Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 204
Number of Sites with Electric: 54
Swanson SRA is the largest of four state recreation areas in Southwest Nebraska. Located near Trenton with a 4,974-acre lake and 3,957 land acres. Campers will find 54 pads with 30/50 amp electrical hookups, plus 150 non-pad sites. Other facilities: Showers, 2 dump stations, concession.
Situated on the Republican River, 2 miles west of Trenton on U.S. 34, Swanson Reservoir offers boaters and anglers 4,794 acres of crystal clear water at top conservation pool. Nearly another 4,000 acres of public land are managed by the Game and Parks Commission for outdoor recreation and wildlife.
The water clarity of the lake has a special appeal for both boaters and anglers. High water years in the early 1980's cut down on swimming activities, but they provided a natural boost to the fishery that should be enjoyed for years to come. Trophy-size northern pike lurk among the submerged willows and along the face of the dam. Swanson is also known for its large, numerous walleye and a growing population of black bass.
Spring Canyon offers top-notch camping facilities, with modern restrooms and showers, 50 rock-surfaced pads (45 with electrical hookups), and large parking lot. There are two boat ramps and a mooring dock in the well-sheltered bay. Located nearby, the concession offers shortorder food, groceries, bait, tackle, water-ski equipment, gas, hunting, fishing and park entry permits, and a trailer court with electrical hookups.
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