Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

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Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(402) 388-4169

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Overview

Nebraska's second largest lake, Lewis & Clark straddles the northeast border with South Dakota, about 7 miles north of Crofton on Nebraska Highway 121. The lake is about 16 miles long and 3 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 45 feet. It draws its name from the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which camped nearby on their epic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase. This state recreation area includes five areas on the south side of the lake: Weigand-Burbach, Miller Creek, Bloomfield, South Shore and Deep Water.

Map of Lewis & Clark State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.867190, -97.518520

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating on the lake covers the gamut from pontoons to high-powered speedboats to personal watercraft (PFC). In that portion of the spillway and tailrace of Gavins Point designated as the Tailwaters Area, speed in excess of 5 mph is prohibited and speed of all vessels must be reduced so the wash and wake will cause no discomfort, hazard, injury or damage to persons, vessels or property. The marina offers full amenities for boaters, including a pump-out station and 24-hour gasoline. Boat slips are available for seasonal rental.

  • Bicycling

    There are four miles of biking trails available.

  • Camping

    Weigand Area Campground is the Park Headquarters. There are camping pads with electricity, tent camping sites, a coin operated shower house and playground. Burbach Area Campground is next to the Weigand campground and it provides campers with nice summer shade. This areas has camping pads with electricity, non-electrical gravel pad sites, 5 coin operated showers, a playground, picnic shelter, swimming beach, and RV dump station. All campers must register. Burbach Area has 10 fully furnished cabins reservable one year in advance. The cabins can be rented one year in advance. Two-bedroom air conditioned/heated cabins are furnished with blankets, towels, stove, refrigerators, microwaves, silverware and cooking utensils. Each cabin has a front porch with a view of the lake with a picnic table and grill. All of these cabins are located on the beautiful shores of Lewis and Clark Lake.

  • Fishing

    Anglers at Lewis and Clark will find a variety of species, including walleye, sauger, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Look for all these species around the jetties at the Weigand-Burbach area. Many of these jetties were installed to improve habitat and well as fishing opportunities.

  • Golfing

    Crofton has an intriguing historic hotel and restaurant, Lakeview Golf Course.

  • Hiking

    Explore four miles of hiking through this unique site.

  • Horseback Riding

    Nearby Niobrara State Park offers cabins, camping, horseback trail rides, river raft trips, hiking and more.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed on the area beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day, except that the Weigand-Burbach area is closed to all hunting. There is some good sport for white-tailed deer, mourning dove, waterfowl and wild turkey. Of course, the lake offers good opportunity for waterfowl hunting. Action can be good on cottontail and squirrels.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Contact the area for more information.

  • Picnicking

    One shelter, with electricity, has 236 picnic tables.

  • RVing

    Weigand Area Campground is the Park Headquarters. There are camping pads with electricity, tent camping sites, a coin operated shower house and playground. Burbach Area Campground is next to the Weigand campground and it provides campers with nice summer shade. This areas has camping pads with electricity, non-electrical gravel pad sites, 5 coin operated showers, a playground, picnic shelter, swimming beach, and RV dump station. All campers must register. Burbach Area has 10 fully furnished cabins reservable one year in advance. The cabins can be rented one year in advance. Two-bedroom air conditioned/heated cabins are furnished with blankets, towels, stove, refrigerators, microwaves, silverware and cooking utensils. Each cabin has a front porch with a view of the lake with a picnic table and grill. All of these cabins are located on the beautiful shores of Lewis and Clark Lake.

  • Water Sports

    There is beach access for any number of fun water activities.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter can be a fun time at Lewis & Clark. When the ice is sufficient, the lake is open to ice fishing, skating, and snowmobiling. Snowmobilers can also use area roads but must stay out of other areas. Cross-country skiing is becoming increasingly popular with park visitors.

Park Partners

Weigand Marina

Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

(402) 388-4169

Directions

Driving

The park is located 9 miles north of Crofton on Hwy 121, 4 miles west on Hwy 54C.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 388-4169

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