Explore the Lake Area

Calendar of Events

Feb
25
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Feb 25 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]
2:00 pm Winter Bird Walk
Winter Bird Walk
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm
Winter Bird Walk at Lake Ogallala Saturday, February 25th at 2pm Everyone is invited to  come out and observe birds with the Park Naturalist! We will meet at the trail in the Lake Ogallala Modern Campground.[...]
Feb
26
Sun
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Feb 26 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]
Mar
4
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Eagle Viewing @ Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Facility
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss Eagle Viewing Days every weekend in January and February at the Lake Ogallala Eagle Viewing Center below Kingsley Dam. The park naturalist will be giving presentations on bald eagles at 9 am and[...]

Brule

brule-welcome-sign

Brule, Nebraska was named for the Brule’ tribe of Lakota (Sioux). 5,000 of the tribe camped in the Brule area in 1872.

A historical marker for California Hill, an important milestone on the Oregon/California Trail, can be seen about 4.5 miles west of Brule on Highway 30.

Between 1841 and 1861, nearly 400,000 westbound pioneers passed though the Keith County area on the Oregon and California Trails. The wagon trains crossed the South Platte river west of what is now Brule and climbed California Hill before heading northwest to Ash Hollow and the North Platte River, and continuing their difficult journey to the west coast. Trail ruts are still visible most of the way up California Hill, and also at Ash Hollow State Historical Park near Lewellen, Nebraska.

The village of Brule was established in 1886, when Major Isaac Barton and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased a quarter section of land they considered the “garden spot of the county.” Soon a lumberyard and store were built, and the Union Pacific Railroad made it possible for more farm families to come to the area.

Today, Brule is a friendly rural community of 309 residents, located on I-80, and Highway 30, Nebraska’s Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway. Annual celebrations include Brule Day, held in August with a parade, fun run, kids activities and street dance. The Brule Gun Show is held twice a year, and draws up to 1300 attendees.

Barton Park, Brule’s city park, offers rest room facilties, playground equipment and a covered picnic area.

The south side of Lake McConaughy at Van’s Lakeview is only 9 miles from Brule via the Sunnyslope Road.

(Photos courtesy of Grow Keith County)

Brule Businesses

Ogallala LinksWebsiteNumber
Ogallala/Keith County
Chamber of Commerce
http://www.explorekeithcounty.com/308-284-4066
City of Ogallalahttp://www.ogallala-ne.gov/308-284-6001
Keith County, Nebraskahttp://www.keithcountyne.gov/308-284-4726
Keith County Area Developmenthttp://www.kcad.org/308-284-6623
Grow Keith Countyhttp://www.keithcountyjobs.org/308-284-4066
Goodall City Library – Ogallalahttp://www.ogallalapublic.com/308-284-4354
Ogallala Public Schoolshttp://www.opsd.org/308-284-4060
Western Nebraska Tourism Coalitionhttp://www.westnebraska.com/800-777-5159
CampingNumber
Riverside Trailer Park 308-287-2474
Eagle Canyon Hideaway (Eagle Canyon)308-287-2673
Van’s Lakeview Fishing Camp (Lakeview)308-284-4965
Gas & Convenience StoreNumber
Happy Jack’s C Store (I-80 Interchange)308-287-2474
BankNumber
Adams Bank & Trust308-287-2344
Custom ApparelNumber
WinDesigns308-287-2292
Hardware/Household ItemsNumber
Wiest Hardware308-287-2350
GiftsNumber
Faces of the Prairie308-289-6928

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