Conestoga State Recreation Area

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
The reservoir at Conestoga State Recreation Area is currently under construction, and fishing and boating are not available at the moment. Thanks to the Aquatic Habitat Program, nearly half a million cubic yards of sediment will be removed, and angler access improvements, breakwaters and a new boat ramp and launching area will be added. The project is expected to be completed late in 2018.

Conestoga is a 230-acre reservoir surrounded by 486 acres of land. The area offers power boating, picnicking, hiking and biking trails, camping and fishing. Located just two miles north of Denton in rural Lancaster County, Conestoga is a popular getaway for visitors from Lincoln and the surrounding area.



A rehabilitation project began in 2016 and the reservoir was drained for renovation.

Generally, bluegill, common carp, channel catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, largemouth bass and walleye can be found in Conestoga Lake. Additionally, there is one fish cleaning station.

For more information on fishing opportunities here and at parks across the state, visit the interactive public fishing areas map. This map provides detailed information on available species, regulations, public boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and ADA-accessible boat ramps and docks, among other features in reservoirs, lakes, streams and rivers statewide. Lake contour maps are available for some lakes, as well.


Only non-powered and electric-motor boating is permitted at Conestoga. The area offers one ramp and one dock.


Conestoga offers 59 picnic tables, 59 grills and two shelters.


RV camping

Conestoga offers 25 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as eight camping pads without electricity. Water, vault toliets and a dump station are available.

Primitive camping

Conestoga offers 24 non-pad sites without electricity. Water and vault toliets are available to campers.




A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.

Residents $30 for an annual permit, duplicate annual permits are available for $15 and daily permits for $6.
For vehicles not registered and licensed in Nebraska $45 for an annual permit, duplicate annuals permits are available for $22.50 and daily permits for $8.

Camping – (first-come, first-served)
$8 – Primitive
$17 – Camping pad with electric
$15 – Winter electric rate

For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.

Nearby attractions


Located just 20 miles west of Lincoln, Conestoga is within easy reach of restaurants, stores, museums, and everything else the state capital has to offer.


Food and fuel are available in Denton.

Contact Information

Address: Conestoga SRA | S.W. 98th and W. Pioneer | Denton, NE
Phone: (402) 796-2362

Email: Send email