Fishing and Recreation

Fishing Long Pine Creek, is considered to be one of the finest trout streams in America, draws anglers from across the United States. Area lakes offer trout, bass, and crappie fishing, both in the summer and winter.

Hunters recognize the area for some of the best wild turkey, pheasant, and whitetail deer habitat, hunters also come for mule deer, quail, sharptail grouse, prairie chicken, ducks, and geese.

Tubing and Canoeing Pine Creek offers wonderful tubing with its cool clear water and small rapids that even the most novice would enjoy. Floating down the creek in an inner tube is wonderful refreshment on a hot day. From Long Pine, canoeing is just 45 minutes away at the Niobrara River. Canoers often camp the first night out at the Long Pine State Recreation Area, have an early breakfast at Jeanie’s restaurant, get supplies at the grocery store and head for the river. Some of the best-kept secrets are the remote lakes that are sprinkled throughout the Sandhills. Tube rentals are available at The Pines and Hidden Paradise.

Long Pine State Recreation Area: Just west of Long Pine off Highway 20, this recreation area is nestled in pine-covered canyons. An outstanding trout stream, spring-fed Long Pine wooded trails. The creek’s cool clear water and creek meanders past camping picnic spots and rippling rapids are perfect for wading, tubing, or fishing. Nebraska State Park Permits are available at the Nebraska Game Parks Office located in Bassett, Nebraska.

Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail: This hiking/biking trail stretches from Norfolk to Chadron. Locally, the trail features a scenic railroad bridge towering over Long Pine Creek just a short walk from town.

Heritage House: Located in the downtown area, this museum preserves Long Pine’s heritage. One room is devoted to a panoramic model of Long Pine’s railroad heyday. Open by appointment.

Long Pine Downtown City Park: Playground equipment, a regulation-size tennis court, and basketball court provide recreational opportunities.