Gallagher Canyon State Recreation Area

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Gallagher Canyon State Recreation Area


(308) 785-2685

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Gallagher Canyon State Recreation Area offers access to the 400-acre Johnson Lake. Primitive camping is offered on the 24-acre area. Gallagher Canyon offers good spring crappie fishing in the coves, as well as channel and flathead catfish. Drum and carp are common catches also. The area has a gravel boat ramp. It offers outstanding scenery and some of the state's best fishing for crappies and line-busting flathead and channel catfish, according to Brad Newcomb, a fisheries biologist for the Commission. Gallagher Canyon is part of the Central Irrigation District Supply Canal. The area provides water access to more than 10 miles of the canal, and is open to all boats. The canal connects with Plum Creek Canyon Reservoir and Johnson Lake. Fishing is also available for walleye, sauger, white bass and freshwater drum.

Map of Gallagher Canyon State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.735309, -99.979129



  • Boating

    All types of boating is allowed at the park. There is one boat ramp and one dock.

  • Camping

    There are 25 non-pad sites without electricity.

  • Fishing

    This is a great area for fishing: crappies, line-busting flathead and channel catfish,walleye, sauger, white bass and freshwater drum.

  • Picnicking

    There are 18 picnic tables, each with its own grill.



At Cozad, NE go south 8 miles on Hwy 23 to Gallagher Canyon sign, turn left or east on Road 751 2 miles, turn north 1 1/2 miles on Road 422 turn left or west at signs posted, travel on gravel road through corn field 1 1/4 mile arriving at Gallagher Canyon.

Phone Numbers


(308) 785-2685