Notable dates at the lake

Ladies Luncheon: 4th Wednesday of each month. Contact Julie Exstrom  307-631-8075 for reservations.
Chapel of the Lake: Interdenominational services at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Contact Judy Wixson at 308-785-2287 for questions.

The Johnson Lake Grass & Leaf Dump:

May 1st – Sunday before Thanksgiving
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
LAST DAY the Sunday before Thanksgiving
For more information regarding the Johnson Lake Grass & Leaf Dump, click here.

JLDI meets third Tuesday of every month, April through October at 7:00 p.m. at the EMS Building.

Thank You!

Events at the Lake


News Release from Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District:

The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District will once again provide eagle-watching opportunities to the public this winter.


The regular viewing season will begin at Central’s J-2 Hydroplant on the end of December and will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., CST on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of February. The hydroplant is located south of Lexington near the intersection of county roads 749 and 750.


Central’s eagle-viewing facility below Kingsley Dam will open for the season on the end of December and will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., CST on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of February. The Kingsley Dam facility is open for eagle-viewing from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MST) on Saturdays and Sundays. (more information on right.)


A limited number of binoculars are available at the facilities, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own viewing equipment.


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.


Several factors influence the number of eagles seen from the facilities on any given day, including climatic conditions, ice coverage on area bodies of water, how many eagles are wintering in the area, and whether the hydroplants are on-line. The best viewing time is normally earlier in the day. There is no charge to visit the facilities.

For more information visit Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District or call 308-995-8601.

May 2, 2020 - Boating Safety Classes


May 2 - Boating Safety Classes

Boater Safety Class-CCC Lexington

Date: Saturday, May 2

Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Location: CCC-Lexington

1501 Plum Creek Parkway

Lexington, NE  68850

Room 204

Cost: $12.00

Instructor: Becky Ford

A sack lunch will be provided by Johnson Lake Chamber of Commerce

Boating safety courses teach students how to safely operate a motorized boat while following all rules and regulations.  Topics covered include navigation and safe operation, Nebraska laws and emergency preparedness.  Anyone born after December 31, 1985, is required to successfully complete a Boating Safety Course and possess a course certificate while operating a boat or personal watercraft.  You must be at least 14 years of age to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska.

REGISTER BY PHONE:  308-324-8480 or



Dawson County Opportunity Center

1501 Plum Creek Parkway

Lexington, NE  68850

**If a class is canceled, you will receive a phone call and automatic refund.  Students who withdraw from a class must call 308-324-8480 at least one day in advance before the class begins to receive a full refund.


Nebraska law requires anyone operating a motorboat or personal watercraft must be at least 14 years of age. Operators born after December 31, 1985 must have successfully completed the Nebraska boat safety course.



July 4th Boat Parade


July 4 - Fourth of July Boat Parade

4th of July boat parade starting at 10:00 am at the Marina
Dock Decorating Contest starting at 1:00 pm
Register at the boat dock at the Marina between 9:00 am-10:00

Canyon Lakes Brewery

Please join us for the following events on:

              St. Patrick’s Day


              Mother’s Day

              Father’s Day

              4th of July

              Veteran’s Day

              New Years

Watch our Facebook page for more information