Sherman Dam, located on Oak Creek, was completed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in January, 1962. Sherman Reservoir stores off-season water flows for release during the irrigation season. A facility of the Middle Loup Division of the Nebraska-Kansas Project, the dam creates a reservoir with 65 miles of shoreline, 69,076 acre feet of storage, and a surface area of 2,878 acres. Approximately 50,000 acres of Nebraska farmland are served by this reservoir.
Among the most popular of the lake\'s many accesses, Trail 1 leads to several hard-surfaced recreation sites at the southwest end of the dam including Redwood, Thunder Bay Boat Ramp, West Ridge, Middle Ridge and East Ridge areas. In addition to basic recreational services, the area headquarters building, coin-operated showerhouse and dump station are located on Trail 1.
Located at the far northeast end of the dam, Trail 2 affords hard-surface vehicle access to the popular Marina Bay Boat Ramp area and the Trade Winds Marina, the reservoir\'s concession facility.
Trails 3, 8, 10 & 11
These trails lead to the Ash Canyon, Moon Creek, Dead Horse Creek and Oak Creek recreation sites, respectively. Offering slightly more primitive camping opportunities, these four recreational accesses are ever popular with families who like to get away from it all. Facilities are limited to drinking water and vault toilets and a boat ramp on Trail 10. Access into these areas is over gravel surface roads which can become difficult to navigate during wet periods.
Location: Access road on Hwy 92 at Loup City