YORK, Neb. – The Upper Big Blue NRD will be opening the RV and tent campgrounds at Recharge Lake & Pioneer Trails for the season on Friday, March 30, 2018. Recharge Lake is located 1.5 miles west of York on Spur 93D just off of U.S. HWY 81. Pioneer trails is located 1.25 miles east of, and 1.0 mile north of Aurora.
At each recreation area, the Day Use Area, Outdoor Amphitheater, Picnic Shelters, Cooking Grills/Fire Rings, Hiking and Biking Trails, Playground Equipment, Boat Dock, and Boat Ramp are currently open and can be used immediately. Tent camping is currently open at Smith Creek, Oxbow Trail, and Overland Trail, which the Upper Big Blue NRD also owns and manages in conjunction with Recharge Lake and Pioneer Trails.
Recharge Lake is part of the overall Bruce L. Anderson Recreation Area which is named for the longtime NRD board member and conservation advocate. Originally constructed in 1990 as a joint, five-year research project between the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District and the U.S Bureau of Reclamation, Recharge Lake’s purpose was, and continues to be that of groundwater recharge, water storage, and recreation. Recharge Lake is located on a tributary of Beaver Creek.
Pioneer Trails features a 40-acre lake. Constructed on a tributary of Lincoln Creek in 1986, the project was designed to provide flood control, aquifer recharge, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. In 2015, the park was re-dedicated featuring a new Outdoor Amphitheater, Picnic Shelters, Cooking Grills/Fire Rings, Dedicated Tent Camping site, and a 10-stall, concrete-padded RV camping site with electrical hook-ups.
For booking information regarding the Outdoor Amphitheater, or for questions pertaining to any of the amenities offered at Recharge Lake & Pioneer Trails, please call the NRD office at (402) 362-6601. The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) protects lives, property and the future of this area through a wide-range of stewardship, management and education programs—from flood control to groundwater quality and quantity monitoring, from irrigation management to outdoor recreation and more. Activities and projects of the Upper Big Blue NRD are reviewed and approved by a locally elected board of directors. The Upper Big Blue NRD is one of 23 Natural Resources Districts across the state. For more information, visit www.upperbigblue.org or call (402) 362-6601.