Cast-A-Ways Boathouse (During Season): 294-2108
Outdoor Recreation Office (Off-Season & All Year Long): 294-4049
Hours of Operation:
May 7 – Sept. 16
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Oct. 14
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
April 17 – May 6
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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.
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**|
*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.
|Tandem Bike & Helmets||$5||$15||$25|
|Adult or Child Mountain Bike & Helmet||$3||$5||$10|
|Bird Scope/Trek Pod||$1||$3||$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|
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.
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.
|Offutt Base Lake Fishing Permit||N/A||N/A||$6|
|Boat Rental Fees||Hourly||4 Hours||Daily||Overnight|
|Jon Boat w/trolling motor||$10||$30||$40||$40**|