- Archery Range
- Food Service
Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found at Red Willow SRA, and the area has excellent facilities for camping and water-oriented recreation. Red Willow SRA offers 4,320 acres of land around a 1,628-acre lake. Camping, swimming, picnicking, and water recreation are very popular at Red Willow.
Species include common carp, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, white bass and wiper. Fish-cleaning stations are located at Spring Creek area.
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.
All boats allowed. Ramps are located at Spring Creek, Willow View and Red Willow areas.
Pheasant, rabbit and deer hunters like Red Willow’s tall native grasses, brushy canyons, and shrub and tree plantings for wildlife. The area has good populations of pheasants and both whitetail and mule deer. Pheasant hunters will also put up an occasional covey of quail, and cottontails are plentiful in the draws and plum thickets.
A public swim beach is available for family recreation. Showers are located at Willow View Campground.
The area offers two miles of mowed hike/bike trails.
Day-use picnic facilities include 13 shelters, 130 picnic tables and 110 grills.
A 20-target archery range is adjacent to the Willow View campground.
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.
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.
Primitive tent camping – $8
Camp pad with electric – $20
Winter camping rate with electric – $15
For a complete list of all state park, state recreation area and state historical park fees, click here.
Other Southwest Reservoirs include Swanson, Enders, and Medicine Creek which all provide great opportunities for fishing, camping, boating, swimming and family recreation. McCook, Nebraska offers opportunities for modern lodging, dining and shopping.
Address: Red Willow SRA | 72718 Trail 2 | McCook, NE 69001
Phone: (308) 345-5899
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