AJ Dahm

Tekamah is a city of 1,700 residents in the Missouri River Valley. This region’s relationship with the Missouri River means sometimes losing ground to it, but the Mighty Mo also nourishes this land to be some of the most agriculturally productive in the world. That river forming the eastern boundary of Burt County and Nebraska is also where Tekamah’s hardworking residents and visitors aim toward for recreation.

The only way to know if there are lunkers lurking in Summit Lake State Recreation Area is to cast a line into the 190-acre lake. A public fish cleaning station, handicapped-accessible fishing pier, new shower house and 29 fully-equipped camping spots make this an outdoorsy home away from home. Horseshoe pits and an archery range help hone other skills. Camping sites and new showers are available. 2787 Co. Rd. G (402) 374-1727.

Pelican Point State Recreation Area offers a boat dock with Missouri River access, picnic shelter and primitive camping spaces. Nine miles northeast of Tekamah. (402) 468-5611.

World-class wing shooting meets Nebraska hospitality at Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club. Guests describe the luxury lodging here as “castle-like.” There is plenty of action whether you’re shooting wild birds or clay targets. Whitetail deer hunts are also available. 3097 Co. Rd. O. (402) 374-1765.

Those armed with golf clubs can hunt for a fun time at the nine-hole Northridge Country Club. The club has a driving range, pro shop and course with water hazards and drastic elevation changes. Visiting the club’s Northridge Bar is a great way to end a round. 3398 Co. Rd. H. (402) 374-2661.

The Tekamah Swimming Pool has basketball goals, a slide and a diving board. The poolside lounge chairs are perfect for relaxing under the sun. 408 N. 10th St. (402) 374-2475.

The Burt County Museum in the circa-1904 Houston House displays artifacts from Burt County history. The third floor ballroom reveals a glimpse of early 1900s social culture. 319 N. 13th St. (402) 374-1505. Another historic Tekamah structure, the Bryant House, was erected in 1890 and is completely original down to the furniture and dishes. 104 S. 16th St. (402) 870-1220.

The Lied Tekamah Public Library is one of 69 Carnegie libraries built in Nebraska. This is a place of learning involving more than books. Animal encounters, craft nights and occasional free root beer floats make learning fun. 204 S. 13th St. (402) 374-2453.

Chatterbox Brews cultivates small town charm and a big city feel with exposed beams, original brick, barn wood accents and a comfortable backyard patio. Patrons enjoy rotating craft beers and a diverse selection of wine and spirits. The menu changes daily and ranges from homemade pizza to hand-cut steaks. Chatterbox also hosts farmers markets, food and wine pairings, beer and whiskey tastings, movie nights and other events. 203 S. 13th St. (402) 374-2013.

Way North Restaurant and Lounge at Summit Lake is a great place to get an expertly-fried catfish dinner even when the fish aren’t biting. Beautiful lake views sooth bruised angler egos. A big ribeye and a cold beer works, too. 2800 County Rd. G. (402) 374-2043.

Master’s Hand is well-known for its homemade chocolate, handmade candles and gift selection. Did you know that the 2003 start-up also creates luncheons and desserts by appointment? The same high standards that go into their successful candle and chocolate lines are used in these beautifully-plated gourmet meals. 3559 Co. Rd. F. (402) 374-2003.

Visitors can embark on Nebraska’s shortest winery tour near Tekamah. Only five miles separate Silver Hills Winery and Big Cottonwood Vineyards and Winery. In addition to both having wonderful wines, each also hosts many live music events. Silver Hills Winery is at 3130 Co. Rd. M. (402) 374-1602. Big Cottonwood Vineyards and Winery is located at 2865 Co. Rd. I. (402) 374-2656

Learn more about Tekamah at tekamah.net, burtcoedc.com or by calling Burt County Economic Development at (402) 374-2953.