Summit Lake State Recreation Area

Lake Renovations

Summit Lake has undergone a rehabilitation project to improve the fishery through the Nebraska Game and Parks Aquatic Habitat Program. Due to lack of rainfall, the lake is not currently fishable or boatable.

  • Archery Range
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Swimming

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.



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.


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.


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


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.

Hiking and biking

Summit offers two miles of hike-bike trails.

Other activities

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


RV and tent camping

Summit Lake SRA offers 33 tent sites and 43 electrical pad sites. Water, vault toilets, shower house and a dump station are available. Camping reservations are available for half of the electric plus campsites. All other camping is all 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 informational signs are provided to help guide campers with the self-registration process.

Download park map

Make a reservation


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


Contact Information

Address: Summit Lake SRA | 2787 Co. Rd. G | Burt County, Neb.
Phone: 402-377-2011

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