Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area – Burwell, Nebraska

Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area.jpgCalamus Reservoir State Recreation Area – Burwell, Nebraska

Over 5,000 acres for fishing, swimming and boating are available at this reservoir.  

Sand beaches, 2 modern campgrounds, 2 primitive campgrounds, fish hatchery and visitor center. The office, shower building and dump station are open beginning the last Fri in Apr-Sep 15. Office open daily, 8am-5pm. The park is open year-round. Use of the shower house is restricted to registered campers at Homestead Knolls campground. Two fish cleaning stations with water and disposals, 5 boat ramps and docks from spring to fall.

Nebraska’s newest large reservoir and the site of a major fish hatchery, Calamus offers prime fishing and  camping in the heart of the Sandhills, 6 miles NW of Burwell. The modern campgrounds have 122 pads with 30/50 amp electrical hookups, plus 55 non-pad sites, modern restrooms, showers, dump station and water.

The area encompasses 11,720 acres, including the 5,124-acre lake.  This is a "No Wake Lake"

Another highlight is a trip to the Calamus State Fish Hatchery, located below the dam. The hatchery has self-guided tours and displays on raising fish and other topics.

The site is handicap accessible. 

Park permit required. Camping fees charged. Reservations can take up to a year to obtain so call early.

Office Hours:
Memorial Day – Labor Day
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

Phone: 308-346-5666

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