Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area

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Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(308) 436-3777

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Overview

With 917 acres of land and a 270-acre lake, Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area is the only water-based recreational facility in the southwest Panhandle. Located 8 miles west of Kimball on U.S. 30, Oliver offers the same basic facilities as those found at similar recreation areas across the state.

Facilities include a campground, two boat ramps and docks, swimming beach, change houses, drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, shelters, grills, lighting and parking lots. Landscaping and tree plantings add beauty and shade to the area. Nearly all of the established recreation facilities are located on the north shore of the lake and are accessible from U.S. 30 via three entrances. The south side of the lake is maintained in a primitive state for hiking, fishing and hunting.

Oliver is a multiple-use lake, with boaters, water skiers, anglers and swimmers all sharing the water. As a result, signs near the two boat ramps detail special regulations and restrictions. There is a designated swimming area on the north side. Oliver provides good fishing opportunities, since it is a two-story lake that can support both cold-water and warm-water species. It offers action on walleye, yellow perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and limited numbers of rainbow trout.

Map of Oliver Reservoir State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.225687, -103.822834

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Activities

  • Boating

    All types of boating are allowed on the 270-acre reservoir. There are two ramps and eight docks available for boaters. Oliver is a multiple-use lake, with boaters, water skiers, anglers and swimmers all sharing the water. As a result, signs near the two boat ramps detail special regulations and restrictions.

  • Camping

    Oliver Reservoir SRA offers 75 camping pads without electricity and 100 non-pad sites without electricity. Water is available, but there are no modern restrooms, showers, or dump station.

  • Fishing

    Oliver provides good fishing opportunities, since it is a two-story lake that can support both cold-water and warm-water species. It offers action on walleye, yellow perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and limited numbers of rainbow trout. The south side of the lake is maintained in a primitive state for hiking, fishing and hunting.

  • Hiking

    There are no hiking trails available.

  • Hunting

    The south side of the lake is maintained in a primitive state for hiking, fishing and hunting.

  • Picnicking

    There are ample picnicking opportunities at Oliver Reservoir. There are 130 picnic tables, 142 grills, and two shelters with electricity.

  • Water Sports

    There is a designated swimming area on the north side of Oliver Lake.

Directions

Driving

To reach Oliver Reservoir from Kimball, go 10 miles west on Hwy 30 and turn left into the entrance of the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 436-3777

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