Lakes in Nebraska

From scenic byways to freshwater fishing, Nebraska is home to 49 lake attractions, according to the official website of the Nebraska state government.

There's the Heritage Highway, for example. A 238-mile road trip, it's perfect for those who're looking for scenic views. The highway passes through gorgeous countryside complete with unspoiled lakes and winding rivers. Another fun Nebraska road trip follows the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, which traverses territory once inhabited by outlaws like the Jesse James Gang. Those who follow the 231-mile long trail encounter museums, historic sites, parklands and lakes along the way. Of course, Nebraska also offers lots of recreational opportunities for those who like play in the water too. Twenty lakes, for instance (seven of them with highly developed recreational areas) lie within a 25-mile radius of Lincoln in the Salt Valley.

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Featured lakes in Nebraska

Branched Oak Lake

Branched Oak Lake is part of the Branched Oak State Recreation Area just west of Raymond, Nebraska. The SRA has excellent camping facilities (268 campsites, 187 with electrical hook-ups), and the lake provides great opportunities for fishing, boating, waterskiing and swimming.

McConaughy Lake

McConaughy Lake is a man-made reservoir located in Keith county. It is the largest water body in nebraska. McConaughy Lake is a popular location for boating, camping, fishing, water sports and hunting.

Pawnee Lake

Pawnee Lake, which is located near Lincoln, Nebraska, offers great opportunities for boaters and campers. The 1,800-acre lake has 20 gorgeous miles of shoreline as well as a campground with 207 sites. Although most of them are primitive, 68 sites have electrical hookups. Pawnee Lake also has a marina and a convenience store.


Popular Nebraska lakes

Box Butte Reservoir
Branched Oak Lake
Crescent Lake
Dads Lake
Elwood Reservoir
Enders Reservoir
Harlan County Lake
Harry Strunk Lake
Jeffrey Reservoir
Johnson Reservoir
Lake Alice
Lake Maloney
Lake Minatare
McConaughy Lake
Middle Marsh Lake
Mother Lake
Ogallala Lake
Pawnee Lake
Schoonover Lake
Sherman Reservoir
Sutherland Reservoir
Swanson Lake
Whitewater Lake
Whitney Reservoir


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