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Johnson Lake State Recreation Area

Park Snapshot

7 S of Lexington
2128 acres (2060 water)

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(AreaID: 94)

Contact Information:
Johnson Lake SRA
1 East Park Dr. 25A
Elwood,  NE  68937-9804
Phone: (308) 785-2685


Excellent camping and water sports are hallmarks of this ever popular area, 10 miles south of Lexington. Though relatively small at 68 acres, this SRA packs a lot of outdoor fun and provides three access points to the 2,068-acre lake.

It is the heart of a complex of lakes on the Tri-County Canal south of I-80 between Lexington and Cozad. It provides fine outdoor recreation opportunities, especially when joined with its neighbors, Gallapher Canyon SRA, Elwood Reservoir WMA, Plum Creek and Phillips Canyon.


Johnson Lake offers excellent angling for a variety of fish, including walleye, white bass and wipers.

Campers will find electrical hookups, nonpad sites, showers, modern restrooms, dump station, water, picnic tables, grills, shelters, vault toilets, boat ramp, fish cleaning stations, swimming beach and accessible fishing piers.

Overnight Accomodations
Camping Facilities:
113 camping pads with electrical hookups*
94 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30/50-amp. 1-year advance reservable campsites

Johnson Lake campground offers 113 camper pads with electrical hook-ups and an additional 94 non-designated campsites. Campground is shady and located close to shower facilities.

All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day.

Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: Yes

Hiking: 1 miles
M. Bike: 0 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 221
Grills: 171
Shelters: 5
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: Yes

Types: All
Ramps: 1
Docks: 1
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: No

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 2

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 0
Beaches: 1

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

Memorial Day-Labor Day Office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Kiosk is open Thursday-Sunday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

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