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Description - Thsi information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

Heralded for its therapeutic value, water from Victoria's mineral springs was once bottled for sale nationwide. Now, this secluded, scenic, 60-acre SRA, east of Anselmo, is a great little getaway place. Facilities: 2 housekeeping cabins, 60 non-pad campsites, 21 electrical hookups (30/50 amp), dump station, showers, restrooms, water, picnic tables, shelter, paddleboats, fishing lagoon.

Established in 1925, Victoria Springs State Recreation Area is the third oldest area in Nebraska's state park system. Located 6 miles east of Anselmo or 7 miles north of Merna, Victoria has justly been described as an oasis in the Sand Hills. It is one of the most picturesque areas in the state.

As one might suppose, the 60-acre area draws its name from the mineral springs located there. It was once part of the homestead of an early pioneer and Custer County judge, Charles R. Matthews. In the heyday of the spas, Victoria's waters were much acclaimed, and its spring water was bottled for sale.

Still on the site are the log cabins that Judge Matthews built ... one as his home and the other as the first post office in Custer County. Victoria is the only state recreation area with cabin accommodations. Other facilities include a campground, picnic area, and rental boats.


Victoria has two modern, two-bedroom, housekeeping cabins, equipped with a kitchen, two bedrooms with double beds, linens, blankets, shower and toilet. The kitchenettes are furnished with ranges, refrigerators, tableware, and sink.

The operating season may be changed but normally facilities open Memorial Weekend and close in mid-November.


Advance reservations are accepted for cabins and camping 1 year from the date of arrival. Reservations are available online or by calling the Nebraska State Park Call Center.

Cabin check-in time is 4 p.m., and checkout time is 11 a.m., and Camping check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 2 p.m. unless other arrangements are made with the superintendent in advance. Cabin units require a two night stay unless there is only a 1 night stay available.


30 and 50 Amp sites are available. Camping reservations are available for 50% of the electrical sites. Campground has a modern showers, dump station and restrooms are located nearby. Maximum stay is 14 days.


Well-wooded picnic areas have tables, fireplaces, drinking water, and toilets. There is one group picnic shelter.

Fishing and Boating

Both fishing and non-power boating are permitted in the small lake. Victoria Springs pond has bullhead, bass, bluegill and catfish.

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Modern Restroom: Yes Dump Station: Yes Showers: Yes Lodging: Yes Cabins: 2 Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 85 Grills: 40 Shelters: 1 Shelters w/ elec.: 1 Boating: Yes Types: Non-powered craft only Fishing: Yes Office on Site: Yes Hours change, please call ahead (308) 749-2235

Recreation - The park offers: Camping, Picnicking, Fishing, and Boating

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location - From Highway 2 and 21 A Junction at Anselmo Ne, travel six miles east of Anselmo on Highway 21 A.

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Contact Information:
Victoria Springs State Recreation Area, HC 69, Box 117 , Anselmo, NEBRASKA, 68813-9541, Phone: (308) 749-2235
, Victoria.Springs@ngpc.ne.gov

Additional Information:
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Victoria Springs State Recreation Area - Official site of Victoria Springs State Recreation Area


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