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HELP KEEP JOHNSON LAKE CLEAN--- A J-lake User sent the follow picture and comment today:

I picked all this out of the lake this morning around the island. This stuff was thrown in on purpose. Most was to heavy to blow in.

 Also there were 5 other boats in the area and no one else picked up anything.

 If you could post this with a comment about keeping the lake clean and safe.

Possible Lease Freeze??

posted Feb 7, 2017, 7:57 PM by Larry Ossenkop

Kearney HUB article   Click the link on the left to read the HUB article on:  

Johnson Lake tenants may get six-year freeze [lease increase]

Inlet HideAway has re-opened!

posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:45 AM by Larry Ossenkop

Now open daily, 11 am to 8 pm!! 

Check for specials on their FB page.

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J-laker & Kearney Man Killed in Fatal Johnson Lake Accident

posted Aug 29, 2016, 7:51 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 7:55 PM ]

Sunday morning at 5:15 the Dawson County Sheriffs Department was notified of a single vehicle accident at Drive 13 of Johnson Lake Drive. Killed in the accident was a lone occupant, 35 year old Ryan L. Johnson of Kearney. Johnson was driving a 2000 GMC Sierra pickup and lost control and the vehicle rolled. Johnson was not wearing seatbelts and was ejected. The Dawson County Sheriff’s department was assisted at the scene by the Lexington Fire Department, Johnson Lake EMS and the Dawson County Attorney’s office.

Obituary:  For Ryan Johnson


posted May 10, 2016, 7:54 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated May 13, 2016, 8:00 PM ]

Our new Summer hours starts May 20th, opening at 11 a.m. for Dinner.
  Tuesday - Wednesday 4 PM to 12 AM, Thursday - Saturday 11 AM to 1 AM, Sunday 11 AM to 11 PM. 
 Also, if you haven't tried the new menu out you definitely need to...the Carbonara Pasta is amazing.
Our C-Store is now open with the shelves fully stocked and the gas pumps running. 
 Our hours are Thursday - Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM



8AM - ????    KITCHEN OPEN 11 AM -9PM.


So much is happening at The Inlet Hideaway this week..

Wednesday night Dan Finken   will be cooking his yummy chicken
Friday night all you can eat fish


Serving Pulled Pork sandwiches with chips for $6.00
Happy hour all day on beer and well drinks.

Stop out and see the changes and meet Donnie and his family!

(the kitchen will be open 5pm-9pm Saturday)


Open 7 days a week, just as we were all winter.  11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later (8 a.m. on Sat & Sun)...  

Serving daily Lunch specials as well as menu items.  

Now serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m.

If you haven't tried our Flat Iron steak, you better give it a try, it

is one of the best in the country!! Or, give our Prime Rib a try on

Friday and Saturday nights; or the Prime Rib sandwich anytime.

Boater & Jet Ski Safety Classes

posted Apr 8, 2016, 7:30 AM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 7:44 AM ]

Boater Safety Training Classes will again be sponsored by the 
Johnson Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Two upcoming classes are scheduled:

May 28th, 10 am to 4 pm, at Lexington Public Library
May 29th, 10 am to 4 pm, at Johnson Lake EMS Bldg, Drive 8A

Call 308-627-3895 to register; $10 fee payable at the door; bring a sack lunch and a pen or pencil.  Must be at least 14 years of age before August 1st.

Boating Safety Courses teach students how to safely operate a motorized boat while following all rules and regulations. Topics covered include navigation and safe operation, Nebraska laws, and emergency preparedness. Anyone born after December 31, 1985 is required to successfully complete a Boating Safety Course and possess a course certificate while operating a boat or personal watercraft (Jet-ski).   Classes are offered throughout the state of Nebraska in two different formats:
  • Option A is a 6-hour in-person classroom session taught by certified volunteers and agency staff. Students will take a proctored exam and the end of the class.
  • Option B is a self-taught home study course. Students can download and review the course study materials or complete an online study guide. After studying students will need to register for an Option B test-out session to take a proctored exam.

All students, regardless of which course option they choose, are required to pass the boating safety exam with a 75% or higher. 

A certificate of completion will be issued to those who pass the exam.

Medo's Valentine Special

posted Feb 8, 2016, 9:07 AM by Larry Ossenkop

Serving from 5 pm to close, Sunday night the 14th

Johnson Lake Trails St. Pat's Day Run

posted Jan 12, 2016, 10:58 AM by Larry Ossenkop

Johnson Lake Trails St. Pat's Day Run



St. Patrick’s Day Ride/Run/Walk – Fund Raiser for Johnson Lake Trails

The 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Ride/Run/Walk is scheduled for March 19 at noon

The event starts and ends at Medo’s Resort. 

More information and the on-line registration form can be found in the following links:

Check out (just click) the Facebook page for the event!  


Registration for this event is at EVENTBRITE   The EventBrite Registration page is up and running! Grab your friends

 and let's make this the best Run & Ride yet!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/johnson-lake-trails-st-patrick


J-Lake Water Level to remain

posted Aug 4, 2015, 4:54 PM by Larry Ossenkop

Due to upstream water supply conditions, the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District does not plan to lower water levels at any of its lakes associated with the Supply Canal (including Jeffrey, Midway, Plum Creek and Johnson lakes) in August/September to complete the irrigation season.

Lake McConaughy’s elevation has declined only half a foot in July (from elevation 3,263.3 feet on July 1 to elevation 3,262.8 on July 30), largely due to higher than normal inflows during the month, as well as good flows in the South Platte River.

South Platte flows were sufficient to meet many downstream demands, reducing the need for releases from Lake McConaughy, which is situated on the North Platte River.

Lake McConaughy is considered full for operational purposes at elevation 3,265.0 feet.

Jlake Happenings

posted Jun 1, 2015, 9:46 AM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 10:30 AM ]

Johnson Lake Chamber of Commerce Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the EMS building. All Chamber members welcome!

Ladies Luncheon:4th Wednesday of each month. Contact Karen Finken at 308-651-1002 for reservations.

Chapel of the Lake:Interdenominational services at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The dump:

Spring Hours - April 13 to April 29, Saturday and Sunday 1 - 5 PM
Summer Hours - May 1 through Sept. 1 – Wed. and Fri. 1-5 PM, Sat. 8 AM-12 and 1-5 PM, Sun. 1-5 PM.
Fall Hours - Sept 4 through Nov. 24 – Wed. 1-5 PM, Fri. 1-4 PM, Sat. 1-5 PM, Sun. 1-4 PM

The dump may be closed at any time due to muddy conditions or snow.

JLDI meets third Tuesday of every month, April through October at 7:00 p.m. at the EMS Building.  Annual Meeting on June 16th, 7:00 PM at the EMS Bldg, 

               following the Fire Pump Demo at the Inlet, 6:00 PM 

Alcohol Use now permitted on J-lake

posted May 4, 2015, 3:00 PM by Larry Ossenkop   [ updated May 4, 2015, 3:03 PM ]

The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District’s board of directors passed a motion to 

permit the use of alcohol on District lakes associated with the Supply Canal.  Read more here... 


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