LINCOLN, Neb.(5-23-2012)– The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin taking reservations for new cabins at Medicine Creek State Recreation Area (SRA) at 9 a.m. Central Time on May 24.
Two of the four cabins built at this SRA located 8 miles north of Cambridge in Frontier County will be ready for occupants beginning May 25. The cabins are on the east side of the lake near the Shady Bay Campground.
Each two-bedroom cabin is approximately 532 square feet and sleeps four. Each has air conditioning, full bathroom, furnished kitchen and a covered deck overlooking the lake. Linens and utensils are provided.
The rate is $85 per night, plus tax. The cabins will be open for overnight guests through Dec. 31, and then reopen on April 1, 2013.
An open house will take place May 26-27 from 1-4 p.m. so visitors may get an inside look at the cabins.
Call the Nebraska Game and Parks Reservation Call Center at 402-471-1414 to reserve a cabin. Online reservations will become available June 15.
For more information, contact Game and Parks' Suzanne Ridder at 402-471-1623.
A park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering the SRA.
2968 acres (1850 water)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.
In the fall, hunters will find that Medicine Creek is one of the finest public hunting areas in the state, for its wildlife lands lie in the heart of southwest Nebraska's pheasant and quail range. More than 5,500 acres have been extensively managed for wildlife habitat. The Game and Parks Commission and Bureau of Reclamation have planted more than 50,000 trees and shrubs in recent years, concentrating on plantings that benefit both game and nongame species.
The private concession on the south side of the dam on Trail No. 1, offers a restaurant, grocery items, camping supplies, bait, tackle, boat rental, gas, modern air-conditioned cabins, and hunting, fishing and park entry permits.
Medicine Creek camping ranges from the most modern to just the essentials. Shady Bay Campground on Trail-No. 4 on the east side of the lake has 77 hardsurfaced camping pads. Most are shaded, and there are 34 electrical hookups. A top-notch camping spot, Shady Bay also has showers, flush toilets, boat ramps, a swimming beach, trailer dump station, water wells, and barbecue grills. More camping is located on Trail No. 1, where there are a modern shower/latrine, picnic shelters, water, parking, and boat ramps. There are also boat ramps on Trail No. 3, and there are other camping sites scattered around the lake that have trail road access.
68 camping pads with electrical hookups*
8 camping pads without electricity
240 non-pad sites without electricity