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Johnson Lake Development Inc (JLDI) was organized to improve and develop recreational facilities and promote wildlife and water sports; to provide management, use, care and protection; to maintain grounds for the use and enjoyment of the general public.


Located south of Lexington, NE, on Highway 283 with over 10 miles of shoreline, Johnson Lake provides excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in the 2,068-acre lake.  Boating, camping, fishing, and water sports are hallmarks of this popular area, making Johnson Lake the place for all of your summer outdoor adventures.


2005 marked the completion of the first segment of Johnson Lake Trails, with a dedication at the trailhead of the Roper Trail in the Nebraska Game and Parks area on the east side of the lake.  Visionaries dreamed of a 10 mile safe and accessible trail all the way around the lake. To date, nearly 7.5 miles have been constructed, with 1 mile of shared roadway on the dam and 1.5 miles yet to be completed --nearly 80% toward the goal!


Johnson Lake offers an excellent variety of fish, including walleye, white bass, and wipers. Two handicap-accessible fishing piers are available, one on the north side of the inlet and another on the south side. Nebraska fishing permits are required and may be purchased online or at several businesses at the lake and in the neighboring towns.  For more information on fishing opportunities, visit Nebraska Game & Parks.


All types of boats are permitted at the lake. You’ll see everything from fishing boats, sail-boats, paddle boats to personal water-craft.  Johnson Lake offers clean swimming areas with gradual depth changes for fun for all ages.


The Chapel bell will ring each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., beginning Memorial weekend, reminding everyone that the Chapel is open for another season of interdenominational ministry.  


Johnson Lake SRA offers 113 pad sites with 20, 30 and 50-amp electrical hookups, and 64 primitive campsites.  Modern restrooms, a dump station, and shower house are available.  Reservations are taken up to one year in advance of arrival day or another season.  The two campgrounds have many great areas for friends and family to gather for a cookout or picnic, offering 144 picnic tables, 133 grills, and five shelters.


Lakeside Golf Club is an 18-hole course featuring Bentgrass greens and tee boxes. The fairways are Bluegrass and Ryegrass. The bunkers, tree-lined fairways, and updated greens are on a country club layout. A driving range, practice green, practice bunker, and many other amenities are included with the Lakeside Country Club experience.

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