RV and primitive camping are offered at the Calamus State Recreation Area with 122 modern camping pads with electrical hookups and 55 non-pad sites available at four sites within the Calamus State Recreation Area for visitors to enjoy. The campgrounds at Nunda Shoals and Homestead Knolls feature modern restrooms, showers, dump station and water. You will also find unsupervised swimming beaches, 5 boat ramps, vault toilets, picnic tables and fish cleaning stations. All campers must register for their overnight stay and reservations are accepted.
The Calamus State Recreation Area allows you to enjoy the solitude and peacefulness of the area. The beaches are clean and great for swimming, lounging and relaxing in the sun. Both motorized and non-motorized boating is allowed on the reservoir and the excellent fishing opportunities from the shore or a boat will appease any fish lover. The Calamus area offers abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, including nesting bald eagles, and great hunting opportunities for grouse, pheasant, deer, mourning doves, cottontail and waterfowl in season. There are extinct town sites such as Valleyview that were founded in the early 1900s on the railroad grade of the never to be completed Lincoln and Black Hills Railroad. The 5,123 acre Calamus lake is available to all water lovers!