Hartington is located in a picturesque setting, nestled amongst the rolling prairie hills of Northeast Nebraska. This setting not only provides solitude from the normal hustle and bustle of city life, but also provides several excellent recreation and entertainment options for area residents and visitors.
Lewis & Clark Lake - Gavins Point DamGavin's Point Dam is located just 25 minutes from Hartington, in the northwest corner of Cedar County. Gavins Point is the final link in a chain of dams along the Missouri River, which have combined to provide hundreds of miles of recreational land. The facility is operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The Corps provides a boat ramp and camping facilities. This is an excellent area for water skiing, and fishing. Several attractive expansive beaches are located on the north side of the lake, which stretches from Yankton, South Dakota, to Fort Randall, South Dakota, 70 miles to the west.
Chalkrock LakeThis lake was established by the local Natural Resource District. It is located about 15 minutes northwest of Hartington, near Menominee, Nebraska. It is excellent for panfishing.
Ponca State ParkSituated astride the picturesque Missouri River bluffs in northeast Nebraska, Ponca State Park overlooks the only unchanneled section of the river bordering the state, giving visitors a glimpse of how the untamed river looked before modern man changed it forever. The park is located 40 miles northeast of Hartington--two miles from the town of Ponca, just off of Nebraska Highway 12 on S-26E. The park is named for the proud Indian tribe that once inhabited the area. Developed and operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Ponca State Park encompasses 892 acres of heavily-forested rolling hills. This superbly scenic area offers park goers all the amenities of an up-to-date state park. For more information, visit Ponca State Park's home page.
Niobrara State ParkSituated at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers on Nebraska's northeastern border, Niobrara State Park offers visitors an opportunity to sample a wide range of outdoor experiences. Cabins, camping from RVs to tents, picnicking, swimming, boat ramps, horseback trail rides, paddleboats, hiking, fishing, history or communing with Mother Nature...it all awaits at this exceptional state park. Niobrara State Park is located just 60 minutes northwest of Hartington. For more information, visit Niobrara State Park's home page.
Excellent HuntingThe Hartington area also provides exceptional pheasant habitat, making Cedar County one of the premier pheasant hunting areas in Nebraska. Hunters from across the U.S. routinely flock to Hartington during the pheasant season to get their Ringneck limit. The region is filled with state and federal Wildlife Habitat and Production Areas that can be accessed for hunting. The Lewis & Clark Pheasants Forever Chapter has been instrumental in developing winter food plots and helping to keep the habitat suitable for positive pheasant populations.
Hartington Golf CourseThe Hartington Golf Course, one of the premier golf courses in Northeast Nebraska, is located west of Highway 57 on Felber Street. The 9-hole course features a mixture of tree-lined holes over varying terrain. The course record of 29 was set in 1994 by local resident Jason Merkel. For more information, contact Club House Managers Jon Hoesing or Course Superintendent Gary Kuehn at (402) 254-7312.
Felber ParkHartington has two parks that cover nine acres. These beautiful parks include many of the following amenities, rebuilt municipal swimming pool in 1995 (handicap accessible), lighted baseball field, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, shelter house, barbeque grills, picnic tables, benches, public rest rooms, and a various assortment of playground equipment. A new modular playground structure was installed in September of 2001 at Felber Park. New additions to Felber Park in 2006 and 2007 include a new sign, a fountain with a brick courtyard, arched signs spanning across the street on the south and north entrances, installation of new trees (spring flowering and fall colored maples and oaks along the park drive.) The Felber Park baseball field has had recent updates in 2007 with the construction of new dugouts, grass infield, shade trees, yellow safety fence toppings installed along with recent painting at this facility. With these improvements, it has allowed Hartington to host district Legion tournaments on our field.
Carkoski FieldCarkoski Field is located at the former site of the Hartington Public School at the intersection of Broadway and Highway 84. The facility is used for softball in the spring and summer time. It is also used by Hartington Public School athletes as a practice area for track and field and football. The facility features an excellent walking track that can be used by area residents.
Hartington Community ComplexThis new community complex was completed fall 2004. This park spans over 27 acres and is located on the west side of town and boasts a top-load football stadium, concession area, running track, shot and discus areas, four soccer fields, a practice football field, and two baseball fields. This facility has hosted several Semi-Pro football games, Relay for Life, and numerous high school track meets. To-date this complex has received over 350 trees, shrubs, and beautification!
