Makes you wonder about the ones that got away! A proud fisherman and his catch at Lake McConaughy

Nebraskans live life outdoors – whether it’s biking, hiking, boating, swimming, water-skiing, fishing, camping or picnicing. Each weekend, the lakes owned by NPA members are used by tens of thousands of anglers, boaters, jet skiers and swimmers.

NPA members also donate unused land, rights of way and in-kind services to maintain and improve recreational opportunities in their communities, enhancing the quality of life there.

The public can learn about planting and caring for trees at OPPD's Arboretum

For example, Loup Power District operates and maintains five parks and recreation areas containing 265 acres of land and 1,100 acres of water in the greater Lincoln area. These facilities are open to the public from May 1 to November 1 at no charge (weather permitting). For more information on Loup’s recreational amenities, check out

The Nebraska Public Power District owns Sutherland Reservoir, a 3,017-acre lake near Sutherland, which offers swimming, boating, fishing, jet-skiing, hiking trails, camping sites, picnic areas, wildlife observation, golfing, and other recreational amenities. NPPD also owns Lake Maloney, a 1,000-acre lake near North Platte that welcomes boaters, campers, fishermen, picnickers, swimmers and hikers.

Loup Power District donated land to build a bike path that was dedicated in 2011

The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District owns Lake McConaughy (Nebraska’s largest reservoir), Johnson Lake near Lexington and more than 20 smaller lakes in south-central Nebraska. The lakes and the surrounding areas provide abundant recreational opportunities and fish and wildlife habitat. All together, more than a million visitor-days are spent annually at lakes that are part of Central’s hydropower and irrigation project.