Recreation & Activities
A wide variety of people from antique collectors--to hunters--to outdoor
enthusiasts find plenty to do in the Royal area. Royal is visited by hundreds
of tourists each year owing to the development of Grove Lake and
a State Recreational Park. Ashfall Fossil Beds, Grove
Lake Dam and the Grove Trout Rearing Station have also played
a major role in attracting visitors to this area. Royal is known for its
natural beauty including some of the most beautiful shelterbelts in the
- Ice Fishing Tournament
Join us the second Sunday in January for our annual ice fishing tournament
at Grove Lake! The Royal Fire Department started this tournament in
1983 to raise money for equipment. Cash prizes and 24 trophies are awarded
each year! Trophies include the Missy Hieter Eckmann memorial
trophy for the youngest female fisherman and the Stacy Snodgrass memorial traveling trophies. All of the trophies are donated by area
businesses. For further information, contact H&J Lures, (402) 893-4531
or Gary Ober (402) 893-2880.
Annual BBQ, Dance and Tractor Ride
Held the third Saturday in July, the annual barbeque and dance are
held at the Royal Park. The annual tractor ride leaves Royal at Noon. For more information on the tractor ride, call Gary Ober at (402) 893-2880.
Ashfall Fossil Beds ~
Located just 6 miles north of US Hwy. 20 between Royal and Orchard,
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is a joint project of the
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska State
Museum. The park offers a fascinating and educational experience for
the entire family to see amazingly well preserved skeletons of prehistoric
animals. It is a chance to step back in time and see what Nebraska wildlife
was like long before modern man ventured onto the Great Plains. Visitors
are invited to watch the on-going excavation of this unique "time quotes."
Grove Lake ~
Grove Trout Rearing Station ~
Lake, named in memory of Philo Ulysses and Bertha Ellen Grove,
was completed in 1954. The Lake, located two miles north of Royal, offers
many recreational uses including camping and fishing. Grove Lake is
on the only cold water trout stream in Nebraska, the Veridgris Creek.
Wildlife abounds in the area and resident creatures are often seen from
the many hiking trails. Local fishing information and supplies are available
at the Grove Lake Bait Shop, (402) 893-2694.
The Grove Trout Rearing Station is located 1 mile north and 1.5 miles
east of Royal. It is a 41-acre facility situated within the boundaries
of the 1,500+ acres of the Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area. Today
nearly 200,000 fish are reared at the facility on an annual basis. The
grove facility is manned 24-hours a day and is open to the public year-round.
Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors will find an
information center complete with dispensers for feeding the trout. For
further information, please contact (402) 893-5468 or RR1, Box
51, Royal, NE 68773.
Other Regional Activities:
Visit these Web sites to learn about other recreational activities
in the Royal area.