Base Lake Rec Area

Cast-A-Ways Boathouse (During Season): 294-2108
Outdoor Recreation Office (Off-Season & All Year Long): 294-4049

GPS Coordinates
41.115024600, -95.882063900

Hours of Operation:
*Due to federal hiring freeze, hours are subject to change. Call for Details
Pre-season Hours:
April 17 – May 6
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Summer Hours:
May 7 – Sept. 16
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Post-season Hours
Sept. 17 – Oct. 14
Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Manager:
Jenni Miller

Due to the recent F1 tornado, the Base Lake and FamCamp area are closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Call 294-4049 for details.

The Offutt Base Lake Recreation Area is located on 183 acres east of Offutt. Facilities include: large indoor pavilion available for parties and special events, covered picnic shelters, disc golf course, archery range, sand volleyball courts, basketball court, horseshoe pits, and two playgrounds. There are 40 RV campsites with full utility hook-ups in the family camping area (FamCamp) and tent camping areas are available around the park. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish, but make sure you comply with Nebraska fishing laws before casting.

During the off season, FamCamp campsites are first-come, first-serve with a self-registration box located behind the FamCamp information board at the entrance to the FamCamp. Off-season reservations for the pavilion and picnic shelters can be made at the Outdoor Recreation/ITT/Auto Hobby facility located on-base in building 362.

Base Lake Information Sheet With Prices


Cast-A-Ways Boathouse

The Cast-A-Ways Boathouse is open mid-April through early October and is the hub for pavilion, picnic shelter, FamCamp and tent camping reservations in addition to providing recreation and attraction information. The camp store offers snacks and drinks, supplies, fishing permits and sports equipment. Take a moment to enjoy a beverage, ice cream or hot dog on the deck overlooking the lake. Canoes, kayaks, jon boats, pedal boats, and mountain bikes are available for rent. Various sports equipment is also available to borrow or rent.


Boat Type Hourly 4 Hours Daily Overnight**
Canoe/Kayak $6 $18 $28 N/A
Pedal Boat $6 $18 $28 N/A
Jon Boat $10 $30 $40 $40*

*Daily rentals start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.
**Overnight rentals start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 10:30 a.m. the following day.

Equipment Hourly    4 Hours    Daily
Tandem Bike & Helmets $5    $15    $25
Adult or Child Mountain Bike & Helmet $3    $5    $10
Bird Scope/Trek Pod $1    $3    $5
Cornhole Boards $1    $3    $5
Fishing Poles $1    $3    $5
Dutch Oven N/A    N/A    $5
Disc Golf Discs and Balls (Basket/Volley/Foot/Kick) Free    Free    Free
Giant Yard Chess, Checkers & Jenga Free    Free    Free
Spike Ball, Bocce Ball, & Washers Free    Free    Free

Archery Range

The archery range is located in the southeast corner of the recreation area. In order to utilize the range a pass must be purchased and a signed waiver must be on file. Passes are purchased at the Cast-A-Ways Boathouse in season and at the consolidated Outdoor Recreation, Auto Hobby and ITT customer service desk in Bldg. 362 during the off-season.

Archery Range Fees and Intramural Fees

Daily Pass $5 Individual/$10 Family/$25 Group/Unit/Squadron (up to 10)
Annual Pass $25 Individual/$35 Family

Pass holders can check out a bow, quiver with arrows and 3D deer and turkey targets from Cast-A-Ways Boathouse during their operational hours at no additional charge. Paper targets can be purchased on site.

The range has set backstops at 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 yards. Range owned targets are for bows only and limited to field tips. Individuals using cross bows or bows utilizing broad head arrows still utilize the range but must provide their own block/backstop.

Intramural archery runs from May-July with a coaches meeting scheduled for April.


Fishing

The 113 acre lake is stocked with largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, wipers, crappie, redear sunfish and catfish and also contains bluegill, drum, gar, carp and several other species. Wading, ice fishing, bow and spear fishing are prohibited. Overnight fishing is permitted with NE and Base Lake permits. Private boats are not allowed to be operated on the lake due to an infestation of zebra mussels. Privately owned canoes and kayaks are excluded from this ban but for safety reasons must be launched from the Boathouse dock or boat ramp on west side of lake.

All anglers 16 years of age and older must have a valid Nebraska fishing license and a Base Lake Fishing Permit in their possession. Active duty personnel stationed in Nebraska for at least 30 consecutive days may purchase a resident permit. The Base Lake fishing permit fees are used to directly support stocking, dock projects or other fishing related projects. Lake rules, size and catch limits are posted on signs around the lake and at the Cast-A-Ways Boathouse. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission limits will be followed for species not specifically addressed on posted signs.

The Cast-A-Ways Boathouse has fishing tackle and night crawlers for sale. Boat and fishing pole rentals are also offered. Boathouse staff can verify and submit NE master Angler catches during hours of operation; be sure to take a picture of the fish for catch and release awards.

