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

NOTICE: The boat dock is once again inaccessible due to flooding. Please avoid boating, kayaking, or swimming until floodwater recedes since it's difficult to see any underwater hazards. See front page article for more info.

  • NNRD vehicle permit required
  • May-September, NRD staff test water at the beach and boat dock for presence of toxic algae; test results are available on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s website; tests above 20 ppm require a minimum two-week health alert (notice is available by recorded message 24/7 at 402-335-3325, on our Facebook page, or on this website)
  • No hunting or possession of firearms allowed

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

NOTICE: The dock is currently closed awaiting repairs after high water lifted and twisted it. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have it fixed and reset soon.

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 two docks (main dock closed for repairs)
  • Camping (first come, first served; 14-day maximum stay)
    • Tent camping (no fee; no reservations)
    • RV camping (no reservations)
    • 16 pads w/electrical hookups @ $12/night (first come, first served)
    • 16 pads w/o hookups (first come, first served)
  • 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