Oliver Reservoir State Recreation Area
In 1911, Lodgepole Creek was dammed up to create an irrigation impoundment for the dry southwest Panhandle. For years it was a popular recreation area, but in 1976 the impoundment was drained, which effectively dried up the recreation, too. A joint effort by several agencies and area residents resulted in the reconstruction of the dam. Today, the renewed 270-acre Oliver Reservoir just north of I-80 provides ample opportunity to fish, boat, and swim. You find most facilities on the north shore of the reservoir. Launch your motor boats at two ramps with adjacent handicapped docks equipped with restrooms. Waterskiing is always popular. Anglers fill stringers with walleye, bass, and channel catfish, to name a few species. At the beach, which is marked by buoys, swimmers have access to changing houses and restrooms. Picnickers find two picnic shelters and many tables with grills along the north shore. One campground offers trailer pads but no hookups, and there are plenty of other tent sites available. On the south side of the reservoir, the rest of this park's 917 acres are devoted to hiking and hunting in undeveloped areas. Leashed pets are permitted. Nebraska state parks charge a nominal daily entrance fee per vehicle. An alcohol ban is enforced in all Nebraska state parks and campgrounds.
- Gering, NE 69341
- 41.22511000, -103.80904000
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- (308) 436-3777