Kirkman's Cove

Kirkman's Cove

Recreation Tabs

General Info.
511 acres (lake: 160 acres)
2 1/2 miles west, 1/2 mile north of Humboldt, Nebraska, in Richardson County

This 511-acre park is located 2 ½ miles west and ½ mile north of Humboldt, Nebraska, in Richardson County. Opened in 1988, it was designed around its flood control dam that was built as part of the Long Branch Watershed project.

Things You Should Know

  • NNRD vehicle permit required
  • May-September, NRD staff test water at the swimming beach for presence of toxic algae; test results are available on the Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy's website, this website, and social media; tests above 8 ppb require a health alert in effect until the water tests below this limit. 
  • No hunting or possession of firearms allowed
  • Fireworks are not allowed.

Click here for a short video about Kirkman's Cove.

NRD Park Permit Required
  • 160-acre stocked lake (Nebraska Game & Parks Fish Stocking Reports)
  • Fishing access
  • Boating (maximum 35 mph; no personal watercraft)
  • Boat ramp and dock
  • Camping (first come, first served; 14-day maximum stay)
    • Tent camping (no fee; no reservations)
    • RV camping (no reservations)
    • 16 pads w/electrical hookups @ $16/night, cash or check only (first come, first served)
    • 16 pads w/o hookups (first come, first served)
    • "Reserving" campsites is prohibited (see rules for more information)
    • Only RVs/campers allowed on campsites; must be attended
  • Outdoor chapel
  • Sand beach & swimming area
  • Sand volleyball court
  • 9-hole, public golf course adjacent (Kirkman’s Lakeview Golf Course)
  • No dump station or water hookups
  • Drinking water (hydrants)
  • Nature trails
  • Playground
  • Picnic shelters & tables
  • Charcoal grills & fire rings
  • Primitive restrooms