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Lake Minatare State Recreation Area


Park Snapshot

Please note: Lake Minatare is closed each year from October 15 - January 15 for all camping and lake use as it is a Wildlife Refuge for migratory birds.


Home of Nebraska's only lighthouse and a federal waterfowl refuge, scenic Lake Minatare SRA covers 2,970 acres (2,158 acre lake), 12 miles NE of Scottsbluff.


Lake Minatare is just minutes from Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock and offers camping pads with electrical hookups and more than 100 nonpad sites. Facilities include showers, laundry, modern restrooms, dump station, water, picnic tables, shelters, boat ramps, unsupervised swimming, fishing and fish cleaning stations.

Overnight Accommodations

Camping Facilities:
52 camping pads with electrical hookups*
49 camping pads without electricity
110 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30-amp.1-year advance reservable campsites

Lake Minatare recreation area claims choice camping and boating facilities. The modern campground has gravel pads with electrical hookups, modern restrooms and showers. In addition, the area can accommodate perhaps another 100 units on undesignated primitive sites around the lake. Other facilities include: picnic tables, shelters, drinking water, fire grates, a trailer dump station and vault toilets. Minatare has an excellent sand beach, east of the dam. The beach is unsupervised, so swimmers should always use caution.

Facility Details

Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: Yes

Lodging: No

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

Trails: No

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

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 125
Grills: 125
Shelters: 7
Shelters w/ elec.: 1

Boating: Yes

Types: All
Ramps: 3
Docks: 3
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: No

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 3

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 0
Beaches: 1

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

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