Sherman Reservoir, NE

Sherman Reservoir, Nebraska

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.

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Sherman Reservoir Fishing

Sherman Fishing
Fishing and power boating are the mainstays of this central Nebraska reservoir. Rugged drainage ways branch off the main reservoir body
providing interesting bays and coves and outstanding fishing oportunities.

The most popular species sought by anglers are walleye, crappie, catfish, white bass, and northern pike. Fishing typically begins in March when northern pike can be caught in the shallow waters of coves and bays. Fishing for walleye during their April spawning period is very popular. Walleye fishing usually peaks in May-June. White bass fishing typically has two peaks—one in April-May and the second peak in mid-summer. Crappie catches are excellent in May as the reservoir fills and flooded habitat is available in the coves and bays. Ice-fishing for crappie and walleye can also be productive over submerged cover or habitat. Channel catfish provide good angling opportunities throughout the summer months, and large flathead catfish provide the possibility for trophy-sized fish.

Perhaps the most popular fishing spot on the reservoir, Fisherman\'s Bridge
provides pedestrian fisherman access to the supply canal immediately below the reservoir\'s inlet structure. Drinking water and vault toilet facilities are provided. Visitors want to be sure to watch for storm clouds as access to this area can be particularly difficult when the road gets wet.

Sherman Reservoir Camping

Sherman Reservoir Camping
Sherman Reservoir CampingAn abundance of recreation sites are located intermittently around the reservoir offering primitive camping at 360 non-electrical site and day-use facilities, including drinking water, vault toilets and shelters. Recreation area facilities include picnic tables, shelters, water, dumpstation, modern restrooms, four boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, coin-operated showers and concession. Cabin rental and RV camping pads are available through Trade Winds Marina.

Trail 1

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.

Trail 2

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.

Sherman Reservoir Hunting

Sherman Reservoir Hunting Information
Sherman Reservoir Wildlife Area---Nebraska Game and Parks

Substantial hunting opportunities are available on the Sherman Reservoir Wildlife Management Area which includes upland game, big game and waterfowl. Large tracts of upland game habitat exists on the WMA and offer hunting
opportunities for pheasant, quail and dove. Big game hunting can also be found on the area with good numbers of deer and turkey. Seasonal waterfowl blinds may be used for waterfowl hunting. Hunting can only be done on the Wildlife
Management Areas around the reservoir. Please consult the current hunting guide for season dates and regulations.