Enders Lake, NE

Enders Lake, Nebraska

Enders Reservoir is a combination of recreational and wildlife lands, with the additional dedication of a portion of the area as a wildlife refuge in the fall and winter. Because of its refuge status, the recreational facilities have not been quite as extensively developed by the Game and Parks Commission as are the other three lakes in the Southwest complex.

The dam itself is a homogeneous, earth-filled structure, 134 feet high and 2,603 feet long. It is 30 feet wide at the top and a maximum of 670 feet at the base. It forms a 1,707-acre lake at top conservation pool, with 26 miles of shoreline. It stores water to irrigate some 21,000 acres of land. Rocky outcroppings along the south shore and in the northwest corner of the lake offer some spectacular views of the reservoir.

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Enders Lake Campingmore

Enders Camping
Enders CampingThe main camping area parallels the east shore and has electrical hookups, picnic shelters, grills, drinking water modern restrooms, fish cleaning station, and a trailer dump station. The Center Dam and Church Cove sites have picnic tables and fire grates for campers, as well as drinking water and vault toilets. Center Dam has a boat ramp and several camping pads with 30 amp electrical hookups. Campers are welcome to pitch tent at any of the more secluded sites around the lake. Groceries, bait, fishing, hunting, park entry permits and other needs are available at the village of Enders, just north of the lake on U.S. 6 and NE 61.

8 camping pads with electrical hookups, 20/30-amp. non-reservable campsites
24 non-pad sites with electrical hookups, 20/30-amp. non-reservable sites
200 non-pad sites without electricity

Enders Lake Fishingmore

Enders Fishing
Fishing for white bass, crappie, catfish, northern pike, wipers and walleye has been quite productive at Enders in recent years, but irrigation drawdowns in the future could adversely affect the fishery in the long term. Nonetheless, with 26 miles of scenic shoreline, Enders remains a good choice for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to enjoy the bounties of nature away from the hustle and bustle.

Enders Lake Huntingmore

Enders Hunting
Including the lake, the entire State Recreation Area encompasses 5,300 acres. Of the 3,643 acres of land, The Enders Wildlife Refuge covers 2,146 acres on the western reaches of the lake. Hunting for big game, waterfowl, and upland game is allowed on public property along the river, west of the refuge, and on wildlife lands north and east of the protected area. Large flocks of mallards and geese winter on the open waters of the refuge, providing excellent huntable populations for waterfowlers. There are about 1,500 acres of wildlife lands, with managed habitat, open to hunters.

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Enders Lake Information

Fees: Park Permit Required

Location: 5 miles east and 4 1/2 miles south of Imperial on Hwy 61

Contact: 308-394-5118

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