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Description - Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area's original lake impoundment built in 1894 by the Atkinson Milling and Irrigation Company and was operated for milling purposes and hydroelectric generation until 1929 when high water washed out the dam. In 1947, the city of Atkinson deeded the dam to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In 1949, the Game and Parks rebuilt the structure but in the early 60's high water washed out the dam again and a third time in 1984 reducing it to just a stream. In 1991, a joint effort between local people and the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska Department of Water Resources and the United States Army Corps of Engineers made it possible for the reconstruction of the Atkinson Dam. The lake was deepened and the overall size is approximately 14 surface acres. The Game and Parks has stocked the lake with bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish. In 1978, the Game and Parks bought approximately 2 acres of land which was an easement agreement in the 1950's. The recreation area at present takes in approximately 50 acres. Recreational facilities at the lake include camping areas, vault toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and grills, picnic shelters and playground equipment. In 1992, construction of a Bluebird trail being funded from private memorials to Kenneth Butterfield, a long-time supporter and advocate began, and completed in 1994. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile in length with 12 bluebird houses, 4 park benches to provide restful viewing of these rare birds.

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Trails: Yes Hiking: 1 miles Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 21 Grills: 23 Shelters: 2 Boating: Yes River Access: Yes Fishing: Yes

Recreation - Recreational facilities at the lake include camping areas, vault toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and grills, picnic shelters and playground equipment. In 1992, construction of a Bluebird trail being funded from private memorials to Kenneth Butterfield, a long-time supporter and advocate began, and completed in 1994. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile in length with 12 bluebird houses, 4 park benches to provide restful viewing of these rare birds.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location - Atkinson SRA is located 1 mile west of the town of Atkinson NE just off Hwy 20 and Holt county road.


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Contact Information:
Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area, PO Box 508 , Bassett, NEBRASKA, 68714-0508, Phone: (402) 684-2921
, Dave.Harlan@ngpc.ne.gov

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