State Recreation Area
5800 W. Sprague Rd. | Martell, NE 68404
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.
An archery range gives both new and experienced archers the chance to sharpen their skills.
All types of boating are allowed at Bluestem. The area also has four docks and three boat ramps.
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.
Bluestem has 62 picnic tables and 97 grills for those looking for a spot to grill and relax.
A swimming beach provides guests with a way to cool off during the hot summer months. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Fishing, camping, picnicking and no-wake boating are available at nearby Olive Creek State Recreation Area.
Bluestem offers all first-come, first-served Basic camping. There are 19 camping pads without electricity, as well as 200 non-pad sites without electricity. The area also offers drinking water, primitive restrooms, and a dump and fill station.
Camping 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 to visit state parks and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors, or in advance of your arrival online. View those fees, as well as attraction and amenity pricing.
Have questions regarding boating? Read answers to questions frequently asked by boaters below.