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Located at Merritt Reservoir, Valentine, Nebraska, 44 miles north of Mullen or 26 miles south of Valentine on Hiway 97 and adjacent to the Valentine Waterfowl Refuge Lakes.

Merritt is located in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills and is truly a pearl with its pure water, beautiful sugar sand beaches and void of any development with the exception of our resort. Merritt Trading Post and Resort is just a short drive from many of the Midwest's major cities.

Merritt is adjacent to the Valentine Refuge Lakes that host northern pike, bass, perch and bluegills offering additional fishing opportunities in these pristine, unspoiled Sandhill lakes.  Listed below are some common driving times.




Driving Times

Location Driving Time
Denver 7 1/2 hours
Des Moines 8 hours
Minneapolis 10 hours
Omaha 6 hours



Helpful Phone Numbers

Merritt Reservoir Visitor Center: 402-376-2969  or 1-800-658-4024
Nebraska Travel and Tourism:  1-800-228-4307
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Merritt Trading Post Resort

88337 State Hwy 97
Valentine, NE 69201
Trading Post (402) 376-3437
Water'sEdge Restaurant (402) 376-1878

Fax (402) 376-5934