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Summit Lake

State Recreation Area

2794 County Road F | Tekamah, NE 68061

Summit Lake State Recreation Area is a 190-acre lake, surrounded by 345 acres of land. The area offers fishing, hiking, hunting, swimming and camping, among other activities.


  • Archery range
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Equestrian trails
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming


All boating is permitted at Summit Lake State Recreation Area, though boaters must observe a 5 mph speed limit as well as a no wake rule. The area has two ramps and five docks.

Summit offers excellent fishing opportunities for all anglers, and the recent addition of jetties give bank anglers access to deeper water. Bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie and walleye are all stocked in the lake. 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.

Summit Lake SRA features the recent addition of a 10 mile equestrian trail around the lake. Now called Centennial Trail, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Nebraska State Parks, the trail features lakeside views, hilltop vistas, and even a shallow water crossing (approx. 2 feet deep). Parking and trailhead are near the park entrance on the northwest end of the lake. Thank you to the Nebraska Horse Trails Committee and Papio Missouri NRD for their assistance in the development of this trail!

Summit offers two miles of hike-bike trails.

Hunting is permitted in season after Labor Day. Consult the latest hunting guides for more information. Target shooting is prohibited.

The area offers 73 picnic tables, 64 grills and two picnic shelters.

A swimming beach is popular with park visitors during the warmer months. No lifeguards are on duty.

The area also offers a playground, horseshoe pits and archery range.


Summit Lake SRA offers 33 Basic and 43 Electric Plus campsites. Water, primitive restrooms, shower house and a dump station are available for campers. Campers can fill with fresh water at the hydrant located in front of the shower house. Camping reservations are available for half of the Electric Plus campsites. All other camping is first-come, first-served. 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 formational signs are provided to help guide campers with the self-registration process.

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2794 County Road F
Tekamah, NE 68061

Park Pricing

A park entry permit is required to visit state parks and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors, or in advance of your arrival online. View those fees, as well as attraction and amenity pricing.


Reservations are accepted for cabins, lodge rooms, and group lodges up to one year in advance of the arrival date. Reservations for camping are accepted up to 180 days in advance of arrival date. The Reservation Call Center hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (CT) and closed on holidays.