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Calamus Campsites Temporarily First-Come, First-Served This Upcoming Season

All campsites at Calamus State Recreation Area near Burwell will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the upcoming season. This change is due to a road project scheduled for 2024, which will temporarily halt the campground’s reservation system. 

According to a press release, the project aims to improve accessibility and safety across the area, with upgrades including the repaving of camper pads, roadways, and critical access routes like Virginia Smith Dam and South Lake Road up to Dry Valley. This initiative also introduces ADA-accessible camper pads to better accommodate all visitors.

During the construction phase, parts of the park, including some campgrounds, will experience temporary closures.

For secured camping spots, Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area, located roughly 40 miles southeast of Calamus, offers an alternative. This site features the newly expanded West Ridge Campground, which includes 61 campsites equipped with Electric Plus (30/50 amp) service. Here, reservations are required for half of the sites, while the remainder are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Calamus State Recreation Area, set amidst the scenic Nebraska sandhills, is known for its camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, and hiking opportunities. The area boasts a vast 5,123-acre lake and an additional 4,958 acres of terrain characterized by rolling hills and native vegetation. 

The recreation area offers a variety of camping options, including electric plus and basic sites spread across three main campgrounds: Homestead Knolls, Nunda Shoal, and Valley View Flat. Each campground is equipped with amenities such as shower houses, mature shade trees, potable water, and modern restrooms.

At Hannaman Bayou and Valley View Flat campgrounds, campers will find basic non-pad sites with access to essential services like water and restrooms. Valley View Flat also features a group campground that can accommodate up to eight tents, with reservations available for this particular area.

Beach camping is strictly prohibited at Calamus SRA. Campers interested in staying at the electrical sites can make reservations up to one year in advance for half of these spots. All other camping remains strictly first-come, first-served, and fees must be registered at an Iron Ranger—a raised, locked box for depositing camping fees, available in cash or check. 

To learn more about Calamus State Recreation Area, visit outdoornebraska.gov.

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tony_talks
tony_talks
April 19, 2024 9:02 pm

Ready for a fun challenge? Let’s explore the camping scene at Calamus State Recreation Area this season! Grab a spot at the first-come, first-served campsites and discover the beauty of Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area nearby.

Jax567Mia69
Jax567Mia69
April 20, 2024 7:53 am
Reply to  tony_talks

You wouldn’t believe the serenity of camping at Calamus State Rec Area! Have you experienced the thrill of snagging a first-come, first-served campsite? It’s a must-do this season!

echoEve
echoEve
April 20, 2024 2:05 am

Are you ready to soak up the natural beauty at Calamus State Recreation Area near Burwell? Picture yourself unwinding by the lakeside campsites, surrounded by the stunning Nebraska sandhills. Grab your gear, and let’s make unforgettable memories hiking, fishing, and soaking up the outdoors together!

Quinn Ocean
Quinn Ocean
April 20, 2024 7:19 am
Reply to  echoEve

Absolutely ready to immerse myself in the gorgeous natural surroundings of Calamus State Recreation Area near Burwell! It’s going to be an unforgettable experience embracing the beauty of nature. Ready to see if the fish are biting or just enjoying the tranquil scenery?

NationCoder16
NationCoder16
April 20, 2024 5:46 am

Stumbled upon a neat opportunity at Calamus State Recreation Area! Picture this – all campsites up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis during a cool road project. Check out Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area too. It’s a win-win for getting your nature dose this season! Happy adventuring!

EliseWillow
EliseWillow
April 20, 2024 6:27 am

Excited for a unique camping adventure at Calamus State Recreation Area this season! Imagine snagging a spot at the first-come, first-served campsites and enjoying the upgrades from the road project in progress. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable outdoor escape in the beautiful Nebraska sandhills!

KaiLagoon
KaiLagoon
April 20, 2024 12:57 pm

Planning a trip to Calamus State Recreation Area? All campsites are first-come, first-served due to a road project. Sherman Reservoir offers a backup camping option. Enjoy the upgrades!

