Alexandria State Recreation Area – A beautiful spot to spend a relaxing weekend, Alexandria boasts two lakes, which are ideal for fishing and canoeing. Fish are restocked annually for sportsmen. Camping facilities include electrical hookups, playground and an RV dump station. Boat ramps and a dock have been added on the west lake. Reach Alexandra State Rec Area by taking Highway 136 west from Fairbury for 7 miles and follow the sings north and west to find the spot. 402-729-5777
Buckley Creek Recreation Area – Created in 1971, the area provides fishing, hiking, and boating as well as a nine-hole golf course featuring sand greens in the 78-acre site. Owned and maintained by the Little Blue Natural Resources District, a 20-acre lake is the centerpiece. Limited hook-ups are available, though there is no charge for camping. Tent camping areas include restrooms, grills, and fresh water. Two picnic shelters with electricity are also available.
Crystal Springs Park – Located on the southwest edge of Fairbury, not too far south and west of the City Park, camping, fishing, and family fun happen here. Campers will find RV hookups, new showers and restrooms, picnic shelters, a horseshoe court, and playground. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy two spring-fed lakes and another man made lake stocked with bass, catfish, and blue gill, including trout in the center lake in the cooler months. Many ducks and geese also call Crystal Springs home year-round. 402-729-2148
Cub Creek – Found three miles west and four and a half miles south of Plymouth, a 40-acre lake nestles on 95 acres of land. Year-round activities include fishing, hiking, boating, campgrounds, and hunting. Campers are offered a shelter, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, and more.
Fairbury City Park – This place packs in a bit of everything including, a massive tree-line route, the city pool, a softball complex, an original playground, the Legion baseball field, a horseshoe complex, a community building, and the Girl Scout Cabin. Situated at 8th and Maple Streets, touring the park on foot or by car highlights the beauty of small-town living. 402-729-2148
Little Blue River Trail – Starting at the old dam site on south C Street in Fairbury, walkers can proceed to the Fairbury City Park or strike out across the old Rock Island Railroad Bridge and through the Flathead Wildlife Management Area, operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Funded by federal, state, and city grants, it was the project of a citizen’s committee. 402-729-2148
Leisure Lake – Centered around a 38-acre lake with 47 acres of land surrounding it, the Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District owns and maintains this primitive lake. Located south and east from Plymouth, hiking, fishing, and hunting are available.
McNish Park – A drive or stroll through this shady Fairbury park details the rolling landscape and stone-lined pond. The area also boasts a Frisbee golf course and playground. Found at 14th and I Streets, visitors can enjoy a picnic shelter, the Boy Scout Cabin, and a relaxing waterfall. 402-729-2148 Photo