190441_519617In the extreme southwest corner of the county, 33 miles from Kimball, rises the highest point in Nebraska. Panorama Point, 5,424 feet above sea level, looks more like a rise in a pasture than the highest point in the State; however, this site is higher than the highest point in 30 other states.

Art Henrickson and Claude Alden discovered the highest point in October 1951 using a WWI altimeter. A marker was installed by the Kimball-Banner Chamber of Commerce in 1971. It was later verified by the federal government and recognized by the state and mapping companies.

GPS Coordinates
N 41 degrees 00.461 minutes
W 104 degrees 01.883 minutes

Panorama Point has become quite a popular attraction. Please bear in mind this is on private property. There is a box for your entrance fee. Drive slowly and carefully, this is definitely a rustic track. However, the drive is worth it.

On a clear day you can see the Rocky Mountains to the southwest and enjoy the prairie peacefulness of the great Nebraska Plains. A guest registration book is kept at the marker and visitors are asked to sign in. Upon request, those who visit will be issued a certificate issued by the Kimball-Banner County Chamber of Commerce, 308-235-3782, or the High Point Welcome Center of Western Nebraska, I-80, Exit 20, 308-241-0573.

In addition to visiting the highest point in Nebraska, take a few minutes to travel to the Tri-State Corner and stand in three States at once—Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 9.54.01 AMThe Tri-State Monument marks the spot where Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming meet. The Monument was first established by Oliver N. Chaffee, U.S. Astronomer and Surveyor August 17, 1869, at intersection of the Forty-First Parallel of North Latitude with the Twenty-Seventh Degree of West Longitude, several hundred feet away from where Congress intended it to be. Nevertheless, it served as the official boundary between the three states.

The Monument was rehabilitated in 1981 by Art Henrickson and Howard Kieler. In 1997, federal, state and local organizations coordinated additional preservation. In July 2004, the Kimball Rotary Club and a local Boy Scout constructed a surrounding fence and gave the Monument a face-lift by placing an engraved metal plate with Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado indicating their border around the marker.

We welcome you to take the journey and visit the Tri-State Monument. Some of the roads leading to and surrounding the Monument are privately owned. Please respect the property and any livestock that may be around. Enjoy your adventure!!

In addition to visiting the Tri-State marker, take a few minutes to travel to the highest point in Nebraska, Panorama Point.

The FlumsThe Kimball County Irrigation District Board held its first organizational meeting in November 1909. Subsequent meetings resulted in plans for an irrigation system. The design of the canal called for a reservoir, and a north and south ditch. Because of the rough topography a number of aqueducts were required. The aqueducts used on this canal are of particular significance because the flumes used in them were manufactured in Kimball by Patrick Maginnis. He began building flumes used in aqueduct systems in the late 1890’s, but his initial attempts resulted in crude and expensive products.

After additional refinements, however, he developed the Galvanized Steel Flume that was patented on May 20, 1902. Although there are other aqueducts in the region they do not retain the high degree of integrity of this aqueduct. It is an exceptionally well preserved example of a type of early twentieth century engineering that was essential to the irrigation system in areas of rough terrain.  One of the most well preserved aqueducts can be found west of town on Highway 30, between the city limits and Oliver Reservoir.

Driving RangeFour Winds Golf Course was designed to be enjoyed by the individual golfer regardless of his or her ability, and to be as challenging as one desires. With five sets of tees, 5,400 yards (Red) as the shortest, and 6,903 yards (Silver) as the Championship course, the golfer may make his or her own choice. If one selects the Silver Course, please keep in mind that not only the distance is greater but accuracy also becomes a factor.

Once the ball is on the green, the speed and slope of the green’s surface becomes the immediate problem. The entire 320 acres, on which the course is built, slopes by nature from south to north, from Interstate 80 toward Historic Lincoln Highway. The highest elevation of the tees is at Hole 6, which is 4,800 feet above sea level. Directly north of #6, all the way across the golf course, the elevation for the tee at Hole 10, which is east of the Pro Shop, is 4,706 feet above sea level, a drop of 94 feet from #6. Therefore, there is always the tendency for the greens to roll to the north, unless they have been built to do otherwise. The surfaces of our greens will test the golfer’s ability to read greens. The Bent Grass is mowed for a speed of about 10 on the Stimpmeter. If you are accustomed to greens with less speed than 10, our greens will seem fast to you. On the positive side, faster greens allow you to putt better, because of the shortened back stroke of the putter to achieve the same distance.

190441_519620Golfers may call (308) 235-4241 for tee times, but normally during the week there is little delay in getting on the course. Four Winds Golf Course is aptly named, it is not uncommon for the golfers to experience breezes from all four directions during an 18-hole round, caused by the natural hills and trees. While the course was under construction, over 5,000 trees were planted, which are now fully grown and help define the individual fairways. There are four water hazards on the course, Holes 3, 4, 10 and 13, none with forced carry.

For More Information:
Four WindsFour Winds Golf Course
Box 22, E. Hwy 30 Kimball, NE 69145
(308) 235-4241

The pro shop is closed from Nov. 1 to mid-March every year, but the course is only closed from Jan. 1 to mid-March each year. In addition to the golf course, a driving range, a practice putting green, carts and clubs are available.

 

 

 

Oliver Lake fall leaves OliverReservoirSRA_34
With 917 acres of land and a 270-acre lake, Oliver Lake State Recreation Area is the only water based recreational facility in the southwest Panhandle. Located eight miles west of Kimball on U.S. Hwy. 30, Oliver offers the same basic facilities as those found at similar recreation areas across the state.

