Welcome to Johnson Lake, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Web Site! We are excited you are visiting, and anxious to share Johnson Lake, Nebraska with you.
Our goal for this web site is to promote Johnson Lake as a fabulous place to live, do business and as a vacation destination! Johnson Lake, Nebraska really has it all.
Take a look around our web site. Come back and visit often, as Johnson Lake grows, so will our web site.
With all the recreational opportunities we have to offer, Johnson Lake is definitely Nebraska's Playground. With 28 miles of shoreline, water activities abound: fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing, swimming or just relaxing on the shore with the soothing sound of waves to calm you. An 18-hole golf course is just down the road for the golf enthusiast. Eagle viewing is enjoyed seasonally at the lake. Johnson Lake hosts an Annual Fourth of July Fireworks display, which brings in folks from all surrounding cities.
We are proud of the community Johnson Lake has become. We have our own emergency medical services, with volunteers around the lake to help at a moments' notice. The Chapel of the Lake has weekly church services during the Summer with local ministers filling the pulpit. Several stores around the lake provide the necessities.
We look forward to assisting you in any way we can.
Central's eaglie-viewing facilities won't be open this year...
(HOLDREGE, Neb.) — For the first time since 1988, the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will not open its eagle-viewing facilities to the public.
In what has become a familiar theme this year, blame it on the COVID-19 pandemic. “We regret that the facilities will not be open this winter,” said Government and Public Relations Manager Jeff Buettner, “but the decision was made to help protect the safety and health of the public and our employees.”
Central normally opens the Johnson No. 2 Hydroplant southeast of Lexington and a freestanding building on the shore of Lake Ogallala to provide eagle-watching opportunities to the public.
Central has been providing eagle-viewing opportunities at J-2 since 1988 and at Kingsley Dam since 1990. The eagles are attracted to feed on fish in the open water below the plants, particularly when rivers and lakes in the area are covered with ice. The facilities are typically open from about the last week of December through late February.
Hopefully, the facilities will again be open to the public next winter, Buettner said.
For more information visit Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District or call 308-995-8601.
JLDI Grass & Leaves Dump opens Friday May 1, 2020
NEW LOCATION: 3/4 mile west of the intersection of highway 283 and road 748, on the north side of the road. Road 748 is the first gravel road south of the golf course. Signs are in place to identify the site. This grass dump is free for residents on leased lots around the lake and residents of deeded lots can purchase a permit for $50 for the season. Contractors are not allowed to dump grass or trees. The guidelines are listed below and everyone is expected to adhere to them. If people don't follow the rules or start dumping garbage, the dump will be closed permanently, so if you are there and you see some trash, please pick it up.
Please be respectful of this benefit and adhere to the allowed items:
• grass and leaves not in bags
• garden plants not in pots
• tree limbs not to exceed 10” in diameter
No other items may be dumped and abuse of the site will result in loss of privileges. We encourage everyone to mulch grass whenever possible to reduce the amount of grass accumulation. Also, if you need firewood, you’re welcome to come over and cut and remove wood from the pile we have at the dump. Nebraska Law stipulates that you must cover your load to prevent them from blowing out of the vehicle or trailer on your trip to dispose of items.
People are welcome to enjoy the lake with their pets, but each year we have more and more issues ranging from dangerous or unrestrained dogs. If you have a pet at the lake, you have a responsibility for your animal. Everyone may not like animals and some animals don't like all humans. I think all cities and towns have leash laws and while Johnson Lake doesn't fall into that category, common courtesy dictates that you take proper control of your pet. The Gosper County Attorney shared the following information related to dog incidents in Gosper County:
The best course of action that a lessee can take if an incident occurs is to immediately report the incident to the Gosper County Sheriff. It appears that one of the main issues with the previous incident was the delay in reporting the matter to the Gosper County Sheriff as they cannot retroactively investigate/enforce an incident of this nature. In most cases involving a dog incident in Gosper County it results in a civil matter as the owner is liable for the damages resulting from the animal, as per Nebraska Revised Statutes Chapter 54. Livestock – Article 6. Dogs and Cats.
In order for the incident to be a criminal matter it would have to meet the criteria in Nebraska Revised Statutes Chapter 54. Livestock § 54-617. Dangerous dogs; terms, defined:
• (3)(a) Dangerous dog means a dog that, according to the records of an animal control authority: (i) Has killed a human being; (ii) has inflicted injury on a human being that requires medical treatment; (iii) has killed a domestic animal without provocation; or (iv) has been previously determined to be a potentially dangerous dog by an animal control authority, the owner has received notice from an animal control authority or an animal control officer of such determination, and the dog inflicts an injury on a human being that does not require medical treatment, injures a domestic animal, or threatens the safety of humans or domestic animals.
For more information: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/browse-chapters.php?chapter=54