Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

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Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(308) 697-4667

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Overview

Rated by many visitors as one of Nebraska's more scentic recreation spots, Medicine Creek State Recreation Area and wildlife land encompass some 8,500 acres of public land and water in southeastern Frontier County. The dam on Medicine Creek is a zoned, earth-filled structure. It is 165 feet high and 5,665 feet long. At the top of the conservation pool, the lake covers 1,850 surface acres, with 29 miles of shoreline. Completed in 1949, the dam is 30 feet wide at the top and 840 feet at the base. Water stored irrigates some 16,630 acres of land.

With the long narrow configuration of the lake, much of which is shaded by mature stands of trees and lush underbrush, Medicine Creek offers outdoor buffs plenty of recreational opportunity, plus solitude and plenty of private spots to get away from it all. The long bays that pocket the winding shore and the small islands provide fishermen with hotspots for king-sized crappie and other panfish. In early spring, walleye start hitting back in the shallows, but the walleye fishing really begins in June in the main body of the lake.

Facilities at Medicine Creek for camping and picnicking range from the most modern to just the essentials. Its wildlife lands lie in the heart of southwest Nebraska's pheasant and quail range. Over 5,500 acres have been extensively managed for wildlife habitat. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have planted over 50,000 trees and shrubs in recent years, concentrating on plantings that will benefit both game and nongame species.

Map of Medicine Creek State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.383766, -100.215747

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Activities

  • Boating

    Shady Bay, Trail No. 1, Trail No. 3 and other sites around the lake offer access for boats.

  • Camping

    Facilities at Medicine Creek for camping and picnicking range from the most modern to just the essentials. Shady Bay Campground on Trail No. 4 on the east side of the lake has 76 hard-surfaced camping pads. Most are shaded, and there are 68 electrical hookups, of which 44 have 30-amp electric, and 24 have 50-amp electric. A top-notch camping spot, Shady Bay also has showers, modern restrooms, boat ramps, fish cleaning station, swimming beach, dump station, water wells, and barbeque grills. More camping is located on Trail No. 1, where there are modern restrooms, picnic shelters, drinking water, parking, fish cleaning station, and boat ramps. There are more boat ramps on Trail No. 3 and other camping sites scattered around the lake that have trail road access.

  • Fishing

    A long narrow lake, much of which is shaded by mature stands of trees and lush underbrush, Medicine Creek offers outdoor buffs plenty of recreational opportunity, plus solitude and plenty of private spots to get away from it all. Long bays that pocket the winding shore and the small islands provide fishermen with hot spots for kingsized crappie and other panfish. In early spring, walleye start hitting back in the shallows, but the walleye fishing really begins in June in the main body of the lake. White bass fishermen find some real enjoyment taking these scrappy fighters from the deep water early in the summer and later off the top, when the shad hatch develops in July and August. The headwaters and most of the lake's accessible shoreline provide some hefty channel cats and an occasional flathead. Wiper fishing (white bass x striped bass hybrid) is gaining in popularity.

  • Hunting

    In the fall, hunters find that Medicine Creek is one of the finest public hunting areas in the state. Its wildlife lands lie in the heart of southwest Nebraska's pheasant and quail range. Over 5,500 acres have been extensively managed for wildlife habitat. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have planted over 50,000 trees and shrubs in recent years, concentrating on plantings that will benefit both game and nongame species. Mature stands of trees give bow hunters ample opportunity to zero in on the numerous white-tailed deer that roam the area, and firearm hunters enjoy excellent sport each year on both whitetails and mule deer. There is also a growing population of Merriam's turkeys in the creek area.

  • Picnicking

    Facilities at Medicine Creek for camping and picnicking range from the most modern to just the essentials. Shady Bay on Trail No. 4 offers barbeque grills, boat ramps, fish cleaning station, and water wells.

  • RVing

    Facilities at Medicine Creek for camping and picnicking range from the most modern to just the essentials. Shady Bay Campground on Trail No. 4 on the east side of the lake has 76 hard-surfaced camping pads. Most are shaded, and there are 68 electrical hookups, of which 44 have 30-amp electric, and 24 have 50-amp electric. A top-notch camping spot, Shady Bay also has showers, modern restrooms, boat ramps, fish cleaning station, swimming beach, dump station, water wells, and barbeque grills.

  • Water Sports

    Shady Bay offers a swimming beach, water bells, and barbeque grills.

Park Partners

Medicine Creek Lodge

Medicine Creek Lodge, the private concessioner on the south side of the dam on Trail No.1, offers a restaurant, groceries, camping supplies, bait, tackle, gas, modern air-conditioned cabins, and hunting, fishing, and park entry permits.

(308) 697-3774

Directions

Driving

From Cambridge , travel two miles west on Hwy 6 and 34 Miles west on Hwy 6 and 34 north 10 miles on county road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 697-4667

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