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Bluestem Lake in Nebraska

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Two of us went for a relaxing paddle after work one night at Bluestem Lake south west of Lincoln.

Bluestem has easy access from multiple boat docks as well as easy shore access. We went on a Thursday night and the lake was mostly ours apart from a fishing boat and a few respectful jet skier's.

We made a full circle of the lake at a slow pace in a little under an hour and had a great view of the sunset. Bug spray is essential in Nebraska for this time of year but we had very few issues with bugs.

The north end of the lake is full of tree stumps so some caution may be advised but we had no issues in paddling around them.


Bluestem has many camping spots with outhouses available. There are 4 different boat ramps spread throughout the lake for your convenience as well as beach access.


A Nebraska Game and Parks permit is required to enter Bluestem Lake.


Blue Stem is a half hour south of Lincoln. Head south of Lincoln on highway 77. Turn west onto highway 33 and follow through Sprague. Follow the bend in the highway 3 miles out of Sprague and your destination will be on the north side of the road.

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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