Winter Activities

Winter Activities

The winters can be long in Cherry County, but we know how to make the best of them around here.  Our backyard is a the perfect destination for your next hunting, ice fishing, and sight seeing get away.  Yes, even the area attractions are beautiful and icy this time of year! Warm up with a cup of hot brew at a local coffee shop. Shop our quaint downtown shops. Meet new friends at the local brewery.  Maybe a stop at the winery for a tasting of some award winning wines. Enjoy a first class meal at any one of our local dining establishments. Come see the beauty and bounty of Cherry County this winter!

Merritt Reservoir

Merritt Reservoir is an oasis amid the giant oasis of the Sandhills. The lake has almost 3,000 acres of water, pure sand beaches, and 73 miles of tree-lined shore. Merritt […]
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Sports

RV Parks & Campgrounds

By the river. By a lake. In the woods. In town. Close to town. Cherry County has no shortage of camping spots and electrical hook ups. Look here to see […]

Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest

Nestled in the Sandhills and bordering Merritt Reservoir, this 115,000-acre forest offers many outdoor activities. The word forest is used somewhat loosely in this case, as only 5,000 acres of […]
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting

Smith Falls State Park

One of the Niobrara River Valley’s many waterfalls, Smith Falls is the highest in the state. The spring-fed water drops almost 70 feet and then flows into the Niobrara River. […]
  • Hiking

Snake River Falls

Among Nebraska’s most spectacular waterfalls, Snake River Falls tumbles over a 54 foot wide ledge and flows 12 miles to the Niobrara River. When the Snake River is full, it […]
  • Hiking

Star Gazing

The Cherry County skies are a canvas of the brightest stars you have ever seen. The lack of light pollution and the tranquil and quiet surroundings make it the ideal […]

The Sandhills

The Sandhills of Nebraska, the quiet beauty of the state. Covering 19,000 square miles, it is the largest tract of stabilized sand dunes in the Western Hemisphere. Considered an inhospitable […]
  • Scenic Drives

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

This 72,000-acre refuge is set in a beautiful combination of rolling sandhills and pristine spring-fed lakes. Nine of the lakes are open to fishing year-round, offering bass, northern pike, perch, […]
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing