Burt County is just a hop, skip and a calming kayak ride to a world of nature right in the heart of the Midwest. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or a lover of the seasons, get the best of the outdoors during your stay in Burt County.
Whether it’s your first time visiting or you are just passing through, I want to welcome you to the heartland of the Midwest.
As you travel through Burt County, you will discover many different landscapes, from the fertile river bottoms that parallel the great Missouri River, to the beautiful rolling hills and bluffs that stretch west. This is the land that Lewis and Clark traveled through in their historic voyage through America.
Burt County has abundant recreational and camping opportunities. Some of the most outstanding upland bird hunting in the nation can be found here, with a number of services available to host a hunt. Two separate public access ramps to the Missouri River are located here, as well as the Decatur Marina. Summit Lake offers fishing opportunities including a handicapped accessible fishing pier, perfect for the youngest fishing enthusiast! There are also over one hundred camper pads throughout the county.
Each of the county’s five communities hosts a summertime community festival. There is truly nothing like a small-town festival with parades, games, homemade treats and local residents there to direct you to the next activity. Don’t forget to make a stop at Master’s Hand Candles and Chocolates, every woman’s dream shop, for award winning cinnamon rolls, hand made chocolates, or a lovely, delicious lunch.
The Bryant House offers a rare and unique glimpse back through time. Colonel Benjamin R. Folsom founded Tekamah, NE in 1854. The members of this family over the past century have made numerous memories in this very house. Browse each room at leisure to appreciate arts and period furnishing belonging to several generations of the Bryan Family. Over 70,000 pristine artifacts. Call for an appointment.
The historic E.C. Houston House was built in 1904. It is a grand home with 14 rooms, including a third-floor ballroom. The grounds also feature a country school, a museum annex, gazebo, beautiful landscaping, a lighted flagpole and the Folsom Park Bridge. Open year-round Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.
This lovely restored home in downtown Decatur was dedicated as a museum in 2008. Items from Decatur, Nebraska’s second oldest community, are on display, as well as items from the surrounding area. Open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday or by appointment. Contact Marilyn Andersen at 402-349-5534 for more information.
The Swedish Heritage Center opened in 1989 and is nationally recognized. This museum of Swedish memorabilia features numerous programs and year-round activities. A “must see'' in the Swedish Capital of Nebraska. Open May – October. 1-6 p.m. or by appointment.