Lake Vibes & Running Rivers

The Great Lakes of Central Nebraska

Come on in, the water’s fine.

In fact, it’s better than fine in the Great Lakes Region of Central Nebraska. Here you can access five incredible lakes and reservoirs, all within 45 minutes of Ord as well as four major rivers that are perfect for kayaking, tubing and tanking adventures. Don’t have the equipment? Contact Davis Creek Camper & Recreation Rental and they’ll hook you up.


Davis Creek Reservoir

(308) 728-3221 – Visit their Website

  • 6 miles south of North Loup, NE
  • 60+ campsites, coin-operated shower house
  • Two boat ramps, fish cleaning station
  • Picnic and playground areas.

Calamus Reservoir

(308) 346-5666 – Visit their Website

  • Located north of Burwell, NE
  • Perfect for boating, fishing, swimming and camping
  • Nebraska State Park Permit required

Sherman Reservoir

(308) 745-0230 – Visit their Website

  • Located northeast of Loup City, NE
  • Great for fishing, hunting, camping and boating
  • Nebraska State Park Permit required

Lake Ericson

Visit their Website 

  • Located southeast of Ericson, NE
  • Ideal for fishing, boating and swimming.

Pibel Lake

(308) 728-3221 – Visit their Website

  • Located east of Ericson off of Hwy 281
  • Stocked with a variety of fish
  • Home to Pibel Bible Camp


North Loup River

  • Located in Valley County. Perfect for kayaking.
  • Launch: Veterans Grounds (3 miles NW of Ord at 4753 815th Road) or the Elyria Bridge
  • Exit: Anderson Island

Middle Loup River

  • Located in Valley County. Perfect for kayaking
  • Launch: Arcadia Diversion Dam Wildlife Management Area
  • Exit: Arcadia River Bridge

Calamus River

  • Located in Garfield County. Perfect for tanking and tubing.
  • Make it a two- or four-hour river trip with these river trip packages.

Cedar River

  •  Located in Wheeler County. Perfect for tanking and tubing.
  • Rent tanks for your Cedar River adventure.

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