PARK:

Hunter Cove park is located on a hard surfaced road on the eastern end of the lake. There are 160 total sites, 84 are electrical. 19 of these have recently been made into \"pull through\" sites. Potable water, a dump station, and refuse containers are available at a central location near the entrance of the park. All sites are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service, camp sites which are not reserved can be rented on first come first served basis. A boat ramp is located at the west end of the park and may be used free of charge with the paid camping fee, or $2.00/day for non campers. Gate Attendants are stationed at the entrance to the park, and are on duty 6 days per week help you, our visitors. Whether it is to help with your camping needs or to answer questions.

Hunter Cove park offers two enclosed shower buildings, with flush toilets (one is heated). Laundry facilities are available. There are two playgrounds, one on each end of the park, as well as a volley ball court. This park offers two open picnic shelters for small groups or for picnicking during inclement weather.

The main road is hard surfaced, with others being gravel. A fish cleaning station, with grinder and running water is located near the entrance. A boat ramp is located at the west end of the park and may be used free of charge with the paid camping fee, or $2.00/day for non campers

METHODIST COVE PARK:

Methodist Cove park is located on a black top road near the west end of the lake, approximately 2 miles east of Alma, Nebraska. 155 campsites and two group areas are available. 49 campsites offer electrical hookups. One large heated shower with flush toilets is centrally located within the park and several vault toilets are located throughout the rest of the park. Potable water, a dump station, and refuse containers are located near the park entrance. Gate Attendants are stationed at the entrance to the park and are on duty 6 days per week to help you, our visitors. Whether it is to help with your camping needs or to answer questions.

Most sites are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service, camp sites which are not reserved can be rented on first come first served basis. A boat ramp is located at the west end of the park and may be used free of charge with the paid camping fee, or $2.00/day for non campers

The main road is hard surfaced, with others being gravel. One centrally located playground is available and a fish cleaning station, with grinder and running water is located near the entrance.

SOUTH OUTLET PARK:

South Outlet park is on the south side of the Republican River below the dam. Refuse collection and two vault toilets are provided. Camping fees of $6.00 per night are collected using a self-pay station with park rangers patrolling the area as well. Access to Republican River and the Stilling Basin are available at this park.

NORTH OUTLET PARK:

North Outlet park is located on the north side of the Republican River below the dam. Water, refuse collection and 3 vault toilets are located within this park. Camping fees of $6.00 per night are collected using a self-pay station with park rangers patrolling the area as well. A 1 ½ mile nature trail is located at the east end of the park and winds through the riparian ecosystem typical of southern Nebraska river bottoms. Access to Republican River and the Stilling Basin are available at this park.

GREMLIN COVE PARK:

Gremlin Cove park is located near the North end of the Harlan County Dam. Camping fees of $6.00 per night are collected by roving park rangers. A swimming beach with change houses nearby, a reservable enclosed shelter with flush toilets, and a smaller open shelter are all located within the park.

Water and vault toilets are also available. A boat ramp is located at the west end of the park and may be used free of charge with the paid camping fee, or $2.00/day for non-campers.

PATTERSON HARBOR / CEDAR POINT PARK:

Patterson Harbor park is located near the South end of the Harlan County Dam. A swimming beach with change houses nearby and a reservable enclosed shelter with flush toilets are located within the park. Water and vault toilets are also available.

Harlan County Lake Fishingmore

Harlan Lake Fishing
Considered some of the best fishing in Nebraska, Harlan County Lake is about nine miles long and has 75 miles of shoreline. Walleye, wipers, white bass, channel catfish, and northern pike are favorites with anglers and account for a large percentage of the fish caught in the lake and the outlet area below the dam. Other game fish present in lesser number include largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. Fishermen are encouraged to use one of the fish-cleaning stations to prepare their catch.

North Shore Marina Store has everything you need for your time at the lake. If you are fishing they have live bait as well as many prepared baits. They also stock a wide variety of tackle, fishing poles, and reels. Give them a call for some of the best in fishing information. And when you catch that big one, they can weigh it in and take your picture for their \"Wall of Fame\".

Harlan County Lake Boatingmore

Harlan Lake Boating
Harlan Lake BoatingNorth Shore Marina provides year round dry storage that accommodates boats up to 20ft., with us launching and loading the boats for our customers in the summer months. Boats stay on their trailers inside our secure 150 ft. steel building.

North Shore Marina has 72 covered slips, 36 uncovered slips and end ties. All slips are leased on an annual basis, with some slips available for overnight or short term rental on a first come first served basis. There is a modest charge for overnighters.
Launching/Loading

Take the worry out of backing down a busy boat ramp by letting North Shore launch and load your boat for you. They use John Deere tractors, and are always prompt and courteous. A small fee is charged each way.

North Shore Marina Rents Pontoon Boats, Jetskis, Canoes and Tubes. Click on the North Shore Banner above to find more information on rentals and what we offer to make your visit more fun.

North Shore Marina Store has everything you need for your time at the lake. If you just like to boat, we have all the accessories you will need for a fun day on the water. No matter what your preference, we carry lots of snacks, sandwiches, your favorite beverages, and ice. To keep your boat going we have both alcohol free unleaded and mixed fuel using only Quicksilver oil. If you don\\\\\\\'t have a boat we can fix you up with one of our rental boats.

Harlan County Lake has two commercial marinas - North Shore and Patterson Harbor - six boat ramps and seven established campgrounds. Corps of Engineers boat ramps are maintained at Gremlin, Hunter and Methodist. The marinas also maintain free boat ramps. Boaters are cautioned to watch for submerged obstructions at all times. Changes in the lake level can add hazards to previously safe boating areas.

Harlan County Lake Huntingmore

Harlan Lake Hunting
Harlan Lake HuntingTruly a sportsman's paradise, Harlan County is also home to excellent pheasant, quail, dove, duck, goose and turkey hunting, along with the furbearers raccoon, coyote, and bobcat along with whitetail and mule deer hunting. During the winter months, hundreds of Bald Eagles stop over at the lake on their annual migration.

Harlan County Lake Hikingmore

Harlan Lake Trails
Harlan Lake TrailsHarlan County Lake offers two nature trails of varying length and style. The River's Edge nature trail is located along the Republican River within North Outlet Park. This trail winds through the river bottom forest and is well maintained with many trees identified by markers.

The second trail is on the south side of the lake in the Patterson Harbor area near High Point picnic shelter. This trail traverses through native prairie and provides some very good views of the lake and dam.

Harlan County Lake ORV Areasmore

Cedar Run ATV Trail
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Harlan County Tourism have completed work
on a new 470-acre ATV and dirtbike trail at the southeast corner of the dam, south of Republican City.

The trail was funded by the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, along with many community supporters.

Harlan County Lake Campingmore

North Shore Marina Camping
Our campground features 75 spaces with large lots, and many pull through spaces. Sewer hookup, water, and 50 amp electrical service is available on every site.

This campground is for RV\\\'s only. We do not allow tents or pop-ups. Fires must be in an above ground fireplace. Rates are $22 a night or $125 a week, with monthly and annual rates available. Reservations may be made with a credit card, paid in advance. There is a two night minimum, with three nights required on holiday weekends. Sorry, but no refunds.

For Campground reservations call the Marina at 308-799-2315.

ALWAYS CALL TO CONFIRM RATES

Harlan County Lake Map

Harlan County Lake Information

Contact: Harlan County Lake
308-799-2105

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