Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area
420 E First St
Valentine, NE 69201
State Park: Birding, Camp, Fish, Hike, Picnic, RV, Walk, Water Sports
Merritt Reservoir offers some of Nebraska’s premiere fishing. It is a deep lake with excellent inflow from the Snake River and Boardman Creek. Consequently, the reservoir is well-insulated against excessive drawdown during irrigation season. Walleye, crappie and white bass have long been the favorite choices of anglers, though lunker-size catfish have recently been “discovered” in the Snake River arm.