This Peaceful Lake In Nebraska Will Take You A Million Miles Away From It All

Most people know Walgren Lake, just outside of Hay Springs in northwestern Nebraska, as the home of Nebraska’s one and only lake monster. But there’s much more to it than this beloved legend. Walgren Lake State Recreational Area is a great place to spend a peaceful day – or even a whole weekend.

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This video of a fishing trip at Walgren Lake shows just how peaceful the area is. (There is some significant wind noise in the video; we suggest turning your speakers off.) Be aware that the water level can fluctuate depending on precipitation, and the lake’s vegetation gets very unruly in the late summer.

The location is pack-in, pack-out as there is no trash service to the recreation area. Please be respectful of this beautiful place and the other people who come here by keeping it clean and quiet.

Is Walgren Lake a little out of your way? Here are some of our other favorite lakes in Nebraska.