Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
Located south of Nenzel in Cherry County, this 116,000-acre national forest is a fantastic representation of the unique Nebraska Sandhills prairie ecosystem. Popular uses of the forest include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping and bird watching. There is one small campground located on the southwestern edge of the forest. Steer Creek Campground has 23 campsites, 8 horse corrals, potable water, and the 1-mile Blue Jay hiking trail.
The Niobrara River Canoe Launch day use site on the Niobrara River for launching small water craft. Fishing is available in the nearby Merritt Reservoir. The Lord Lakes wetland complex has been recognized for its outstanding fishing.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Open 24 / 7|
|Fees:||None, unless you are camping at Steer Creek Campground|
|Closest Towns:||Halsey, NE; Valentine, NE; Nenzel, NE|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time
Bessey Ranger District
40637 River Loop Rd
Halsey, NE 69142
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Areas for Campground Camping at Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
Lake and Pond Fishing
Fishing is popular in the nearby Merritt Reservoir.
|Fees:||Some areas require a state park sticker and a few are free|
Areas for Day Hiking at Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
Areas for Horse Riding at Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
Big Game Hunting
Small Game Hunting
Bird watching is popular.
Boating - Non-Motorized
Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest