Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area

Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area

Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area
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42254 Hatchery Rd, Burwell, NE 68823-5412
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AlexanderDelarge
Omaha, NE859 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
Lake Calamus has some of the best sandy beaches you will find in Nebraska. The lake is 10 miles long and 3 miles wide. There are trees located around the lake with plenty of sandy spots to pop up and umbrella and lounge. We went fishing via a boat and jet skiing on a weekend in July. The water was cool (spring fed) but we still were able to swim and have a great time. We caught plenty of white bass and had us a nice dinner. A very nice way to spend a few days. There are many people who travel 3-3.5 hrs from Omaha to enjoy Calamus. I highly recommend eating at the Pizza Palace followed by ice cream at the old fashioned soda fountain, The Hub.
Written July 22, 2013
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Huskerredhead22
Nebraska113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Made a short stop with some friends on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in July. Not too many people at the beach on this particular day. The water was very clear and warm as we waded along the shore. We actually walked a long way down the beach, all clean, soft sand the whole way. The Sandhills are beautiful and this reservoir is one of the nicest we have seen in Nebraska. We stopped at the visitor center first to find out where we would find the nicest beach and the young lady in charge gave us a map and showed us several options. She was most helpful.

There were people fishing, sailing, swimming and just hanging out on the beach as we were. Plenty of things to do for all interests. All you need is a valid Nebraska State Park Permit which you can purchase at the office if you don't already have one. Can't wait to go back!

Burwell is a lovely town with good lodging and dining, but while you are in the area you might want to check out Bootleg Brewery by Taylor for some nice craft beers, or even Uncle Buck's Lodge at Brewster for a great place to stay.
Written August 1, 2016
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sjebuffetfan
Omaha, NE115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
I went to the campground on the west end of the lake south side for tent camping. I was the only one there and it was great. There is water and outhouse . Beautiful place to view the lake with pelichans, cranes and other wild life. Well kept and some big trees for shade. only $8 a day. It is my second time there. Love it. Beautiful view of the sand hills.
Written June 5, 2014
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Nicholas S
Omaha, NE81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
One of the greatest things about Calamus Lake is the sandy beaches. Be aware that in late spring, they lake can be fairly high still. So many lakes are nice to look at, but not very fun for kids or families. The entire lake has sandy beaches that you can take a short walk or hike to get too. If you go to some of the less known areas, you can have the entire beach area to yourself. The lake is spring fed by the Calamus River, so the water is very clear for Nebraska.

The fishing here is very good too. Catfish, drum, crappie, white bass and much more can all be caught easily. I am not too proud to fish for carp, and their is an endless supply here. So fun for kids to catch. The upper portion of the lake is no wake for fishing, if you have a boat. There is a lot of boating activity, but hike to a more remote beach and you will be all alone.

No much for hiking trails at all. That is about the only drawback. Burwell is a fun town and great people. I always recommend kayaking or tubing the Calamus River too.
Written April 25, 2014
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sjebuffetfan
Omaha, NE115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Solo
This was my first time to Calamus. I would highly recommend. If you are a boater or fisherman then this is the place to go. I only tent camped and I loved it. There is one campground that is for tents called Hannemann Boyue. It is a beautiful place. Very quiet and you will love nature around. Burwell is the nearest town about 10 miles away. You definately get away from the busynessof life and the noise of the city. There are places to park your Rv as well. Showers are available but for Rv people only The lake is huge at least 10 miles long. come and enjoy.
Written June 2, 2012
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Nicole D
Grand Island, NE115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Probably the best lake in the state of Nebraska. Sandy shores, its nice and big, very beautiful. If you go to Calamus Outfitters online website you can look at all the different things you can do here. We rented their two smaller cabins and they were very nice. But if you rent any of their cabins you better do it quickly because they tend to book very fast.
Written May 6, 2012
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mrstneb
Omaha, NE11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We've stayed here a few summers now. We love tenting at the valleyview flats campground because we can set our tent up right by the water and it's a quick walk to carry our kayaks to the boat launch. It's also on the back half of the lake so no wake which is better for our kayaks. We love taking our kayaks into the trees to catch some great fish. Newer bathroom and coin showers. Vault toilet closer to the water.
Written October 2, 2019
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sas4253
Overgaard, AZ253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We stayed at this park for an over-nighter. There was hardly anyone at the park. The water was deep blue, and the beach empty and gorgeous. Sites were OK; level, some with grass still (this time of year). We picked a site with grass for our dogs. If the park had been full, spaces would have been kind of close. I walked down to the lake, which was awesome. Leaves were not in full color, we were too early for the season. We would go back again if passing through. We travel in a motorhome with a tow vehicle.
Written April 19, 2019
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lindakaysheppard
Burwell, NE3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Lovely white sandy beaches. Plenty of space for fishing, waterskiing, and many water activities. Numerous camping sites which it would be wise to make a reservation. Highly recommend for a great getaway. Will need a Nebraska park permit to launch boat.
Written August 9, 2017
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Megan P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
The Calamus Reservoir is the perfect weekend, or weeklong, getaway for those who want a relaxing, and cheap, taste of the outdoors. Being the the sandhills, the beaches are naturally white, sandy, and perfect for sunbathing. However, the beaches don't normally appear til the beginning of July! So July and August are the best months to go for those who don't have a boat!
Written June 30, 2016
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