Grand Island's Big Backyard is full of fishing opportunities. Relax with the family and fry up the day's catch over a sunset campfire on the beach. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism.
Waterskiing, tubing and jet skiing are popular summertime activities on Sandhills lakes. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism.
The sunrises and sunsets on the Sandhills prairie are among the best. Enjoy dusk with friends and family around an evening campfire. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism.
There's almost always a stalwart breeze in the Sandhills, and locals don't let it go to waste. These windsurfers are enjoying a summer day at Calamus Reservoir. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism.
Hunting pheasant and deer is a popular prairie pastime. Others bring binoculars and are content to watch the abundant wildlife in our Big Backyard. Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism.
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.
Railside continues to rock. The Hear Grand Island concert series returns in 2017.
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer recently completed a $7 million dollar restoration of the Edward Durell Stone building that anchors their property.
The people of Grand Island represent the true make up the community. Meet some of the characters of the city in these interviews.