Medicine Creek State Recreation Area
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 316
Number of Sites with Electric: 70
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.
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.
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