Center’s location is a prime reason for visitors to see what all Northeast Nebraska has to offer. There is an abundance of recreational opportunities and the drive to most is less than an hour away. The rolling hills and water of the Missouri and Niobrara river valleys contain a variety of wild game and fish for the hunter, fisherman and avid bird watcher. Deer, turkey, pheasant, quail and waterfowl inhabit the area in large numbers. Hikers and cyclists will be thrilled with the scenery that awaits them. The number of well-maintained courses in the area will surprise the golfers. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there are unlimited opportunities for camping with the Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area and the Niobrara State Park close by.
Rolling Hills Country Club and Golf Course
7 miles south of Bloomfield
Creighton Community Golf Course
Niobrara Valley Golf Course
Plainview Country Club
Lakeview Golf Course
Located by the Lewis & Clark Lake
Niobrara State Park | website
The breathtaking Niobrara river valley, home to Niobrara State Park, lies less than 21 miles to the North of Center. The park offers 15 cabins, modern camping facilities, a swimming pool, picnic shelters, boat ramps, and hiking and biking trails with scenery that is Nebraska at its finest.
Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area | website
Formed by Gavins Point Dam, Lewis & Clark Lake covers 32,000 acres and is a popular site for boating, camping and fishing in Northeast Nebraska. The lake is an easy 36 miles Northeast of Center. This state recreation area includes five areas on the south side of the lake: Weigand-Burbach, Miller Creek, Bloomfield, South Shore and Deep Water.
Willow Creek Recreation Area | website
Located 1 1/2 miles SW of Pierce, Willow Creek has 1,633 acres with a 700-acre lake. Facilities include: 100 camping pads, 64 with 30 amp electrical hookups, 19 with 50 amp electrical hookups. Picnic tables and shelters, fire grates, water, showers, modern restrooms, accessible fishing pier, archery field course, unsupervised swimming, two playgrounds and an 8-mile hiking/horseback trail around the lake. Seven rock jetties provide some fine fishing access.
Ashfall State Park | website | website
Only 27 miles southwest of Center is one of this countries greatest treasures. Nearly 12 million years ago, volcanic ash engulfed this ancient watering hole, entombing innumerable animals. National Geographic has called it the Pompeii of prehistoric animals. Because of its scientific importance, the 360-acre historical park between Orchard and Royal was acquired in 1987 and is a joint project of the Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska State Museum. See paleontologists "dig" the site and prepare fossils unearthed. Interpretive facilities include a visitor center and rhino barn. Picnicking is available at Grove Lake WMA near Royal. Admission is charged in addition to the Park Entry Permit.
Other Area Attractions:
The World's only Winnetoon is home to a mini-mall of historic old-west buildings and shopping. Winnetoon also holds many chainsaw carvings by their local "carving cowboy". Winnetoon is located 15 miles Northwest of Center.
Grove Trout Rearing Station
Located within the Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area, 28 miles southwest of Center, this hatchery raises over 200,000 trout on the crystal clear Verdigre Creek. Visitors can "feed the fish" in beautiful surroundings and learn more about this unique area at the information center.