Where to camp at HHD
By Mindy Ward
Make sure you get a good night’s rest before attending Husker Harvest Days. There are great camping sites available either on or near the show site.
There is a space for campers at the north end of the Visitor Parking Lot. It is free; just come and park. However, the show does not provide water or electricity, so campers must be self-contained.
Several campgrounds in and around Grand Island do offer amenities for Husker Harvest Day visitors. Here is a list of six area campgrounds from the Grand IslandHall County Visitors Bureau.
Heartland Public Shooting Park is just 2 miles east of the Husker Harvest Days site off Husker Highway. The site has nine pads with water and electricity for $30 per night. 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 more information, call 308-385-5048, or visit heartlandpublicshootingpark.com.
George H. Clayton Park, also known as Hall County Park and Hall County Recreational Area, is 1 mile south of the junction of Highways 281 and 34. Use Exit 312 on I-80 and drive north on Highway 281. It has trailer sites, campsites, hot showers, cooking grills, a dumping station, picnic shelters, horseshoes and a playground. Fees are $20 for an RV, $15 for a tent. Call 308-385-5087 or visit hcgi.org and click on the “Parks and recreation” tab, then again on the “Camping” tab.
Mormon Island Recreation Area, at the junction of Highway 281 and I-80, requires a state park entry permit. Rates are $20 per night for a trailer or RV, and $13 for tent camping. Make sure to have a Nebraska State Park permit affixed to the vehicle, which costs $30 annually for in-state residents or $8 for a one-day pass. There are electrical hookups, a dump station, and unsupervised swimming and fishing. Reservations accepted. Call 308- 385-6211 for information, 402-471-1414 for reservations, or visit outdoornebraska.org.
Grand Island KOA is a private campground just 600 feet south of I-80 at the Grand Island East Exit 318 and Highway 2. This RV park has water, electricity and sewer hookups. It costs roughly $41 for a full hookup, $37 for water and electric only, $26 for tenting with water and electricity, or $24 for rustic tenting. Reservations suggested for HHD, but not required. Call 402- 886-2249 or 800-562-0850 or visit koa.com.
Wood River Campground is next to the Wood River Motel on I-80, Exit 300. It has full RV hookups and tent sites, a laundry, a bathhouse, a playground, a dump station and fishing. Reservations recommended. Call 308-583-2256 or 800-967-9661.
Cheyenne State Recreation Area at the I-80 Wood River Exit 300, is a rustic camping with no designated sites. Individuals must have a state park entry permit. There are a modern bathroom and fishing. It costs $8 per night. Call 308-468- 5700 or visit outdoornebraska.org