Facilities include a campground, two boat ramps and docks, swimming beach, drinking water, vault toilets, 130 picnic tables, two picnic shelters with electricity, 142 charcoal cooking grills, 75 camping sites and 100 tent sites. Camping is free, however, donations are greatly appreciated. Landscaping and tree plantings add beauty and shade to the area.

Nearly all of the established recreation facilities are located on the north shore of the lake and are accessible from U.S. Hwy. 30 via three entrances. The south side of the lake is maintained in a primitive state for hiking, fishing and hunting. Signs near the two boat ramps detail special regulations and restrictions on the lake to provide for multiple-use by boaters, water skiers, fishermen and swimmers. Buoys mark the 5 mph area on the west end of the reservoir, as well as the designated swimming area on the north side.

Oliver provides some good fishing opportunities, since it is a two-story lake that can support both cold-water and warm-water species. It offers action on walleye, yellow perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and some limited numbers of rainbow trout.

For more information, please contact South Platte Natural Resources District at 308-254-2377 or on the web at SPNRD/Oliver

The Recreation Area, located next to the Four Winds Golf Course, offers wholesome good natured fun with tennis courts, shuffle-board, trap shoot range, four grass ball diamonds and plenty of room for picnics.

This area is always free to the public.

Check the specific information guides below. If you are looking for outfitters and/or guides for hunting, fishing, hiking, ranch experiences, birdwatching, canoeing, stargazing, and more, check the Sporting Nebraska Guide by clicking here.

Public Access Atlas

OVER 21,000 ACRES OF PUBLIC CRP-MAP FOR YOUR HUNTING ENJOYMENT

HUNTER GUIDELINES FOR CRP-MAP TRACTS

This program depends on your actions in the field.

  • Obey all Nebraska hunting and trapping regulations and respect the rights of landowners when using CRP-MAP tracts. Treat the land as if it were your own, and act responsibly. Remember: inappropriate behavior may cause landowners to drop out of the program or not enroll in the first place.
  • Hunt only on CRP-MAP property. Do not walk or hunt on adjacent property or cross fences or roads unless a sign access route is provided. Hunting is not allowed within 200 yards of buildings or livestock feedlots.
  • CRP-MAP tracts are for walk-in hunting and trapping only. Tracts are open year-around during legal hunting and trapping seasons.
  • Driving vehicles of any kind on CRP-MAP tracts is prohibited and is a serious and potentially dangerous violation of regulations. Habitat destruction, erosion, and fire can all be consequences of driving on these tracts. Park along roads and be careful to avoid creating safety hazards for other vehicles.
  • Do not open gates and avoid stretching fences when entering CRP-MAP tracts.
  • Target shooting, camping, horseback riding, professional training, and other unauthorized activities are prohibited.
  • CRP-MAP contracts are enrolled for up to 5 years, but contracts are revisited annually. Tracts enrolled in the program in previous years might not be enrolled in CRP-MAP this year. Make sure the land you are entering is posted with yellow and black CRP-MAP “Hunting Permitted” signs.
  • Do not leave trash on an area and make an effort to pick up any trash left by others.
  • If you clean birds on site after your hunt, please pack up the remains. By-passers who do not hunt may be offended by seeing feathers scattered along the road and may think poorly of hunters. Landowners also may not appreciate what amounts to littering on their property.
  • On occasion, tracts enrolled in CRP-MAP and listed on this website may have been removed from the program. Again, pay attention to the signs.

Every effort is made to ensure habitat quality. At times, the habitat on some enrolled tracts is impacted by forces of nature beyond the control of the landowner or the Commission. When habitat quality becomes inadvertently degraded after enrollment, the landowner is held harmless in their agreement. If landowner actions result in significant habitat degradation, payment will be adjusted and withheld.

All CRP-MAP tracts are posted with yellow and black “CRP-MAP Hunting Permitted.” Enrollments can be viewed on the Internet at www.ngpc.state.ne.us

CRP-MAP ADDRESSES HABITAT AND ACCESS ISSUES

The Nebraska Conservation Reserve Program-Management Access Program (CRP-MAP) is an innovative and unique approach designed to address wildlife habitat and hunting and trapping access issues in the state. CRP-MAP is a joint effort funded by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. It is also supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and most importantly private landowners.

The management portion of CRP-MAP improves wildlife habitat on CRP lands. Research shows that habitat is the key to an abundance of any wild species. Light discing is the primary means used in CRP-MAP to enhance wildlife habitat. Light discing promotes the growth of broad-leafed plants, which provide important food and cover for wildlife and adds to the overall diversity of the site. In addition to the “volunteer” plants that grow following the disturbance provided by light discing, legumes like alfalfa and sweet clover are planted to improve habitat conditions. These legumes are nitrogen-rich and attract insects essential in the diet of newly-hatched, ground-nesting birds like pheasants.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting through the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service, has cooperated in allowing habitat management on CRP tracts administered by the USDA program. Landowners make habitat improvements to their CRP tracts and allow walk-in public access for hunting and trapping.

Hunting permits and habitat stamp revenue fund Commission participation. Pheasants Forever funding comes from donations by its Nebraska chapters, earned through banquets and other local fundraising events. The Trust is funded through lottery proceeds. Therefore, landowners are compensated by hunters who purchase permits and habitat stamps, individuals and businesses that have supported Pheasants Forever chapters and citizens who play the lottery.

The Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Environmental Trust are proud to share in this partnership that brings together Nebraska’s hunters, landowners, private citizens and organizations and government agencies.

Working together, we can preserve the Nebraska hunting and trapping tradition.

Turkey Guide
 Waterfowl Guide
 State Hunting Guide
Big Game Guide

 

Fishing Guide
 Fishing Forecast
 
Boat Nebraska

Furbearer Guide – Trapping in Nebraska