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Camping at Husker Harvest Days

Husker Harvest Days is a great time for families and friends to get together to see the latest in agriculture technology and products. Why not extend the fun by setting up the camper and enjoying a little Husker hospitality either onsite or at area campgrounds.

Campers are becoming more popular at Husker Harvest Days. For those who want to step out their door and land on show site soil, 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 Island/Hall County Visitors Bureau.

Heartland Public Shooting Park is just two miles east of the Husker Harvest Days site off Husker Highway. The site has 10 pads with water and electricity for $25 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 the website, www.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. Trailer and campsites, hot showers, cooking grills and dumping station are provided. Other amenities include picnic shelters, horseshoes and a playground. Fees are $20 for RV, $15 for tent. Call 308-385-5087 or visit www.hallcountyne.gov.

Morman 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 recreational vehicle, and $13 for tent camping. Make sure to have a Nebraska State Park permit affixed to the vehicle, which costs $25 annually or a one-day pass for $5. 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 www.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 $43.93 for a full hookup, $37.42 for water and electric only, $25.92 for tenting with water and electricity, and $23.75 for rustic tenting. 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 next to Wood River Motel at I-80 Wood River Exit 300. It offers full RV hookups and tent sites, a laundry, a bathhouse, a playground, a dump station and fishing. Reservations recommended. Rates run $20 daily for RVs, $8 for tents. Make sure to mention Husker Harvest Days for these discounted prices. Call 308-583-2256 or 800-967-9661.

Cheyenne State Recreation Area at the Wood River Exit 300 on I-80, is a rustic camping with no designated sites. Individuals must have a Nebraska State Park permit for entry permit. There is one modern bathroom and fishing is available. It costs $8 per night. Call 308-468-5700 or visit www.OutdoorNebraska.org.