Many of Nebraska's recreational opportunities, lakes, parks and wildlife areas are provided by NRDs. Three of those opportunities are in the South Platte NRD. Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, bird watching and hiking are some of the varied activities these areas support.
Oliver Reservoir, which lies eight miles west of Kimball on Hwy. 30, is a prime example of a Natural Resources District multi-function facility.
Owned and operated by SPNRD, the 917-acre property features a 264-acre lake (at full conservation pool) originally designed as an irrigation impoundment on Lodgepole Creek. Through years of service it helped feed irrigated crops, caught the waters of dangerous floods and provided many recreational opportunities.
While years of drought made flood control less of a concern, it still stands ready to meet the uncertain demands of western Nebraska weather potential.
As a recreational area, Oliver Reservoir offers good opportunities as a fishery and remains a favorite local destination for walleye each spring. Yellow perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and even a few rainbow trout have been caught from its waters. Ducks and geese frequent the area, accompanied by deer and other wildlife watering from the banks.
Facilities include camping areas, drinking water, toilets, picnic tables, shelters, grills, lighting, a handicapped-accessable fishing dock and parking lots. Attractive landscaping and numerous tree plantings add to Oliver's appeal.
Operated by the District with input from the Oliver Reservoir Advisory Committe and volunteers, Oliver Reservoir is the only recreation area of its kind in the southern Panhandle. GPS: Lat. 41.22; Long. -103.82
See a map of Oliver roads and facilities.
Goldeneye WMA, near Big Springs, features a small pond with surprising fishing opportunities. Located 1S, 3W and ¼N of Big Springs, Goldeneye is a secluded 23 acre property. Fisherman have caught black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass and yellow perch from the pond. Hunting includes dove, pheasant, rabbit and waterfowl. GPS: Lat. 41.03; Long. -102.12
Goldenrod WMA is 0.1S and 3E of Chappell on U.S. 385. The 97 acres have a nice combination of wooded area and open grassland that deer, doves, pheasants and rabbits call home. GPS: Lat. 41.05; Long. -102.42
Rules and Regulations for the District's recreations are available in a booklet form by contacting the office. They are posted in a kiosk near Oliver Reservoir's main entrance, and are available by clicking the Rules and Regulations link.