Saturday, March 25, 2017
BIG ALKALI FISH CAMP, NEAR VALENTINE, NE—Camp 15
We stumbled across this small campground on our way to Valentine, NE. We were looking for a place to just do a single overnight stop so when we saw the signs for the fish camp we decided to take a chance and go to check it out.
After following the signs down a long sand road that wound through a hay field we came to an oasis of trees that turned out to be the fish camp.
Then the strangeness happened. The campground was tidy, there were several campers there, but no people. Absolutely no people, no honor box, no fees posted, nothing. There as a bait shop of sorts that was closed that had a sign on it that said if we were going to use electricity to see the camp host before parking.
We checked several campers, but there was no one there. It was like something out of the twilight zone. Since the weather was mild we decided to just boondock and not use the electricity and pay the attendant in the morning.
Around midnight we heard three trucks come into the campground and the voices of their occupants, but when we got up at 7 am there was no one there. We were still all alone. Insert spooky music here.
Since it was on a wildlife reserve we finally decided it was part of the lands we had been looking at for free camping and left.
Here a few photos we snapped the night we arrived.