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.

NOTICE: The boat dock and ramp are underwater as of May 24 and may be inaccessible all weekend. Please avoid boating, kayaking, or swimming since it's difficult to see what's hiding underwater. (See front page for more info.)

Things You Should Know

  • NNRD vehicle permit required
  • May-September, NRD staff test water at the beach and boat dock for presence of toxic algae; test results are available on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s website; tests above 20 ppm require a minimum two-week health alert (notice is available by recorded message 24/7 at 402-335-3325, on our Facebook page, or on this website)
  • 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
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 @ $12/night
    • 9 pads w/o hookups (no fee)
    • 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