Hartington City AuditoriumThis city-owned facility, located at 101 East Centre in Hartington, features a basketball court and a basement level kitchen and meeting room. The basketball court can be accessed by purchasing a seasonal pass at the city office. The basement area can be rented on an hourly or daily basis from the city. Co-ed volleyball and basketball are also played here. For more information, contact Crystal Lenzen at (402) 254-6353.
Northeast Nebraska Archery RangeThis facility was created in 1995 by the Northeast Nebraska Archery Club. It is located two miles east of Hartington on Highway 84. The 3D archery course is managed by a non-profit group. Contact Colin Kathol, (402) 254-6987, for more information. The group also manages an indoor archery range in Crofton, Nebraska.
Broadway Lanes Bowling AlleyHartington also features a popular six-lane bowling alley located at 206 North Broadway in Hartington. The facility was newly remodeled in 1995. Several men's, women's, and mixed leagues are active here from September to April. For more information, contact Gene Haberer at (402) 254-6665.
Cedar County Baseball LeagueThe league, which has been in existence for more than 60 years, begins in earnest each May. It is comprised of at least six area amateur baseball teams. Fielded teams in the league for 1999 are Hartington, Wynot, Crofton, Fordyce, O'Neill and Wakefield. For more information contact Alton Heimes at (402) 254-3315.
Cedar County Historical MuseumThe Cedar County Historical Museum is located at 304 West Franklin in Hartington. The museum was bursting at the seams with no other place to go, until a building project was completed in 1995. The new 40-by-60 foot building houses antique machinery and horse drawn buggies. The museum also houses Hartington's first fire engine and a restored Model T. The new exhibit hall is located directly east of the current museum. The original museum was built as a private home in 1900. The house was donated to the Historical Society in 1964 by the A. K. Lammers daughters. Since that time, the Society has collected a wealth of Nebraska heritage to display in the facility. The museum complex also includes a genuine log cabin and a carriage house on the premises. The museum is open on Sunday afternoons 2:00-4:00 p.m. during the months of May, June, July and August or you can call for an appointment at (402) 254-7266 or (402) 254-6523.
The Hartington area also features several other historic sites, including Wiseman Memorial (26 miles northeast of Hartington), Devil's Nest (35 miles northwest of Hartington), the St. Helena Cemetery and the St. Helena Church, which is the fourth oldest Catholic church in the state of Nebraska (both located 20 miles north of Hartington), and St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bow Valley (7 miles north of Hartington).
Cedar County FairgroundsThe Cedar County Fairgrounds are located on the eastern edge of Hartington. At the Fairgrounds there is a quarter-mile dirt stock car track available for stock car races. For more information, contact Robert Steffen at (402) 254-6653, or Richard Newton at (402) 692-3148.
Cedar County FairThe Cedar County Fair features five days of family oriented entertainment, 4-H exhibits and open class exhibits. The fairgrounds were remodeled in 1995 and a huge new exhibit hall was added. The new facility made the fairgrounds handicapped accessible, and added new restrooms and an expanded administration office to the complex. In 1998 a new dairy beef barn was added and the main office was remodeled. For more information, contact Richard Newton, at (402) 692-3148 or visit their website at www.cedarcountyfair.net
The Lutheran Lunch Stand, the main eatery at the fair each year, was also renovated in 1995, enlarging the eatery and making it handicapped accessible as well.
In 2003 a quilt/school exhibit building was built.
Dance HallsThe Skylon Ballroom in Hartington has a storied history. Performers such as Guy Lombardo and Lawrence Welk played at the Skylon. Today, it is still used for dances and concerts for people of all ages. The hall also serves as a community reception hall. Banquets, wedding dances, and funeral meals are often held here. Skylon Ballroom is open for rollerskating on Sunday afternoons and is also available for private skating partings. For more information, contact Dean Wortmann at (402) 254-3829, or Roger Wortmann at (402) 254-6895.
The Bow Valley Ballroom is located seven miles north of Hartington in the hamlet of Bow Valley. The original ballroom was built in 1896. The structure housing the ballroom has changed over the years, but its physical location has always remained at the same site. The ballroom features youth dancing, wedding dances and receptions, and community plays. For more information or for scheduling an event, contact Tom Wiebelhaus at (402) 357-3570..
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