Medicine Creek State Recreation Area

40611 Road 728
Cambridge, NE 69022


Located in a peaceful and scenic spot, Medicine Creek is a great hidden outdoor getaway. Four two-bedroom fully furnished lakeside modern cabins are available for outdoor lovers. Camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking and boating are popular on this 1,768 acre lake.



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 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.

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 1,768 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.


Excellent hunting abounds in the spring, fall and winter months. 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.

All types of boats are permitted at the lake. You’ll see fishing boats, sail boats, paddle boats and personal water craft. Three ramps and three docks are available.


Medicine Creek has a public swim beach.


Plenty of opportunities for picnics with 136 picnic tables and 122 grill available throughout.

RV camping
Medicine Creek has 72 camping pads with 30 and 50-amp electrical hookups. All campers have access to modern restrooms, showers, dump station, vault toilets and nearby concession

Primitive camping
238 non-pad sites are available with no electricity. All campers have access to modern restrooms, showers, dump station, vault toilets and nearby concession.

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