Enders SRA

Enders State Recreation Area

 
Enders SRA is located 5 miles east and 4.5 miles south of Imperial, NE. The reservoir has many offerings to those wishing to enjoy one of Nebraska’s best reservoirs. 
 
The SRA is a combination of recreational and wildlife lands. 
For recreation the SRA cannot be beat – campers, anglers and boaters all love the water at Enders. The main camping area parallels the east shore and has electrical hookups, picnic shelters, grills, drinking water, modern restrooms, fish cleaning station, and a trailer dump station. The Center Dam and Church Grove sites have picnic tables and fire grates for campers, as well as vault toilets. Center Dam has a boat ramp and several camping pads with 30-amp electrical hookups. Campers are welcome to pitch a tent at any of the more beautiful and secluded sites around the lake.
 
Even if you want to get away for the day Enders is a great place to picnic and swim or just enjoy a day at the beach.
 
Anglers will enjoy fishing for white bass, crappie, catfish, northern pike, wipers and walleye at Enders – the reservoir has been quite productive for several years. Although water levels are down some the fishing is still hot for several months out of the year. 
 
Those wishing to escape a busy work week head to Enders for boating fun. The deep waters are a great place to put in your personal watercraft or boat for a fun day on the water. Adults and kids alike will love skiing, tubing and boating on the vast blue water at Enders.
 
Hunters can enjoy Enders as well - 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 boundaries of the lake. Hunting for big game, waterfowl, and upland game is allowed on public property along the river, west of the refuge, and on wildlife lands north and east of the protected area. Large flocks of mallards and geese winter on the open waters of the refuge, providing excellent huntable populations for waterfowlers. There are about 1,500 acres of wildlife lands, with managed habitat, open to hunters.
 
Even though hunting season can be a bit chilly – many hunters choose to pull their campers to Enders during the winter months, some even pitch a winter tent that they will call home during their stay at Enders.
 
Photographers and those that enjoy wildlife viewing have an abundance of room to relax and enjoy their favorite pastime as well – no matter what time of year it is. 
Get back to nature, enjoy a beautiful and clean SRA and get away from it all at Enders SRA.
 
 

Other Attractions

 
While visiting Enders there are several area towns and Historical markers that can be reached in a quick trip up or down the highway.
 
Champion Mill, located in Champion, NE is the last functional water-powered mill in Nebraska.
 
Imperial is host to Lovitt Historical Site, where between A.D. 1675-1725 Apache peoples known as the Dismal River Complex (and related to populations in the southwest, eastern Colorado, and western Kansas) developed a semi-sedentary, earthlodge-dwelling lifestyle in western Nebraska.
 
Benkelman has the great General Custer State Historical Marker, which marks the area where Gen. George Armstrong Custer commanding six companies of the 7th Cavalry camped June 22 to 30, 1867. As dawn broke June 24, Custer's camp was attacked by a band of Sioux Indians, led by Pawnee Killer. The raiders wounded a sentry, parlayed with Custer and his officers, and rode away.
 
The Texas Trail Canyon State Historical Marker near Beneklman, marks the canyon which served as a checkpoint for cattle which passed through this area as part of the cattle drives from Texas to Ogallala, Nebraska in the late 1880s. It is said that 150,000 cattle were moved through here in 1886, the last year of the trail drives.
 
Julie Geiser out of North Platte is a Public Information Officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Regional Editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. An avid outdoors-woman Julie has been involved in the outdoors in almost every aspect for over 30 years and is passionate about getting others outside to enjoy the great outdoors. She is also a member of the NWTC through the NGPC.