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At the Gateway to the Sandhills in Ericson, Nebraska, Lake Ericson and the surrounding area offers the finest sandhills beauty to be found. The serenity of nature at Lake Ericson offers lazy afternoon strolls, exciting fishing expeditions, some of the best waterfowl hunting as well as spectacular monitoring of Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Whooping Cranes, and River Otter. An old carousel was converted to a picnic shelter many years ago and marks the entry to the lake. The lake offers a boat ramp which allows all types of boats and pontoons. However, Lake Ericson is a NO-WAKE lake.

The lake has an excellent beach and swimming area. On the south end of the lake is the dam. In the area of the dam are various fishing holes that are always producing some of the largest fish caught in the state. Additionally, the lake hosts a handicapped fishing access dock and several picnic and camping areas. We welcome you to check out this site for more details.

Mission Statement


Who We Are

Our History

Since the year 1916, when the lake was created, it has fulfilled various needs of the total Nebraska community. Lake Ericson was created primarily to generate electricity. The purpose of generation of hydroelectric power was discontinued in the 1970's. However, other benefits from Lake Ericson accrued but were not recognized beyond the excellent fishing and waterfowl hunting.

The recently completed renovation of Lake Ericson has been called a "great project" by Roger Patterson, Director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. The $2 million dollar renovation included the removal of approximately 260,000 cubic yards of sand and sediment from Lake Ericson. Work on the dam and the lake improved its flood control capabilities and water control. The dam's new gates provide safe and effective means to control the lake's water level and an emergency spillway was created to handle excess water in times of flooding.

New recreational features were added as part of the renovation. A new concrete portage trail will allow canoes to bypass the dam structure. A camping area provides camper pads with electrical and water hook-ups, grills and fire rings. Click on the "Services" link to find out more on the camping facilities.

Lake Ericson has improved dramatically in the past years. We welcome you to come and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.

The above photo was taken of the dam before the renovation was complete.

The photo below is of the new dam. The gates are computerized and only allow enough flow that keeps the water level of the lake within 1/2 inch at all times.

Our Current Work

Our Future