Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION
Gallagher Canyon SRA offers access to the 400-acre Johnson Lake. Primitive camping is offered on the 24-acre area.
Gallagher Canyon offers good spring crappie fishing in the coves, as well as channel and flathead catfish. Drum and carp are common catches also. The area has a gravel boat ramp.
Although a challenge to get to, Gallagher Canyon offers outstanding scenery and some of the state's best fishing for crappies and line-busting flathead and channel catfish, according to Brad Newcomb, a fisheries biologist for the Commission.
"It has a very good crappie system, especially in the spring, and a very good catfish population," Newcomb said.
Gallagher Canyon is part of the Central Irrigation District Supply Canal. The area provides water access to more than 10 miles of the canal, and is open to all boats. The canal connects with Plum Creek Canyon Reservoir and Johnson Lake. Fishing is also available for walleye, sauger, white bass and freshwater drum.
Larry Roper, who manages the area, described the campground as heavily wooded. He said except for major holidays, the campground is never full.
"It's really kind of a neat area," Roper said. "It's too bad it's so far off the beaten path, but at the same time, that's what makes it so attractive to some people."
There are 72 non-pad campsites and drinking water is available, but no electricity. The area has a boat ramp and a dock.
To reach Gallagher Canyon, go 10 miles south of Cozad on U.S. Highway 21, then travel county roads by going east for two miles, one mile north, and then one mile west.
Gallagher Canyon is a 400 acre irrigation impoundment with 24 acres of recreation land adjacent. The area offers primitive camping, fishing, picnicking, and a playground.
- Camping: Yes
Picnic Tables: 18
Recreation - The area offers primitive camping, fishing, picnicking, and a playground.
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.
From exit 222
At Cozad go south 8 miles on HWY 23 to Gallagher Canyon sign, turn left or east on Road 751 2 miles, turn north 1 1/2 miles on Road 422 turn left or west at signs posted, travel on gravel road through corn field 1 1/4 mile arriving at Gallagher Canyon SRA.