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Calamus State Recreation Area


Park Snapshot


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. Other facilities include: Unsupervised swimming beach, 5 boat ramps, vault toilets, picnic tables and fish cleaning stations. The area encompasses 11,720 acres, including the 5,124-acre lake.


Calamus Reservoir SRA offers some of the state's finest recreational opportunities. Camping, fishing, boating, hiking, sightseeing and hunting are all popular here. The 5,124-acre lake is surrounded by 4,958 acres of gently rolling land, covered with native grasses and forbs. About 1.2 miles of the Calamus River and 3.5 miles of other streams meander through the area.

Visit nearby Fort Hartsuff SHP

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.

Overnight Accommodations

Camping Facilities:
122 camping pads with electrical hookups*
55 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30-amp. 1-year advance reservable campsites

Calamus is a 5,124-acre lake with an adjacent 1,188 acres of land. The area offers power boating, hiking, picnicking, swimming and Homestead Knolls campground features a shower house, electrical pads and primitive camping. Nunda Shoals campground does not have access to showers but offers electrical pads.

All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping at Nunda Shoals and Homestead Knolls campgrounds. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day.

Facility Details

Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: No

Hiking: 0 miles
Mtn. Bike: 0 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 204
Grills: 216
Shelters: 1
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: Yes

Types: All (5-mph limit)
Ramps: 5
Docks: 5
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: Yes

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 2

Swimming: No

Pools: 0
Beaches: 0

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

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

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