36 Hours - trails, parks, golfRed Willow Reservoir

36 Hours in Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook: Lakes

Need a weekend to get away? The sprawling lakes of southern Nebraska feature family-friendly campsites, year-round fishing, public hunting areas and miles of scenic prairie. Spend 36 hours surrounded by the beautiful waters of Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook for a weekend of prairie living.

Medicine Creek Reservoir

Medicine Creek Reservoir is rated by many visitors as one of Nebraska’s loveliest recreation spots. Medicine Creek offers outdoor enthusiasts plenty of recreational opportunity, plus solitude and private space to get away from it all. Long bays that pocket the winding shore and the small islands provide anglers with hot spots for great fishing. The reservoir also features two-bedroom lakeside cabins that are perfect for experiencing the beauty of southern Nebraska.

Red Willow Reservoir

Some of the finest fishing and hunting in the state are found at Red Willow Reservoir, and the area has excellent facilities for camping and water-oriented recreation. Red Willow Reservoir offers 4,320 acres of land around a 1,628-acre lake. Camping, swimming, picnicking, and water recreation are very popular at Red Willow.

Swanson Reservoir

Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area is the largest of four recreation areas in the southwest part of the state. Located west of McCook, Swanson consists of a 4,974 acre lake and 3,957 acres of land. The area offers fishing, boating, camping, concessions, hunting and miles of scenic prairie.

Medicine Creek Reservoir
Medicine Creek Reservoir

36 Hours - trails, parks, golf
Red Willow Reservoir

Swanson Reservoir
Swanson Reservoir, photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

36 Hours - trails, parks, golf
View of Medicine Creek from walking trial, Cambridge

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