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

At top conservation pool, the lake at Red Willow Reservoir covers 1,628 acres of the nearly 6,000 acres managed for public recreation and wildlife. The dam on Red Willow Creek is a zoned, earth-filled structure, 126 feet high and 3,159 feet long. Completed in 1962, it measures 30 feet thick at the top with a maximum base of 820 feet. Its waters provide primary or supplemental irrigation for 28,524 acres of land.

Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found at Red Willow, and the are has excellent facilities for camping and water-oriented recreation.

Dedicated bass fishermen are well-acquainted with its brushy shores (35 miles of them), submerged trees, and underwater structures. Red Willow is a haven for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Summer and winter crappie fishing is generally excellent in its tree-filled bays, and the state hook-and-line records for both white and black crappie came from Red Willow. White bass, northern pike, and walleye are favorites from spring through fall, and night fishing with lights is common along the face of the dam and in the narrow bays.

Camping and recreational facilities are new and modern.

Near the concession and Kiwanis Point, there are two boat ramps, mooring docks, a designated swimming beach, and modern restrooms. A third boat ramp is located south of the dam. The area concession is located on the Spring Creek access road and offers a restaurant, camping supplies, groceries, gas, bait, tackle, boat rentals, and has fishing, hunting and park entry permits available.

Pheasant, rabbit and deer hunters like Red Willow's tall native grasses, brushy canyons, and shrub and tree plantings for wildlife. The area has good populations of pheasants and both whitetails and mule deer. Pheasant hunters will also put up an occasional covey of quail, and cottontails are plentiful in the draws and plum thickets.

Visitors enjoy the antics of the resident prairie dogs. Their town near Spring Creek is protected to ensure they will continue to be around the area for the public to observe. Another special attraction at Red Willow is the longhorn cattle display, which recalls the days when huge herds of these rangy animals made the hard journey up the old Texas Trail.

Red Willow Reservoir, also known, as Hugh Butler Reservoir, has top of the line camping. Willow View Campground offers electrical camp sites with a panoramic view of the lake. The campground has a showerhouse, with modern restrooms. Each pad is equipped with a waist-high barbecue grill, and a sanitary trailer dump station is handy to the exit. Numerous other recreation sites are spotted strategically around the lake and offer tidy, but more primitive facilities. Areas like Bluegill, Bobwhite, Indian Point, and Pike's Point have camping, parking lots, some picnic shelters, water wells, grills, and vault toilets. Other picnic shelters and grills can be found in out-of-the-way locations for those who want a bit of privacy.

Attractions - Camping: Yes Water: Yes Modern Restroom: Yes Dump Station: Yes Showers: Yes Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 130 Grills: 110 Shelters: 20 Boating: Yes Types: All Ramps: 4 Docks: 5 Fuel Avail.: Yes Fishing: Yes Cleaning Stations: 1 Swimming: Yes Beaches: 1 Concessions: Yes Willow Springs Marina Spring Creek Access on the east side of Red Willow Reservoir

Recreation -

Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found at Red Willow, and the are has excellent facilities for camping and water-oriented recreation.

Dedicated bass fishermen are well-acquainted with its brushy shores (35 miles of them), submerged trees, and underwater structures. Red Willow is a haven for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Summer and winter crappie fishing is generally excellent in its tree-filled bays, and the state hook-and-line records for both white and black crappie came from Red Willow. White bass, northern pike, and walleye are favorites from spring through fall, and night fishing with lights is common along the face of the dam and in the narrow bays.

Camping and recreational facilities are new and modern.

Near the concession and Kiwanis Point, there are two boat ramps, mooring docks, a designated swimming beach, and modern restrooms. A third boat ramp is located south of the dam. The area concession is located on the Spring Creek access road and offers a restaurant, camping supplies, groceries, gas, bait, tackle, boat rentals, and has fishing, hunting and park entry permits available.

Pheasant, rabbit and deer hunters like Red Willow's tall native grasses, brushy canyons, and shrub and tree plantings for wildlife. The area has good populations of pheasants and both whitetails and mule deer. Pheasant hunters will also put up an occasional covey of quail, and cottontails are plentiful in the draws and plum thickets.

Visitors enjoy the antics of the resident prairie dogs. Their town near Spring Creek is protected to ensure they will continue to be around the area for the public to observe. Another special attraction at Red Willow is the longhorn cattle display, which recalls the days when huge herds of these rangy animals made the hard journey up the old Texas Trail.

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 - 11 N of McCook


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Contact Information:
Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area, RR 1 Box 145 , McCook, NEBRASKA, 69001-9801, Phone: (308) 345-5899
, Red.Willow@ngpc.ne.gov

Additional Information:
Nebraska Recreation Areas -

Links:
Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area - Official site of Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area

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