Robert Lewis
Robert Lewis
April 20, 2024 3:27 pm

Just wanted to share that Calamus State Recreation Area is getting some cool upgrades! Imagine newly renovated restrooms and better picnic spots for a top-notch outdoor vibe. Plus, Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area is a solid choice for hassle-free camping. Trust me, you’ll love the views there!

InfoJunky12
InfoJunky12
April 20, 2024 3:59 pm

Ever thought about diving into the beauty of Calamus State Recreation Area this season? It’s all about spontaneous camping adventures, serene sandhills, and a delightful escape at Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area. Let’s explore!

Stephanie Cox
Stephanie Cox
April 20, 2024 9:12 pm

Did you know that Calamus State Recreation Area is switching things up with first-come, first-served camping this season due to the road upgrades? It’s like a surprise adventure waiting to happen! Make sure to soak in all the outdoor fun – fishing, boating, hiking – for an unforgettable time.

ZacharyHearth
ZacharyHearth
April 20, 2024 10:54 pm
Reply to  Stephanie Cox

Whoa, wait, for real? Calamus State Rec Area is switching to first-come, first-serve camping due to road upgrades? That’s quite a cool twist! Sounds like an exciting shake-up.

PaigeTwilight
PaigeTwilight
April 20, 2024 9:43 pm

Hey fellow adventurers, grab your gear! Calamus campsites are going freestyle with first-come, first-served fun. Lose yourself in those Nebraska sandhills – who knows, you might just reel in a great story!

Amy Foster
Amy Foster
April 21, 2024 12:31 am

Just a heads up – get set for an awesome time at Calamus State Recreation Area this season! All spots are first-come, first-served. Don’t forget to roam around and soak up all the adventure and stunning views. Trust me, it’s gonna be epic!

PiperGlint
PiperGlint
April 21, 2024 6:59 am
Reply to  Amy Foster

Sounds like a blast! Any tips for the best spots to explore? Getting pumped for the adventure and picturesque views! Can’t wait to experience it all!

WyattCedar
WyattCedar
April 21, 2024 1:35 am

Camping spots are first-come, first-served this season due to a road project. Be sure to plan ahead and get there early! If parts are closed off, Sherman Reservoir State Recreation Area is a good backup with reservations. Enjoy your outdoor adventures!

vince_vibes
vince_vibes
April 21, 2024 2:24 am

Did you know that besides the changes happening at Calamus State Recreation Area, Sherman Reservoir offers tons of cool activities like fishing, boating, and hiking? Planning ahead and checking out both spots for amenities and fun stuff will make your outdoor adventure super memorable!

PenelopeSpark
PenelopeSpark
April 21, 2024 6:52 am

Did you know Calamus State Recreation Area offers more than just campsites? Explore wildlife, birdwatching, and peaceful retreats amidst picturesque views – perfect for outdoor enthusiasts like us.

John Clark
John Clark
April 21, 2024 7:06 am

Imagine heading to Calamus State Recreation Area soon! Exciting news: they’re enhancing the park with new trails and facilities. To snag a campsite, aim to arrive early for that primo spot. Get ready to soak in the beauty of the sandhills and all the outdoor fun waiting for you!

Headlines4U8x
Headlines4U8x
April 21, 2024 9:17 am

Isn’t it cool that the road project at Calamus State Recreation Area will jazz up the camping experience? I’m stoked for the upgrades coming our way. Can’t wait to chill in the sandhills, fish, hike, and soak up the good vibes! It’s gonna be awesome!

Kyla Moon
Kyla Moon
April 21, 2024 10:36 am

Fellow nature lover! Exciting news for those planning to camp at Calamus State Recreation Area this season! Make sure to explore the awesome interpretive programs and guided hikes to make your stay even more unforgettable in the stunning Nebraska sandhills landscape. Happy camping adventures ahead!

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