Things To Do
Jackson Lake State Park, including a 1,910-acre reservoir built in 1902 for crop irrigation, is a 2,411-acre parkland with 260 campsites, swimming, boating, warm-water fishing, hiking, birdwatching, hunting, and an OHV dirt track. The cottonwood-lined lake is sometimes called “an oasis of the plains,” and was tagged as one of the “Top 15 Park Beaches” by Reserve America. Fishermen toss their lines out for northern pike, large- and small-mouth bass, walleye, saugeye, catfish, perch, crappie, and wiper. It’s also popular with birders for its diversity of species, including hawks, grassland birds, and sometimes curlews and whooping cranes. If that’s not enough fun, then take a hike along the north shore or build a sand castle on the beach.
State Park Maps
Dunes Group Campground | Dunes Group Campground 2 | Dunes Group Campground 3 | Lakeside Campground | Pelican Campground | Sandpiper Campground | Northview Campground | Fox Hills Campground | Cove Campground
Recommended season(s): Year-round
—Stewart M. Green