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Gallagher Canyon State Recreation Area

1 East Park Dr. 25A


Gallagher Canyon SRA offers access to the 400-acre Johnson Lake. Primitive camping is offered on the 24-acre area.

Gallagher Canyon offers good spring crappie fishing in the coves, as well as channel and flathead catfish. Drum and carp are common catches also. The area has a gravel boat ramp.


Although a challenge to get to, Gallagher Canyon offers outstanding scenery and some of the state's best fishing for crappies and line-busting flathead and channel catfish, according to Brad Newcomb, a fisheries biologist for the Commission.

"It has a very good crappie system, especially in the spring, and a very good catfish population," Newcomb said.

Gallagher Canyon is part of the Central Irrigation District Supply Canal. The area provides water access to more than 10 miles of the canal, and is open to all boats. The canal connects with Plum Creek Canyon Reservoir and Johnson Lake. Fishing is also available for walleye, sauger, white bass and freshwater drum.

The campground as heavily wooded and except for major holidays, the campground is never full.

It is a great area, It is off the beaten path, which makes it so attractive.

There are 72 non-pad campsites, but no electricity. The area has a boat ramp and a dock.

To reach Gallagher Canyon, go 10 miles south of Cozad on U.S. Highway 21, then travel county roads by going east for two miles, one mile north, and then one mile west.


Kete Barnes

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
Cool place a few miles behind the cornfields. A dozen or so campsites for tents that are surrounded by the river. We were passing through on a Monday night and had the entire campground to ourselves!

Peter Younger

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Didn't catch any fish this time

Mike Bennett

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Very nice place to stay! It's a hidden gem and I haven't seen it crowded yet. Unfortunately because it's not well traveled the local vandals have ruined a lot of things.

Shak Canas

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous place to camp fish or just to spend time and relax.

Cody Bailey

Monday, May 15, 2017
Good camping. If you have a boat lots of opportunity to fish.

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