Box Butte Reservoir

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Box Butte Reservoir

Nebraska

(308) 763-2940

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Overview

The Box Butte Reservoir lies in the arid western Niobrara River Valley in the northwestern section of the Nebraska Panhandle. The reservoir is surrounded by dense cottonwood and willow trees. It is easily one of the best birding areas in the Panhandle. Sightings since 1973 has produced a list of over 200 species, making it a fantastic place for avid wildlife viewers. The reservoir also offers a great location for fishing, and the fishing season is year-round. Available species include northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and channel catfish. There are also locations suitable for picnicking around the lakeshore. The reservoir is open 24 hours a day and has good access roads.

Box Butte Dam and reservoir are features of the Mirage Flats Project. Water is stored in Box Butte Reservoir, Mirage Flats Project, on the Niobrara River about 10 miles north of Hemingford, Nebraska. This is an irrigation supply reservoir experiencing minor water level fluctuations. Reservoir peaks at 1,600 surface acres with 14 miles of shoreline.

Map of Box Butte Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 42.453101, -103.101540

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Activities

  • Boating

    Visitors can boat on the reservoir.

  • Camping

    Primitive camping is available.

  • Fishing

    The reservoir also offers a great location for fishing, and the fishing season is year-round. Available species include northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and channel catfish.

  • Hunting

    The abundant wildlife makes for a great hunting location.

  • Picnicking

    There are locations suitable for picnicking around the lakeshore.

  • Water Sports

    All varieties of boating are popular on the water.

Directions

Driving

Take Nebraska 385 north 10 miles, turn right on county road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 763-2940

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