Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup
STATE:
ACTIVITY:
SEARCH:
Nebraska > Nebraska State Parks > Medicine Creek State Recreation Area
Activity Locator:

Medicine Creek State Recreation Area




Medicine Creek State Recreation Area
   Customized Topo Maps and Aerial Photos
Outdoor Gear and Clothing

Search by Name within Nebraska:



Trip Planner

Hotels Airline Tickets Car Rentals
B&Bs Yellow Pages City Guide


General Information

Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

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

With the long narrow configuration of the lake, much of which is shaded by mature stands of trees and lush underbrush, Medicine Creek offers outdoor buffs plenty of recreational opportunity, plus solitude and plenty of private spots to get away from it all. The long bays that pocket the winding shore and the small islands provide fishermen with hotspots for king-sized crappie and other panfish. In early spring, walleye start hitting back in the shallows, but the walleye fishing really begins in June in the main body of the lake.

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

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

Medicine Creek camping ranges 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. A top-notch camping spot, Shady Bay also has showers, flush toilets, boat ramps, a swimming beach, trailer dump station, water wells, and barbecue grills. More camping is located on Trail No. 1, where there are a modern shower/latrine, picnic shelters, water, parking, and boat ramps. There are also boat ramps on Trail No. 3, and there are other camping sites scattered around the lake that have trail road access.

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Modern Restroom: Yes Dump Station: Yes Showers: Yes Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 135 Grills: 80 Shelters: 11 Boating: Yes Types: All Ramps: 3 Docks: 3 Fuel Avail.: Yes Fishing: Yes Cleaning Stations: 2 Swimming: Yes Beaches: 1 Concessions: Yes Medicine Creek Lodge Route 2, Box 88 Cambridge, NE 69022 (308) 697-3774

Recreation -

With the long narrow configuration of the lake, much of which is shaded by mature stands of trees and lush underbrush, Medicine Creek offers outdoor buffs plenty of recreational opportunity, plus solitude and plenty of private spots to get away from it all. The long bays that pocket the winding shore and the small islands provide fishermen with hotspots for king-sized crappie and other panfish. In early spring, walleye start hitting back in the shallows, but the walleye fishing really begins in June in the main body of the lake.

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

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

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 - From: Cambridge 2 Miles West on HWY 6 and 34 North 10 Miles on County Road


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!


More Information

Contact Information:
Medicine Creek State Recreation Area, RR 2, Box 95 , Cambridge, NEBRASKA, 69022-9312, Phone: (308) 697-4667
, Medicine.Creek@ngpc.ne.gov

Additional Information:
Nebraska Recreation Areas -

Links:
Medicine Creek State Recreation Area - Official site of Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

Advertisement





About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2017 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.