Camping at Husker Harvest Days
One way to beat the traffic at Husker Harvest Days and to get home quicker each day is to bring your home-away-from-home with you. A growing number of show visitors bring their campers so that they can enjoy Husker Harvest Days at their leisure, and a little back-to-nature in Nebraska during their off-time.
Some campers set up home base at the north end of the exhibitor parking lot where there is a space for campers. There are also several campgrounds in and around Grand Island. We collected this information on six campgrounds from the Grand Island/Hall County Visitors Bureau.
Heartland Public Shooting Park was new to the list last year. It is located just two miles east of the Husker Harvest Days site off Husker Highway. The site has 10 pads with water and electricity for $20 per night. There are additional spaces with guaranteed water and the possibility of electricity. Further expansion and improvements will be added in succeeding years. Amenities include permanent restrooms, a meeting room for 80 people, and recreational shooting including rifle, pistol and shotgun ranges, traps, skeet, and sporting clays. For information or reservations, call (308) 385-5048, or visit their website at HeartlandPublicShootingPark.com for details.
George H. Clayton Park, also known as Hall County Park and Hall County Recreational Area. Use exit 312 on I-80, go north on Highway 281. The park is located 1 mile south of the junction of Highway 281 and Highway 34. Trailer and campsites, hot showers, cooking grills and dumping station provided. Other amenities include picnic shelters, horseshoes and a playground. Fees are $15 for RV, $10 for tent. Call (308) 385-5087 or visit www.hallcountyne.gov.
Morman Island Recreation Area, located at junction of Highway 281 and I-80. Requires a state park entry permit, which is $20 annually or $4 daily. It costs $17 per night for a trailer or recreational vehicle, $12 for tent camping. Electrical hookups, dump station, unsupervised swimming and fishing. Reservations accepted. Call (308) 385-6211 for information, 402-471-1414 for reservations, or visit www.ngpc.state.ne.us.
Grand Island KOA is a private campground just 600 feet south of I-80 at the Grand Island East Exit 318 and Highway 2. RV park has water, electricity and sewer hookups, $37.31 for a full hookup; water and electric only, 31.89; tenting with water and electricity, $25.38; rustic tenting, $23.21. Reservations suggested for Husker Harvest Days, but not required. Call (402) 886-2249.or (800) 562-0850 or visit www.koa.com/where/NE.
Wood River Campground is located next to Wood River Motel at I-80 Wood River Exit 300. Full RV hookups and tent sites. Laundry, bathhouse, playground, dump station, fishing. Reservations recommended. $15.85 daily for RVs.$9.50 tents. Call (308) 583-2256 or (800)-967-9661.
Cheyenne State Recreation Area, located at the Wood River Exit 300 on I-80. Park entry permit required. Rustic camping, no designated sites. One modern bathroom, fishing, $6 per night. Call (308-468-5700 or visit www.ngpc.state.ne.us.