Harlan County Reservoir
305 Hwy 183, Alma, NE, USA
Harlan County Reservoir Alma Reviews
Great Lake for skiing, fishing, and camping Feb 09, 2008
Harlan County Reservoir is located on Highway 183 in Nebraska, seven miles from the Kansas border. From Interstate 80 you turn south on exit 257 and drive for approximately 40 miles. You will arrive in Alma and the lake is on the south side of town.
When at full capacity the lake is about seven miles long and slightly over a half mile at its widest. The primary use for this lake is farm irrigation, so it is rarely full. The last several years it has been under 50% capacity, so there are trees growing in places that should be underwater. Now the lake has risen, so you have to be careful so you don't hit trees.
The lake is big enough for the causal boater, the watersports lovers and the fisherman, all at the same time. Oh, and drinking alcohol is permitted in boats and in the campgrounds. Surprisingly, there are many lakes in Nebraska that have rules against this and you can be fined. There are certain areas that you have to drive at idle speed and that is enforced. Pick up a Nebraska boating guidebook if there are other questions about rules.
There many campsites around the lake, most with boat ramps. Some have full camper hookups, electricity, water, sewer, and some have cable tv. All but one campground has a primitive area for tent camping or a place to park you camper. When the water is low and there are beaches, it is permitted to camp anywhere on them.
This is a great lake and the avid outdoors man will not be disappointed by Harlan County reservoir, but Nebraska weather on the other hand....
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