Virginia Smith/Calmus Reservoir

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Virginia Smith/Calmus Reservoir

Nebraska

(308) 346-5666

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Overview

Virginia Smith Dam (formerly called Calamus Dam) and Reservoir, North Loup Division, P-SMBP, are on the Calamus River in Nebraska. Recreation at the site is managed for the Bureau of Reclamation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Reservoir open 24 hours. There are good access roads. Fishing season is year round. Available species include walleye, wiper, white bass, northern pike, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and crappie. Irrigation supply reservoir experiencing moderate fluctuations. Reservoir peaks at 5,125 surface acres.

Map of Virginia Smith/Calmus Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 41.834014, -99.219246

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Activities

  • Boating

    The lake is 5,123 acres and offers a number of boating opportunities with five boat ramps providing strategic access locations along the 31 miles of shoreline.

  • Camping

    Tenters and RVers alike will find facilities suited to their needs from primitive to modern with hard-surfaced pads with electrical hookups, hot showers and a dump station. Half of the modern campsites at Homestead Knolls and Nunda Shoal can be reserved up to a year prior to arrival; the remainder are available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance of arrival date, and can be made on-line, by phone or in person. To make reservations online, go to www.OutdoorNebraska.org. Phone reservations can be made through the Nebraska State Park. There is a nonrefundable reservation fee for each site or unit reserved. The reservation fee applies to each site or unit reserved, regardless of the number of nights staying.

  • Fishing

    Primary sport fish in Calamus are walleye, white bass, wipers (white/striped bass hybrid), channel catfish, carp, drum and crappie. In addition, catchable rainbow trout are stocked regularly in adjoining Gracie Creek Pond. In spring and early summer, walleye are tops on most anglers' lists. As summer progresses white bass, wipers and catfish show up.

    Popular bank fishing areas include Little York Point, Nunda Shoal, Homestead Knolls, Buckshot Bay, both ends of the dam, and just east of Gracie Creek. The inlet outlook is a popular spot in the spring, and Dry Creek area is good for anglers in waders and for belly boaters. Gracie Creek Pond has an accessible fishing pier and other handicap accessible facilities.

  • Hunting

    Wildlife is abundant at Calamus SRA, and hunters have an excellent opportunity to pursue pheasant, deer, grouse, mourning doves, cottontail and waterfowl in season.

  • Picnicking

    There is a day use area at Little York Point that offers picnic facilities, a picnic shelter, drinking water, and vault toilets. Also at the Homestead Knolls area there are picnic areas with a scenic view of the lake. Hannamon Bayou offers picnicking amenities as well.

  • RVing

    Tenters and RVers alike will find facilities suited to their needs from primitive to modern with hard-surfaced pads with electrical hookups, hot showers and a dump station. Half of the modern campsites at Homestead Knolls and Nunda Shoal can be reserved up to a year prior to arrival; the remainder are available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance of arrival date, and can be made on-line, by phone or in person. To make reservations online, go to www.OutdoorNebraska.org. Phone reservations can be made through the Nebraska State Park. There is a nonrefundable reservation fee for each site or unit reserved. The reservation fee applies to each site or unit reserved, regardless of the number of nights staying.

  • Water Sports

    Contact the park for more information regarding water sports.

Park Partners

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission handles the camping reservations for this reservoir and many other Nebraska outdoor recreation areas.

(402) 471-0641

Directions

Driving

Site is 5 miles northwest of Burwell. Nearest highway is Nebraska 91.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 346-5666

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