Recreation

Recreation

Red Cloud offers visitors interested in spending time in the Great Outdoors a variety of options in addition to bowling, yoga at the Community Center, and other opportunities for indoor fun. Fishing and hunting opportunities abound in the region. Please get permission before hunting or fishing on private land or consider visiting one of the public Wildlife Managment Areas listed below. 

 

Diversion Dam

Diversion Dam

Located approximately 2.5 miles west of Guide Rock, the best fishing takes place on the dam side and in the canal. 

Address
Rural Webster County
Guide Rock, NE 68942

Located approximately 2.5 miles west of Guide Rock, the best fishing takes place on the dam side and in the canal. 

Elm Creek Wildlife Management Area

Elm Creek Wildlife Management Area

Attraction Information

Open to the public

Located just south of Cowles and a few miles northeast of Red Cloud, Elm Creek WMA features excellent turkey and deer habitat. The stream itself is a good fishing spot and one of the few places in Nebraska to fish for trout. According to Nebraska Game & Parks' Daryl Bauer,  "The best time to fish Elm Creek would be spring and fall. That is when the trout stockings occur." 

Contact Name
Nebraska Game and Parks
Address
Road J and Road 1600
Cowles, NE 68930
Phone
402-471-0641

Located just south of Cowles and a few miles northeast of Red Cloud, Elm Creek WMA features excellent turkey and deer habitat. The stream itself is a good fishing spot...

Harry Obitz Park

Harry Obitz Park

A quaint little park on the east edge of town, suitable for picnics and walking pets. A small wildlife preserve is located directly to the north. 

Address
4th Ave. and Locust St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970

A quaint little park on the east edge of town, suitable for picnics and walking pets. A small wildlife preserve is located directly to the north. 

Indian Creek Pond Wildlife Management Area

Indian Creek Pond Wildlife Management Area

Attraction Information

Open to the public and administered by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission 

Indian Creek WMA contains riparian woods along the Republican River. Wood ducks, ospreys and eagles might be seen, plus woodland woodpeckers and passerines.

A great fishing and hunting spot, easily accessible from Hwy 281 just outside of Red Cloud. The Republican River is accessible in multiple areas along State owned land as well. Google maps representation of the WMA is incorrect. Please stay within posted boundaries. The Pond is known for channel catfish, blue gill, and largemouth bass. 

Contact Name
Nebraska Game and Parks
Address
S. Hwy 281
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone
402-471-0641

Indian Creek WMA contains riparian woods along the Republican River. Wood ducks, ospreys and eagles might be seen, plus woodland woodpeckers and passerines.

A great fishing and hunting spot, easily accessible from...

Knock'em Over Alley

Knock'em Over Alley

Attraction Information

Please call for more information

We are a 6 lane Bowling Alley with a lot of things going on. We have the Red Brick Cafe in with us most mornings. We have league bowling Tues. Wed. and Thurs evenings. We then have open bowling on Fri. and Sat. nights. We cater parties and have parties. Give us a call for more information. 

 

Contact Name
Roger and Paula Hammond
Address
129 E. 4th Ave.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone
402-460-9160

We are a 6 lane Bowling Alley with a lot of things going on. We have the Red Brick Cafe in with us most mornings. We have league bowling...

Liberty Cove Recreation Area

Liberty Cove Recreation Area

Located in the northeast part of Webster County near the town of Lawrence and around 25 miles from Red Cloud, Liberty Cove is administered by the Little Blue Natural Resources District. The site features: 8 RV Camper pads with electrical hookups ($15 per night fee), two shelters, two restrooms, boat ramp, boat dock, fishing, swimming, beach, picnicking, grills, camping, playground, well water, hiking trails, horse riding trail, arboretum, small game hunting, archery for deer and turkey and boats less than 5 mph. Contact the Little Blue Natural Resources District at (402) 364-2145 for more information. 

