Soak in the Great Outdoors
Beautiful reservoirs and rivers lie within an hour or two of Grand Island to the northwest. Boating, fishing, hiking and hunting are abundant in Grand Island’s Big Backyard, the Nebraska Sandhills. Sherman and Calamus Reservoirs are popular destinations during summer months for families from all over Nebraska. Canoeing and the locally popular tanking (floating down a river in a watering tank) are popular in the Loup Rivers; native trout fishing can be had further north in the spring-fed Pine Creek.
Further west, natural, sand-bottom lakes are abundant in the Sandhills. Public access is available through numerous state recreation areas and wildlife refuges, the largest of which is the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge. Largemouth bass and northern pike are abundant in these lakes, surrounded by miles of silent prairie. Prairie chickens and shorebirds are also plentiful, and trumpet swans nest in the area.