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Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Food Service
  • Hunting
  • Lodging
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming

Located in a peaceful and scenic spot, Medicine Creek is a great hidden outdoor getaway. Four two-bedroom fully furnished lakeside modern cabins are available for outdoor lovers. Camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking and boating are popular on this 1,768 acre lake.

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Attractions

Fishing

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 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.

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 1,768 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.

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..

Hunting

Excellent hunting abounds in the spring, fall and winter months. 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.

Boating

All types of boats are permitted at the lake. You’ll see fishing boats, sail boats, paddle boats and personal water craft. Three ramps and three docks are available.

Swimming

Medicine Creek has a public swim beach.

Picnicking

Plenty of opportunities for picnics with 136 picnic tables and 122 grill available throughout.

Lodging

Cabins

Medicine Creek State Recreation Area has four lakefront cabins on the east Side of the lake in the Shady Bay Campground, Trail 4. Each two-bedroom cabin is approximately 532 square feet, has air conditioning, a full bathroom, furnished kitchen and a covered deck overlooking the lake. Linens and utensils are provided.

Download Shady Bay campground map
Download “U” Bay campground map
Download Trail 12 campground map
Download park map

RV camping

Medicine Creek has 72 camping pads with 30 and 50-amp electrical hookups. All campers have access to modern restrooms, showers, dump station, vault toilets and nearby concession.

Download Shady Bay campground map
Download “U” Bay campground map
Download Trail 12 campground map
Download park map

Primitive camping

240 non-pad sites are available with no electricity. All campers have access to modern restrooms, showers, dump station, vault toilets and nearby concession.

Download Shady Bay campground map
Download “U” Bay campground map
Download Trail 12 campground map
Download park map

Nearby attractions

Concessions and McCook

The private concession on the south side of the dam on Trail No. 1, offers a restaurant, grocery items, camping supplies, bait, tackle, gas, modern air-conditioned cabins, and hunting, fishing and park entry permits. McCook, Nebraska offers opportunities for modern lodging, dining and shopping.

Cambridge

Medicine Creek is just 10 miles north of Cambridge, which offers some shopping and dining.

Nearby reservoirs

Other Southwest Reservoirs include Swanson, Enders, and Red Willow which all provide great opportunities for fishing, camping, boating, swimming and family recreation.

Contact Information

Address: Medicine Creek SRA | 40611 Rd 728 | Cambridge, NE 69022
Phone: 308-697-4667

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