Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area

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Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(308) 276-2671

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Overview

Situated on the Republican River, two miles west of Trenton on U.S. 34, Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area offers boaters and anglers 4,794 acres of crystal clear water at top conservation pool as well as nearly another 4,000 acres of public land for outdoor recreation and wildlife. In the fall and winter, hunters pursue waterfowl, upland game birds, and deer, while anglers chop the ice for crappie and northern.

The water clarity of the lake has a special appeal for both boaters and anglers. Trophy-size northern pike lurk among the submerged willows and along the face of the dam. Swanson is also known for its large, numerous walleye and a growing population of black bass. Crappie anglers can do well in the shallows during spawning season, but the real draw is the large schools of white bass from July through September. The correct bait, well-placed, will yield a white bass virtually every cast.

Nearby Spring Canyon Campground offers top-notch camping facilities, with modern restrooms and showers, 50 rock-surfaced pads (45 with electrical hookups), and large parking lot. There are two boat ramps and a mooring dock in the well-sheltered bay. Located nearby, the concession offers short-order food, groceries, bait, tackle, water-ski equipment, gas, hunting, fishing and park entry permits, and a trailer court with electrical hookups. There are sanitary trailer stations at both Spring Canyon and the other modern campground at Macklin Bay, another protected cove.

Map of Swanson Reservoir State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.156573, -101.100998

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Activities

  • Boating

    All types of boats are allowed in the reservoir, with seven ramps, four docks, boat rental, and river access all available to visitors.

  • Camping

    Spring Canyon offers top-notch camping facilities, with modern restrooms and showers, rock-surfaced pads with electrical hookups, and large parking lot. U.S. 34 crosses the northern tip of Macklin Bay, which has campsites with electrical hook-ups and modern restrooms and showers. Both Spring Canyon and Macklin offer waist-high barbecue grills and easily accessible water wells. Some more primitive camping sites and picnic shelters are located near the concession.

  • Fishing

    The reservoir is a rewarding place to fish. Trophy-size northern pike lurk among the submerged willows and along the face of the dam. Swanson is also known for its large, numerous walleye and a growing population of black bass. To make cleaning the catch easier, there is a large cleaning station at the Spring Canyon Campground.

  • Hunting

    In the fall and winter, hunters pursue waterfowl, upland game birds, and deer. Swanson has 3,000 acres of wildlife lands open to public hunting for all game species, in season, and most hunting is found along the western reaches of the lake.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters and tent camping sites are scattered around the lake. There are barbecue grills and vault toilets along many trail roads.

  • RVing

    Both Spring Canyon and Macklin Bay campgrounds have electrical hookups, water, and sanitation stations available for RVing.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors enjoy swimming on the beach and boating in the reservoir.

Directions

Driving

Located 3 miles southwest of Trenton. Nearest highway, U.S. 34.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 276-2671

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