How Big is our Backyard?

As the gateway to the Sandhills, our city claims miles of beautiful prairie, river valleys, and reservoirs as a part of our play area. Two byways lead out of Grand Island and into the quiet of this unique ecological important grassland. Bird watching and stargazing, hiking and camping, hunting and fishing, boating and road races await visitors under big blue Sandhill skies. 

Grand Island's backyard goes north and west for hundreds of miles.

Closer to home, the Platte River offers similar experiences. During the early spring, hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes roost on the river during their migration. Along with them, millions of ducks and geese cover area lakes. Canoeing, floating, or simply wading down this shallow, braided river are also popular activities.