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 offers 42 camping pads sites with 20-, 30- and 50-amp service at each site. Showers, modern restrooms, water, grills, picnic tables and shelters, fish cleaning station and a dump station are available to campers.
Enders offers 200 non-pad sites without electricity. Campers are also welcome to pitch a tent in any of the more secluded areas around the lake. Campers have access to showers, modern restrooms, water, grills and picnic tables and shelters.
A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices 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.
Primitive tent camping – $8
Camp pad with electric – $20
Winter camping rate with electric – $15
For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.
Groceries, bait, fuel and permits are available at the village of Enders, just north of the lake on U.S. 6-NE. 61.
Address: Enders Reservoir SRA | 73122 338th Ave. | Enders, NE. 69027-9302
Phone: (308) 394-5118
Email: Send email