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Calamus SRA, NE

Photo: Calamus SRA
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Apr 19 2015   Later Dates


Calamus offers prime fishing and camping in the heart of the Sandhills, 6 miles NW of Burwell. The modern campgrounds have 122 pads with 30/50 amp electrical hookups, plus 55 non-pad sites, modern restrooms, showers, dump station and water. Other facilities include: Unsupervised swimming beach, 5 boat ramps, vault toilets, picnic tables and fish cleaning stations. The area encompasses 11,720 acres, including the 5,124-acre lake.
Calamus Reservoir SRA offers some of the state's finest recreational opportunities. Camping, fishing, boating, hiking, sightseeing and hunting are all popular here. The 5,124-acre lake is surrounded by 4,958 acres of gently rolling land, covered with native grasses and forbs. About 1.2 miles of the Calamus River and 3.5 miles of other streams meander through the area.
Another highlight is a trip to the Calamus State Fish Hatchery, located below the dam. The hatchery has self-guided tours and displays on raising fish and other topics.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Comfort Station
  • Dock Slips
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Lake
  • Fishing River
  • Fishing, PARK LAKE
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Grills
  • Group Picnicking
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Handicap Access
  • Hunting
  • Information Center
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Maintenance,Vehicle
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pier, Fishing
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Rentals, Canoe
  • Rentals, Fishing Equipment
  • Restrooms
  • Retail , Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail,Supplies
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing - Water
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Park Lake
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Access, Reservoir
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Golfing
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
Within 10 Miles
  • Cabins
  • Canoe Rental
  • Church
  • Dining
  • Grocery Store
  • Horseback Riding (Guest must bring their horses)
  • Laundry
  • Motel
  • Outfitter
  • Pay Telephone
  • Propane
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Emergency Services
  • Historic Sites - Fort Hartsuff SHP
  • Horse Rentals
  • Hospital
  • Medical Clinic
  • Restaurant
Alerts and Important Information
Office Hours:
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week. All other dates office is open Monday -Friday 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Only one camping unit is allowed per campsite. An extra tent may be used for dependant children only. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators may not be operated during these hours. Pets are allowed, but they must be kept on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Campers staying over must re-register by 2 p.m. Check in time is 4 p.m. and check out time is 2 p.m. Campers must vacate their campsite no later than 2:00 p.m. on the date the camping reservation or registration expires. All persons entering the campground after 10 p.m. must be registered campers. Upon arrival, campers MUST have their camping equipment and be prepared to set up.

When a reservation is made one year to the date in advance, the arrival date must remain the same within that reservation. No cancellation of that arrival date is allowed.

Getting There:

The Calamus SRA is located 6 miles NW on HWY #96 from the West edge of Burwell

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Calamus SRA
HC 79 Box 20L
Burwell NE 68823-9803

Phone Number:

Project Office:(308) 346-5666