Lakes in Nebraska

From scenic byways to freshwater fishing, Nebraska is home to 49 lake attractions, according to the official website of the Nebraska state government.

There's the Heritage Highway, for example. A 238-mile road trip, it's perfect for those who're looking for scenic views. The highway passes through gorgeous countryside complete with unspoiled lakes and winding rivers. Another fun Nebraska road trip follows the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, which traverses territory once inhabited by outlaws like the Jesse James Gang. Those who follow the 231-mile long trail encounter museums, historic sites, parklands and lakes along the way. Of course, Nebraska also offers lots of recreational opportunities for those who like play in the water too. Twenty lakes, for instance (seven of them with highly developed recreational areas) lie within a 25-mile radius of Lincoln in the Salt Valley.

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Featured lakes in Nebraska

Enders Reservoir

Enders Reservoir in Enders, Nebraska, is open for fishing year round. Fish types include walleye, white bass and channel catfish. The reservoir, created by Enders Dam, attracts geese and mallards each winter. The lake has 26 miles of shoreline and offers many recreational activities, including boating, picnicking and camping.

Lake Minatare

Lake Minatare is located in the Lake Minatare State Recreation Area, which has Nebraska's only lighthouse. The lake is close to Scotts Bluff National Monument, Chimney Rock, and the city of Scottsbluff. Over 100 campsites are near the lake, which is popular with boaters, picnickers, swimmers and fishermen. The SRA is also home to a waterfowl refuge.

Swanson Lake

At almost 5,000 acres, Swanson Lake in Hitchcock County, Nebraska, is well known as a great place for sail boating and power boating. It's also offers excellent opportunities for catching catfish. Swanson Lake is located just west of McCook, near Spring Canyon Campground and Lakers North Shore Marina. Miller Reservoir, Trenton Dam and Black Canyon are nearby.


Popular Nebraska lakes

Box Butte Reservoir
Branched Oak Lake
Crescent Lake
Dads Lake
Elwood Reservoir
Enders Reservoir
Harlan County Lake
Harry Strunk Lake
Jeffrey Reservoir
Johnson Reservoir
Lake Alice
Lake Maloney
Lake Minatare
McConaughy Lake
Middle Marsh Lake
Mother Lake
Ogallala Lake
Pawnee Lake
Schoonover Lake
Sherman Reservoir
Sutherland Reservoir
Swanson Lake
Whitewater Lake
Whitney Reservoir


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