Nebraska Area Lakes and Reservoirs

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  • Box Butte Reservoir

    Thanks Box Butte Dam and reservoir are features of the Mirage Flats Project.The reservoir has 1,600 water surface acres, 612 land acres and 14 miles of shoreline. Recreation is managed for the Bureau of Reclamation by the Nebraska Game and Parks. Water is stored in Box Butte ... Box Butte Reservoir
  • Branched Oak Lake SRA

    Branched Oak Lake SRALocated just north of Lincoln, Branched Oak Lake is one of Nebraska's highest visited recreation areas, and is the largest of 10 Salt Creek Flood Control Project dams built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Branched Oak hosts nearly one million visitors annually on its 1,800 acre lake surface and ... Branched Oak Lake SRA
  • Burchard Lake State Park

    Burchard Lake State ParkBurchard Lake State Park is a 150-acre lake created in 1958. It features year-round fishing, camping, hiking and picnic areas. Come with binoculars and go out very early to use the blinds that have been constructed in the park for bird watchers to enjoy viewing the prairie chickens booming in ... Burchard Lake State Park
  • Calamus Reservoir

    Calamus Reservoir at typical pool level has 5,123 surface acres of water. It is said to have some of the best camping, fishing, hiking, boating and hunting activities in the area. There is also 4,958 acres of land providing a variety of other outdoor activities. A mile of the Calamus River ... Calamus Reservoir
  • Davis Creek Reservoir

    Davis Creek ReservoirDavis Creek Reservoir and Dam is a Bureau of Reclamation project of the Lower Loup Natural Resources District with 1,145 surface acres of water. Because the lake was created for irrigation as its main purpose, and recreation as a secondary purpose, irrigation causes the water level to fluctuate ... Davis Creek Reservoir
  • Elwood Reservoir

    Elwood Reservoir Elwood Reservoir was formed in the late 1970s as part of a project to rehabilitate and modernize Central's E65 irrigation canal system. The lake was created by damming one end of a series of canyons. Water from the E65 Canal is pumped into the reservoir each spring to supplement flows in the ... Elwood Reservoir
  • Enders Lake

    Enders Lake 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 ... Enders Lake
  • Harlan County Lake

    Harlan County Lake Located on the Republican River in south central Nebraska, the Harlan County Dam controls a drainage area of 7,164 square miles. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' project covering 31,000 acres, with 13,250 acres of water surface, Harlan County is Nebraska's second largest lake. The lake and ... Harlan County Lake
  • Johnson Lake

    Johnson LakeWhile most lakes on Central's supply canal are canyon lakes, Johnson Lake was originally a natural depression or low-lying area when construction began in 1939. Named for George E. Johnson, Central's chief engineer during construction of the hydro-irrigation project and general manager from 1935 ... Johnson Lake
  • Keller Park SRA

    Keller Park SRA Some 197 acres of picturesque land in northcentral Nebraska have been added to the State Park System, thanks to the generosity of Neal and Pauline Keller of Brewster. Donated to the Game and Parks Foundation in 1983, the Brown County area was turned over to the Game and Parks Commission on ... Keller Park SRA
  • Lake McConaughy

    Lake McConaughyNearly everything about Lake McConaughy is big. At full storage of 1,948,000 acre-feet, Big Mac is 22 miles long, 4 miles wide for quite some distance from the dam, and 142 feet deep near the dam. When full, Nebraska's largest reservoir is 35,700 acres and has 105 miles of shore line with many sand ... Lake McConaughy
  • Lake Ogallala SRA

    Lake Ogallala SRA Chilled by the massive surface of Lake McConaughy, a breeze sweeps gently eastward across Kingsley Dam and tumbles 160 feet to the surface of Lake Ogallala. There, at the "little lake," anglers and campers enjoy the natural air conditioning, but sunset comes early in the shadow of the towering dam ... Lake Ogallala SRA
  • Lewis and Clark Lake

    Lewis and Clark Lake Nebraska's second largest lake, Lewis & Clark straddles the northeast border with South Dakota, about 7 miles north of Crofton on NE Hwy 121 in the northwest corner of Cedar County. The lake stretches for some 35 miles at maximum pool, with 90 miles of shoreline. Maximum depth is 45 feet. It draws ... Lewis and Clark Lake
  • Long Pine SRA

    Long Pine SRALong Pine, "Jewel of the Cowboy Trail," offers something unexpected to visitors - scenic canyons lined with a Western Pine and Eastern Hardwood forest; one of Nebraska's finest trout streams, Pine Creek, beautiful Long Pine State Recreation Area, Hidden Paradise, Pine Valley Resort and the Pines ... Long Pine SRA
  • Medicine Creek Reservoir

    Medicine Creek Reservoir Medicine Creek Reservoir has 1,800 surface acres of water and is rated by many visitors as one of Nebraska's loveliest recreation spots. Medicine Creek State Recreation Area and wildlife lands encompass some 8,500 acres of public land and water. The dam on Medicine Creek is a zoned, earth-filled ... Medicine Creek Reservoir
  • Merritt Reservoir

    Merritt ReservoirAlmost any activity involving water sports can be enjoyed in and around Merritt Reservoir's 72,900 acre-feet of water. Seventy three miles of tree lined shore provide swimming, camping, picnicking, pan and game fishing. Whether you plan to roam the prairie or walk in peaceful solitude along miles ... Merritt Reservoir
  • Oliver Lake SRA

    Oliver Lake SRA With 917 acres of land and a 270-acre lake, Oliver Reservoir State Recreation is the only waterbased recreational facility in the southwest Panhandle. A constant level lake provides unmatched facilities for boating, water-skiing, fishing, and swimming. Ice fishing and ice skating are popular ... Oliver Lake SRA
  • Red Willow Reservoir

    Red Willow ReservoirThe Nebraska Game and Park Commission administers Red Willow's recreation and wildlife resources. Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found here, and the Commission has built some excellent facilities for camping and water-oriented recreation. At maximum pool, the lake overs ... Red Willow Reservoir
  • Sherman Reservoir

    Sherman Reservoir 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 ... Sherman Reservoir
  • Swanson Reservoir

    Swanson Reservoir Situated on the Republican River, Swanson Lake offers boaters and fishermen 4,794 acres of crystal clear water at top conservation pool. Nearly another 4,000 acres of public land are managed by the Game and Parks Commission for outdoor recreation and wildlife. The zoned, earth-filled dam was ... Swanson Reservoir