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Forest Supervisor’s Office

125 North Main Street

Chadron, NE 69337

(308) +1.419.926.8437

Bessey Ranger District (Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests)

40637 River Loop Rd / PO Box 39

Halsey, NE 69142

(308) +1.419.926.8437

Charles E. Bessey Tree Nursery

40637 River Loop Rd / PO Box 39

Halsey, NE 69142

(308) +1.419.926.8437

Fall River Ranger District (Buffalo Gap National Grassland – West)

1801 Highway 18 Bypass

Hot Springs, SD 57747

(605) +1.419.926.8437

Fort Pierre Ranger District (Fort Pierre National Grassland)

1020 North Deadwood Street

Fort Pierre, SD 57532

(605) +1.419.926.8437

Pine Ridge Ranger District (Nebraska National Forest and Oglala National Grassland)

125 North Main Street

Chadron, NE 69337

(308) +1.419.926.8437

Wall Ranger District (Buffalo Gap National Grassland – East)

710 Main St / PO Box 425

Wall, SD 57790

(605) +1.419.926.8437

Hudson-Meng Visitor Center

1811 Meng Drive

Crawford, NE

(308) +1.419.926.8437

To schedule a private tour contact: Ryan Means, (308) +1.419.926.8437

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National Grasslands Visitor Center

708 Main St / PO Box 425

Wall, SD 57790

(605) +1.419.926.8437

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Area Status: Open

Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands

Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands

Located south of Nenzel in Cherry County, this 116,000-acre national forest is a fantastic representation of the unique Nebraska Sandhills prairie ecosystem. Popular uses of the forest include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping and bird watching. There is one small campground located on the southwestern edge of the forest. Steer Creek Campground has 23 campsites, 8 horse corrals, potable water, and the 1-mile Blue Jay hiking trail.

The Niobrara River Canoe Launch day use site on the Niobrara River for launching small water craft. Fishing is available in the nearby Merritt Reservoir. The Lord Lakes wetland complex has been recognized for its outstanding fishing.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 / 7 
Reservations: None required
Fees None, unless you are camping at Steer Creek Campground
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Halsey, NE; Valentine, NE; Nenzel, NE 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time

Bessey Ranger District

40637 River Loop Rd

Halsey, NE 69142

(308) +1.419.926.8437

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest

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