Bluestem Lake

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Bluestem Lake

Nebraska

(402) 453-0202

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Overview

This Corps area is leased to the State of Nebraska. The 742-acre area offers a variety of recreation opportunities including an archery range. Bluestem Lake (Dam Site #4) was established as a project under the "Flood control Act of 1958" and was completed on June 1, 1963. This State Recreation Area is located just 2.5 miles west of Sprague, Nebraska and about 20 miles southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. Bluestem Lake is 325 acres in size with six miles of shoreline and is part of the North tributary of Olive Branch Creek draining 16.6 square miles. Bluestem provides boating, picnicking, and primitive camping with over 200 campsites to chose from. There is also a swim beach and playground. Amenities include drinking water, nine vault toilets, and a dump station. There are three boat ramps around the lake; one in each campground and one near the south end of the dam. Bluestem can boast its catfish fishing as one of the best; however one can also find largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, bluegill, crappie, bullhead, carp, and green and redear sunfish. Hunting opportunities on the 417 acres of land include ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, mourning dove, waterfowl, cottontail rabbit, fox squirrel and deer. For those who wish to hone their hunting skills, there is an archery range. A State Park Permit is required for entry except in wildlife management areas.

Map of Bluestem Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 40.634669, -96.801052

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are three boat ramps around the lake; one in each campground and one near the south end of the dam.

  • Camping

    Bluestem offers primitive camping with over 200 campsites to chose from. There is also a swim beach and playground. Amenities include drinking water, nine vault toilets, and a dump station.

  • Fishing

    Bluestem Lake can boast its catfish fishing as one of the best; however one can also find largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, bluegill, crappie, bullhead, carp, and green and redear sunfish.

  • Hunting

    Hunting opportunities on the 417 acres of land include ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, mourning dove, waterfowl, cottontail rabbit, fox squirrel and deer. For those who wish to hone their hunting skills, there is an archery range.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking areas are provided around Bluestem Lake.

  • Water Sports

    A swim beach provides ample opportunity for visitors to test the waters of Bluestem Lake.

Directions

Driving

20 miles southwest of Lincoln, NE and 2 1/2 miles west of Sprague, NE. The dam area is just off West Sprague Road near the junction of SW 58th Street.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 453-0202

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