LINCOLN – Park guests at Sandy Channel State Recreation Area in Buffalo County will notice several improvements, and more are on the way.
Recent upgrades made by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission include 16 picnic tables, eight fire grills for the primitive campsites, two handicap-accessible toilets, kiosk for posting information, additional mowing and trimming, a Great Park Pursuit impression post, and a self-pay station for camping and park permit fees.
Additional improvements are planned for Sandy Channel. The expansion of campsites to 20 should be completed in 2016. Two boat ramps and access improvements such as bank sloping, vegetation removal and sidewalks, will be completed by this fall. Improvements to the trail also are planned.
Camping reservations are not available at Sandy Channel. Camping fees are $8 per night. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering a state park area. Park permits are $25 a year or $5 a day.
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.