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.
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.
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.
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.
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.