Medicine Creek Reservoir, NE

Medicine Creek Reservoir, Nebraska

Medicine Creek Reservoir has 1,800 surface acres of water and is rated by many visitors as one of Nebraska's loveliest recreation spots. Medicine Creek State Recreation Area and wildlife lands encompass some 8,500 acres of public land and water. The dam on Medicine Creek is a zoned, earth-filled structure 165 feet high and 5,665 feet long. At the top conservation pool, the lake covers 1,850 surface acres, with 29 miles of shoreline. Completed in 1949, the dam is 30 feet across top and 840 feet thick at the base. Water stored irrigates some 16, 630 acres of land.

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Medicine Creek Reservoir Fishingmore

Medicine Creek Fishing
White bass fishermen find some real enjoyment taking these scrappy fighters from the deep water early in the summer and later off the top, when the shad hatch develops in July and August. The headwaters and most of the lake's accessible shoreline provide some hefty channel cats and an occasional flathead. Wiper fishing (white bass x striped bass hybrid) is gaining in popularity.

Medicine Creek Reservoir Huntingmore

Medicine Creek Hunting
In the fall, hunters find that Medicine Creek is one of the finest public hunting areas in the state. Its wildlife lands lie in the heart of southwest Nebraska's pheasant and quail range. Over 5, 500 acres have been extensively managed for wildlife habitat. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have planted over 50,000 trees and shrubs in recent years, concentrating on plantings that will benefit both game and nongame species.;

Pheasant and quail hunting are generally excellent early and late in the season. As private land habitat deteriorates from late winter punishment, pheasants and quail turn to the managed public habitat at Medicine Creek, resulting in some heavy concentrations of upland birds.

Mature stands of trees give bow hunters ample opportunity to zero in on the numerous white-tailed deer that roam the area, and firearm hunters en;joy excellent sport each year on both whitetails and mule deer. There is also a growing population of Merriam's turkeys in the creek area.

Medicine Creek Reservoir Campingmore

Medicine Creek Camping
Facilities at Medicine Creek for camping and picnicking range from the most modern to just the essentials. Shady Bay Campground on Trail No. 4 on the east side of the lake has 77 hardsurfaced camping pads. Most are shaded, and there are 34 electrical hookups (30 amp). A top-notch camping spot, Shady Bay also has showers, modern restrooms, boat ramps, fish cleaning station, swimming beach, dump station, water wells, and barbecue grills.

More camping is located on Trail No. 1, where there are modern restooms, picnic shelters, drinking water, parking, fish cleaning station, and boat ramps. There are more boat ramps on Trail No. 3 and other camping sites scattered around the lake that have trail road access.

Medicine Creek Lodge, the private concession on the south side of the dam on Trail No. 1, offers a restaurant, groceries, camping supplies, bait, tackle, boat rental, gas, modern air-conditioned cabins, and hunting fishing, and park entry permits.

Medicine Creek Reservoir Map

Medicine Creek Reservoir Information

Fees: Park Permit Required

Location: Access Road N off Hwy 34, 3 miles W of Cambridge

Contact: 308-697-4667

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