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METHODIST COVE, NE

part ofHarlan County Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Closed through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Methodist Cove Park is located on the west side of Harlan County Lake by Alma, Nebraska.

The 13,000-acre Harlan County Lake is the second largest lake in the state. The lake and surrounding land hold great appeal for sportsmen, birders, naturalists or anyone wanting to just get away.

Natural Features:

Located in South Central Nebraska, lands surrounding Harlan County Lake are primarily mixed grass prairie land. The campground is mostly forested, offering ample shade during the warmth of summer.

The Republican River Valley was once occupied by one of the greatest concentrations of buffalo on the Great Plains and was a favored hunting ground for the Pawnee, Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian tribes.

Recreation:

Harlan County Lake is popular for fishing, hiking, hunting and boating.

Walleye, wipers, white bass, northern pike and channel catfish are the most sought after fish species. Game animals include pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, white-tailed and mule deer, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel.

The lake offers a variety of hiking trails of varying length and style, as well as one equestrian trail a short drive away. An off-road vehicle trail is located in nearby Republican City.

Facilities:

Methodist Cove Park offers 133 campsites, including a variety of individual, group, electric and non-electric sites. There is also one reservable group picnic shelter for day use.

One large heated shower house with flush toilets is centrally located within the campground and several vault toilets are located throughout the rest of the park. Other amenities include a dump station, drinking water, playground and boat ramp.

The main road is hard surfaced, while others are gravel. A fish cleaning station with grinder and running water is located near the entrance. There two full service marinas on the east end of the lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Only one camping unit allowed per site
  • All campers must check in when arriving at park
  • Maximum of six people allowed per site
  • An attendant is on duty during the peak season of May through September
  • Secure coolers and boating equipment each night to prevent thefts
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.08694, -99.31556
40°5'13"N, 99°18'56"W

From U.S. Highway 80, take Highway 183 south to Alma, Nebraska. Turn left on South Street and travel 2.5 miles. The park entrance is on south side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

METHODIST COVE
70788 Corps Road A
REPUBLICAN CITY  NE  68971-9742

Phone Number:

Information:  (308)799-2105
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