Johnson Lake State Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Johnson Lake State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(308) 785-2685

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Things To Do

Overview

Excellent camping and water sports are hallmarks of this ever popular area, 10 miles south of Lexington. Though relatively small at 68 acres, this SRA packs a lot of outdoor fun and provides three access points to the 2,068-acre lake. It is the heart of a complex of lakes on the Tri-County Canal south of I-80 between Lexington and Cozad. It provides fine outdoor recreation opportunities, especially when joined with its neighbors, Gallapher Canyon SRA, Elwood Reservoir Wildlife Management Area, Plum Creek and Phillips Canyon.

Memorial Day through Labor Day the park office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A kiosk is open Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Map of Johnson Lake State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.684674, -99.828730

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Activities

  • Boating

    All kinds of boating is allowed here. There is one boat ramp.

  • Camping

    Johnson Lake campground offers 113 camper pads with electrical hook-ups (20/30/50-amp.) and an additional 94 non-designated campsites. Campground is shady and located close to shower facilities. All campers must register.

  • Fishing

    Johnson Lake offers excellent angling for a variety of fish, including walleye, white bass and wipers.

  • Picnicking

    Five shelters provide 221 picnic tables and 171 grills.

  • RVing

    Johnson Lake campground offers 113 camper pads with electrical hook-ups (20/30/50-amp.) and an additional 94 non-designated campsites. Campground is shady and located close to shower facilities. All campers must register.

  • Water Sports

    There is beach access for swimming and other activities at the park.

Directions

Driving

From I-80 take exit 237 and go 7 miles south on Highway 283, then make a right hand turn at the Cenex Ampride station then first left in to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 785-2685

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