Phelps County is located in south-central Nebraska north of Harlan County. Holdrege, population 5,500, is its largest community and county seat. It’s located about 32 miles southwest of Kearney.

Phelps County is a gateway to outdoor adventures. The Sacramento-Wilcox Wildlife Management Area southeast of Holdrege provides visitors with opportunities for exploring more than 2,300 acres of wetlands, prairie and woodlands. An interesting place to stock up on new fishing lures and get a trim is Gary’s Barber & Tackle Shop in Betrand. The Funk Waterfowl Protection Area attracts birdwatchers and endangered whooping cranes each spring.

For more information contact the Phelps County Visitors Committee at or (308) 991-8657.

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Discover Activities in Phelps County

  • Gary’s Barber & Tackle Shop

    If you find yourself in Bertrand in need of some fishing tackle and also a haircut then you are in luck. In what is likely the only barbershop and ...

  • Speakeasy

    Since 1974, the Speakeasy restaurant has brought hungry visitors to the unincorporated community of Sacramento. Their buttermilk fried chicken, smoked pork belly, steamed blue mussels and Sacramento strip are some ...

  • Nebraska Prairie Museum

    Swedish immigrants from Illinois arrived by wagon and horseback to found Holdrege in the 1880s. The history of the town and surrounding region is preserved in the Nebraska Prairie ...

  • Funk Federal Waterfowl Protection Area

    The Funk Federal Waterfowl Protection Area is a magnet for birds and birdwatchers. It is better known as Funk Lagoon. Endangered whooping cranes are seen here regularly in the ...

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