Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area

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Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(308) 745-0230

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Overview

A fine water-oriented area, Sherman Reservoir consists of a 2,845-acre lake and 4,721 land acres located approximately five miles northeast of Loup City. The primitive camping in the area includes 360 non-pad sites. Other facilities include picnic tables and shelters, water, a dump station, modern restrooms, vault toilets, 3 boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, coin-operated showers and concessions.

Fishing and power boating are the mainstays of this central Nebraska reservoir. Walleye fishing is good along the dam during the spring spawning run, and a few largemouth bass and many crappie can be taken in the bays, off points or in the underwater cover from midspring to early summer. During summer, white bass and catfish can be caught nearly everywhere on the lake.

An abundance of recreation sites are located intermittently around the reservoir offering primitive camping and day-use facilities, including drinking water, vault toilets and shelters. Located at the far northeast end of the dam, Trail 2 affords hard-surface vehicle access to the popular Marina Bay Boat Ramp area and the Trade Winds Marina, the reservoir's concession facility.

Map of Sherman Reservoir State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.324991, -98.902793

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Activities

  • Boating

    Fishing and power boating are the mainstays of this central Nebraska reservoir. All types of boats are welcome on the reservoir. Three ramps and docks are available, as is fuel. Boat rentals are available from Trade Winds Marina, located on the east side of the reservoir.

  • Camping

    The recreation area offers a total 360 non-pad sites without electricity.

    Among the most popular of the lake's many accesses, Trail 1 leads to several hard-surfaced recreation sites at the southwest end of the dam including Redwood, Thunder Bay Boat Ramp, West Ridge, Middle Ridge and East Ridge areas. In addition to basic recreational services, the area headquarters building, coin-operated showerhouse and dump station are located on Trail 1.

    Trails 3, 8, 10 and 11 lead to the Ash Canyon, Moon Creek, Dead Horse Creek and Oak Creek recreation sites, respectively. Offering slightly more primitive camping opportunities, these four recreational accesses are ever popular with families who like to get away from it all. Facilities are limited to drinking water and vault toilets and a boat ramp on Trail 10. Access into these areas is over gravel surface roads which can become difficult to navigate during wet periods.

  • Fishing

    Rugged drainage ways branch off the main reservoir body providing interesting bays and coves and outstanding fishing opportunities. Walleye fishing is good along the dam during the spring spawning run, and a few largemouth bass and many crappie can be taken in the bays, off points or in the underwater cover from midspring to early summer. During summer, white bass and catfish can be caught nearly everywhere on the lake. Two fish cleaning stations are available. Perhaps the most popular fishing spot on the reservoir, this small area provides pedestrian fisherman access to the supply canal immediately below the reservoir's inlet structure. Drinking water and vault toilet facilities are provided. Visitors want to be sure to watch for storm clouds as access to this area can be particularly difficult when the road gets wet.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is not offered here.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking opportunities abound at the area. Tables and grills scattered throughout the area, as well as 12 non-electric shelters make for excellent picnic possibilities.

Seasonality/Weather

The park office is only open seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Park Partners

Sherman Reservoir Walleye Association

Trade Winds Marina

Trade Winds Marina is a full-service marina located on the east side of Sherman Reservoir, north of the dam.

(308) 745-1187

Directions

Driving

Sherman Reservoir is located 4 miles East of Loup City, Nebraska.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 745-0230

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