Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area


(308) 684-3428

Map Directions

Things To Do


Cottonwood Lake State Recreation Area, located in Cherry County, has a typical sandhills lake encompassing 60 acres and 180 acres of land adjacent. The area is partially forested and offers power boating, picnicking and swimming. The area has a playground and is located near the Arthur Bowring Ranch State Historical Park. Come spend a night under the stars and wake up to the waves quietly slipping to shore, or explore the lake by boat. Any way you take advantage of this area is bound to be a fun time.

Map of Cottonwood Lake State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.912921, -101.674756



  • Boating

    All kinds of boating is available. Take advantage of the boat ramp or dock on site.

  • Camping

    Cottonwood SRA has 30 non-designated campsites. Water is available, but not electricity.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy fishing on the lake.

  • Picnicking

    Two shelters provide 17 picnic tables and six grills.

  • Water Sports

    Swim in Cottonwood Lake while you're here.



The area is located .5 mi. east of Merriman on Hwy 20.

Phone Numbers


(308) 684-3428