Unlimited Water Fun at Johnson Lake, Nebraska If you are planning the ultimate lake getaway, consider renting a Johnson Lake lake house in Nebraska. No matter which water sport you prefer, or whether you want to try them all, the 2,068 acres of water and the generous boating policies at this lake give you the freedom to play your way.
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Unlimited Water Fun at Johnson Lake, Nebraska
If you are planning the ultimate lake getaway, consider renting a Johnson Lake lake house in Nebraska. No matter which water sport you prefer, or whether you want to try them all, the 2,068 acres of water and the generous boating policies at this lake give you the freedom to play your way.
Your research on lake vacations has likely revealed that not all lakes are created equal. Many lakes favor either watercraft or swimmers, but not both. Some do not allow the use of motorized boats. This is not the case at Johnson Lake. This reservoir allows all types of boats and watercraft, including fishing boats, sailboats, paddle boats, speed boats, kayaks, canoes, inner tubes, water skis, wakeboards, jet skis, and anything else you want to sail, float, row, or drive across the lake. The 28 miles of shoreline host a swimming beach, public boat ramps, and three marinas, and many of the lake house rental properties have private docks. For motorized craft, two on-water fuel locations are available to keep your engine running all day. Basically, if you can dream it, you can do it at Johnson Lake.
Fishing is a popular pastime here. You can catch channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, perch, striped bass, walleye, white bass, and wipers, but the lake is known across the region for its white bass and walleye fishing. And access to the lake has been improved in recent years, cultivating a great environment for quality fishing. For example, fish cleaning stations are available in two locations long the lakefront, and there are two handicap-accessible fishing piers. Bathrooms and drinking fountains round out the lake amenities, giving you the freedom to spend the whole day.
The area around your Johnson Lake lake house has more to do than just water activities. There is lots of wildlife to see around the lake, and hunting is permitted. The Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a 10-mile loop of paved, off-road trail that rings the lake. The trail has gazebos and rest areas for taking a break from your hike or having a picnic, and lovely lake vistas along the path provide another way to enjoy the lake without being on the water.
Shopping and entertainment options aren’t far away. There is an 18-hole golf course near by, and several shops and restaurants around Johnson Lake provide all the necessities. For example, Captain’s Quarters is a one-stop shop that has everything visitors need, including snacks, ice, life-vest rental, boat rental, personal watercraft rental, watercraft repair, fuel, and park permits. They also provide access to the lake via boat ramps and public docks. The LakeShore Marina Bar and Grille is a full-service restaurant with frequent live entertainment that also sells park permits and has boat ramps/slips for public use.
If you rent a lake house at Johnson Lake over Independence Day, you’re in for a treat. July 4th is a real event on the lake, with boat parades where you can decorate your own boat and compete for prizes or simply enjoy the spectacle. There is also an annual fireworks show that draws people from surrounding cities. Fireworks over the lake are the ultimate way to celebrate America’s independence, because the ripples of the lake’s surface refract the light to multiply the effect of the stunning light show.
Rent a Johnson Lake lake house for your next trip and get the freedom to do the lake your way. You’re sure to have your best lake experience yet.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Average water level variance? varies
Are they permitted? Yes
Are they permitted? Yes
Depth of Lake:
4' - 40'
8 miles South of Interstate I-80 in central Nebraska, 2½ hours West of Lincoln, NE 5 hours East of Denver, CO.
Regional commercial airport at Grand Island 1 hr East & North, Platte 1 hr West.
Building and Sewer Permits required, with reasonable restrictions. Johnson Lake is served by a central sewer collection and treatment system, operated by Johnson Lake SID#1; septics no longer allowed.
All residential and commercial lots received a Sew
Fish Species found on Johnson Lake: Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Freshwater Drum, Striped Bass, Walleye, White Bass, White Crappie, Wiper
2 wheelchair accessible fishing piers
2 Fish cleaning stations
JOHNSON LAKE accommodates all boats and offers the following facilities:
Public Boat ramps: 4, Docks: 8 Fuel is available onsite. River access is not available.
Captain's Quarters Marina & Storage Inc.
The Largest, most complete, experienced, authorized, stocking dealer for Docks, Shore Stations, PWC and Utility Trailers, Polaris Water Craft, Connect-a-dock, floating dock. We are in the top 10 in the U.S. in sales of Shore Land’r and Shore Station Products! We provide both sale and service with the largest inventory of parts and accessories. Simply put, we have what you want, when you want it! No one installs or stores more Shore Stations than we do. Deepest boat ramp, Premium fuel on the water. 24 hour live bait vending machine! Over 20 years on Johnson Lake! Rent Polaris Watercraft here! Buy Polaris Watercraft here! The Fun’s On Us! www.Captains.Biz 308-785-2092 E-mail Captain500@aol.com We offer boating safety classes. Have fun, be safe, we can help! Johnson Lake Chamber of Commerce member. Get your vitamin sea at Johnson Lake open 24/7
Nebraska Boating Guide
2 Lakeview Acres Drive 14 - Johnson Lake, NE68937 - (308) 785-2836
LakeShore Marina is a full-service facility offering everything for those who love to fish, hunt, bird watch, camp, dine out or boat, and there's not a better place for a family vacation.
Super Sport Marine Inc.
Visit Super Sport for MacGregor, Precision, and Hobie Cat Sailboats and Accessories or call John at: 1-800-234-3315
Johnson Lake Yacht Club
The Johnson Lake Yacht Club was formed in 1968 to promote sailing and sailboat racing on Johnson Lake. Check out the calendar of events for the next race or outing; or look up the members for more information.
JOHNSON LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
JOHNSON LAKE offers the following campsites:
113 camping pads with electrical hookups*
94 non-pad sites without electricity
Drinking water available
Comments: Johnson Lake campground offers 113 camper pads with electrical hook-ups and an additional 94 non-designated campsites. Campground is shady and located close to shower facilities. All camping is first come first serve.
308-785-2599, 42736 Elwood Lake Dr, Elwood, NE 68937-5613
Masten Camper Haven
308-324-3444, 190 W River Rd, Lexington, NE 68850-5608
308-324-3584, 75352 Road 431, Lexington, NE 68850-5515
Westminster Woods (Camp)
308-324-2728, 154 E River Rd, Lexington, NE 68850-5609
308-784-2808, 75670 Road 417, Cozad, NE
Local Area Businesses
Provides complete dock & shore station service including installation, removal, repair and new equipment purchases. For prompt & courteous service, contact MITCH BERKE for all your dock & shore station needs: 308.785.3321 (home) 308.325.0661 (cell). Docks Unlimited is an authorized dealer of Shoreland'r boat lifts, docks and trailers. Visit to see the newest products available
Lakeside Country Club
308-785-2818, 74839 Highway 283, Elwood, NE 68937-5135
Overton Golf Course
308-324-7764, 75314 Road 441, Overton, NE