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Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

Nebraska's newest large reservoir and the site of a major fish hatchery, 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.

Calamus is a 5,124-acre lake with an adjacent 1,188 acres of land. The area offers power boating, hiking, picnicking, swimming and Homestead Knolls campground features a shower house, electrical pads and primitive camping. Nunda Shoals campground does not have access to showers but offers electrical pads.

All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping at Nunda Shoals and Homestead Knolls campgrounds. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day.

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Modern Restroom: Yes Dump Station: Yes Showers: Yes Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 204 Grills: 216 Boating: Yes Types: All (5-mph limit) Ramps: 5 Docks: 5 River Access: Yes Fishing: Yes Cleaning Stations: 2 Swimming: Yes Beaches: 1 Office on Site: Yes Office Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

Recreation -

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.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

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


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