Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area

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Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(402) 684-2921

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Overview

Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area's original lake impoundment built in 1894 by the Atkinson Milling and Irrigation Company and was operated for milling purposes and hydroelectric generation until 1929 when high water washed out the dam. In 1947, the city of Atkinson deeded the dam to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In 1949, the Game and Parks rebuilt the structure but in the early 60's high water washed out the dam again and a third time in 1984 reducing it to just a stream. In 1991, a joint effort between local people and the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Department of Water Resources and the United States Army Corps of Engineers made it possible for the reconstruction of the Atkinson Dam. The lake was deepened and the overall size is approximately 14 surface acres.

In 1978, the Game and Parks bought approximately 2 acres of land which was an easement agreement in the 1950's. The recreation area at present takes in approximately 50 acres.

Map of Atkinson Lake State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.537656, -98.999300

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Activities

  • Boating

    Electric motor, non-powered boats are permitted on the lake.

  • Bird Watching

    The Bluebird trail is approximately 1/2 mile in length with 12 bluebird houses, 4 park benches to provide restful viewing of these rare birds.

  • Camping

    There is electrical hookups and primitive camping available at the park.

  • Fishing

    The Nebraska Game and Parks Department stocks the lake with bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish.

  • Hiking

    The Bluebird trail is approximately 1/2 mile in length with 12 bluebird houses, 4 park benches to provide restful viewing of these rare birds. The area is fairly flat and partially forested with mature trees.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic tables and grills, picnic shelters and playground equipment.

  • RVing

    Electrical hook-ups are available.

Directions

Driving

Atkinson SRA is located 1 mile west of the town of Atkinson NE just off Hwy 20 and Holt county road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 684-2921

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