Willow Creek State Recreation Area

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Willow Creek State Recreation Area

Nebraska

(402) 329-4053

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Overview

Willow Creek State Recreation Area draws its name from the meandering stream that feeds the Elkhorn River in northeast Nebraska. It covers some 1,633 acres, including a 700-acres flood-control reservoir and is particularly popular with campers, anglers, boaters, picnickers, birdwatcher, and hunters. There are 100 pads in the campground, many with electrical hookups. The modern shower house has laundry facilities, and there is an RV sanitation station. Drinking water and vault toilets are available at the campground, as well as other sites around the lake. Anglers will find action on crappie, bluegill, bass, catfish, walleye, northern pike, and wipers. Picnickers will find shelters along with an ample supply of tables and fire grates. An eight mile hiking and horseback trail winds through the area, with a limestone trail meandering from the swimming beach and proceeding to the west edge of Pierce.

Come winter, roads and the lake surface (ice permitting) are open to snowmobilers. Parts of the recreation area are open to hunting, in season. Species available include pheasant, quail, mourning dove, rabbit, squirrel and a variety of waterfowl. Deer hunting is allowed, but it is restricted to archery or shotgun slug. Bird watchers will find an intriguing array of birdlife to capture their fancy. There are numerous species, some rare, to entice sharp-eyed viewers.

Map of Willow Creek State Rec. Area (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.175776, -97.576192

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Activities

  • Boating

    The main body of the lake is open to all boating and to water skiing, while the wooded west end (about half the lake surface) is restricted to five mph, wake-less boating.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain bikers can enjoy miles of trails.

  • Camping

    There are 100 pads in the campground, 84 with electrical hookups, which includes an accessible camp pad. The modern shower house has laundry facilities, and there is an RV sanitation station. Drinking water and vault toilets are available at the campground, as well as other sites around the lake.

  • Fishing

    Anglers will find action on crappie, bluegill, bass, catfish, walleye, northern pike, and wipers. This is a fairly shallow lake, and the deepest point measures only about 35 feet in depth.

  • Hiking

    An eight mile hiking and horseback trail winds through the area, with a limestone trail meandering from the swimming beach and proceeding to the west edge of Pierce.

  • Horseback Riding

    Park roads may also be used by horseback riders.

  • Hunting

    Parts of the recreation area are open to hunting, in season. Species available include: Pheasant, quail, mourning dove, rabbit, squirrel and a variety of waterfowl. Deer hunting is allowed, but it is restricted to archery or shotgun slug. Rifles and handguns may not be used on the area.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Call the area for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnickers will find shelters, along with an ample supply of tables and fire grates.

  • RVing

    The campsite can accommodate RVs and has electrical hookups, water, and a sanitation station.

  • Water Sports

    Along with boating, visitors enjoy a designated swimming beach.

Directions

Driving

N.W. of Norfolk on HWY. 13 to Pierce then follow signs S.W. of town 3 miles to campground.

DETOUR DIRECTIONS: For paved roads: Visitors need to enter Pierce from the east or from the north. The detour is west of Hadar on Hwy 81 to "Wee Town" then west on Hwy 98 to Pierce. This route goes through construction but may save some miles by taking gravel roads (very rough because of high amounts of traffic): go North on Hwy 13 to 852 Rd. and go west two miles to 549 Avenue, proceed south approximately one milte to 851 road then west one mile to 548 Ave. then north 1/4 mile to the State Recreation Area entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 329-4053

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