Victoria Springs State Recreation Area

43400 Hwy S21A
Anselmo, NE 68813


Established in 1925, Victoria Springs State Recreation Area is the third oldest area in Nebraska’s state park system. Located 6 miles east of Anselmo or 7 miles north of Merna, Victoria Springs has justly been described as an oasis in the Sand Hills. It is one of the most picturesque areas in the state.

The 60-acre area draws its name from the mineral springs located there. It was once part of the homestead of an early pioneer and Custer County judge Charles R. Matthews. In the heyday of the spas, Victoria’s waters were much acclaimed, and its spring water was bottled and sold throughout the United States.

Still on the site are the log cabins that Judge Matthews built, one as his home and the other as the first post office in Custer County. In addition to these historic buildings and the scenic setting, Victoria Springs also offers, cabins, camping, a picnic area and rental boats.



Bass, bluegill and catfish are stocked in the five-acre lake at Victoria Springs. A handicap-accessible fishing pad is available.


Non-powered craft and electric trolling motors are permitted on the lake. A boat ramp and dock are available for use.


Victoria Springs is a beautiful place for a picnic. The wooded picnic area offers 106 picnic tables, 44 grills and one picnic shelter.


Victoria springs also offers paddleboat rental.


Victoria Springs offers 21 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as 60 non-pad sites without electricity. Water, modern restrooms, showers and a dump station are available.

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