Garfield County is located south of Holt County in central Nebraska. Burwell, population 1,200, is its largest town and county seat. It’s located about 86 miles north of Kearney. The county is named after former U.S. President James Garfield.

Garfield County is home to outdoor adventure and Western fun. The Calamus State Recreation Area is a mecca for fishing and boating. The nearby Calamus River is a popular destination for tubing and tanking in summer. Each July, Nebraska’s Big Rodeo kicks up its heels in Burwell.

For more information contact the Garfield County Convention & Visitors Bureau at or (308) 346-5210.

Discover Activities in Garfield County

  • Calamus State Recreation Area

    The Calamus State Recreation Area is an oasis in the Sandhills near Burwell. Windsurf on a 5,123-acre lake, float on an inner tube down the Calamus River or take ...

  • Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

    Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park is a restored 1870s frontier fortress built when settlers and the Pawnee sought military protection from the Sioux. Barracks, officers’ quarters and other structures ...

  • Food at Sandstone Grill

    Sandstone Grill

    The Sandstone Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in a wide radius surrounding Burwell. This eatery adjacent to a historic hotel on the Burwell town square offers ...

  • Burwell City Park

    The Burwell City Park on North Eighth Avenue has a small pond and is bordered by the North Loup River. The park is becoming a quick but mandatory stop ...

  • Calamus Outfitters

    Calamus Outfitters

    Near the northwestern edge of the lake is another local attraction. Calamus Outfitters sets thousands of visitors afloat on the Calamus River each spring, summer and fall in canoes, ...

  • The Hub

    The Hub is a soda fountain, coffee shop, cafe and antique store all in one. The three-story building has been a fixture in Burwell since H.J. Coffin built ...

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