Contact Name
Little Blue Natural Resources District
Address
Road U and Road 2400
Lawrence, NE 68957
Phone
402-364-2145

Located in the northeast part of Webster County near the town of Lawrence and around 25 miles from Red Cloud, Liberty Cove is administered by the Little Blue Natural Resources...

Narrows Wildlife Management Area

Narrows Wildlife Management Area

Attraction Information

Open to the public. Obey all posted rules and regulations. 

288 acres located in the Republican River Valley approximately 4.5 miles west of Red Cloud. There are two parking areas on the east and west sides of the location. Good for hunting and access to the river on the west end. 

Contact Name
Nebraska Game and Parks
Address
Road 800 and US Hwy 136
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone
402-471-0641

288 acres located in the Republican River Valley approximately 4.5 miles west of Red Cloud. There are two parking areas on the east and west sides of the location. Good...

Red Cloud City Park

Red Cloud City Park

The Red Cloud City Park is a great place for kids to climb on the playground equipment or enjoy a pickup game of basketball. It is also a popular spot for picnics and family get-togethers throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The Red Cloud Chamber of Commerce's Easter Egg Hunt and most Street Car Days activities also take place at the park. 

Contact Name
Wes Olson
Address
2nd Ave. & Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970

The Red Cloud City Park is a great place for kids to climb on the playground equipment or enjoy a pickup game of basketball. It is also a popular spot for picnics and...

Red Cloud Community Center

Red Cloud Community Center

The Red Cloud Community Center features a full kitchen, meeting room, exercise room, gymnasium, and multi-purpose room. The building serves as the perfect venue for many community meetings, sporting events, banquets, and receptions. For rental or membership information, contact the Red Cloud city office at 402-746-2215 or go to the Forms and Permits page to print off the rental and membership forms.

Community Center Hours are 5:00 A.M. - 11 P.M.

Community Center Rental Rates

Kitchen Only $25.00
Deposit $25.00

Meeting Room $25.00
Deposit $25.00

Meeting Room with Kitchen $50.00
Deposit $50.00

Multipurpose Room $50.00
Deposit $50.00

Mulitpurpose Room with Kitchen $75.00
Deposit $75.00

Entire Building $100.00
Deposit $100.00

Entire Building-2 day event $150.00
Deposit $150.00

Activities where alcohol is served-Whole Building $175.00
Deposit $250.00

Set-up Fee Prior to Evening $25.00

Address
142 W. 3rd St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone
402-746-2215

The Red Cloud Community Center features a full kitchen, meeting room, exercise room, gymnasium, and multi-purpose room. The building serves as the perfect venue for many community meetings, sporting events,...

Red Cloud Golf Course

Red Cloud Golf Course

Attraction Information

Burger Nights Fridays from April through August! 

Putting Green, Chipping Green, Driving Range, Rental Cars, Snack Bar, Bar, Meeting Room, Nebraska Golf Association Member, Pro Shop, No Spikes.

Our community is proud to have the 3rd best 9-hole public golf course in Nebraska. Designed by the late PGA Tour Pro Harry Obitz in 1988, the course boasts elevated greens for quick play after a hard rain. It has a driving range and putting green and offers cart rental and a full clubhouse bar. The Red Cloud Golf Course is fun for players of all levels. Open year round. Located 2 miles east and a ½ mile north of Red Cloud. For more information, call 402-746-2567

"Red Cloud Golf Club is a spunky, hilly layout situated just east of town. Its fairways and greens are in good shape and the rough has been left native, making it tough to negotiate. The course features large raised greens with three to four foot drop-offs on all sides. If you can hit and hold the greens, you should fare well.

Harry Obitz, the designer, made great use of the uneven nature of the terrain. The layout requires accuracy and shot-making skills, especially given the numerous sidehill lies. The tee shot from the blue tee on the sixth is the most interesting on the course. It is completely blind to the fairway. All you can see is a row of evergreens directly in your line.

