Bluestem State Recreation Area

  • Archery Range
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming

This 742-acre area has great spots for picnicking and camping, as well as a lake, making it a perfect place for a close-to-home getaway. Anglers especially enjoy Bluestem, which has a 325-acre lake. Picnicking, camping and other activities are also offered.



Bluestem State Recreation Area provides great fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, walleye and crappies, among others.

For more information on fishing opportunities here and at parks across the state, visit the interactive public fishing areas map. This map provides detailed information on available species, regulations, public boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and ADA-accessible boat ramps and docks , among other features in reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers statewide. Lake contour maps are available for some lakes, as well.


Game at Bluestem State Recreation Area includes pheasant, quail, turkey, squirrel, waterfowl and deer on 417 acres of land.


All types of boating are allowed at Bluestem. The area also has four docks and three boat ramps.


A swimming beach provides guests with a way to cool off during the hot summer months. There are no lifeguards on duty.


An archery range gives both new and experienced archers the chance to sharpen their skills.


Bluestem has 62 picnic tables and 97 grills for those looking for a spot to grill and relax.


Primitive camping

Bluestem offers primitive camping only. There are 19 camping pads without electricity, as well as 200 non-pad sites without electricity. The area also offers water, vault toliets and a dump station.

Download campground map
Download park map




A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at Game and Parks office and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.

Residents $30 for an annual permit, duplicate annual permits are available for $15 and daily permits for $6.
For vehicles not registered and licensed in Nebraska $45 for an annual permit, duplicate annuals permits are available for $22.50 and daily permits for $8.

Camping – (first-come, first-served)

$8 – Primitive

For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.

Nearby attractions

Olive Creek State Recreation Area

Fishing, camping, picnicking and no-wake boating are available at nearby Olive Creek State Recreation Area


Lodging, fuel, restaurants, groceries and other amenities are available in Crete, about 10 miles west on West Roca Road.

Contact Information

Address: Bluestem SRA | Lancaster County | Sprague, NE 68438
2 1/2 mi. W. of Sprague, Neb.
Phone: (402)796-2362

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