Winters Creek Lake

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Winters Creek Lake


(308) 635-7851

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Winters Creek Lake is one of the four inland lakes in Nebraska, and is especially popular with anglers and wildlife viewing enthusiasts. It is located immediately northwest of Lake Minatare. The lake has surface area of 379 acres and approximately four miles of shoreline. It is located almost entirely within the North Platte Wildlife Refuge, in the panhandle of western Nebraska. The northeast side of the lake features an undisturbed bird sanctuary, making the area a prime location for bird watching and photography. Migrating waterfowl and other water birds use these waters extensively. Boats are allowed on the lake.

Like Lake Alice and Lake Minatare, recreation at the lake is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Though some portions of the area are closed to the public for conservation, much of it is open to the public year-round.

Winters Creek Lake is a feature of the North Platte Project of the the Bureau of Reclamation.

Map of Winters Creek Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 41.957556, -103.527785



  • Boating

    Boats are allowed on Winters Creek Lake. Internal combustion motors are prohibited on Winters Creek Lake. A boat ramp is available.

  • Bird Watching

    The northeast side features an undisturbed bird sanctuary.

  • Fishing

    Available species include bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, walleye (15 inch minimum), and yellow perch. Walleye are stocked in the reservoir annually. Channel catfish stocked when available. A fishing license is required from the Nebraska Fish & Wildlife Department.

  • Hiking

    The northeastern upland sites, along with the north portion of the lake, are closed to all public entry to provide an undisturbed sanctuary of land and water for a variety of wildlife species. The remaining portion of the unit is open for permitted activities from January 15 through October 14 during daylight hours.


Open to the public from Jan. 15 to Sept. 30, during daylight hours.



The lake is located off of Highway 71, north of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Phone Numbers


(308) 635-7851