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Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area


  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lodging
  • Marina
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming

Nebraska’s second largest reservoir, Lewis and Clark straddles the state’s northeast border with South Dakota. The lake draws its name from the Lewis and Clark expedition, which camped nearby during the famous journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase. Lewis and Clark offers modern cabins, boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching and scenic vistas.

Cabins and Camping for half of the modern campsites are available up to a year in advance of arrival.

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Attractions

Fishing

Anglers at Lewis and Clark will find a variety of species, including walleye, sauger, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Anglers should look for all of these species around the jetties at the Weigand-Burbach area, which were installed to improve habitat and fishing opportunities. One fish cleaning station is available for anglers.

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.

Boating

Boating is very popular at Lewis and Clark SRA. Sailboats, speed boats and personal watercraft are all permitted. Fuel is available at the Weigand Marina. The area offers 116 leased seasonal docks and six daily rental docks that may be reserved in advance. Four ramps are available in the Weigand area. A portion of the spillway and the tailrace of Gavins Point are no-wake zones.

The lake also offers access to the Missouri River. Those interested in boating or fishing on the River are encouraged to view the interactive Missouri River Outdoor Recreation Access Guide, which shows public access sites for fishing, hunting, boating, camping and more. It also serves as a navigation guide.

Swimming

There is one swimming beach located just west of the Weigand Marina. No lifeguard is on duty.

Marina

The Weigand Marina is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and offers a variety of groceries, candy, snacks, soft serve ice cream, bait, tackle, firewood, fuel and other sundries.

Hunting

Hunting is allowed on the area beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day. Substantial hunting opportunities are available at Lewis and Clark SRA, which include upland game, big game and waterfowl. Lewis and Clark’s upland game habitat offers hunting opportunities for pheasant, quail and dove. Big game hunting can also be found on the area with good numbers of deer and turkey. Special regulations do apply to the Weigand/Burbach Area. Check with the park office for details.

Wildlife viewing

Lewis and Clark is a prime area for bird watchers, especially for bald eagles. Alert visitors can also spot wild turkeys, deer, coyotes and a variety of other small mammals.

Picnicking

Lewis and Clark offers day use areas for picnicking. These areas include tables and fire rings. Picnic shelters are also available.

Other activities

A playground is located in the Weigand and Burbach Area. Horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court are available, as well. Lewis and Clark SRA offers 4.5 miles of hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and horseback trails, which may be accessed in the South Shore Area. During the winter months when the ice is sufficient, the lake is open to ice fishing, skating and snowmobiling. In the summer, the park hosts free movie nights near the Weigand Shelter around 9pm.

Download Movies at the Marina Schedule

Cabins

Cabins

Lewis and Clark offers 10 modern two-bedroom cabins. Cabins have two queen beds and three single beds with a maximum occupancy of seven. Cabins are equipped with linens, towels, stove, refrigerator, coffee pot, toaster, microwave and kitchen service for seven. All cabins also have a covered patio, modern restrooms, picnic table, outdoor grill and campfire ring. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance.

Camping


Lewis and Clark SRA offers campers Full Hookup, Electric Plus, Electric, Basic and Equestrian Basic campsites.

Lewis and Clark has over 150 campsites with electricity and more than 100 Basic campsites. Campgrounds include showers, picnic tables, fire ring/grills, nearby drinking water spigots (not hookups), dump and fill stations and playground. Camping is available year-round with electricity however dump and fill stations, modern shower and bathroom facilities operate from April-October, weather permitting.

Camping reservations are available for half of the campsites in Weigand and Burbach campgrounds. All other camping is all first-come, first-served and campers register their nightly camping fees in a raised, locked box called an Iron Ranger. Self-service envelopes are provided at each Iron Ranger station. Check or cash only. Iron Rangers are generally located near the park entrance or in the campground area. On-site camping informational signs are provided to help guide campers with the self-registration process.

An equestrian camping area with corrals is also located in the south shore area. Water is available but no electricity.

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Fees

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

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Contact Information

Address: Lewis and Clark SRA | 54731 897 Rd. | Crofton, NE 68730-3290
Phone: (402) 388-4169

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