State Recreation Area
73122 388 Ave. | Enders, NE 69027
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.
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 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.
Enders Reservoir SRA has 83 picnic tables, 90 grills and seven picnic shelters, one of which has electricity.
Enders offers one swimming beach.
Enders State Recreation Area offers Electric Plus, Primitive 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 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.
Our 76 gorgeous state park and recreations areas host a plethora of events throughout the year. From bird hikes to kayak races, Living History events to family outdoor days, our parks host something fun for every outdoor enthusiast.