Fishing Trip Locations

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Swanson Reservoir - 2 miles west of Trenton, NE on Highway 34

Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area is the largest of four recreation areas in the southwest part of the state. Swanson consists of a 4,974 acre lake and 3,957 acres of land. The area also offers hunting in season.
Amenities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Camping (Electrical Hookups)
  • Primitive Camping
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Beach

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Red Willow Reservoir - 10 miles north of McCook, NE on Highway 83

Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found at Red Willow SRA, and the area has excellent facilities for camping and water-oriented recreation. Red Willow SRA offers 4,320 acres of land around a 1,628-acre lake.
Amenities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Camping (Electrical Hookups)
  • Primitive Camping
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Beach

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Medicine Creek Reservoir (AKA Harry Strunk Lake) - 2 miles west and 7 miles north of Cambridge, NE

This 1,768 acre lake is rated by many visitors as one of Nebraska’s more scenic recreation spots. In a quiet and scenic spot, Medicine Creek is a great hidden outdoor getaway. Four, two-bedroom, full furnished, lakeside modern cabins are available for outdoor lovers.
Amenities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Camping (Electrical Hookups)
  • Primitive Camping
  • Lodging
  • Swimming Beach

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Enders Reservoir - 5 miles east and 4.5 miles south of Imperial, NE (Guided trips - extra $30 fee per day)

Because of its recent refuge status, the recreational facilities are not as extensively developed. Including the lake, the entire area encompasses 5,700 acres. Of the 4,000 acres of land, the Enders Wildlife Refuge covers 2,146 acres on the western reaches of the lake. Enders is a good escape for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to enjoy the bounties of nature in a peaceful, uncrowded setting.
Amenities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Camping (Electrical Hookups)
  • Primitive Camping
  • Swimming Beach

Elwood Reservoir - 3 miles N of Elwood, NE
(Guided trips - extra $30 fee per day)

Elwood Reservoir's 1,300 surface acres (at full pool) is regularly stocked with walleye, white bass, northern pike, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, and drum. Once on the lake, fisherman can choose among dozens of coves within the lake to cast their lines. A Nebraska Game & Parks maintained Wildlife Management Area on site also allows for hunting.
Amenities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • (Off-site) Camping (Electrical Hookups)
  • (Off-site) Primitive Camping

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Lake McConaughy - 9 miles N of Ogallala, NE
(Guided trips - extra $100 fee per day)

Nebraska’s largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy offers outstanding outdoor activities. The area boasts beautiful white sand beaches perfect for swimming, building sandcastles or just soaking up the sun. The beach is also a popular spot for camping, as tent campers can pitch their tent right on the water’s edge. All together, the area totals more than 40,000 acres, 34,700 of which are water acres, and has more than 100 miles of shoreline.
Amenities:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Camping (Electrical Hookups)
  • Swimming Beach

*Reference: Nebraska Game & Parks

Did you know?

The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission operates five fish production facilities.

These facilities allow the commission to supply fish for angling and conservation purposes. Each facility has unique resources. Cooperatively, they produce many species including cold-water trout; cool-water northern pike, muskellunge and walleye; and warm-water largemouth bass, bluegill, white bass and catfish.

Our State Recreation Areas (SRA) and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) offer almost 19,000 acres of public hunting land managed for wildlife habitat.

Southwest Nebraska–where Ringneck Pheasant is king and Mule Deer and Wild Turkey are plentiful–is known by hunters across the country as home to some of the best hunting in the state.

Areas near McCook provide rare bird-watching opportunities.

Native sand sage prairies are rare except in southwest Nebraska, where due to the rough topography and rocky soils, many parcels have been left undisturbed, attracting a remarkable variety of some of North America’s most interesting birds. Greater Prairie Chickens strut their stuff in a spectacular show each spring.  You can join a group of early morning birders in late March and early April to observe the annual mating dance that will enchant, amaze and thrill you.

*Reference: Nebraska Game & Parks & McCook/Red Willow County Tourism