Sandy Channel State Recreation Area

1020 V Rd
Kearney, NE 68847


This recreation area provides great opportunities for fishing, floating, kayaking, and primitive camping. Sandy Channel is a popular fishery for largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and yellow perch. This area, located 3 miles south of Elm Creek, encompasses approximately 180 acres, including 52 acres of water in six lakes. Clear water provides a scenic atmosphere for scuba divers. Recent improvements at Sandy Channel include fishing access, boat ramps, picnic tables, grills, hiking trails, kiosk and handicap accessible latrines.


Sandy Channel has a series of sandpit lakes that offer anglers a variety of opportunities. Largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie can be found in all of the pits as well as a variety of other species. Pit #8, the largest pit located on the north and northeast side of the area, may even offer anglers a chance of catching a walleye or even a muskellunge. Bow-fishing and spearfishing opportunities for non-game fish also abound on Sandy Channel.

Hunting opportunities at Sandy Channel include dove, rabbit and waterfowl on 180 acres of land.

Electric motor, non-powered boating is allowed.

Improvements include picnic tables and grills for popular campsites and shaded picnic areas.


Primitive camping
30 non-pad sites without electricity are available for camping.

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