Sutherland State Recreation Area

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

Sutherland State Recreation Area is a 3,017-acre lake with 37 acres of land. The area offers quality fishing, power boating, primitive camping and a swimming beach. Sutherland Reservoir is conveniently located off Interstate-80.



Sutherland Reservoir offers great fishing for channel catfish, freshwater drum, walleye, smallmouth bass, wipers and yellow perch. A handicap-accessible pier is available, and a fish cleaning station is located at the inlet.

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.


Hunting opportunities at Sutherland Reservoir include dove, pheasant and waterfowl.


All types of boats are permitted at the lake, which offers three ramps and two boat docks. Water sports of all kind are very popular.


The area offers one unsupervised swim beach.


17 picnic tables and 33 grills give park visitors many opportunities to cook out or spend time together enjoying meals.


Primitive camping

Sutherland SRA has 50 pad sites without electricity and 35 non-pad sites without electricity.

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Nearby attractions

North Platte

North Platte is home to Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. Modern lodging and dining are available in North Platte, as well. The Oregon Trail Golf Course is located just north of the lake. Sutherland also has dining, permit vendors and convenience stores.

Contact Information

Address: Sutherland SRA | 301 East State Farm Rd. | North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: (308) 535-8025

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