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Lake Minatare SRA, NE

Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Thu Jul 07 2016
26 site(s) found



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 non-pad sites. Facilities include showers, laundry, modern restrooms, dump station, water, picnic tables, shelters, boat ramps, unsupervised swimming, fishing and fish cleaning stations.

Campground Notes

Lake Minatare recreation area claims choice camping and boating facilities. The modern campground has asphalt pads with electrical hookups, modern restrooms and showers. In addition, the area can more than 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.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, PARK LAKE
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Laundry
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Restrooms
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Skiing - Water
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Park Lake
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Retail, Drinks/Ice/Snack
  • Retail,Supplies
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Church
  • Dining
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Historic Sites
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Restaurant
  • Town
Alerts and Important Information
Alcoholic beverages prohibited.
Fires must be contained in the fire rings in the modern campgrounds.
Non Licensed motorized vehicles are not allowed in the recreation area.
Only one camping unit is allowed per campsite in the modern camping areas. An extra tent may be used for dependant children only. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators may not be operated during these hours. Pets are allowed, but they must be kept on a secured leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Campers staying over must re-register by 2 p.m. Check in time is 4 p.m. and check out time is 2 p.m. Campers must vacate their campsite no later than 2:00 p.m. on the date the camping reservation or registration expires. All persons entering the campground must be registered.
When a reservation is made one year to the date in advance, the arrival date must remain the same within that reservation. No cancellation of that arrival date is allowed.

A Nebraska State Park Permit is required to enter this park area. A Park Entry Permit is $25 for an Annual Permit, $12.50 for a Duplicate Permit (used for that second vehicle in your family) or a Daily Permit which is $5 per day you are staying. You may purchase your Park Permit prior to your stay by shopping online at All vehicles entering are required to have a valid park entry permit.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.93306, -103.49556
41°55'59"N, 103°29'44"W

From Scottsbluff: The intersections of Hwy. 71 and Hwy. 26, go three miles north on 71 to Lake Minatare Road. Turn east on Lake Minatare Road and go eight miles to a T with Stonegate Road. Turn left (north) on Stonegate Road for one mile. Turn right into the Lake View entrance immediately after crossing the canal bridge. The office is half mile up the road on your right.
From Minatare and Hwy. 26: Turn north on Stonegate Road at the northeast corner of Minatare. Go nine miles on Stonegate Road to the Lake View entrance, turning right after crossing the canal bridge. The office is half mile up the road on your right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Lake Minatare SRA
PO Box 188
Minatare  NE  69356-0188

Phone Number:

Project Office: (308) 783-2911
Photo: Lake Minatare SRA Photo: Lake Minatare SRA Photo: Lake Minatare SRA