Permit/License Fees 1-day 3-day Annual
Offutt Base Lake Fishing Permit N/A N/A $6
NE Resident $10 $31 $38
NE Non-Resident $13 $37 $76


Boat Rental Fees Hourly 4 Hours Daily Overnight
Fishing Kayak $6 $18 $28* N/A
Jon Boat w/trolling motor $10 $30 $40 $40**
Fishing Kayak $6 $18 $28 N/A


*Daily rentals start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.
**Overnight rentals start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 10:30 a.m. the following day.


Lakeside Disc Golf Course

A nine-hole disc golf course was added to the recreation area in 2012. It is located on the western shore of the lake adjacent to the railroad tracks. A course layout sign and mailbox containing scorecards is located adjacent to hole #1. There is no cost to play. Disc sets may be checked out from the Cast-A-Ways boathouse and some discs are available for purchase.


RV & Tent Camping

The Offutt AFB FamCamp has 40 full service hook-ups with concrete pads, water, sewer and 50 amp electric services. There are also 6 dry/overflow sites with gravel pads and picnic tables only. The FamCamp is open year round with water service limited to a central fill-up point during the winter. RV lavatory stations are across the road from sites 3 & 4. Showers and laundry are located on the east side of the Cast-A-Ways Boathouse and accessible 24/7 with provided code. Wireless is available throughout the FamCamp and a customer computer is available in the Cast-A-Ways Boathouse in season. Auto Hobby (Bldg. 362) on base offers propane refill services.

Advance reservations are accepted from mid-April until mid-October by calling (402) 294-2108. Reservations can be made up to 30-days in advance with non-refundable first night’s payment and are held through 6PM the first day of your stay unless approved for late arrival. Active duty reservations for holiday weekends accepted 45-days in advance. Off-season the FamCamp is first come first serve with on-site self-registration located behind the FamCamp information board at the entrance to the FamCamp.

Initial reservation is limited to 30 days. One 30 day extension may be requested upon arrival but is considered on a case by case basis. Reservations for sponsored guests may be made 14-days in advance and are limited to 7-days. No more than one guest may be sponsored at a time. Sponsored campers are not authorized between Memorial Day and the 4th of July Weekend or during Labor Day weekend due to high demand and our primary purpose of serving eligible DoD campers.

Check-in is Noon, check-out is 11AM. Quiet hours are 10PM-6AM.

Tent Camping
Tent campers must check in and register at Cast-A-Ways Boathouse or after hours with the FamCamp host in site 20. Tent Camping is authorized on the peninsula, SE corner to SW corner, SW corner to NW corner excluding the Lakeside Disc Golf Course and both group camping areas. The Cast-A-Ways staff can provide a map of the authorized locations.

Group site reservations are accepted mid-April through mid-October, 30 days in advance. Boy Scouts/Girl Scout or other official youth programs may make reservations 60 days in advance. First come, first serve in the off season.

Campfires are permitted only in designated firepits or portable enclosed firepits during low wind conditions.

RV and Tent Camping Rates

FamCamp Authorized User $20/night $550/30 days
FamCamp Sponsored Guest $25/night
FamCamp Dry/Overflow $12/night
Tent Camp (1 tent) $9/night $50/week
Tent Camp Sponsored Guest $12/night $75/week
Group Camp Site (up to 10 tents) $40/night
Group Camp Site (additional tent) $4/night

Directions to the Offutt Base Lake Recreation Area and FamCamp
I-80 Eastbound: Exit I-80 at Exit 439 turning right onto Nebraska Hwy 370 East towards Bellevue. Continue on Hwy 370 for 12 miles. Exit right onto HWY 75 South towards Plattsmouth and continue for 3.4 miles. Turn left onto HWY 34 and continue east for 2.0 miles. Turn left onto Harlan Lewis Road and continue north for 2.5 miles. Turn right into the Offutt Base Lake Entrance and stop at unguarded railroad crossing. Cross over RR Tracks, turn right and continue around lake to check in at the Cast-a-Ways Boathouse.

I-80 Westbound: Exit I-80 by taking left exit, 1-29S towards Kansas City. Continue south on I-29 then take exit 35B, Highway 34W towards South Bellevue. Turn right onto Hwy 34 and continue west for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Harlan Lewis Drive and continue north for 2.5 miles. Turn right into the Offutt Base Lake Entrance and stop at unguarded railroad crossing. Cross over RR Tracks, turn right and continue around lake to check in at the Cast-a-Ways Boathouse.

I-29N: Take Exit 35B for Hwy 34W towards South Bellevue. Turn left onto HWY 34 and continue west for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Harlan Lewis Drive and continue north for 2.5 miles. Turn right into the Offutt Base Lake Entrance and stop at unguarded railroad crossing. Cross over RR Tracks, turn right and continue around lake to check in at the Cast-a-Ways Boathouse.

I-29 S: Take Exit 35B for Hwy 34W towards South Bellevue. Turn right onto HWY 34 and continue west for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Harlan Lewis Drive and continue north for 2.5 miles. Turn right into the Offutt Base Lake Entrance and stop at unguarded railroad crossing. Cross over RR Tracks, turn right and continue around lake to check in at the Cast-a-Ways Boathouse.