Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area

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

Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area, one of four areas known collectively as the Southwest Reservoirs, is a combination of recreational and wildlife lands, with the additional dedication of a portion of the area as a wildlife refuge in the fall and winter. Because of its refuge status, the recreational facilities are not as extensively developed as those at the other three lakes in the complex. Including the lake, the entire area encompasses 5,700 acres. Of the 4,000 acres of land, the Enders Wildlife Refuge covers 2,146 acres on the western reaches of the lake. Enders is a good escape for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to enjoy the bounties of nature in a peaceful, uncrowded setting. Park permits are available at the park office.



Enders Reservoir offers good fishing for white bass, crappie, catfish, northern pike, wipers and walleye. A fish cleaning station is available.

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.


All types of boating are permitted at Enders Reservoir. There is a boat launching area at No Name Bay to accommodate boaters, due to current low-water conditions.


Enders offers one swimming beach.


Enders Reservoir SRA has 83 picnic tables, 90 grills and seven picnic shelters, one of which has electricity.



Enders State Recreation Area offers Electric Plus and Basic campsites.

Other amenities include showers, modern restrooms, drinking water, grills, picnic tables and shelters, fish cleaning station and a dump and fill station.

Camping at Enders SRA is all first-come, first-served and campers register their nightly camping fees in a raised, locked box called an Iron Ranger. Self-service envelopes are provided at each Iron Ranger station. Check or cash only. Iron Rangers are generally located near the park entrance or in the campground area. On-site camping informational signs are provided to help guide campers with the self-registration process.



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


Nearby attractions


Groceries, bait, fuel and permits are available at the village of Enders, just north of the lake on U.S. 6-NE. 61.

Contact Information

Address: Enders Reservoir SRA | 73122 338th Ave. | Enders, NE. 69027-9302
Phone: (308) 394-5118

Email: Send email