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Gallagher Canyon State Recreation Area

Park Snapshot

8 S of Cozad
424 acres (400 water)

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Contact Information:
Gallagher Canyon SRA
1 East Park Dr. 25A
Elwood,  NE  68937-9804
Phone: (308) 785-2685


Gallagher Canyon SRA offers access to the 400-acre Johnson Lake. Primitive camping is offered on the 24-acre area.

Gallagher Canyon offers good spring crappie fishing in the coves, as well as channel and flathead catfish. Drum and carp are common catches also. The area has a gravel boat ramp.


Although a challenge to get to, Gallagher Canyon offers outstanding scenery and some of the state's best fishing for crappies and line-busting flathead and channel catfish, according to Brad Newcomb, a fisheries biologist for the Commission.

"It has a very good crappie system, especially in the spring, and a very good catfish population," Newcomb said.

Gallagher Canyon is part of the Central Irrigation District Supply Canal. The area provides water access to more than 10 miles of the canal, and is open to all boats. The canal connects with Plum Creek Canyon Reservoir and Johnson Lake. Fishing is also available for walleye, sauger, white bass and freshwater drum.

The campground as heavily wooded and except for major holidays, the campground is never full.

It is a great area, It is off the beaten path, which makes it so attractive.

There are 72 non-pad campsites, but no electricity. The area has a boat ramp and a dock.

To reach Gallagher Canyon, go 10 miles south of Cozad on U.S. Highway 21, then travel county roads by going east for two miles, one mile north, and then one mile west.

Overnight Accomodations
Camping Facilities:
25 non-pad sites without electricity

Gallagher Canyon is a 400 acre irrigation impoundment with 24 acres of recreation land adjacent. The area offers primitive camping, fishing, picnicking, and a playground.

Camping: Yes

Water: No
Modern Restroom: No
Dump Station: No
Showers: No
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: No

Hiking: 0 miles
M. Bike: 0 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 18
Grills: 18
Shelters: 0
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: Yes

Types: All
Ramps: 1
Docks: 1
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: No

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: No

Pools: 0
Beaches: 0

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: No

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