Iron Horse Trail Lake

Iron Horse Trail Lake

Recreation Tabs

General Info.
360 acres (lake: 85 acres)
1/2 mile north, 2 miles west of DuBois, Nebraska, in Pawnee County

Located ½ mile north and 2 miles west of DuBois, Nebraska, in Pawnee County, this was the first public recreation area opened by the NRD in 1985. It’s dam was built as a flood control structure in the South Fork Watershed. The lake and park facilities were renovated and completed in 2011.

Things You Should Know

  • NNRD vehicle permit required
  • May-September, NRD staff test water at the swimming beach for presence of toxic algae; test results are available on the Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy's website, this website, and social media; tests above 8 ppb require a health alert in effect until the water tests below this limit
  • Hunting by shotgun or bow only from October 1 - March 1 in designated area below the dam (hunters must park in designated lot near the dam; firearms are not allowed within any other areas of the park); no waterfowl hunting or rifles allowed
  • No live baitfish allowed.
  • Fireworks are not allowed.
NRD Park Permit Required
  • 80-acre stocked lake (Nebraska Game & Parks Fish Stocking Reports)
  • Fishing access (fishing jetties; handicapped accessible pier)
  • No-wake boating
    • Boat ramp and dock
    • Boat mooring island
  • Camping (no reservations-all first come, first served)
    • Tent camping (no fee)
    • RV camping
    • 11 pads w/electrical hookups @ $16/night, cash or check only (first-come, first-served)
    • 9 pads w/o hookups (no fee)
    • "Reserving" campsites is prohibited (see rules for more information)
    • Only RVs/campers allowed on campsites; must be attended
    • No dump station or water hookups
  • Drinking water (hydrants)
  • Nature trails
  • Playground
  • Picnic shelters & tables
  • Charcoal grills & fire rings
  • Primitive restrooms
  • Sand beach & swimming area
  • Sand volleyball court