Two campgrounds, with both primitive and modern camping facilities, provide access to day-use and overnight visitors.
At the Main Area on the southeast end of the lake, the Commission operates a campground with gravel pads, complete with electrical hookups. There are also showers, restrooms, a dump station and an up-to-date fish cleaning station. The swimming beach is nearby.
Across the lake, the South Side Inlet Area offers another gravel camping pads with electrical hookups and modern restrooms. The fishing pier here is readily accessible to the handicapped. This area also has a boat ramp and fish-cleaning station. The North Side Inlet Area is available for primitive camping and has another handicapped accessible fishing pier, drinking water and vault toilets.
Gallagher Canyon SRA, offers access to the 400-acre lake, and primitive camping is allowed on the 24-acre state area. Both Elwood Reservoir, south of Johnson Lake, and Plum Creek to the west, between Johnson and Gallagher, are wildlife management areas operated by the Game and Parks Commission. Elwood has 579 acres on the l,330-acre lake, while Plum Creek has 158 acres on a 320-acre lake. Both offer good fishing and hunting in season. Camping is not permitted at Elwood WMA.
Address: 7 mi. North of Elwood on U.S. 283
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