Red Cloud is highly recommended."
                               ---Golfing Nebraska
Address
766 Road 1400
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone
402-746-2567

Our community is proud to have the 3rd best 9-hole public golf course in Nebraska. Designed by the late PGA Tour Pro Harry Obitz in 1988, the course boasts elevated...

Red Cloud Recreation & Health

Red Cloud Recreation & Health

Attraction Information

A group dedicated to making Red Cloud a healthier place to live, this group emerged out of the 2016 Marketing Hometown America Program. Fitness classes, yoga, farmer's markets, seed swaps, and more have already been implemented with dreams for even more. Check out our facebook feed and the calendar below for more information.

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Contact Name
Lisa Mahin
Address
Red Cloud Community Center
3rd & Cedar
Red Cloud, NE 68970

A group dedicated to making Red Cloud a healthier place to live, this group emerged out of the 2016 Marketing Hometown America Program. Fitness classes, yoga, farmer's markets, seed...

Republican River

Republican River

Attraction Information
The River is accessible via public entry points at the River Bridge and at the Narrows Wildlife Management Area. Ask permission to access via private property.
The Republican River is an ideal location for viewing wildlife. Species include eagle, turkey, upland birds, deer, and bobcat. The chalk cliffs are a naturally occurring geological feature, exposed by the action of the Republican River. Picturesque hills adorn the south side of the river and many great camping, hunting, and fishing possibilities are available. 
 
The river provides scenic beauty, irrigation, and recreation. Anglers enjoy fishing the river and catch largemouth bass, panfish, and channel catfish among other species. In addition to the Republican, Red Cloud is close to two large lakes: Lovewell State Recreation (near Webber, KS) and Harlan County Reservoir (near Republican City, NE). The Elm Creek and Indian Creek Pond State Wildlife Management Areas are also stocked regularly. 
Address
US Hwy 281 and River Road
Red Cloud, NE 68970
The Republican River is an ideal location for viewing wildlife. Species include eagle, turkey, upland birds, deer, and bobcat. The chalk cliffs are a naturally occurring geological feature, exposed by the...
Walk Red Cloud

Walk Red Cloud

Download a QR code scanner onto your mobile device and explore Red Cloud's past with a local historian. Codes are located on lampposts throughout downtown Red Cloud. 

From the website:

Come join past visitors, including E. G. Marshall, Susan B. Anthony, David McCullough, Debra Winger, Helen Keller, Julie Harris, Father Flanigan, Levar Burton, Rin Tin Tin, Chief Medicine Horse, Maya Angelou, Garrison Keillor, Bishop Clarkson, Dick Cavett, Alexander Payne, William Jennings Bryan, Ken Burns, Carrie Nation, Gunnar & Matthew Nelson, Lucia Woods, Eva Marie Saint, Blind Boone, Jon Bokencamp, and many others as you travel the streets of Red Cloud. Absorb some of those same sites and structures that a few of our native and adopted sons and daughters: Cy Young, Willa Cather, Silas Garber, Lea Penman, Harry Obitz, Dazzy Vance, William Norris, Fatty Arbuckle, Mildred Rhodes Bennett, and Clarence Mitchell once experienced.

The tour upon which you are to embark is not a complete representation of Red Cloud’s past, but encapsulates only a relatively small amount of information on the subject. It represents over 1,000 hours of recent research and documentation, and borrows from the author’s thousands of hours of previous scholarly investigations related to the town’s rich heritage.

Under the umbrella of a Certified Local Government grant, funding for this project was provided via volunteer hours, monetary contributions from the Red Cloud Community Foundation and the City of Red Cloud, as well as grant support from the National Park Service, and the U. S. Department of the Interior as administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Suzi Yost Schulz, a local Red Cloud Historian is responsible for the content of the project.

Contact Name
Suzi Schulz
Address
Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970

Download a QR code scanner onto your mobile device and explore Red Cloud's past with a local historian. Codes are located on lampposts throughout downtown Red Cloud. 

From the website:...